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MySpace and YouTube as a promotional tool

This may be old hat to you, but I’ve just started trying something new to me. I have a couple of videos on MySpace, which are basically slide shows of 2 of my songs, Only Memories Survive and Watch Me Daddy.

I’m trying to promote W atch Me Daddy because I want a great singer to pick the song up and I am also trying to market it as a song that I will edit (commercially of course, I am trying to forge a career as a songwriter) and turn into a new son that someone can give to my daughter. Wouldn’t you love your daughter to have her very own song?

Anyway, what I have started doing is when someone sends me a friend request, having listened to their songs and left a comment, I embed the song into my comment so they can watch the video and listen to it without having to go to my MySpace Page, where they can also of course watch it.

I’m doing the same when I leave a comment for an artist who I think will like the song. It’s not technical. All you need to do is go to your video on YouTube and copy the ’embed code’ which you paste into the comment.

Something else I have started doing is including a photo, like this one, into my MySpace comments. You will have seen that there is now an Add Photo command when you put comments onto someone’s page. It is a little confusing because you follow the instructions, click on the photo you want, but it is not obvious what to do next. All you do is click on the x to close the page and the photo is magically there.

Me, jammimg in Jamaica

Me, jammimg in Jamaica

Now if only they would fix the counter on my page. Last week MySpace changed the default music player. At first I had almost a thousand listens on my page and knew that was wrong, so I got them to fix it. But now it has stayed at zero for a couple of days and I know that is wrong too. Hopefully they will get it right soon.

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Tube Mogul Promote Your Music Video

I only have a couple of video’s at the moment and video is really stretching it a little because they are my songs played to a photo slideshow. You can find them by searching for me on YouTube or going to my MySpace page.

Only Memories Survive was my first. Both of these were done by my friend Noel Schlachter. If you get him to do one for you, tell him that I referred you. I don’t get anything for that, I just like it when people know that I have recommended them:)

The other song video, which you can find here, was Watch Me Daddy.

I hope to do my first real music video this summer, for my song Muriwai Beach, which you can hear on my Music Forte page.I’m just waiting to get my broken wrist back in shape.

Anyway, whatever your music video is, I recommend checking out Tube Mogul. I haven’t actually used it properly yet, because I don’t have accounts with many of the sites that it supports and the ones where I do, I have already posted my videos.

The concept is that they post your video to a huge list of websites, so that your music will get heard, which is awesome, but there is a lot of time involved. In order to post it on all those sites, you need to have an account with them. If you are going to have an account with them, it will mean completing all the forms, creating bio’s and all the other things you need to do, but then if you want to get heard, you have to do something.

So this gives you a list of all the places you can post your video’s, but it does much more than that. It allows you to go to one place for reports on how many times they have been played on each site and lots more.

I’ve decided I really like this site. I’m going to stop blogging and get into it. You should too:)

About Songness and music upload sites

I’m always interested in checking out new sites where you can post your music and when I heard about Songness, I think from The Musicians Cooler podcast, I thought I’d sign up. Just a quick digresson. Dave Jackson over at the Musician’s Cooler has some awesome podcasts and if you have an iPod or other way of listening to MP3’s are strongly recommend you subscribe. He has great guests and excellent information if you are tryin to grow your business. He also has an excellent eBook which I have purchased myself called Get Your Band out of the Basement and Keep Them out of the Asylum and if you are putting a band together or wanting to keep it together, this is a great investment. I got the Audiobook version which I listened to in the car.

I posted my new song onto Songness called Watch Me Daddy a couple of weeks ago, so far not a single listen. On the Homepage it says that each song will be rated by up to 200 registered fans. You get an audience report for free and loads more. 

The concept sounds really good, (the concept doesn’t sound at all, but I guess this shows that even subconsciously I’m an auditory person) but I suspect that it is still at the prototype stage, so hopefully things will happen. There are still sections of the site that have word fillers, you know the latin words that developers use to show where the words are going to go. 

One of the key things if you want to post music on these kinds of site, is to listen and comment to others. Generally, just like MySpace, the more you contribute, the more you get back. The challenge is where to spend your energy. An example on MySpace is Em-J Taylor, who writes on her page that she spent 2 years promoting herself on the web. With over half a million plays, you would have to think she has been reasonably successful.

I have music on lots of sites and will share some information about them in future blogs. You never know where an opportunity will come from and each site tends to have it’s loyal followers.

One thing that I did recently was to create a spreadsheet so that I can see all the sites that I have music on, what songs or videos I have on each site and when I last visited. That way I can monitor what I’m doing and also check out the number of listens so that I can see the effectiveness of the work.

One thing I am big on is sincerity. There are companies who will send out ‘friend requests’ representing that they are you and helping you build a huge ‘fan base’. I am against this and like Em-J, I do my own friend requests and when someone invites me to be their ‘friend’ I will listen to their tracks and leave a comment. I would rather have 500 fans who would come to my gigs than a million who really don’t know who I am and don’t care. They are just numbers. 

Listens do count, if they are real. It’s possible to create false listens, but again, what’s the point, are you trying to look good under false pretences or are you trying to build a fan base so you can go on tour and have people come who already know who you are and like your music. 

Just a comment here, these are my opinions and you may believe otherwise. That’s great and you are welcome to argue your case here by leaving your own comments. There is no absolute right in this industry.

I’ve had a few people send me ‘friend requests’ at MySpace after reading my blog and I welcome that. Please do come and listen to me on MySpace, or maybe even give Songness a try. You can find me there, only one song at this stage, because I didn’t want to put any more effort in at this stage untilI see if it is justified.

So that’s me for now, bookmark or RSS this page and come back some time:)

Watch Me Daddy the song

This year has been a big one for me. In February I gave away my daughter’s hand in marriage, as they saying goes. I had the privelege of walking her down the aisle, playing guitar as she sang Shania Twain’s ‘From This Moment’ and bit my cheek as we walked through a crowd of friends and family who had no idea we would make such an entrance. There wasn’t a dry eye in the park.

The PA system provided by Earwig Studios, (where we recorded my daughter Gemma Cappel’s single ‘From Me To You’, performed perfectly under the sound engineering of owner, Darren McShane worked so well that noone realised it was live music until we came out from behind the camouflage of the Daimler limousine we arrived in.

2 weeks ago, said daughter became the proud mother of my first grand daughter, Madison Purvis. This was the background from which my song, ‘Watch Me Daddy’ was born.

I wrote the song, both for her and also for all fathers and daughters because the sentiments I felt, are common for most parents. Fathers and daughters traditionally have a special relationship, but often fathers aren’t great, especially as their daughters become teenagers, at telling them how much they love them.

So with the song, this is an opportunity to tell your daughter how much you care, as I did. The chorus is:

I miss those days but I can’t go back

I miss those days they flew by so fast

I wish that I could live them all again

But there are new memories being made

New pages being written every day

I miss the old days but I’m loving the new.

The rest of the song is about how our daughters want us to watch everything they do, all their little achievements, how they put on little shows for us when they are little and keep ‘performing’, wanting us to be proud of them, as we are, which goes on until adulthood, as the last verse:

I gave away my little girl today, you’re going to change your name.

With tears of pride I walked you down the aisle and you said

“Watch me Daddy, one more time” and I love you.

This song could be your song to your daughter and my offer is to rewrite the first one or 2 (of 3) verses to tell your story of your special relationship with your daughter and the things she did to make you proud. I’m offering my skills as a songwriter to help you give your special gift to your daughter. How many girls have their own song written specially for them. What a treasure. Isn’t that so much more memorable than a picture frame or a set of linen? Everyone who heard this song and watched the slide show had tears in their eyes and love it.

You could do your own slide show to your version, or I can make one for you from your digital photos. Drop me a line at luigicappel@gmail.com if you would like to discuss this. You can hear the song on my MySpace page and here is the video from Youtube.

Daddy’s Girl or songs for Daughters

On my other blog, I wrote about my song Watch Me Daddy and how the song came about. I actually wrote it on the wrong blog, so if you are interested you can read it there. I noted that lots of people found that blog when they were search for songs about Daddy’s girl, or songs from dads or fathers to daughters.

I’m not a fulltime songwriter yet but working towards it and this song struck a chord and brought tears to many eyes. The thought of someone writing a song to the daughter is something special and possibly even more so, being the father who so often in this world doesn’t show emotion.

I’ve been thinking about offering this song to other people in a modified version as a song they can give to their daughter and seeing as people seem to be looking for something special like that, I’m going to put it out there and see if this is something special they would like to give to their daughter.

I’ve been thinking about different ways I could do this. Here are some of my ideas and I’d welcome your thoughts. If one of these sounds like that special gift for your daughter who has recently or is about to get married, drop me an email andwe can talk about it.

The first idea is that you could send me a bunch of photos by email and I can create a slide show that you can give her, as well as something you or she could put on YouTube.

Another option is to do the same, but burn both the song and the slide show onto a CD with her photo on the cover.

Another option which could combine the above is to modify some of the words, i.e. you can tell me some special things about your daughter and I can rewrite part of the song to make it truly personal.

This song came from the heart and your version would too, from your heart, via my talent as a songwriter. This would be something special and unique. Something of far greater value for her to cherish, than most gifts.

So what do you think? Are you looking for that special wedding gift? If you are send me an email and we can discuss it.

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Hey, welcome to The Songwriter. I am a songwriter and I am writing this blog to share my music, my thoughts on music marketing and to develop a relationship with song writers and other people in the music industry as well as music lovers. There will be lots of topics and information, some of it brief, some of it lengthy. I hope you’ll bookmark it, or select one of the RSS Aggregators so that you can stay up to date with my news.

The blogs will start very soon. In the meantime if you would like to listen to my music, you can do that on my MySpace page. Hopefully you will like my new song and slide show of Watch Me Daddy. You can also find the slide show on YouTube. Go have a listen and please leave me a comment.

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