so are cds necessary?  why?  why isn't it simply based on how well you play?

cds are stressful for me.  i know it's unlikely i'll capture my best perfomance, so it will be an inferior representation of who i am.  but the playing field  is sort of leveled on this one.  most people play/sound better live - unless they inherently suck and use a studio to "sound better" yada yada...

i have found though that my cd, as lame as it is to me, impresses folks - they somehow feel i'm an "artist" because of it.  to me it's like a business card with the added benefit of people paying you for it!  so, suck or not, i'm glad i did it.  i will be doing another this summer.

marketing is a whole nuther ballgame - kind of a catch 22 - you play gigs to sell cds, you sell cds to get more gigs...

the other side - money.  i did  cd release party at a place that held about 180 people.  i had to sell it out to break even - a lot of fun, but way too much  work for nothing - i did all the promo myself (thank god for email)  now i could have shaved some expenses, but i wanted to treat everyone right.  i had 9 people work on the concert with me - i paid each $200...now i didn't make any money, but the next time i call, they'll be glad to work for me...

the answer?  larger venue, or higher ticket price or both??? :)

bottom line - scot - you need to do a cd -t is an incredible education and magnifying glass for yourself :)  

good luck, and let us know when we can buy one :)
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