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ORGANIC GROWTH AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT

I’M GOING ORGANIC...
METAPHORICALLY, THAT IS.

As I continue to grow my mailing list, “likes” to my pages, followers on social media, and all the necessary promotional tools, I’m looking at more organic ways to do it.

For the most part, other than running ads for students or to promote a particular show, all of my promotion goes out to people who genuinely followed me, found my page or joined my mailing list. In other words, I don’t go fishing or use any auto-follow apps. It has been truly organic growth.

According to something I do use… analytics... I can learn a little about the people who join my list, follow my tweets, like or visit my Facebook or main pages. Clearly I'm not your typical millennial's favorite follow. Because you are apparently comfortable in your unique choices, I’m comfortable that you know what you want and when you want it. This is why I try to make these messages scannable, not too pushy, and hopefully worth the read. It’s also out of my constant appreciation that I try to offer something in return.

FORWARD THIS PAGE TO ONE FRIEND

You can help with this organic growth. We all like to share things we enjoy. Think of one friend you think would enjoy my music (or my book for that matter) and forward this post to them.

HERE’S THE QUICKEST WAY TO JOIN MY MAILING LIST:

http://www.philcirclemusic.com/contact/

No need to select anything, just fill it out and send.

LIKE MY FACEBOOK MUSIC PAGE:

I've just passed 1,000 "likes" through simple shares and word of mouth. That's not bad for a one man operation. Get my weekly updates from there if you like.

http://www.facebook.com/philcircle

A FREE DOWNLOAD OF AN OLD SONG…

The featured item in this message (here's the ReverbNation link) is yours free for reading and supporting. It’s a paid download everywhere else.

I uploaded a track from my debut album “Guilty-Extenuating Circumstances” from 1997. It’s available briefly for free download on ReverbNation, along with a few of the covers that I usually offer for free on my main page.

“Except For Today” features my old band Guilty. It’s a tongue-in-cheek tune about the typical young male approach to relationships with young women. At live shows with eight to ten musicians on stage at once, this was one of the tunes that would often lead to a longer jam. The recording demonstrates this a bit. There are also two live recordings of it; one from an acoustic show with blues violinist Ruby Harris (live at the Gateway), another from a live radio appearance with Guilty (Live on WZRD). 

http://www.philcirclemusic.com

I’M WAITING ON SOME REVIEWS OF MY BOOK…

The Outback Musician’s Survival Guide has gone out to a few places for review with professional writers. But you don’t have to be a Pulitzer winner to offer people some thoughts on it. If you’ve read my book, you can go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble or my Book Shop to help others decide whether to buy it.

Of course, you can also pick up copies if you haven’t already.

My Book Shop:

https://store.bookbaby.com/…/The-Outback-Musicians-Survival…

Amazon (and other booksellers):

https://www.amazon.com/Outback-Musicians-Surv…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-outback-mu…/1126656646…

DID YOU KNOW?

Vinyl sales last year in the U.S. were the highest they’ve been since 1988! That was around the advent of the compact disc (CD), so vinyl sales were beginning to fall off. Still, this is very interesting. In the U.K. vinyl sales out-stripped physical CD sales and even album downloads. What is it about vinyl that has both kept it alive and allowed it make a come back? One thing that audiophiles have always felt strongly about is the warmer sound of analog recording. Analog records with a more accurate capturing of the sound waves. Digitizing a sound wave turns it into a jagged wave signal. I can’t tell you the science beyond these laymen descriptions, but I can tell you I can hear the difference.

This trend and my nostalgic self are a big part of why I’m working on a vinyl single for release as soon as I have raised the money.

I’M SIGNING UP STUDENTS FOR THE FALL NOW.

If you or anybody you know is interested in guitar, voice, uke, songwriting, music business, theory, or any other of my private coaching services, you can learn more on my main page.

http://www.philcirclemusic.com/lessons_services

BUY BOOKS, ADVANCE VINYL, OR PAY FOR LESSONS AT:

http://www.philcirclemusic.com/pay_here

HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

Keep the residents of Texas, Louisiana and the adjacent gulf states in your thoughts and prayers as they stand under the largest single rain fall in American history. 

I toured through that area right after they’d withstood Katrina and the BP oil spill back to back. Their spirit was undaunted. Here’s hoping they can maintain it.

I know how fortunate I am and when I question it, something brings perspective. Floods have claimed 30 lives in Texas and Louisiana and 1200 lives in India and Nepal this week. I’m looking at a sunny sky as I write this.

Thank you for reading and forwarding, should you feel so inclined. I hope you enjoy your downloads this week.

Peace and the arts.

Hold you head up.

-Phil

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