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Tunesday: Volume 4 — Answers Revealed!

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A little while back, I hosted the fourth edition of my musical blog contest called “Tunesday,” which is essentially just Name That Tune with me playing riffs on the guitar and piano for writers to guess. We had a winner to the contest, and the winner’s interview answers are finally in, so it’s time to reveal the answers to Volume 4 and meet J.D. Abbas, the writer who won the latest contest. To revisit the 4th edition of Tunesday, click on this video in the blog post and watch it again. Or skip below to meet winner J.D. and see the 17 correct answers. Read more

WD’s Tunesday: Volume 4 — Name That Tune and Win Awesome Writing Stuff

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Enjoy a little piano music from time to time? Who doesn’t? Well I’m trying something fun today as a pick-me-up to try and get your week going. It’s my own crazy variation of NAME THAT TUNE and I’m calling it WD’S TUNESDAY. This is Volume 4. It runs until September 20, 2013.

The rules and the gist are simple. Watch the video below. I play 17 melodies (songs & movie themes) on the piano. You try to name as many of them as you can, and e-mail me your answers to literaryagent at fwmedia dot com. The person who names the most correct answers gets lots of cool writing prizes (see below). It’s a great excuse to call upon friends and relatives to help you ID the songs, as they are from different decades. It’s also a great excuse to blow off whatever dull work you’re doing and listen to music instead. And if you can’t name all 17 songs, feel free to enter anyway! If no one can name all 17, the closest number wins. ALSO: If you can simply name just 8 correctly, you automatically get entered into a drawing to a win a free WD book! Read more

Tunesday: Volume 3 Answers Revealed — and Meet the Winner, Writer Jessica Hoefer

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Today, Friday, I’ve posting a double shot of fun musical blog posts. First, in this column find the answers to the third volume of Tunesday (the first piano edition). But before that, you will meet the winner of the third contest, Jessica Hoefer, a writer like you.

Secondly, make sure to check out the 4th volume of Tunesday, which went live today (Sept. 6, 2013) and lasts for 2 weeks. There are awesome writing prizes, and it’s free to enter. It’s essentially just “Name That Tune,” so if you like music and like writing prizes, check it out. Read more

WD’s Tunesday: Volume 3 — Name That Tune and Win Awesome Writing Stuff

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Enjoy a little piano music from time to time? Who doesn’t? Well I’m trying something fun today as a pick-me-up to try and get your week going. It’s my own crazy variation of NAME THAT TUNE and I’m calling it WD’S TUNESDAY. This is Volume 3. It runs until July 28, 2013.

The rules and the gist are simple. Watch the video below. I play 17 melodies (songs & movie themes) on the piano. You try to name as many of them as you can, and e-mail me your answers to literaryagent at fwmedia dot com. The person who names the most correct answers gets lots of cool writing prizes (see below). It’s a great excuse to call upon friends and relatives to help you ID the songs, as they are from different decades. It’s also a great excuse to blow off whatever dull work you’re doing and listen to music instead. And if you can’t name all 17 songs, feel free to enter anyway! If no one can name all 17, the closest number wins. ALSO: If you can simply name just 10 correctly, you automatically get entered into a drawing to a win a free WD book! Read more

An Interview With Writer Madeline Wahl, Winner of “Tunesday: Volume 2″

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I’d like to take a minute to introduce blog readers to writer Madeline Wahl. Madeline is the recent awesome winner of the name-that-tune “Tunesday” contest I hosted several weeks back. She, like many readers of this blog, is a cool writer looking for an agent and for her writing to find a home. Learn more about her and connect with her on Twitter. Read more

Tunesday Volume 2 – Winners Announced and Answers Revealed

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So the second volume of my new “Name That Tune” contest, Tunesday, is officially a wrap. Thanks to all who listened and participated. The concept was simple: I play 12 guitar riffs, and the person who names the most riffs correctly wins cool writing stuff. Volume 3 of Tunesday is set to go live within a week or so — so pay attention to the blog. As usual, winners get cool writing prizes. Read more

An Interview With Writer Michael Seese, Winner of Tunesday Volume 1

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Recently, I started a new challenge on the GLA Blog called “Tunesday.” I play musical riffs on the guitar or piano and ask people to identify the riffs. Volume 2 is live right now (through Dec. 19, 2012). But the winner of the first edition of Tunesday was guitar riff wizard Michael Seese. As part of winning the contest, he gets an interview on the GLA Blog. Learn more about Michael, his current helpful e-books, and his path to get published! Read more

WD’s Tunesday: Volume 2 — Name That Tune and Win Awesome Writing Stuff

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Enjoy a little rock & roll music from time to time? Who doesn’t? Well I’m trying something fun and different (again!) today as a Tuesday pick-me-up to try and get your week going. It’s my own crazy variation of NAME THAT TUNE and I’m calling it WD’S TUNESDAY. This is Volume 2. It runs until Dec. 19, 2012. The rules and the gist are simple. Watch the video. I play 12 riffs on my guitar. You try to name as many of them as you can, and e-mail me your answers to literaryagent at fwmedia dot com. The person who names the most correct answers gets lots of cool prizes (see below). Read more

Tunesday Volume 1 — Winners Announced & Answers Revealed

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Here are the winners of Writer’s Digest’s TUNESDAY: VOLUME 1. Yes, I said winners with an S. That’s because the rules have changed, and there’s more ways to win. CHANGE IN RULES: The rules clearly state what prizes await the winner and how the winner is chosen. But I’m adding more winners. If you’re not the winner but your entry guessed 2/3 or more of the riffs correctly, you got entered into a drawing for a free WD book. So note this change in rules moving forward if you found yourself figuring out several riffs but then giving up. Read more

WD’s Tunesday — Name That Tune and Win Awesome Writing Stuff

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Enjoy a little rock & roll music from time to time? Who doesn’t? Well I’m trying something fun and different today as a Monday pick-me-up to try and get your week going. It’s my own crazy variation of NAME THAT TUNE and I’m calling it WD’S TUNESDAY (possibly Volume 1, if people dig it). The rules and the gist are simple. Watch the video. I play 15 riffs on my guitar. You try to name as many of them as you can, and e-mail me your answers to literaryagent at fwmedia dot com (Contest Deadline: EOD, Oct 19, 2012). The person who names the most correct answers gets lots of cool prizes (see below). It’s a great excuse to call upon friends and relatives to help you ID the songs, as they are from different decades. It’s also a great excuse to blow off whatever dull work you’re doing and listen to music instead. And if you can’t name all 15 songs, feel free to enter anyway! If no one can name all 15, the closest number wins. You think you got what it takes? Need a little rock & roll music to liven up your day? Then listen in as I try to do these riffs justice on my guitar… Read more

My Cursed Adventure to See Van Halen in Concert…

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One of my favorite bands of all time is Van Halen. I love all their music, and probably know more about the history of the band than anybody would care to discuss with me.

That’s why it absolutely BLOWS that my quest to see them in concert has been such a tragedy. This sad story has three acts… Read more

20 Years Ago, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” Came Out; What Album Changed Your World?

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20 years ago this week, Nirvana’s Nevermind was released. The album changed me so much, and awakened me to music and emotion in such a way that I had to write something … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Top 5 Craziest Moments From Our New Year's Eve Show

Last night was my cover band’s New Year’s Eve show and it was everything we expected and more. Here are my Top 5 New Year’s Eve Moments: 5. Guest singer belts out … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: World Braces For Our Epic New Year's Eve Show

It’s been a while since I wrote about the insane adventures of my rock cover band in Cincinnati, and that’s because we haven’t played out much this Fall (mostly due to my … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: ''Poker Face'' by Lady Gaga

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put up much video. Truth is, I’m self-conscious. Someone missed a note, or … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: What Do Our Concert Ticket Stubs Say About Us?

My rock cover band had a show last night. Combined with that, I went to my first concert in years the other night – seeing Stone Temple Pilots at Riverbend here in … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: ''I Don't Want To Be'' by Gavin DeGraw

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put up much video. Truth is, I’m self-conscious. Someone missed a note, or … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: ''Rock'N Me'' by Steve Miller Band

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put up much video. Truth is, I’m self-conscious. Someone missed a note, or … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Indianapolis Mini-Tour Lends Itself to Ridiculous Statements

Last month, my rock cover band traveled to Indianapolis for back-to-back shows and our first mini-tour. Being it was our tour of any kind, complete with two nights in a hotel, we … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: My Wife Guest Stars for ''Ice Ice Baby'' Duet in Crowd-Pleasing Bonanza

I can’t really piece together how it happened, but one moment I was up on stage, swigging a beer, wrapping up some Weezer chords, and the next moment, my wife was now … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Trip Down Memory Lane; Band Geeks Rule (and Lower Brass is the Best)

I was a 100% band geek in high school. All the stuff I do with my cover band today can be traced back to 6 years of marching and concert band. In … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: The Art of Nonverbal Communication

When I’m playing a show with my rock cover band, and the music is at 115 decibals, it gets hard to communicate.  The lead singer and I can talk OK because we … Read more

WD's Chuck and Zac Play 'Losing My Religion' as We Rock Out for Journalism

A few months back, Zac Petit and I played some music for the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at their annual party. The video is below. I must … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: An Ugly Kid Joe Song 15 Years in the Making

After watching a few of my stage plays produced when I was in college, a fellow student asked me where I “came up with these crazy ideas.” I responded that we all have … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: How Alcohol Affects Playing

I had a few beers1 at this weekend’s show with my cover band. As the night went on, three things you started to see from me were more smiles, more stage presence2 … Read more

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