Month: July 2017

I Bet You Fifty Bucks

This 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. Fifty Bucks Just exactly what will fifty bucks buy you these days? What? Let’s see.  Dinner for two at a decent restaurant. A nice supply of guitar strings. Some software for your home recording studio. All good things. So where do you get the $50? Between now and August 15, I am offering new clients $50 off the monthly fee for the first three...

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Disruption- Are You the Bulldozer or the Building?

Bulldozers tearing down buildings to make room for new buildings. That’s the norm in Nashville these days.  Like the old Warner Brothers (Crittendon) building on Music Row. Some call it disruption. In the music industry, the same thing is happening- the old get pushed out or knocked down to make way for the new. Which team are you on? Bulldozers/Badasses If you’re an artist or songwriter seeking your own way, and trying new and different ways to get noticed and heard amidst the din, you’re a bulldozer, a badass.  Not content with the status quo, you make your own...

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Confidence – Another Pool Story

This story about confidence 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. Who One afternoon at the pool a few years ago, I witnessed my late acquaintance, Danny Petraitis teaching his son how to dive into the pool. Each time before the young boy would try, Danny would pound on his own chest with his fist and firmly state, “Confidence! Confidence!” His son would mimic him and then bravely attempt to...

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Discipline – Sticking With It Or Not

Discipline is viewed as a burden to some, but to those motivated to move their careers forward it’s a gift. In other words, quitting is easy but sticking to it requires, you guessed it, starts with a “D” and ends with an “E”. Discipline. Just like everything else in life it depends upon your point of view. As most of you know, I subscribe to Chris Brogan‘s newsletter (and borrow from it liberally). In his book The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth he shares a simple plan to build discipline from which songwriters and artists could benefit. The Plan...

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Be Bold (Part Three)

This article, “Be Bold (Part Three)” 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.   Yes, friends, it’s time to be bold. Time for a reprint of this summertime article. I hope you will enjoy the final chapter of this story.   Be Bold / Part Three – Restraint   WARNING!  This article contains material that some may deem offensive. Just to bring you up to speed, I recently witnessed J.J,...

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Taking The Day Off

Sometimes we all need a break so I’m going to take Ferris Bueller’s advice. I’m taking the day off. I’m clocking out and I’m going to just do nothing and be proud of it. Well, kind of, but not really. Here’s What I Mean They say the best never rest, but I’m not sure I believe that.  Instead, I believe the best work like the badasses they are and then stop to reflect and refuel. They take some time to reflect on where they’ve been and what they’ve accomplished.  They even celebrate those little victories along the way.  They...

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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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