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Crossroads

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written a real blog entry. Sure, it’s technically only been a little over a month since I wrote my “This Blog Has Moved to Blogspot” entry, but that was only a housekeeping blog. I wrote it mainly so anyone who’d been reading my blogs on MySpace would … Read more

Virartech Interview Now in English

In early March 2010, Vadim Efanov of the Russian music and techology company Virartech conducted an e-mail interview with songwriter Rick Paul for the "Advice for Musicians" section of Virartech’s web site. While the interview was conducted in English, it was translated into Russian for Virartech’s readers. Here is the original English language interview. VE: … Read more

Love Holds On

I began threatening to record and release a full-length album of my songs somewhere around 1998. At that time, I’d been focusing on writing songs with the idea that other singers and bands would record them and take them out into the world. My recordings prior to that point were intended solely as song demos, … Read more

Now in the Amazon.com MP3 Store

I just wanted to let you guys know about a new development that I’m excited about. Maybe this fits in the category of “cheap thrills”, but here goes: All the recordings I’ve released to date are now available in Amazon.com’s new MP3 store. Those recordings include: Bubble Gum (single) The Lord’s Prayer (single) That Time … Read more

A Blog About Nothing

No, there is no connection to Seinfeld and the notion of “a show about nothing” implied by my blog title. It’s just that I’m starting out writing not having the slightest clue what I’m going to write, or even what topics I might address. I just feel a bit guilty for not having written a … Read more

Christmas in July

Well, here it is, the beginning of July — time to introduce a new Christmas song. If you’ll kindly turn to, er, click on, my main MySpace page you’ll find a new song, “The Day After the Day After Christmas” (written with Mike Parker), among your choices. If it doesn’t automatically play when you bring … Read more

Another Half Year

Maybe it’s because I spent fifteen years in the corporate world, but when the end of a calendar quarter comes around, I tend to start thinking about what I have, and haven’t, accomplished in the previous quarter. When it’s also the end of a half year or full year, I also tend to look back … Read more

When Perseverance Means Moving On

One common bit of wisdom I’ve heard with respect to the music industry is that, given two equally talented people, the difference between the one who makes it and the one who doesn’t often comes down to perseverance.  This industry is full of rejection, and rejection is discouraging.  If you stick with it long enough, … Read more