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2010 – an interesting year!

2010 started with a flurry of placements, which continued throughout the year and I was still in full swing writing my Song of the Week. While still reeling from the death of a close friend, a lot of the later Song of the Week songs touched on mortality from different angles, but I ended the project with a song for my amazingly supportive husband!

Song of the week ended in early April and I rewarded myself and family with a trip to Disneyland. While there I got my first network TV placement on Ghost Whisperer.

May 20th I released 13 of the Song of the Week songs on an album and simply called it Song of the Week. I then started the whole marketing thing all over again but it was fun having a whole load of new, beautifully mastered songs to give to my wonderful publishers.

June was a sad month. I lost my Mum while, ironically, while playing the Relay for Life song at our local relay.It was her favourite song of mine and she had been battling cancer for many years.

July is one of my fave months because I get to be mainstage MC with Todd Butler at Vancouver Island Musicfest. We also got to play songs together too, which lead to us doing gig together in November just for the fun of it! July also saw me attempt the 50 songs in 90 days challenge which I failed miserably, but I got a new album out of it (see Dec).

August was New York month. Getting to see a movie my songs were in, playing a gig and lots of shopping and eating with a good friend… what more could a girl want? I was also mid blog challenge for the book Music Success In Nine Weeks, which challenged some of my thoughts on music marketing.

September got me 2 ads and an album release in South Korea. My husband wants me to get a tour there… he loves the food! October I headed south of the border again, this time to Delaware for the DBMC where I made lots of new friends and got to sing lots too! We also started rehearsal for Voices Three, a big concert with Sue Pyper and Judy Wing to raise money for hospice.

November started with the Taxi Road Rally where I learned a ton and finally got to meet both of my lovely publishers who just as wonderful as I had suspected they would be. I also wrote my first serious article about music licensing after being asked so many times about how I got my music onto TV etc. It was a cathartic thing to write, reflecting on the madness of the intense single mindedness that is my life (until kids need feeding and taxiing).

So we’re at the end of December. I have a new album, Treehouse, that I am releasing on Jan 1st 2011 (tomorrow) along with a wonderful video that my talented 13 year old created for the title track. The songs will be on itunes and the vid on YouTube.

After an interesting year I have an interesting story for the end of the year that has nothing to do with music (although may affect my playing anything short term) …

Yesterday while skiing (my fave thing to do with my family) I was taken out by another skier getting some big air on a black run. After being taken down the mountain on a stretcher, had my clothes cut off me and sent to the hospital for xrays, I now have a fractured collar bone and lots of nice drugs to see me into 2011 (so please excuse any typos!).

There are some people I want thank for 2010 – pigFactory and Crucial, my wonderful publishers. Thanks for all the placements. Hans Dekline, the masterful masterer and Brian Hazard for asking me to write the licensing article. I love both of your fb comments and musings… always entertaining! To Jon Ostrow of Mic Control for his support of indie musicians and me! And to everyone who reads anything I write, listens to my songs, comments on my postings and generally makes me feel like I am on the right track. Every little word helps!

Here’s to a fantastic 2011. I hope it brings you great things!

Blog Challenge Week 4 – Social Media

I love that the book Music Success in Nine Weeks addresses that musicians HATE this aspect of being a musician. It takes us away from what we love to do… write, make and play music.

But being married to a computer tech guy for 18 years today (that’s right it’s our anniversary and I’m blogging and he’s working… we love each other but we also love our careers too!), I have been forced into Web 2.0. He was the one who made me tweet. “Just try it… you’ll like it” he said. He is like a internet pusher.

But I did try it and liked it enough to keep going, along with facebook, youtube, reverbnation yadda yadda, yadda.

Really I started with youtube a few years ago, which ended up getting me 3/4 million views on a comedy song called the Childbirth Song, that I performed at a concert. I was always very keen to thank everyone who left comments on that and all the other songs I made vids for and posted.

So then came facebook… again I really like to acknowledge all lovely comments. Then there was twitter, then reverbnation, then MySpace, then, then… there are only so many hours in the day to reply.

But then I read and liked the the way the book describes this all as watering your social media garden. It somehow makes it less daunting Although I am well known for being a terrible gardener, I have managed to grow some tomatoes as well as get new followers on twitter this year!

There is SO much to the social media thing that blogging about it starts my head spinning. It’s one of those things you just have to do little by little and only look at the trees and not the whole forest otherwise you could implode.

So I will keep watering. Most sites will get tended to regularly, some will wither and some will got thrown into the garbage.

If you want to find me on the internet at the places that are blooming (other than this blog!) here’s a list of the places that I regularly update and interact with.

Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

It’s also important to spend some time away from a screen, so I’m off to watch Star Wars for the 56th time with my son! :)

Last Project Q attempt for this week…

Day 5 and I’m exhausted!

I have had so many messages of support, people re posting my links and wonderful ideas! Thank you!

My last attempt for this week is a youtube vid using the great new pics that McKinnon Photography did for me.

I am aware that Jian (can I call him that?) is out here in BC this week but am hoping that when he returns and eats his chocolates that he will be so overcome by chocolately goodness that  he won’t be able to stop himself from picking up the phone and inviting me to be on the show! At least, that’s how it goes in my head ;-)

Anyway here’s the youtube link with one of my racier songs “Three’s Company”… ooh!

Have a great weekend!

You wait for a bus and 6 come at once…

Last September, when both my kids were finally in school full time, I decided to embark on the career I had secretly been hoping for, for a very long time. I have been writing songs since I was a teen and had dipped my toe into the musical waters many times but never dared to get in. But last year I decided it was time to put on the goggles and dive in.

So everyday I wrote, recorded, facebooked, youtubed, twittered, myspaced, submitted, submitted, submitted my songs to anyone who would listen to them.

I felt like I was on the right track because it wasn’t long before I had signed some non-exclusive publishing agreements. But around the new year I started working closely with pigFACTORY publishers, who wanted some of my songs exclusively. I didn’t know if this would be a temporary death sentence for my songs or the start of something good.

Fortunately it was the latter. While they were pitching my songs I was still writing, recording, facebooking… well you get the picture.

So after a year of seriously pushing my music, this week a whole truck load of good stuff arrived.

I was in the final 4 for the Singer/Songwriter Awards, placed 3rd and 5th in the International Indie Songwriting Contest,had manyof my songs hit the homepage of The Sixty One, had 2 songs delivered to the important people at some major cable networks, got an instrumental placed in a USA regional ad and have just found out that my song ‘Perfect Girl’ has been placed in a new MTV show.

I am hoping that this is not ‘just a good week’ but the start of some momentum.

I work REALLY hard at this (ask my family!) and I want to thank all the good wishes from my youtube subs, facebook friends and fans and the patient people who let me into their inbox each week with my Song of the Week.

But I especially want to thank my publishers, Keatly Halderman and the guys from pigFACTORY, for having so much faith in my music and keeping me sane.

It has been a good week.

Fun with Capo (app)

I had a new EP out and I wanted to do a video for the title track, All The Letters. My daughter suggested that I have printed cards with the alphabet on them which I thought was a neat idea but I wanted to have the effect of it looking like the film was speeded up while singing in time… hmm.

Then… my husband (a techy) told me about this computer gadget he had, called Capo, which can speed up and slow down songs without changing pitch ( it can also change pitch without changing the tempo). So I had him slow down the song to half time.

I videoed the song at this rate and then put it into imovie to speed it up to match the song…but… there is no 1/2 or 3/4 time on imovie like there is on Capo, just a gradient. What to do, what to do…

And then I had an ah ha moment. If I can speed it up so that the song is an octave higher then it will be double time… and it worked!

So I have my video on youtube and it looks kind of cool… well I like it! Check it out here.