How the Grammys Work

The voting process for the 57th annual Grammys is underway — We’re currently in round 1 member voting.   Ever wonder how people get nominated for a Grammy?   The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), located in Santa Monica, California, is the organization which manages the Grammys. I joined NARAS as a voting […]

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Celebrating National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day this year is on Saturday, October 11. For most people, that may not mean anything. For me, it’s personal, particularly this year. I thought I’d take a moment to share my story.

I came out when I was 26…I told my parents, family and friends that I was gay. Now 52, I have been out of the closet as long as I was in it. Coming out was not easy for me. Sure…

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Website de novo

For a good while now, I have envisioned a new design for my music website. I saw the end result as a reflection of much of what I’ve learned from music business mentors like Cari Cole, as well as incorporating some aspects of musician websites that I appreciate. I wanted a site which would feel like a match for my personality and…

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The Path of Least Resistance — Living a Creative Life

My dad was a ponderer. As a youngster, I remember him sitting, reading a book and then at some point he would stare off into the distance. I thought to myself, “What a waste of time.” It wasn’t until much later that I realized there was some value to pondering.

So anyway… lately I’ve been pondering creative force in my own life, and I recently stumbled onto a book, The Path of Least Resistance, by Robert Fritz. While it’s not fair to…

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Genre Be Damned?

I have to confess–I like a lot of different kinds of music styles. Let me paint you a picture.
I grew up with baroque, classical and romantic orchestral and choral music, as my mother was a church choir director and public school music teacher.
Then there were my three older brothers and their LP’s of The Beatles, Dylan, Queen, Little River Band and other rocking groups. My tastes growing up gravitated toward more softer pop such as Carpenters, Neil Sedaka, and yes, Captain & Tennille!…

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Is Cleanliness Really Next to Godliness?

Uncluttering. Organizing. Cleaning.

I don’t know about you, but these things don’t come naturally for me. I get busy with my songwriting, music production, business tasks–and yes, TV watching–and I just don’t feel like going through the stacks of paperwork and knick knacks taking up space on my dining table. Maybe I’m born with a lazy gene, but if so, it must have skipped a generation- my mom…

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Happy VD!

Valentine’s Day brings out the realness in people, I think. If you’re coupled, perhaps you celebrate it with a romantic evening with your partner. Or maybe you’re anti-establishment-anti-Hallmark and you scoff at the idea. For those of us who are single, it can be a little lonely and even depressing…

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Copyright and Credits

Copyright ©2014 Mark Etheredge / Vipaka Records. All Rights Reserved.


Photography: Jeff Fasano, Seiji Iwata, Stuart Locklear

Development: Kevin Lamberg/Slick Development, Rob Legnosky, Steve Shead

Favicon designed by Samantha Hernandez