Happy New Year!
I don’t know about you but 2008 is a year I’m happy to say goodbye to. So let’s move on to what’s already starting to cook for 2009…
I’m branching into some new musical territory. First I’ve co-written my first couple of tunes for a commercial. My buddy Robert Navarro and I did the music for two new Butterfinger spots. In addition, I was asked to do the voice over. I suppose some voice over work is also in my future.
Next, I’ve gotten hooked into a company that does film trailers. What does that mean? Well, some of my musical talent will be creating music for trailers of movies that you’ll see at coming attractions. In fact I’m already working on a little clip for a movie coming out later this year. Exciting.
Cooking up more tracks/cues for Fox Sports.
Already did my first co-write of the year, thinking way ahead to next Christmas. Yeah, I said it. Another Christmas song. This one has a lot of raw rock and a lot of humor.
Robert & I are also creating some more tracks for some other peeps. Lots and lots of music. But don’t fear, I’m still crafting the songs that I’ve been talking about. Along with doing more co-writing with Femke Weidema and a few other friends.
I’ve started to play out in Los Angeles again after a pretty sizeable stay away. This time around it’s strictly for fun until I Maurice and I get the tour thing happening.
Until next time, enjoy yourself!
Writing, recording, writing, recording. It’s an ever going process. A stockpiling of songs I tell you. Recently in case you weren’t aware, I befriended the main peep at Fox Sports Music. Well that led to getting hooked up with the main marketing peep over at the NBA. Which then led to new versions of the song Do You Want To Play. I was asked to do a version for the WNBA and the D-League. Mind you I’m a small basketball fan, but I had never heard of the D-League.
I decided that since the song was being pulled out and done for two new versions, why not go ahead and do a version for every team in each league. The label was cool with it, so I spent the extra time knocking out versions for every single team. Yikes! It was a hefty undertaking to get it done in the short time that was request. Aside from one little snafu on the CD of the WNBA versions it all went pretty smoothly. As of now, you’ll find all three as new releases up on iTunes. Do You Want To Play – NBA Mixes, Do You Want To Play – WNBA Mixes and Do You Want To Play – D-League Mixes.
If you’re a fan of a particular basketball team, chances are there is a version of the song specifically for you! That’s right all three of these collections are now available on iTunes as songs and as ringtones for your iPhone. Actually all of my songs are now available as ringtones for iPhones on iTunes. You should very well hear this song played at live basketball games starting this season! ** Interestingly the D-League versions are already selling out of Norway. Who knew they liked minor league basketball so much?
Next year I’ll tackle major league baseball, all of the NHL, all of the NFL and major league soccer.
The touring deal is thru the next step, sitting on pins and needles awaiting word of what’s coming for the next step. I hope to have news on it within days if not a week. Keep up a good thought for me.
In the meantime, spread the basketball love on iTunes!
Still working on new music. Lots of it. New co-writers I’ve worked with now include Warren Sellars, Mark Luna, Steely, The Brandon James, Femke Weidema, and Robert Navarro. Great bunch. Leading to some great songs and I’m happy to be creating music with them. I’m sure you’ll be hearing a bunch of the material I’d done these artists very soon.
I’ve also been getting calls to do little acoustic shows and I’ve taken a few. So I am I out and about in Los Angeles. It won’t be regular as I’m still working on the big tour thing. In the middle of a deal right now where it’s progressed further than any deal prior. Fingers crossed this one makes it and is the real winner to getting me out on the road and on the charts where I belong.
Keep an ear out for anything on the Fox Sports Network. In the near future you’ll be hearing music I’ve created. Some may be parts of my songs. Others may be cues I’ve done specifically for Fox Sports. I’m pretty happy about that arrangement. More on it coming in August.
Until the next update, have a great day and check back soon!
I haven’t fallen off the planet or died. I’ve been deep at work on writing a ton of new songs. I have an arsenal of roughly 50 new songs that are in pre-production for the next album once I’ve gotten the Practical Insanity tour over and done with. Speaking of touring – still working on capital for the corporation. Have 3 versions of the business plan, if you know a VC, I want you – it can make you money if you are the link to the capital.
I’ve also been doing a lot of co-writing for TV and Film with artists like Johnny Elkins, Mark Luna, Chris Hellstrom, Heather Bradley, Shairah and Aubrey Richmond. I’ve also recently connected with Don Campbell to do some co-writing with him as well.
If you haven’t heard of Steaz, you will soon. A jingle that I have written has been green-lighted for an advertising campaign for the new beverage company taking the world by storm. Amazing organic sodas and energy drinks. I can’t get enough of them. They rule!
Please continue to support Single of the Day.
And as my final announcement… I’ve finally launched Killer Guitar Lessons. It will be home to lots of useful guitar lessons from my professional guitar playing friends.
Whew, made it through some sweltering heat here in the past few weeks. It’s finally cooling off a bit and so my sanity is returning. I’m so glad President Bush really feels strongly that Global Warming isn’t true.
Vocal recording has begun for the entire Christmas project. I’m about 1/6th of the way into that step as of this morning. I’ll likely be 1/3 of the way through that part by this afternoon. It’s been interesting to finally put some references down after all this time. As surprise song to me so far has been Jolly Old St. Nicholas.
My last outing with the band and The Big Orange Crush Bus was nothing short of an amazing adventure. Everyone that has heard the story has told me they can’t believe it. Want to relive the adventure?
Single of the Day has been getting off to a very good start. Response has been amazing and I’m starting to get the hang of blogging.
The movie Material Girls with Hillary Duff has begun to be advertised in trailers. I don’t think they’re using the song in the trailer.
I’m off to go work on more of the Christmas thang. Have a great day!
The first video off Practical Insanity is All The Things. For the MTV / VH1 version you’ll need to log in to the Clubhouse. Not a member? Easy enough, just sign up and you can watch it, IT’S FREE to join. Otherwise there’s a live clip on your left side of the screen.
I found a way to speed up some of the process of doing the Christmas songs, so I’m going to start making better time on getting this concept done.
I had a meeting with an movie producer from India today. They’ve chosen me to help them record and mix the thematic song for the movie’s main character. It’s quite exciting, I feel so international. First doing video game work for a European Rugby game, now a song for a movie from India. Move over Bend It Like Beckham.
Movie Pick of the Week: If you haven’t heard of Green Street Hooligans, now you have. I recently heard about the movie while listening to Howard Stern. Elijah Wood was on Stern’s show promoting the movie. All I knew about it going in was that it was about football – English style, and it’s raucus fans. It was a real good movie. It reminded me a lot of my trip to England earlier this year, minus the violence. I highly recommend seeing this movie. Despite the violence and it’s relatively weak start, this movie turned out to be a very impressive story. But expect some brutality and blood.
Ah a fresh Sunday morning, being that it’s May 1st, that means a new Contest for this month in the Clubhouse.
To recap on my abscence of updates in the past couple of weeks. I’ve been holed up in the studio finishing the edits on the old catalog of songs for licensing. I was contacted by a music licencing company, so I wanted to get it as close to finished as I could before I sent them anything. I’ve also been contacted by some Podcasters as well.
I had a quickie of a writing session with a friend of mine, Jody Gnant. She flew in for a few hours so that we could write a song possibly for her next album. Her style is Bohemian Geek Soul music if I’m not mistaken, and it just so happened that I had a really cool little chord progression in a feel that seemed to fit it quite well. We also discussed the concepts in my business plan and finding an investor- she’s got a great mind for bouncing ideas off of. She gave me some great ideas for getting the story of it out too the press, which I’m already putting into place. Remember, if you know of an investor, send them to the link above.
The band and I are working on the tunes for the show coming up in May. We’re adding a few covers by Green Day, Prince, The Rolling Stones, and T. Rex. It’s cool because we’ll have a very strong 3 hour show. And by the time we book the House of Blues in Vegas we’ll have a 4 hour show. Man, I almost feel like Rush or U2 or something, by having that much original material. We’re also working on booking more shows and I’m starting to put the feelers out for a booking agent. We’re already looking in to Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, etc… scouting the west for the next couple of months. Stay tuned for more shows.
Movie Pick of the Week: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m a big fan of the books. Yes, in case you didn’t know the movie is now here. When I saw the first trailer I was super excited to see this movie. It took a little getting used to how they portrayed the story in the movie. It was much faster paced than I expected. In reality though, it was spotty. The story had holes all over the place, and if you didn’t know the books, yes that’s books plural, you’d be lost. I think they scraped to many different parts of the books together. They also changed some things that would have been more funny had they kept them the same as the book. Despite the shortcomings of the supporting cast, and the story holes, Hitchhikers does have some really good laugh out loud stuff to it. Provided you enjoy british humor.
Been a busy little bee for the past couple of weeks. I got called upon to do a bunch of audio editing – in addition to the self imposed stuff I’ve been doing. Now I’m mastering audio for a new book coming soon on Drum Loops. I’ve also finished up some audio editing for a financial course. Now it’s back to my regular self imposed editing as I’m almost finished with making my licensing library.
I did play a show in Huntington Beach a week ago friday. I played in a songwriters in the round. I shared the stage with Warren Sellars, James Grey, and Dee Biggs. It was an interesting evening. I did what I could do to keep up with these songwriting heavyweights. All of whom who’ve had cuts on some major records it seems. In the end I apparently woke the crowd up and stole the show. Heck I even got a great compliment from Warren, on stage and in front of the whole crowd. That was cool. James Grey talked to me after the show and has asked if I’d play some other venues on his bills. So expect to see more of me in the O.C.
Another cool thing was I was approached by and Artist in an earlier round who proceeded to tell me he never wanted to be on the same stage with me at the same time. He felt I was “too good”. A rather nice compliment. Overall the evening was a success and I enjoyed my time there at Martini Blues.
I’ve also been toying with the concept of giving the option for HTML e-mails to those signed up on my e-mail list, however, I’m not sure I’ll go through with it just yet. It’s an involved process and I don’t want to use an outside company as I value your information. In fact, I’ve just been upgraded to an SPF account on my e-mails at my domain. Meaning you can authenticate that I actually sent you an e-mail, the spam stops here.
Movie Pick of the Week: The Upside of Anger & Robots. I’ll be brief, I know it’s a Monday morning. First, The Upside of Anger is an outrageously good movie. I’d put it up on par with something along the lines of Ordinary People. Its a movie about life and how we as people deal with it when shit goes wrong. The two main characters are played by Kevin Costner and Joan Allen. Awesome performance. Unfortunately I doubt it will do well at the box-office as it has no cars blowing up. On to Robots… Now, I got the chance to see this in IMAX. Visually this movie is astounding along the levels of The Incredibles. Storywise, this movie falls a little flat. There’s tons of gags, and a hint of something heartfelt, but it really failed to pull me in. It was enjoyable for the references to Star Wars, and other movies and did have some touching moments but they were kinda few and far between.
All the recording has been finished up with for the new CD. The last of the drums were done yesterday with a new drummer and recording went like a breeze. I should be finishing up mixes by thursday and getting the last of the surround sound mixes done friday or monday. Then it’s off the mastering house.
Obviously I’m busy over the weekend with the video shoot for the song All The Things. It’s an exciting week to say the least.
I’ve quietly put “A Natural Leap Forward” up on CDbaby. Right now it’s custom copies of the CD and DVD with the full artwork. So it should be making it’s way onto iTunes and other services very soon.
Two other pieces of the puzzle are falling into place too, in the publicity and booking departments we have some great interest happening. So keep your fingers crossed. Also in process of writing a business plan to raise the capital to do a proper campaign with the new release.
Come back again.
Crackin in the studio working on the new songs for an A’n’R person I’ve recently met. Changes where made to one song (already posted a clip here on the site), currently finishing up lyrics and recording vocals on two more before I send them in.
Management is working on getting the people in line to be putting a tour together, will keep you posted.
Check back next week for the next song demo clip to be posted. Don’t be shy and email me your thoughts about the new songs or any of the old CD’s.