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Down into a Coal Mine – (take a look up)

October 19, 2013

Down into a Coal Mine – by Stuart Cary

While living in a wonderful village here in Nashville, I made great friends with many neighbors.  Stu was one of those neighbors.

Slugging it out, the livelong day.
Line up Friday, the man gives me my pay.
The weekend’s gone, it’s Monday morning at the crack of dawn.

When you go down in a coal mine; when you go down into the ground, take a look up for the sunshine if you can. ‘Cause there’s a little light shining there in the darkness everywhere, so take a look up for that sunshine if you can.

All these dreams may come to none.
Think about what I have and what I have not got.
Times get tough, I find out that I’ve had about enough.

When you go down into a coal mine; when you go down into the ground, take a look up for that sunshine if you can. ‘Cause there’s a little light shining there in the darkness everywhere, take a look up for that sunshine if you can.

If you can, sift the gold from all that useless sand, pull it out with just your own two hands, ride off into to sunset-promised land.

Pull up the stakes pull out the stops.
Haven’t seen the bottom, I haven’t seen the top.
Times get tough, I find out that I’ve got about enough.

When you go down into a coal mine; when you go down into the ground, take a look up for that sunshine if you can. ‘Cause there’s a little light shining there in the darkness everywhere, take a look up for that sunshine if you can.

Take a look up for that sunshine if you can.

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Words and Music written by Stuart Cary

 

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Recording Costs in Nashville

July 29, 2013

What are the average recording costs per song in Nashville? About $750.

For full band recordings you can get a decent demo for $250-500, a nice recording for $750, and a master recording starting at $1,000.  But it can get even more expensive.  It depends on how you record. There are some great producers with home studios, who if you catch at the right time, might be willing to give you a sweet deal.  It’s a creative service, so the prices are always subject to change.  The factors that make up the costs are musicians, the recording space, and the biggest variable: time.

There are some services that crank out basic demos for under $200, such as Paramount Song.  However, Paramount Song’s motive is to facilitate song contests and pitches, and in their process, they can run your song through the mill and make a demo for really cheap.  You get what you pay for, but these demos are done by local professionals and will not sound bad.  If you want a better demo, pay more money or make a friend who owns a studio.

Some people don’t pay anything to have their songs recorded because they have a strong network of friends with resources.  I have some friends who took two years recording their own album without paying a single dollar, because they were bouncing it around to each others’ home studios and recording facilities.

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  • About Andrew McGee

    I am from a small town in northwest Florida where I spent my formative years studying music and eventually attending college for Integrated Marketing and Communication Studies. In 2008 after moving to Nashville to be closer to the music industry, I realized I liked working in web communications. Always having a knack for storytelling, I began seeking opportunities to help small business owners with their online goals, and developed skills to communicate comfortably with clients while executing technically advanced tasks. I earnestly connect with people and enjoy taking the time to patiently explain complex, technical solutions to people who are justifiably more focused on running their whole business and less focused on the tedious details of digital.