Live Music: It’s Good for the Heart

  Being a musician is a special calling and career path that is rich with rewards and rife with unique challenges. I loved the following quote when I read it because I think it does a nice job concisely summarizing the general feeling that musicians have about being a musician.   Musicians – by David Ackert, […]

Post-Concert Reflections

  What a great night I can hardly believe that a whole month has passed since my Joni Mitchell 70th Birthday Tribute Concert (and live recording) at the Narrows Center for the Arts on October 17, 2013, and what a fantastic night it was!  All of my hard work paid off.  My heart was filled […]

Happy 70th birthday to Joni Mitchell

  Today is Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday (November 7, 2013).  As I reflect on her influence on my life, it’s safe to say that Joni Mitchell single-handedly inspired me to become a musician.  I first heard Joni Mitchell’s music as a teenager in a poetry appreciation class in Junior High School, and instantly became a […]

Behind the Scenes (Part 2)

  In my previous blog (http://blog.debramann.com/behind-the-scenes-part-1/), I wrote about what goes on behind the scenes in preparing for a single concert.  I was surprised to discover how hard I could work, and how focused I could be, while preparing for my Joni MItchell 70th Birthday Tribute Concert (and live recording) at The Narrows Center for the Arts. […]

Behind the scenes (Part 1)

    Recently on my Facebook Fan Page, I mentioned that most people have no idea what goes into a single performance.  At which point, one of my Facebook fans suggested that I write a blog about this very thing. Perfect!  Especially because I am currently preparing for what I consider to be a pretty […]

What are the Perfect Tools for Self Promotion?

    As promised in my last blog post, I’d like to share some of the tools of promotion that I use as a self-managed artist. The internet has become the primary vehicle for many artists, and makes being self-managed much easier. We no longer have to depend solely on the press to promote and […]

Advice for Becoming a Professional Musician

  A mutual friend, interested in becoming a professional musician, recently asked me to answer a few questions about what it’s like to be a professional musician, and how I got started.   I had never met this person, who contacted me by email, so I had no idea of her ability, or natural talent. […]