My daughter is 3 years old. There are a few things I realized a few things about what she will perceive about music and what is my standard of reference. It makes me feel old but also give me a sense of wonderment as time and perceptions march on.

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Everyone dreams of quitting their day job becoming a professional musician. However, not everyone can reach this dream. Others don’t realize that the dream is attainable and it is something you can actual reach. We are going to run down a few simple steps on what you need to do to quit your job and work full time at music. Before considering the jump- you need to decide how much money you need to make in order to survive. Some people need $700 a month for rent, some need $1500 and others live in a tent. You just need to figure out what you need a month to survive. For our examples we will base the needs on a $30,000 annual salary. If you need six figures, perhaps a pro musician lifestyle is not for you. This salary of 30,000 is roughly 15 bucks an hour. To reach that goal you need to pull in 600 bucks a week with music:

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The Grebes from Concord NH have a new EP, Darkdays // Winternights, that will be dropping very soon. Look for it to be released digitally in the next few days and then hard copies in a few weeks. If you like Belle and Sebastian, if you like Mumford and Sons before they sucked, if you like Violent Femmes, if you like The 123’s, if you like My First Morning Coffee Break(ok I made up that band)… then you will love this new EP put forth by The Grebes. It is an excellent collection of four well defined tunes.

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WellfleetWellfleet is a five piece band from the seacoast of New Hampshire. A five piece? I know what you are thinking; I thought they were a two piece, much like the bathing suit I wear on the seacoast beaches. NOOO- They were once a two member band but now they have five. Five guys. Like the burgers, but with less heart attack inducing options.
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Trade- New Local Band

Trade is a new band from Concord NH. They are sort of a funk, Soul, rhythm and blues band. The group has probably one of best bass and drum combinations in NH. Chris Noyes of “Dusty Gray” fame plays the bass and George Laliotis of “Cool Ass Mo Fo” bangs things. They each hold down the groove, giving the horns and vocals a chance to shine on. Laliotis also takes on the singing duties. His duties are massive. Mostly because he eats a lot of fiber, but also because the songs Trade tackle put his vocals to the test. He passes the test and gets 5 points extra credit for playing disc golf. The horns are sultry and smooth. They bring a level of class to the band that is missing from a lot of acts around town. If you didn't catch them at Market Days, or Camp N Jam make sure you do- Go out- see Trade- be blown away.

Want to make something of your music and your band? Realize this first, "Nobody gives a shit about your band". Then go buy the book, "Nobody Gives a Shit About Your Band"; the book is cheap, maybe $25 online. Then go read and see what they say. When you can't read another article, go read and when your eyes are bleeding, realize again, "Nobody gives a shit about your band" and then get to work making them give a shit.

Introduction: A lot of people make awesome albums, but only a small percent of those awesome songs gain any momentum, and that can be very discouraging for new bands and musicians. With these tips, hopefully you can get the first push needed to turn your hobby into a career!

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