On November 12, 2013, I had the pleasure of being in a room with a guy by the name of Bram. Now, you must understand I’ve known Bram for a couple of years, but truthfully, I had no idea what he currently did in the music business. Formerly, he was a drummer with a couple of popular nationally known bands.
This room was full. Maybe about 35 people were there. The room was in SESAC’s Atlanta office. Three people, comprising a solo act and a duo, volunteered to be on stage with Bram.
First act: Young man, early twenties. Had a decent song. Sang okay. Audience clapped politely, encouragingly.
Second act: Two men, mid-thirties maybe. Had a great song. Delivery was very good. Audience clapped enthusiastically.
First act finished. Bram then walked him through several things I cannot even begin to describe here. Then he performed his song again for the audience. We were screaming, it was that much better. Same for the second act.
Bram taught with the authority of experience. It was a pleasure to see that in action. One doesn’t see that too much these days. I, never going to be an artist, still learned some thing I can use when writing and prepping songs for artists. I now know I can prepare two versions. One for recording. One for live performance. That ups my helpfulness to an artist and makes me more valuable. Thanks, Bram.