Spring: when the Gymshoes are in bloom

Got an e-mail from a friend yesterday—all three Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes now! I’m in the process of getting my albums into online stores and they’re springing up sporadically like wildflowers all over the place, but should be in all stores by the end of March, first week in April at the latest.Β  These three albums— Lost In The Mix, Halloween Soundscape, and 3 EPs—will be available from: iTunes US, Canada, UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan; Amazon mp3, Napster, and Rhapsody (which includes iLike).

Here’s what you can find where, right now: iTunes has Lost In The Mix, Halloween Soundscape, and the new album 3 EPs, which is a compilation of 3 early EPs.Β Napster also has all three albums.Β Amazon mp3 has 3 EPs and Halloween Soundscape. Rhapsody just has Halloween Soundscape so far.

I suppose I should’ve made a fuss about the new release, 3 EPs, but it’s a compilation of previous releases, so a bunch of ballyhoo about it seems silly. Not that it isn’t good music. It is. πŸ™‚ So there. Maybe I’ll holler about it later.

At present the EP, A Tropical Depression, is still available through BlastMyMusic, with all profits going to the American Red Cross.

Right now I’m hustling to get links for the stores up everywhere: mirror site, myspace, Facebook, etc. Cleaning up some pages and probably going to do a bit of reorganization and yes, maybe even redesign on the official Gymshoes site and mirror site. A bit of spring cleaning as music blooms all over the ‘net. So pardon my cyberdust, it’s probably just pollen. πŸ˜‰

Download Benefits Red Cross

I’ve added A Tropical Depression to the store interface. (On this mirror site you’ll click through to buy.) Profits from the sale of those songs will benefit the American Red Cross. I talked to Buzz (who sings on two of the tracks) and he was enthusiastic about the idea. πŸ™‚ Three of the songs were written right after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the other was done right after the Indonesian tsunami, so releasing the songs for sale to benefit a disaster relief organization is very much in keeping with what moved me to write the songs in the first place. The recent flooding in the midwest has strained the Red Cross’s resources; the disaster is being compared to the devastation of hurricane Katrina. The Red Cross has said it needs $35 million to meet the needs of that disaster alone—and we’re not even halfway through hurricane season.

Right now those four songs are at the top as “Featured Songs”. Even if you already have the songs—please tell everyone you know—and donate to the Red Cross. Let’s make a difference.

The Great Midwest Flood of 2008

The flooding in the midwest this summer is being compared to the inundation of Hurricane Katrina. Many people have lost their homes and livihoods, farmers have lost crops, the devastation is widespread and catastrophic. The American Red Cross is on the scene, but doesn’t have the resources to adequately cover something of this magnitude. As with Hurricane Katrina, they desperately need donations. They are facing a short-fall of 35 million dollars. Please give to the American Red Cross, so that they can give to those who need their help so urgently right now. Thanks.

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A Tropical Depression Revisited

I’ve rearranged the music streaming in the sidebar. It’s now in chronological order, newest first, except, since we just passed the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina I’ve moved the “hurricane” songs from that project up to the top. I’ll probably leave the track order like this for a while. You can download the tracks and read the liner notes. Unfortunately, much of the damage to the Gulf Coast states (including areas in Texas hit by Rita, such as my hometown) has not been repaired. πŸ™ I had thought that two years after Katrina and Rita that these songs would’ve been totally “yesterday” and outdated. It’s sad and disheartening that they aren’t.

Again, I can never thank Buzzingstrings (aka Rick Ellis) enough for his vocal on “Whirlybirds” and “Hotel Me”.

A Tropical Depression Released Today!

The 5 song EP, A Tropical Depression, is now available on the Download page. Liner notes have been up for about a week and a half now. They can be read here or saved as a text file in your folder with the music. Lyrics are included. Please comment on the new music here or in the thread in The Gym. 😎

Rain Suite

Hello, everyone!

Rainy Day Music We’ve had a lot of rainy days this summer which has inspired a couple of new pieces of music. Or one new piece. Your choice. The piece is divided into two sections, each the length of full song. You can download both pieces (“Lowering Clouds”, 5:07 min., 9.37 meg. and “Sweet Rain”, 5:49 min., 10.6 meg.) separately or download the one long piece (“Rain Suite”, 10:56 min., 20 meg.) in which the two pieces are joined with no fade out and a bit of extra instrumentation. While I wouldn’t call the music ambient, it’s also not pop, rock or dance. There are some crunchy bits, some rhythmic bits, some melodic bits. Think of it as mood music for an overcast rainy day. I’ve had this project on the burner so long that it’s seen me through a number of rainy days. It pops into my head when the skies darken and distant thunder rumbles. As always, you are hearing the music before I officially release it. I’ll release the new music to the general public September 19th.

At the time I was composing this we were having normal rainy days: it’s coincidental that the final mix and release of the music fell around the time of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I’m working on new music that is related specifically to these events.

If you haven’t already…Please contribute to the American Red Cross. You can make a donation by credit card using this secure form on their site: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp. Select Hurricane Disaster Relief from a list on that page. Or you can call them at 1-800-HELP-NOW. (1-800-435-7669). Please mention Hurricane Disaster Relief when you make your contribution. For more donation options go to: http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html where the Red Cross has options for donating spare change, stock, inkind products, & airline miles. This page also has information on tax deductions, companies who make matching donations, etc. Scam Warning: There are numerous e-mail/website scams involving disaster relief efforts, including some that are purportedly “Red Cross”—and look legitimate. Always check the URL. If it’s the Red Cross it will be www.redcross.org. Never send personal or financial information in an e-mail.

New Year, New Music

Hello, everyone!

A new year means new music. I have not been idle. I am working on new music…I hope to have a new collection of songs out by summer.

Wave, Goodbye: When the tsumani in the Indian Ocean hit the shores of India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia it also swept across the global village, cutting a swath through cyberspace, leaving blogs abandoned, e-mails unread, and discussion boards anxious for the familiar names and faces of friends, acquaintances, and strangers who vanished in the wave or in the chaotic aftermath. I don’t know what to say, so I’ve been creating music.

I don’t want to capitalize on this tragedy; I’ve spent the past week working on this piece because that’s where my mind and heart have been. I don’t know if I will eventually include this piece of music on my Download page; I haven’t decided. I need more distance from it. In the meantime, I felt like I should make this available to the core Gymshoes fans, some of whom, like me, feel the effects of the tsunami keenly because of people we know in cyberspace who were there when the wave hit.

You can contribute to the Tsunami victims relief effort by donating to The Red Cross.