Occupational Hazards A musician's run-ins with sharp knives and rusty can openers

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I am moving furniture to get ready for a house show. I pick up my 50 lb. keyboard and the 8 ft. bench under it teeters squarely onto my foot. I scream.

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself. And Getting Fired.

| Los Angeles, CA, US | | 5 Comments

The entire time I’ve been in LA, I’ve had a huge fear of getting fired. It’s like an opposing army blowing up the bridge on your road to success.

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Why I Pursue Sehnsucht Questions I face regarding my quest to play my trumpet and viola at the same time

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How do we console ourselves when others (or even we) call into question the value in what we do? How do we cope?

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the blurts in Java Joe's parking lot.

5 Tips for Making a No-Budget Music Video

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 10 Comments

One of the reasons I was always loathe to storyboard (besides the fact that I can’t draw for shit) was simply that I was overwhelmed by the idea of drawing out all those shots.

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Taxes for the self-employed: Bessie the filing cabinet - Pyragraph

How I Learned Just Enough About Taxes as a Self-Employed Musician Or: How to Enjoy Mint Juleps Whilst Organizing Receipts

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 1 Comment

It’s not that hard to prepare your shit for an accountant. Unlike how hard it is to BE an accountant, when you are really a digeridoo player or a comic book writer.

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How To Write An Email

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

When I read this, I feel like, OMG, Demetri Martin actually emailed me, whoa! My favorite part is the salutation. This—this—is how to write an email.

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How Not to Write an Email

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It’s so much easier to judge or misunderstand text on a screen than a real person, because a computer just lacks so much of what real contact is.

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Five Reasons You Aren’t Famous

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

You keep telling yourself to exercise, to practice guitar, to hit the books, and so on, but then you remember that a new episode of “Breaking Bad” is on.

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Singing in the Rain: A Musician’s Life in Seattle

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It stays the same long enough to miss it, and it changes enough you don’t get sick of it for long.

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Risk-Taking at Gatas y Vatas

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Marisa Demarco, the festival founder, asked me to perform. I immediately said no. I couldn’t fathom performing without the safety net of my band.

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Is it all in my head?

The Big Side Jobs Debate: Is It All in My Head?

| Los Angeles, CA, US | | 2 Comments

If you tell people you are working side jobs, does it give the impression that you are hurting for money, and/or willing to work for less than you’re worth?

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Alex McMahon (and Wildewood) loves Albuquerque - Pyragraph

Why I Love Playing in Albuquerque

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There are a lot of reasons to love living in Albuquerque (Mary and Tito’s stuffed turnovers spring to mind) and even more to love playing here.

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the blurts play Burt's

My Life Crisis Forced Me to Leave My Band And now I'm back

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 3 Comments

Balancing music with needing to put my daughter first is tricky. I have to admit, there’s something about playing music that feels self-indulgent.

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Money: Talk About It

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 1 Comment

I was handing her a CD and not saying a goddamn word about how there needed to be 50% more money in my hand before that CD could be in her hand.

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Have Guitar, Will Work Enough to Keep Doing Just That How I Make a Living by Playing Music

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It doesn’t take long to realize how difficult (though not necessarily impossible) it is to make a living by playing music alone.

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No Soliciting: From Fan to Foe

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Consider that each humble request you send out to your fans may eventually lead to a a lack of interest in your music, or worse, a loss of respect.

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