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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 a month on Medium” articles. Fear not my probably average, mostly overlooked, fellow coffee money writers, I’ve got you. Your worries are over and I will reveal all of my secrets.

If it sounds like I’m taking a shot at those making a killing each month writing on the same…

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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 accent to prove it. I got rid of that a long time ago. Catch me when I’m tired or after a couple of glasses of wine and it may spill out a little bit.

I’m 47-years-old, have been married since 2012, have two kids (7 and almost 5) and I’m…

It’s never too late to learn who you are

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“Slowing down lowers stress and blood pressure… we become more attentive to what is happening around and within us, and to savor it: to taste the apple we are eating, to be moved by the music we are hearing, or to enjoy the glee of children as they climb trees or wade through puddles after a rain shower.” — Susan Avery Stewart Ph.D./Psychology Today

When was the last time you simply took a look around? Has it been months since you observed life without a goal or plan in mind? …

Fast food marketing has finally gone too far

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This is not a humor or satire piece. If you follow my writing, you know I like to sprinkle those in from time to time. I’m beyond annoyed that this is not one of those times.

I do not enjoy being the bearer of bad news, but allow me to introduce you to the McDonald’s CHKNDrop. I apologize for that but for this article to make any sense, you had to know.

I’m writing this not so much as a music fan, but as someone who runs a small, independent record label releasing vinyl records for bands and artists who…


When your son throws you right under the bus

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I’m not sure who they are, but I’m certain they’ve never met my son.

There wasn’t anything out of the ordinary on this particular night. My daughter was singing and dancing around the house as if personal space and being aware of one’s volume weren’t a thing, and my son was looking for someone to fart on every 45 seconds. So let’s just say it was Tuesday.

Not to be undone, I was following my usual routine as well by sitting in the corner of the living room with headphones…


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Dear Bad Phrase Users,

You’re lazy!

I’ve never been a fan of “sayings” or clichés because I think they’re lazy. I also think they’re dumb. They’re lazy and dumb and I don’t like them.

Some are worse offenders than others of course and this one, the one this letter is about, takes the cake! Dammit, ignore that. Anyway, the letter.

I’d love for you, or anyone from your little cutesy talking club, to explain where this abomination of a phrase comes from? Once you’re done word vomiting an answer to that, can you then kindly explain why you use it?

And long overdue

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“To educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.” —

We all know music crosses many barriers. Geography, religion, race, language, gender, etc. It’s as much a uniting force as anything else human beings can share. African American artists have led the charge in so many ways, spanning so many genres.

Robert Johnson, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Public Enemy, I could go on forever.

The point is, no matter what genre…

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Paul’s Boutique album cover photographed by Jeremy Shatan

I’m writing this piece as a response to the writing prompt by Noah Levy of The Riff. You should check it out and join the party.

It was 1989 and the world of music was a growing volcano set to erupt. The 80s were ending, genres were being born, musical biases were fading, and three white kids from New York City were about to change everything…even if no one knew it at the time.

I was 16-years-old, music was (and still is) my life, and at that specific moment in time, you could tell things were changing. The music I…

Rob Janicke

Married father of two, started a record label & writes a bit! Let’s talk: Twitter @robjanicke & IG @rob_janicke

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