I broke my wrist two weeks ago (in a bicycle accident – don’t ask), and haven’t been able to type or do much of anything. That’s why you haven’t seen a post from me in a while.
But during my convalescence, I started doing a little housekeeping regarding all the things I’m into as an artist/writer/blogger/etc. And I realized I needed to tend to my main garden and main source of income…music.
I have boycotted music streaming almost since it started.
When my manager came to me and asked if I wanted to be on something called “Pandora” I asked how much we got paid. His answer was that answer all professionals run from like they’re being chased by a rabid bear…
“Well you don’t really make money from it, but it does give you tons of exposure.”
No thanks. People die from exposure.
Then, the world went almost exclusively to streaming and I still hadn’t made my music available to it. Then, the streamers created a system in which the underlying work creators (songwriters) basically went extinct.
So I have held all my music exclusively for people willing to pay for it. I have only shared it with a very small circle of supporters and paying customers at the merch table.
But as time has progressed and new legislation has been passed and signed, to at least help creators navigate the shark infested waters of the new music business, I’ve felt that it’s time to re-release my records digitally. Once I realized my son had no way to even access my songs, I knew I had to get involved with the new formats.
The good news for me is I own all my master recordings. This is the one perk of record labels not wanting to sign you.
And so I find myself with 6 CDs worth of material just sitting on a hard drive, collecting cyber dust.
As I’ve been laying around the house, unable to do much of anything, I’ve decided to take this time to square away my musical body of work and get it out there. Thousands of people read my blog and most of them don’t even know I’m a singer/songwriter and that that is what I do primarily. And I’ve been ok with that.
I’ve sort of forgotten about the music side of my life in many ways, and seen it as either my past or now my hobby. But even hobbies require some attention.
I’ve spent the last few days uploading all of my records, through DistroKid, to all the current music outlets: Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon and yes …even Pandora and Spotify.
They tell me it’s all up there, but that it may take a few days for everything to actually be live. I had to go back and make some adjustments with images and different tracks, blah blah blah.
I know some of you have already heard pretty much everything I’ve done, but now it will be easier for you to access on your preferred device or service.
I’m writing new music and getting ideas for new records and projects and I don’t want to let that part of my life go just yet. I still feel like I have something to say through music.
So I am.
American Dreams, Set It On Fire, On An Island, One Silent Night, Near Misses volume 1 and volume 2 are all in various stages of being “up.”
I hope you enjoy the music. And here’s to new songs (and old songs) on the way …
As soon as my hand is able to handle a two-hour typing session without me needing down a Percocet or two to stop the pain, I’ll be back to commenting on the state of things in the world.
I just wish there was something out there to comment on (insert absurd laughter here).
Thank you all for indulging me.
Here’s the Apple Music link to all my music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/regie-hamm/id1504299
You can also support this blog and the music by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/m/regiehamm