As I was wasting time on the Internet today....I mean doing work on the Internet...I went down a rabbit hole on YouTube.  You've been there.  The one thing you were just going to watch and suddenly 30 minutes of your day is gone. Well this waste of time turned out to be a great use of time for me and something that I want to share with you.

Alborn is the king of the mountain right now when it comes to local bands in the Quad Cities.  It was less than 8 months ago when they signed with a label.  They are opening for national touring acts like Badflower...which if you missed you can see the photos here.  They are winning Battle of the Band competitions to open for Shinedown at the Mississippi Valley Fair.  Win tickets here!  They are working with guys like Jose Urquiza and Morgan Rose.  They are doing it all, and they are doing it all right.

Now I have to stop some of you with dreams right here.  These guys also have a ton talent.  I don't care how much you play the music game, if you aren't starting with a baseline of talent, what I'm about to say about the things more bands should do, doesn't mean squat.

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To the other local bands, stand out.  You can't blend in with your sound, your look, your social media, your videos.  All of it needs to be something more these days because everybody has access to millions of pieces of music at the tip of their fingers.

That is why as I was wasting time on YouTube today I was happy, yet not all that surprised to come across the below video.  Alborn's Alex Raser with the drum playthrough of Cause To Create.  Maybe it's cause I can't play music in any way shape or form, but this stuff is always cool to me.  And again...it stands out!  Show the rock fan something unique and different.  Especially with the drummer.  Poor drummers like Alex always be sitting in the back and you never really get to see what they do.  This gives you an up close and overhead view of a great song with great drums.

If you are one of the local bands looking to "make it", you need to work with managers, labels, and promoters.  Surround yourself with good people.  Do everything and anything that comes your way.  And, STAND OUT with everything you do.  If you have the talent, and do things like this, you'll be winning too.

 

Million Dollar Quad Cities Home vs Million Dollar Los Angeles Home

We all know the joke about how much houses cost in LA. I decided that it would be fun to look at a million dollar home in LA and compare that to a million dollar home right here in the Quad Cities.
Here are the two spot we are comparing:
12513 Walsh Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Cost: $1,195,000
984 sqft | 3 Bed | 2 Bath

VS

901 46th Street Dr, Moline, IL 61265
Cost: $995,000
15,291 sqft | 6 Bed | 11 Bath

Clearly one is a bit bigger than the other.