Archive for September, 2012

NY Retro Goals

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

NY Retro is the product of it’s members influences.  Everything that Mike, Steve and I have experienced winds up being mirrored in the music we play.  This gives us a lot of pleasure.  If we were to come up with a mission statement for the band I would suggest; Our mission is to have fun.  I don’t think Mike and Steve would object to this.  This hedonistic approach may or may not prove compatible with a viable business model; that is yet to seen.  So, to put things into perspective, achieving goals is not necessarily what NY Retro is about.  It is about hedonism and feeling pleasure. and our pleasure is making music.

One thing that seems to give pleasure to its members is performing for others.  So,

Goal 1. perform

This is an expensive hobby and to keep its members from forgoing their hedonistic pleasures by wasting their time on making money in less pleasurable ways we would like to;

Goal 2. develop a revenue stream but, not if it contradicts our hedonistic mission.

We have other goals which have already been met.  One was to find a bassist who is willing and able to learn the very challenging music in our 4 sets.  Another goal which has yet to be met is to produce a couple of CDs to sell at performances.  This would help our revenue stream but, we’re not going to release an album until the performance on it is one that we’ll feel comfortable listening to for the rest of our lives.  Our music is challenging which lends to the probability that notes will be missed.  In a live performance missed notes tend to go unnoticed but, in a recording that you listen to over and over again they start to stand out like a sore thumb.  The more you play the less this happens.  So, if we could achieve goals 1 and 2 the CDs goal would take care of itself.

Doing Covers Headache

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

I like to think of myself as a singer/songwriter/guitarist/arranger/composer; not a web designer or even a publisher. Unfortunately, I find myself dealing with problems that cut into the time I’d rather spend doing what I do well and like doing: writing and playing.

The new group, NYRetro, needed a website. I used Weebly because it seemed simple and looked pretty good.  Then I discovered that it did all kinds of bad things to the BoScoDen website and wouldn’t let me upload Requerdo de la Alhambra because the file was too big.  So, I’m spending all my time trying to fix the problems it created and learn how to make a website using file manager.  It took forever to figure out what html was and just when I was starting to get a vague idea about how to do some simple things with it they throw php at me.

Now, as far as covers are concerned, the website has to have music on it that represents what we do.  NYRetro is primarily a cover band and to put the songs on the website there are licensing fees that should be paid.  I thought I could do the 30 second sample thing but, it turns out that Itunes actually has a license to do it.   http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10355448-93.html I’ve heard that Sound Cloud takes care of those problems for you but, I couldn’t find the hidden issues (like with Weebly) without signing up for it.  I miss the days when you dropped into a bar and made a deal with a bar owner to audition and not be asked for a website.  I wish there was a record company or publisher to gripe at who would do all these things for me and let me do what I know how to do.