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; 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.

 "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"

 "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"

 "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.
#SupportIndieMusic...more will be coming

Just added Dec. 11th 2016.

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! 

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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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StreetcredMusic: 2Women, Two Different Solutions, One Universal Problem. Yula Beeri, Dionne Warwick.

Musical solutions to breakups: are two, a generation apart.

Yula Beeri 
....and her take.

Yula and Asi Spector
 Enjoy,  Yula, Video> "My Heart No Longer Skips A Beat"

Yula Beeri

Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach had a slightly different take...

Enjoy the video: "Walk On By"

   .....History of  "Walk On By"

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Streetcred: Nominees for Photo of the Year, 2016

That time again... I have to select the best photo of 2016. Remember the photo is judged on it's emotion, the timing, and the feeling when the photo was taken. And of course the people involved, and perhaps most important, the mood. Photo quality takes a back seat to all that.
ALL of these people and places were responsible for the success of the blog this year.

Here is 2015's winner::
Kayce Laine   &   Erin Pellnat
just added four more as of Dec. 8th......

Me and "what's her name"?
Before her show. September 2016.

MaryC & The Stellars, June 2016.
DUMBO, under the Manhattan Bridge.
Mary sings backup, GR8 show as always.

Mary C Music

Tessa Lena, Pianowomen shoot, NYC
June 2015. "Baby Robots"

Tessa Makes Love

"The Butt Shot" Erin Pellnat,
  Pianowomen shoot June, 2016, NYC
  With Daniel Diosdado &  Ricardo Birnbaum

 more coming!

just added four more as of Nov. 28th......

The many talents of  Lara Bello
Vocalist, musician, writer, dancer, composer.
Her Tribute Performance to Federico Garcia Lorca, in New York City.
My review of the show, HERE

Lara Bello

This is the Queen of R&B, Arika Kane
I chose this photo from several she sent to me. She was gracious enough to do an Op/Ed for Streetcred. Which BTW drew thousands of readers.
She was a big part of the blogs success in 2016,. xo

Op/Ed Read it HERE

This one has to be in the running, for many reasons.
1. This may be the only selfie you will ever see of Tessa Lena (L)
...........with her are the other two 'Original Pianowomen' Kayce Laine  
        ..........and Erin Pellnat .....#Pianowomen videos: HERE

Tessa, Kayce & Erin xo #Pianowomen
 ....and this is just me in the bathroom of Nublu a Tessa Lena show, Tessa Makes Love, is the band.

....more coming!

Some of the nominees for 2016.

Tessa Lena at #Pianowomen filming
M Train, Flushing Ave  TheHiveNYC

31 inches of snow, 33d Street & 6th Avenue

Mary Jo Camel Toe Awards Show, Mary Jo accepting her 'Uneven Titties' Award.

         .........More coming!
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StreetcredMusic: Pianowomen From Outer Space. Cezara, Aziza.

They must be from Outer Space. Every once in a while I have to back myself up for all the times I write 'amazing women' on my social media, so this is one of those pieces.

....from Romania: Cezara Lucia Vladescu 'Song For Dodo'

When I listen to either of these marvelous pianists, composers, musicians play, I listen over and over again. The music only sets in after several times. The visual, their stage presence and their hands capture me and the music passes like a cloud to be inhaled and enjoyed later.

  .....from Baku, Azerbaijan:  Aziza Mustafa Zadeh Ladies Of Azerbaijan

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StreetcredMusic: October Songstress Fest, Three Videos.

Enjoy some of the best "Women in Music"
    ...Streetcred's October Songstress Fest.
       ....Enjoy, sip some of your favorite beverage!

        Cezara Lucia Vladescu
            .... HER VIDEO: 'Alice, Alice'

Cezara Lucia Vladescu

If you like Halloween and scary stuff......her talent will scare you for sure!!
   ...the amazing, Jade Simmons
                     ...Her Video: 'Improvising' 
Jade Simmons

...and finally the 'Little Sparrow' who, does not regret anything! Do you?
    ....Edith Piaf

         ...Her Video: 'Non, je ne regrette rien'

Edith Piaf

      ....Have a very gentle Fall!

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StreetcredMusic: Lara Bello, Tribute To Federico Garcia Lorca, NYC

It was my pleasure to attend this wonderful performance by Lara Bello Saint John's Lutheran Church, NYC
   ....the poetry and letters of  Federico Garcia Lorca

Lara Bello
  ..the tribute was presented with all the dignity and elegance and musical perfection it deserved.
........Lara and guitarist, Eric Kurimski, frankly overwhelmed me.

Lara designed her gown to be a part of this tribute.
as seen in these photos
In addition to her voice, performance art, and creativity, it was quite clear that this hero of her homeland, holds a special place in her heart...Amazing show. the finish of the performance Lara distributed (in small envelopes) to her audience, messages from Federico, I will not open mine, until.....

....every time I see her, she amazes me.

Follow: Lara on Facebook, here

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StreetcredMusic; Sixth Anniversary... Kiss Slash Crooked Smile.

During the six years of this blog, I have seen many artists grow, and some fail.
...I especially enjoy watching the many faceted artists evolve with more than one identity....For instance: Yula Beeri 
 with Kiss Slash Crooked Smile
  KSCS  :with Asi Spector & Stefano Baldasseroni
 ....they started like this: video: KSCS, 2012

...then they 'amped' and up and after ...
the greatest *CD release party ever....they were out...

..........Video; KSCS, "This Is How........"

With Stefano & Yula
 Their album 'Ethereal Dance'  ..AVAILABLE HERE

 ..........* *CD release party footage

....Just some of the great shows and enjoyment over the six years.
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