I have, at different times over the years, had a blog on my website. Somewhere along the way I stop posting because I think there's just not enough to say on a continuous basis to keep one going. But I also don't seem to issue a newsletter often enough to keep folks regularly informed of what is going on with my music. So let's try this again...a blog; maybe I will keep it going this time.

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Bold Move - No More CDs (sort of) 

I am making a bold decision that has actually taken me several years to finalize.

A friend of mine suggested, based on his own experience, that rather than get my CDs manufactured in the typical way - packaged in a jewel case with all the usual fixin's - to just get the disc made and then package that in a clear vinyl slipcover.

For a long time I have opposed that idea because I felt that someone buying a CD would want more than just the disc; they'd want the pretty pictures and liner notes too. I do think this is still the way folks who buy CDs like to get them.

But now my decision is being made on the declining CD sales over the past few years. Honestly, I sell about 10 CDs per year. Whoa! Yeah, I stayed with my belief that folks who enjoy my music would more likely buy a CD than listen to my music via streaming services. However that has not been true for at least five years.

So I am finally deciding that my albums, in CD format, will be self-packaged in a recycled cardboard jacket like shown below. I will include liner notes too, printed at home and cut into size, on recycled paper. On the front side of the disc jacket I will write my name and album title. The CD will still be professionally manufactured.

I hope no one wanting to purchase a CD will be turned off by this new way of packaging. It kind of makes it more unique. :)

Currently there is a special offer on my website to get my first two albums, Clearly and The View From Here, in their original packaging for only $5 with free shipping. Of my other albums, there are a few copies of each available in their original (jewel case) packaging too. Once these are sold I will be switching over to the new packaging.

"First" will be my next album.  

My "first love" of guitar tone is the nylon strings of a classical guitar. For the first time I will record using only a nylon string guitar; something I have wanted to do for many years. I thought I might not find that "voice" again, but it's been stirring within me for so long I now need to do this. There are already enough compositions written to fill the album. I may also include piano and strings if a song benefits from it. It's going to be quite a mellow album. My goal is for an mid 2018 release date. Recording will begin soon!

No, I'm Not on Social Media... 

...and I'm happy. :)

I tried Facebook for a while, that was several years ago. Although my page received a good response I just never felt right about it because it was being used only to promote my music, something I had read that indie musicians should do. Doing all those "buy this now" or "free for your email address" posts wasn't my heart, I didn't like the pushy promotional aspect. I much more enjoy getting emails from folks or conversing with them at a performance than anticipating purchase responses to my dumb posts.

I never tried Twitter; though I thought about it for a few minutes. It seems like it's too much to keep up with. And that's the thing about social media - it would require so much time to stay continually visible. Heck, I don't even send out a newsletter but once or maybe twice a year. How could I come up with enough content to tweet every day or several times a day!?

Could it be that I'm just lazy? Nah! I would rather get an email from you, or talk with you in person at one of my performance (though that's only possible if you're in SoCal [for now]). I'm happy not being on social media. :)

When It Began 

Recently I was remembering when music first started becoming something of interest in my life. It actually began with a tape recorder, not an instrument. I don't remember if it was my mom or myself that bought the Radio Shack cassette recorder I once had; one with a built-in speaker and little hand-held mic, an early 70's model. I used to sit in front of our TV, point the mic toward the speaker on the television and record the theme songs of shows. Yeah, I was weird. Somehow though this little activity provided the impetus for becoming the one to handle the production and mixing processes on my music projects. 

Confession Time 

I have struggled whether I should reveal that I have a regular day job. Why would this be a struggle? Pride. And because most of us (indie) musicians want to be perceived as being so successful with our music that we're making a living at it, without the need of any other kind of work. I am very blessed to have royalties income from my music but it's not enough to sustain a household, and may never be. Honestly, that's okay because I am so happy that my music continues to be heard around the world. So that you know, by day I am a Programmer Analyst. But I will always be a composer of the music I record, for you, the listeners. Whew! I'm glad I have fessed up now. :)