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My First Child

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My First Child
Originally performed by Nil Lara
Performed by Carla Lynne Hall and Christian Cassan
Recorded at The Cutting Room, NYC, 2005

Video: Fallin’

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And to make sure that uploading one of my videos wasn’t a fluke, I’ll add a second one here before loading the rest to my video page.

This live performance video clip was also taped at The Cutting Room, the club owned by Sex and the City’s “Mr. Big” (Chris Noth).

This clip is dedicated to all you Sex and the City fans out there who are waiting with baited breath for the Movie Premiere on May 30th!


“Fallin'” video by Carla Lynne Hall (with Christian Cassan on guitar)

Video test: Supernova

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I have been in video edit mode for the past week and a half, and here’s a sneak peek of the first video, Supernova. This show took place in 2005 in NYC’s Cutting Room. For any of you Sex and the City fans, Cutting Room is owned by Chris Noth, aka “Mr. Big.”

Vatican: It’s OK to believe in aliens

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I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

According to an article in the Associated Press, the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere” Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother’ or “a sister’, why should we not talk about ‘an extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”

I didn’t even know that the Vatican had an Observatory, much less a Chief Astronomer. This blows my mind, especially considering that Galileo, the astronomer who was deemed a heretic in 1633 for declaring that the Earth revolved around the Sun, was only officially pardoned by the Catholic Church in 1992. Wow!!!!

First, the Pope comes to the US last month and wins hearts everywhere. Next, the Catholic Church is welcoming extraterrestrial brothers. What’s next???

Say Hello to Symphony

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Say Hello to Symphony from NYC

One of my bestest friends in the whole world, Rich, is a sound engineer who has awesome friend karma. In other words, he introduces me to cool people all the time, mostly musicians, although not necessarily. Rich is the kind of guy who has a New Year’s Eve party and invites people via Craigslist – and somehow selects people you’d actually want to spend your New Year’s Eve with. A music lover, Rich often uses his Tribeca apartment as a music performance space. During one of his recent “house concerts”, he showcased an awesome band named Say Hello to Symphony.

As always, I highly suggest that you listen to their music before taking my word for their sound, but I adore their intelligent quirky pop meets Radiohead meets Jeff Buckley sound. They have a happy sound that I love, play with time signatures, and they’re just delightful.

Check out their MySpace page here and say hello to Say Hello to Symphony!

Overcoming Creative Jealousy by Carla Lynne Hall

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What’s green and felt all over? It’s Jealousy, that evil monster. Yep, folks, it’s the dark side of being an artist, and not very pretty. I guess we are all susceptible to it, though some times are worse than others. Some may disagree, but I rank jealousy with masturbation. Ninety percent will admit to it, and the other ten percent is lying.

What I’m here today to discuss on my soapbox is not that jealousy is an evil thing, but that it’s normal. Of course, I’m not condoning the shredding of a rival diva’s costume minutes before she goes onstage (which has happened in real life to a friend). I’m only saying that when she gets on stage, looking totally fly, singing fierce, singing her ASS off, it’s normal to want to strangle her. And if she’s a bitch to boot, it’s even more difficult to be happy for her (”Gee, I don’t know why God decided to give me all this money this year. Isn’t it great??” – Yeah, right). Before I go on, I want to make it clear that I admire tons of musicians, but I’d be lying if I said that there had never been any moments that I thought, “Damn, that was good. I suck.” To be fair, maybe someone has thought that during one of my shows. Maybe not, but it’s still a fact of life for an artist.

Being an artist of any medium practically is an ongoing challenge. Commercial demands aside, as an artist you are constantly faced with a blank sheet of paper, canvas, or lump of clay. Sometimes you feel inspired. Sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you come up with roses, other times it’s manure. An artist is rarely happy with his/her work At least, not for long. You finish a project, and you can’t believe that you created it. The next day (or sooner), you wonder if you can ever do it again. Creating art, like dying, is something done alone.

The helplessness of an artist probably contributes to various addictions. When you add the demands of the marketplace to the equation, it can get ugly. We ARE our demons…Of course, I can still find the positive spin to all of this. When you see someone else kicking butt, especially someone you know (and usually like), listen to your heart. The jealousy and envy stem from wanting something they have. Deep down in your heart, you always know what you lack as an artist. When you watch someone who has it, it hurts. It’s WAY too easy to get stuck in “Oh, she slept with the producer”. Maybe she did, but I have yet to see ANYONE get ahead just because they knew “who to do”. It takes a lot of work to go forward. Besides, the producer probably made her dress up in a Wonder Woman costume. He may even have incriminating photos of the moment as well that she will forever worry about. Tell me that that’s not hard work!

But I digress. The trick, I think, is using that feeling to energize your own improvement. Personally, I find that watching someone who has something I need to improve upon makes me work for it even more. It can be painful, no doubt, to watch someone on stage have a seemingly flawless performance when you feel that your own stage presence lacks, due to nervousness. Well folks, one thing I learned is that there is NO magic involved to great performances. It’s really true that practice makes perfect. Whatever you want to improve, you can. You think you’re not connected, get out and meet people. You want to write better songs, put in the time. You want to know more about the business, read some books.

You know what I hate? People who go to the same seminars that I do, but ask the same question (or different versions of it) time after time. I just want to say, “You got your answer last month. Get on with it!” There comes a time in each life when you have to own up to what you need to do to make it happen. If you can’t or won’t do it, perhaps something else is meant for you. I say all that to say this: sometimes jealousy tells you what you need to do. Other times, it’s plain old envy. Just don’t let it rule your life. By focusing on others, you’ll lose track of your own growth. This year I challenge you. Work on ONE thing that will bring you closer to your goal. You know what it is. Just do it.

Excerpted from The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Guide to the Music Biz by Carla Lynne Hall. Available at


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Music Marketing Machine Coming to NYC in July!

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I’m happy to announce my upcoming 4-week “Music Marketing Machine” course in New York City.

Equal parts lecture, Master Mind group, networking meeting, and supportive community, my Music Marketing Machine course is an “incubator style” workshop designed to teach singers, producers, rappers, and bands how to market themselves, build their fanbase, and sell their music – without a traditional record deal.

At no extra charge, all participants will receive a Music Marketing Machine Workbook for designing their own individualized marketing strategy. At the end of the four weeks, you’ll have an individualized music marketing plan – created by you, just for you!

Where: Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP 21), 18 West 18th Street, New York City

Dates: Wednesdays: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 2008

Time: 7-10pm

How much: The regular price of enrollment is $200.00 per person. If you register now, you can take advantage of the “Early Bird” rate, which guarantees your spot in the course for only $125 ~ a 20% discount

“Carla, thank you so much for your insights – you really have inspired me to get into music on a professional basis.” Emma Wolfin

Register using the PayPal button or email me at moxiemusic [AT] hotmail [DOT] com. You can also find more info on the dedicated Music Marketing machine course page.

Sign up now!

Did you know that the Flight of the Conchords invented rap music in New Zealand?

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Happy Friday!

Here’s one of my favorite videos from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords: “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros”. Look them up whenever you’re in the mood for gangsta folk rap battle!


My New Music Blog Crush: Confessions of a Music Addict

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So here I am, minding my own business, trolling through the music blogosphere, and what do I find? A music blog titled “Confessions of a Music Addict”, whose founder and contributors are fabulous females.

Very cool site, and today’s featured video, “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis, was totally inspired by this music blog. Or perhaps, I’m just not feeling particularly original today. Regardless, check out this video, and my new favorite music blog, Confessions of a Music Addict!