The Sunday Soundtrack Pt. 1 (Easter 2009) – 12 Apr 09

Hello Listeners….

Welcome to this special edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. For those who listened last week, it was my intention to take the day off, but I decided to forgo that, and bring to you this edition in honor of the celebration of Easter, Resurrection Day 2009.

The mix features gospel jazz keyboardist Ben Tankard, and gospel jazz group The Brentwood Jazz Quartet…culminating in a nice mix of smooth contemporary and more classic jazz renderings of Christian hymns. The playlist is as follows:

The Sunday Soundtrack (Easter Edition 2009)

1. For God So Love The World – Ben Tankard/Keynote Speaker
2. Christ The Lord Has Risen Today – Brentwood Jazz Quartet/Living In The Here And Now
3. What A Friend – Ben Tankard/Keynote Speaker
4. Holy, Holy, Holy – Brentwood Jazz Quartet
5. Let Us Break Bread Together – Sam Levine (of the BJQ)/Something To Believe
6. A Mighty Fortress – Brentwood Jazz Quartet/Living In The Here And Now
7. Kum-Bi-Yah – Ben Tankard/Instrumentally Yours
8. No Words Necessary – Ben Tankard/Song of Solomon

Ben Tankard Official Website

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Hope you’ve enjoyed yet another special edition of the podcast and that your Easter Day is blessed. It’s definitely a time to celebrate!

Stay tuned for your normally scheduled Sunday Soundtrack later today! Yes, a two-fer!!

Have a great day…

peace!
F!

Flickr + Music = some kinda bliss for me

Ever since I discovered Flickr, there has been a love relationship. Not only is it an over expansive resource for photographic imagery, but I’ve never seen an online photo gallery with the finesse, coolness, and all time greatness of Flickr.

Being a musician, I have to, once again, echo those niceties because of the groups I’ve joined and the overall friendliness of the musicians I’ve met as members along the way. I’ve learned a lot about many aspects , outreach in the world of music, which can mean a great deal for the success of your marketing. This brings me to an article I discovered the other day.. Maybe some of the other musicians can agree. Check it out here: Why every musician should have a Flickr account.

Feeback anyone?

peace,
F!

Poll: Physical CD purchase vs digital downloads?

Hello All…

I trust all is well with you and with that trust remains hope all the same.

I’ve been doing some necessary research lately on a topic I think most if not all can relate to (the subject says it all). I would appreciate if you take a few minutes to participate in the poll posted below, I would highly appreciate it (some of you know my reasoning behind presenting this). Afterwards, click on the following link to read a related article and based on what you know, see if you agree or disagree. Again, thanks much!!


Create a poll on SodaHeadAre you more likely to buy a physical music CD or download music?Poll Answers

The related article is here. (Big thanks, (though she had no idea) to Elements Of Jazz for posting this link literally minutes after I finished designing the poll!!)

peace,
F!

From The Vault – Fresh’s Musical Genesis

Greetings folks…

From this point on, I’ll occassionally post some gems from my musical journey to present (as it’s been a lonnng journey thus far…haha). Hope u enjoy the ride as well

This one tells the beginning of how I got started. When my brother was 3, he received a Mickey Mouse guitar for Christmas. Being as though he was 3, the guitar lasted for ABOUT 3 days. By the third day, it had no strings so…..being the big brother of 13 that I was, I fixed it….then began to play around with it….and enjoy it.

About a few months later, I spied a small electric guitar and tiny amp in the local record shop. I begged my dad to buy it for me. All and all, I think both cost less than $100 total (the guitar was a hefty $42!!! – LOL). In any event, I thought playing the guitar, out of any other instrument, would be the coolest to learn (and yes, since I was a teenager, I felt the girls would love that…yes, I admit it….and yes, I was …mostly correct – heh).

Coincidentally enough, the other guys in the neighborhood also sprung some musical talent as well. My friend next door started playing bass, another friend down the street played drums, one around the corner played guitar, yet another played percussion, and another friend up the street played trumpet.

We practiced at each others homes every weekend (God bless our parents), and soon became good enough to form a lil neighborhood R&B band named…Black Frost, which began to do all kind of litttle events around town – HS dance parties, etc. We had a ball, and began to hone our musical and songwriting skills based upon the influences of R&B and commercial radio. We began writing our own material to perform out, and took 2nd place only to the hottest R&B band across town, Sundae (those last two parts, in themselves, are enough for future blog posts! haha)

Good memories from back in the day, when bands were the hotness. We need that back in music today.

The above pic is an afternoon rehearsal in my backyard…who can guess what year that was, annnnd which guy is me?

Have a good one….
F!

Fusion: Where Music, Technology, and Artist Creativity Intersect

Coming soon.....

Hello readers and listeners.

I trust all is well today. This post is a follow-up to the previous post about the subject of an upcoming podcast I hope to resurrect entitled Fusion. The concept of this podcast came to me via an off the cuff discussion I had a few years ago with a fellow podcaster/recording artist/graphic designer. Both of us, being musicians in our own right, began discussing our backgrounds and influences in making music, which invariably talking about how technology (past and present) played a role taking the music from inner to outer.

I began to see the different paths he had taken and compared them to mine. I also began to see, along our separate journeys, how there were things we couldn;t *readily accomplish* (but did) that we could easily accomplish now. The conclusion of the discussion led me to develop the concept for this podcast – one that would share the insights of an (generally musical, but not limited to) artist by which they leverage technology to get their art out there – including their journey along the way, their influences etc.

The format of the podcast is to use an audio interview, very casual but basically formatted, and to just have some fun with it (which is the most important part). Being a techy, I have to include the usual aspects of what kind of hardware/software was/is being used, suggestions/recommendations, tips, etc…but fuse the overall flow with some laid back fun.

As said, although the general focus is about music (recording, arranging, creating, production, podcasting), every once and awhile, I’d like to include the same concept with regards to web design, photography, etc. All aspects of using social media, Web 2.0 and the like are definitely topics of discussion as well.

That being said, I’d like to invite all interested in leaving me your Skype ID, Yahoo IM, iChat ID, Grand Central number or even cell or landline number so the audio interview can be recorded to my laptop. Primarily, I’d prefer to do it via net chat, but will consider landline/cell phone interviews down the line (gotta keep it as inexpensive as I can – heh!). If you are interested, feel free to leave your info in the comments section or e-mail me

Thanks (for your time and interest) in advance…

peace!
F!

Mo’ music musings – studio recording/business activities

Ok…following up from the last post on this subject, the track we recorded here actually had enough content to be approved by the head of the music department at my church, so it will eventually be taught to the mass choir for Resurrection Sunday. That’s cool in that I now got to see the work gone into producing something of at least decent quality for a scenario such as this. Next steps will exercise more of a serious set of mix and production skills in that we’ll have to turn a four-voice quartet into sounding like a mass choir via duplicating the vocal tracks, recording some alto and tenor sax parts, and to give it a more live feel, importing some hand clap samples, the best vocal clips I can lift from our sermon DVDs of the pastor’s wife introducing the choir, and lastly some crowd applause for the end. In a way, this’ll be fun to do, but will feel more like work ;-).

As for my me and my partner’s CD project, “What Love Is”, we still have some work to do for two more tracks, mix them, then send the project out for mastering and duplication. Lately we’ve been learning the business side of things that will necessary not just for distribution of the CD, but for our new record company, Hall Effect Records. We’re in the midst of completing the business plan to reflect the next two years of activity with us as the sole artist on it … again…work!

On a different creative note, I got a call yesterday from a friend and talented sax player, Harron Evoria, who asked me to lay some guitar tracks on her second upcoming CD. That should cool and, if it jumps off, will be the 4th CD I’ve done as a session guitarist, a dream I had as a teen that has finally come true.

Now……if I can work in the time to get my solo project started….hmmm 😉 Makin’ moves to change some daily habits to realize more time to complete this thing I am passionate about.

Stay tuned for some various clips from everything I’ll have and had cookin’ up in The ‘Lab… If you are interested in here some of the tracks I’ve written, check out the links for my music production pages. Thanks for the read.

peace….
F!

Welcome (back) To The Sunday Soundtrack – 14 Dec 08

I’d like to truly welcome all of you back to the Sunday Soundtrack. Thanks for the patience and comments left in the absence and transfer from my old (crappy) domain host to my new spiffy one…it’s definitely appreciated (you, my listeners and Dreamhost, my new host)! I hope all are enjoying the weekend thus far and getting into the holiday season.

As mentioned before, I am rebuilding the site as best as I can, and will adding new podcasts weekly. This month is a special one in that it marks the one year anniversary of The Sunday Soundtrack Podcast and with that, I’d like to thank all my listeners over that last year that have supported it. I am planning on adding a few new things for 2009, so please stay tuned!

A question is occassionally posed to me: Where do you find your tracks? I often choose tracks based on what I hear when I am driving, listening to XM Radio’s Channel 84 – Chill, or listening to Groove Salad – an excellent source for the genres presented in this podcast. Groove Salad has a podcast on iTunes via NPR that gives samplings of what they play. Rusty Hodge does a fine job of producing that podcast, complete with info on each artist. I often check out the tons of artists on myspace – a place that I have found to be the best place for the genres I seek. Creative Commons, iodapromonet and the podsafe music network are also places that come recommended. If you know of any not mentioned here, feel free to suggest the links to me.

That being said, without further adieu, this week’s playlist is as follows:

1. Summer Sun – Koop/Waltz For Koop
2. The Flow (Aural Float Remix Edit) – Vargo/Ibiza Chillout Edition
3. Good Morning London – Kaya Project/Elixir
4. City Childhood – Vision
5. Superdope – Jens Buchert/Intersphere
6. Falling Man – Espresso Del Lago/Yeti
7. Bomberclad Joint (Knowtoryous) – Kruder & Dorfmeister/The K&D Sessions
8. Dreaming of You – Chevalier

All the artists, with the exception of Vision and Chevalier, can be found on iTunes

Self correction: I mentioned in the podcast that if I forgot anyone, to charge it to my heart and not my mind….NOT!! Charge it to my MIND and not my HEART! HAHA!

Here’s to a wonderful day, night, and week. Thanks for listening…

peace….
Fresh!