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I’ve read countless articles on Medium about “How To” make hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on this platform each month. I appreciate and enjoy all of them.

What seems to be lacking however is the more realistic, less extravagant, and infinitely more attainable, “How to earn $1 to $5…

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Writing poetry or articles, as I’ve been doing weekly (sometimes daily) here on Medium for the past year, is a lot easier than writing an entire piece about myself…but here goes!

Hi, my name is Rob Janicke. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York but don’t have the…

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

9/11 perspectives from New Yorkers and the new world we all faced

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There’s a certain peace that comes along with silence sometimes, a calm that is unique and comforting. If we could just bottle it up, carry it around, use it when it’s needed, then put it back again, we’d all give it a shot. …


The people behind the music have more to do with what we hear and see than you may realize

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Regardless of the type of music you like, you’ve all heard of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Elvis, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, and hundreds of other icons from the music industry.

Names you’re probably less familiar with are Ray Thomas Baker, Trevor Horn


Only Living Witness from Boston, MA had the chops and songwriting to do it

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Music is very subjective. We all have our tastes and opinions and there aren’t many facts you can find when discussing something rooted in such subjectiveness.

That being said, it’s a widely accepted “fact” that Black Sabbath are the fathers of Heavy Metal. …


“New Times” by Violent Femmes: A most eclectic album by one of the most eclectic bands

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that everyone who will read this piece knows the song “Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes. Some may only know the song’s title, some may recognize the band’s name, and others may simply know the song once they hear…

“Slaves & Bulldozers” by Soundgarden might be the heaviest song to come out of 1991

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Depending on your age and musical taste, whenever someone mentions the year 1991, you’re likely to get a chill, shockwave, or some form of internal bodily response all due to the music that came our way 30 years ago this year.

I’m starting to see some articles around the music…


Is the debut album from this iconic band still relevant three decades after its release?

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I’m one of those people who will hear a song from the 90s, particularly from the early part of the decade, and still believe it’s only about 10 years old. The struggle is real.

On this date (August 27th) in 1991, Pearl Jam, a band born of the ashes from…


Equal parts Twitter, Medium searches, and frustration

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In a piece by the mighty Terry Barr, a great question was asked.

How did you find The Riff?

Read it for yourself and think about how and why you wound up here. As I write this, The Riff is on the verge of hitting the 1,000 follower mark and…

Rob Janicke

Owner at SoundEvolution Music independent record label and co-host of The Riff Podcast Join me on Twitter @RobJanicke & on IG @rob_janicke.

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