It's November (where did the year go??) which means that it's about a year since I released "Myths and Legends". The process has taught me a lot about getting work out in the world and social media. This will make me sound like a dinosaur, but in the past it was make an album, send out some sort of notice to the mailing list, which then became the emailing list, have CDs at gigs to sell. Then get someone to get it on the radio for you (usually for a fee..)Now it's become all that and Facebook and twitter and google and youtube and and and where ever you can get what you are doing in front of people. The added distraction of this being a project that had 9 on my own tunes on it instead of maybe 1 or 2 and the rest covers and what that meant in terms of putting ME out in the world. As I said, I've learned a lot about myself and the process from the inside out. When I started to go the route I usually do I was told that it would be tough to 'get it out there' because it wasn't 'familiar material'. Hmmm,I thought that would be a GOOD thing. So I got it out there myself, and although it hasn't been on conventional radio, it has done pretty well on internet radio. It was even up to #6 on Reverb Nation for a bit. My twitter pals have been retweeting it so that even on CDBaby it got over 14K hits. On Facebook it's had some good attention from friends there. I am deeply grateful for all the support I've had from people on social networks that I don't even know. Planning on putting some you tubes up soon, that will be fun. Started some new tunes, don't know whats next with those. As I said, deeply grateful for all the support, it has meant so much to me. Sending virtual hugs and kisses to you all. oh, yea, ps., I'm supposed to add this link, see, a learning curve… http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/carmelarappazzo
I'm on some social media site…constantly. It's enough to make you crazy, altho I've met some interesting people. Everyone seems to have their own obsession about something that needs to be promoted somewhere. It does seem that when I don't barrage everyone with links to my tunes the visits drop off. So. Here I am. Social Medizing.
Thank you for attending the Metropolitan Room gig last night, much appreciated!!! xoxoxo
I'm not complaining, just observing that I spend a lot of time on social media to fill a club. That being said, if you are around on Friday May 2, I'm at the Metropolitan Room at 7 with a kick ass trio. Come see us. Free me from having to be pushy…xoxo http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=152686&cart
The last gig I did was the release of my new album "Myths and Legends", so the set list was 9 of my originals and 2 covers. In the past, and keep in mind usually there were at least 3 sets on a gig, I would do pretty much all covers and maybe 1 of my tunes. Covering the Great American Songbooks and other traditional jazz standards was my only address. The feedback from the gig of my tunes was interesting to say the least. The younger people in the audience (and when I say younger i only mean under 40) liked the new tunes, the not so younger wanted more standards and less originals and felt it was harder to relate to the new tunes. Does that mean they can't hear new tunes and only want what is familiar? I don't know, but I'm hoping someone actually responds to this and gives me feed back and/or personal experience.
I have some free downloads of my latest album "Myths and Legends" to give away. Message me and I'll send you the code! FREE! No strings attached (or on the album for that matter!).
The critic in my head can really be a pain in the butt. I think it's the thing that not only blocks creativity and judges too harshly, but it also looks back at mis-steps and thinks 'I could have done this or that" in a way that doesn't allow the idea of growth. It compares me unreasonably to standards of perfection. There must be some aspect of this that serves me, it may be the key to freeing myself from it if I can figure out what that is.
Big thanks to George W. Harris for this review of "Myths and Legends" http://www.jazzweekly.com/2014/02/carmela-rappazzo-myths-and-legends/
Whenever I start to measure where i think I'm supposed to be, I try to swing it around to the feeling of gratitude for how far I have come.
Read an article that someone sent me about radio only wanting to play (and over playing) tunes that were familiar. This creates a catch 22, in order for original tunes to be heard on the radio they have to be familiar, but how do tunes get 'familiar' unless someone hears them? hmmm.