Indigo Girls — “What We Wanna Be”

(produced by yours truly) A new Indigo Girls song, “What We Wanna Be”, is officially released to streaming platforms around the world and I AM SO PUMPED about this!! Mostly, I produce music for myself (I’m not your average producer…) and it was a wonderful experience to be invited to produce “What We Wanna Be” (or WWWB […]

We’re BAAAAAaaaAAAAck!

It’s only been about 779 days since my last post here… AND during that time I’ve been on many adventures, most of which have been detailed on the experimental (and soon to be no more) Ampled community support page. *clears throat* Never before have I related to the challenge posed by creating recaps for the […]

Mixtape – This Old Thing Can Fly

Has anyone had the pleasure of receiving a mixed cassette tape from someone? A physical cassette someone sat next to and recorded each song onto while thinking of you? As my biased words suggest, I have received such a thing and it’s a game changer! For me, mixtapes evoke adolescence (and all the angst, hope, […]

Minimix – Dance Dance Lapsang Souchong

Busted! I was trying to rhyme with “Dance Dance Revolution”! Even though going out dancing isn’t something we can really do these days, today, we are going to evoke that feeling. So put on your dancing outfit and whip out your dancing shoes – we’re headed for some dancing! First up is a track called […]

Why I’m on Ampled and how I plan to use this platform!

This is the first post I made in August of 2020 on Ampled (an online coop community platform for musicians and supporters that is set to close at the end of 2023): Welcome, welcome! This is my Ampled page! I found out about this platform from Cherie Hu’s music industry blog (thank you Cherie Hu! […]

Minimix #7 – make feelings run wild

This week’s minimix is centered around creating, and given that you are reading this blog, I can confidently say you possess the capacity to create. So grab an art making tool (now or later) and get ready for our first selection, “Serenade” by Slovakian artist, Lightphaser featuring Hatsune Miku (初音ミク). “Serenade” (including its accompanying visual) […]

Minimix #6 – Lady Moon Magic!

Welcome, welcome! This week, we have tracks featuring feminine MAGICS! First up is a track by a European artist called Dee (I think Dee is currently in Berlin). I listen to several dozen tracks each week, some I don’t connect with, others get me after a few sections, and a few grab me from the […]

Minimix #5 – Up Up Up!

Welcome back! This installment of With a Side of Beets has some (mostly) upbeat tunes I’ve been enjoying as of late. Got some good speakers? Headphones? Here we go! This first track is by Kid Travis, it’s called “On My Way” and it gets my head nodding by the third kick drum hit. Firstly, check […]

Minimix #4 – Calm in the Storm

Hello! We meet here again! This week, we are going on a journey together into our collective mind (or perhaps I’m bringing you into my mind? Not sure – let me know in the comments below if you like!). I don’t know about you, but my mind is like a hurricane sometimes. And the calmest […]