Published on Thursday, 08 August 2013 10:49
Hyde Pod Corner included "Please Don't Wish Me a Merry Christmas" in episode #55 "The Hallowismas Comeback Special." The show is a combo of "comedy, music, and chat spilled from a British brain into your ears." It's rather entertaining... made me think of a radio version of Monty Python. Give a listen, folks!
The Rich Hancock Radio Show is a talk show with music hosted by Rich and Brenda out of Missouri. They share delightful banter, odd news stories, and tunes that they like. They kindly played "These Years and Still" on the Wednesday, July 31, 2013 episode. Rich claimed with perfect deadpan that I wrote the song for my pet parrot. Of course, he retracted the statement and said I'd not soon forgive him. Little did Rich know that I already have, but my cat most certainly does not forgive him. She's terribly upset that I must have a delicious pet parrot hidden somewhere in the house (she doesn't really get deadpan humor). Thanks a lot, Rich. Now I've gotta sleep with one eye open! (Do check out their show- it's quite enjoyable!)
Published on Friday, 12 July 2013 11:03
I'm thrilled to present demo #4! It includes the following fabulous vocal additions:
There are now too many names to list in the title on SoundCloud, etc. For now, I have simply put "Featuring Friends!" (thank you, TheDICE, for the idea). We can keep that or vote on name for the group after all of the submissions are in. Regardless, individual names will be listed everywhere I can (i.e. in descriptions where it's posted and on the cover art).
Please share your thoughts in the comments section or on Facebook or Twitter...
The song has grown to 28 tracks! It's the biggest mixing challenge I've ever had and I'm LOVING it! Thank you to EVERYONE who has participated. Wanna join us? July 19th, 2013 is the deadline and here's a link to the folder with the music and project details.)
Published on Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:54
Each time I receive an email with vocal contributions for the "Too Depressed for the Ukulele" sing along, I excitedly drop the file into the mix. Dude. I smile like the Cheshire Cat when I hear each addition. Sooooo... I'm going to share them as we get closer and closer to the submission deadline- July 19th, 2013. (Here's a link to the folder with the music and project details.)
This week, you'll hear the additions of Rob Walker (a BRILLIANT writer and poet from South Australia) singing the choruses and NealBot (from the band Go Robot, Go!) singing super-cool "la,la,la's" for the last 2 choruses. And of course, Jack Burgess of Rusty Strings is on bass and harmony vox at the bridge. TheDICE, Jack & Mary Burgess, and Shannon Root Lee are singing the chorus. Hope you dig the latest "Too Depressed for the Ukulele" mix!
Published on Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:36
People often associate the ukulele with happiness… silliness… vacations… Tiny Tim... that sort of thing… But what if your primary songwriting instrument is the happy little ukulele and you’re inspired to write a song, but happen to be seriously depressed?
When I wrote “Too Depressed for the Ukulele,” that was the case. As I continued to write, my mood lightened and I began to think about how playing the ukulele transforms my mental state. This idea got me thinking about how songs affect the listener in a similar way. I didn’t plan for the song to have a happy ending. The ukulele inspired happiness as I wrote it.
The idea to invite others to sing along for the happy ending just sort of happened. Singing with a group of people can be invigorating! Playing the uke can inspire happiness! Heck, that's why ukulele meetups are so popular. And soooooo... it just felt right that this song should be a sing along, ya' know?
A couple of friends need a little more time to record some vocals, so I'm extending the deadline. Anyway, really, what's the hurry? Deadline, schmeadline! Soooo... How about July 19, 2013 as the new deadline? Yeah? Yeah? Cool.
Meanwhile, here's a mix with the wonderful folks who have already kindly contributed. You'll hear Jack Burgess of Rusty Strings on bass! Jack also sings some killer Beach Boys styled harmony for the bridge. :D TheDICE, Jack & Mary Burgess, and Shannon are singing the chorus! Whoooo!!! (AND thank you again!!) They sound FANTASTIC! Of course, we'd love you to join us! Yeah, YOU!