Canadian musician David Michel tells the hard truth about the music market and it’s not a pretty picture.  When musicians can’t make money, lots of other people suffer: recording studios, teachers, those who sell instruments, etc.

Read the hard truth here:

It's been a while since I was interviewed by but you will probably still enjoy reading it.  The interview was done at the same time that the online magazine reviewed my Billion Dollar Pill Album.

When I wrote and recorded the song "Food is a Drug" I was thinking of it more as a metaphor.  People eat to make themselves feel better so it acts like a drug.

But it turns out that some foods are literally drugs and are addictive, causing you to get pleasure out of eating them.  Also, like heroin or any other addictive substance, you have withdrawal symptoms, craving more until you satisfy the craving.

Did you know that dairy contains opiates?

Did you know that wheat is addictive because is has a chemical the attaches to opiate receptors in your brain?

Pizza anyone?  Grilled cheese?  Cheeseburger? Milkshake?

Yes!, Yes!, Yes! I want more!

And then there's coffee, the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world.

Yes!  More of that too!  Preferably with some dairy in it!

Sound like the voices in your head?

Food really is a drug! (available on iTunes and all streaming services)

I just rearranged my Bandcamp site.  I like it because it shows all my album and song covers on the entry page, then you can click on the cover art to see the songs on the album.

Check it out and let me know what you think byusing the contact form.


This site is getting a lot of hits to stream the Betty Blues Backing Track in E Major under the music tab.

All Betty Blues Backing Tracks are available on all the major streaming services--all the major keys in two tempos and all the relative minor keys in two tempos as well.

E major is a nice place to start but don't be afraid to branch out!

In a previous post (12/9/2018) I mentioned how great Bohemian Rhapsody was.

The Golden Globes agreed with me giving the globe to Rami Malek for Best Actor in a Drama Movie and to the movie for Best Drama Movie.

Well deserved!


I've noticed that the battery on my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) doesn't last very long.  I assumed it was because the battery was getting old and bought a new one, but that didn't make a lot of difference.  

I started checking the battery usage under settings and learned something very interesting. (Settings>Battery)

I had two music streaming apps on my phone.  Spotify and Napster.  I had been using Napster but don't use it any longer.  But I saw that it was using more battery than any other apps on my phone AND IT WASN'T EVEN RUNNING according to the list of active apps you get when you long-press the home key.  Napster was always at the top of the list, usually using around 10% of the battery since the last charging.

So I deleted the Napster app.  Then Spotify started to appear at the top of list of battery hogs.  It was also using about 10% of the battery since the last recharge.  It was also NOT ACTUALLY RUNNING.  I had not started the app and it wasn't on the list of active tasks.

So I'm totally confused how both of these apps were consuming so much battery power when I had not actually loaded them and the Android task list didn't list them as running.

So I deleted the Spotify app as well.

Now the only music streaming app on my phone is Amazon.  I had been using the free Amazon Prime music streaming and recently upgraded to the Amazon Unlimited music service for the 3 month trial at $.99/month.

The Amazon Music app does not appear on the list of battery usage when it is not loaded and my battery is lasting much longer!

Try this on your own phone and let me know in the comments if you have the same problem.

I loved this movie about Queen and Freddie Mercury.  Rami Malek is remarkable playing Freddie. I thought the recreation of the Live Aid concert was better than the original.  LOL

I have newfound respect for them as musicians and a band. Exceptionally talented guys all around.


This map shows the 24 countries where my music was streamed on Spotify during Nov.2018.  Only the to ten countries are listed at the right.

It's always fun to discover a great album that you missed when it was originally released.

"Innuendo" which was released by Queen in 1991, is such an album.  The release was just months before Mercury died from AIDS.  It's full of great songs, great production and shows off the incredible vocal talents of Freddie Mercury. 

I was planning to see Bohemian Rhapsody anyway but after listening to "Innuendo", I can't wait. 

You can listen to it on Napster or your favorite streaming site.

My favorite cut is "I'm Going Slightly Mad."  What's yours?

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