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Adam Cole, A Jazz Musician Who Writes Books

Adam Cole, A Jazz Musician Who Writes Books Songwriter and Pianist Adam Cole interviews famous and not-so-famous people to uncover the truth about music. He also offers guidelines for musicians, as well as tips on beginning jazz.

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I got to talk to the guy that wrote Pete the Cat!  https://www.youtube.com/watch...
07/20/2022
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I got to talk to the guy that wrote Pete the Cat! https://www.youtube.com/watch...

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06/23/2022

If you're a Shawn Mullins fan and you've been enjoying the interviews, this is the best one yet: We talk about the albums, from the early cassette releases to his masterpiece, Soul's Core Revival. What a treat to get to revisit Shawn's career with him! https://youtu.be/EtnmI7rIn4Y

Aaand it looks like I forgot to post Part One!  So here it is:  This week I interview my friend Fletcher Moore who has s...
04/29/2022
"My Writing Makes Me Laugh" - Fletch Moore, Part One

Aaand it looks like I forgot to post Part One! So here it is: This week I interview my friend Fletcher Moore who has shared both writing and music adventures with me. He has adventures I can only dream about. And this is just part one! https://youtu.be/npL6tglLGEs

In Part One of Adam's interview with writer and musician Fletch Moore, we learn how to get from being kicked out of college to earning a Masters in Music Edu...

Fletcher Moore is a bass player and writer extraordinare.  In Part Two of my interview, we go deeper into his motivation...
04/29/2022
"Writing is a Performance" - Fletch Moore, Part Two

Fletcher Moore is a bass player and writer extraordinare. In Part Two of my interview, we go deeper into his motivations for writing and hear more of his remarkable story. https://youtu.be/ZT3cxsc3LE8

In Part Two of Adam's interview with writer Fletch Moore, the author discusses his ongoing blog series, "Red Clay Bestiary." He talks about the difficulties...

Several months ago, our guitar teacher, Mr. Neil, sat down to interview with me.  Mr. Neil has worked with Drake, Nicki ...
03/31/2022
Neil Garrard, Guitar: Complete Interview with Adam Cole

Several months ago, our guitar teacher, Mr. Neil, sat down to interview with me. Mr. Neil has worked with Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Boi from Outkast, and has made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tiny Desk Concerts, and Jim Henson Studios. https://youtu.be/4iCmVG2soV0

Neil Garrard has worked with Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Boi from Outkast, and has made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tiny Desk Conce...

When Jimmy Lee Hook recorded his songs with members of Billy Joel's band, he did something almost never done today - he ...
03/24/2022
"Recording Without A Click Track or Pitch Correction" - Jimmy Lee Hook Interview Part 2

When Jimmy Lee Hook recorded his songs with members of Billy Joel's band, he did something almost never done today - he recorded them without a click track or pitch correction. Find out why when, with the push of a button, he could have had technical perfection. https://youtu.be/TcrlUb1NOSM

When Jimmy Lee Hook got the opportunity to record his songs with members of Billy Joel's original band, he chose to do it live in the studio. In Part Two of...

03/22/2022

I am addicted to these blog posts of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Never have I read so much sensible stuff about the writing business that is also inspiring.

"When you strive for perfection in your writing, you’re dooming yourself to perpetual failure. When you strive to be the best you can be, you will have a fulfilling life."

When I started work on my album Demo Crazy, it was meant only to be a collection designed for the Copyright Office to pr...
03/17/2022

When I started work on my album Demo Crazy, it was meant only to be a collection designed for the Copyright Office to protect some 45 songs. Over the course of more than a year, it turned into a project that brought me back to my music-creation roots and challenged me to go into new places. Even though the album has been out a couple of months, getting the Certificate of Registration in the mail brings it full circle and lets me know I am officially home again and ready to start work on the next album!

Publicist Bob Merlis has spent over 50 years representing Z Z Top, Dion, and many others.  In this interview with host A...
03/10/2022
"Music Publicist For Hire" - Adam Cole Interviews Bob Merlis

Publicist Bob Merlis has spent over 50 years representing Z Z Top, Dion, and many others. In this interview with host Adam Cole, Merlis discusses the ways celebrities are different from other people, and what it takes to promote the careers of the famous and formerly famous. https://youtu.be/QPBPi9A6UFE

Publicist Bob Merlis has spent over 50 years representing Z Z Top, Dion, and many others. In this interview with host Adam Cole, Merlis discusses the ways c...

03/04/2022

I am currently learning as much as I can about Facebook advertising and other online outreach for my books and music.

03/02/2022

Someone was kind enough to refer me to the website of Kristine Kathryn Rusch, whose writings I've been devouring for a month. This particular section of her post on "Continuing Education" in her "Freelance Survival Guide" hit me so hard, I had to share it.
I completely avoided creative writing classes in college, and I always felt bad about it. Now I see I might actually have been sensing something valid that KKR made explicit.
"Early on, I believed that you could not make a living as a fiction writer, so I went into journalism. That belief was a faulty one—fiction writers can and do make a living, and can, in fact, make a much better living than journalists (particularly nowadays).
Even though I was a history major in college, I took creative writing courses, and felt vaguely dissatisfied throughout without knowing why. I graduated, mailed out my fiction, and developed a relationship with Ellen Datlow at Omni Magazine. She apparently felt as frustrated as I did at my inability to break into her magazine, so she sent me the information on Clarion Writers Workshop, which was then held at Michigan State University for six weeks over the summer.
I applied; I got in; I attended. I learned more in six weeks than I ever learned in my college creative writing courses. Of course, I was learning from published professionals (not all of whom were earning a living, but I didn’t know that at the time). I grew and developed as a writer, and within six months of my return had sold my first professional short story.
But I was still a journalist, and one nice thing about being a reporter is that you can ask a question, and then get paid to seek the answers. So I asked why did I learn more at Clarion than I did in my prestigious university’s writing courses. I interviewed the director of Clarion, and I interviewed the director of creative writing at the university—and learned something startling, something that made me, young firebrand that I was, furious.
I asked both directors the same set of questions. What I remember asking was a do-you-beat-your-wife question of the university creative writing director—why isn’t your program turning out professional writers? What I really asked him—I was a diplomatic little thing—was for a list of the writers who had gone through his program who made a living at writing.
He said they didn’t keep those records.
I asked why.
He said because that’s not the point of the program.
Feeling a bit stunned, I asked, if you’re not trying to create professional writers, what are you trying to do?
He said that they were trying to get as many of their students into qualified MFA programs in creative writing.
Okay, I said, but then what? Don’t you know who graduated and became a professional writer?
He explained to me, as if I was stupid which I guess I was, that the point of an MFA in creative writing was not to become a professional writer, but to go on to get a doctorate in writing, so that the student could then become a professor of creative writing at a prestigious university. He had the figures on that success rate, if I wanted to see it.
I don’t remember if I did or did not. I did want to fall off my chair. I was furious—at him, and at myself. No one had told me the goal of the university’s creative writing program before. Of course, I hadn’t asked either. I had wasted years—literally years—of my education, being taught by instructors whose goal for me was different than my own.
Of course I learned more at Clarion, which was designed to help young writers become professional. I had finally found the right classes and the right instructors.
Not that there is anything wrong with becoming a professor. I come from a family filled with them. I’m one of the few people in my family who does not have an advanced degree in something or other.
But I never wanted to be a professor. I wanted to be a professional writer. And I had gone to the wrong instructors at the wrong school who proceeded—innocently enough—to teach me the wrong trade.
It took me years to realize that the mistake had not been theirs. It had been mine. (Even though I was raised by a professor who repeatedly said as I was growing up that no one should go to college to learn a trade. I guess that cluestick continually missed me.)"

I recently gave an interview about how to write compelling Fantasy and Science Fiction.  It includes details about my sc...
02/28/2022
Author Adam Cole On How To Create Compelling Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories

I recently gave an interview about how to write compelling Fantasy and Science Fiction. It includes details about my science-fiction novel, Motherless Child which, at this point, is all coming true exactly as I wrote it. https://medium.com/authority-magazine/author-adam-cole-on-how-to-create-compelling-science-fiction-and-fantasy-stories-335e2023cd5?fbclid=IwAR0xYPMoLlDIAPIqJqUg9pgctI3C4qSzQFhwmrJFYHaIPa5GocnhHr02o6w

An Interview With Ian Benke

Linda Walker leads a double life:  booking agent by day, working with such acts as Mother's Finest, and rock and roll ba...
01/27/2022
"Surround Yourself With Amazing People" - Linda Walker Interview with Host Adam Cole

Linda Walker leads a double life: booking agent by day, working with such acts as Mother's Finest, and rock and roll bass player and bandleader of an all woman band by night! Linda talks about how she became an agent, and how she went on to play with the Vintage Vixens! https://youtu.be/NCcIpR0Oj2I

Linda Walker has booked bands from Jefferson Airplane to KC and the Sunshine Band. Now also the bass player in "The Vintage Vixens," she talks about her ama...

01/23/2022

I've just sent in my entry to the Writer's Weekly 24-hour Short Story contest. It's an 843 word story. Wish me luck!

At this very moment, jazz pianist Joe Alterman is killing it all week at the famous Birdland in New York City!  Joe spok...
01/20/2022
Joe Alterman - "Is Jazz Dead?"

At this very moment, jazz pianist Joe Alterman is killing it all week at the famous Birdland in New York City! Joe spoke to us on our YouTube Channel TruerMU The Truth About Music. This is a very short excerpt: https://youtu.be/qimribqpD6w

In this excerpt from the full interview, Jazz pianist Joe Alterman weighs in on the question of whether Jazz is dead. To see the full interview, visit www.t...

When Tom Werman, producer of Cheap Trick, Poison and Motley Crue, asked to do a SECOND interview with us, we said YES!  ...
01/13/2022
"Motley Crue, and Cheap Trick Too" - Adam Cole Interviews Tom Werman Again, Part 2

When Tom Werman, producer of Cheap Trick, Poison and Motley Crue, asked to do a SECOND interview with us, we said YES! In Part Two of our follow-up interview, we talk about how to party with bands while still being a family man. https://youtu.be/aIjccbZjuYA

Tom Werman returns to Adam Cole Interviews to talk about producing multiple albums with Motley Crue and Cheap Trick. He also talks about partying with the b...

Demo Crazy is the album where I went crazy. I had three years worth of songs written and I wanted to get them up and out...
12/24/2021

Demo Crazy is the album where I went crazy.

I had three years worth of songs written and I wanted to get them up and out of the way. Instead, two more years of songs fell on me.

Some of them came to me in dreams. Some of them were written for my band as a vehicle for that rock-star fantasy I’ve never been able to shake. And some of them were born out of necessity because I needed to get to 45.

Written during the Trump era, they are my journey back to myself and as far away from myself as I could get. I took flights of Brian Wilson / Paul McCartney / Stevie Wonder / Prince fancy, and buckled down into three-chord Nick Lowe-mode. I questioned my rough approach and I curtailed my polish, said yes where I usually say no, and no where I usually say yes.

The result is a listening adventure, best taken in shifts, where I do my best to get you as close to my heart as possible. Will you like every song on this record? I’d be very surprised if you did.

Will you find one song on this album that you will completely love? I guarantee it.

This is my favorite part of my amazing interview with Gail Gallagher!  Sometimes you have to wait a while before you're ...
12/10/2021
Gail Gallagher on "Ghost Light"

This is my favorite part of my amazing interview with Gail Gallagher! Sometimes you have to wait a while before you're ready to transition. https://youtu.be/LiJNfWq8t4s

In this excerpt from the full interview, singer-songwriter Gail Gallagher talks to Adam Cole about her song, "Ghostlight." Watch the complete interview at w...

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