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blog posted 3.24.16

DEAR ARTIST: Surprise Me.

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Dear Artist, Surprise Me.

This is what we’re thinking when we click on a new song and press play…

We zero in and listen. And wait for that feeling. We’re hoping for a thrill. We’re looking for a keeper. We don’t have a lot of time on our hands, we just want great music in our ears. And oh yea, our attention span is about 5 seconds long. Can you sell us in that amount of time?

When you write a song, you’re inviting us into a relationship with you. You provide the
entertainment, we lend an ear. Believe me, we want to love you. We want you to show us your best. We want you in our head. But there’s so much music out there – too much music – so we will be discriminating …

When we hear it we’ll know. That song that grabs us with a hook, a harmony, a riff, a surprise we didn’t expect. It’s your gift to us. It separates you from the others. We’ll download your song. We’ll play the track over and over. And we’ll tell our friends.

The same goes for the live performance. If we come to your show, we are already invested in you. That’s when we look for a little more ‘interest’ on our investment. That’s when you can really deliver. An impromptu jam session, drum solo, guest appearance, or cover song we never knew you played – you’ll have us around your little finger… And we’ll tell our friends.

I spend ten hours a day working with music. When you listen to that much it all starts sounding the same. Not bad music, just predictable, ya know? Then it happens; in the sea of monochromatic, a surprise jumps out. My ears perk up. I close my eyes to take it all in. You changed the beat, took an exciting turn, added a mandolin, spoke to my heart with lyrics. You surprised me, and I knew you were a keeper.

In the past month, these artists have surprised me. Click on each to see if you agree: Continue reading …

WHO'S ON TOUR

Val Keynote Speaker at April Luncheon

MEET VAL

FEATURED PLAYLIST: Change of Scenery

GIVE A QUICK LISTEN BELOW: press the play arrow and songs will rotate automatically in 30 second clips. Previews courtesy of iTunes.

A LITTLE CHANGE OF SCENERY IS A GOOD THING. GO WITH IT.

Valslist & Chicago Botanic Garden presents:

Brendan James Live From The Garden

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Part Potawatomi

by Jenny Gillespie

Singer/Songwriter

THIS WEEK'S COVER

Song: “Nothing Compares 2 U”

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Sinead O’Conner

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