EXTRA EXTRA: Website Updates, Hummingbird Brigade Show in 1 Month, and My 1st Week of Tweets

Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, things are moving right along in Dander-land and it’s pretty exciting.

First of all, web master and all-around renaissance man trombonist Steve Mynett is all aboard team Danderfer and has completed the 1st round of improvements to this website. As you can see, the SMNP finally has it’s own title (up and to the right). As well, there’s an ‘about’ page (complete with quietly intense photo of moi), so that all future Danderfans can get to know me in a speedier fashion and the rest of you can finally figure out just who’s been writing these awesome posts for the last 3 years.

I have also updated some of the links on my ‘links’ page, including a link to my twitter account. Which brings me to,… my twitter account. Week 1 of tweets is complete, and while it’s hard to imagine anyone not wanting to hear numerous updates as to my happenings on a daily basis, it does feel a bit odd to continually tell people what I’m doing,… mostly because what I’m doing is drinking. Well, not really, but 11am 12:01pm 12:30pm 8 o’clock in the evening does feel like an ideal time to tweet.

Anyways, it’s been an interesting experience so far and it proves again that the only way to know if social media (or anything, for that matter) suits you is to try it. Try to use it “proplerly” and see if it can work for you. For example, I said to Steve last week that I wasn’t sure about tweeting because I didn’t want to be “that guy,” the one who’s always got his head buried in a smart phone, seemingly annoyed by the human interaction around him in a restaurant.

“So don’t be.” says Steve. “Just use it in a way that you’re comfortable with. Above all, anything (be it personal conversation, blog post or twitter) should be authentic. If you feel its “sales-y” and it comes across as “sales-y” then it’s going to be disingenuous. Make it authentic and it’s a valid and worthwhile outreach.”

So there you have it. I’m not completely sold just yet but I’m giving it a solid two months to try on for size. And yes, as I mentioned last post, overly sales/promotion-centric artists kind of annoy me; but you know what else annoys me?: artists who turn their nose up at anything promotion related and as a result can’t fill a small club once a year.

I understand the privacy/time issues some of these people might have with social media, but I also know that in many cases it’s just an attitude thing; proudly exclaiming how they’ll have no part in social media and then (when they have a gig) turn around and ask their friends/band members to tweet or facebook message on their behalf.

In the end, if you can’t get people out to see your shows, it’s harder to get more shows; which is very limiting for one’s art. I can’t improve at writing for large ensemble unless I can hear my music played by great musicians, great musicians gotta make a livin’ too, so I need people to want to come out and get tickets for said show. It’s a fine line between not enough and too much, however, in a very direct way, I need to be involved in promotion in order to progress as a musician.

Which not-so-coincidentally brings me to my next announcement,…

THE HUMMINGBIRD BRIGADE

@ THE CELLAR

OCTOBER 28/29 (Friday & Saturday)

HALLOWEEN PARTY (much like our regular party, only with jack-o-lanterns added)

8 horns a blazin’, 2 percussionists a beatin’, and 1 B3 ORGAN!
RESERVE EARLY HERE.

OK, I’ll tell you more about this exciting concert later. For now, I gotta go practice!

Thanks for reading and have a great week everyone!