Gift Ideas for Musicians

5 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Musician – like me!

1. The Pick Cutter by Kosomo Products

How Cool! It’s a pick maker! You can use the sheets that they give you, but you can also use things like – your wife’s credit card. Not only will she stop spending money on things that you don’t need, but you’ll always have access to a pick in an emergency. Definitely cool for guitarists.

Available at Amazon

2. Create a USB Mixtape by cgets.com

Remember dubbing tunes from WMMR and WYSP (for you Philly faithful) and creating your own custom tapes? Also, it was a sign of pure love when your significant other took the time to create a mixtape of love songs – that you ultimately smashed after you broke up for stupid reasons. Now you can relive this classic 80’s sign of love and create a USB mixtape. Just add the songs (900 minutes total) to the USB stick, write custom messages on the cover and BOOM – best gift ever.

Available at Amazon

3. Jammin Johns Original Guitarlet Toilet Seat by Jammin Johns

Ladies, if you think you had a hard time getting us gents to put the toilet seat down before – well, I apologize. Because this is the coolest thing I have ever seen. Toilets are normally boring and only serve one function – but now, it’s furniture! Take that ya sissy home decor feng shui froot loop dingus! Boys rule!

Available at ATG Stores

4. Anything at Wolfgang’s by Wolfgang’s Vault

Over 26,000 collector’s items ranging from music, to film, comedy, sports, theatre and more! Photography prints, classic posters and concert tour artwork – this is perfect for those with a music-inpired room or basement – even for the office!

Available at Wolfgang’s Vault

5. Chuck Taylors! by Converse

You simply can’t be a rockstar without the right kicks. I’ve seen musicians play barefoot, wearing flip-flops (yikes!), and even some big Frankenstein shoes (which I own), but when I see a dude sportin’ a pair of Chucks, I know I’m gonna get some rock n’ roll right in the face. It’s a classic gift, it has history, it has nostalgia – it just friggin ROCKS!

Available at Converse

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

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Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

So many things that I am thankful for – a great family, close friends, and the ability to write and sing about whatever I wish.  As I think about Thanksgiving, it always warms my heart.  I can still smell all of the meals that my parents provided, down to the fresh cut celery for Mom’s stuffing. – still the best!

 

Of course, the next step is Christmas with all its magic, but let’s slow down.  Just for today.  Enjoy this day with whomever you are with and be thankful.  Even if your situation is not ideal – be thankful.  Not because other people have it better or worse, but be thankful for simply being here at this moment.  Enjoy this day.  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

-Tom

“528” Review by Rhonda Readence

“The Tom Cashman Experience (The TCE) is comprised of Tom Cashman on lead vocals, Shawn Byrne on rhythm guitar, Raymond Crawford on lead guitar, Frank Schlupp on drums and Phil Williams on bass. Citing influences such as Nirvana, Radiohead and U2, The TCE offers their debut album 528 as a melodic story about life. Songwriter Tom Cashman draws from a diverse set of life experiences to give listeners what he calls “an amazing debut of 7 messages, each carrying with it a sense of self-triumph and personal freedom.”

The first of these messages is titled “Wait For Me” and it begins with a contagious rhythm that will get the feet tapping right off the bat. The guitar work in this piece is excellent and this is likely what listeners will notice first. Secondly, the vocals are delivered with confidence and the lyrics are very well-written. The opening track is the perfect introduction to The TCE, with its upbeat tempo and screaming licks. The second piece, “Easy Sunday,” has a slower tempo that is melodic and easy on the ears. The vocal harmonizing is elegantly done, Cashman’s vocals are solid throughout and the smooth rhythm of this track will make it a fan favorite. The sound quality also bears mentioning, as it is extremely crisp, with each harmonious note heard clearly.

“This Way” is an artful and creative piece with candid lyrics that are full of emotion and honesty. The slow and graceful guitar work lends itself to the melancholy essence of this track. Although the lyrics are not overly complex, they are written with skill and fans will find themselves singing along whether they are hearing this song for the first time or the hundredth. As it fades out, the listener may be left with a feeling of peaceful contentment. The next track, “Radiovana,” carries a heavy Radiohead influence coupled nicely with dashes of Nirvana, hence the song title. This piece is exceptionally well done and Cashman’s vocals have an edge that may surprise listeners. The instrumentation, sound quality and overall essence of this song is near perfection. This wonderfully composed track allows each member of The Tom Cashman Experience to shine and fans will clamor to see this performed live.

528 continues with “Count On Me,” a beautifully performed acoustic track with lyrics that will melt the heart. With soft emotion, Cashman delivers his exquisitely written words with confident honesty. This piece also highlights the diversity of The TCE. From complex intricacies in tracks like “Radiovana” to the stripped down acoustic “Count On Me,” this collective has the ability to create music that calls to listeners of various genres and walks of life. Additionally, Cashman’s lyrics are solid throughout and cover a variety of subjects that anyone with a pulse can relate to.

“Miracles” is what listeners have come to know and love about this artist; Melodic harmonies, polished playing, strong vocals and a killer sound. This piece has some of the more thought provoking lyrics on the album, and the message The TCE wants to send is clear. Don’t take anyone for granted and enjoy life. This feel-good song will leave listeners with a smile. 528 closes with “Must Be Heaven,” a sweetly written love song with elegant guitar work. As with each of the preceding songs, this track is performed with perfection and The Tom Cashman Experience has indeed given us seven messages of self-triumph and personal freedom, not to mention exquisite music. This band will lodge themselves in the heart and the mind, where they will make themselves right at home. Anyone with an ear for good music with meaning will welcome them gratefully.”

Review by Rhonda Readence
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)