This is what you might call an in-between post.
I’ve got a lot to write about – and that will come next week – but in the meantime – officially – we just passed a major threshold and I thought it might be worth mentioning.
I’m the managing partner of a small independent music management and record label company called Mishara Music.
We call it – “A Home For Singer-Songwriters”.
Because it’s what we love.
It’s all starts with a song.
No song……it doesn’t matter how great a musician or singer you are.
These days the commercial music world is all about manufacturing commercial music that SELLS.
Very often it’s the extreme outrageous marketing and the reality “karoke” tv shows that expose the music.
So…..if we don’t want to be outrageous……and we’re not interested in having our artists on reality tv.
How do we introduce our artists to the people that still yearn for great songs and performances.
We give it away.
On our latest accounting – our five Amazon dot com Mishara Music Free Song Samplers have been responsible for……ready for this?
1,029,484 individual song downloads……every single one of them totally free.
It seems so simple to us.
If you give someone a song to introduce them to an artist they may not know about – or one that they’re interested in….but they don’t know how much….they’ll have a chance to find out if they care.
If they don’t – no loss – they wouldn’t have purchased anything from the artist anyway.
If they love what they hear…..they may buy some other songs…..they may tell their friends about the song and artist…..they may buy tickets to a show to see the artist live.
All good things.
So we started doing these free song samplers on Amazon.
Here’s what the five albums look like – we’re very proud to have unique artwork as well:
There are over 50 songs total on the five albums.
Many of the artists are Mishara Music artists.
But some are just friends – we like them and their songs – so we help them get exposure.
Let me make this clear…..we do that for free as well.
You can’t pay to be on our samplers.
You can’t buy your way on.
Our thought process is very simple.
Music we love – people we like.
Here’s a representative review on Amazon from each of the samplers:
Here’s the link to the samplers on Amazon:
A World Apart – literally / Maine Maple Syrup / The best music you haven’t heard & a set list to long for! The Marcrescue blog – life in Maine with an 8 year old
A Song for St Patrick’s Day / Snowman wars – Winter love in Maine / Life in Maine with an eight year old – the Marcrescue blog
Toboggan Terror (my own w / video) / books / Valentines / Creative 50 – the Marcrescue Blog – Life in Maine with an Eight Year Old
Maine winter snow & ice photos / life musings and a farm report you must read! Life In Maine With An Eight Year Old – The Marcrescue blog
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The “Day After Thankgiving” what I’m thankful for post. Now that the meal is over – Life in Maine – the Marcrescue blog
Life in Maine with a 7 year old – don’t need much, a little music & a lot of imagination & family – the Marcrescue blog
A completely different kind of post today – no Maine, no music, no Life in Maine with a Seven Year Old.
Just a problem that my Uncle had on Veterans’ Day.
Here’s the story.
My Uncle Gene has an ongoing problem that we haven’t been able to solve.
He’s a really nice guy, minds his own business and always pays his way.
He lives in Nevada (I took the photo below of him and my Aunt Ruth about 1 1/2 years ago when I was visiting them).
His problem involves his favorite coffee shop.
He goes there almost every day and they know him and even have a cup reserved for him when he comes in.
He minds his own business, jokes a bit with the people working there and then heads home.
He’s been doing that for years.
Here’s the problem.
Every year around November 11th he goes into the coffee shop and gets his usual cup of coffee and for some reason they won’t let him pay for it.
Just because of some small adventure he had when he was a kid.
Quite a few years ago…..and a few years ago it was…..he just turned 90 years old last week (matter of fact he had the same problem with the coffee shop that day – they wouldn’t let him pay then either and there was some cake involved for some reason).
He and a bunch of his pals – in this outfit called the Marines – thought it would be fun to jump off some Navy landing craft into the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean and then run up onto the exotic beaches of some faraway islands like Tarawa, Saipan and others with funny names like that.
Now I’m picturing warm pacific sunny beaches with bathing suits, weird named drinks with little umbrellas and cute girls all around.
But he says it wasn’t quite like that.
Can you believe they jumped in the water fully clothed and if that wasn’t enough they wore heavy packs on their back?
Which made it almost impossible to get out of the water without drowning…..and then if they got to the beach the people already there waiting for them were playing some kind of game….sort of like paintball….except he says they weren’t using paintballs they were using real bullets.
Can you imagine?
Who in the world would be crazy enough to do that?
Which still doesn’t explain why the coffee shop won’t take his money.
I’ll do a little more research on this and get back to you about it.
There must be something I’m missing here.
By the way have you noticed all the photos posted on November 11th in black and white?
I’m guessing a bunch of people need new cameras or a smartphone with good photo taking capabilities.
Black and white?
Geez – when’s the last time people took black and white photos?
That was ages ago.
Here’s Uncle Gene and Aunt Ruth – if you see them give them my regards.
All the best,
PS Later this week a new blog post about the simple life….you don’t need much in our lives….a little Maine….a little music and a lot of family.
Why Music? Why Maine? I make a case for both but not for computers! Life in Maine with a 7 year old – The Marcrescue blog
Life & Summer in Maine in photos, Caitlin Canty – a great way to listen, Don’t Go In The Basement & Music Conventions – the Marcrescue blog
During the summer there are two radio / record business conventions that I attend every year