Halcyon Sky – The Regrooves EP – Day 22

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Greetings all…

I’ve reached what I call Phase 3 of this project and am glad to present unto you news on the development of Halcyon Sky – The Regrooves EP. This four track EP will be what is known commonly as remixes of tracks I’ve chosen from the project. Some of you have heard the remixes I’ve done over years: Philip Clark’s “Granted (the Groove 7 3am Eternal Mix) “, Mary Mary’s “Walkin” (Mr. Fresh/Bill C. Regroove), The Most Impossible Plan (the groove 7 outerbanks edit), and a few others.

I’m excited about this EP because I’ve got three other remixers on the project – Todd (The Big La) Kelley, Netm8ker, and Upright. They have their own fluid, nice moves in their respective music productions that I’m sure will bring stellar touch to this release.

Stay tuned for updates, all the way through the drop date in January!

Thanks for the read!

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – The Bonus Track, Social Media (Pt 2) – Day 21

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Greetings…

Last night, or should I say yesterday, was a long 12-hour stint at work, so I decided to go into work a little later to, just in time to make a 10am team meeting. I’m transcribing this post from paper at which time was written while sitting in a local Starbucks.

Now that the EP is released, I’m still thankful for all the positive feedback I’ve received since the release date. It was nice to see some producers in a FB producers forum I frequent saying how much they’ve enjoyed the EP. That said, I’m definitely realizing that the work ahead (in terms of promoting and marketing it in the most effective manner) is far from done.

I’ve developed a social media and marketing strategy, which I had my publicist review last week. At the moment, in appears to have the underpinnings of a solid plan, so I’m going all out for it. While the net provides a seemingly endless reach in terms of audience, the work required to reach that expanse is directly proportional to that expanse.I have the beginnings of a database comprising local, nationwide and global contacts in different media formats (print, web, college radio, podcasters, etc). so it’s definitely time to get the ball rolling.

Phase 2 is the completion of the bonus track, which I have incidentally taken back to the drawing board. The original track is nice, but was regularly finding it difficult to progress through. I don’t know if my muse was purposefully absent or what, but I came to the realization that the song is much better for a release like Soulosophy, my contemporary smooth jazz project, currently in the planning stages.

Phase 3 is the project remixes. I don’t intend to remix every track in the project but definitely rease at least three remixes. Stay tuned on more of that next year.

Anyway time to head off to bed. An eight hour day is standard, but today was a long one too. Nevertheless, I’m grateful for a job.

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 02 Nov 14

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Photo Credit: instagram.com/imthejam

Greetings listeners, welcome to another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. It’s always good to be back. I’m sitting in Starbucks as I type this post in preparation for what you are probably listening to as you read this. The image is perfect for the feel of the day outdoors. I was having a text chat with my publicist about rainy overcast days versus sunny ones and how they some stir up the creativity in me. I enjoy them and think the have a place along with sunny days. Whether it be rainy, sunny, or in between, I hope you’re enjoying it.

Today’s podcast playlist brings a number of new tracks, mixed in with some favorites. In particular, there are two tracks from some fellow friends that are also chillout/downtempo/artists as well as gifted musicians and bandleaders. I’ll elaborate on a bit more on the tracks “Radio Format” and “The Dreams We Dream” in the podcast. For the first time (if memory serves me correctly), an urban contemporary track finds its way into the playlist. The very popular track, The Worst, by Jhene Aiko. This is the instrumental version, which I’ll be talking more about in the podcast with regards to why I chose it.

1. Wanderer’s Creek- Between Yesterday and Tomorrow/Art Bleek
2. Not Just Anybody f/Kate Rogers (AtJazz Flugelhorn Mix) – Nocturnal/Rae and Christian
3. Radio Format – Radio Format (The Downtempo Sessions/The Sevens
4. Hidden Shore – Hidden Shore/Blackfish
5. This Journey In – The Rebirth/The Rebirth
6. The Worst (Instrumental) – Sail Out/Jhene Aiko
7. The Dreams That We Dream – Various Shades of Blue/e:trinity
8. Elephant (Dub Mix) – In Your Dreams/Spiral System
9. New Dawn – Halcyon Sky/Mr. Fresh
10. Our Secret Garden (Bonus Track) – Cool Off Chillout Vol. 2/Sine
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There you have it! A big thanks to my podcasting massive: Jason Smith, Nikki Norwoood, DJ Diva (The Mixtress), Calandra Branch, DK Wyatt, Anji Bee, Todd Kelley, Angel, NT Grundy, EJ , “The Sensei” Flavors, and everyone else doin’ it big. I hope you enjoyed the tracks. Special shoutout to my publicist, Felicia Hodges of Tigerlily Communications.

Halcyon Sky can be found here.
Ok, I’ve got a brunch date I’m a wee bit late too. Catch u soon.

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – The Bonus Track, Social Media, etc – Day 20

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Greetings,

I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits. First off, I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank you again for all the positive support on my EP, I definitely appreciate it.

Now that it’s out there, it’s time for Phase 2 – marketing. I have (with the help of my PR firm, Tigerlily Communications, a database of internet and college-based radio stations I hope to submit the EP to for airplay, a long with some other activities that will be rolling into place over the next few months. Thanks to Felicia Hodges for the great work, I highly recommend her for your PR needs.

Currently, I’m in the midst of getting the bonus track completed. The accompanying video is done. As for the music, arrangement is completed, guitar is currently being recorded, then bass, mixing and voila…the trick is done. I’m glad to give this exclusive bonus track to all those who donated monetary support for the EP, thanks again.

On the social media front – for my Twitter, IG, and Vine users – I’ve created three accounts for my production entity, SFTF Productions. Songs From The Future (SFTF) is an entity I came up with in the early 2000s, an entity which is finally coming into fruition. I’d appreciate if you follow me at those accounts, should you want updates on all things I’m doing musically….there’s a lot line up for sure. that said, click on the links below:

SFTF on Twitter
SFTF on Instagram
SFTF on Vine..and…

SFTF electronic mail

The EP is available here for free download/name your price. I hope you enjoy it either way.

Lastly, big shout out and thanks to my podcasting brother AND geek, Darrenkeith Wyatt, host of the excellent podcast, My Love For Music. He featured the title track of my EP in his latest podcast that just dropped this past weekend. You can find it here.

That’s about it for now, I have as many zzzzz to catch as I can before that alarm goes off…

Thanks for the read….

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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The Making of Soulosophy – Day 3

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Greetings all…hope u are enjoying your Saturday. In the last post, I was going on about a roster of 24 musicians (25 including myself) that I thought could participate on this project. After giving it much thought, especially in relationship to the approach and final release of the Halcyon Sky EP, I decided to take the “walk before you can run” approach. Gone is the idea of that many musicians participating for a sophomore project. I’m definitely not ready to book and pay for studio time when the project can very well be done between my studio and my partner’s studio.

That being said, I have one solid tune already given to me to review by a long time friend and smooth jazz keyboardists with four (at least) CDs under his belt. With the roster being significantly smaller and the musician commitments I have thus far, yeah, we can rock this. Next step, song completion assessments. More about that in the next post.

Before I forget, for those of you that have been following my tweets on my personal Twitter account, @mrfresh, regarding my musical endeavors, I’ve decided to consolidate all those under one new Twitter ID, SFTF Productions, you can follow me there. I’d highly appreciate it. Thanks!

Have a great weekend.

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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The Making of Soulosophy – Day 2

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Greetings…

Over the last few days, I began to take stock of how I *think* I want this project to unfold. In the last post, I mentioned it was to be a 10 track project but it has since grown two more tracks. I plan on stunting any further growth…, LOL.

Right now, I plan on inviting 24 other artists to participate on this project, whether they all do remains too early to be seen, but the invite email is going out this weekend. Of the 24, I have four already committed, so that’s good, so now starts the real groundwork: logistics, determining how much remote collaboration will be needed, musician assignments to each song, etc. This should prove interesting (one drummer I really would like to have on the project will only play an acoustic set – which I don’t have in my studio), but better to nail down this now verses later. Stay tuned.

::: oceans of rhythm:::

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The Making of Soulosophy – Day 1

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Greetings…

Hope everyone is doing well. It’s been a minute since I’ve done any blogging, but I’m back to continue the chronological process started on my Halcyon Sky EP project and continue with my next major project, Soulosophy.

Soulosophy will be a smooth contemporary jazz project. I use the term “smooth contemporary jazz” to make an attempt to distinguish and separate it from what the industry currently presents as “smooth jazz”. Not to rant, but the popular genre name is truly a misnomer. I’ve had countless discussions over the years on the true (industry) name is: New Adult Contemporary. It’s a much more accurate name to use, considering what artists are fill the radio playlists and smooth jazz fests across the country, but using that name to sell the genre is obviously too cumbersome and wouldn’t “sell” (I’m sure you agree).

The name “Soulosophy” actual comes from an Instagram user that I follow. The name fits the concept of tunes I hope to release. I’m already excited about the guests who have graciously decided to become part of the project (more about who they are in future posts), because of their stellar musical gifts, so stayed tune for more on that.

Currently, Soulosophy will be a 10-track instrumental project comprised of new tunes and not-so-new. Most of them right now are in their infancy stages, but I’m pleased to have one very talented smooth jazz keyboardist already submitting tunes for the project for me to check out. I’m excited about the collaboration with this artist and am equally pleased to say that you will hear me on the title track of a CD he is currently working on for release (I believe this is his fifth). There are a number of other musicians I plan on inviting to participate as well.

I’m sitting in Starbucks now and it’s going on 7:30, time to head to homebase.

Have a good morning/afternoon/evening/night.

::: oceans of rhythm:::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) – An Interview with Felicia Hodges

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Greetings all…

Happy Labor Day to those who’ve had the pleasure of partaking in it, I hope it was enjoyable.
I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed by Felicia Hodges, owner and CEO of Tigerlily Communications, a social media and publication relations business based out of New York.

This was an in depth, long, but very enjoyable convo. I appreciate her taking time out of her busy schedule. I hope you enjoy it as well as I have.

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Halcyon Sky (Debut EP) –The Fans Speak (Day 19)

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Greetings All,

Once again, I’m really happy at the results of the Halcyon Sky EP. It was truly created to be a musical gift to all of you, but the responses, the comments I’ve received are nothing short of great and with that said, I’m grateful. I thought I’d share with you some of the commentary:

“You have no idea how much I needed to hear this music today The music is amazing. It’s exactly what I need in my life right now….: – J.M. – Lincoln Park, MI

“Thank you for sharing it is fabulous!” – C.H. – Worcester, MA

“Your EP is fantastic Bruh. Awesome job.” – D.W. – Orlando, FL

“Love it. As cool as the other side of the pillow.” – D.M. – Argyle, Maine

“I love it! Congratulations!” – K.S. – Bradenton, FL

“…and to let you know the title track Halcyon Sky was my first choice…..simplistic beauty…” – J.J – Tulsa, OK

“Very chill. Love it. Thanks for sharing it with us.” – JC- Austin, TX

“Congrats on the release. This has a Beautiful, chill vibe” – Q.S. – Washington, DC

“Nice!” – A.R. – Upper Marlboro, MD

“I have been waiting for this and so far what I hear is worth the wait Great stuff bro Loving it. – D.P. – Clinton, MD

“Halcyon Sky is lovely nice.” – C.B. – NYC

Doug, here’s to you and your efforts with this fabulous production! Sounds great and I’m wishing you all the best of success with Halcyon Sky!” P.C. – NYC

“Anxiety attacks are not my friend. Halcyon Sky helps. Well done, Doug! Well done” – A.T. – Atlanta, GA

“Looking forward to listening to your new EP, Doug! Congrats! (P.S. Aren’t we overdue to work on some music?! LOL)” – J.H. – Greensboro, NC

I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed twice, so far, about the EP. You can read (audio coming soon) Felicia’s interview and listen to Calandra’s interview at their respective locations:

New Music – Halcyon Sky – Felicia Hodges/Tigerlily Communications

Artist Conversation with Mr. Fresh – Halcyon Sky EP

Below is a very short promo video for the project, featuring a little studio footage.

You can stream/download the EP, here.

Once again, thanks!

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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Welcome to The Sunday Soundtrack – 24 Aug 14

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Greeting Listeners.

Welcome to another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. It’s always good to be back, especially as we come to the close of another summer soulstice. I don’t know about you, but I definitely would like there to be a “restart” button, I’d be pushing it with a vengeance! LOL.

I bring to you seven tracks, many of them are marked as first time appearances on the podcast. I hope you enjoy them as well as I do. Without further adieu….the tracklist:

1. Let Go – Inside Out/Kuba
2. Aerosol (Ice Lounge Mix) – Sunrider/Jens Buchert
3. Cosmopole – Cantoma
4. Deep (f/C3) – Halcyon Sky/Mr. Fresh
5. Zauis (Ski Oakenfull Mix) – Sousode Records Compilation/Incognito
6. Chamorrita – What Love Is/AfterSix Productions
7. New Dawn – Halcyon Sky/Mr. Fresh

Special shout outs to Cross Country Collective (Trel Robinson and Todd Kelley), Calandra Branch for conducting the interview of me for my debut EP, Halcyon Sky, my newest drop deliverer and CEO of the PR firm, Tigerlily Communications, Felicia Hodges, and of course…to all the fan, both of Halcyon Sky and The Sunday Soundtrack.

Have a great day!

::: oceans of rhythm :::

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