The Many Disguises of Incompetence

Emperor's New Clothes PosterIncompetence hides under the many rocks of false assumptions. This is certainly not information specific to the entertainment industry. It is the pandemic reality of our very human nature and is very possibly written in our DNA.

We are all familiar with authors employing ghostwriters. We are less aware of when self-proclaimed film composers dungeon-up real ghost-composers to realize their ideas. True composers rightfully call these pretend composers “hummers”. Can you hum a tune? Congratulations, you are now a composer. According to Presidential ghostwriter James C. Humes, we’ve had only five Presidents of the United States who penned their own speeches. The problem with all this is that anybody can grow up thinking they can be President and anybody is exactly who we get. This system begs the question: to whose voice are we actually listening and whose music are we actually hearing?

Emperor's New Clothes PosterIncompetence hides under the many rocks of false assumptions. This is certainly not information specific to the entertainment industry. It is the pandemic reality of our very human nature and is very possibly written in our DNA.

We are all familiar with authors employing ghostwriters. We are less aware of when self-proclaimed film composers dungeon-up real ghost-composers to realize their ideas. True composers rightfully call these pretend composers “hummers”. Can you hum a tune? Congratulations, you are now a composer. According to Presidential ghostwriter James C. Humes, we’ve had only five Presidents of the United States who penned their own speeches. The problem with all this is that anybody can grow up thinking they can be President and anybody is exactly who we get. This system begs the question: to whose voice are we actually listening and whose music are we actually hearing?

Start Where You Are

by Gary Powell

We all live under many different kinds of restrictions including social, familial, emotional and almost always financial. If we stumble in even beginning our artistic endeavors it is prudent advice for us all to simply start wherever we are with whatever resources we can garner.
Tx Hwy 390 Wherever you are is the entry point – Kabir, Musician Saint of India

In the meantime, nurture your music and career in the arts with patience and discipline with the understanding that someday someone just may stop and take your picture simply because you are so magnificently rooted.

by Gary Powell

We all live under many different kinds of restrictions including social, familial, emotional and almost always financial. If we stumble in even beginning our artistic endeavors it is prudent advice for us all to simply start wherever we are with whatever resources we can garner.
Tx Hwy 390 Wherever you are is the entry point – Kabir, Musician Saint of India

In the meantime, nurture your music and career in the arts with patience and discipline with the understanding that someday someone just may stop and take your picture simply because you are so magnificently rooted.

Write, Paint, Sculpt or Compose

Why We Should Do It!

by Gary Powell

Michelangelo’s Sistine ChapelThere is a problem in having an artist’s perception of life. Seen any nature shows recently in HDTV? Now, this is the real reality TV. Life eats life and here in lies the difficulty. When compared to the pandemic altruistic model taught us through every step of our development, life eating life is generally glossed over despite the T-bone and freshly sharpened steak knife on our plate. It’s no wonder young artists have difficulty adjusting to a life which holds no resonance in reality for them. But, the talented have always been late to dinner… and usually it’s a dinner to which they were never invited in the first place.

by Gary Powell

Michelangelo’s Sistine ChapelThere is a problem in having an artist’s perception of life. Seen any nature shows recently in HDTV? Now, this is the real reality TV. Life eats life and here in lies the difficulty. When compared to the pandemic altruistic model taught us through every step of our development, life eating life is generally glossed over despite the T-bone and freshly sharpened steak knife on our plate. It’s no wonder young artists have difficulty adjusting to a life which holds no resonance in reality for them. But, the talented have always been late to dinner… and usually it’s a dinner to which they were never invited in the first place.

Keepers of the Flame

by Gary Powell

Benjamin FranklinRational, investigative and creative disciplines continue to be circumvented the much easier path of just making stuff up! “Copy and paste” music-making is now widely accepted as a legitimate production standard and because of this lowered standard the creative credentials across all the arts and sciences have been co-opted into the service of sycophants, pretenders and deal makers. With neither a discerning eye or direct experience, young artisans are sucked into a swirling system where the terms songwriter, composer, musical arranger and producer all become meaningless and interchangeable. Simply having an opinion about any creative gesture, regardless of the artistic discipline, is the same as the creation itself.

by Gary Powell

Benjamin FranklinRational, investigative and creative disciplines continue to be circumvented the much easier path of just making stuff up! “Copy and paste” music-making is now widely accepted as a legitimate production standard and because of this lowered standard the creative credentials across all the arts and sciences have been co-opted into the service of sycophants, pretenders and deal makers. With neither a discerning eye or direct experience, young artisans are sucked into a swirling system where the terms songwriter, composer, musical arranger and producer all become meaningless and interchangeable. Simply having an opinion about any creative gesture, regardless of the artistic discipline, is the same as the creation itself.

The Recording Studio Singer Job Description

by Gary Powell

It was brought to my attention from a reader that there is no how-to-succeed to-do list for becoming a recording studio session singer on my site. Before giving you the career path for becoming a professional recording studio session singer, I thought you should have the job description.

  • YOUR “EAR” IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR VOICE.

My Left-Brain


Doesn’t Know What My Right-Brain is Doing

by Gary Powell

egg-head-academicAcademics are accused in the creative arts of being too “left-brained”. On the street, this term defines people who are close-minded, uptight egg-heads who kill all our natural creative impulses. These creatively repressed individuals live within the confines of the confines of the confines of the out-of-touch and intellectually disconnected. Everyone who has been educated can certainly name professors who deserve this description. There is a disappointing consequence of this widely held viewpoint: When standing at the academic well, many young, creative people decide that no water is better than drinking bad water.