Comic: Brand Identity Crisis

Summary: On going crazy trying to brand this site and Gig-Ready Jazz Bassist, deciding I’m NOT a brand, and developing my “anti-brand.”

As a bonus, here are some possible “anti-brand” projects in the works:

  1. Switching almost exclusively to comic format
  2. More “A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties” (Part 1, Part 2) and related series
  3. Converting some of my Sounds of Laughter materials into comics
  4. Covering a variety of topics – old favorites such as freelancing, instructional design, and yoga; and perhaps a few new ones

Comic: A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties, Part 2

Part 2: From “Beat It” to “California Gurls” – how hip-hop replaced rock as the incongruous element in pop music  For music examples mentioned in the comic, see below and “A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties, Part 1.”

Michael Jackson, “Beat It” 

Sample from “Beat It” Intro (starts at 3:30)

Run-DMC/Aerosmith, “Walk This Way”

Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls”

Sugarland, “Stuck Like Glue”

Comic: A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties, Part 1

As part of my branding overhaul, I’m switching back to full-fledged web comics about pop music and related topics. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – create a series about pop music of the “Naughty Aughties” (2000-2009). See below for YouTube links to songs/videos referenced in the comic.

Lady Gaga, “Just Dance”

Cascada, “Evacuate the Dancefloor”

Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”

Cascada, “Pyromania” 

Boney M., “Ma Baker”


Advice on Managing Psychiatric Disorders

This week, I was privy to two situations involving psychiatric disorders – one ended in tragedy and the other was helped by me sharing my own experiences. I know that talking about this often makes people uncomfortable, but if it inspires just one person get their life on a path that will keep them alive, happy, and healthy, it’s worth it. Here are my primary suggestions for managing psychiatric disorders:

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