StreetcredMusic...This blog has followed a quote I heard many years ago..."Sometimes you must leap first, and build your wings on the way down". From nothing it has become a blog containing dozens of Indie artists. Follow me as I introduce you to them, from the place where they breed, New York City! ....and come with us as we document it on film!!

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StreetcredMusic; Songs For Spring, In February?

2017, the warmest February in many states in the USA, no snowfall in Chicago in January
   ...or February.. let's have some tunes for Spring.

Spring brings emotions 'to the fore' sooooo...

Enjoy Video: 'Emotions' by Lucine Fyelon

Lucine Fyelon, FB page

....and of course 5 minutes of love, from Madrid and Brazil, from Ivete Sangalo and Alehandro Sanz
    .....Spring Lovers,
    Video, Enjoy: 'Nao Me Compares' Ivete & Alehandro

Ivete Sangalo

Did I mention it was the warmest February EVER in Chicago!!

Video:: Enjoy a  T-Bone on the South Side

T-Bone Walker
                    "In Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt"

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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
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Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
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Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
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Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
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StreetcredMusic: A Virtually Unknown Event in Black History: Lillette's Rhythm Club: Then and Now

As we come to the end of Black History Month, I've saved the best for last.
I lived in Nevada for twenty years, and when I first arrived from New York City, in 1968, I was shocked to see it was as segregated as the southern states. Women, Blacks and gays were subjected to more prejudice that I had ever seen in my 24 years in New York.

That puts in prospective where Lillette's Rhythm Club fits in, not only in black history, but American history. The club/hotel/casino was established in 1945, in Reno, Sparks, Nevada. Making it the first such venue owned and operated by African-Americans...Lillette Jenkins and husband Bud Harris.

Jade Simmons  & Lillette
In Lillette's Rhythm Club: Then and Now, we get to relive some of that great era of music, and learn to respect the courage that such an undertaking needed.

                            Video: Trailer::: Enjoy Lillette & Jade

Jade Simmons will star in the upcoming show.  Jade to me, represents everything Lillette kicked in the door to let in. Talent, beauty, creativity and a set of ideals that will not be compromised.

ENJOY ::Video I made of Jade Black History Month a few years ago, Elgin, Il

 Jade, a first runner-up Miss renowned concert pianists (rapper too Ha,Ha) rhythm creator, entrepreneur, emergence expert and 'speaks' to make people better...
Is again bringing to light a story of struggle and winning!

So stay tuned for this project coming at us soon...

VIDEO:::Nat King Cole's Tribute to Lillette

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StreetcredMusic; Black Music History

>>The Ink Spots were an African-American pop vocal group who gained international fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Their unique musical style led to the R&B and Rock&Roll genres, and the subgenre doo-wop. The Ink Spots were widely accepted in both the white and black communities, largely due to the ballad style introduced to the group by lead singer Bill Kenny.
In 1989, the Ink Spots (Bill Kenny, Deek Watson, Charlie Fuqua and Hoppy Jones) were inducted into the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1999 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame

Video::::"The Gypsy"


The Nicholas Brothers were a team of dancing brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold(1921–2000), who performed a highly acrobatic technique known as "flash dancing". With a high level of artistry and daring innovations, they were considered by many to be the greatest tap dancers of their day. Their performance in the musical number "Jumpin' Jive" (with Cab Calloway and his orchestra) featured in the movie Stormy Weather is considered by many to be the most virtuosic dance display of all time.

Video:::Nicholas Brothers & Cab Calloway

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StreetcredMusic: Black History Month, The Music I Grew Up With.

February, the shortest month of the year chosen by the powers/to/be as
.......Black History month. Take what you want from that.
Here is some of the music I grew up with in the South Bronx, NYC

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers:
Frankie grew up just a few blocks from me, he was a Giant to the street kids.
He fell victim to the vultures of the record industry and his addictions, which lead to his tragic end.

The Teenagers were one of only a few groups of that time to have their music played on white radio networks, and of course only in cities like NY, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.

        Video:: No 1 hit "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"


Bo Diddley;
This video says it all: Bo: Kings of Rock & Roll 

Bo Diddley
 I am so lucky to have seen these GR8 performers in small venues in the Bronx and Harlem.
The energy they they generated at their shows was as tangible as sunlight.

Here's a show I was at live in Vegas 1965. The greatest sounds ever made by a group of musicians...
anytime any place were made by Count Basie, and his band. Directed here by Quincy Jones, Basie at piano, and the vocalist is the man who broke the racial barrier in Las Vegas, 'Ole Blue Eyes'

   ... Enjoy the video: Basie and Sinatra at the Sands

Quincy, Basie, Sinatra

 “I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.” -- Rosa Parks

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StreetcredMusic: He's Funny That Way. Champian Fulton and June Christy

Two generations of American standards.
...1928-1950-2015, great tunes never die, as long as there are wonderful songstresses to sing them.

Here's the 2015 version by: Champian Fulton
.....Champian pays tribute and respects the great American jazz classics.

   .....Enjoy: 'He's Funny That Way'

Champian Fulton
"He's Funny That Way" (She's Funny That Way)
1928, Lyrics, Richard Whiting, Music, Charles N Daniels.

The same tune in 1950.
...Here by June Christy.

    ....Enjoy the the same classic 65 years ago. "He's Funny That Way"

June was with Stan Kenton's great band 1945.
...and her solo career began 1947.

June Christy

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StreetcredMusic: Winner, Photo of the Year 2016.

Here it is, and two of the same mugs won last year. Ah hahahahahahha
Foxy mugs I might ad, and talented too. Kayce Laine and Erin Pellnat 💙💚

This year they are joined by Tessa Lena and they were all part of a project we put together called #Pianowomen. 
Here are the::Pianowomen Videos

It was a fun day and the videos by Streetcred and Director, Daniel Diosdado
are wonderful, all original music and great video work!! My thanks to ALL!!

Here is last years winner, taken in a snow storm in NYC:

Kayce & Erin
Here are all the other nominees, have a look,  All 2016 nominees

To all my readers and supporters of IndieMusic, have a GR8 2017.
  Here's a video of the events in 2016 that Streetcred worked on.
   Enjoy: 2016 Highlights

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StreetcredMusic; Would You Give Up Every$$thing To Make Music?

I posed the question,
   ...'would you give up all other jobs and try to make a living from making music'?
I asked artist I know, and said they could answer anonymously, or tag themselves.

I was prompted by my observations over six years.
I wondered why the successful indie artists, were not copied by the others who were struggling
   ...having to share apartments, work two or more jobs, and still playing venues for free.
While others of equal skills were being paid for gigs, and traveling, and quite frankly, refused to under value themselves. It seem to me the conveyor belt the industry has set up to keep artists from breaking out was still attractive to most. It seems the make up of the individual is the answer.

I'll be adding posts as I receive them.

Shrederella Regretowittz, Bklyn. NY:
 "Sometimes I wish that someone would have told me when I was younger how hard it is to be a musician. I get kind of resentful of all the people I looked up to but then I remember that literally everyone in my life told me constantly, and also every movie, biography, and casual piece of pop culture explicitly stated how haggard and lonely and broke all musicians are...

...but as a child I had no concept at all of the perils of adult life so none of those things even made sense to me... and then I get kind of wrapped up in the perfect innocence of children and how many times my entire world view has been shattered and then I think that like, life probably isn't hard cuz I picked a crazy thing to do with my life, life is probably just hard in general and that's pretty chill. I can get down with that cuz it means that I'm probably not wasting what little time I have working on a craft and using that craft to try and benefit other people somehow,

...and then I feel better because in a broad sweeping way life is trash, but it's like, trash all round, Y'know? Like, trash for everyone? And that's pretty comforting"

Anonymous, NYC:
 "Don't do it. When it becomes a way of life, it ceases to be an escape from life. Gradually, you'll compromise your musical principles for the bottom dollar, and when that happens, your passion will erode away. Where I'm at, I'd go insane if I didn't have guitar to decompress, but I'd also go insane if it constituted 90% of my time"

Alan, NYC:
 "I don't understand the question. I've been a musician my whole adult life, and I work in the biz for $ as a tech. I even married a professional backing musician. I didn't give up anything. This is who I am.
Nothing would change my central core identity, I am an artist. It's my soul. It can't change. I could be a postman or a janitor, and it wouldn't change. (Fuck office work, though. Working in an office is my idea of hell) And I would suggest that for you it is the same.

What I would advise anyone with a "normal" career (WTF is normal?) is don't throw it all away. Be cautious and keep an income, maybe modify the way you work, because you ain't gonna make big money being a touring musician unless you are staggeringly lucky. And you probably have better chance of winning the lottery.
Unless you are preternaturally talented, like a Hendrix or something, and even then luck plays a huge part.

If you read dots, you can do well as a session muso, but that really depends on where you live, because it is all about demand.
My experience is that doing audio and stuff for a career really ate into my passion for music as an art form. It became "a job" and whenever I played or listened to music I wasn't listening with absorbed passion, but with the jaded cynicism of someone who works on that for a living.
I stopped playing in bands when I was in my early 20s, 'cos most musicians annoy me (ha ha) I'm more of a loner, but I've heard the same from people who play touring groups, they have to compromise what they love for playing shit that people want to hear. And they get real jaded. Some people love it, of course, but you have to be a particular type.

Remember also that you ain't always gonna be young. This shit is a young person's game. You can always make music til the day you die, but the touring lifestyle gets old really fast, and it will make you crazy, as Mr Zappa once noted. You need to have something to fall back on when your back gives out and your prostate is cranky.

At the end of the day, it's your life and your adventure, so take a risk and go for your dreams. But always have a backup plan"

Sarah, Boston:
 "After graduating college, I spent 4 years working with my band. I would only work jobs that had complete flexibility for gigging (mostly seasonal positions), I worked 2 jobs...barely scraped by money wise, and sacrificed relationships with family and friends.

A little over a year ago the band fell apart for multiple reasons (we got to complacent and too comfortable) and I've felt empty since. I have very few friends, barely speak with most of my family still, and am starting to practice less and less.
It is worth every second and I would give anything to have it back again.

Our refusal to stick to what we did well, and trying to fuckin fit with trends destroyed us.
Do what made your followers happy, not the industry. know your audience, they don't like
moving around"

Sarah: Do what made your followers happy.

Just added Dec. 11th 2016.

Marissa, NJ:
I met Pete Carma in 2011. He saw my music on line and contacted me, and came to see me perform.
That was so encouraging to me, because to be honest, not one other person who had any influence reached out to me. I was teaching at the time, second grade at a private school in NYC. I was living in a roach infested building on the lower east side, and my rent would go up every year. Every spare dollar I had went to my music career. Chasing rainbows, and hearing bullshit from everyone.
I'm out. I now live in NJ, I'm 37, teach and sing and play for the kids. The exhausting life style, the misogyny, playing for nothing, was too much to waste my youth on.

Pete Carma:
Let me add one sentence to this. Marissa was great, a bluesy, jazzy, sexy vocalist. Miss her! 

Added: Jan. 2d 2017:
DJ: Jay:
 Quitting your day job, or at least your main stream of income, for music doesn't mean you'll never make money outside of playing shows or selling merchandise. Many musicians in consistently working bands still pick up a shift here and there at a job when they are in their hometown. Others have the occasional DJ night that pays a set amount, and often comes with a drink and food stipend. So like other musicians, you may still work every now and then, without having to compromise tour plans or band rehearsals.

  Last year, I had a chance to do just that, quit my day job and I learned a few things during my exciting, though sometimes heartbreaking year of freedom. Although it certainly feels great to throw caution to the wind and dive head first into pursuing your dream, music, my biggest barrier to success remained the same. I simply did not use my time and resources wisely. 

Added Jan. 5th, 2017:
PlayMC: New Jersey:
The artists and bands that I know that are making a full-time living are some of the hardest working people I know. They hustle every day and work long hours, evenings, weekends, whatever it takes to get the job done and bring in the income they need to survive. Most bands dream of quitting their day job to do music full-time, but some don’t realize that it is a job to be a full-time musician, and you might end up working harder and longer than any day job out there, but the reward will be to do what you love for a living. 
....More coming~

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StreetcredMusic: 'Shattered' The New CD from Greta Panettieri.

Releasing her third CD, 'Shattered' in as many years, international song stylist Greta Panettieri
has again set the bar high for female vocalists.

Greta Panettieri

 Greta's phrasing is nuanced and stylized in the way of no other jazz singer. But her persona is modern and upbeat. The album is all original music with the exception of a tribute to David Bowie, Greta does 'Life On Mars'. A rendition Bowie would admire.

As I'm writing this Greta has released the first single and video from the album, "I'm In Love" which makes a statement about Gay marriage. It is a shout out to the first Gay couple to be officially married in Rome, Italy, Luca and Francisco.
VIDEO: I'm In Love


 The album produced by Andrea Sammartino is a 360 degree look at Greta's eclectic musical persona and her virtuoso artistic style that creates her very own genre. 

Get the album: 'Shattered' HERE
"I've always called myself a Jazz singer, (but not really)
I improvise but I don't exactly scat. I like soul music and R&B, but I don't sing melismas.
I like mainstream melodies but I'm not a 'pop' singer. Who am I then? 
I am what I sing. I sing what I like, the way I like. I leave it to my voice without trying to frame it in a specific style. Definitions just 'Shatter' on me"

No album, review, or conversation about Greta Panettieri could be complete without  mention of her love for Brazilian Jazz. She has performed with 'the best of the best'. 

Shattered is no exception, here is a fun behind the scenes video look at a tune from the album 'Oppure No' with Claudio "Greg" Gregori,  >Video:Oppure No

 Shattered,  nine tunes in all, is another well done work by Greta and her people. The arrangements, the choice of material, the world class musicians, the art work and the concept, are just an extension of her work ethic and overall class and respect for her music.

Follow the 'Diva' :Greta Panettieri, HERE

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