Sunday, September 27, 2015

My Musical Journey

Today, I had a fellow musician leave me a comment on Reverbnation, offering support for my musical journey. Although I certainly appreciated the sentiment, I had to think about how my musical journey has been going for these past few months, and I have to say that there have been far too many detours, and at least a few stoplights.

It's not that I've been lazy. At least I don't think I've been lazy. But I have been busy with family projects and financial matters, and it's been hard to sit down to the real work of writing songs. It isn't even a matter of lack of inspiration. I have copious notes on new songs I'd like to write, and old ones that have caught my attention as being good candidates for finishing.

But inspiration is not enough. At some point in the process, you have to take the wheel and keep yourself going down the highway, with few stops and no side-trips. Now that the kids are fairly settled into school and sports, and most of the house projects are nearly done (or have to be put on hold for the New England winter), I should have time to isolate myself from the distractions and put some miles behind me.

If I don't, you'll know about it. Just stay with me; I think some good stuff is coming between now and the end of the school year.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Follow Me

I've been thinking about my social media presence lately. Of course, I'm thinking about it daily, trying to figure out how to connect with all of you, encourage you to listen to my songs, see if I can get some feedback and, with any kind of luck, start to develop some kind of fan base.

But what I'm specifically thinking about is what to recommend if someone asks me the best way to keep up on my work. And that's not as easy as it sounds.

My first answer, just after I set up my Facebook Page, was to follow me on Facebook. All my Twitter posts are posted there as well, a new blog entry always generates a new tweet, and I occasionally post longer bits on Facebook that don't appear anywhere else.

But here's the problem with Facebook: if you have lots of friends and you "like" lots of things, you'll miss a lot of posts, because your feed doesn't show everything. Now, I'm not saying that you need to hang on my every word (you mean you don't?), but that post you miss just might include something fairly important, like a new song or story I just released.

And I assume (hope?) that a new song or story is more important than the things I routinely share on Facebook and Twitter.  So if you really want to know when you can listen to or read something new, go to my main Web site and fill in the email form on the front page.

I won't spam you, I promise. In fact, you'll probably be wondering why I haven't written in a while. But that email list is strictly for the purpose of announcing new releases.

Of course, if you're interested in what I have to share, or just keeping up on my progress, the email list won't be of any help at all. So follow on Twitter. or Facebook, or subscribe to this blog, in addition to signing up for the email list, and you'll be nicely up to date.

So, come on, what are you waiting for? Follow!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Favorite Audience

I don't go camping very often. To tell you the truth, the whole sleeping outdoors thing doesn't do it for me. I like a roof over my head and a big comfy bed. But my wife loves to camp, and so I go along and make the best of it.

What makes it better is that there is always a ready audience, and usually some fellow singers and guitarists, in the group we camp with. And so the nights are usually spent at the campfire singing and playing.

I wish I sang louder, because sometimes people have trouble hearing me outdoors. I might have to resort to some kind of amplification at some point. But when they can hear me, the songs are well received. This was the first time I had the chance to sing She Works So Hard for the group, and they were surprised to find out that I had written it myself.

I usually wear out my voice to the point that it cracks for at least a couple of days afterwards. And my fingers, not accustomed to this kind of marathon guitar playing, especially after the summer, ache at the end of it all.

But it's worth it. My camping friends are among my favorite listeners.