Over the past two years, I've had the privilege of collaborating with Mitchell Small, aka, Songs Unsung, on a number of songs. Mitch is a professor of engineering who does a little moonlighting as a songwriter. His work is filled with wit, humor, historical facts, and significant social commentary. Anyone who visits his Reverbnation page would agree that his lyrics have a great deal of substance to them. He puts them out there, and invites artists to take a stab at them, and the results are usually pretty remarkable. In my case, I've been able to pick and choose the ones that I feel fit my vocal attack, and for whatever inexplicable reason, whatever I try to do with them musically usually clicks. So, in anticipation of this month's release of Baluja & Small's Tight Connection, I have updated the top 5 songs on my playlist to include some of the cuts which will be on the CD. There will be a total of 12 songs on it, including 5 that were recorded and released last year on our Nowhere to Land EP, and 7 which we carved out this year. I've also linked a YouTube lyric video for one of the songs, A Single Drop of Rain, to my RN page. There are few others you can view on either my page, his page, or on my YouTube channel (Baluja123). in addition, I have uploaded the entire CD with artwork on Bandcamp (https://baluja.bandcamp.com/album/tight-connection-baluja-small), where those who would like to do so, can purchase the whole CD or the individual tracks. Normally, I would have done that through Reverbnation, but unfortunately, they stopped their online store features a few months ago. I know I speak for Mitch when I say that we would both appreciate what ever networking help we can get in an effort to distribute our work. Sales would be nice, but not our current objective. What we are after are listens, likes, comments, and shares. If we can improve those numbers, everything else will fall into place.
If I follow you on Twitter, follow me back. if I fan you on Reverbnation, fan me back, if I like your Facebook page, like mine back. If I add you on Google +, add me back. If I subscribe to your youtube channel, subscribe to mine. This is what I would do for anyone when I'm networking. It's the sign of mutual respect that comes with the territory of social media. Nobody is insignificant enough to ignore, nor too important to be forgotten. There are always exceptions to the rule (scammers, spammers, etc.), but for the most part, it's all about proper etiquette.
Although I began writing in 1979, I did not begin to record my songs until 2000, when the digital era made it possible for most artists to set up home studios. Over the past 13 years, I have continued to work at developing my production skills, in an effort to put out as clear a recording as possible within the confines of a very limited budget. I am currently using a Teac digital 8 track and a Shure KSM42 to record vocals, and a combination of electronic music programs, ranging from Sony Acid and Magix Soundpool to Apple's Garageband, to create my musical tracks. I mix everything down on my computer, using Magix Sound Lab to get as close to a mastered product as I can get. In an ideal world, I would certainly be recording in a state of the art recording studio, engineered by a seasoned pro, using the finest musicians, and following the direction of a top notch producer. But since that may never happen, I guess I'll just have to settle for my virtual band and the modest home recording equipment I've been able to scrape together. That said, I'm very grateful for the opportunities I've had to catalog my songs with some degree of precision and clarity. After my first 20 years of recording everything onto a cassette player, the digital era has made it possible for me to make my songs presentable to listeners like you. I hope that some of you will enjoy my work, maybe even enough to share it. I welcome your comments and I look forward to listening to your work as well.
I would like thank all of you on Reverbnation who have been gracious enough to fan me, listen, comment on , and share my work. I normally will try to answer each reply or comment as they come in, but lately I've been preoccupied with events that are beyond my control. But I do want to assure you that I am constantly checking in, listening, fanning, or fanning back in an effort to gain insight and inspiration from the works you've created. Reverbnation has been a very supportive congregation of artists and music lovers, and I believe that, for the most part, it exemplifies the best of what social media and networking have to offer. May we all continue to work hard at whatever we do, and keep this circle of love alive.
I'm featuring the lyrics of Songs Unsung this week, including the recently recorded, Tight Connection. All 5 songs on my main page are interpretations of some of the most witty, biting, brilliant, and insightful lyrics on the planet. I hope you enjoy the presentation I put together for them. After you've listened, stop by https://www.reverbnation.com/songsunsung and let MJ know what a tremendous talent he has for words. And then take one of his many offerings, and put your own twist to it.
I'd like to thank The Magneto Flobe for allowing me to step into their wonderful world of improvisational funk on Use Me. I had a blast working with the band. I'd also like to thank all the Flobeheads who stopped by their page, and by mine as well, to offer their positive feedback and support of our efforts. The Flobe has a large and loyal following, and it was pretty amazing to witness firsthand how many fans respond to their releases. I'm very grateful for all the connections I made through our association. It was a very exciting and productive weekend. Special thanks to da boi for his tireless efforts in making these recordings happen and for working hard to insure that they have a chance to be heard.
This passage was taken from Tedd Webb's Facebook page. Written by Arch Deal, It's a brief bio on Joe Lala, one of Tampa's most notable musicians, who passed away this morning at 7:00 a.m.
Arch Deal was a friend of Joe Lala, and offers this bio: "Joe Lala passed away early today in Tampa. Born in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, from parents of Contessa Entellina, one of the Albanian minority community in Sicily, Lala started out playing the drums in several Florida bands, before making a huge success by forming the band Blues Image in 1966. Lala also sang lead vocals on occasion, most notably on the song "Leaving My Troubles Behind". Lala accumulated 32 Gold records, and 28 Platinum records during his music career. He played on the movie soundtracks of Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive, D.C. Cab, Streets of Fire. All the Right Moves, Breathless, Defiance, The Lonely Guy, and Airplane!.
A severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome ended Lala's career as a percussionist, but it opened the door to acting. His films include Active Stealth, Sugar Hill, On Deadly Ground, Deep Sleep, Havana (with Robert Redford), Out for Justice, Marked for Death, Eyewitness to Murder, and Born in East L.A., plus many more. Lala has made many appearances on TV shows like Miami Vice, General Hospital, Melrose Place, Seinfeld, and many others! I last saw Joe in Plant City at the Strawberry Picking Place! RIP, Joe.....Arch Deal"
I'd like to wish all those wonderful artists and fans that I've connected with here on Reverbnation the very best during the holidays and throughout the coming year. The impact you have had on my life is immeasurable. I look forward to continuing to share the blessings of creativity with each and every one of you in 2014.
I'd like to give thanks for all the wonderful music that has been shared on Reverbnation, and for the inspiration that it has provided. I'd also like to thank all those who have reached out to me, listened to my music, commented, and/or given me the opportunity to affect their lives in some way. May you all have a blessed day with your loved ones, and may you continue to spread the healing powers of music throughout the world.
As I approach the auspicious 2000 mark for Reverbnation fans, I am prompted once again, to thank all the gifted artists and ardent listeners, for the time they have taken to stop in, say hello, browse through my profile page and catalog, and leave comments. I have been fortunate to strike up a few vital relationships and each day, I learn something new from each artist that I listen to. I hope to keep on reaching out and listening to all of you out there...of every age...in every genre...and hopefully, one day, we'll have fanned each other to the 20,000 mark. I'm open to anything you have to show me. I want to learn as much as I can from you. I love the inspiration your music provides me with. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.