Top Ten Artist!

For the second week in a row I’ve been notified that I’ve hit ReverbNation’s Top Ten Artists List! It’s slightly less dramaticc than it sounds: it’s the Top Ten Local for Houston. On the other hand, Houston is the fourth largest city in the US, as well as being one of the fastest growing. Woo-hoo! I confess to being somewhat baffled, however. Elated, but baffled. I don’t have a new release right now, so what’s driving it is a mystery to me. I’ve been picking up fans on the social networks, not huge numbers, but a bit of a bump. And so far, no shout-outs to let me know why the sudden interest. The last time this happened a new fan told me that a freebie track I did had been used in a documentary! So, to new fans, a big hearty “thanks and wecome to the site”. Also, drop a conment if you know the reason for the local buzz! I’m glad you enjoy the music! That’s why I make it. πŸ˜€

New Video: The Beach At Dawn

Here’s a little video I did for “The Beach At Dawn” to start off your Friday—or weekend—on the right foot. It’s from my Sand In My Shoes EP. A nice little bit of summer fun in the sun.

I had an unusual situation editing the video: I kept zoning out while I was reviewing and editing the video…dreaming beach dreams. πŸ™‚ Independence Day is coming up next week. If you can’t get away to the beach, soak up the video like I did and grab some beachy music, like Sand In My Shoes! (Available in most online stores, such as iTunes, myspace, Amazon mp3 and Napster.)Β Liner notes for Sand In My Shoes.

Have a great summer, everyone! πŸ˜€

First Day of Spring: New Rainmaker tracks

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, the vernal equinox.Β  We’ve had a lot of rain this spring already (unlike last year’s drought which started early), so I’ve been making new field recordings for the Rainmaker project. To “ring in spring” I had some fun playing in the rain with kitchen mixing bowls for about a minute of ringing raining percussion. Not to everyone’s taste, but it was fun! πŸ™‚ Of more general appeal is “Lazy Rainy Day”, which is nearly five minutes of nice fat rain with some distant rumbles of thunder. If you listen closely you can occasionally hear a blue jay calling in the background. “Ringing In Spring” and “Lazy Rainy Day” along with other Rainmaker tracks can be downloaded free from the Downloads page. Splash into Spring and enjoy! πŸ˜€

Spring Cleaning on the blog

The website reorganization is mostly complete. I still need to reorganize the blog’s categories and tags as well as sort through older posts, restoring those that are still relevant. The blog is only a small part of the site; one goal of the reorganization was to move the blog from the prominent homepage spot and have a proper homepage. Also to get rid of that clunky splash page at the domain home. The transition up one directory wasn’t as smooth as I’d have liked. The blog’s comments were a casualty, unfortunately. πŸ™ The site is otherwise in good shape. I dropped a couple of superfluous pages and spiffied up a few things. I’ll be adding some of the older blog posts as time permits, but I may no longer archive all the old newsletters here.

I’ve got new music tumbling around in my head, so given the choice between doing music and cleaning up old posts, I’ll take music any day! And don’t forget…I’m also working on the sequel to my popular mystery, The Malice Plant. πŸ˜€ If you see anything that I really need to do on the site, please tweet me or comment, otherwise I’ll just sift through the blog’s archive file at my leisure, restoring a bit here and there.

Here is the new RSS feed for this site:

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Website Reorg: RSS Feed will change

In the very near future (maybe next week, not sure yet) this website will undergo a reorganization. We’re getting rid of the superfluous landing page at the domain name and moving the whole site up one directory. If you’re subscribed to this blog using an rss feedreader, you will need to get the new rss URL because the old one will go dead. (Ditto for anything you’ve bookmarked.)

The site will be down (I hope only briefly) and then pop back up with the homepage at Internal links here will initially be dead, but they’ll be fixed as fast as humanly possible. I’ll tweet when the reorg is happening and when the site is sorted out. Since many of you follow the blog in a feedreader I wanted to give you a heads-up. If you’re not already following my Twitter feed, @Gymshoes_, now would be a good time to start! πŸ˜‰

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Halloween Soundscape: Dark Ambient Music for Halloween

As Halloween draws near and you’re reading spooky stories, decorating, and preparing to unsettle unwary trick-or-treaters, grab some Halloween Soundscape tracks to set the mood. This isn’t some cheesy sound effects album—this is something you can listen to! πŸ˜€ I’ve piped it outside on Halloween night (gave the trick or treaters goosebumps), played it in the background inside, curled up reading a scary book with Halloween Soundscapeon the stereo. It’s an evocative Halloween soundtrack for whatever your plans are.

Try Before You Buy
You can stream the full Halloween Soundscape album in the sidebar. Read the liner notes as you listen. It’s available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, Napster, Rhapsody and mySpace Music.

If you already have my Halloween Soundscape album don’t forget to Share the links above with your friends! Or Share this post with the buttons at the bottom of the post!

Here’s a playlist of a couple of videos I did for Halloween Soundscape. New video: “The Monster Lives”! Note: The actual track for “The Witching Time” is much longer than the music in the video.) Track length is one of the things that makes Halloween Soundscape such a bargain: the tracks are long, but album price is set based on the number of tracks, not the length of the album, so it’s a steal. πŸ™‚

New Video: The Monster Lives

I’ve done a new video for a track on my Halloween Soundscape album. This is one of the more subdued tracks on this spooky ambient album. Though the original inspiration for “The Monster Lives” was Frankenstein’s monster, the music works well for “sea monsters”, too!

Put on the headphones, turn out the lights and enjoy! πŸ˜€

The “season” for Halloween Soundscape is short and it takes time for this video to percolate through the networks so… Please, share! πŸ˜€

If you haven’t heard/bought Halloween Soundscape, you can stream the full album (hopefully as a prelude to buying it!) in the sidebar. Read the liner notes as you listen.