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Little Gem Development - 122 BPM

Little Gem Development - 122 BPM

This theme popped out a couple of weeks ago and for some reason really stuck with me.  I'm running various variations around the 120 BPM tempo - this one's at 122.

There's something super simple, melodic and just generally - sweet about this piece - I find it very relaxing and calming.

Not quite sure what we'll do with it - but - we'll definitely continue to develop it.

Oh My God - Where Have We Been?

Oh My God - Where Have We Been?

So it's been a few months since we posted on the music2work2 website - and I'm sitting with Charlotte and we thought we'd better update the world with what's been going on.

We gave birth to Musicto

Musicto is our new record label and we've spent the last few months setting it up, getting the branding done, creating the DBA and bank accounts, doing the research, establishing the business model, creating contracts etc.  It has been one hell of a learning curve and we're not quite there yet.  Suffice it to say once all the setup has been done, we can get back to a more regular activity level.

Music To Grieve To

This turned out to be an insane labor of love - and I guess loss.  The music changed over time, the strategy changed over time - and half way through we took a complete sideways tangent to accommodate the project within the new label model.  We're super happy with the finished tracks and we're now waiting to get them back from mastering.  And yes - the waiting is hard!

What's Next

It should be pretty straightforward - the rollout of the album.  We'll write liner notes for each track that will be available here on music2work2 - in fact we might even get one going today!  We will then be releasing a track a week out to the mailing list - forever members will of course be able to download everything from the members area.  Finally as soon as the tracks are live in the digital stores we will conduct an outreach program on musicto that should drive traffic and listening.

Once Music to Grieve to is on it's way - we are turning our attention to a new album but this time we'll be publishing different artists - so - should be good.

For now - we have started live streaming on Facebook and back on YouTube - and of course we're pretty active over on Twitter.  This was something new from this morning's Facebook session:

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Taxes: There's An App For That

Taxes: There's An App For That


Ask me if being a freelancer is awesome and nine times out of ten I will emphatically say, YES! You get to live basically anywhere you want (anywhere with a steady internet connection, that is. ) You get to work in your footie pajamas, take spontaneous naps with pets, and grab lunch with old friends who are only in town for a brief layover (hopefully you change first.) If what I am saying is making you feel even the slightest twinge of jealousy, STOP. Like everything in life, the grass is greener on the other side. 

Anyone who has ever freelanced, been self-employed, or owned a business knows how daunting this time of year can be. Like many others, tax season is the equivalent of getting dragged by your toenails through Dante’s nine circles of hell. Seriously, this stuff sucks. 

Our tax system is flawed (but you already knew that) but luckily there are things out there that can make your life a whole H E L L of a lot easier (pun intended.) Below are there things that have literally kept me from balling up in the fetal position and crying for my mommy:

Receipt Manager 

There is no reason why you should have a folder or envelope stuffed full of crumpled (or worse—fading) receipts. In the era of modern technology, there is most definitely an “app for that.” While there are lots of apps out there that aim to help you keep track of receipts and expenses, I happen to like Foreceipt because it automatically syncs to my Google Drive (which I use daily to manage client proposals and projects.) The best part is that once I’ve taken a picture of the receipt, I can crumple those pesky things and never have to see them again.

Credit Cards

I know what you’re thinking, credit cards are the devil. Debt is bad. Cash is king. Well you know what—I love my plastic! And here’s why, not only is it a great way to keep track of my spending, but many credit cards offer rewards for loyal customers. For example, my Southwest Credit Card (powered by Chase) delivers beautifully organized expense reports going back 2 years. Not only that, but they gave me two roundtrip tickets when I signed up. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that you take out a bunch of lines of credit and max them all out. Instead, consider using your credit card for all business-related purchases and then pay your card off monthly (racking up interest defeats the purpose of receiving benefits, after all.) 


As I was getting pulled further and further into a TurboTax vortex I quickly realized I needed some musical motivation to keep me afloat. I could feel my shoulders starting to slump, my mind slowly turning to mush and my eyes growing heavy, or maybe those were tears, either way I was in too deep to turn back. I fought the urge to call my mommy and instead turned this song on. Within a few seconds, I felt motivated to keep going: 

Hustler, Simian Mobile Disco

Needless to say, though these thing above helped, I am still no where near finishing my taxes. I have to wait 14 business days for to send me a corrected 1095-A form. Until then, you can find me banging my head against the wall.

Nicole Paulus, Nico New Media

Photo Credit, Flickr

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