Mouse Tracks


The Story of Walt Disney Records

by Gary Powellmouse tracks written by tim hollis greg enrbar

If you were born into the world, as I was, with Walt Disney Records as the dominant deliverer of family entertainment, then you will cerainly enjoy reading Mouse Tracks written by Tim Hollis and Greg Enrbar.

Joining the enormous legacy of Walt Disney Records in 1989, I thought I had a solid knowledge of the record company. I did read stories, recognized names and saw faces in Mouse Tracks that were familiar, like Annette Funicello. However, there were also surprises to me, like, reading about the record mogul Mike Curb’s varied career. The book also recounted stories of old recordings, still fresh in my musical memory from childhood, like, “Davy Crockett – King of the Wild Frontier.” Obviously, the researchers and authors, Tim Hollis and Greg Enrbar, spent many hours in the archives and on the phone with the principle contibutors to the record company since its inception in 1955.

by Gary Powellmouse tracks written by tim hollis greg enrbar

If you were born into the world, as I was, with Walt Disney Records as the dominant deliverer of family entertainment, then you will cerainly enjoy reading Mouse Tracks written by Tim Hollis and Greg Enrbar.

Joining the enormous legacy of Walt Disney Records in 1989, I thought I had a solid knowledge of the record company. I did read stories, recognized names and saw faces in Mouse Tracks that were familiar, like Annette Funicello. However, there were also surprises to me, like, reading about the record mogul Mike Curb’s varied career. The book also recounted stories of old recordings, still fresh in my musical memory from childhood, like, “Davy Crockett – King of the Wild Frontier.” Obviously, the researchers and authors, Tim Hollis and Greg Enrbar, spent many hours in the archives and on the phone with the principle contibutors to the record company since its inception in 1955.

Creating Your Own Opportunities

by Gary Powell

New opportunities are emerging for all of us in the creative arts, science, education and even politics. These opportunities are optimized and become more sustainable when they are born from our own ingenuity and talent and then coupled with the knowledge and implementation of new technologies. This is not new! Look no further than Walt Disney, the Man, to understand combining an individual’s ingenuity with new technologies. Also, for me, these new opportunities are not simply happening from having spent thirty years of becoming a successful composer and record producer. Yes, my effort and contribution can’t be dismissed, but it’s not the whole story.

by Gary Powell

New opportunities are emerging for all of us in the creative arts, science, education and even politics. These opportunities are optimized and become more sustainable when they are born from our own ingenuity and talent and then coupled with the knowledge and implementation of new technologies. This is not new! Look no further than Walt Disney, the Man, to understand combining an individual’s ingenuity with new technologies. Also, for me, these new opportunities are not simply happening from having spent thirty years of becoming a successful composer and record producer. Yes, my effort and contribution can’t be dismissed, but it’s not the whole story.

Investigating the Recording Studio

Session Singer Career Path

by Gary Powell

singer faith greveI have previously written about the job description of the recording session singer, but it was brought to my attention by a subscriber that I had not written a how-to-succeed to-do list for becoming a recording studio session singer on my site. Having already given you the job description, below is a list of just one possible scenario for becoming a professional recording studio session singer.

So, if becoming a recording session singer is a career path you are interested in pursuing, then tomorrow morning start working on this list and answering its questions. Feel free to skip items as scheduling permits and opportunities present themselves.

by Gary Powell

singer faith greveI have previously written about the job description of the recording session singer, but it was brought to my attention by a subscriber that I had not written a how-to-succeed to-do list for becoming a recording studio session singer on my site. Having already given you the job description, below is a list of just one possible scenario for becoming a professional recording studio session singer.

So, if becoming a recording session singer is a career path you are interested in pursuing, then tomorrow morning start working on this list and answering its questions. Feel free to skip items as scheduling permits and opportunities present themselves.

Sharing Your Creative Process


and Why it Helps Your Clients

by Gary Powell

Shenandoah DVD CoverEither as a film composer or commercial composer, it will help your clients learn to depend on you more if you share your creative process with them. If you don’t, they will most certainly think of your job as just magic or even worse, nothing but talent or luck. If you are composing or writing for sophisticated buyers of creative arts, it is likely they already have experience with talent and especially fame, something that is wearing very thin. I like to think that every note I write is defendable in front of a panel of my peers.

by Gary Powell

Shenandoah DVD CoverEither as a film composer or commercial composer, it will help your clients learn to depend on you more if you share your creative process with them. If you don’t, they will most certainly think of your job as just magic or even worse, nothing but talent or luck. If you are composing or writing for sophisticated buyers of creative arts, it is likely they already have experience with talent and especially fame, something that is wearing very thin. I like to think that every note I write is defendable in front of a panel of my peers.

Make the Life You Want

by Gary Powell

We commonly understand that illegal drug use, alcohol abuse and driving on the wrong side of the road are bad for humans. However, there is no more efficient way to forestall a perfectly talented artistic career than to be unequally yoked in either a professional or personal relationship. oxen photoBeing unequally yoked is a Biblical reference, but nonetheless, I like the descriptive metaphor of two oxen of different strengths joined by a big block of wood ostensibly joining forces to pull a creative load of art. Just make sure that the oxen coupled to you is an equal in all regards: four legs, two eyes, nice haunches, health insurance and an IRA account. If that ox on your immediate right is half your weight in these areas, then it’s not only your monetary success that will soon be forestalled. You may find that the passion for what was previously your “inspired work” will quickly minify to “busy work”. The up side is that you may soon enjoy a new and flourishing resentment of nearly everything in life, always entertaining chatter at parties.