Every Song Tells A Story
January 2014

Are you getting a little over-involved with your song writing? This month, Sheena Metal will show you how to tell a story with your songs without going overboard.

This month, we also have a special side note from us here at FestivalNet, personally. We recognize that bees play a very important part in our environment, and are currently disappearing. Pro Member and entertainer Kenny Silkie has added a new performance to his repertoire to shed some light on this issue, and we reached out for more info. Please read the Bee Story below for more information on this unique and apropos festival performance available now for bookings.

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Every Song Tells A Story, But Does It Need To Be An Abstract Novel?

By Sheena Metal

For a musician, your songs are your art.  They are the physical embodiment of your creative gifts.  Every bit of anger, happiness, angst, joy, pain, elation, knowledge or humor goes into the story known as your song.  You write and re-write it, scouring over each note and word…perfecting it for recording and live performance.

But when you play it for others, you’re not getting the reaction you expected. Your friends, fans and family seem less than enthusiastic as they dully respond, “Yeah.  That was…um…good.” How could this be?  You poured your soul into this piece.  This was your “Stairway To Heaven”!  This was your “Smells Like Team Spirit”!  It’s a lyrically amazing ode about the persecution of pagan midwives in grass hut tribes!  It flows, it breathes, and it’s seven and a half minutes of pure musical perfection!

Whoa.  Stop right there, Mozart.  You wrote a seven and a half minute song about the persecution of pagan midwives in grass hut tribes and you’re wondering why you’re thirteen year-old cousin fell asleep in the middle of the fourth verse?  You wrote a seven and a half minute song about the persecution of pagan midwives in grass hut tribes and you’re confused as to why your drummer’s girlfriend began calling her friends on her cell phone before the song had reached its bridge?

It may be hard to believe when you’re penning an opus such as this, but the normal human brain is wired a little differently than an accomplished musician’s, like yourself.  And although music is art, it’s also popular culture and the goal should be for others to enjoy your creative efforts as much as you do.   

So, how can you make sure that your writing experience is as positive as your audience’s listening experience?  What can you, as musicians do, to eliminate aspects of your songs that may alienate, confuse or just plain bore your fans?

Read more here!

Makin Larvae.. a Honey Bee Love Story

Mission: "To reach hometown America, with a way to become better informed about honey bees, and their impact on our food supply. "

A brand new, environmentally friendly show, presents across the US in 2014.

Entomologists, farmers and agricultural scientists universally recognize the crucial significance of honey bees in the pollination process of the world's plant species and also a size-able amount of our food supply. Education and public awareness is integral in sustaining the honey bee and highlighting the ethical treatment of bees and issues bees face.

In an age when honey producing bees are disappearing at an alarming rate, today more than ever, we must educate and agriculturally prepare consumers to face the world of tomorrow. We do this by starting at the grass roots level and providing hometown America with useable information and action steps they can implement. Such as using part of our presentation to identify flowering plants that attract honey bees which can be added to a garden. By engaging adults and children, we make them proactive, in sustaining one of nature's most influential resources...the honey bee.

The educational 30 minute sketch comedy,

MAKIN' LARVAE...A Honey Bee Love Story, takes this message to hometown America! Makin' Larvae...A Honey Bee Love Story, will make a national impact, engaging, and educating. Most importantly, making citizens, activists for the importance of honey bee preservation, leaving with a deeper appreciation that they do indeed, have the power to positively impact the world in which they live!

MAKIN' LARVAE...A Honey Bee Love Story is booking now for the 2014 event season.

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