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Getting It

Wow, the CD release concert is behind me. And it was everything I wanted it to be and more. The two words that popped up in people’s comments to me afterwards were “joy” and “epic”. I couldn’t be more pleased. That means that people are “getting it”. They are getting what my music is about and it came across in the live performance. I am currently having a professional bio written for me, and similar sentiments are showing up in his description of my music after listening to my CD.

It’s about Joy.

I didn’t know what to expect Friday night. We were hoping to get 100 and really wanted to fill the seats (120) and it looks like we got around 140. I didn’t know if my instrumental set would bore people. The opposite happened. The audience was ecstatic. They gave us a standing ovation at the end.

I am mostly without words to describe how pleased I am. This is taking on cosmic proportions to me right now. I am SO energized to figure out how to get more opportunities for live performances, SO energized to work on new material. I am very encouraged.

Thank you for getting it! And for all your support!!

Enjoy the slideshow…

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Photos by Laurie Eickhoff Ascanio at www.lifephotographynw.com

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Where’s Kelly? (ep. 3214)

Yeah, I know I haven’t been blogging much lately. And when I venture out of my man cave and interact with people in the real world, they tell me “hey, I’ve been really enjoying reading your blog”, so I figured perhaps I should at least blog about why I haven’t been blogging lately, just in case people are curious. Truth is: I’ve been really busy. “Busy doing what?” perhaps you did or did not ask. This particular chapter of everything about my latest CD “Passage” is about ready to close with two main events.

The first, which took a long time to prepare, is my upcoming CD Release Concert next Friday, Nov 18 at Fremont Abbey Arts Center. (Get tickets here.) It is a joint release concert with good friend Jessica Ketola, who’s CD “Sea of Tears” also just came out. If you are in the Seattle area, please come to the show. This will be fun!! We rehearsed my set on Monday and I am quite pumped about it, the musicians I recruited are going to do a great job. They will also back up Jess and I know they will do her material proud. There are a lot of little details that still need to be firmed up, just like any event. I’m planning on audio and video recording the concert as well. If you are thinking of coming to show and have a digicam and tripod  you would be willing to lend for the event, I am thinking of setting up a few and just leaving them on.

The other piece of the puzzle is the kickoff of my 3-month PR campaign through Ariel Publicity. If you recall, I entered a contest last year blogging about my adventures working through the book “Music Success in Nine Weeks”. I wanted to wait until Passage was released before I started the campaign. As I was filling out all the intake data, I realized I wasn’t satisfied with any of my self-authored bio material, so I hired a professional bio writer through them. I just got the first draft back for review. So, sometime in the next couple of weeks we will start the campaign, just in time for Christmas. I plan to blog about it.

Once all the craziness dies down, I will be more aware of humorous things to take pictures of and blog about. Or… does the craziness ever really die down?

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Mylo Xyloto – First Impressions

Yep. I’m a big Coldplay fan. I was one of those who “eagerly awaited” their latest release Mylo Xyloto on Monday. Not so eagerly that I stood in line for days in the freezing sleet–rather, I swung by the local target on Wednesday to pick it up while shopping for “active wear”. Trying to stay active this winter–therefore, I need something to keep me warm in the freezing sleet. But I digress…

I have heard Mylo Xyloto through about three times. Before I add qualifying remarks, I must say I just LOVE it! Coldplay is one of those bands that can indulge in overproduction–and it works! Being a keyboardist, I love the shimmering digital synths up close and personal in the mixes. (Digital sounding synths, mind you, not those digital make ’em sound like analog synths.) And the groove on “Paradise”: spectacular! These boys know how to deliver a hook, loud and proud!

Standout tracks for me are “Every Teardrop a Waterfall”, “Paradise”, “Hurts Like Heaven”, and I’m captivated by the haunting “Up Against the World”:

Oh morning come bursting, the clouds, Amen.
Lift off this blindfold, let me see again.

I must say, the inclusion of the duet with Rihanna, “Princess of China” feels like pandering to the BIG RECORD COMPANY. Still a great song, it seems out of place to me.

At third blush, Mylo Xyloto still feels like a wall of sound–an excellent wall of sound, mind you–but I don’t find it breathes quite as nicely as Viva La Vida, which I consider to be their finest record. But Viva La Vida is a hard act to follow–Life in Technicolor is one of my all-time favorite pieces of music, so much so that I simply had to put some hammered dulcimer somewhere on my album, Passage.

So, if you love Coldplay, you should definitely…. oh what am I saying? I if you love Coldplay, you probably already bought a copy.

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CD Release Concert!!

YES! I am most pleased to say that we have a date and venue set for my CD release concert. Hooray!!

Get out your calendar: It is Friday, November 18th at Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the show begins at 8 PM. Get set for an evening of great music, beverages, and snacks–all in a place with great ambience.


But wait! Not one, but two concerts in one! We were most happy to get Fremont Abbey as it was top on our list of places to hold the event. To get the venue, we teamed up with our good friend and fellow recording artist Jessica Ketola who was also planning her CD release party around the same time and checking out Fremont Abbey herself. If you haven’t heard Jessica’s awesome debut release, it is called “Sea of Tears” and available for previewing/purchasing on her website.

This will be great fun to celebrate two CD releases together, especially for the many fans and supporters we have in common. (And you know who you are!)

We are also pleased to feature the paintings of two local artists, Scott Burnett and Julie Nagel.

Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance where you can purchase here.

CD Release Concert
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle
Nov 18, 2011
7:30 pm doors open
$8 advance / $10 door

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I Love PCC!

Yes, I am rather fond of our local natural food chain, Puget Consumer Co-Op. I believe they are the best in the country. I went there for lunch the other day after my workout. They always have a nice variety in their soup bar. The one in Kirkland is the second store they opened and is one of my faves. I wrote about this elsewhere, but there are certain places that just enhance my mood. Just look at the magazine rack! There have to be a few publications in there that review wellness-related music. I need to send them a copy of Passage and see if they’ll review it.

Can you think of any magazines about wellness, health, mind/body, spirituality, etc. that review relaxation music? If so, I would love to hear your suggestions. Namaste! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) :-)

The Houghton (Kirkland) store.

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Has anyone seen my lens cap?

Okay, the title is misleading. To be precise, it’s not my lens cap, as it is from my wife, Merrilyn’s camera, a Canon D60. It was I, however, that somehow misplaced it when I took the picture of my new CD “Passage”. Here is the picture and clearly there it is on the table which I further pointed this out via my high-tech graphic capability in Photoshop.

So, what happened to it? I don’t think it disappeared out of thin air. However, we live fairly close to the technology corridor of Redmond/Bellevue/Seattle. Who knows what kind of secret experiments are being conducted? So while I do not believe the lens cap disappeared  per se, I am open to the possibility of it being misplaced due to some quantum physics teleportation experiment gone awry. By the way, I always think it’s best to keep an open mind. And to also throw a little Latin at the end of a sentence, such as per se. And to start sentences with the word “and” which is grammatically incorrect but all sorts of people do it anyway and I am one of those sorts of people. Obviously.

Perhaps you’re wondering if this missing lens cap story was just a ruse of mine to write yet another post about my new CD being available for purchase here. Well, yes and no. No, I really am missing the lens cap and I may have to purchase its replacement if I don’t find it soon. But yes, I chose to waste precious cyberspace resources to obliquely plug my new CD. Yep, you caught me red handed, per se.

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