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The Power Of Sound

The Moyes Research company has produced the best promote-radio spot I’ve ever heard. This is brilliant copywriting and perfect presentation. Hear it here.:

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Radio Pros: See This

This is the best thought-starter, the most useful think-piece about radio that I’ve seen in many years. If you are a radio pro, or want to be one, you should spend eight minutes watching this one :

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Slacker Gets Disc Jockeys

Today’s (6.24.16) news brief from the RAIN newsletter has an article about what’s called “the discovery wars”. That’s the competition between Spotify, Slacker, SoundCloud, Pandora, as they try to hook more listening. The biggest draw for listening is new music. Quoting Edison research, over 50% of the population is interested in “keeping up to date”Continue Reading

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Lights Come On – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow)

Sorry, but it’s little more than an exercise in self-indulgence. Another song about partying. Ahem, concert-attending. Ain’t it great? Well, yes it is. If you’re half-drunk. Maybe if you’re high, although I haven’t heard much from the boy that would fit a weed groove. If, on the other hand, you are in the car andContinue Reading

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Think A Little Less – Michael Ray (Warners/Atlantic)

Ever since “I’d Love To Lay You Down”, songwriters have been trying to match, use, emulate, to include with different twists of phrasing some line about the her dress hitting the floor, being removed, etc. Hard thing to do and make it sound fresh. Alan Jackson did it a good turn with “I’ll Go OnContinue Reading

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Song Number 7 – Randy Houser (Stoney Creek)

Why did this get chosen as a single? I challenge anyone to listen to it three times in a row. It sounds like it’s got a hook. But that’s all there is to it. That faux-hook. To make up for the unfinished idea, some gimmicky sound effects and reverb are added to it. Like tossingContinue Reading

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Hard Candy Christmas – Cyndi Lauper (Sire)

This came into the inbox ten days ago and I didn’t get around to listening to it until today. Why? Because Dolly Parton’s original is a masterpiece and you don’t screw with the likes of it. And because it’s a real downer of a lyric. Lonely. Christmas alone. Sad. I played the holy be-jeezus outtaContinue Reading

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Jesus and Jones – Trace Adkins (BBR Music Group)

He still sounds great but the sales went south for him and Capitol/EMI and he’s over at BBR now; one of the best of the smaller labels. With a title like this, I usually get ready to hold my nose before pushing the play-button. So rarely do they get it right when The Big GuyContinue Reading

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Damn Country Music – Tim McGraw (Big Machine)

i’m still around folks. not lazy, just kinda been bored with what all’s been coming at me from nashville of late and later. waiting on the next big thing, the next wave. you know. something to excite the ear and soul and the root chakra. especially that one. plus, my software business is consuming mostContinue Reading

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High Class – Eric Paslay (EMI)

Following up one of the most beautiful ballads of the year (She Don’t Love You), he’s decided to waste time playing around with all the gizmos in the studio and play rock star. So maybe it’ll be interesting for some ears for a listen or two, but there’s no hook to hum, no melody, youContinue Reading

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