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Dolly Parton Success Secrets: Hulu and Netflix Interviews

Dolly Parton Documentary Review

Dolly Parton has become my most recent obsession. After reading her book (see here) and studying her vocal technique here, I decided I had to learn more about this captivating icon. I watched her interviews on Hulu and Netflix, and learned so much about the music industry. I want to share these with you, but I highly recommend watching them yourself! Hopefully these reviews will help[...]

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A Full Review of Maria Mena’s New Album

Maria Mena They Never Leave Their Wives Review

Maria Mena is one of my absolute favorite singer/songwriters. I love her so much, so this review will be heavily biased. However, there are several small critiques just so this isn't a gush-fest. Seriously though, if you don't know Maria Mena, please check her out immediately. I'm going to break the album down song by song, then recap my thoughts as a whole at the end. I'm excited[...]

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Dolly Parton Autobiography Review: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

Dolly Partons Autobiography

Dolly Parton Autobiography? I'm in. I'm a big Dolly Parton fan, but if I'm being honest, I'm more of a fan of her as a person than her music or films. I think most people my age (Millennials/Gen Z) might be similar, because her music fame was "before our time" but she herself has remained an icon. Not knowing much about her besides her iconic looks, I was excited to learn more abo[...]

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The David Sedaris Masterclass: Will It Help Aspiring Writers?

David Sedaris MasterClass

You guys. I am so excited for this one. I am SUCH a huge David Sedaris fan. I've seen him live at a book reading, I own all of his books, and I've read every article I can get my hands on. It's pretty safe to say I'll be very biased when taking this course, however, I do want to see if it can actually help me. As you may know, I have a passion for writing. Not just songwriting, but es[...]

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Cool and Interesting Instruments Your Kids Will Enjoy Playing

Instruments become part of school curriculum in elementary/middle school. If your child is looking to play a musical instrument, there are three potential outcomes: They love it, become obsessed with it and become a virtuosoThey hate it and quit soonPerhaps the saddest option: They don't love or hate it. They remain indifferent about it until you suggest that they practice or try agai[...]

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Danny Elfman MasterClass: My Composing Results and Final Overview

Danny Elfman's Film Scoring MasterClass

We are at Part 4 of 4 of my Danny Elfman MasterClass review! I've finished the course and the self-directed final project (since there was no project for this class). I'm going to cover the final few classes as well as my overall opinion, and then you can laugh at my abysmal attempt at film scoring. *This post contains affiliate links Danny Elfman's MasterClass First, if you'[...]

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Danny Elfman MasterClass Review: How to Edit Film Scores

Danny Elfman's Film Scoring Masterclass

Danny Elfman is a renowned film composer and has a MasterClass on how to do what he does. This is part 3 of my 4-part review of Danny Elfman's MasterClass, where you learn to compose music for film. You can see parts one here and two here. This part discusses several movie case studies, score editing and why everyone in the music industry drives me to the brink of madness with their ri[...]

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How Canva Pro Can Help Musicians with Branding

How Musicians Can Use Canva

I've been a long-time user and fan of Canva. I started with the free version, used it for maybe a year, then switched to Pro. If you're a long-time reader, you know how I love trying things out to review them for you. Some have gotten better reviews that others, but I strive to be honest and thorough in each post. I'm going to tell you all of the ways Canva Pro can help songwriters, si[...]

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Danny Elfman MasterClass Review: Starting the Music (Part 2 of 4)

Danny Elfman MasterClass Reviews

This is Part 2 of my review of the Danny Elfman MasterClass, where he teaches scoring music for film. You can see Part 1 here, but let me give you a brief overview: Unlike previous MasterClasses I've taken, Danny Elfman's doesn't have a logical "flow" to the class structure. Every video stands on its own, so it was difficult to find a way to group the course. The groupings here are jus[...]

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The Danny Elfman MasterClass: Is It Worth The Money?

A Review of Danny Elfman MasterClass Review

If you're a regular here, you know I'm a big fan of MasterClass. So far I've done Christina Aguilera, Reba McEntire and Deadmau5. I wanted to try a different genre this time, and I love The Simpsons, so Danny Elfman seemed like a decent choice. This is the first of a four-part series, so please subscribe to stay updated on the course! Please note: MasterClass is an affiliate, which mea[...]