Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dustin Prinz Takes On NAMM 2013

Before leaving for California for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), I was researching the The NAMM Show schedule to get in order of what to see, who to see, etc.
If you've never attended The NAMM Show, then you are missing out on one of history's greatest trade shows ever!!

For about 2 weeks, as I was going through the schedule of performances and events, the name "Dustin Prinz" kept getting my attention. He would be playing a noon set at the Marriott that weekend. Did I go see him perform? NO! But fate was going to have it's way, no matter what!

With friends on one of the evenings, I saw a presentation on a film that would be released soon called "Haiti 10," which renown bassist, Victor Wooten had written the score for.
I will definitely be talking about that in another blog. But for now. . .let's go on. . .

Sitting with my friends are 3 other guys. . .one of them. . .this guy named. . . YOU GUESSED IT. . . DUSTIN PRINZ!!!!

Was I shocked? UH Yeah...in my mind. But if I showed it, I don't think anyone there even noticed, since unbeknownst to me, being the last one to the table, everyone was just grateful that I wasn't this creepy guy that kept eyeing the very chair that was saved for me, hoping to sit there! My fashionably late self was a welcomed site! HA!!

We all talked a bit before and after the film presentation. I found Dustin to be a very cool guy. Getting to know him a little, I found he is a huge Beck fan. And he is an Nebraska native, who currently makes his home in Oklahoma. Several times during our conversations, I was strongly encouraged by his manager, Chris Harkness to check Dustin's website out and listen to him, because Dustin was a talent. And to be honest, when someone tells me that I need to check a person's music out, I think I put that "Oh No" wall up. (Sorry, just being honest). Well I took Chris's advice and went to his website that night in my hotel room. WOW! I am soooo glad I did! Thank you, Chris for being persistent! You have great insight!

A huge thanks to Josh Vittek of Dean Markley Strings, for inviting Dustin to his very first NAMM Show to perform. I suspect this will not be the last time for Dustin.

Dustin is CRAZY talented!!!

As Levar Burton would say, "But you don't have to take my word for it."
Check out Dustin's documentary on his NAMM adventure.

I have watched this video several times. He is amazing.
I found myself laughing out loud as he sang his songs on being Bipolar and making all those doctor appointments. I could totally relate to that!
Check out the usual stuff, his website, YouTube, his Facebook, Twitter

And Dustin, I so regret that I did not catch your show live. Please forgive me!
You are awesome! Cannot wait to see where your journey takes you.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Right Here, Right Now with Heather Powers

Heather Powers + Simple Skincare ='s magic in "Camouflage."

Simple Skincare has kicked off their 2013 ad campaign with "Girls" and "The Mindy Project" actress, Allison Williams. You might not know that Allison is also the daughter of former TV Producer; Jane Gillan Stoddard and Brian Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News and host of "Rock Center with Brian Williams." I am a huge fan of Brian Williams. And can I just say that I would LOVE to see Brian expand into comedy!? He's a super funny guy!

Anyways, I digress. . . (Get off the soapbox, Lo)!

As a music reviewer, I was very pleased by the song choice for the background.
I can't help it folks... I pay attention to these things!! HA!!

Simple Skincare has chosen a great song for their latest commercial by singer, songwriter Heather Powers. . . "Camouflage"

Heather has been in the music scene for quite a long time.

She is a multi talent whose time, I believe has come.
"Camouflage" is a great song and I think Simple Skincare has chosen wisely.
Wanna listen to the whole thing? Guess what! It's available online through iTunes and Amazon.

Take a listen.

I am sure you are going to love it!