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Another Project Wrapped Up

Mission accomplished! I have finished off another music project and it feels good. Scott Burnett and I collaborated on a “light instrumental jazz” CD called “A Glass of Summer” and we had our CD Release Party last Saturday. Thank you to all who came out all the way to Duvall to party with us. We had a great time!

I just put the CD up for sale on my website kellycarpentermusic.com. The introductory price per CD for this first batch is $8 (plus shipping). We will have some music downloads available soon and it will be available on iTunes in a couple of weeks. Here’s a video sampler of the songs on the CD. Enjoy!

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CD Release & Party, Saturday, August 4th

I am very pleased to announce that my collaboration with Scott Burnett, titled “A Glass of Summer”, is currently being manufactured. Woo hoo!! Here are the particulars:

  • Check out the groovy cover that Scott Burnett painted. ->>
  • We expect to have it in our hot little hands by August 1st.
  • On Saturday, August 4th, we will have a CD Release Party atMatch Coffee & Wine in Duvall, WA. First set begins at 7:30 PM.
  • This is a limited release. Only 100 are being manufactured. It will first be made available at the release party.
  • After August 4th, we will make a limited quantity of CDs available through my website (kellycarpentermusic.com) as well as CD Baby. At that time, the album will also be available for download from my site and CD Baby.
  • By mid-to-late August, the album will be available for download via iTunes, Amazon, etc., as well as streaming via Rhapsody.

All to say, if you wish to get your hands on a CD, your best bet is to come to the party at Match Coffee & Wine in Duvall. We will be playing our usual fare of light jazz and pop standards, spontaneous jams, and originals from 7:30 to 10:30. But included in our sets will be all the songs from our new CD.

The place has great atmosphere and the owners, Jolene & Charlie, are nice people. (They seem to like us, so they keep asking us back!) They have great food, wine, beer, and coffee (the latter for those who want to stay up all night). Why not enjoy a panini or cheese plate along with a bordeaux?

Here’s a link with directions to Match Coffee & Wine.

And here is a link to the Event Announcement on Facebook. Feel free to share with your friends.

Video Sampler

And without further adieu, here is a YouTube video I just put up, featuring a sampler of all the songs on the release, about 20 seconds apiece.

Please liberally share the video and the announcement with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, whatever… It’s gonna be a PARTY!!

Hope to see you there! Cheers!!

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Where’s Kelly? episode #19885

Every once in a while, when I haven’t been blogging much lately, I feel compelled to provide an update on my life. This is because I have found out from people that they actually read (and enjoy) my blog posts. Apparently people are interested in my posts about random stuff like my gardening and cooking projects, my attempts at getting a music career going, funny signs and earthy humor. And who doesn’t like a little earthy humor now and then?

So what have I been up to? A lot of catching up. My music partner Scott Burnett and I have been working on a “light jazz” EP titled “A Glass of Summer”. (It’s actually more of an “MP” since it’s about 30 minutes in length.) Our original plans were to have this in the can by early June, but then my 88-year old dad got real sick and Scott went and got a real day job (the nerve of him!). I am happy to say that the project is finally mixed and almost finished being mastered. And now all we need to do is design the graphics and send it off for duplication. Check out the groovy cover art that Scott has been painting. This is the latest picture taken of it, but he is still working on it.

Now that the CD project is winding down and summer has finally come to the Pacific Northwest, I have plenty of house and yard projects to catch up on. Summer here is so beautiful once the sun comes out–and stays out.

By the way, if you live in the Seattle area, Scott and I will be performing at Match Coffee and Wine in Duvall starting at 7:30. Actually, even if you don’t live in the Seattle area, we’ll still be performing there. (tee hee)

Perhaps you are wondering why this particular episode is number 19885. That happens to be the number of days since I was born. It took a while to go through all the calendars and count up the days. Just kidding! Of course, all I  had to do was google “days from birth calculator” and sure enough, there were several sites out there. The one I used can be found at http://www.easycalculation.com/date-day/age-calculator.php. You should try it. Let me know how many days you have been around.

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Working on the Scott Burnett/Kelly Carpenter Project

Scott and I are currently working on a CD which we’re planning to release sometime in June. One of the songs we have named “Catalonia”, a region in Spain, since it has a somewhat flamenco feel. This started out as an idea of Scott’s, and we have fleshed it out considerably over the last few weeks. But when we were first laying down the skeleton rhythm track on my MacBook at Scott’s apartment, I thought to capture some of his playing a scratch guitar track on my cell phone. I only got about 20 seconds of video.

We started out by creating a rudimentary drum/percussion part in Ableton Live, along with backbeat marimba and bass, and then while listening to it on his headphones, he recorded his guitar into a Sony digital recorder. I then took his recording and imported it into Live. A few weeks later when we listened to it at my house, we were amazed at how good everything sounded. It does lend credence to the idea of creating sounds on a laptop, for if you can get it to sound good there, it should sound good just about anywhere.

Since then, we re-recorded the guitar using a better mic and preamp and have added more parts, but the humble beginnings of this track were fun to document. Here are some pictures Scott took of us working on the project last week at my little studio.

A chart of the melody for the “B” section.

Throwing on a little piano.

Knee deep in Ableton Live.

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