zach zurn // singer | songwriter | producer

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we're all imposters

Music Bed is one of my favorite places to go to feel inspired and to learn about creativity as a whole. They just put out this article that felt like was written directly to me.

If you're an artist or a creative of any type (I believe every human), then you can sympathize with the insecurities that come with the craft. Read this article, be encouraged, and let a weight be lifted off of your shoulders.

the sea in between // a josh garrels documentary

josh garrels is one of those musicians i have a massive amount of respect for. i see my dreams ambitions in his story - in his history, present, and future. check out this feature length documentary he just released about him and a group of crazy talented musicians on a trip to beautiful western canada on a journey to write and record music and to find themselves in the joy of community, art, and expression.

Josh Garrels & Mason Jar Music present "The Sea In Between" - A Mason Jar Music Film. * Buy Soundtrack on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-sea-in-between-soundtrack/id886356304 * Buy DVD Copy of Film - http://store.bandfarm.com/joshgarrels/product/?catID=&prodID=4660 About The Film: What happens when the ever-narrowing gap between artist and audience disappears?

Burning Dog Radio: "Losing My Head" Live Video

after my show in menomonie, wi a few weeks back, i did a little q&a and stripped back performance with Burning Dog Radio of one of my new songs, "Losing My Head". check it out below!

Live set taken at the Blind Munchies Coffeehouse with Zach Zurn on December 9th, 2016. Find out more at burningdogradio.com

HELP ZACH RECORD & RELEASE HIS LATEST WORK!

Hey! I'll keep this post brief, but I have always had a dream of writing, recording, and releasing my own music and now I'm closer than ever! I created this GoFundMe page for those that feel inclined to help me make my dream come true!

www.gofundme.com/zzurn

There's absolutely NO pressure for you to contribute, but I have much more information on the GoFundMe page linked to this message! I simply wanted to create a place for those that were interested in helping me fulfill this project to do so!

If you have any questions please let me know! Thanks so much!

NEW LICENSING PARTNERSHIP // SONGFREEDOM

I am stoked to announce I've just reached an agreement with an amazing music licensing website called Songfreedom to sell licenses to my catalog for artistic & creative uses. Songfreedom exists to provide high quality music to videographers, directors, and more for their creative projects.

Songfreedom is a great service and provides amazing resources to all types of creatives! If you'd like to license any of my tunes, check out the catalog here at Songfreedom!

|| CLICK HERE TO VIEW ZACH'S CATALOG AT SONGFREEDOM ||

alicia keys & levi's // music project

There are few things more inspiring than seeing successful and influential individuals walk in generosity. Watch the video below to see the fruit that came about when Alicia Keys partnered up with Levi's to bring a music technology course to a high school in Brooklyn, NY.

Though she rose quickly on the world stage, Alicia Keys has never forgotten where she comes from. A New Yorker through and through, she went back to her roots to #SupportMusic in Brooklyn. Together, Levi's® and Alicia launched the new Music Technology program at Edward R. Murrow High School.

ELECTRICITY // Commissioned Work

I was recently commissioned by Trinity Live Sound (an AVL company about to announce it's opening), to write an original song for their company's website visitors. I had a blast writing the tune!

It's titled "Electricity". Check it out below and if you like it, share it!

WHY do you create? // MAKE

WHY DO YOU CREATE?

After finishing up post-production on the Musicbed's recently released feature length documentaryMusicbed CEO Daniel McCarthy talked about why they decided to make this film. His response is below.

"We didn’t necessarily want to talk about the process of creating. We wanted to talk about why we create. I do think a lot of people talk about the creative process, I don’t think anyone has talked about what drives us to create.
We’ve been making short films as a company for a long time, and we’ve noticed something. Almost every comment we read about the films — they’re not dissecting the story. They’re not saying how it impacted them. Every comment is, ‘What did you shoot this on? What lens?’ It’s all how-to crap. They’re wondering how they can imitate something. They’re asking the wrong question. You keep asking us ‘how’, but you didn’t ask us ‘why.’ It’s indicative of a much larger problem, one that people in the creative world have battled since art was a thing.
It’s time to have a conversation about what drives us to create — passion or success. I think one of the strongest values we have at Musicbed is relationships. The basis of a good relationship is vulnerability. If we want to build real relationships, I think it requires that we get real with people.
My hope is that creatives can see the film for what it is, and that they can see themselves in each one of these characters. Not everyone that watches it is going to be a filmmaker or a musician. I think the act of creating is so basic-level human, that if you see it from the big picture, it doesn’t matter what you do as a career."

Read the rest of the article here and check out the Musicbed's feature length documentary here or below.

This documentary is a question. A conversation starter. It’s an examination of the reasons we create and the things that drive us to make something new — passion or success. See MAKE, a feature-length documentary featuring Reed Morano, ASC, Aaron Draplin, Eliot Rausch and more, now on Vimeo On Demand! http://mscbd.fm/29GT1tm Listen to the soundtrack here: mscbd.fm/29W3JKv Read Why We Made a Feature-Length Documentary: mscbd.fm/whywmdk Meet the cast here: make.musicbed.com/cast

go from good to GREAT // GUITAR

If you are looking to take your skill as a guitar player to the next level, you have a few options:

  1. Register for extremely expensive lessons at your local music shop.
  2. Signup for that sketchy website with the terrible user interface that guarantees your "rock'n'roll" status in 3 easy steps.
  3. Try to teach yourself with no help and spend 182,893,434 times the amount of time it should take to learn one new trick.
  4. Give up because it's hard and sulk in your sadness.

If none of these work, you have two final options:

  1. Take lessons with me. It will be fun. (seriously)
  2. Subscribe to Articulate Guitar on YouTube FOR FREE and be amazed.

To be clear, this blog post is about a new website/YouTube channel I stumbled across called Articulate Guitar. I've been so impressed by the professionalism, organization, conciseness, teachability, free access, and tips/tricks that Articulate Guitar offers. Did I mention that it's FREE?!

Ian White, the creator and curator of Articulate Guitar, keeps the following statement as the backbone of this musical service.

"Traditionally, the process of becoming a competent guitarist has been defined either by monolithic, laborious personal lessons, or sporadic, inefficient digital resources. Articulate was designed to synthesize the utility of a personalized lesson program with the freedom of self-guided practice, allowing each player to learn effectively while maintaining personal expression. It's time to make your music say what you mean."

Stay tuned to Articulate Guitar on their website and YouTube channel. In the words of Ian White, "It's time to make your music say what you mean."

AUTHOR // tunes

Two of my best friends, Cameron and Trevor Bartlett, along with the talented Erik Moody, make up a band called Author. They make beautiful music paired with real lyricism - struggles, problems, emotions - things you can relate with.

They recently released a full length titled Of Brighter Days and are set to release their next full length this fall.

Check out their music and if you dig it, give a few bucks. Let's be real - you're saving hundreds with your Spotify subscription so the least you can do is spare some cash for the striving musician.

PS you can see my wife and I on all of the album art and web design (curated and created by the talented Benjamin Ewing at Aesthetic Design Company [my brother-in-law]).