Month: June 2017

Doing It Alone? I Wouldn’t Go There.

I was introduced to this story about doing it alone in the book The Energy of Money, by Maria Nemeth and felt it was worth reprinting since it really is about building and depending upon your team.  If you’re thinking about doing it alone, I wouldn’t go there.   The Story   This is what an injured brick layer wrote on his insurance form after he tried to move 500 pounds of bricks from the top of a fourth story building to the ground below: It would have taken too long to carry the bricks down by hand, so...

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John Oates / Change of Seasons

This article, “John Oates / Change of Seasons” originally appeared in my weekly newsletter but I wanted to share it again here. Don’t receive my newsletter? Sign up here (the blue box on the right) and get the weekly news delivered to your inbox. (Photo Credit: @2017 AVClub.com) This week I finished John Oates’ new book.  It’s a fun read with lots of inside stories about his life and, yes, some tales about his life as one half of one the most successful duos of all time, Daryl Hall and John Oates. I highly recommend it! The book is...

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Three Things I Would Do If I Was An Artist Just Starting Out

Three wishes, it’s everyone’s fantasy, right? (Well, maybe except for this.) To be able to go back in time and know what you know now. Well, if I was an artist just starting out I know three things I would absolutely, positively do. Model (Ariana Grande, c. 2016 Billboard.com) First, I’d identify a successful artist with whom I could see myself on tour as their opening act. Then I’d research how they got from where I am (at the starting line) to where they are (record deal, tours, fans, etc.) and I’d map out a strategic plan to follow. Step by...

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He Did What?!?

This article, “He Did What?!?” originally appeared in my weekly newsletter but I wanted to share it again here. Don’t receive my newsletter? Sign up here (the blue box on the right) and get the weekly news delivered to your inbox.   Back in the prehistoric days of pitching songs on cassette tapes, there was a protocol. There was a certain way one was supposed to fold the lyric sheet and even a specific (and correct) way to wrap the lyric sheet and cassette with a rubber band. I promise I am NOT making this up! Obviously lyric sheets...

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Give. Give Back. And Give Some More.

To give and receive really are two sides of the same coin. It’s true. You can’t have one without the other. Life is more than just work.  Life is about helping others, and I am so grateful that I get asked. MUSIC FOR MIRACLES This Thursday during the CMA Music Festival, I have been asked to emcee a songwriter show at the Wildhorse Saloon which benefits the Starfish Infertility Foundation. My friend, James Lucente recommended me and I was happy to accept and to help this worthy cause.  Donating a few hours of my time to help with their...

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All Aboard!

This article originally appeared in my weekly newsletter but I wanted to share it again here. Don’t receive my newsletter? Sign up here (the blue box on the right) and get the weekly news delivered to your inbox. All Aboard! Virginia Museum of Transportation I am extremely proud and honored to be a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Museum of Transportation and this week I had a very special treat. Restoration of the Norfolk and Western Railway’s J Class Steam Engine #611 has been a museum project since I was elected to the board six...

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Chris Keaton

Chris is a Nashville-based entertainment industry executive, award winning music publisher, artist management consultant and a 2016 Inductee in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

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