Thursday, January 25, 2007

Playing in the Snow

Scott at Chiricahua National Monument
Playing an Anasazi flute in Chiricahua National Monument, located in southern Arizona. Yup, southern Arizona gets snow from time to time. This is about 40 miles north of the border with Mexico.
Photo ©Keith Stanford

Flute Circle Pumpkin Crunch

Thanks to Cathy Tuhy for bringing this tasty treat to my workshop in Tucson last weekend. It was a hit.
Good for all flute circle meetings.

1 29-ounce can pure pumpkin
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons cinnamon

1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup melted margarine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first
eight ingredients until well blended, and
pour into a greased 9 X 13-inch pan.
sprinkle cake mix on top and then cover
with pecans. Drizzle with melted margarine
over top. Bake 45 - 55 minutes or until top
is golden and a bit crispy.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Starting your own Music Label Part 1


So you want to start your own record label? And why not, there are plenty of reasons to do so. Here are a few:
  • Artistic and Monetary control
  • Record companies do not have a reputation for making small artists money
  • Keep in direct contact with your listeners.
  • No legal junk to deal with. (Not much anyway)
All of this is now possible in the world we live in mostly thanks to the Internet. (This is a good time to mention supporting Net-Neutrality.) Having you're own business is an exciting challenge and extremely rewarding. How far you take it is up to you and the amount of work you put into it. In this part of Starting Your Own Music Label we're going to look at the basics to get your company up and running. We'll look at:
  • How big do you want to be?
  • What it costs
  • Where to start
    • Picking a Name
    • Setting yourself up with a Performance Rights Organization
    • Picking and registering your company name
    • Location, location, location
    • Business license and filing
  • How your company looks on paper and on the web
    • Your Logo
    • Letterhead, Business Cards
    • How to get YOURBUSINESS.COM
  • Banking
  • Bar Codes
Article continues...