Published on Friday, 07 June 2013 09:09
My dear friend, Canine Philosopher, Human Life Coach, former rocker and current author Tony Russell wrote an entire blog centered around a question I asked on Facebook:
Alright... I'm out of juice. Hey creative people - when you run out of inspiration, do you force it or just stop...?
The advice Tony shared is golden. Please check out his blog Small White Dog. Tony posts his advice bi-weekly and is currently helping Moira Waugh edit a book about him. Wonderful and creative stuff, folks.
Published on Thursday, 30 May 2013 16:18
You are hereby cordially invited to sing on my next single "Too Depressed for the Ukulele." I've always wanted to write an anthem for the ukulele; and while Amanda Palmer beat me to it (her lyric vid for "Ukulele Anthem" is below- in case you haven't heard it yet- it's soooo awesome), I think there is definitely room for another! Right? Right? RIGHT!!!
And sooooo.... grab your lighter, get ready to fist pump (or bump), and raise your voice to the greatest of heights! This ukulele anthem of a song needs you!! Our voices combined will give it more power than any one voice ever could. So let's do this, my dear ukulele lovin' friends!
WARNING: This song is LOUD and high energy. It features 3 types of ukulele: an electric ukulele, a banjolele, and a regular concert sized ukulele. Do not be fooled by the grungy, distorted sound of the electric uke. There are NO guitars on this track. 4-strings only, BABY! (Ooo... including the bass... which is really a midi keyboard... but we can imagine it as a 4-stringed beauty, right?)
I've uploaded the full song (so far) and a version without the lead uke (easier to sing along) to this folder as both wavs and mp3s. You'll find PDFs of the lyrics with your parts highlighted in yellow, 'Guidelines and Suggestions,' and a 'Granted Permissions for "Too Depressed for the Ukulele" Vocal Submission.' Please, please, please read the 'Granted Permissions...' and make sure you're cool with it before submitting. Your recorded vocal submission will be considered a donation. This song will be released with a CC-BY-NC license. It will be released for sale everywhere (my site, TuneTrack, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.). We shall be immortalized!!! (I keep thinking of Captain Planet and Thundercats as I write this... hmmm...)
All of the files in the project folder can be downloaded. To submit your vocals, please email me a wav file or high quality mp3 (320 bitrate). Feel free to email it through a file sharing site if you prefer. I ain't picky. kara[at]mindmapthat[dot]com
If you have questions, please feel free to email me.
When the final version of “Too Depressed for the Ukulele” is released, I'll send you a download code. Your name (or the pseudonym of your choice) will be on the cover art. If possible, your name will be included in the title of the track. (i.e. “Too Depressed for the Ukulele (Feat. Sally Sue & Bobby Lou).” In the (splendid!) event that there are too many participants to include everyone’s name in the title, we’ll vote on a name for the group in place of listing everyone individually (your name would still be on the cover art). I will give you tons of shout outs of appreciation. I will be eternally grateful for your participation.
Here's Amanda Palmer's "Ukulele Anthem." Inspiring, eh? Let's make another inspiring ukulele song together!!
Published on Thursday, 16 May 2013 13:02
I am delighted to share that "A Heart with Your Name On It" was included in Uke Hunt's The Ukulele Mixtape! I just finished listening to the whole thing- it is an EXCELLENT collection of Creative Commons ukulele musicians. Al Wood of Uke Hunt created this mixtape in celebration of Culture Freedom Day- which is this coming Saturday 5/18. Ummmm.... as a big CC enthusiast, I must say: AWESOME.
Give the mixtape a listen, I'm sure you'll dig the selections, too. And share it with your uke lovin' buds! That's the fun of CC- us musician folk want you to share! Thanks again, Al! I'm honored to be part of the mixtape.