I’ve now got an artist profile on iTunes Ping! You can follow me there: http://c.itunes.apple.com/us/profile/id-14812. Do you use Ping? What sort of updates do you want from me on Ping? How often? Do you use it like you do social networking? Let me know how (or if) you use Ping. Otherwise I’m just going to wing it. 🙂 As on other social networks, I have the option of following you back (or at least I think I do), so I’ll check in there periodically and maybe follow you back. See ya there! 😀
You can now follow this Gymshoes blog via the Networked Blogs app on Facebook. It’s a half million blogs strong and growing! Check it out…while not all your favorite blogs will be there, if you’re on Facebook a lot, it’s a fast easy way to keep up with the ones that are—like both of my blogs. The links below will take you to the Networked Blogs Facebook page for them. You need to have a Facebook account to use this feedreader.
Follow via Networked Blogs:
- This Gymshoes blog
- A Truant Disposition (My author blog as Ainy Rainwater is more personal, very laid back, and very eclectic in content.)
Obviously, if you’re reading this you already have the URL or feed for this Gymshoes blog. 🙂 The URL for A Truant Disposition is: http://truantdisposition.com and the feed is: http://truantdisposition.com/?feed=rss2
Music: I’ve started working on a new ambient piece of music which I intend to offer free on this site when I get it finished. I’m limiting my time working on it right now because I need to work on the sequel to my mystery novel — and electronica can be just as much a time sink as writing. 😉 I just don’t want you to think that I’ve gone off music just because my old novels are coming out as ebooks and I’m following up on some of them. 🙂 I’ve got a couple of music projects going: it just takes a while to finish them up! 🙂
The new year has gotten off to a good start with Gymshoes music being added to two new stores. You can now buy my music from iTunes Mexico (in addition to a whole bunch of other international iTunes stores). Also, Tunecore has finally gotten an agreement with myspace Music so that indie artists on small labels (like me!) can now distribute/sell their songs from their myspace profiles.
Since a lot of people find me through myspace, this convenience will probably result in more sales, but I have to admit what I’m really excited about is that ALL my released songs are now available in their entirety (even the very long ones that myspace balked at uploading). So you can browse and stream everything now. 🙂 I no long have to agonize over which songs I put in the music player ’cause you can hear them all by clicking the “Albums” tab at the bottom of the player. The songs displayed by default in the player are ones I upload, so the list will include unreleased tracks from time to time, and new releases will show up there before they’re added to Albums.
A word about Playlists…With the addition of my music to the myspace music store, it means that my songs will always be there. If you don’t want the songs you add to your playlists to disappear when songs in the player are changed, please Add songs to your playlists from the Albums in the Albums tab. That way they’ll always be there. 🙂
Finally, in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, I urge you to donate to http://www.redcross.org. All profits from my 2006 album, A Tropical Depression go to benefit The Red Cross. Whether you buy the album or not, please donate to the Red Cross. Thank you.
First newsletter from the new mailer! Thanks for making the switch with me. 🙂 Though newsletters won’t usually be hitting your Inbox weekly, it’s been a busy week…
I’ve got a limited time sneak preview of five new tracks from my upcoming release Sand In My Shoes, on Facebook (Boxes tab at the bottom), myspace and ReverbNation. (Artwork is temporary, btw.) Sand In My Shoes will be released by Idiolith in spring 2010, or early summer at the latest. Get a little taste of summer before winter sets in and check out the new music! 🙂
I’ve got lots of news. I apologize for not keeping up with the newsletters. There should be more timely newsletters in the future because I’m changing my newsletter mailing list to ReverbNation! (New newsletters will have better formatting, too!) To continue getting this newsletter, click this “opt in” link: http://www.reverbnation.com/gymshoes?add_email=true
Please “opt in” if you want to continue receiving the newsletter! I don’t want to lose any of you in the transition!
Add a little Reverb: In addition to joining ReverbNation, I also have Bebo profile now via ReverbNation. If you have a Bebo acct you can add Gymshoes music to your profile: http://apps.bebo.com/my-band/artist/gymshoes. 🙂
Streaming Music: I once again have streaming widgets, with all my music, courtesy of Tunecore. You can listen to full tracks of all songs in the widget in the sidebar of gymshoesmusic.com. You can also stream full tracks of all songs on my Facebook Page: (become a fan!) and iLike Profile. Selected songs are streamed in full on myspace. (Currently the Halloween Soundscape album is on myspace, but that will change in November.)
The EP, A Tropical Depression, which benefits The American Red Cross is now available from iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, and Amazon mp3. I have ended my relationship with MusicBlaster as a distributor. In the future singles will be made available through the online stores listed above.
Reviews: Please go to your favorite music store and leave a review of the album or songs you have. Most online stores have a place for fan reviews. I’ve also got a place for reviews on my Facebook Page, at the top of the Boxes tab. Leave a review there. Become a Fan. Tell your friends. I love it that you all are telling me you like my music, but I need reviews and recommendations in public places! Thanks! 🙂
Just in time for Halloween: I’ve got a new bit a video on YouTube featuring “The Witching Time” (and have redone my YouTube channel design and layout). Check it out! This is the first year Halloween Soundscape is in wide release. 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…and pass the word to your friends.
Though it was released a couple of years ago, this year is the first year my Halloween Soundscape album will be available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon mp3 and Napster. Want to hear it before you decide to buy? It’s streaming during the month of October on my myspace profile and all the time on my Facebook page (Music tab and also Boxes tab), as well as on my Gymshoesmusic website.
Please pass the word, share on your social networking sites, and write reviews on your favorite music store and/or my Facebook page. Though this album is good background for reading scary books, it’s “season” is really Halloween, which is a real short season. 🙂 Please help me get the word out. Thanks!!!
Gymshoes is now on Twitter. You can follow me at: http://twitter.com/Gymshoes_
(Don’t forget to put the _ at the end!) I’ve got a Twitter widget in the sidebar and assuming it loads (which it doesn’t if Twitter is overwhelmed) you can read my latest tweet and use the arrow at the bottom to scroll back through previous tweets. If you’re on Twitter, follow me to read the bits between the blogs and assorted other things. 😀 (Today I’m boring even myself, but once I slog past the webstuff the tweets will get more creative.) 😉