Tuesday, December 13, 2022
a new Christmas story
Friday, December 02, 2022
what our soldier boys do to unwind
shopping, memories, and gum
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
adulting is hard
Wednesday, November 09, 2022
my child's thoughts, early holiday edition
Sunday, October 30, 2022
center of attention
Friday, October 28, 2022
this i promise you...
Thursday, October 27, 2022
why don't I have an official soundtrack?
My life needs more drama.
I've often thought about how the first day of any class I teach should open with flashing lights and a theme song. I could enter the classroom like a professional wrestler. It would be cool. I'm not sure the students would be any more excited than normal, though.
What I really need is a digital music player that catalogs my music, labels it according to mood, and allows me to play music accordingly. Angry? Push a button, and suitable music comes on. Another button for boredom, another button for depression, another button for thrill-seeking behavior.
Again, venture capitalists can e-mail me.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
pay me for my ideas
is this how they describe me?
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Happy-Go-Lucky song notes
So you've listened to Happy-Go-Lucky a few times on your favorite streaming platform, hit the "like" and "follow" links, and left a good review...right? Right? RIGHT????? And you've even bought the album from Bandcamp (hint, hint)...and now you want more information about the songs. However will you find out more about what went on in TheMikeDuBose's brain??? Fear not!
TheMikeDuBose presents the song notes!
Monday, June 27, 2022
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Happy-Go-Lucky now available! (and a brief talk about economics)
As of June 23, 2022, my new album Happy-Go-Lucky is now available. It is live on Spotify if you're a streamer. Please follow me on Spotify. Doing so helps my algorithm, which means a better chance of playlists and suggestions. The album should also be on all other major streaming services (or coming soon).
If you're into streaming, though, you should know that Spotify pays $0.0038 per play. That means, in order to equal one album sale, you would have to listen to over 2,361 song streams. They're not the worst paying in the business (YouTube pays royalties at a rate of $0.00074 per stream), nor are they the best (Napster (hilariously) pays $0.019 per stream). The bottom line, though, is that while streaming is convenient, the artists are not the ones making the money.
If you want to support the artists you like, buy music from them at shows. If you can't make a show, there are always other options. You can buy Happy-Go-Lucky from Bandcamp and get a high quality instant download and streaming...and Bandcamp actually respects the artists and gives them the biggest cut. Use Bandcamp whenever possible! If you just have to serve the corporate overlords, Happy-Go-Lucky is also available on Amazon.
If you would like a free way to support what I do, please post a review of the album (or of your favorite songs from it) on Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, or wherever. All of these services operate via algorithms, so the more engagement there is, the more chance there is of people being exposed to my music. This would cost you nothing, and I would greatly, greatly appreciate it.
Musicians generally don't like talking about this kind of stuff, and I'm certainly uncomfortable even thinking this way. But if an album is released and no one hears it, is it art? I know I'm never going to get rich doing this, but breaking even would be nice. More importantly, though, I would love to just have people hear what I do.
Thanks for all your help.
Friday, May 27, 2022
Don't forget to pre-order at Bandcamp!
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
I'm a hot songwriter!
I found out last night that my new single, "Three Quarters," is now on American Songwriter's "Hot Indie Favorites" Spotify playlist! I've never been considered hot before! Listen to the heck out of this, particularly my track! I'm down there at number 191 as of this writing.
Monday, May 23, 2022
"Three Quarters" now streaming!
Listen to it right here!
Sunday, May 22, 2022
things are happening
It's getting exciting! The second TheMikeDuBose album, Depression Monster, is now streaming on all the major platforms!
But that's not all! It is now time to officially announce the third TheMikeDuBose album! Happy-Go-Lucky will be released on June 23rd, 2022! It's now available for pre-order on Bandcamp. It's a good album, and I will certainly be talking more about it soon.
As a teaser, though, I have made "Three Quarters," the first single off Happy-Go-Lucky, available on all streaming platforms! Check out this cool announcement:
Feel free to pull it up on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, any of these. It's the perfect song to put on random play when you go to bed!
More news soon.