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Wednesday
Jan072015

Doing my best….

Now, an overview of how all of the projects I am working on are going. I have several! 

William Stafford CD - "Cutting Loose"

I have about 9 of 13 tracks completed. This CD will be entirely spoken word, like When Your Life Becomes Poetry, and Secret Pouch of Listening. There are songs that have been created oit of the poems, but those will be released on another CD. The release of "Cutting Loose" now rests on the completion of another, much smaller Kickstarter, which will provide funds for artwork and duplication. I am working on creating that video beginning next week. The poems on this collection are stunning, and hearing one Stafford poem after the other is so satisfying. I am heartened by the way it is all coming out, but there is anotehr stretch to go before the CD will be shipping. At this point I am targeting February for the release.

Musical Portraits - back in production!

In 2013, I was still producing a pretty steady stream of musical portraits. In 2014, I spent a lot more time gathering myself and starting to grow some roots in Ashland, OR where my home is now. I think I may have completed two musical portraits the entire year.

But I am back in production with those pieces now. I have a small queue of 3-4 pieces that need to be completed, but I am accepting commissions for new musical portraits for this month of January, to be completed either late this month or early next month. And I am offering a special price on the next two commissions, of $250 - half the normal investment - for anyone who signs up in the month of January. This is a great opportunity to give a gift or celebrate an occasion, with a special piece of music crafted just for that purpose. You can reach me at 541-973-7415 or email me at cellomansings@gmail.com to find out more. 

Local Performances

Getting through the winter in Ashland as a musician is not that easy, because the tourists are gone from the Valley from late October to mid-February. There aren't a lot of venues that pay well, but I have been reaching out to community organizations like the Teresa McCormick Assistance Center, Oregon Action, and The Magdalene Home, to schedule performances. These are all community groups who are doing good works in the area and my providing music for their gatherings has been an inspiring way to participate in the good works they are doing.

I have also been playing with some regularity at a local kindergarten class, at a local tea house, and for dancers at a local dance studio. Some of these things don't pay at all, some pay pretty well. It is mostly that I want to continue to be available to the community to provide the medicine of music when it is needed. 

Since sustaining the work right now is a primary focus, I will include here a link to the different ways you can participate, if you are inspired. 

 

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