Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Three Songs with Two Versions

September 17, 2016

These 3 songs were all recorded twice in my 9 CD 150 song set. Here is one of the two versions of each.

Blue Moon
(Did a fast and a slow version. This one is the fast one.

Spanish Melody.
These two are different songs but both share a Spanish guitar sound. Here is the fast one – and one of my most difficult to play. You will see why.

Cat’s Meow.
These two version are as different as night and day – hard to think it is the same song. The first is a rockabilly version with a driving base. The second, the one here, is a love ballad. Compare

Headphones are best, and lyrics count!
Happy listening.

TeXas Video Showdown and CD Baby Conference

July 4, 2016

Dear Reader,

Today on the 4th, a day of our country’s independence, my music protest TeXas Video Showdown, crossed another small milestone. The video has added another 100 views.

Recently I wrote to my online music distributor CD Baby about the protest. They are having a musical conference soon. I suggested that the music industry needs a change and that they should cover that at the conference.

I think unless we oppose the music industry controlled by 3 CEO’s, no CD Baby musician, or any musician anywhere has a fair chance for a career.

Here is my letter and their reply. Thanks CD Baby.


CD Baby,

Will you be discussing the music protest against 3 CEO’s running music, and only supporting teen pop?
The protest is from Dallas, supports all musicians and opposes a music industry down to 3 companies that control 80%.

Hope you will. That change alone would help everyone have a chance at a career.
Sometimes a little protest brings vitality to the music industry. It sure could use it now.

More at
This post is about the 3 men that control all the music.
That is not an exaggeration, it is a fact.

Here is the video

Here is a blog post about it.

Tom Hendricks
(I have 9 CD’s with CD Baby under Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar.


CD Baby Artist Services (CD Baby)
Jun 28, 10:36 AM PDT

Hi Tom,

Thanks for getting in touch with us!
I’m happy to pass this feedback along to our marketing team, as they are planning this year’s conference. Thanks,
Anna Held
Director of Customer Service
CD Baby

Texas Music Office and TeXas Video Showdown Support

May 23, 2016

Dear Musea Readers,

Lately I’ve gotten some support for the TeXas Video Showdown, a musical protest against an industry controlled by 3 CEO’s, from the TEXAS MUSIC OFFICE in Austin..

Marc Fort from the Texas Music Office, saw my post, liked it, commented on it, and sent me a guide to resources so that I could pass the word on to other Texans.


Hi Tom,

I love that line: “time to change the music industry so it’s built on talent and not publicity.”

It’s true that *the traditional music industry* is distributed and controlled by 3 multinational conglomerates, and the men that lead those companies.

The great news is that the playing field for having a career in the music industry is more wide open than ever. Prior to the Internet, musicians had to almost completely rely on the record labels for national and international distribution. Now it’s perfectly normal for musicians to have long, healthy, prosperous careers independent of the traditional industry.

Commercial radio is still very tough for independent artists to break into… because of the conglomerate consolidation, but independent and college radio do provide artists with opportunities.

Please feel free to give the Texas Music Office a call on Monday (when we’ll be back in the office), or shoot us an email at, and we’d be happy to send you some resources for the various genres you listed above (genres outside of pop music).

We have a ton of resources for indie musicians of all genres!
Thanks for sharing this! Did you write it? It’s really well done and thought out. I’m checking out the link to the TeXas Video Showdown now.

Best regards,
Marc Fort
Texas Music Office
(512) 463-6666


[And later after viewing the TeXas Video Showdown video:]

Loved the video! Reminded me of an old school rockabilly rave up! Thanks for sharing.
… I really, really enjoyed the song! I look forward to finding & hearing the studio version, because this video immediately made me want to hear another version where I can hear the vocals better.

We’ll definitely help spread the word! Musicians are organizing in DFW, San Antonio, Lubbock, & Austin, spurred on by some of the same inspirations. There’s a new nonprofit org up near your area – Hear Fort Worth – that’s organizing in an attempt to change some of the ongoing issues in the music industry.

Thanks again for sharing that rave-up! …


Music Business Has Jumped the Shark

January 27, 2016

Dear Readers, I have been saying it for some time, the music business is a mess.
My friend JHC sent me this link. Seems that the shape of music is a big concern to this writer too. Take a look.

Mother and Daughter Duo. (pencil drawing.)

Sayings of Editor Art – Another Batch

January 23, 2016

Tommy Says: I laughed, I cried, I ran the gambit.

Didn’t like your novel – too wordy!

The media is an ambulance with a microphone.

Take what you need, and give back when you don’t

Most solutions are taken too far until they cause problems of their own.

Beware a trail of chocolate!

The people that are the most sociable always have a patter that keeps others at bay.

Peeling tape never gets better.

Wherever she is is a safe corner for me

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