Funk 101

There are a number of reasons why I love funk, but to boil it down: funk is all about the groove – a highly rhythmic experience where each musician needs to think about their specific part and most importantly, how it fits within the broader context of the song. The guitarist may be doing something different from what the keyboardist and bassist is playing. The kick drum might be locked in with the bass while the overall rhythm is different from the guitar strumming. Each musician has a role – they need to find and stay in their lane or “pocket” – so that they properly fit with what the rest of the band is doing. Finally, adding a hooky melody and horn section over the rhythmic section requires a deep understanding of finding your place in a band.

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Top 10 Music Moments of 2019

Another year has come and gone with music events making history. Some predictions from my post from last year were correct: new highs in streaming, the growth of podcasting and music “excitement” in the fitness world, but I totally missed on others – wearables didn’t grow as fast as I expected. Nonetheless, here’s a list of what I feel are the top ten moments in the music business in 2019. The list is primarily in chronological order with some general trends at the end.

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Venture Capital in the Fitness Space: A Candid Chat with CEO & Founder Jeff Yasuda

Jeff Yasuda founded Feed.fm alongside Eric Lambrecht and Lauren Pufpaf, with the belief that music integration and licensing should be easy for any business, whether digital or brick-and-mortar. Early adopters like American Eagle Outfitters, Anheuser-Busch, and other consumer marketing companies found a legal and efficient way for customers to stream music within their online environments.

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Learnings from Six Weeks without Booze

There’s nothing like a bad hangover to motivate you to stop drinking. We’ve all said it before in those moments: “I’ll never drink again.” Yet, eventually you start feeling better, forget the terrible feeling, reach for that glass of vino and the cycle begins again… (more…)

4 Research-Backed Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance and Fire Up Your Creativity at Work

I recently read an article in The New York Times that discussed the importance of work-life balance and it struck a chord with me. Hat tip to @mikasalmi for the heads up. The article elaborated on the idea that we live in this “always-on” environment.

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2018: Most Notable Moments in the Business of Music

With each passing year, it seems the events in the music sector become more and more notable. 2018 was a year with several significant events in the music industry. It’s been out with the old and in with the new, with changes in archaic music licensing schemas to music streaming taking center stage in several arenas.

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Re-wiring Your Brain for the Better? Meet Neuroplasticity

There are a lot of stellar aspects that come with running a company. I spend my time pursuing an idea that I’m passionate about. I get to work with some amazing people. I also get to meet other great founders who figure out clever ways to tackle numerous challenges.

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Intermittent Fasting: A Possible Means for Kicking Cancer, Weight Loss, Mental Clarity, and Efficiency

It’s no secret that becoming health-focused has hit this century like a tidal wave. There’s a surplus of apps focused on health and fitness, and a limitless amount of articles and books on topics like feeling like you’re in your twenties again.

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Fixing a Maytag Neptune Gas Dryer that isn’t Drying

My Maytag dryer recently stopped fully drying.  We called the repairman and unfortunately, the earliest he could come was 10 days from the time I called him. We had already been hanging our clothes for days and I had had enough.  So I took matters into my own hands to fix the dryer myself.

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When Friends Die

As I write this, tears roll down my face like confused streams that have lost their way. For I am confused and lost. It is beyond my comprehension how such good people can be taken away so quickly and unexpectedly.

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