Vlog No. 22: Random

10 Jun

It’s so random.

Projects As of Late

6 Jun

It’s been busy…and that’s a good thing. I find it kind of hard to relay all the projects happening via my usual social media postings because…well, I often just Facebook about coffee and Taylor Swift. I thought it might be cool to do a round up of stuff I have worked on or am working on lately…lots of cool people and art happening.

Susan’s Write Away Series

Aside from usual Susan adventures, we have tried to take advantage of video in new ways, and here’s the first result of that! It’s a series of songwriting tips from Susan. She wears an awesome hat. Check out the Youtube playlist. We’re releasing one every Wednesday until we don’t!

Elizabeth Wills

Elizabeth just released her amazing new record, Every Little Star. I worked on the website, and helped with the Kickstarter, and all that good stuff. You can take a listen to (and buy!) the new album here.

Cari Hutson & Good Company

I made a video for Cari’s crowdfunding campaign, and they were super successful on their Kickstarter last week. This band is amazing – I’m hooked and go to see them live when I can at their Austin residency at Strange Brew. Really excited to hear their record, because Cari’s voice is one of the best I’ve heard.



So excited to get these guys’ Kickstarter launched. SOON. Watch out world, this album is gonna wreck ya in the best way.

Bob Cheevers

Howlin’ Dog Records, of which I am 1/3 partner, just signed on to help Bob with his awesome 50 Years box set project. We’re hitting reset on his GoFundMe and excited to get this 5 disc retrospective out to the world.

Bob Livingston


Another Howlin’ Dog signee! Bob is making a new record with us and we’re going to do a crowd-funding pre-sale here shortly. One might ask, “WHY SO MUCH CROWD-FUNDING???” Well. The deal is…if you have the crowd, why not? Sell the record early, get the funds to make it, and go kick some butt. Bob is another example of one of those Texas legends with a fantastic bank of songs, and it’s cool we get to work with him on this go ’round.

Ry Taylor

Ry is a Howlin’ Dog Records artist and one of the coolest guys all around. He’s got a new album out, and we’re taking pre-orders on his website.

…and some other various random things. It’s good to be working. And vlogging. And all that stuff! I’m redesigning the Social Thinkery site to reflect more of what I do, but if you’re interested in getting some crowdfunding help, general music business consulting, video work, or whatever else you can dream and want to involve me on, drop me a line!

Katie flies a drone and I try to film it. Mostly we just laugh a lot. Also I’m trying to be more organized…haha.

We’ve hit 20 vlogs already…wow. I invoked the hive mind of question askers for this one. We discuss pop songs, love, green chile, and pens among other things.

So this happened.

11 May


Thanks for watching, MCC!

The best days are when new Mary Chapin Carpenter Albums come out. I’ve had a long history of chasing her music across guitar lessons and across the country and I’m better for it.

This vlog was hard to make. I’m not a mercury retrograde believer, but that’s happening right now and just about everyone I know has stuff that is breaking. In my case, this vlog was ready the day it was “due,” until the footage deleted itself. I got mad and took 5 extra days to finish. It still got done. Sorry, Mercury.

It’s weird that I saw two big shows this week, since my weekly average for seeing things with tickets is about 1 every 16 weeks. I kinda dig it. Also there were no better shows than these for me and my mood. Thanks, pop music and Prince and Ellie and Maya.

Ellie Goulding

Whew. I’ve been all up in the video making lately that the text post quality on this blog has really gone down. Part of me regrets that, part of me is proud of posting videos so regularly so…eh. But TEXT! Let’s WRITE!

So…I spent the week in New Mexico for my cousin’s wedding. It was beautiful…all of it. My cousin, the wedding, and New Mexico. We had some rain but desert rain is different in that it doesn’t ever last long and it SMELLS SO GOOD after it deluges in New Mexico that you feel cleaner just for sniffing it. As I drove back East toward Texas I was kind of bumming out. It’s been raining here to the point of some flooding in Houston and as I crossed over West Texas into the middle part it got cloudy and grey. My mood fit the clouds, I was tired of driving, and I wasn’t really relieved to be back at all.


To top it off I bought a ticket to see Ellie Goulding about 5 months ago, not knowing I’d be in New Mexico that weekend for a wedding. So I drive from San Angelo to San Marcos on Tuesday, and Ellie was performing that night waaaay up in North Austin. It might as well have been Oklahoma according to my mood. I toyed with the idea of staying home because I was sick of being in a car, but I like Ellie and I love pop music and SUCK IT UP, JANA.

I’m glad I did. Ellie Goulding was amazing.

As I sat in my seat I was REALLY glad I didn’t bail because I didn’t realize what a good seat I had. I was directly off the stage area up in the first row of real seats (all the young kids and their general admission standing…that’s not for short people). So no one was in front of me, and I was about 15 feet from the stage. I could see facial expressions without looking at the giant video screen. SCORE.

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha opened, who I have heard of but wasn’t totally educated on. 3 songs in she drops this little “I’m going to do some songs I wrote but didn’t record because I’m a songwriter first,” truth bomb, and proceeds to sing:

The Monster – she wrote the part Rihanna sings on Eminem’s track
Hey Mama – she wrote it and David Guetta and Nicki Minaj topped the charts with it
Me, Myself, and I – G-Eazy and Bebe are currently number 1 with it
No Broken Hearts – Bebe’s own single with Nicki Minaj

So that was some pop star power right there for a 30 minute opening act. Bebe is going to be big, I think. And her songwriting cred is already huge.

Years & Years from the UK was the 2nd opening act, and they entertained though I wasn’t familiar with their stuff previously. I am a fan.

Ellie Goulding

And then…ELLIE. As she progressed through her 1 hour 40 minute set, I kept thinking, “I LOVE THIS SONG!” over and over again. The amount of earworm hits she has is impressive. I’m also an album buyer, so I knew many of the “deep cuts” she sang…because they’re just as catchy. Ellie could release anything off her last 3 records and it’d probably be a hit.

Ellie Goulding

I took a lot of photos and some videos, because I like to document. Hilariously, before she launched into my favorite Ellie song (“Burn”), she lectured us all about seeing phones instead of faces the whole show, and asked us all to put them down for godssakes and just be in the moment. So I did. It was lovely. I also kept my phone in my pocket for “Love Me Like You Do” which was another mega-hit and the encore. Until I snuck one last photo of the glitter, because…ALL THE GLITTER.

Ellie Goulding

Lesson learned: whilst I live in the “Live Music Capital of the World” – sometimes I gotta prod myself to go see it. And often times it’s the big arena shows that light me up, and NO SHAME. Bring all the international pop hits to me, please.