A Free Music Lesson: What’s The Catch?

Here at Certain Sparks, we’ve been offering a free 30 minute lesson to prospective students for the past several years. We get several sign ups every week, and it’s always enjoyable to watch someone try out a new instrument for the first time, becoming aware in real-time of the world of possibilities that lie ahead. […]

My Top 5 Music Documentaries

The music documentary has become a genre in itself – an often stark portrayal of a struggling band trying to work together is, at once, entertaining and heartbreaking. You come to realize that a group of people working together on anything for long enough can become like a troubled marriage, giving up on proper communication […]

How To Pick Your Single

So, it’s been a while. I think the last time we talked, you had just put the finishing touches on your new album. And now, you’re ready to release it – but you still haven’t decided which song to release as a single. A single is a song from your record that you use to […]

A Tribute To The Mothers of The Stars

Did you know that Elvis was discovered when he randomly walked into the Sun Records building to record a song as a gift for his mother? Maybe you did. But did you know that he was just trying to make up for the terrible birdcage he made her out of popsicle sticks before that? “What […]

How To Sequence An Album

So you’ve got a batch of songs recorded now, and it’s time to sequence them. For the sake of explanation, I’m going to make up the details, since I don’t know who you are. Use your imagination to substitute your real details for my fake placeholder ones. Your record is called Temple of the Monkey […]