Making the world a better place through music

Music is the vibration of the entire universe, and the heart and soul of a musician.  It is essential to our common humanity.  It has the power to sooth, inspire, uplift, and motivate us to be better.  We use it to dance, to grieve, to laugh, to celebrate, to heal, and be entertained by. We […]

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 […]

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 […]

Falling in love at the Newport Jazz festival

  Jazz festival season is upon us here in RI, home of the legendary Newport Jazz Festival, established in 1954, and billed as the “First Annual American Jazz Festival”. What a fantastic legacy George Wein, founder and concert organizer, has established in “America’s First Resort”. Needless to say, if you are a jazz lover, this […]

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. […]