3 Ways Artists Are Getting Their Songs On Spotify Playlists

May 16, 2017

by Cari Cole

So what’s the real deal with Spotify playlists? Is it luck? Payola? Connections? Right now, for a fleeting moment, it’s the latter. You are introduced to somebody at Spotify, who curates playlists, who falls in love with your music, puts you on one and BAM. You start blowing up.

I was recently listening to my Discover Weekly, which Spotify ... Continue

Creating a Compelling Brand That Matches You and Your Music

May 09, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Cari Cole

Your brand is your music at first glance. You want it to look like your music sounds. Music is not age specific but branding is. Fans could care less how old you are, but they do care how good your music is. And when your brand is the first thing they see, it needs to match YOU and ... Continue

Finding Where You Fit In the Music Industry & Carving Your Unique Path

May 02, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Cari Cole

Music is not a one-size-fits-all industry. It’s not only for pop radio. No, no, no. There’s all kinds of music. There’s Bluegrass, Zydeco, Cuban, Chant & Devotional music, Classical jazz, Piano music (I love Dustin O’Halloran), Big Band, Punk, Goth – I could go on and on and on and on. When it comes to music, it’s all ... Continue

The Metamorphosis of the Modern Musician, Part III

Apr 11, 2017


by Cari Cole

The first Blog in this series, The Metamorphosis of the Modern Musician Part I, which you can read here, talked about the rise of the modern musician, and this moment in time as a gateway to the potential future we are creating. The second Blog in this series, Part II, which you can read here, talked about the ... Continue

The Metamorphosis of the Modern Musician, Part II

Apr 04, 2017 | 2 Comments

I need to stop being so shy and waiting for people to tell me what to do,” Rainsford says. “If I’m waiting on someone else, nothing will ever happen. I have to do this for myself.”

It’s in your hands baby. Ready for revolution? Check.




Once you’re re-evolving, your on the road to reinvention. If you go back and revisit your favorite musicians first records, and follow them through their subsequent records to right now, you can see the evolution, and if you look closer, the details of that evolution that might not be evident at first glance. Study it. Powerful medicine for your own reinvention. Where you are on that evolution-reinvention timeline will not be so evident until you move through it, but nonetheless you are on an inevitable course. Whether your course leads your ship out to sea, toward land or takes a detour is irrelevant to the course – it all is the course. Keep in mind that detours are an important part of the journey.

But this should help.

Rob Tannenbaum (a prior Alum of ours turned music journalist) writes in the NY Times:

“Josh Tillman had recorded eight albums under the name J. Tillman when he had an epiphany, prompted by his first (but not last) experience with a hallucinogenic drug: He should change his name as a way of rebooting his career. He was unsatisfied with the somber, sedentary folk songs he’d been making — “sad bastard music,” he called it — and wanted to spring free his sense of humor, absurdity and playfulness. Mr. Tillman, who had also played drums in the indie-rock band Fleet Foxes for four years, was readying the release of his 2012 album “Fear Fun.” A friend asked about the moniker, and Mr. Tillman unveiled it: Father John Misty.”

Coming from a past peppered with religion, but snubbing it all the same, Father John Misty’s new lease on music, his new record and his reinvention are serving him and his fans better than ever before.

Don’t be afraid of reinvention. Rather, seek it out.

As I said in the closing of Part I, but slightly differently here…

The time for great music is on the rise again. And you can be on the cusp of it. Do everything you can to rise up to meet it.

Get ready for your metamorphosis. Tune your inner channel to your inner truth. Radiate it like a cosmic sun as brightly and as brilliantly as you can.

Stay tuned for my next blog of The Metamorphosis of a Modern Musician, Part III…

I am you. You are me. We are the future — right here — right now. Let’s do this.


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The Metamorphosis of a Modern Musician, Part I

Mar 28, 2017 | 4 Comments



By Cari Cole



Metamorphosis. Also called transformation. A change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly and, in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog. In a human, the changing ... Continue

Finding the Story & Mythology Behind Your Music and Your Record

Mar 21, 2017



By Cari Cole



Story. Mythology. The contents of great books, movies, art and music. Story that breeds mythology. Mythology: The body of myths belonging to a culture. Myths are traditional stories about gods and heroes. They often account for the basic aspects of existence — explaining, for instance, how the Earth was created, why people have to die, or why ... Continue