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A New Old Christmas

As previously announced, I’m releasing a new Christmas CD – A New Old Christmas.

A New Old Christmas

This consists of several familiar carols and holiday favorites set in some new ways. It contains a variety of styles so there is sure to have titles that everyone will like. This would be a good album for the family to pop into the CD player or a new tablet or sound system on Christmas and enjoy.

The most interesting piece from a technical standpoint is “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” For that piece, I had about 15 people speak the phrase My Merry Christmas Petunia which I recorded. From those individual recordings, I did some sound design work and created all the instruments and sound effects that are heard in the song. All the drums, all the melody and accompaniment instruments and the various sound effects were made from parts of that single phrase being spoken.

The CD is a full-blown CD available in digital format and in physical format. It will be available in late October from such places as CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and more. It can also be listened to on Spotify, Rhapsody and other music streaming sites.

Please pass the word on to your friends and family about the album. I could use all the help I can get to publicize this album. The album contents:

  • Christmas Meditation
  • Away In A Manger
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Jingle Bells
  • A Classical Christmas Piece
  • Joy To The World
  • What Child Is This
  • Christmas Medley
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • About the making of We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • Christmas Medley Electronic version (Bonus)

Update post & Christmas Album announcement

I’m not sure if anyone actually reads this or not, but I hope someone does.

I wanted to let those that are interested know that I’m still around & busy with music projects. That’s one reason I’ve not posted in a while.

The main reason I’ve not posted is that I’m not getting any feedback or comments on any of my articles. My iPad apps article gets a bit of feedback, but there’s really nothing more I can say about music iPad apps. What else would you like me to write about?

I’ve been working much of the summer on music for my first ever Christmas Album. I’m looking at 10 titles, maybe 11 or 12. The styles will range from traditional, almost classical orchestral settings of carols to some rather eclectic electronic sounds. One will be pretty close to an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) version of Jingle Bells. Wait till you hear that. What could go wrong with a classically trained pianist & composer doing EDM?

You can now listen to three of my albums on YouTube.

The website is back to how it was pre-July 2012. My experiment with giving away my music and asking for donations ended earlier in the summer. My music is commercially competitive enough that I should be charging for it. After all, making a living as a musician is what I’m trying to do. I can’t eat if I don’t make money, so I’m back to charging.

For those that would like to help me and get something back in return, it would be most appreciated. See the how to help me page for details.

I’m still looking for a publicist, manager or agent to help me promote my sheet music, 6 albums and me as a musician.

I also have openings for anyone who would like to take lessons via Skype or here in the Gainesville, Micanopy, Ocala area of North Florida.

Feedback, comments. I need it.

(Please ignore any ads on this page. I didn’t put them there. I don’t make money from them. I don’t endorse them.)

Latest News

News

A quick post to let everyone know what’s new. A few new titles on the website, some new mp3 files and sheet music to one of those recordings. See this link for more information. A reminder, if you are a composer/arranger or a recording artist who would like another opportunity to sell your music, we are accepting submissions for publication. See the website for details.

See our other posts for the latest YouTube videos. I am soliciting suggestions for future videos. What would you like to see? Some categories I have in mind are: Music theory; Native Instruments Komplete 8; Reaper DAW; Sibelius 7; Slide shows with my original music as background music; All about scales; piano lesson related. What do you think?

In addition to the recordings and sheet music at the website, I play organ for and direct a choir at a local small church. See the 1611 KJV blog entry for more. That is keeping me busy with our involvement in the christmas music program that a number of churches put on for the community. It is little more than 5 or 6 churches getting together and singing some Christmas music for one another. I’ve heard some people say it is the greatest community music event they’ve heard (they don’t get out much) and even one person, a professional musician from the Netherlands comment that she had never imagined choirs could sound so bad. But, whether it’s the greatest thing since sliced toast or the worse things since ?, it and all the special music that goes into the Advent & Christmas keeps me busy and away from doing YouTube videos or getting new material on the website.

I welcome feedback as to what you’d like to see in the way of new sheet music, new recordings, YouTube videos, piano lessons, etc. Please leave a comment.