I respect you for making a living from being independent. What I object to is 
your insistence again and again on using the words "art" and "artist". You must 
have some nerve to use those words about yourself and the stuff you are doing. 
It undermines whatever else you have to say because you have glued 
dilettanterie to your endeavors, at least in my opinion.
 And since you mention a great american photographer and artist Ansel Adams, 
even Cartier-Bresson claimed he himself was not an artist. He was a great 
artists by any standard to most of us ofcourse, but he had higher ideas about 
the word "art". That's real humility, something you perhaps lack.

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <curtisdeltablues@...> wrote :

 ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> wrote :
 The noise you produce was even worse when playing inside a room with a 
microphone in a video you probably deleted.  For good reasons.
M: I haven't deleted any videos but then I don't post all of the ones of me. My 
two CDs are at CDBaby.com. I have sold thousands of them and won some awards 
for them. I am very proud of them. Each contains 6 original songs and 6 covers 
songs preserving the acoustic blues era and performed live as a one man band in 
the studio. With Christmas coming I'm sure you will want to buy several for 
your family and friends. Curtis Blues | CD Baby Music Store 
 Curtis Blues | CD Baby Music Store http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CurtisBlues 
Listen to and buy Curtis Blues music on CD Baby, the independent record store 
by musicians for musicians.

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Reflecting on my job through this discussion has been interesting. One aspect 
of my job is public and because everyone believes their opinions are so 
precious they share them freely. It is a big obstacle for many artists and some 
are tormented by it long into their rise to fame and fortune. The key is to 
focus on your own artistic standards and the people who you solicit opinions 
from: people you trust and people you pay. I paid a producer to help me with my 
second CD and the results were so much better than my first. The advice was 
invaluable and helped me grow as an artist.

Imagine this Nabbie. Some guy you have never met, a friend of a friend on 
Facebook sees a shapshot you took on vacation posted by someone else. It may or 
may not have been the one you would have chosen but they posted it so you live 
with it. The guy posts pictures by Ansel Adams next to yours and begins to 
offer you advice about lighting and composition and tells you that you suck as 
a photographer. Now inside you are thinking that you have to please yourself 
and your boss and you make good money, so who cares what this guy thinks, right?

That's my world. I have many temporary bosses who I have to please with my 
music and since you don't buy my CDs or hire me for shows, your opinion about 
my music is none of my business, literally. 

But you took some time to form an opinion and I appreciate that. My problem is 
not people who don't like my music, it is people who have never heard it. That 
is a huge problem for any artist because we are all working a numbers game. We 
need to find the people who dig what we do. I am making a comfortable living 
from those people now. But I have to find the other people who are like them. 
That is the hardest part of making a living in any art form. And that is why I 
say: thanks for your opinion, but excuse me there is a customer behind you and 
you are blocking my view.

I have pushed back a bit on some of your criticism of my busking show because 
most people do not understand what busking is and what it takes to make 
substantial money at it. Most musicians who try it don't take the time required 
to master it as a separate art from just playing music. To survive you have to 
play flashier and  because people didn't pay to see you. You have to sing and 
simplify your playing in a way that can be sustained for hours at high volume. 
It is never your best artistic work. Then you have to take a huge humility pill 
that most of the people who pay you are paying for your interaction with them, 
not the music. The show is bigger than your playing. You have to engage them 
while playing at the same time. It is F'n difficult and can only be learned on 
the job.

But after years of practice the rewards are that you are auditioning for people 
to hire you for private parties and festivals so you pick up work that way, you 
can make an hourly wage equivalent to a high level computer programmer, sell 
thousands of CDs to people who would otherwise not know you exist, and meet 
interesting people from all over the world who love this kind of music.

You, Nabbie, are just one of the thousands who pass by without giving me a 
thought, or who decide they don't like what I do.To make a living as an artist 
means that you keep your head straight about who you are trying to please. I am 
not trying to convert unbelievers, I just need to find the people who hear me 
and feel the way I do about this music and how I play it. I know you were 
hoping to make me feel badly about what I do, but I am afraid that ship sailed 
long ago.

 N: You see now that I find you extremely pretentious
M: Says the guy who doesn't play giving musical advice to someone who makes 
their living from it...

N: and perhaps, though I doubt it,  understand why I find your criticism of 
Maharishi as silly as your playing. 

M: Well you have had ample opportunity to counter anything I have posted about 
Maharishi with a reasoned argument Nabbie, but have instead preferred to try to 
attack me personally including your unsolicited opinions about how I make a 

Getting back to the reason you started this whole attack on how I do my 
job...your comments equating Michael with terrorists were way out of line, 
which is why I called you out on them.


---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <curtisdeltablues@...> wrote :

 M: Thanks for the well intentioned advice Nabs. I'll take it to heart. What I 
am getting from you is that when I am singing outside without a mike to an 
audience many meters away, I should sound more like a guy sitting in the corner 
of a quiet recording room inches from a mike. And when I am covering a fast 
Elmore James song I should play it like another song that is slower.

You got some mighty fine ears on ya boy!

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> wrote :

 "If Curtis were as bad as you say, what do you think he should do to improve?"

 Good question. First of all I'd recommend practise, practise, practise. He 
could start by hitting one note at a time, just one note and listening to it, 
how it sounds, vibrates and how the sound slowly disappears. Just that, very 
simply and innoscently create one sound, and then listen to it, how pleasing is 
that sound, does it sound better doing it in another way ?  And again, and 
again, and again. By doing this one acquires an understanding of the basics and 
a love for the note itself. Without this basics one is lost and will never 
achieve anything. One should understand that the ability to play fast on any 
instrument is not the same as playing music. To be able to play slowly is the 
hallmark of a professional.
  Many amateurs, like Curtis, make this mistake; they skip the basics and try 
to convey too much.
 I recommend you to listen to the video I posted by Robert Johnson. Where is 
the showmanship in this ? There isn't any because his heart is in it. When you 
listen to this, perhaps you better understand my disgust when fellows like 
Curtis comes along claiming to play the blues.

 Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues (1936) 

 Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues (1936) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82yNxiF-T4A This Song contains the only guitar 
solo Robert Johnson ever recorded. I very good example for his amazing talent. 
He plays rhythm and lead guitar on one inst...

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