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The 5 Best Books for Starving Musicians – Keeping Perfect Pitch without American Idol or Nashville Star
New York, NY – It’s no secret that making it in the music business is difficult and making money as a singer / songwriter / musician is next to impossible. Just ask the millions of American Idol and Nashville Star hopefuls, whose dreams every year are dashed by Simon Cowell and others.
The proverbial question is, ‘What do I do now?” What’s the best way to get your music career on track without sabotaging all of your hard work?Many music industry guides publicize that they have all the answers and contact databases to get you there, but which one actually delivers the goods? Many of the music industry books are outdated, despite claims of updates, using old school advice for a new era of music and outdated databases that will send you straight to the cleaners literally, “Two-Day-Dry Cleaners at your service.”For the real-deal about the music industry, here are the top 5 best resources for starving musicians.
1. The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money by Jaci Rae
2. How to Write a Hit Song: The Complete Guide to Writing and Marketing Chart-Topping Lyrics and Music by Molly-Ann Leikin
3. Creative Careers in Music by Josquin Des Pres
4. Start and Run Your Own Record Label by Daylle Deanna Schwartz
5. The Business of Artist Management by Xavier M
The No. 1 book on my list is the only one I know of that incorporates both new, in-depth music industry how-to's and a fresh, extensive contact database. Included in this book are heavyweights in the music industry (Peter Visvardis, Thomas King, Cord Coslor, Miller Hogan and more), giving you valuable insider’s secrets and information that’s right on the cutting edge, helping artists to become successful.
Whether you're a starving musician who’s looking for ways to market your music into music gold or an up-and-coming record label executive, everyone needs the right information to pave the way to where you want to be.
With a Name Like Jaci Rae, It's Gotta Be Pure Honky Tonk, Right? -- Judd Handler, SpinWriter
"You're not alone if the name Jaci Rae automatically conjures
up images of a southern farmer's daughter, backwoods-country-bumpkin, sitting on a rolling hillside with a strand of hay dangling
from her mouth. Well, this Jaci Rae is a country singer
... but not the prototypical, Nashville corporate project.
While she considers herself a country artist at heart, most people familiar with her music would classify her
as a crossover artist. The country-flavored songs that
Jaci Rae croons on her latest self-titled CD reached the
top five on dozens of radio stations, supplanting superstars
like Garth Brooks. More than just a talented singer, Jaci Rae is also a "musical philanthropist, " author, and businesswoman.
Jaci Rae, who splits time between Wisconsin and her native
California, is blessed by working with well-known
music publishers and songwriters like Sherril Blackman
(LeAnn Rimes). The first track from the CD, "Your Coffee's
on the Table, " is solid country and so radio friendly
that the song was the quickest to reach the top position
at a Montana radio station (104.5 FM, fittingly with the
call letters KOFI). "Coffee" was ranked ahead of Brooks
and Shania Twain.
In Europe, where traditional country music is craved (the
non-one hit wonder Nashville variety), Jaci Rae recently
reached No. 15 (for the track "Like a Wheel") on the Country
Music Association charts, beating out the sensational
Upon learning of her ranking on the CMA charts, Jaci says
the first thing she did was phone her mother. "I was just
so floored, " says a wholesome-sounding Jaci Rae, trying
to mask her giggles. "I called up my mom and said, 'Can
you read this to me and make sure it says what I think
it says?' I couldn't believe it ... I look up to these
people (Brooks, et al.), they are my heroes."
"Coffee" is a microcosm of the CD as it pokes good-natured
fun at love and relationships. The first verse begins, "I hear the same old thing every morning when you wake
up/ Hey sugar won't you bring me some coffee in my favorite
cup/ But this morning it's going to be different than
it's been before/ 'Cause your coffee's on the table but
your sugar's walking out the door." How can Nashville
not pay attention to Jaci Rae with winning lyrics like
The songs are not based on her personal amorous adventures;
Jaci Rae merely wanted to pick songs on the CD "that were
fun and cracked jokes." She adds, "I got so tired of the
same sappy, 'my wife left me, the dog died and I don't
have a job' songs."
Don't let "Coffee" fool you into thinking that the rest
of the CD is up-tempo country swagger. The majority of
the remaining tunes, while showcasing Jaci Rae's star-quality
vocal abilities, are more like slow, jazzy ballads. When
asked if "jazzy ballad" is an accurate description, Jaci Rae answers with a slow sigh, "correct, correct ... I
know I sound disappointed, but I'm not. I really love
doing a jazzy-torched song."
Elaborating on why she's considered a crossover, or multi-genre
musician, Jaci Rae claims, "a majority of the people that
like country music also like jazz. People thought I was
insane because I hired only jazz musicians for the CD.
It's not that country musicians can't play jazz, " but
the ones she has played with aren't exactly jazz pros.
Fret not, Jaci, you haven't insulted any of your collaborators.
Would Metallica hire Willie Nelson to sing "Seek and Destroy?"
"I don't believe we should have to draw a line and say, 'well, you're country, so you can't do jazz' ... I think
that's silly, " says Jaci.
Even if you don't have a taste for country music or slow, jazzy ballads, there's no denying that Jaci Rae is an
example of a musician who makes a difference in peoples'
(and animals') lives. On February 19, Jaci Rae will be
in Europe, playing a benefit concert for a critically
ill, two-year-old Belgian boy. This won't be the first
time Jaci's music has impacted the life of a child. This
past December, Jaci Rae performed for the first time in
Nashville. The show benefited the Child Alert Foundation
Jaci Rae enjoys popularity in several European countries.
She is a welcome addition to the continent's loyal country
music audience. Jaci has a European promoter, Gary Bradshaw, who was contacted by the president of the Belgium International
Country Music Association, Mia Heylen. Heylen, who is
also a DJ, informed Bradshaw of a series of concerts, which are to raise money for the Belgian boy, named Jordy.
The DJ asked several of the artists that she plays, (one
of which is Jaci Rae) to send her five CDs each in order
to hold an auction and raise money for a surgical operation
that is necessary to ensure that Jordy will live past
Jordy's mother died during childbirth. He was born with
just one kidney, his hips upside down and twisted, a clubbed
foot, and suffers from a form of spina bifida. Jordy's
liver is in danger of shutting down and will ultimately
need a kidney transplant.
Upon hearing of Jordy's plight (add to the list that he's
uninsured), and the concert to raise money for him, Jaci
without hesitation offered her services. If enough money
is raised, Jaci says that Jordy will be able to pull through.
The benefit concert is in Belgium on February 19. "It's
the biggest event in that country in the last 30 years, "
says Jaci. "The press is honing in from all over the world
[such as a BBC crew] ... it's an incredible cause." Jaci
will do a series of other concerts, playing mid-sized
venues in Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
get to meet the DJs who've been supporting me over there
for the last eight months, and I'll get to meet my fans."
Jaci will have only two days of free time during the entire
trip, one of which she says will be spent visiting the
sites of Holocaust concentration camps. "It will be so
profound, " she says. "I wonder what my feeling is going
to be like over there. I want to say a prayer for the
rest of the world when I'm there."
"Oh yeah, I can make a difference with my music, " emphatically
says Jaci. She recalls when at age five, she walked onto
the set of a Jerry Lewis telethon, but didn't know she
needed a sponsor to sing, so she came back the next year
with one and helped the Muscular Dystrophy cause with
her animated performance.
Is Jaci content with warm receptions in Europe and North
America? "I'm going to conquer the world, " she contends.
"I've worked my hinder [ass] off ... I'm not resting on
Jaci Rae doesn't have time to rest. In addition to the
tours and recording sessions, she runs a small, independent
label, North Shore Records. Receiving roughly 100 submissions
a week, it takes Jaci a good ear to plow through every
artist and decide which ones to pursue. This arduous process
was mirrored in her selection of songs on the CD. It took
her a year to finalize a setlist for the CD. Some songs
were selected because she sought a specific sound, not
necessarily because it was her favorite song.
Heading the operating at the label, Jaci receives around
250 emails a day from struggling artists seeking answers
to questions like "How do I submit my material, how do
I do my taxes, and where can I get my CD pressed?"
While on vacation in scenic northern Wisconsin, Jaci was
sitting on a lake's pier and came up with a revelation.
The result was Insider's Secrets for Making Your Music a Success. Published in September
1999, Jaci's book provides helpful insight and information, such as manager and A&R contacts, music Web sites, and
articles written by other music industry veterans. Jaci Rae also has her own Web site, Jacirae.com.
Jaci used to write paragraphs, responding to each email
she received. These days, although it takes her longer
to reply, she still answers to every letter, albeit with
a couple of sentences. Jaci's kindness is evident&No. 151;some
people would probably have an automated response system
to their emails with an answer, "Buy my book."
Few adults convey the innocence, thoughtfulness, and charity
that Jaci Rae carries. She's also modest. She tells of
the time that she played in front of 40, 000 Marines at
a base. Jaci was surprised at the warm reception she received.
"Maybe it's your looks that got those Marines riled up, "
I suggest to her.
She quickly responded, "I don't think they saw me up close."
With her gleaming pearly whites and cherubic grin and
flocks of Curly-Sue hair, I tell her in a slow and playful, southern drawl, "Don't be shy now Jaci Rae." ... I bet
she's blushing right now.
Interviews Legendary Music Icons on The Jaci Rae Show
Los Angeles--—Jaci Rae – The Rae of Hope TM is an
award winning artist, No. 1 Best Selling author, and motivational speaker/teacher. She has helped independent
artists with their careers worldwide through her many
books such as, The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and
Money and valuable consultations on the phone and via
the web. One of the most popular outlets for Indie artists
to obtain information is The Jaci Rae Show, heard live
around the world every Thursday night at 8 PM, Pacific
Former and present guests on The Jaci Rae Show include…Big
Brother and Holding Company (Janis Joplin's Group), Mike
Corbet (former A&R for Mariah Carey and George Michael), Jordan Keller (legal counsel for the Backstreet Boys), Derek Sivers (CD Baby), It's a Beautiful Day with Linda
& David LaFlamme. A matter of interest for all independent artists is upcoming
guest Peter Visvardis (former A&R Director at Columbia
Records before he recently resigned his position this
There will be a two part series with Peter
teaching artists how to get signed and how NOT to get
ripped off. In addition to Peter’s expert tutelage, DJ H. Vargas
will be teaching about Record Pools and how they can help
you with you Indie Music and Bob Francis, who works with
Event Management, a premier Publicity Firm, will be teaching
how to market your music and products effectively without
spending a lot of money. Francis specializes in infomercials
and commercial spots that have aired on Oprah, hit commercials
such as 8 minutes Abs, Have a Good Hair Day and others.
Since then he has broken records providing clients with
Jaci Rae Radio Schedule
All Shows are 8 - 9 pm Pacific Standard Time /11-12 pm
Eastern Standard Time
January 5, 2006 Peter Visvardis Part I
January 12, 2006 Bob Francis
January 19, 2006 Peter Visvardis Part II
January 26, 2006 Kenneth Fournier, V.P. Stretch the Skies
February 2, 2006 Mike Corbet
February 9, 2006 Big Brother and Holding Company and again
in June 1, 2006
March 9, 2006 - Jordan Keller Backstreet Boys Legal Counsel
March 14, 20069 Miller Hogan Top Entertainment Attorney
March 30, 2006 – Rev Moose – Editor-in-Chief
April 6, 2006 – Ernie Ashworth, Grand Ole Opry Star
and Country Hall of Fame Inductee
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Jaci Rae Publishes The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing and Money
Los Angeles--—Jaci Rae is the epitome
of the D.Y.I. spirit that makes independent artists so
successful. She is singer/songwriter, musician, prolific
author of several successful books including the No. 1 bestselling
Winning Points with the Woman in Your Life One Touchdown
at a Time and mainly an inspiration to women and men that
need a lesson in self-empowerment.It is not a secret that making it in the
music business is difficult, particularly in the fiercely
competitive Indie market.
There are so many options and
services available for artists to choose. Which company
or individual do you trust with your dream and what is
the best way to approach getting your career on track
without tripping over yourself and sabotaging your years
of hard work? Well Jaci Rae has lived it from start to
finish, the good and the bad, she made all the mistakes
and learned from the lessons of those experiences.
all she wants to do is save other aspiring artists from
the pain and heartbreak of unnecessary mistakes.The answers are laid out in black and
white with a helpful book titled The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing and Money. Jaci covers everything from Everything
Business 101- Podcasting and resources as well as Record
Pools and how to swim and Guerilla Marketing to name a
What is more impressive about Jaci’s
process, which is continually evolving in her many careers, is the fact that she constantly improves and updates this
valuable publication, so when you do purchase it the information
that is inside the book is right on the cutting edge for
the indie artist to be successful.The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing and
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as well so you actually have some reputable contacts to
look into amongst the myriad of services needed to get
you on track to your ultimate goal, success.
no better teacher than experience and a publication like
this is a goldmine of resources at your fingertips. It
will save you hour upon hour of research, frustration, and most of all the advice you need to avoid taking the
wrong turn that could derail all of your efforts to make
your dreams come true. Everyone needs the right information to
pave the way to where you want to go and as the saying
goes-Jaci Rae has been there and done that. A word to
the wise is sufficient, if you are an Indie artist looking
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Jaci Rae, Country / Jazz Singer, Author, and Photographer
DM) How did you get your start in singing?
JR) I started singing at a very young
age. I was a huge fan of Sound of Music and wanted to
be Maria. By the age of three I had probably watched the
movie 25 times and new all the songs and people used to
ask me to sing the songs constantly. But when I took that
into kindergarten choir auditions, they booted me hahaha!
I think I was trying to sound like Maria. I tried again
the following year and the same thing happened, they wouldn't
let me in! I mean who DOESN'T make elementary school choir?!
So in third grade, I just sang as myself and I finally
made it! (I still fantasize I am Maria snicker!). When
I was 10, I walked into a club and heard another woman
singing. I asked the manager if he would let me sing also.
He agreed to let me sing on a Monday night, later he said
he though I would never show and was surprised when I
did. I ran off and asked my best friend to sing and play
guitar with me. She told me no and that I was crazy; she
didn't know how to sing or play guitar. I didn't know
how to play guitar either, but a neighbor next door did, so I grabbed an old beat up guitar that was in the house
and ran up to her. She taught me three basic chords and
I in turn taught them to my friend and we started on Monday
night! I am certain it was awful, however his crowds increased
and he started us on weekends and they increased then
too. It was at that point that my best friend and I started
being asked to sing at fairs and other clubs. When she
moved away that following fall, I set out on my own.
DM) I'm surprised with the rejection of your singing when
you were younger you had the motivation to sing in the
diner. What gave you the confidence?
JR) I guess I was just insane.... no seriously.
I am not quite sure. I am stubborn; it is always what
I have wanted to do and nothing else. Music has always
been an affinity for me, an escape. It's who I am, how
I feel, and what I think. It profoundly affects the way
I feel whether I am listening or being the one listened
too. It's just me! Also, there is something in me that
when someone says no, I say, 'Oh yeah! Watch Me!' And
I go for it. I give out that same advice to a child or
adult, who comes up to me at a concert or on the street
to ask for an autograph, and says, ‘I would love
to do what you do, but I can't'...I say, 'Oh yeah! Yes
you can!' It's always incredibly amazing and touching
to me to watch a child or adult when someone tells them
they can. It's like a light went on in their head and
they see it themselves!"
DM) Are you always so positive in your
JR) Oh of course I am always upbeat, happy
and a ray of hope! I am a mixture of Pollyanna and Miss
Mary Sunshine every morning! And I wake up every morning
with my hair and teeth already brushed and my day is perfect.
NOT! (Snicker!) No WAY, not by a long shot! I am over
critical of myself. There have been mornings I wake up
and don't want to get out of bed, and then I look in the
mirror and scream and hide in terror at the sight I just
saw. Sorry, I had to do that! But truthfully, there have
been days when that is exactly how I feel. Since I know
the day is going to happen with or without my attitude, I try to give myself an attitude adjustment and get on
with the day. If that doesn't work, then I grab some cookies
(chocolate chip or peanut butter) and drown myself in
the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes"! But I am normally a
very optimistic person though so I guess that does help.
But trust me when I say I have my moments when I am not
a pleasant person to be around. At those times, I hide
out and avoid people!
DM) Whenever I read articles about you, they describe you as nothing less then beautiful. When
I hear a reaction that you look in the mirror and want
to scream I find it pretty surprising. How do you react
when you read what people write about you?
JR) Where did you read that? (Snicker!)
I try not to read that much about myself unless I am specifically
asked to. I do have a scrapbook that I paste things in
so that someday, when I have children of my own, they
can see what a fool I made of myself! Just kidding! But
it is for the benefit of my future family that I save
things written about me, but as I said, for the most part
I just don't read them. Back to my looks, I have never
really thought of myself as beautiful. I am the kind that
wakes and shakes so to speak. I wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face, brush my hair, and throw it in a ponytail.
I have always been that way. I am a tomboy I guess. I
have never adhered to the make-up crowd. I didn't grow
up that way. We didn't have a lot of money and there were
eight of us and one small bathroom to get ready in the
morning. So spending a lot of mirror time was strictly
prohibited. I am sure that is the reason I don't do the
make-up thing or at least that was the first reasons.
Now that I have had it on my skin, there is another story
LOL! To be honest I don't even wear make-up on stage.
(Well a little mascara and maybe blush if I am pale, but
that is all. But my cheeks get flaming red under the hot
lights of stage and on television, so my make-up artist
tends to shy away from blush.) Today, I just hate the
feeling of make-up. I always forget I have it on and it
ends up on my shirt, smeared everywhere. When I have it
on I feel like my face is dripping in gack. I can't stand
it! While I must wear it for television and for certain
photo sessions and public occasions because of the way
they light you, too many shadows, etc., when those sessions
are over, I race home and take a shower immediately to
get that guck off and the hair spray out. This doesn't
mean I don't care about the way I look; I just don't take
it very seriously. I mean when I am 70 or 80 my skin will
be wrinkled and I will have age spots and such. How devastated
I would be at that time if I had based my entire life
on what I looked like when I was a teenager. I do envy
my girlfriends who always are so "put together" and not
a hair is out of place though. Why? Because I see them
as much more disciplined then I. But the make-up, I look
good thing...I just would rather be outside then staring
in a mirror!"
DM) Which gives you more pleasure, your
photography or music?
JR) What gives me more pleasure music
or photography? Well, they are 2 entirely different and
separate things for me. When I am singing, I am a whole
different person. I am up there to please a crowd, put
on a show and hopefully convey what I feel to them. My
desire is that they feel what I feel when I am singing.
I am revealing my very soul when I sing. When I take pictures, I am a very tiny person in a vast universe of possibility.
I am in awe of nature and I love to capture the moments
of nature. It's relaxing and very inspiring, so for me, there is no comparison. I don't have to be "on" and as
my friends joke with me all the time, I don't have to
be, "Hi! I'm Jaci Rae!" I can just be me. I mean the animals
and subject aren't looking back in the lens at me hahaha!
DM) What else do you do for fun besides
music & photography?
JR) I love to work with Make-A-Wish Foundation
and I am always promoting our armed forces as well as
those who protect and serve us. I wish I could do more
for them. Make-A-Wish is so important for people who are
struggling with life threatening illnesses to know that
there is something to look forward to other then hospitals
and doctors. There is nothing that beat's the faces of
the families when they come back from a granted wish.
And while I haven't been able to work with them in a while, I still promote them often. However, my selfish hobbies
and things that I absolutely LOVE to do are water-skiing, snow-skiing, and taking a walk on the cliff's to look
at my Sea Otters (if they would just let me kiss 'em on
the nose, I know they would just love me!). Those rank
right up there with working with others!"
DM) Where did you first learn the value
of helping people?
JR) To be honest I don't know where my
desire to help came from. I have always been involved, working with charitable institutions for as long as I
can remember. When I was in Kindergarten, I remember doing
a Jerry Lewis Walk-A-Thon for Muscular Dystrophy. I didn't
know about sponsors that year so I did the walk without
sponsorship. I remember thinking the walk was so far I
couldn't believe it (and for a child it's a long way!).
But I knew I could walk when there were so many other
children who couldn't, so I had to walk for them. The
next year I found out about sponsors, and I won an award
for the most sponsors as well as the youth that walked
the farthest. I didn't know about the award, so I wasn't
there to pick up the award. My Mom, who had to stop by
the school, was given the award and she was just as surprised
as I was. So it's just always been there. I don't know
why, or how. It just was. A gift from God I suppose.
DM) What was your family-life like when
you were growing up?
JR) Well...things are very different from
my childhood now and my family and I are very close. We
all learned about life and grew. When I was a child, I
didn't have a family life per say. I had to be a grown-up
from the time I was 3 years old, making decisions that
no child should have to make. Children are very adaptable
with survival skills. But my childhood taught me self-reliance, common sense and believe it or not a lot of wisdom beyond
my years at a very young age. People always thought I
was much older by the way I spoke and because of the way
I thought things through. Goodness...I began studying
psychology when I was 9 years old LOL! I know that I would
not be who I am today if I had not had the childhood I
had and I thank God for that. Would I chose my childhood
over again and live through what I did? No! Absolutely
not. However, if you were to ask me if I was glad about
what I went through, I would say...absolutely YES! As
I said, it made me who I am today. I choose to help others
with what I have learned and we will leave it at that.
DM) Do you love your job?
JR) I guess I don't see what I do as a
job. It's something I definitely love and have a passion
for, but for me it's not a job, it's more a message I
spread about how I feel that day.
DM) What advice do you give people who
don't love their careers as much?
JR) Well at first they have to stick with
it because we all have school to pay for, bills to pay, life to pay for. But while they are sticking with the
job they hate, it doesn't mean they can't go out and either
look for a job they would love, go to school and get the
skills needed in an area they would enjoy, and/or start
their own business. We all have things we must do that
we hate (I mean, I HATE cleaning bathrooms, but someone's
got to do it, eh? Oh...but I saw the funniest video the
other day with my sister. There is a man out there who
is passionate, and I mean passionate about cleaning. We
were laughing because of the way he presented it on the
video! He LOVES to clean bathrooms also. Gosh...I need
to find him snicker!)...Okay back to the subject matter, until we can find something else, we have to work with
what we have. So, while you are looking for other more
enjoyable things, try to make your day a game at work
if you hate it, or if you have a boss that is a nightmare(and
trust me, I had one of those, a real nightmare so I know
what you are going through if you have one of those. Make
sure you go through the proper authorities to get his/her
abuse stopped!). Look at your work and make it a race
to see how much you can get done in as little time as
possible and still do an excellent job. Don't meter yourself
against anyone but yourself. Make it a race against yourself.
When the day gets too dull or frustrating, think about
what you are doing to change that situation and that you
only have to wait a little while longer and you will have
a new job or career. In my old job, I accidentally came
upon a very funny answering machine message when calling
a customer up. So when my day was really bad or one of
my fellow employees, we would call up that machine and
laugh our hinders off. So try something like that. Basically, if you are in a job that you really can't get out of right
away, it does not mean you can't work during that time
to get out of it. Life is too short to waste the entire
time being unhappy. I learned that the hard way when my
sister was killed. There will always be bad days; just
as there are good. But try to make it more good than bad.
DM) But having a bad day and your sister
dying are two separate worlds. You seem to be somebody
who can give good advice on how to handle a tragedy like
that. How did you handle it?
JR) Well, you don't really handle it, you live through it. It's been a few years since she was
killed and sometimes I still cry. She was my best friend
in the entire world and the only person who has ever really
understood me and knew who I was thoroughly. She was like
a twin. We could be across the U.S. and she would call
and ask me why I was crying and I had been. We were just
connected by some sort of line.
When she was killed, I
felt as if my soul had been ripped out. She was killed
in a drunken driving accident and it was yet one more
reason I am such an advocate against drinking and driving.
My position on that subject is...don't drive if you've
been drinking...Period...end of story, a short sentence.
Just DON'T do it! Good grief...Take a cab, stay at a hotel, call a friend, walk, or sleep in your car.
Is $20.00 for
a cab, $50.00 for a cheap Motel, or a little stiff neck
because you slept in your car really too much to pay for
someone's life? If they don't care enough to pay the price
of these things, then they are not a person who has any
integrity or value in my eyes. I don't care if you get
drunk. Just don't drive. I am very verbal to people who
drink and drive. Friends have told me about co-workers
who were drunk the night before and drove.
I will go right
over to that person and speak my mind. One person even
came to me the next day after I had chewed him out, and
told me he had sold his car. He really had! He commuted
with a friend after that. I don't care about the person
who chooses to drink and drive, but I do care about the
innocent people they will kill, maim and injure on the
road. I really like those commercials on TV where it shows
the child or family on a home video and then it tells
when they were killed by a drunk driver.
I think they
should take it a step further and in that white space
in the background, they should show the family at the
morgue identifying the body and they should have video
of the funeral. Really get the message across. It
still hurts to think about my sister's death as you can
see. The only way to live through a tragedy such as this
(or any tragedy) is to talk to other people who have been
in the same situation.
You need to know that what you
are feeling is not abnormal. All the anger, hurt and rage
is a normal process in the ordeal. The feeling that tomorrow
is worthless without your loved one is something that
most people experience in the death process. While talking
to friends helps relieve some of the pressure, unless
they have been there too, you won't get the same resolution
you will get from speaking with someone who has been in
It's the difference between talking about
the experience and your feelings and sharing a common
bond of the experience and the feelings. My advice to
people is to get with others who have already lived through
the same situation. Not that talking with your friends
is not important. It is very important. But when the flowers
stop coming and the phone calls end and there are fewer
people around, you are still left alone and empty with
no closure. Whatever you do, don't repress your feelings
and say it's okay and "I'll get through it" and then try
to resume your day. It will catch up with you one way
or another. It's best to get the worst part out of the
The biggest lesson I can impart to anyone is
that we only have this one moment in time to make a difference.
This one moment to say I love you. This one moment to
appreciate someone. I told an older woman with a walker
how much I appreciated her generation because they were
always so put together and how lovely she looked. Her
entire being livened up and she stood taller and began
to smile. That is worth more than anything else in the
world, to know you made a difference, if even for just
Jaci Rae (North Shore Records)
By: Alex Steininger, In Music We trust,
"Very ambitious, even at nine years old, she walked into
a dinner club and saw a women singing on stage. Telling
the club owner she could do that, she marched right up
to him and told him the same thing. Looking at her and
chuckling, he told her to come back on Monday and she
could sing. Not thinking she would show up, she did.
that club she gained a name for herself in the Santa Cruz
area, and build her fan base up from there." With
her first full-length/self-titled CD just released, her
blend of country, jazz, and even more country is a must
have for any fan of country. Very country oriented, its
jazzy feeling helps bring an extra zing to the music.
Her voice always keeps the music sensual, no matter what
the lyrics are saying, as she takes you through romantic
and heart breaking moments. The music itself jumps from
slow and very heart felt, to more up tempo, bouncy numbers.
Always keeping things lively, she never drives down the
same path twice." Although
I like the down to earth, piano driven jazz a lot better
than the country, bouncy feeling, this CD has a lot to
offer the listener.
"Your Coffee's on the Table" is one
of the more up tempo bounce numbers, while "Convince Me"
sets the pace slow and cozy with its piano driven jazz
feeling. All and all, this CD will bring many good moments
to any fans of modern day country. I'll give this CD a
Steininger In Music We Trust
is a singer who fits in perfectly into today's contemporary
country market. She's young, beautiful, wait a minute..this
is a record review. Anyway, she is similar musically and
in appearance with Martina McBride, And Trisha Yearwood.
Her material comes mostly from outside writers..another
Nashville trait..and she did a good job of finding songs.
"Your Coffee's On The Table" is a cute hook song with
the reply being " and your sugar's walkin' out the door".
Can we say RADIO READY?! "River Of Love" is a swampy tune
with a gospel feel and nice background vocals. "The Last
One" is a big ballad about love and features duet vocals
by her co-producer, Jim Reith. This CD is well produced
and if you like what is on country radio, you will like.
Jaci's CD. Her singing is straight ahead and the only
thing I would like Jaci to do is to stretch out and take
some chances vocally. I rate it three stars." Chris
Hugan, Reviews In Time
"Santa Cruz native Jaci Rae has a new CD out titled "Downhome
Girl." The five-song disc starts off with a jazzy number
then follows with the Dolly Parton tune "Coat of Many
Colors." The other three song similarly carry on in the
country style, Rae learned from listening to her grandparents'
records as a child.
The disc showcases her smooth, sweet
and controlled voice while backing musicians such as locals
Jim Norris and "Slippery" John Weston and Emmy Lou Harris'
guitarist Frank Reckard provide an unobstructive bed of
music. "Downhome Girl" sounds fresh and modern without
bowing too much to the rock 'n' roll trends which ruin
As a result the disc has been warmly
received by radio stations across the globe. Rae says
that the disc is getting airplay in Kentucky, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Italy, and that record
label in Holland is interested in picking up the disc. Scott
Cooper, Santa Cruz Sentinel
"Everything about this 5 track CD just screams country, from the front cover pic to the song titles & even to
the bio. While country may not be my favorite style of
music, I have to judge every demo on it's quality, not
it's style, & this demo is quite simply put, pretty stunning.
"Perfect Strangers" opens the show, tinged slightly with
a laid back jazzy feel & some crystalline vocals that
penetrate, but don't overpower the music.
Second in is
a fair country classic, a cover of Dolly Parton's "Coat
Of Many Colours", which is just as well performed, & the
style eases off the extreme end of country, stoppingwelll
short of 'twine & twang'. The other three tracks include
"I Gotta Dance" & "Whole Lotta Trouble For A Little Bit
Of Love", which are a bit more lively, whilst the missing
track is the best of all, an emotionally performed number
called "Your Side Of The Bed". If only all country music
was like this." Heard
Jaci Rae Victorious in First BattleNet
"In the first BattleNet competition, Jaci Rae has taken
home a victory with "Perfect Strangers". In over a month, Jaci Rae was competing for the BattleNet crown against
Exotic Pet as the fierce competitor with Internet viewers
from around the world casting their votes for the song
of their choice. Although starting off as being a close
battle, Jaci Rae pulled away with a near 2 to 1 margin."
Downhome Girl "Country, country, country. This downhome
girl from Santa Cruz, CA delivers the goods on this 5-song
CD. Backed by a host of talented musicians, Jaci shines
on the upbeat, "I Gotta Dance" and the soulful, somber, "Your Side of the Bed". In somewhat of a departure, the
first track, "Perfect Strangers" is a sultry little number, which conjures up images of a smoke-filled, sexy piano
bar. Jaci also covers Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors"
in fine form. Closing out this perky little country gem
is the raucous, "Whole Lotta Trouble" which could easily
become a Line Dancing staple."
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