Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Christmas

A few thoughts for this blessed season. I thought I would share these for you to maybe help you put things in perspective. This is a few thoughts i posted on my facebook page and thought I would share them with you as well. Merry Christmas to all of you.

Mary and Joseph both had the revelation come to them in a miraculous way of the part in the greatest story ever told. She was a young woman who was but a teenager yet she was a very mature one at that.  He had to make the choice to marry her even though she was with child imagine that times are no different than today remember that. She was a virgin who had become pregnant and said, it is GOD who made it…alright then maybe we need some therapy would be an answer yet He believed her story.
They both heard the revelation that their child was a special one , who would change the world. They began to do what needed to be done.
As life would happen at the appointed time they had NO place to go to have a baby…no hospital, home, friends house, clinic yet they just so happened to find a stable (in some translations,it could have been like a cave or part of one) at any rate the LORD provided WHAT THEY NEEDED not what THEY wanted perhaps. The same is still today for the trusting heart. Think for a moment the burden they both carried, the worry that flooded their heart must have been immense but we do not read about it none the less they were human beings with cares and thoughts like YOU and I.

Then they had no money no way of caring but GOD brought these dudes, from a far away place who were NOT from their neighborhood, or who they knew but they brought them gifts that provided them the means by which to support their humble family. Then the revelation comes that they need to boogy because the king at the time was trying to kill their gift to the world by killing all of the babies who were born around that time. So imagine the sorry and bloodshed of all of these children being slaughtered and slain as if they were nothing. It is hard to comprehend but I ask you to stop and take this story into your heart. It is more than just a mere card, or holiday tv special it actually happened.

Then they had to flee they had the money and way to get out of dodge. they must have been in inner turmoil thinking that surely God has a plan for us but it seems to not be happening the way we thought it would. How many times in our lives do things seem to NOT be going the way we think, yet in the end we find it has happened the way it did and it is a good thing it did.

Then after a while the heard again, time to MOVE BACK to the place where we were on the top 10 list to be killed. Not a good list to be on. Yet they did. do exactly what they were told.
So I am here trying to share withyou a simple yet profound truth that GOD is in the miraculous business. He has ways of working things out that we can never understand  or comprehend. So why do we try?> Why do we spend the hours in worry or stress because we are trying to figure out something that can only be understood when looking at it from a KINGDOM perspective.

During this holiday season remember these folks were regular peole like you and me charged with a great burden they could have bailed out at any time, yet they did not. I marvel that Mary trusted her husband and vise versa. Do you? They BOTH looked to GOD for their help and found in each a love beyond this earth, They found in there journey a love that defies explanation

There is so much more to all of this that it melts my head to try to plumb the end of this story. SO in our life time remember that they had the same choices as we do basically to believe or not believe to trust or NOT to trust. The world and their lives were better off for choosing to trust in GOD and I hope that after reading this long but humble letter you will find strength to face yet another holiday with out your loved one, that you will find encouragement to believe the unbeliveable to hope in GOD against all circumstances to say in your heart that although all is dark around me I will still put my hope in GOD.

Be encouraged and may I add to all my friends and strangers alike a very merry Christmas and may you chose to hope in GOD like these two people did so many years together.

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Why brand partnerships are important to artists and record companies

Brand partnerships are increasingly important to artists and record companies, not merely as a source of revenue, but also as a way of positioning performers and introducing them to new audiences, says the IFPI in its Investing In Music report.

“The right placement with the right brands can really help an artist,” says Andria Vidler of EMI Music. “Artists such as Professor Green and Eliza Doolittle made money before their first albums were released, and their brand partnerships helped position them with fans. Now Pro Green is an iconic British urban act that is looking to go global, and brand partnerships were part of the mix to help him achieve that. The Puma deal is not accidental.”

“My relationship with Puma UK continues to grow and develop, but of late I’m seeing increasing interest from outside the UK,” says the artist. “From my side, it increases my international exposure and allows me to enter markets I may not have the opportunity to do so regularly.”

However, Vidler points out that he rejects as many deals as he accepts. “We wouldn’t sign a branding deal just for the money. If it’s not right for the artist’s career, it’s just not worth it.”

And in France, when Shy’m won Dance Avec Les Stars and a NRJ Music Award, a lot of brands became very interested. “We signed a deal with Yot, the watch company, and Shy’m became a brand ambassador and worked with them to create Shy’m branded watches,” says Antoine Gouiffes-Yan of Warner Music France. “She has been fully involved in the deal and engaged creatively. We weren’t interested in signing deals with brands that just wanted to use her image.”

Where music meets licensing, there’s money to be made. How much money? We have all read about the multi-million-dollar deals for icon bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, but what about the money for the rest of us? 

“I have synched quite a few thousand songs into productions over the years,” states Peter Jansson of Janssongs, “and have charged anywhere between $1.00 and $250,000 (U.S.) for each one.” 

There are a great many places to earn money from music. For example, there are more TV shows on more cable channels than ever before. There are all kinds of commercials for both TV and WEB. There are tons of electronic games and toys. There are corporate video productions galore. There are big movies, little movies, and direct-to-DVD movies. Never mind an almost endless amount of online opps to find places to get your jams  And they all are potential places to put your music, if the rights can be cleared. 

So this is just the beginning as you can tell there is a lot more going on here than just a few folks getting music placed. If you work hard at trying to get it out there. If you work hard at making good music, show people your willing to work with them there is almost no telling what may happen. One thing you have to do is try and keep working at it.

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Quick Update

Wanted to make you all aware of some great changes that are going under way at both mark allan wolfe.com and Wolfies Music Publishing.com. Please take a moment to check out the new look and feel. easier the manage and manipulate. Better information layout and such.
New site updates coming soon on WMP as well. Just need to co-ordinate with everything and try to make time for the changes for the new information and ideas that are on there way.
I trust you will all go check out the new site and such along with sharing some ideas as what you may want to see starting next year.

Thank you for your support and helping, also please continue to share the music. The MERCH store is almost ready to go as well.

Mark

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