Spring cleaning is not just for ridding your closets of worn sneakers, destroying dust bunnies, and scrubbing windows. Here are 5 ideas and performance tips to help you freshen up your live music performances without losing yourself in the process. No matter what cover song you do, as long as you do it authentically as you, you really can’t go wrong. Last week, I told my audience a story about how the cable company sent me a letter about raising my bill and I dedicated my version of “D’yer Maker” to Time Warner Cable. So, if you’re a dude guitar rock band, what if you took on a Sara Bareilles hit, like “King Of Anything.” Or if you’re a Norah Jones-type, pick up a Van Halen tune. This doesn’t mean permanently fire your band and hire new people with no reason other than you’re spring cleaning.
The key here is that if you want to see different results, you have to do something different. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – controversy, celebration, and advocacyRecording Studio Microphones: Good, Better, and Wow! Will you be capable to guide me to your website owner or the dude whom takes care of your website, I have to know if it would be easy to be described as a invitee poster. There’s nothing like doing a fun cover of one of your favorite songs to freshen up live shows.
When I get burned out I sit in with a band or catch a good bluegrass festival and stay up late jamming. On the part about doing cover songs on stage, from what I have read, you must pay royalties to a place like Harry Fox Agency, etc.
Great advice, being a working punk band, we often throw in a 80s rock or classic country song into the set, but treat it like one of our songs live.
Weekly NewsletterSign up for Disc Makers emails to get tips and special offers delivered to your inbox. Barack Obama made history on Monday when he became the first president to speak about the Stonewall uprising and the gay rights struggle during an inaugural speech.
While many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community were thrilled with the mentions, an 11-year-old transgender girl named Sadie wondered why the President didn't directly address trans people, too.
Transgender kids like me are not allowed to go to most schools because the teachers think we are different from everyone else. When they grow up, transgender adults have a hard time getting a job because the boss thinks the customers will be scared away.
It would be a better world if everyone knew that transgender people have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. Though Sadie has been openly discriminated against, her mother says that she "isn't shy or ashamed of who she is," and adds, "I'm always 'on' when we go out because I never know when she'll strike up a conversation with the person in front of her in line at Trader Joe's.


Sage says she encouraged Sadie to write the essay because she thought "it might help empower her and overcome any feelings of oppression." In the end she says that she wants Sadie "to know that she has a voice. I like to take the “It’s spring, I MUST clean something” energy and put it towards something other than the grossest stuff in my apartment. Maybe you hit a point where you are performing songs off your new-but-not-that-new record and feel like the show is getting stagnant – not just for you but for your fans. To me, cover songs are about stretching yourself, giving the unexpected, and being playful with your audience. Even though we were winging it a bit, when the chorus came (“When I read the letter that you wrote me, it made me mad mad mad”), the energy in the room was attentive, amused, and positive.
It means making friends with some other musicians, doing a few gigs with them to see if anything sparks. I think I am going to SERIOUSLY focus on crowd involvement, and to this end, have shaken up the sets completely, and involved a synth as well.
I just spent two hours redoing my first set ( I do a solo  act with my tracks) I changed the intro on some, I lengthened some good fast tunes that I thought would be good for keeping the dancers on the floor. Breaking it up by doing sound for a festival or a concert is good for me also, or helping out with a live radio show on Fridays with my good friend Tommy Tucker. I am in a band that would be better received playing to an audiaunce who are more interested in the music then the beer or coffee. It’s always inspiring, and this was perfect timing as I am going to a new venue tonight to play solo piano and sing!  Thanks for all the great tips, Cheryl! It catches the audience off guard and encourages that sing along element to the performance. Transgender people are not allowed the freedom to do things everyone else does, like go to the doctor, go to school, get a job, and even make friends. The schools get afraid of how they will talk with the other kids' parents, and transgender kids are kept secret or told not to come there anymore. Doctors are afraid of treating transgender patients because they don't know how to take care of them, and some doctors don't really want to help them. She was home schooled until this year and is now in fifth grade and attending public school.
When she chats with people, she introduces herself as, 'Hi, I'm Sadie, my favorite color is pink, I'm vegan, and I'm transgender. I’ve covered Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” (and folks, for obvious reasons, it doesn’t get much different than that) as well as Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Maker.” Pulling out a random, un-Cheryl-like tune and pulling it off, my way, livens up shows and my audience probably more than anything else I could do.
On the other hand, I LOVE playing with my band (electric guitar, drums, bass), but I can sometimes overdo putting on the same show over and over. Cheryl is the author of “In The Key Of Success: The 5 Week Jump-Start Strategy,” an incredibly effective, result-oriented eCourse for independent musicians who are serious about breaking through plateaus in their careers.


A vegan, she loves anything that "protects the environment," as well as reading, swimming, basketball and texting her friends. So, recently, I switched it up and did a show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York and had my guitarist play acoustic guitar and brought in Kristine Kruta, a cello player who played on my record. If you always play with the same people, it’s great to see what other musicians can do with your music. Fans always wind up saying, “I had no idea you listened to THAT?!” It is also a way to get the audience involved, especially if you sing something that traditionally encourages clapping, singing and other participation.
I love this new digital age where I can morph one song intro into another and really mess with the fans that know my songs. I would suggest that bands check on that first, just to be safe before performing someone’s song on stage. She listens to Lady Gaga, Pink and Justin Bieber and wants to work for Green Peace when she grows up.
The pop-rock songs on my album became intimate and sweet and allowed me to access a whole different emotional state while performing. You may get ideas to bring back to your original players, and you may also forge a new relationship and want to add them to your regular lineup. And the feedback from the audience was positive with an element of surprise and newfound interest. Call the booker for a bigger rock club you’ve been wanting to play and ask for an early slot six months from now, or start pounding the pavement to get an opening slot for a band you’d like to tour with.
If you’re always playing loud venues, do a stripped-down show at a coffee shop to showcase your songwriting.
The record version my pop song “Side To Side” with a guest rapper was a completely new song when performed acoustically without the rap, drums, and bass. It’s a great way to find new fans, especially if you make it about your songs, your voice, or your connection with the fans. Find something that is authentically you and your music, that will shine through no matter what your lineup or venue is. Playing with new musicians is an opportunity for me to sharpen up on stage, get into a different groove and be open to other musical contributions.
Interact, stand by your merch table, offer to sign anything (well, almost anything), and show your gratitude that you had people to play for. These will be the folks that come to your next show, and be the inspiration behind keeping your show fresh.



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