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Music Drop Countdown has Started

I thought about this a long time. The song I'm dropping shortly, is something I was going to wait on but I had a dream that I needed to drop it ASAP!

I don't know why it's so important but here we are - days from Christmas and I'm compelled in a way I can't describe to get this out there into the world.

I have several new pieces, however, this one is like a weird little gremlin laughing and poking fun at me for avoiding it and ignoring it until I finally said, "FINE - YOU WIN! You're getting dropped as soon as I finish this mix!"

I'm dropping the song now, and starting Jan 1, 2017 ... I'm going to be running a little contest for someone to come in as a guest vocalist on one of my songs for an album that will be recorded here in Minneapolis, with several great guest musicians that I'm honored to have assisting me with this project. The "How To's" for that contest, will be shared here & it's going to be fun.

Also, a feature film is in pre-production with another to be made a few months later. Busy - I like.

#MplsMusic #Holiday #FromMe2You #BeInspired #EatYourPickleFool #IndieArtist

Tamara Sockol Dourney
Tamara Sockol Dourney  (over 1 year ago)

Can't wait to hear it!

Karla Farrington
Karla Farrington  (over 1 year ago)

So happy and can't wait to hear it!

Radio Interview Tonight!

Hey Everybody! So - here's what's happening later today - I had an interview with the lovely Brenda Bell Brown for KFAI Radio here in the Twin Cities about my music and other stuff. (Copy and paste the links to get to the pages)

If you can tune in: http://kfai.org/play-for-me at 6:30pm CST or catch the replay later (same link)

Download replay: http://kfai.org/play-for-me/playlists/20161129

Check out her page (on Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/KFAI-Radio-Brenda-Bell-Brown-608075069206918 KFAI (on Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/kfaiFMradio

Please be sure to take a peek at these too:

Ireland's Hope: http://www.irelandshope.org/ Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund: http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach/

And look for the drop for a brand new song December 1st - much love and gratitude to all the great people that have been such a big part of this transition forward (Brenda, Crow, Karl D, Gary H, Ron S, Jamila A.) and more than I can list here.

Radio Interview AND a Music Drop Coming!!

It has been a crazy whirl wind kind of week with a lot of things going on and so many cool and wonderful things coming up that I am blessed to be a part of.

So here we are with the Holidays just around the corner and I have a brand new song to share with you that is going to drop with the interview I did this morning with the lovely Brenda Bell Brown at KFAI FM in Minneapolis.

I was honored to be asked to be on her show, and I am really looking forward to sharing this brand new song with all of you too.

I'll share that link so you can tune in Wednesday morning if you like and catch it or check it out later when you can.

So many thanks to the wonderful people that have come into my life over the past few years that have helped me along the way to get to this moment, a brand new chapter to share.

#BrendaBellBrown #KFAI_FMRadio #RRRiotShowMpls #MplsMusic #IndieArtist #BeInspired #GuiltyCreaturesProductions

#RRRiot @ The Phoenix Theater

We did this bold performance for 3 days in this smaller, black box theater for a smaller audience with a Q&A after the show.

We had a great turnout with a packed house on Friday and Saturday night (even with the sketchy weather), and Sunday was great too with about 75% of seats filled (matinees are hard shows to fill).

If you made it to the show, you know what it was about. I have had several requests that I have forwarded to the director of this production requesting that we "should do this again soon" ... hard topics, plain talk, honest dialogue, neutral ground and amazing response from the audience that dared to ask the hard questions after the show too. This is where the artists can be bold and make a difference.

Please, if you have a few extra dollars to help her out, show that appreciation and support for another run of this show in the near future and make a donation to the cause too. My love and thanks to all that made it to the show.

This is a link for the IndieGoGo for this project & it should open in a new window. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rrriot-race-rape-culture-women#/

Music Drop Coming!!

Brand new stuff and hoping to have a couple of my friends hook me up to get a little air play too. You've been waiting a while. Life did get in the way a few times, and let's face it - we all have real life stuff going. Well, the wait is almost over and you'll be hearing about it really soon.

I don't blog much - mostly I just don't make time for it. I don't send a lot of newsletters out either. If I did, what would you want me to say? I'd like to know. I'm not down with spamming your emails and stuff like that. Maybe my next thing will be a quick video blog??

This Stays With the House

This film was produced by Headfeathers Only and Andy Winters. This short film won Audience Favorite, Best Movies Poster, Best Film Runner Up, and Best Sound Design [*I did the sound track and music for this competition film]. It was a fun Halloween Competition.

Closing out 2013

I've discovered something over the last few months while composing, networking and all the other wonderful things that accompany the creative process and getting it out there to share.

I don't like blogging.

There - I've said it.

I really don't. Blogging once a week seems to be a real chore. I can't imagine coming up with enough words to throw at this every day and still have something interesting to share with anyone.

Maybe something will change that in the coming weeks - something to talk about at least once a week? And really, what would you really want to know about me?

These are the questions that plague me when I sit down to write anything resembling a blog.

Why did I finally post something today? I have no idea. Maybe it was just to throw this thought out there. Am I alone in my dislike of blogging? I know that it's the "in" thing to do as part of the "connect and network" idea.

But really I have to ask, do you really want to know every time I have a random thought that circles my head like a drunken fairy that stayed too long at the party?

Weeble Wobble Buddah

This week – looking at 3 different feature film projects that maybe using some of my creations. I’m honored to be considered for this. I have a few pet projects that I’m making steady progress on too.

I started as a keyboardist for a local band and later moved on to doing other things. It’s a different kind of obsession to write and compose music. Now after working very hard over the years, I’m focusing on creating music for films and for fun.

Where does it come from? Everything and everyone around me, has had some sort of influence on the stream of music that flows from inside me to the instruments and then out for you to hear. Audio is my paintbrush. Visual and life around me are the inspirations.

I don’t deny that much of what I create is very inspired from beyond. I am a spiritual person [not religious] and I do call myself the Angry Buddhist.

Yes I work at the Buddhist concepts every day and I do it because it makes me happy.

I am also a realist. By accepting the fact that I get angry and embracing it, I find that I can make fun of it. It’s hard to stay angry when you are laughing at yourself.

When I get mad, I visualize myself as a weeble-wobble Buddah. See – now you’re smiling too.

Revelations & Illuminations

This week has been filled with many.

What do you do with your free time? Yes I’m actually asking you.

You might ask me, “Why?”

My answer is pretty simple. “I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have free time. Anything away from my regular job [yes I still have a J.O.B.] is usually planned out & most of the time, around the schedules of other people who have to also hang on to their real job because they haven’t yet won the lottery.

Well, if I do ever win the lottery, I will be taking a real vacation. I have never actually taken a real vacation, but don’t feel bad. I’ve always had things I wanted to do or felt I needed to do. More than once I have cashed out the vacation time for a check because I couldn’t justify time away from what I was working on.

I have a feeling I will learn how to find some time in the near future.

It’s not that I’m a work-a-holic. I actually enjoy the hours I spend writing new music and creating new things. Some people go to the movies. Some people play video games. Some peeps shop til they drop while others prefer beer and billiards. I just really am not good with the shopping, booze, and all that.

I just plug in and start writing. Like a great book, it becomes a fun filled journey finding something new within the endless pool of ideas that overflows in my brain.

Now, when you think about this from a different angle, I’m kind of getting a mini vacation weekly. So back to this piece I’m working on. Crossing fingers to have a mix to share in the morning.

So … really, what do you do with your free time? Or maybe, what was your favorite place to visit on vacations?


Sleepless but not Dreamless

Sometimes the hardest part of what you do when creating, is realizing that it really is time for a change of scenery. I've lived in the same building for about three and a half years, patiently waiting for things to be fixed by a landlord that just couldn't see it was his job.

After the latest bite of the cold and the failing heat, my hands [and most of the rest of me] took a real beat down and have been giving me a little more grief than was necessary. I have decided it's time for a change of residence to a different apartment.

The funniest thing, is when I'm chatting with residents that had no idea I was a composer or musician. I guess they assume we are just loud and obnoxious party animals. I explained that I'm not much of a party type and well, I just never got around to playing drums. This of course is subject to change. Lucky for me, technology makes it easier to hide my learning curve from the other peeps in the building when I do get to it. [yes I said when - it's never too late to try something new] *grins*

~Ciao til later