Posts Tagged ‘iTunes’

How to create an iMix

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Project #2

Creating an iMix in iTunes based on some kind of theme that you gravitate towards in your songwriting is a great way to get your name out there while associating yourself with artists that you identify with or have been big influences on your songwriting.

If you are wondering what an “iMix” is, it is basically a playlist you create from your own music collection or from the iTunes store that you can then publish on iTunes and promote on your website or blog. Hopefully other music fans who are interested in the theme your chose will stumble upon your mix, buy it and then discover one of your songs (which you included in the playlist, of course!)

Here are detailed instructions on how to create an iMix from the iTunes folks. One of my favorite things about this feature is that you do not have to own the songs to create a really rad playlist… you can just pull them (drag and drop) from the iTunes store.

I created one called “Songs about Prostitutes” because some of my favorite bands have songs about this: The Decemberists, The Pogues, The Smiths, Okkervil River. You can check out the play list at the blog following this titled “Songs about Prostitutes,” or just use the link above to go direct.

Photo of Strawbery Banke taken from the bay. It has cleaned up a lot in the last 50 years.

I wrote a song a few years back when I lived in Portsmouth, NH called Strawbery Banke which I included on this playlist. It is about a prostitute who lived in that section of town, which was basically a “red light district” for sailors from the early 1800 through about 1950. You can check out this song on my iMix ; ) or on my album Closed for the Season.

Modest Mouse, Bankrupt on Selling, cover of

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I have been obsessed with Modest Mouse since college. I got into them somewhere between Lonesome Crowded West and Building Nothing out of Something. Isaac Brock’s songwriting definitely influenced me, more from a lyrical and “overall perspective on the world” kind of way.

I decided to try a cover of “Bankrupt on Selling” after hearing a buddy of mine play it around the campfire in the Tetons. I love how “anti-establishment” this song is, but with a lot of quirkiness and personalization to the experience… something that a lot of songs with a political sentiment are missing. I recorded this cover for my second album “Periphery” that I produced with Larry Crane at Jackpot! in Portland. (This was before the days of computerized licensing and Isaac Brock actually called me in Alaska to let me know I could use the song and that I didn’t even have to pay for it! Yes, dorky star struck moment, but I had to share.)

Here is the YouTube video of me playing it live here in Bend. In the description of the song, I linked to the iTunes page where you can download the song for 99 cents. Voila.