'One Minute With Dec' 02 March 2010

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    Recession is gone? [ are you ready? ]
    Bugera Amps - [ take a closer look ]
    So your wallet is stolen in Latvia [ what to do ]
    Subscriber's Section [ how do I know a hit? ]
    The gags: ..... [Kenny The Rooster: - from Nira]

Recession is gone? [ are you ready? ]

At last the recession seems to be lifting.

Show Biz. Is in the doldrums, generally … clubs and pubs doing little business, so the bands and artists who rely on them are having a hard time. Agents are getting off their butts and touring around trying to drum up business for their clients.

Those with new and innovative ideas are scoring. I have mentioned that I have been involved in creating the music for a Lady Gaga touring show …. Now that was a fantastic idea. The bookings are flowing in. And the reaction is amazing.

How about YOU dreaming up a new, never thought of before idea? A hit song? A hit presentation? The ‘old’ is the ‘old’ … the ‘new’ is the ‘new’.

At Makehits we have all the help you could ever need … from ‘How To Make A $Million From Your Music’ which gives you the whole low-down on success in music to ‘The Art of Live Performing’ at http://www.liveperforming.com where you get the proper Industry Standard advice on performing in today’s vibrant Show Biz scene. Vibrant, that is, for those who know what they are doing.

We can also help with our books on writing and making a hit record … http://www.makehits.com/57Secrets.htmand our incredible Demo Consultation Service … this really shows you where you are going right and maybe where you are going wrong. You have no excuse … all the correct help is there.

“Success is something you attract by becoming an attractive person” Jim Rohn

Bugera Amps - [ take a closer look ]

Long time subscribers to ‘One Minute With Dec’ will know that I have only time for one amp. maker and that is Marshall … lusted over by all major guitar players in the world.

Recently though I have been mighty impressed with the look of Bugera .. they have certainly upped their game.

Look at the list of features and it’s easy to see that this line of all-valve amp heads, combo amps and road-ready speaker cabinets is the answer to tone-crazy guitarists' prayers.


“The drama is in the details” Jim Rohn

So your wallet is stolen in Latvia [ what to do ]

Are you prepared if your wallet is stolen? [now I am!]

Unfortunately, as a frequent traveller overseas, I have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen in Barcelona.

Within an hour, the thief made three large withdrawals at cash points. And a major purchase.

1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. The key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them. I called my daughter in the UK to cancel the cards …. Not good enough, I found two weeks later … and I wasn’t covered by my Barclaycard card insurance [they do not own the Insurance Company even though they appear to .. and I did not personally call from Spain … I didn’t have the direct number ]

2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. I did not and it caused me major grief with Barclaycard [MasterCard were wonderful, by the way!]. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). However, here is what is perhaps most important of all (I never even thought to do this.)

3. Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done.

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact in the USA about your wallet and contents being stolen:

1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285

2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742

3.) TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

By the way, the Barclaycard Card Insurance is not worth the paper it’s written on. They also pressured me to add phones to the insurance … when I reported the phones stolen they denied ever offering the insurance. Luckily I always make notes of telephone conversations, usually on the letter they have sent…. Dated and timed with the name of the person I speak to. The payments for that card insurance are by direct debit and simply disappear out of your credit card account each year …

They never did replace the phones.

"The Inner Circle ... if you bless them they will bless you ...

if you inspire them they will inspire you Jim Rohn


First week, ever, without a testimonial … what’s happening? [grin!]

"If you don’t know where you’re going

you probably end up where you’re heading" Mark Smith

Subscriber's Section [ how do I know a hit? ]

Hi Dec!

I'm about to score the new feature re-make of "T** M******** 7" starring Sean Bean, Robert Vaughn, Paul Barber, Kylie Minogue & directed by Mr. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, I'll also be working with S**** B**** (backed "The Prodigy" on "Smack ma ketchup") on some Indian cross-over stuff for the film.

I'm about to be put in touch with Robbie Williams's agent although he's about to desert our shore's, Robbie was supposed to be in the above film (as it's about football and he fancies himself in that dep.) and I have legit contact there as the film's composer, as in, if he had been in the film I would have been pressing him to do something with me & S*****.

Sorry, slight digress here.

I have these songs I have worked on with a singer/writer/director, out of 11 songs, I think 7 will work well and three will be fab, but, I put these in a box where Robbie might be going to as a grown-up man of the World, yes, another stage on from now. But some are of an any male artist unusual single type (but still have a beat & groove).

My problem? I've no one (and don’t know anyone) in the record industry of great experience that can really feel & know a winner to bounce these off.

Would you offer yourself or your close peers, if you could then I'll offer you some kind of deal/cut if you think the song/s could be awarded the K9's Spherical's of 2010? I've got one completely arranged as a very good rough, the rest are just in a quick take demo format with guitar. What say you?




My Reply:

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I have heard this type of story so many times ... cousin of a cousin of an uncle of the nanny of Brad Pitt ... has shown interest.

The real story is that any song or project for a film or TV has got to pass the exact same rigorous tests for a hit record ... 'cos that is what the film people want and demand ....

The film needs the hit .... the hit needs the film ... simple really. Just look at the music credits of any major film. Not rocket science?

It is extremely easy to convince yourself of the 'necessity' for your song or music score ... the story, the feeling, the relevance. Trust me, no one is interested unless the public can bop to it, dance to it, snog to it, sh*g to it .... make sense? No one is even slightly interested in the relevance to Robbie ... football or otherwise.

So .....

You have to test the songs ....

And there is NOWHERE that you can test them other than the Demo Consultation Service http://www.makehits.co.uk/demo.htm.... the only place you will hear the professional truth ... be it good [which I would hope for] or bad [which will give the way forward]

I feel you are living in the world of 'slaps on the back' ... telling you your stuff is fantastic and should have success .... but the bank balance does not reflect that. Accolades tend to be much the same ... pieces of paper and plaudits.

I much prefer the real world of 'test yourself and realise the success'. You can't take 'slaps on the back' to the bank to pay the bills. They certainly don't accept framed certificates.

I have the cast iron promise that I can take a potential hit demo to folk who are constantly waiting for and needing hit material. That is what they need ... every day ... every minute.

Dec [Cluskey] dec@makehits.com

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"There is no such thing as talent.
There is pressure." Alfred Adler

The gags: ..... [Kenny The Rooster: - from Nira]

Well, Kenny the rooster costs a lot of money, but the farmer decides he'd be worth it. So, he buys Kenny.

The farmer takes Kenny home and sets him down in the barnyard, first giving the rooster a pep talk.

“I want you to pace yourself now. You've got a lot of chickens to service here, and you cost me a lot of money. Consequently, I'll need you to do a good job. So, take your time and have some fun,” the farmer says, with a chuckle.

Kenny seems to understand, so the farmer points toward the hen house and Kenny takes off like a shot. WHAM! Kenny nails every hen in the hen house, three or four times, and the farmer is really shocked!

After that, the farmer hears a commotion in the duck pen - sure enough, Kenny is in there.

Later, the farmer sees Kenny after a flock of geese, down by the lake. Once again, WHAM! He gets all the geese.

By sunset, he sees Kenny out in the fields chasing quail and pheasants.

The farmer is distraught and worried that his expensive rooster won't even last 24 hours.

Sure enough, the farmer goes to bed and wakes up the next day to find Kenny on his back, stone cold in the middle of the yard. Vultures are circling overhead.

The farmer, saddened by the loss of such a colourful and expensive animal, shakes his head and says, “Oh, Kenny, I told you to pace yourself. I tried to get you to slow down, now look what you've done to yourself.”

Kenny opens one eye, nods toward the vultures circling in the sky, and says, “Shhh, they're getting closer.”


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  • Hi Dec, some good news regarding my girlfriend Erin's songs, 3 are being used on a new American TV show. Anyway thanks again for your invaluable support, knowing your there makes this leap into the publishing world feel a lot safer ... Roger O'Donnell [The Cure]

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