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˜€

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.

Mailing List Changes, Halloween Soundscape, New Video

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. πŸ™‚

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.Β  (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! πŸ™‚

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!Β  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.

“The Witching Time” on YouTube

Yesterday and today I’ve been working on my YouTube profile since they’ve now implemented the new design/layout/options. I also uploaded a new video with a clip of “The Witching Time” from Halloween Soundscape. πŸ˜€ The video is short and amateurish as always, but it’s got a spooky vibe. 😯

The actual track is much longer than the music in the video. Track length is one of the things that makes Halloween Soundscape such a bargain: all the tracks are long, some excessively so, but with only 7 tracks on the album and the album price based on number of tracks, it’s a steal. πŸ™‚

Also, I’m tweeting tracks from iLike almost every day and am putting those tweets in my Favorites, so you can access them to listen or retweet any time.

New Gymshoes Video, New Monkey Music

New Music, New Video: Today I released the video of “Flutterby Butterfly”. The video was shot (and edited) last year at the Cochrell Butterfly Center, but I only just now finished editing the music for it. The music isn’t at present attached to any project, but will be released as an mp3 on the Gymshoes site sometime in the near future. I’ve decided to change how I release music on the website. Instead of waiting until I have a collection of songs, I’ll be releasing new music as I finish it. This means you’ll get new songs more often. πŸ™‚ You can view the vid on YouTube or better still…watch it on the Gymshoes myspace profile where it’s properly sized and therefore not-so-distorted.

Undead Monkey…And speaking of new music…A new song by my band, Undead Monkey has been released recently. “College Street” is part of the new project Undead and Kicking. Head over the the Undead Monkey site to read more about it, download and stream.

Jellyfish In Captivity, Disquieting Darkness

Hello, everyone!

Jellyfish In Captivity The song, “Jellyfish In Captivity” from the Lost In the Mix album now has a video available. I shot some footage at an aquarium last year and edited it to the music. Because it was shot with a still digital camera instead of a video camera the quality and resolution is the same as the Piece Of Fiji video. It’s lovely in an ethereal sort of way, but not top notch quality due to the limitations of my production tools. The video is available from my YouTube profile.

A Disquieting Darkness I am currently working on a new soundscape for Halloween. The title is “A Disquieting Darkness”. What I’m doing this year is creating a soundscape specifically to be played as music to have on the stereo while reading a scary book. Naturally, it too, will be appropriate background music for your Halloween parties, though it will not have heartbeats, wails of banshees, moaning ghosts, or Martian death rays as assorted previous Halloween offerings did. πŸ˜‰ “A Disquieting Darkness” will be released in October.

In the coming months I anticipate doing more collaborating with other musicians and songwriters.

Jellyfish Video

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I went to the zoo where I’d first seen jellyfish in captivity…you may remember me mentioning them in the liner notes for Lost In The Mix. Since making that album with the song “Jellyfish In Captivity”, I’ve experimented with shooting video footage with my digital still camera. It’s not high quality stuff, but I filled up my flash card with jellyfish footage over the holiday weekend and I’m going to try my hand at editing it into a little music video for the song “Jellyfish In Captivity”. Putting images to music—or vice versa—is something I’ve been wanting to learn how to do. The jellyfish footage seems like it would be good to start with since the images are not particularly challenging. I don’t expect to have much time to work on it until after the first of the year, so stay tuned! πŸ™‚