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Saturday, December 12, 2009

31 Gift Ideas for Singers and Speakers You Love

Here are some Christmas gift ideas for your favorite singers and speakers. And if I haven't included it in this list, leave your own personal wish for Santa in a comment at my blog!
  1. Flip camera (for doing web-ready videos of performances, look around for deals)
  2. Digital voice recorder ( the better quality ones cost around $100 and make great songwriting worktapes)
  3. A year's membership at Indie Connect ($99 for incredible amounts of indie music business information and networking)
  4.  Sheet music, songbook compilation
  5. A cordless microphone or lavalier mic (a great idea for speakers)
  6. In-ear monitors for performance
  7. Nutritional and immune support suppliments (great stocking stuffers)
  8. A visit to a naturapath or other nutritionist who can test you and individually taylor suggestions
  9. Guitar lessons, lessons on DVD
  10. Piano lessons, piano lessons on DVD 
  11. A business counseling session or training product (Mike Coleman is my choice)
  12. Voice-over training  
  13. Neck scarves (throat savers!)
  14. Warm air humidifier or facial steamer (hydration is a must for the voice especially in dry winter indoor air)
  15. A neck or full body massage (free the body- free the voice:)
  16. The Marian Popping Thing (muscle memory aid used in my PPP course)
  17. A music marketing book or course (Bob Baker and Michael Moore have some great ones)
  18. Instrument help: Guitar pics, guitar polish, piano tuning
  19. A music theory book
  20. Karaoke Tracks
  21. A recording session (anything from simple piano or guitar vocal to full ready-to-sell CD)
  22. A songwriting consultation 
  23. Concert or musical theater tickets, merch (pick the artists of their choice) 
  24. Masterwriter songwriter software program
  25. A thumb drive or external hard drive (great for backing up and carrying songwriting catalogs)
  26. New music- CDs , concert DVDs, download packages. 
  27. Songwriting books, seminars or courses. (Rand Bishop is a good source, too)
  28. Tech help: offer to set up or pay someone to setup a website, blog, Facebook, Twitter or MySpace 
  29. A new portable DVD player or boom box  
  30. and the last two (my favorites of course): Power, Path & Performance Voice lessons on CD 
  31. Power, Path & Performance Personal vocal lessons (I can send a gift certificate)

OK... what wishes of yours would you like for me to pass on? What did I miss?

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  • At December 14, 2009 at 10:16 PM , Blogger LA said...

    Great list--varied and creative. I especially love number 28 (Web site/social networking help).

    Leigh Ann

  • At December 15, 2009 at 10:32 AM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    YAY... so glad you liked it! I tried to think of things I'd appreciate myself- some I have, some not. Actually, I'd like Santa to bring me something I left off the list- a good intern!!!

  • At December 22, 2009 at 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Judy, you can get a good intern by going online to the college nearest to you and see how to post an internship. January a great time to try this.
    A College Internship Coordinator

  • At December 22, 2009 at 11:31 AM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    You, dear anonymous, have just given me my Christmas present... thank you! I shall move on your advice. blessings back... Judy

  • At January 4, 2010 at 3:49 AM , Anonymous Dr. Dwaine said...

    Hi Judy!
    Nice list. How about including a "Posture Assessment" from Dr. Dwaine? Tipped shoulder reflects imbalance in the upper torso. Forward Weight Bearing of the Neck definitely constricts the throat, and reduces blood flow to the head, shoulders, and arms. Trigger Points within the Scalenous & Pectoral muscles over-elevate the ribcage, a frozen thoracic spine inhibits the diaphragm.

    A Balanced Human Frame-What A Gift!

  • At January 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Dr. D.. you are SO RIGHT! The points you mention are of course just the tip of the iceberg of the issues affecting singers that chiropractic can deal with. Thanks... I'll be sure and include your suggestion in next year's list.

    Also, check out the new allergy relief treatment Dr. Dwaine Allison uses here http://www.franklinallergicare.com/


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