State of Man, Making of “Swallow Your Fears” Video – Never Before Seen

We (State of Man) filmed our first music video with the amazing Adam Bush (R.I.P.) and our friends from Face2Face MEG some time ago, but due to Face2Face defaulting on their part of the music video deal, we never got to see the final footage…. until now!

One thing couldn’t help but notice while watching this is how much I’ve changed (for the better, IMHO), but it’s still nice to look back on those fun days.  Enjoy:

State of Man, making of “Swallow Your Fears” Part 1

State of Man, making of “Swallow Your Fears” Part 2


How to install plug-ins on sites in five easy steps

How to install plug-ins on sites in five easy steps

A good friend asked for input on how to install a WordPress plug-in on a self-hosted site, so I figured I’d put together a quick five step tutorial in video and text form below.  Enjoy:

Step 1: Log in to your WordPress site and click the “Plugins” option

Once you’ve logged in to your wordpress site (typically via, you’ll see a view pretty similar to the screenshot below and you can click the “Plugins” option.
How to Install plugins on a site: Log in to WordPress and click the Plugins option

Step 2: Choose “Add New” option from the “Plugins” sub menu

Next, choose the “Add New” option from the “Plugins” sub menu
How to Install plugins on a site: Choose the "Add New" option from the "Plugins" sub menu


Step 3: Use  the “Search Plugins” field and button 

Now that you’ve made it to the “Install Plugins” page, make sure you’re on the “Search” area that looks like the screenshot below.  Then, simply type in a keyword (word, phrase, name of a plug-in, etc.) in the search field and click the “Search Plugins.”  In this example, I use wp-biography b/c that’s the plugin my friend asked me about.
How to Install plugins on a site: Enter a keyword in the search field and click  the "Search Plugins" button


Step 4: Click “Install Now” on the Plugin you want to use and confirm 

Once you’ve found the right plugin in the search results, click the “Install Now” hyperlink and WordPress will install the plug-in for you.

How to Install plugins on a site: Click "Install Now" for the Plugins you want to use and confirm


Step 5: Activate your new plugin

Finally, active your new plugin and you are set.


Keep in mind that some plugins have settings you may need to update/edit to get the results you desire, while others may work just like you want them to as soon as you activate them.  Whatever the case, if you find you don’t like a plut in, you can always deactivate and/or delete it!

Let me know below if this information was helpful to you!

Green Home Sustainable Luxury: Hickory Nut Forest Eco Community “Open House Tour” in Asheville NC


(Having trouble viewing the video above?  Check it out on Youtube – Video Tour of Ryan Lubber’s Green Home – Sustainable Luxury in Hickory Nut Forest eco community)

If you’ve ever been to Asheville, NC, then you know it’s a unique community and beautiful place with plenty of beautiful Eco villages to check out.  Recently, my family (Kathy, Jolie, Johnny and I) got a chance to visit our dear friend who lives there (Debbie Wilson Pustorino), and she invited us to “Hickory Nut Forest Open House Tour,” presented by The Western North Carolina Green Building Council.

As the 2012 Western NC Green Building Directory reports, one of the many great things we learned about Hickory Nut Forest is that it’s “a 200+ acre eco-community in Gerton, NC where residents share a 10-acre organic garden and heirloom orcahrd, alogn with acess to miles of trails through forest protected under a conservation easement.”  It was founded by John Myers and Jane Lawson, who bout the land and had the dream that is now becoming a reality.  We got to meet John and Jane, and they are truly wonderful and warm.  In fact, their

I was amazed by the homes we saw and the people we met, and I was excited to learn that all three of the properties we visited, including the one above, were owned (and some, co-built) by first-time builders who successfully created  what I consider to be “Sustainable Luxury.”

What exactly is Sustainable Luxury?   For me, it’s simply luxury combined with Eco-friendly / Green / Sustainable development and something I plan to help create.  Of course,  much like beauty, luxury is “in the eye of the beholder.”  See if you agree with my assessment of the first Sustainable Luxury property we toured above, owned by first-time builder Ryan Lubbers, and co-built by Nate Ballinger.

Low-cost Indie Artists Plan for Live show CD sales reporting to Soundscan

Not long ago, we ( launched a new “Pay Per Report” pricing plan for independent touring artists that allows live performance artists to sign up for Venue Sales Reporting (live show CD Sales reporting) to Soundscan for only $33 a year and $5 per report. Its great for artist with only a few shows lined up each month but they want to ensure they are reporting their sales.

Of course, for busier artists, we still have the monthly and annual plans (greatest overall savings).

Check it out here: