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!
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.
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!!
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.
Scott Burnett and I had the pleasure of landing a gig last Friday evening at Match Coffee and Wine in Duvall. They feature music on Friday and Saturday nights. I was rehearsing with the Dan Sales group for the Grazies gig when Match called Dan looking for someone to fill the Friday night slot. (Thanks Dan!)
I get out to Duvall every once in a while because that is where my business PO box is. (Duvall is about 10 miles east of Woodinville where I live.) Although Match is on Duvall’s main street and has been around for about a year, I have never noticed it. That is due primarily to a town ordinance that prohibits the size of signs in the “historic” part of town, which must be frustrating for the business owners, I’m sure.
So, I’m spreading the word! Drive out to Duvall. If you’re coming from Woodinville (on the aptly named Woodinville-Duvall road) hang a right and you’ll find Match on the right in the building just after the gas station. If you pass Cherry St. you’ve missed it.
The place has a cool, warm vibe. The owners Jolene and Charlie Chase are great people. They have wireless internet, delicious food, specials on wine, happy hour from 4-6, wine tasting classes, and various events. Check out their website.
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.
Enjoy this 1998 collaboration with Scott Burnett, a piece called “Via Negativa”. He was in the midst of working on a release called “Lingua Franca” and wanted to create something for the second half of the record. I was living in Temecula, CA at the time and had him down to work on my first solo record. While he was there we also worked on this. It features his guitars, penny whistle, a mountain dulcimer my dad built, some synth pads, and Hammerhead, (one of the earliest drum loop software programs). In addition to mixing this behemoth, Tom Hall played bass guitar. (Tom mixed my “Passage” release last year. See sidebar.)
Scott is also a wonderful artist, and the image above is of one of his pieces, “Line Study 23”.
All of the tracks for “Lingua Franca” are available on his site at http://http://www.lifeisontheground.com/m-u-s-i-c.html and also be sure to check out his wonderful artwork.
My guitar-slinging buddy Scott Burnett has been my partner in music-making crime for close to 30 years. We have written a lot of songs together, I did session work for him back when he was a music producer, we can usually be spotted gigging together, and lately we have been collaborating on a light-jazz/latin/easy-listening/perfect-for-wine-swilling CD.
Meanwhile, he has been gradually establishing himself as an artist. I don’t recall when he started painting, but it’s been at least several years, and he has been getting serious about it the last two years. I don’t know much about art, but his work reminds me a little of Kandinsky or Klimpt given Scott’s penchant for building larger pieces out of small geometrical shapes.
If you are in the Seattle area you simply must visit Cafe Lulu (on Latona and N 65th) and check out his art up close and personal. Here are pictures of his art featured on its walls. And have a great espresso drink prepared with love and care. You can see more of Scott’s art on his web page lifeisontheground.com.
I had Scott Burnett over last Friday. We’re working on an album, so we spent some time throwing some of our ideas down in Ableton Live. He brought along his parlor guitar from the late 1800’s, but since it has no pickup, I suggested he just grab my guitar so he can plug in directly as opposed to having to mic him in another room.
My guitar is a bottom-of-the-barrel Jean Larivee which I purchased new from Guitar Center back in 1998 for about $700. I was immediately impressed with its bright tone, and after about three years, a whole new dimension of warm entered in. Although piano has always been my main instrument, I have dabbled off and on with guitar for the past 20 years, and have done a lot of songwriting with it. I think “Sing Lord Sing” was one of the first, and has always been my favorite.
The reason I say I “miss” my Larivee is that after Scott left on Friday, I picked up the guitar to put it away, but not before giving it a few strums. I have all but abandoned any serious attempts at progressing as a guitar player, so I rarely play. But oh how it sounds!! I just had to take a picture of it, being the era of documenting everything and splashing it across the webscape.
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