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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

How to Turn Your Written Content into Video Content - The Future of Ink

Repurpose written content into video content for your blog.  

                           

Goodreads Giveaways: Don't Do What You're Told - Catherine, Caffeinated

Author Catherine Ryan Howard shares her insight on how to give away books on Goodreads.      

 

Film

                                                        

7 Bad Habits That Are Holding You Back as a Cinematographer - Noam Kroll.com

Never stop learning how to break bad habits.    

                                          

How Digital Cameras Changed Hollywood Filmmaking - DTV USA FORUM

A digital shoot is different than a film shoot, but the story is still the heart of a movie. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

How to Love Your Own Singing Voice - Easy Ear Training

You have to love your own voice before your audience will.

 

25 Artists and Marketing Experts Give Their Best Advice on How to Promote a New Album - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Release your album one song at a time.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- August 22, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- August 15, 2014

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Change It Up!

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Aug 27, 2014

I am prone to bouts of writer's block. There are times when I can't think of a thing to write. It is a maddening experience. Sometimes it can even get a little frightening. After all, a writer who can't find the inspiration to set his or her fingers dancing across the computer keyboard in a coherent manner is more or less a person who has mastered the art of staring pensively at the screen. That's not much of a skill. Trying to fight through writer's block usually fortifies the blockage.

 

One day, after struggling to overcome writer's block, I pushed away from the desk and decided to make a run to the post office. It's a trip I have made many times in my life. I have a set route that gets me there and back without wasting precious writing time sitting in the car. On this particular day, the route I normally take was unavailable due to construction so I had to take a long and annoying alternate route. I grumbled and groused the entire way.

 

Turning down a road I normally don't travel, I spotted a street sign, Able Street. For whatever reason, the name stuck in my brain. By the time I reached the post office, I must have repeated the name in my head a hundred times. I was constantly aware of the name. While I stood in line to mail a package, I changed Able to Abel. Suddenly it wasn't a street name anymore. Abel was a man, a large, gruff, and volatile man that had the temperament and skills to save a town from a band of marauders. That was it. My writer's block was a dusty pile of rubble. I had a main conceit for a story. By the time the night was done, the first chapter was saved to my projects folder.

 

What allowed me to break through the writer's block? Change! I did something I normally don't do. My mind wasn't on autopilot. I was forced to pay attention to my surroundings because I was thrust into unfamiliar territory. If you are blocked, I invite you to break out of your normal routine and compel your brain to take on new tasks. You never know the creativity you may spark.


 

-Richard

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Unblocking Writer's Block

Do You Have Writer's Block?

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People often ask me what the term "digital marketing" means. In my opinion, it's pursuing any online exposure that will help potential readers find you. Digital marketing can be an effective way to spread the word about your book because it doesn't cost much - if anything - more than your time and energy. Here are two examples:

 

1)  List your book(s) on Authorgraph

 

Signing books is one of the great joys of being an author. There's nothing quite like holding a copy of a book you wrote in your hands, then inscribing it for a real person who is excited to read it. The majority of my book sales come from eBooks, however, which until recently have been impossible to sign. Not anymore! Now there's a site called Authorgraph, where you can list your books, and fans can request a digital autograph that will appear right in their e-reader. It's a little awkward to write your signature, but once you get one you like you can save it in the system, then type a personalized note around it for each reader. Isn't that cool?

 

Here's what my books look like on Authorgraph.

 

Each time a fan requests an authorgraph for one of my books, I get an email from the site with a hyperlink. All I have to do is click the link and login, and I see the requests waiting for me.

 

It's super easy to use, and it's free.

 

2)  Contact book reviewers on YouTube

 

I was recently emailing with a fan of my books, and I asked her how she found out about me. She said she'd seen a homegrown video review of one of my novels on YouTube in a subsegment known as BookTube. How fun is that? Here are some examples of channels:

 

  • Abookaffair
  • booksandquills
  • abooktopia
  • Ariel Bissett
  • Ermahgwrd Berks
  • Read Susie Read
  • Bookables
  • Katytastic
  • Little Book Owl

 

Perhaps one of the above book lovers would be interested in reviewing your work? Maybe yes, maybe no, but it can't hurt to reach out and ask!

 

-Maria

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Online Reviews: Just Say...Nothing

Get Reviews for Your Indie Book

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The Generous Brand

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Aug 25, 2014

I've taken to producing short project update videos for my Facebook friends that I post once a week. For whatever reason, I've discovered that most of my interaction with readers takes place on the social networking site. After posting a video not long ago, a young writer contacted me and wanted to know if I would be willing to give him advice on writing and publishing. I was more than thrilled to do it. His inquiry prompted me to produce a new video where I announced I would be happy to field anyone's questions on the same topics.

 

Within a few minutes of posting that video, I got a private message from a friend letting me know that I had lost my mind. This friend feared I had opened the floodgates, and worse yet, I had volunteered this knowledge for free. Surely there was money to be had, and I was throwing away an opportunity to make some extra cash.

 

I explained that just because I was giving knowledge away for free doesn't mean I wouldn't benefit from it. An author brand doesn't represent a corporate structure, not in the traditional sense. An author brand represents a community. In my community there are readers and other writers, all of whom discuss and recommend each other, and to their own branch of friends and followers, the books that I have written. I owe them a debt of gratitude. I offered to help them by addressing their questions as best I know how because it's the right thing to do. At the same time, I'd be less than honest if I didn't acknowledge that I am aware that I am deepening their loyalty to my author brand and our community by being generous with my time.

 

Free does not mean without profit. Don't be afraid to give of your time and talents to strengthen and build your community.

 

-Richard

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Building an Author Brand is Easy

Branding 101: The Keys to Successful Branding

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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

5 Ways an Editor is like a Dentist - The Book Designer

An editor might cause you a little pain, but it's for the good of you and your book.  

                           

How to Be an Author Book Bloggers Will Love - Author Culture

It's really a matter of planning and being considerate.      

 

Film

                                                        

The Shocking Truth about Your Movie Idea - Filmmaking Stuff

The key to a successful movie idea may be finding the audience first.    

                                          

6 Filmmaking Tips from Terry Gilliam - Film School Rejects

And now for something completely different from the only American who was a member of Monty Python. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

In Response: You're an Artist AND an Entrepreneur - New Music Box

Success belongs to those who wear both hats.

 

Singing Low Notes at a Recording Mic: The Ninja Technique - Judy Rodman

Hitting that low note is a pressing matter.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- August 15, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- August 8, 2014

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For all the mystery that surrounds the reason why one brand hits and others don't, there are basic building blocks to establishing a solid brand. When I say basic, I mean they are so simple a child can implement them. I call them the three C's of brand-building, and they are as follows:

 

  1. Communicate - In order to establish a brand in today's social-media-driven world, you have to communicate with your customers. Since we're looking at this from an author's perspective, that means we have to engage with our readers whenever we can. If someone comments on your personal blog, respond to the comment. If someone comments on your Facebook status, at the very least "Like" the comment (if it's appropriate to do so). The point is to not let your communication with a reader be one-sided.
  2. Consistency - A brand is not built in one day or one tweet or one status update. A brand is built over time using the same tone and style over and over again. In our globally connected world, things are generally compartmentalized into niche groups. Your brand fits into one of those groups. If you're consistent with your messaging, it's highly likely other members of that group will discover you and help you grow your brand influence.
  3. Commitment - You have to be committed to building a brand. It's not something you establish on a whim. You have to contribute to your brand message frequently. It doesn't matter if it comes in the form of a blog post or social media update or personal video. You have to commit to contributing original content to your brand on a regular basis. The more you do, the greater the likelihood your brand will hit.

 

Building a brand is not rocket science. Follow the three C's, and you'll be well on your way.

 

-Richard

 

 

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Feature Reader Testimonials

Say Yes!

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My friend Cathy Livingstone wrote a clever (and useful) book called Bubbe, Mimi & Gigi: The Best Grandmother Name Book Ever. The guide recently received a glowing review in grandparents section of About.com, which described it as "a perfect gift for a grandmother-to-be and an especially cool way to let a mom know that she's about to become a grandmom."

 

Wow! That's about as good as it gets. The grandparents section called it a perfect gift? Talk about target marketing!

 

Cathy published the book on her own, so how did this wonderful review come to be?

 

It happened because Cathy made it happen. I love that!

 

Here's what she did:

 

1) She searched online for a book reviewer in her genre
2) She sent the reviewer a personalized email query
3) The reviewer replied and said she would consider it
4) Cathy sent the reviewer a book
5) The reviewer wrote a review

 

See how effective marketing can be if you're smart (and organized) about it? When efforts to promote a book go nowhere, it's often because the author isn't reaching out to the right audience with the right message. By searching for reviewers in her genre, Cathy was able to connect with a woman who was interested in hearing what she had to say. That's half the battle right there.

 

Another reason book promotion efforts go nowhere is because the author isn't assertive enough. Cathy sent the reviewer a book without knowing whether or not it would result in a review. Another smart move.

 

Cathy was smart about her book promotion, and look at the result. You can do it too!

 

-Maria

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Use a Blogroll to Promote Your Work

Marketing Tip: Put Your First Chapter on Your Website

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A Satisfactory Ending

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Aug 18, 2014

The end is nigh. You've been burning the midnight oil to get to that point in your novel where you can crack your knuckles and finally type "The End." The problem you're having is you're not quite sure if it's time to end your story. Is the ending you're offering truly satisfying? Will your readers celebrate your name or curse it once they read the last page?

 

Your first order of business is to forget your readers. If you try to craft an ending that will please them, you will most likely miss the mark badly. As writers, we love readers. They are our greatest partners in the storytelling process, but their participation can't influence the path your story needs to take.

 

With the reader not a consideration, what should be your guideposts to a satisfying ending to your novel? Here are three elements to consider when writing an ending:

 

  1. Tone - If you've written a dark horror story that's managed to include one terrifying passage after another, you're not going to wrap things up in a nice little cheery bow. Your ending should match the tone of the rest of your book. A romance novel will most likely end on a high note. A mystery will end in triumph for the protagonist. The type of book you're writing has a lot to do with the ending.

  2. The ending belongs to the main plot - Not all of the unknowns have to become known at the end of your book. You can leave unanswered questions, but what you don't want to do is abandon the main conceit of the story at the end of a novel. The primary thematic element of your book has to come to a conclusion in some way on the last page. You may have introduced secondary plots throughout the book, but the time to address those is before you're ready to end your story.

  3. Open or closed - That conclusion can come in open or closed form. It is possible to answer a question in a way that creates more questions. You may end a mystery with the good guy killing the bad guy. The closed version of that ending is the good guy has all the evidence he needs to prove the shooting was justifiable. The open version of that ending is the good guy has no evidence that the bad guy was even the bad guy. He just has an unwritten confession. In this case, you've concluded the main conceit (Who's the bad guy?), but you ended with an unanswered question (How will the good guy avoid getting in trouble?). Open endings can be great catalysts for sequels.


If I were to include a fourth item to this list, it would be that your own personal style has bearing on how you end a story. That style is something you will develop over time and after writing more books.

 

How do you end a novel?

 

-Richard

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When to Say "I Don't Care"

Does Writing Change the Author?

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Books/Publishing

 

 

Reaching Readers: Lessons Learned from Blog Tours - Self-Publishing Advice

Are blog tours worth the time and money? One author shares her experience.  

                           

Why Books Make Us Laugh - Huffington Post

While our minds may distinguish between fact and fiction, our brains do not.      

 

Film

                                                        

Independent Filmmaking - Finding Your Style - NoHo

The only way to know what kind of filmmaker you are is to make a film.    

                                          

Stabilize It! - Raindance

How to shoot smooth moving shots on a budget. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Learn How to Sing Nature's Way - How to Sing Better

There's the wrong way to sing and then there's nature's way.

 

INFOGRAPHIC: Anatomy of Songs - Perfect Porridge

A fun little series of graphs that reveal the components of a song by genre.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- August 8, 2014

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Makes Some Noise

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Aug 13, 2014

I follow well-known author Cormac McCarthy on Facebook. I should clarify: Cormac McCarthy never actually updates his status letting us know what he had for lunch, nor does he post cute cat videos. He never posts anything at all himself. There is a Cormac McCarthy consortium that posts on behalf of the reclusive author's brand.

 

Today, Cormac McCarthy's Facebook feed featured a status update about how he doesn't write about his books. He thinks it's bad form. He believes if you're talking about a book, you're not writing it. He's very old school.

 

My philosophy is the polar opposite of Mr. McCarthy's, and it's painful to admit because I am such a big fan of his work. I talk about my books as I write them. I devote blog posts to word count updates, and I upload videos about plot points and current character development. I express my excitement if I have a good day of writing, and I publicly curse the days when I struggle to get the words on the page.

 

I do this not because I think so much of myself that I believe everyone should know. I do it because I have found there is a direct correlation between the noise I make about what I'm writing, to the number of books I sell of existing titles on Amazon. In short, my brand isn't on as solid ground as Cormac McCarthy's. He has earned the luxury of remaining reclusive. I have not. Who knows? In a few more years, maybe I'll have a consortium posting for me on Facebook.

 

-Richard

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The Recluse in the Age of Social Media

Social Networking Sells Your Brand

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We've all heard the saying "you need to spend money to make money." The same applies to book marketing. Giving away books now can help you sell books later.

 

Offering a free copy of your book can crack open some doors that otherwise might remained closed. For example, you might send a copy to:

 

  • A prolific reviewer on Amazon (one who reviews a lot of books in your genre)
  • A book blogger (similar to the above criteria)
  • The manager of a book club
  • An author you admire

 

The above people are in a position to help you, but if all you do is ask them to read your book, you will probably (albeit inadvertently) rub them the wrong way. However, if you reach out to them with a friendly note and offer to send them a copy of your book, how could they possibly be offended? Of course, they might decline, but they might accept. Book marketing is a numbers game. You have to contact a lot of people, because the majority of them are going to shoot you down. But not everyone will. The key is not to give up. Knock on enough doors, and eventually someone will give you a chance.

 

You also can send out a digital eBook. You can buy just one digital version and lend it out, which is what author Nikos Vlachos recently did for me. The important thing is to make it as easy as possible for people to say yes to you. You never know what might happen when you do. I bet Nikos didn't think he'd end up in one of my blog posts, but here he is!

 

-Maria

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Giving Books Away: A Strategy that Still Works

Remember to Say Thank You

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I've talked about failing on this blog; now it's time to talk about succeeding. Just as there is a lot of misunderstanding that goes into what it means to fail, success is largely misunderstood as well.

 

We've all seen the glamorized version of success in publishing. Become a bestseller right away and sell a couple million copies, right? It's the pinnacle of publishing, or the assumed pinnacle of publishing. Reaching those heights immediately is rarified air. Only a handful of books do it, and when they do it's not usually by design. By and large, such results greatly exceed expectations.

 

If you want to succeed in indie publishing, you're going to want to do it in steps. In other words, don't make your goal to sell a million copies or bust. Make your goal out of the gate to sell 50 books, and design a strategy around that number. Once you've reached or exceeded it, up the ante. With the next goal reached, kick it up a notch, and so forth and so on. You have a novel that will never go out of print unless you decide otherwise. Use that fact to your advantage. Don't frontload a strategy with all your resources in an effort to sell as many books as you can right off the bat. You'll find yourself swimming against the current.

 

Achieve success in increments. Set small, achievable benchmarks that will allow you to accumulate momentum, build readership and increase sales over time. This strategy can result in exponential growth, and it will boost your confidence and your knowledge of the market along the way.

 

-Richard

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Setting Goals for Your Brand

Selling Books Out of the Trunk of Your Car

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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Know What You Write - AuthorCulture

When researching a book in this day and age, you have to be at the top of your game because readers have a world of information at their fingertips to fact-check you.   

                           

Surprising Self-Publishing Statistics - Publishers Weekly

An interesting look at the state of the ever-growing and increasingly influential indie publishing industry.       

 

Film

                                                        

What I've Learned from Making Three Feature Films by Patrick Creadon - Film Courage

Director and writer Patrick Creadon discusses the films he's made and how they have shaped his career.    

                                          

5 Ways to Succeed as a Modern Filmmaker - Filmmaking Stuff

How to get out of your own way and make a movie.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Music Marketing Ideas: Are These Too Outrageous? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Are these marketing strategies too outside the box?

 

How Singer-Songwriters Can Maximize Their Career Potential When Using DJs and Producers - Musicgoat.com

Make sure you're recognized for your original material.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- August 1, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- July 25, 2014

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The Rush to Publish

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Aug 6, 2014

I don't want to alarm anyone, but I may have matured over the years. I'm not talking about my appearance. I'm referring to the recent decisions I've made concerning publishing and writing, namely the timeline that goes into crafting a book for retail.

 

My biggest problem, as someone who was once new to the indie publishing world, was not properly managing the absence of restraints. The prospect of getting a book to market was so exhilarating that I rushed to get a book written and published. I've learned now that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it immediately.

 

This rush to publish has been my biggest mistake in my career as an author. I'm fairly certain I'm not alone. Typos and various editing errors are obvious issues with a "hurry up and get it to market" mentality. What isn't so obvious is the story you're publishing isn't exactly the story you originally intended to publish. A rewrite or two is really needed to flesh out a pivotal character. The ending isn't quite up to your expectations as the writer. Something is just off about small details throughout the story.

 

These details most likely would have been corrected if the desire to publish had not trumped the wisdom to honor the rule of patience – that rule being to step away from the computer and allow the thrill of completing a novel to subside and morph into the thrill of making it perfect.

 

-Richard

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Living the Indie Author Dream

Elements of a Page-turner

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The other day my mom, from whom I inherited my attention to grammar, sent me an email with a subject line that said "THIS CAN'T POSSIBLY BE RIGHT, RIGHT?"

 

I clicked to open the attachment, which was a photograph of a newspaper article about a sports team. The article said that "the team had sort of went down the drain over the season." Wow. I can't believe grammar that bad made it to publication in a major newspaper, but that's another story.

 

Here's how the verb "to go" works:

 

PRESENT TENSE: I go to the store.

PAST TENSE: I went to the store.

PRESENT PERFECT TENSE: I have gone to the store.

PAST PERFECT TENSE: I had gone to the store.

 

Under no circumstances is it appropriate to say "I have went to the store" or "I had went to the store." Unfortunately, however, I'm starting to hear this usage more and more, just as I often hear "I" used when "me" is correct. (Click here to read my blog post on the difference between "I" vs "me.")

 

This may seem like a minor error, and you may be wondering why I'm so hung up on grammar, but I'm not the only person who cares about it. (My mom does too! Ha.) The truth is that to a trained ear/eye even small errors jump out and overshadow everything else, and you don't want that to happen. In a previous post, I gave an example of the impact a minor error can have. Whether it's your manuscript, your author bio, your book description, or any of your other marketing materials, it's important to keep them free of errors so your readers can focus on the most important thing: the content.

 

-Maria

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Misuse of Pronouns

More Grammar Pet Peeves!

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Has this ever happened to you? You sit down to write, and just as you start pounding out words, your mind drifts to that driver that cut you off on the freeway. You pull yourself back and redirect your thoughts onto your story only to drift back to that driver's smug face as he grinned at you through his rearview mirror. Still, you carry on. You write because that's what you do.

 

The next day, you return to your computer and read what you wrote the day before. It's off. The tone is different. The dialogue that's meant to be sweet and tender has a bitter current running through it. You wrote how you were feeling, not how your characters felt.

 

What do you do when you're writing and life gets in the way? You do something mindless. A mindless task will cleanse your thoughts of all those things that fill you with angst and worry. I personally do something that makes me break a sweat before I start to write. My goal is to physically exhaust myself so I'll be too tired to be concerned with the little bumps in the road of life.

 

Whether it is exercise, cooking or cleaning the kitchen, there is an activity within your grasp to clear your head and put you in the right frame of mind to contribute useful words to your story. Think of a mindless task as an inoculation against ineffective prose. When the day hasn't gone your way, doing something that doesn't require much thought may be the perfect solution to worry-free writing.

 

-Richard

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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

5 Things You Should Know about Working with Beta Readers - Beyond Paper Editing

Beta readers are becoming new spheres of influence in publishing today. 

                           

Building Your Website: Researching Your Marketplace - Marketing Tips for Authors

All you need is a search engine and keywords to find out how other authors are building their brands.       

 

Film

                                                        

Why the Greatest Writers and Directors Will Always Focus on the Subtext, Not the Text - Noam Kroll

The implied meaning of a story can make a good film great.    

                                          

Film Schooling: Insider Insights on Indie Filmmaking - Be Decisive in Production - Bleeding Cool

How to navigate the chaos of a film shoot.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Technique vs. Style - How to Sing Better

Style equals genre and technique equals voice training.

 

Can Music Heal? -Maestro Musician

Music sounds good, but can it make you feel and think better?  

 

-Richard

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