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Interrobang articles by Rose Cora Perry


Fork in the Road: It's good, you say?
Unsurprisingly, I got into yet another debate recently. Yes, I know I ought to learn to keep my mouth shut sometimes, but I doubt it’ll happen in this lifetime. This time around, my adversary and I got onto the topic of the current sta... Read more

Fork in the Road: Reality check needed
Logic is the science of reason and sound judgment, but does it still have a place in modern society? Now, this line of questioning may seem to some a bit extreme, but I’ve recently bore witness to two episodes involving social media that I... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Living authentically
I recall having a conversation with a friend of mine recently in which she firmly stated it’s impossible for her not to be herself all the time. I chuckled to myself at the notion because it seemed so self-evident, but what she really mean... Read more

Fork in the Road: The "C" word
Compromise. I never knew it could be a dirty word until I had an off-putting exchange with a friend of mine. A few months ago, I ventured to the T-dot for a much overdo girls reunion. Everything was going swimmingly until one of my girlfriends w... Read more

Fork in the Road: I want it all
I’m someone who wants to do everything, new opportunities, new learning experiences, new travel destinations, new skill acquisitions, I don’t want to miss any of it. With every year that passes, the urge to try new things only st... Read more

Fork in the Road: The need for speed
The other day as I was driving home from work, a fellow on a motorcycle sped past me weaving in and out of traffic. He was either in a rush or simply showing off, but regardless of his reckless driving, I couldn’t help but chuckle when we ... Read more

Fork in the Road: Decisions, decisions, decisions
If I learned anything this past summer, it is that the lyrics to The Stones’ song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” ring true for the life of a young career-minded adult. Many of us have been indoctrinated with a ... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Keep it positive
I know this woman. On the surface, she’s seemingly unremarkable: average looking, works a menial job and has few possessions of value. She’s unmarried and has never had children. In her spare time, she dabbles in the entertainment bu... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Failure by comparison
She earns more money than me. I’m married, and he’s not. I’m in better shape than her. Social comparison – we all engage in it. It helps us define our status by referencing others in our peer groups. If you’... Read more

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Fork in the Road: The North American nightmare - Let's try to remember what's really important
You can tell a lot about human nature by observing how individuals behave in traffic. There are a couple other settings in modern society that amplify our survivalist instincts. When road rage sets in, it quickly becomes every person for him... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Thinking small has big consequences
I recently decided to take up the study of economics in my spare time. Whenever I tell others, I’m confronted first with astoundment, which is followed shortly with “Dear God, why?” or a similar question, equally imbued with a ... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Bodily politica
A friend of mine recently shared photos of her amazing personal journey and physical transformation on Facebook. She looks incredible. She dedicated herself to getting into shape the right way: she restructured her eating habits, detoxified ... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Collage catastrophe
Following our wedding, my husband and I did the customary thing of getting photos printed up for our parents. Though my dad is not typically the sentimental type, he wanted me to make him a collage. When my brother and I were still “an... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Cat. Scratch. Fever.
I have this friend who’s ridiculously intelligent and often compared to Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, not because of his intelligence, but because of his “unique” approach to people and situations. I love him. Our mut... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Aging... Wisely
Last month I celebrated my 30th birthday. When they tell ya it’s a monumental event you’re sure to remember, boy do they have it right. Besides digesting the emotions that revolve around concluding the final decade of one’s “youthful” years, my ... Read more

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Fork in the Road: To learn... to grow
Right before I met the man who would eventually become my husband, I had a chance encounter with one of my exes whom I used to be completely head over heels for. When I had first met this past flame of mine, I immediately felt a fiery attraction... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Happiness is... [insert appropriate cliché here]
I grew up in the west end of the city. The crime rate consisted of the occasional deer “trespassing” across my lawn. I never had to wear earplugs to block out the sounds of city traffic late at night so that I could fall asleep. I could go for w... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Luck be a lady tonight
A number of years ago, life was giving me a rough go and in my case, the expression, “when it rains, it pours,” certainly was an apt description. Within a one-month span, my near decade-long relationship fell into shambles (and accordingly there... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Stronger than you think
I often joke that my dad must have been under the impression I was a boy because, as I was growing up, he consistently uttered phrases to me like “crying is a sign of weakness.” (I did dress like a skid kid and had awfully short hair for some ti... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Thanks... I guess?
Christmas is an “interesting” time of year. I often joke it brings out the “best” in people... of course I mean that with the sincerest level of sarcasm possible (if you don’t wanna take my word for it, just visit any mall during the last-minute ... Read more

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Fork in the Road: The price of freedom
It seems to be one of my life’s ironies that others consistently throw wrenches in the gears of my master plans. Perhaps you can relate: You know what you’re capable of. You have a specific goal in mind. Everything’s primed for execution but the... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Can the truth actually set you free?
I want you to imagine the following scenario: you’re a detective in a recent homicide case trying to get to the guts of what actually happened. You have conflicting testimonies from four key witnesses: two provide compelling evidence that the pe... Read more

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Fork in the Road: Beauty’s not the only thing in the eye of the beholder
The cynic in me has an easy sassy reply to the question we’ll be mulling over this month: “What is power?” Between Chanel No. 5 ad campaigns and the lyrics to a rather catchy AC/DC tune, at least according to the North American sensibility, havi... Read more

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Fork in the Road: All I know is that I know nothing
The first thing one must acknowledge if one ever wishes to grow and develop as a person is to not only forget everything one supposedly “knows,” but further to outright accept the fact that quite frankly (paraphrased from the wise words of good ... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Laughter is the best medicine
Remember when your mom used to tell you not to hold your face in grotesque positions for too long, otherwise it might stick that way? While Mom may have ever so slightly exaggerated her words of caution (though frown lines can permanently leave ... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Is time really on your side?
Perhaps the second most written-about topic, next to love, is time. Our culture abounds with clichés, idiomatic expressions (and song titles!) about the passing of the hour: time after time, third time’s the charm, let’s make up for lost time...... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Cleanliness is next to...
A couple of years ago, my significant other and I were making our initial “introductory rounds” (meeting each other’s families for the first time) and decided, while we were in the neighbourhood, to drop in on one of his couple-friends. While th... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: A few too many of my favourite things
I recently took up a part-time role as the administrator for a business wherein I was replacing an elderly lady who had committed herself to said organization for 30-plus years. Now this is no insult to her or her abilities, but what I inherited... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: The rules of engagement
EVERYTHING (and I mean everything) in life is governed by contracts. Whether spoken or not, when we engage in interactions with each other, our responses and behaviours that are deemed "appropriate" and/or "allowed" are determined by the circums... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Personal agency and saying "no" to negative influences
Amanda Todd. Canadian. Fifteen years old. Dead. Another bullied, angst-ridden, self-abusing, depressed teen to add to the list of those whose lives were cut too short. In a word: tragic. Upon release of the news, discourse from concerned pare... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Are you really "all grown up"?
As we age physically, our psychological perceptions also drastically change. In our youth, it begins subtly: as psychologist Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development notes, over approximately the first 10 years of our life on this planet, w... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Growing up and growing old – not necessary synonymous terms
This past month, I celebrated 28 years of glorious existence on this earth; namely "glorious" because unlike my fellow wacky artistic types, I was smart enough not to find membership on the "Dead at 27" list. Like all of my previous birthdays,... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: A few questions you NEED to know the answers to
One of the greatest and longest standing scientific debates revolves around human socialization and how much we can attribute to nature versus nurture. In other words, are we born with pre-existing dispositions to certain kinds of behaviours, at... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Discriminating taste
I think it goes without saying that ALL of us come to the table with various chips on our shoulders. While someone’s situation may appear “picture perfect” on the outside, ultimately you don’t know the trials and tribulations they may have faced... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: The best laid plans...
When it comes to developing (and maintaining) psychological maturity, a key ingredient to success is cultivating a sunny disposition. As the words to the theme of Monty Python’s The Life of Brian so smartly prescribe, one should always strive to... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Lost in translation
Ah, the art of conversation. If only it were as easy to navigate as it is to define: simply, two or more individuals engaged in dialogue. The problem is that people don’t always express what they’re truly feeling; worse (and what seems to be an ... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Power tripping people a treat to deal with
My whole life I've been told, upon first impression, I'm rather intimidating. My whole life, I've found this phenomenon rather curious. No, I'm not looking for an ego-stroking here. Rather, I guess you could say I just find it difficult to come ... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Sexual sabotage
As a personal fitness trainer, my mom meets many "interesting" characters on a regular basis and every single one of them, inevitably, has a "story to tell." Beyond seeking her guidance to shed unwanted pounds, her clients also frequently positi... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Kicking addiction
Back in my former punk band days of glory, I used to jam with this drummer. Though I've always placed "the music" at the forefront, unfortunately it'd seem that far too many players allow the "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" lifestyle to reign sup... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Under pressure not the best way to live
Human life is, in a word, STRESSFUL! Whether you're physically exerting yourself at work, dealing with emotional family squabbles, prepping for that important "dream job" interview or trying to arrange what you thought would be a simple social ... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Call it a case of the "blues"
Originally 'symptomatically' noted by good old Siggy Freud, but not formally defined until 1965 in a groundbreaking article by Elliot Jaques, the term "mid-life crisis" has become so ubiquitous within society that the image of a 60-year-old grey... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Guilty as charged!
The other day, a girlfriend of mine texted me in a panic. Though her initial message merely read, "Hey what's up?", I knew immediately her interest in contacting me went far beyond a casual check-in. It didn't take long after my prompt reply fo... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Out of your head and into your heart... and/or gut
A couple of years ago I underwent a series of events that can only be accurately equated to how Neo must have felt in The Matrix upon taking the red pill. Essentially, I had to come to grips with the fact that EVERYTHING I thought was my reality... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: "Consider" this
It is often pondered how much the outside world influences us: our decisions, our senses of self and that which we elect as 'worth striving for.' Less often considered is how much each of us, as individuals, influence the outside world – a conce... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Learning to resolve
As a personal fitness trainer and an accredited nutritional expert boasting 35 years of experience, a question my mom all too commonly encounters around this season is "Why do so many (an estimated 75 per cent, in fact!) New Year's resolutions f... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Bah, humbug! Christmas shishmiss
I'm conflicted about Christmas. Some may even claim I'm a bit "grinchy." While I agree with its sentiments, its modern day practise frankly makes me feel like removing myself from all associated celebrations of it entirely. My "bah humbug" atti... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Your fiscal future is in your own hands
Defined by the Encyclopedia of Psychology as "the ability to forgo an immediate pleasure or reward in order to gain a more substantial one later," learning to delay gratification goes hand-in-hand with learning to enhance one's self-control. Ps... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: 'In jest,' you say?
Ethel Barrymore, of the "royally-"deemed acting clan, once said, "You grow up the day you have your first real laugh … at yourself." While Ethel was no psychologist, her words contain undeniable wisdom about human nature and the road to maturity... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Honesty is a virtue
It starts out with a slight exaggeration (typically characterized by the use of superlatives): I would NEVER this, it was the WORST experience of my ENTIRE life, she's COMPLETELY obsessed with me. Then slowly but surely, what was once only a mi... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: The art of provocation
Before society started to invent ways for us to develop insecurities (e.g.: media messages of unrealistic perfection, among other things) that cause us to engage in irrational attacks of others, jealousy existed in its most basic form: rooted in... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Green eyes of envy look at others
This past summer, I attended the wedding celebration of a dear friend of mine. Because I strongly believe that one should get decked out for special occasions (and, well, I like any excuse to dress up, really), I purchased myself a fine little J... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: En Garde! More on the art of fighting fair
As our discussion of "dissociative anonymity" proved, having a disagreement with a stranger, even if it leads to verbal abuse, is an entirely different ballgame than arguing with someone with whom you have personal ties, either professionally or... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: The great debate
As an editorialist, I tend to walk (erm … write) on the "controversial" side of the spectrum. Touching upon subjects like whether religion or science has caused more human catastrophe, whether certain behaviours should remain gendered and whethe... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Bloody pirates!
Once upon a time in a land not too far away, I made the naïve presumption that the world of theatre was somehow more legit than that of rock 'n' roll – that was, until the following story was relayed to me... Excited to endeavour to express hi... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: Changing tides
As a Leo, one of my strongest traits is my sense of loyalty; believe me, I would do ANYTHING for the people I love. BUT, there comes a time in one's life when your relationship dynamics with others vastly change. As we age, enter long-term ro... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: The world's smallest violin
I had this friend. The term "trainwreck" cannot even begin to characterize her. Convinced her life was a melodramatic soap opera PURELY as a result of the fact she was riddled with an unfortunate family situation and even more unfortunate perpet... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: "Please" sir, may I have some more?
Deep down, most of us are insecure in some capacity. Whether it's the slight bump on your nose, the extra 10 pounds you recently gained or that one crooked tooth that ruins your otherwise Hollywood smile, no one (not even Angelina Jolie) can liv... Read more

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Psych Your Mind: How am I not myself?
There's a distinct difference between growing up and acting grown up. While the former refers to the physical, hormonal and biological changes one's body undergoes as one ages, the latter is a much more complex psychological development that req... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... To err certainly is human
Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of the human mind is our ability to rationalize seemingly anything. The Holocaust, the Aral Sea, Watergate, eugenics, residential schools (and believe me folks, I'm just scratching the iceberg here) – ... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band? - Grand Finale: Let 'er rip!
Inspiration, by its very nature, draws upon the influence of pre-existing factors: first comes an incident, person, place, concept or tangible item, then the emotion one attaches, and finally, the resulting artistic creation. When it comes to "s... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... Fending for ourselves
I'm 26 years old and I'm a member of a union. No, I'm not a mechanic or a tradesperson, nor is my membership mandatory because of the company with which I'm employed. On the contrary, a great deal of people (particularly those within my demograp... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Taking centre stage ... fright?
You know, I've been writing this column for hmm ... let's see ... about five years now, and it never once occurred to me to tackle this week's subject. It's not that it hasn't always been lurking on the periphery. Rather, I guess I just kinda to... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... How about a little substance between all that "fluff?"
I recently found myself quite bored at my day job. Almost always there's something for me to do to chip away at the old 9 to 5 (either work-related or personal). But this past Sunday, with no new client inquiries and prime touring season yet to ... Read more

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So You Wanna Be in a Rock Band?: "Risk" management
The other day, I received two proposals from individuals "generously" offering to take over the reins of my career. No doubt my recent invitation to attend the 53rd annual Grammy Awards as an honourary guest artist had something to do with it. ... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... Now that's entertainment!
James Dean: Icon. Legend. Tragic. Those were the three main adjectives that came to my mind to describe the "Rebel Without a Cause" before I had the opportunity to watch his selftitled biopic starring James Franco. After being privy to the film,... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Not so super "sonic"
For quite some time, I've reserved my judgment. But when a service is purported by businesspersons as an "industry standard" and implemented whenever possible, yet that very same service has been called out for its illegitimacy by artists, I cou... Read more
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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... In defence of P.M.S.
Admittedly, I'm a right bitch one week out of every calendar month. But you know what? I and my fellow females are damn well justified in acting this way. You try experiencing nausea, cramps, migraines, bloating, sugar cravings, surges in you... Read more

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So You Wanna Be in a Rock Band?: Put up your dukes
Like any aspiring artist, my work has been subjected both to critical review and praise. While I've had listeners assert that my lyrics and music espouse "universal truths" inspired by an honest "broken-hearted aesthetic," I've equally been labe... Read more

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Call Me Old Fashioned But... It's my body and I'll eat what I want to
The human species has long had a nasty habit of condemning things it does not understand. Any sign of difference or nonconformity seems to lead to the eruption of shit storms largely fuelled by personal attacks, as opposed to factual evidence. A... Read more

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So You Wanna Be in a Rock Band?: Let's talk legal when it comes to music
A few months ago, a close girlfriend of mine was offered a potentially career-changing opening slot for a major label artist in the GTA. Ambitious and actively seeking her "big break," like most serious indie talents, she and her band accepted t... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But...Flying Solo
I never thought that acquiring something that belonged to me in the first place would be so difficult, or I would somehow be made to feel at fault for wanting it back. That was, until I flew with Delta in December. With London's first snowfall... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Taking care of business
It's a mere two days before what might be the biggest shows of your entire career: a live performance and radio interview in Times Square, New York City. Your nonrefundable flight is scheduled to leave early the next day in the a.m. You wake up ... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But...Breaking up is hard to do in a "wired world"
I don't know about you, but I'm definitely someone who opts for a "clean break," whenever possible. Regardless of whether we're talking a business deal gone awry, a messy split with a romantic partner, or a desire to cease communications with so... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: To perform, perchance to entertain
A few months ago, my good friend, local bluesman Nathan Ouellette, and I were having a debate on the way home from a joint gig. While neither of us could pinpoint a solitary definitive cause, we came to the conclusion that in a lot of ways, th... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But...Exper-tease for dummies?
I swear, everyone thinks they're a bloody expert. Well, let me let you in on something folks – just 'cause you read a Wikipedia entry, watch a documentary or peruse a National Geographic article on a given subject does NOT entitle you to call yo... Read more

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So You Wanna Be in a Rock Band?: Going grassroots helps build a band
This past summer, I found hope in the oddest of places. Anyone who knows me is well aware I’m pretty set in my ways musicallyspeaking and that “the dark arts” have never really struck my fancy. But, there I was at a metal show in the basement ... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... Give me some “credit”
I once knew a musician who, upon receiving his OSAP cheque in the mail, ventured off to his local music store and blew the whole thing on a Pearl drumkit. As for school? Well, I guess you could say he blew that as well. Now, it goes without sayi... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: "E" is for the ego that's gotta go
Upon initial consideration, Tyra Banks sounds ridiculous claiming that "having the right kind of personality" is a large determinant of success in the modeling world. However, after some thought, not only is she right on the money with this st... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... Counting ... speech?
In the spirit of the season, on that special day when we traditionally consume copious amounts of turkey (well, tofurky for us vegans), I wanted to publicly display my gratitude ... in other words, "give thanks." As my friends and family are sca... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Who's really at fault for declining music sales?
Back in 2008, I wrote a kick-off column on this very same subject with the same title. At its finale, I concluded that the major record labels (and their songwriting teams), who are merely interested in perpetuating the same talentless garble ... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... Service with a smile
Nowadays, any visit to a big box store will quickly prove that the so-called "customer service" agents are as ignorant as the general public when it comes to where anything is or whether the store even stocks the items in question. Moreover, it ... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: A re-introduction's in order
Well, music industry, I thought you and I had had an amicable divorce, but it would seem that you've been rearing your ugly head once again, demanding more blood, sweat, and tears as your sick form of alimony. In other words, I thought I was d... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... Let's make a date
There's a difference in the eyes of men between a "bang-able chick" and a "marriage- able woman." The reason I can be so certain of this is because the vast majority of my friends are of the masculine gender (not to mention I have six older brot... Read more

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L.O.O.K. out world!
Whether you subscribe to the 2012 Mayan prophecies, look to the current economic crisis, or consider our seriously detrimental reliance on that icky black substance that comes from the decomposition of ancient critters, I think it's fairly evi... Read more

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"Dressing" for the occasion?
I guess in some ways, I'm still really like a little kid. At the tender age of 26, I still jump on any excuse I have to get all glam-ed up and spend a night out on the town. But unlike the "modern woman," to me, putting on my "Sunday's best" is ... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But: PC... how’s about we change it to “polite candidness”?
Last summer while on vacation with my mom, I attended a feminist-oriented executive women’s business club meeting. While the evening’s programming, special guest speaker and food were most agreeable, I couldn’t help but raise a brow to the event... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But… R.E.S.P.E.C.T., find out what it means to me
I lived under a certain amount of fear as a child, and you know what? It was good for me. No, my parents weren’t cultists, militant drill-sergeant types or abusive alcoholics. However, they did instil in me very early on that no transgression wa... Read more

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Call Me Old-Fashioned But... You can’t handle the truth
I think things must have been easier in the Wild West. If you had a beef with someone, you called a duel, and whoever could pull their gun out of their holster with superior lightening speed, well, problem resolved. But it wasn’t merely this me... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...Destination unknown
‘Tis the season NOT to be jolly (well, unless of course you feel so inclined), but rather to hit the road, set up shop in a summertime soiree resort, or leave on a jet plane to some exotic destination. The solstice is fast approaching, and so it... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...Oh brother, where art thou?
I was raised Roman Catholic, so trust me, I, of all people understand the true meaning of hypocrisy. But let me clarify: it’s not that Catholicism is a flawed belief system. Rather, it’s what people do in the name of religion that has given it a... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...A pill for everything
Too fat? Too thin? Too stressed? Too lethargic? Too happy? Too sad? Too moody? Too mellow? Irrespective of your problem, society’s got a cure…at least that’s what the “medicalization model” tells us. There’s a drug for everything. While I’d be ... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but..Domestic bliss and the glory of food
I remember a few years back when I attended the orientation for my current postsecondary institute. The mother of someone who was to become one of my future classmates raised her hand in a frenzy to ask one of the coordinators who she could poss... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...It’s in the clothes we wear, and the cars we drive
While I’m no Aimee Brothman (our very own resident fashionista; for those of you who don’t follow her weekly style guide, you should!), I would like to think that I keep a pretty good pulse on what’s in “vogue.” Though I love my leather and denim, t... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...Leisure activities not what they used to be
I don’t know if it’s just me, this city, the schizophrenic weather as of late, or maybe for once I’m on to something, but in the limited free time that I do have, it really seems like there’s a lack of genuinely interesting things to do! I mean if yo... Read more

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Punk’s alive and well with The Lucky Ones
This past Friday, I broke out my dancing shoes. Well, think more like bitchin’ army boots instead of wingtips, a legendary rock’n’roll venue known by its diehards by the simple abbreviation CTO instead of a Sadie Hawkins dance, and pogo moshing as op... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...Electronic handshaking and the technological divide: More than just smoother business practice
The term “net” implies a device of capture or constriction that possesses enveloping properties. When used in reference to that little old invention known by html hypertext coders as the World Wide Web, this is a rather apt analogy considering that f... Read more

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Meeting Kai Booker: My melodious match with the actor who doesn’t just “play” a musician on TV
“You’re right, a lot of it is shit, but those who do something special get recognized – they get a following...” Sebastian Pigott This was how my interview with Pigott, actor-cum-rocker-cum-writer, most acclaimed thus far for his role as Kai Booker ... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...You say you wanna revolution? Well you know, then start doing what YOU can
If the 50s embraced traditionalism, the zeitgeist of the 60s was one of revolution and those growing up during the 70s were characterized as belonging to the “me generation,” then the children, such as myself, who came into their own throughout the p... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Almighty Dollar
Everything sounds good in theory. Take communism for example: a utopian vision wherein social hierarchies and disparities in wealth cease to exist, where education is free and accessible to everyone, where all occupations are valued and considered es... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...Look out retail management I just got my B.A. in English!
As much as I hate guilt trip-ridden conversations with the parental units that begin with, “When I was your age…” I have to say there is something to them, especially when it comes to the subject of “growing up.” But, as pointed out in Foot and Stoff... Read more

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Meeting “Kai Booker”: My Tête-à-tête with Torontonian Actor, Rocker, Writer, Sebastian Pigott, of CBC’s Being Erica
Quick Facts DOB: St. Valentine’s Day Best Friend: His brother Oliver Debut Album: “Pigottry” Where to Buy: Available worldwide via CDBaby Most Influential Tune: “Fields of Gold” - Sting Biggest Regret: His finale performance on “Canadian Idol” Best... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but... Edu-MY-nation: Taking a Page from Plato’s Philosophers Kings
I’ve met some of the most ignorant individuals in my life at my so-called “prestigious” university. Not just ignorant, but prejudice and unrealistic. To sum it up, they have no concept of the “real world,” and despite boasting BAs and MAs out their y... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...“Tripping on the tongue:” reading, writing, and rhetoric
I prefer the term “shades” to “sunglasses,” calling men “gents” or “fellows,” saying that “I shall” rather than “I will” partake in a given activity, and receiving flattery consisting of being described as “fetching,” “delectable,” “well-mannered,” a... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...Choose your words wisely they may just be your last
A single word can change everything. Take the “L” word for instance. About a month or so ago, I met who I thought was a really great guy. Now, just so you don’t get the wrong impression, let me make clear from the get-go that our relationship was en... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...The age old tale of the birds and the bees
I hate being single. It’s not about me missing the affection, the couples’ activities or the ring on my finger (though those are all good things) - no it’s really more about all of the b.s. that goes along with being a woman of untaken marital status... Read more

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Call me old-fashioned but...
Looking for YOUR weekly dose of reality? No sugar added, of course! Imbued with a brand new concept, Rose Cora Perry, creator of the music insight/advice column, “So You Wanna be in a Rock Band?,” has resurrected her career as a columnist with Inter... Read more

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My “English” education: Oh how you leave me toiled and troubled
There’s a reason I changed my major. As much as I love good old Billy S., Dickens, the Bronte sisters, and even Christie, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t justify pretending to “read” into something that I didn’t know for sure was even there... Read more

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Why being drunk doesn’t make a case for cheating, vandalism, and other anti-social behaviour
The “but I was drunk excuse” – we’ve all heard it, we’ve all accepted it to certain degrees, but as a student of social psychology, I feel it’s my duty to dispel any lingering myths regarding its truth value. Suffice it to say booze does not giv... Read more

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The oxymoron of being both a female musician and a feminist
A few years back, I received the biggest insult of my life to date in regards to my career as a professional musician. Some random dude decided to send me a message which said that the only reason as to why I’ve had any success as an artist is becaus... Read more

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Our father of coffee and our virgin mother of ash
Littering is an inherently selfish act. Not only are those who partake in the “L word” failing to live up to their social responsibility to take pride (and therefore care) of this great planet we call home, but they’re giving no regard to the fact th... Read more

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Desperately seeking feline
I got divorced this summer, and with my husband’s departure, also went two of our four beloved house pets. While I was successful in bargaining to provide a temporary residence for one of our pups, until a more responsible and experienced owner (some... Read more

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Halloween has nothing to do with the devil!
I’m not sure when it started happening, or more accurately, when I started noticing, but somewhere between the days when my mom used to dress me up as a Disney princess, and the moment I elected to make my own costume decisions, Halloween became less... Read more

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Mary and the Black Lamb delivers strong debut
Mary and the Black Lamb: As the City Sleeps I first became acquainted with the musical stylings of Lindsay Matheson (more commonly dubbed Lindz Riot) back in 2004. While I was immediately impressed with her vocal ability, drive, and eagerness to a... Read more

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A true Canadian band OHBIJOU hits home
If our nation’s disposition could be captured through the essence of a single musical group, undoubtedly, it would be Toronto’s orchestral pop ensemble OHBIJOU. Innovative, yet unassuming, proud, yet polite and respectful, multicultural in both influ... Read more

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Ross on One Way track to oblivion
Danny Ross: One Way Sometimes, there is such a thing as too much education. Coming from someone who is currently in her sixth year of post-secondary studies, this may sound strange. However, I am a firm believer that when it comes to the performan... Read more

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How family ties led to rockstar reality
Playing together since ’97, the members of sibling-based Winnipeg rock band, Inward Eye, are happy to no longer have to slug away at the typical 9-5. Signed in 2006 to J Records, a subsidiary of Sony, the trio began their humble dreams of rockstardom... Read more

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When dating goes medieval
Last week, before departing on yet another adventurous trip home to Oakville, I (Ivana) stopped at a gas station to fill up my ride. As I was pumping, a much older gentleman, two rows over, yelled at some random boy beside me, “Hey buddy! Why don’t y... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Rock on...
Well my friends, it has come to that time of year again when we are forced to say goodbye, but unlike previous years, we will not be reacquainted come September. After three years of providing you all with advice and insight based on my experiences i... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Smile for the camera
Video is undoubtedly a powerful medium, and in the view of many entertainment critics, “the ultimate medium of the future.” From a cultural perspective, it has the ability to evoke emotion, and illustrate complex meaning through imagery and represent... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: But I don’t wanna play just for beer
I’m sure all of you are familiar with the frequently expounded three word expression, “paying your dues.” This phrase is most commonly used to describe the situation in which rookies find themselves, upon entering the job market for the first time. ... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: How to rock out on a greener planet
From an environmental perspective, it’s pretty easy to see how a band’s constant travelling and other practises are not sustainable or eco-friendly. But, it’s not exactly like we can give it all up either, if we are intent on making it in this busine... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Successfully merging commerce with craft
Three examples that prove music and business can work together It is still chiefly the case that if one succeeds in this business, both in terms of achieving economic remuneration and popularity among the “unwashed” masses, they will be labelled a... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Getting the word out about your label
... continued from last issue Designing your record label’s look and branding its identity take more time and effort than you may think. Number Three: Business Cards There is nothing that I, as a music journalist, hate more than coming across a ... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Image is everything
To create a successful marketing campaign, like Sprite’s, which could have as easily been applied to the record biz as it was to soft drinks, “Image is Everything”, and if you want your label taken seriously, you need to create an identity for it tha... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Investing in your band’s label
The simple business behind creating your own label Business Basics Once you’ve reached consensus on your label’s name, I highly recommend applying for a GST vendor’s permit through Revenue Canada (w... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Simple rules for going out on your own
Upon making the initial decision to create your own indie label, there will be a ton of subsequent choices you’ll need to make right from the get-go. For instance, do you want your label to represent your act solely, or in the future (once establishe... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Starting your own label
...continued from last week After you’ve assembled your army of professional business alliances (which you should endeavour to continue growing throughout your career), the next step is to get your money in order. With any business, start up capit... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: How to make indie work
Back in 2003, when I was still a teenager, and when I was convinced that being in an all girl band was a good idea (how we learn as we age), I devised the plan to create my own indie label, HER Records. I did this in order to release our debut album ... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: The power of the ticket
The industry’s growing power, in the arena of booking, has major consequences for the indie musician. However, the effects of this latest attempt at monopoly do not just end there. Because booking agencies are able to limit and dictate the kinds o... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Booking your way to the main stage
The latest tactic that the industry has adopted in order to maintain its hegemony within the biz’s changing climate has its roots in booking practises, and derives its strength through the creation of a system based on exclusivity. As much as I, a pr... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Industry execs maintaining monopoly on music
The face of the industry, moreover, the face of the record deal is changing. The monopoly that major labels once held because of their exclusive ability to offer artists worldwide distribution, and unmatchable promotional opportunities simply cannot... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: The state of women in the industry
The real forces behind a move towards ending gender discrimination in the music biz are unsung business women. This is a continuation of last week’s discussion with Tish Ciravolo, founder of DaisyRock Guitars, Carla DeSantis, creator of RockRGrl Mag... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Why ‘chicks with pics’ rock
When life throws opposition in your direction, you can either stand your ground or sulk in a corner, and though expelling angst has its proper time and place, I’m sure you’ll all agree that very little has ever been accomplished, in terms of progress... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Dissecting discrimination toward women rockers
As revealed last week, despite serious efforts made by both artists and industry professionals alike, unequal treatment, offensive stereotyping and degrading presuppositions regarding their musical abilities remain current challenges confronting wome... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Call it a case of penis envy
Surviving as a female in a male dominated rock world It was 1984, hair metal was all the rage and The Scorpions had just launched their latest album Love at First Sting, which launched them on a successful tour across the greater parts of the West... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Are drugs good or bad in the business of rock?
Despite the fatal health risks associated with substance abuse (including, but not limited to death), not to mention the high probability of finding out that you fathered a child years after a forbidden drug-induced affair and that said child has bee... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Putting the dope in sex, drugs and rock n’ roll
When we conceptualize the lifestyle of the prototypical rockstar, it is one that is associated with excesses in their many forms: namely exorbitant promiscuity, and copious narcotic consumption. While the pop culture expression, “sex, drugs, and rock... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Alan Cross: Interviewing the interviewer
...Continued from last week’s “The other side of the mic with Alan Cross” According to The Edge 102.1’s official website, Cross’ flagship show, The Ongoing History of New Music, debuted in February 1993, and since then, has aired more than 500 epi... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: The other side of the mic with Alan Cross
When chatting with music listeners as to why they enjoy particular “popular” tracks, I all too often hear the heart-sinking reply that it’s because they find said tracks “catchy and easy to dance to.” We’ve gotten to a point in music listening... Read more

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So You Wanna be in a Rock Band?: Writing to vent, but also inspire
Continuing on from last week’s discussion regarding making a difference with your music and associated celebrity, this week, I thought it appropriate to touch on the art of writing songs that hit social/political chords. Though everyone, mysel... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Artists as activists
When it comes to issues of personal responsibility and one’s greater impact on their fellow human beings, I’m truly an existentialist at heart. Not to get too philosophical on all of you, but music and philosophy really do have a lot in common when y... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: They have more than a PhD in Rock N’ Roll
While researching for this piece, I stumbled upon a posting in which a blogger adamantly declared that musicians have no right to speak out for causes they support, and that they should solely stick to music on account of the fact that they have no p... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: The Facts: It’s not easy being a musician
In the modern world, “the musician” is undoubtedly one of, if not the most, disrespected occupation in society. Consumers and club owners feel no need to pay us well (or at all really), record labels make it their personal mission to exploit and com... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Top 20 sins committed against musicians
First off, I’d like to thank all of you for sticking with me for another year. I hope that reading my column proved to be an educational and insightful experience. Although I bitch a great deal about the music industry, there are a lot of amazing peo... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: ‘Teeing Off’ with Henry Rollins
Though a man of infinite words (and calculated profanities) in the public limelight, in private, as my one-on-one discussion disclosed, Mr. Henry Rollins is unassumingly nonchalant; something I can only attribute to the fact that he clearly prefers t... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Is music journalism a good career move?
As a professional touring musician, as one may expect, I have encountered my share of “bad press.” To me, it seems rather obvious that a big part of the problem comes from the fact that music journalists are NOT musicians, have NEVER been musicians,... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: In studio and on stage
Scoring work as guest players on major albums, television and movie soundtrack writing and touring support for popstars and even orchestras, session and freelance musicians are defined as artists for hire that are not committed solely to a steady pro... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Jingle writing may be the way to pay your bills
Although virtually anyone with some talent and a guitar in hand can approach a music publisher in order to get their songs accessible to potential purchasers, embarking on a career in jingle writing requires access to some serious dough (at least eno... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Indie vs. major labels
It is possible for musicians, without representation to both license and write songs for various purchasers, but as Simon Wilcox, a highly successful songwriter for EMI Music Publishing notes, signing a deal with representation helped her enormously.... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Making money off your material
It’s wasn’t until “1234" made its debut in Apple’s 2007 advertising campaign for their latest iPod Nano that Leslie Feist, more commonly referred to solely by her surname, became a worldwide phenomenon. Despite the fact that she had been performing ... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Make $ as a tribute act
Last week as part of the kickoff to this month’s exclusive series on alternative sources of revenue for musicians, we explored a “day in the life” of music teachers and special events performers. Continuing with our theme of potential part-time suppl... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Finding extra cash off the traditional stage
Although in these past few weeks I’ve demonstrated many of the horrors that take place in the music industry through my examination of popular scams, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. For every rip off artist out there, there is also an oppo... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Beware of the media
Considering the phenomenal number of cons in existence, it’s no wonder that you often hear stories about musicians who have been eaten up and spat out by the industry. I say, with regret, that these problems do not appear to be going away, but rathe... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: A record deal doesn’t mean you’ve made it in the ‘biz’
Believe it or not, despite all of the scams I’ve outlined over the past couple of weeks, the entertainment biz actually has a number of agencies including The Better Business Bureau, and American Federation of Musicians (AFM) working to protect the n... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Beware of skeptical CD sales overseas
Continuing on from last week’s rant regarding the numerous ways in which musicians are being swindled, here’s an overview of some of the latest emerging scam artist tactics that are even more cleverly disguised than those previously discussed: Ov... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Warning signs of a bad battle
Battle of the bands competitions and online Independent musician award contests Hosted by infamously questionable companies like Supernova, local pubs frequently present battle of the bands competitions which appear, on face value, to offer lucr... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Scammed by the pay-to-play
It’s hard to tell when you are being enticed by a scam. Most of us would fail to realize that we are being swindled if the company that approaches us has a professional looking website, corporate office address, and/or snazzy logo, but with advances... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: How to spot a recording scam
The Internet makes scams a lot easier The entertainment biz has never been at a shortage of talent-directed scams, and despite the wealth of literature out there detailing the typical con-artist approach, thousands, if not millions of would-be art... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Setting the record straight
Recently, while reading a copy of what I thought to be a credible and well-researched music magazine, I was greatly appalled when I stumbled across an article that inaccurately detailed the makings of a gold album, attributing this status to an indep... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Licensing your music to sell
Being an independent act, or being newly signed to a major label, there are a number of artist-oriented affiliations at your disposal, and to become successful they are essential. Not only are there organizations that will assist you in protecting yo... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: How to protect your music
Being an independent act, or being newly signed to a major label, there are a number of artist-oriented affiliations at your disposal, and to become successful they are essential. Not only are there organizations that will assist you in protecting yo... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Taking your act to the next level
Whether you’re an independent act or the latest acquisition of a major label, being aware of the wide array of artist-oriented affiliations (and their services) that are at your disposal, is essential. Not only are there organizations that will assis... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Choosing the right representation for your band
Indie, major or limited labels, which one do you pick to take your band to the top Indie label representation: Signing to an indie label will provide you with distribution (though it may be limited to the areas in which your act tours), and li... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Getting your music to the masses
A distribution deal will make your album(s) available in retail stores, downloadable on sites such as iTunes, and/or online for purchase. The availability of your album in stores in various territories will highly depend upon your act’s touring histo... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: The new age of record deals
In today’s digital music age, signing a record deal is no longer the lifeblood of a band. While the Internet continues to be a devastating pestilence to major labels and retail chains worldwide, for independent musicians, well, it’s another story co... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Stealing solutions
A possible solution to digital thievery? Well, not quite. Continuing on with last week’s assessment of our music market and digital piracy concerns, it’s important to note, that although still rudimentary and somewhat flawed, new technologies ar... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: The dwindling music industry can be saved
It’s all about the money It’s become painful to listen to modern-rock radio because you can’t tell one band from the next, the general consensus in terms of acceptable lyrical subject matter is appalling, well more so pathetic, and everything just... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: The state of music in a digital world
Who’s really at fault for declining sales, heightened piracy and lower standards of music as an artform? When The Police have to cancel tour dates due to poor ticket sales and Bon Jovi holds the top position on the weekly Soundscan charts for the ... Read more

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So you want to be in a rock band?: Rock n’ Roll 101
Another year has passed, and though I’m only a little bit older, I’m a lot more experienced. Much has happened, some for the better, some for the worst, but either way, I’m here to share my experiences with you, so that you will be granted adequate a... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Breaking down the most influential in the music biz
I’d like to start out by thanking all of you for taking the time to read my column weekly. I hope that amidst my many rantings about the music industry that you’ve managed to gather a tidbit of wisdom here or there. Below I’ve compiled a list of art... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Getting signed: More than putting pen to paper
A good friend of mine once told me a story about how his arrogant youth led to the moment in which he permanently jeopardized his music career. Believing that his act had reached its pinnacle and could not improve upon “perfection,” he haphazardly or... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Making Merchandise
Have you ever noticed that it’s the 14-year-old high school bands who are totting around the best gear at shows and are stocked up with a full selection of merchandise? Perhaps these purchases were graciously donated through the generosity of their p... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Rules of rock: Part II
Continued from last week... Rule #5: Bring your producer a CD by a familiar artist that illustrates how you want your album to sound. This is especially important if this will be your first recorded album, and if you are working with a producer wh... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: The rules of rock
Your albums are your livelihood, your art, your creation. Inspired by your feelings and decorated with your thoughts. They are you in a musical form: a reflection of what you stand for, what makes you tick, what breaks your heart and what will repair... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Ready to record
With the surge of indie artists, and the decline in label wealth due to illegal downloading, the competition for getting signed has reached an all-time plateau. No longer can record execs wage a band’s talent and marketability based upon a mere three... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Selective sponsorship
When it comes to gaining support from others, and I don’t just mean fans, but people who are willing to either a) provide you with their merchandise for free and/or b) front you money, a band really needs to prove themselves worthy as next to no one ... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Playing the media
Have a direct contact When contacting a media outlet, make sure you do your research and know who it is to whom you should be speaking. Magazine, radio and television outlets have large staffs, and if you send out a generic email through a contact ... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Making headlines
If I can tell you anything about gaining media exposure, it’s this: persistence and loyalty pay off big time. Though results likely won’t emerge as a consequence of your initial trial efforts, this should not discourage you. The more a media outlet h... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Getting the right kind of press
When it comes to making or breaking an act in the music biz, a philosophy that I have come to fully embrace explains that in order to obtain success, the first step begins with not being afraid to ask others for what you want. Afterall, the worst the... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Making the most of your gig
Continued from last week.... Selecting the date Obviously setting the date may not entirely be your decision if you are putting together a show on behalf of a non-for-profit organization. However, if they have left the details up to you, you will... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Making a your rock show a success
As mentioned in my last column, if you’re feeling rather ambitious and up to the challenge, a final means of getting your act booked would be to propose to a club owner/booker that you would like to put together your own show. But, as I previously st... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: All the right moves to securing the right gig
Aside from the option of hooking-up with a strong local act as a means to book your initial gig, a band may also consider the following options: a) working with promoters b) contacting club owners directly or c) putting together a show themselves. If... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: How to book your first paying gig
So you’ve got your act together, you’ve established your name and image, you know your material like the back of your hand, and you’re raring to play your first gig, but no one will book you? Don’t think this is an uncommon problem. Just as the media... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Creating music with mass appeal part II
Cont’d from last week... Additionally, your song needs to be able maintain the listener’s attention all the way through. Add solos, riffs, bridges, breakdowns, and highlight each o... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Creating music with mass appeal
I’m sure by the very title of this piece that some of you are rolling your eyes at the concept of me providing you with guidelines about how to write sellable music. I will give you this: there is no one-to-ten detailed instructional manual outlining... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: What’s in a name?
Think back for a moment to highschool English class (yes, I know it may be painful for some of you) when you studied Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, and came across the legendary line, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word woul... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: The importance of image
As I mentioned last week, it is imperative to understand that a band’s marketing strategies are just as, if not more, important than a band’s musical talent. If you don’t believe me, look at the career of any pop-tart. Very few pop singers actually ... Read more

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Branding your band
Every band participates in spamming random individuals regarding their album launches, creating mass mailing lists to keep their fans informed, adding their touring plans to website directories, and putting up wall-to-wall posters in their downtown d... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: The business of being in a band
Before your guitarist strums their first chord, and your singer utters their first note, a few loose ends need to be tied up in order to make your band a viable business. Though this is a step in the process that is often overlooked, I cannot stress... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: Music and friends don't mix
Though I know it sounds like a fabulous idea to form a band with your closest group of friends, I strongly advise against it for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I’m sure all of you at some point have heard the old adage, “Don’t mix business... Read more

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So you wanna be in a rock band?: A look into the music biz
I thought I had it all figured out. As idealistic, and talented, musician with over a decade of training, I am someone who thought that talent, passion, and the desire to write inspirational lyrics and social commentary actually mattered. My name is... Read more