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9
May

Ever given away a million dollars? I have….in song. The Marcrescue blog.

Greetings,

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.

http://www.misharamusic.com

We call it – “A Home For Singer-Songwriters”.

Why?

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.

Makes money.

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.

It’s simple.

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:

 

5 Amazon Samplers

 

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:

Amazon Samplers Reviews 03-31-2014

 

 

Here’s the link to the samplers on Amazon:

 

Enjoy the music.
Discover and be surprised by what you find.
You’re welcome.
And thank you.
Marc

Marc Ratner

Mishara Music

E-mail: marcrescue@gmail.com

Website: www.misharamusic.com

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20
Apr

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

Greetings all,
Been about a month since I last blogged about this and that…..and it seems in that span of days lots has happened.
You may remember that not so long ago…..our world here in Maine was all about ice, snow and cold.
So much so that I now have “Popeye” like arms – more than any other time in my life – because it seemed that every 7 minutes I was hauling, moving, stacking  and then carrying wood upstairs to fuel up the woodstove and keep us warm in this much colder than normal winter.
Add in all that shoveling and I was tightening my belt one more notch.
Time to let it out again.
A few weeks ago I managed to stop to take a photo of the last ice fishing hut on the water near us:
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It’s open water now….hope they got it out in time.
And it means it’s Sunday breakfast time with fresh from the tap pure Maine maple syrup:
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That’s because we spend Maine Maple Day (it happens every March) touring our favorite maple sugar houses and stocking up on lots of syrup  (seriously – if we time it right we get it hot right out of the tap) and various other maple syrup treats.
Hard to believe that it all starts with old buckets on even older trees:
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It’s a party at all our favorite sugar houses and we see friends everywhere we stop.
First off we hit Sparky’s……as soon as you walk into the sugar house you get that unique aroma in the steam filled room from the boiling sap……perhaps my favorite scent of all time:
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Sparky’s also has the best honey around – we buy big jars of his pure raw honey – nothing like it.
Then it’s off to Bradstreet – the most picturesque sugar house you’ll ever see:
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Mark Bradstreet is the friendliest guy in the Maple business and when he’s not tending to the fire he’s smiling and showing off his fresh syrup:
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And then the next moment he’s teaching everyone about how it’s made and about the different types of syrup:
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They’re got live music in the corner:
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And samples of waffles with fresh syrup and the best maple walnut fudge you’ve ever had!
We pick up some “Extra Dark Amber” syrup and fudge at Bradstreet and then off to Simmons & Daughters for more treats:
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The Simmons eldest daughter was running the maple cotton candy machine and once you’ve gone maple cotton candy – you’ll never go back to cane:
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At Simmons we picked up a half gallon of “Dark Amber” in a mason jar – so hot out of the tap we had to let it cool a bit before we could pick it up……out on the deck back at home…….it looks like the liquid gold it is:
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Then it’s off to our last stop of the day – Kinney’s Sugarhouse….for some specialty maple items (maple cream among the items)…..and oooh the maple donut holes are to die for:
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More live music:
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And the final treat of the day – fresh maple walnut ice cream made with Kinney’s syrup by our friends the Chamberlains from Stone Fox Farm Creamery and served out of their “Mobile Cone”:
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If you’re an ice cream addict like I am……I’m sorry – even though Stone Fox Ice Cream distribution is growing rapidly – it’s still local…..you’ll have to come visit to get some…..and it’s sure worth it.
My favorite “Salted Caramel”
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And if you come visit – we’ll start with a main course before dessert.
Whadda think?
Burger?
Nah
Mac & Cheese?
Nah
Baked Potato?
Nah
Oh I know…..how about a Lobster Roll?
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Sorry – couldn’t resist – it’s right before dinner time as I write this and I’m hungry……and the Mobile Cone will start hanging out at our local Farmer’s Markets which start shortly – at the same time all the local lobster shacks open for the summer.
Yum.
It’s been a long winter.
So while we’ve been wandering around Maine sampling maple products – two of my friends – who both have new albums out –  been wandering a bit farther afield.
Peter Bradley Adams – who’s latest album “The Mighty Storm” moved up to 81* on the FMQB Non-Comm (Public Music Radio) Album Chart has been touring in all places – Mainland China!
The poster is great – I have no idea what it says but it sure looks cool:
PBA China Tour
And Connor Garvey – who’s new album “Meteors And Beating Hearts” debuted on the same radio chart this week  (a great album and I love the artwork on the cover):
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Has been traveling almost exactly 1/2 way around the world from Peter.
Connor’s been skiing in the mountains in Alaska:
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That’s hardcore.
Connor’s from Maine…..and I find it interesting that after one of the coldest and snowiest winters we’ve had in a long time – he went off to find MORE snow.
One of the songs on Connor’s new album is called “Old House” and it’s one of my two favorites on the album.
It’s the story of the house that Connor and his girlfriend bought this year and are in the process of restoring.
It’s a love song about the girl and the house (with a very tasty “Dire Straits” feel and guitar for about the last two minutes of the tune) – and the only photo I’ve seen of this house is this one……he did a FB post about the snow he had been shoveling this winter (as we all have):
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The man loves his snow.
And I’m right there with him on that love of winter and snow.
Because of the severity of the winter this year – many of my friends in Los Angeles have been asking when we were moving back???
Not a chance.
Here’s my thoughts about cold vs hot.
It’s easier to get warm when you’re cold – than cold when you’re hot.
You can always layer on more clothes until you’re warm.
But you can only take so much off when you’re hot…..and the worst part about that…..it seems that too many people go beyond the limit of what they should take off – especially the older they get…..it’s scary sometimes.
By the way – my other favorite song on the Connor Garvey album…..is the last track on the album – a song named “Tattered Shirt”.
Lately I’ve noticed that “Tattered Shirt” and “Old House” have become the best researching tracks on the album and I love that – both creative and original songs.  “Tattered Shirt” is unique in that Connor wrote the song with a female character speaking….and yet sings it totally straight.  I suspect that twist in the lyrics really surprises people to start and captures them and then they find they love the lyrics, the story and the gorgeous melody.
Here’s a listening link on YouTube to “Tattered Shirt”:
And a listening link to “Old House”:
Let’s talk about concerts for a moment.
I’m headed to a Connor concert later this week – looking very forward to it – he’s great live
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…..as a reminder…..here’s his live version of “Irish” that I wrote about on St Patrick’s Day:
A live album “Before The Meteors” – with “Irish” on it – available now at his live shows – will be released shortly on iTunes and Amazon…it’s a companion piece to “Meteors And Beating Hearts”:
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I just saw Chris Ross at the Camden Opera House:
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 …..the first time I’ve seen him play since he won this well deserved award:
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Here’s one of his new songs “Drunk Women”  – coming this summer on a new album:
Speaking of new albums and concerts – I get to see Barnaby Bright AND Ken Yates together in concert in NYC on May 8th at Rockwood……and BB are in the studio!!!!!!
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Can’t wait to hear the studio version of “Just The Same” – which is perhaps the best adult realistic love song I’ve ever heard.
Check it out on this amazing live 9am performance at WNRN radio in Charlottesville:
And did you ever hear the Ken Yates song off his recent album “twenty-three”…..
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…..that John Mayer blogged about after hearing Ken play it – it’s a masterpiece – “I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”:
Can’t wait to see Barnaby and Ken together in concert next month.
I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such talented artists.
But music has always been a part of my life.
Have you ever been to www.setlist.fm ?
It’s a wonder – people have posted the setlists for way over a millions concerts from over 60,000 artists and it’s a great way to relive your favorite shows.
Lotta talk about Springsteen lately…..and I thought “Hey is that first show I saw of his up on the website?”
Here’s the story – about a year after I got to LA…..I was a newbie in the record biz and had no contacts to get tickets to special shows in LA….but…..luckily a friend of mine realized that the night after Springsteen was playing what turned out to be a bellweather show at the Roxy in LA…..he was playing in Santa Barbara at UCSB in the gym……and it was easy to get tickets.
So we drove up and saw one of the great shows of all time in my experience.
Now just looking at the setlist and reliving the show – I realized how amazing a concert it was – my memory of it is strong – very strong.
I sure do wish someone would invent a concert time machine so we could all go back and relive those magic moments – especially when the distance of time confirms how truly special those nights were:
This one was truly a night to remember:
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Check out Setlist.fm – it blows me away every time I think to look up a show.
I’ll post something else next time I write – already have something in mind.
One more note about winter.
Now that it’s over – and the snow has disappeared almost all over town…..(not everywhere yet)…..weird things have been spotted coming out of the ground……we’re trying to identify them……some people are convinced they’re alien pods……so if these blog posts suddenly stop coming…..or if they start taking a very different tone…..(for instance….short, timely and totally business like)…..run for your life:
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But then again……we might be safe after all – saved by Mother Nature……so much for Spring and probably Summer……I think we missed them.
Here’s what happened this week:
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No wonder – I’d packed the snow shovel off to the shed….foolish me.
Marc
PS I posted a lot of great songs up above……if you like what you heard – we give away songs by Peter, Chris, Barnaby and Ken and a bunch of other artists on our free song page at www.misharamusic.com/freesongs
PPS We also have over 50 free songs on our Amazon samplers – easy to download at:
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People seem to like them:
Amazon Samplers Reviews 03-31-2014
PPPS  Ever wonder how we find all those sugar houses in the back woods of Maine?
Don’t need no GPS…..we have great street signs:
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Marc Ratner

Mishara Music

E-mail: marcrescue@gmail.com

Website: www.misharamusic.com

WordPress: www.marcrescue.wordpress.com

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17
Mar

A Song for St Patrick’s Day / Snowman wars – Winter love in Maine / Life in Maine with an eight year old – the Marcrescue blog

Greetings All,
Welcome to the latest Marc Ratner blog post (this edition and previous letters posted at www.marcrescue.wordpress.com) that of course is supposed to be about the music and artists from Mishara Music (www.misharamusic.com) but always ends up being as much or more about family life in Maine with an 8 year old.
If I were to do chapters for this edition – I’d have to include:
St Patrick’s Day
YouTube Views
Justin Timberlake
Mountain Rescue Association
Winter Box Races
Monopoly
Awards
Snowman Fight
Odds and ends.
How in the world am I ever going to make sense of all that?
I won’t of course.
But it’ll all be here in some form or another.
Let’s start off with St. Patrick’s Day.
Imagine your name is Connor Garvey.
And you look like this – notice the color of his hair:
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Imagine you’re a singer – songwriter and because of your name you always get asked to play on March 17th – otherwise known as St. Patrick’s Day.
The only problem?
You don’t know a single “Irish” song.
Can make for a difficult evening.
So you write an “Irish Song” and record it at a live concert.
Something to be enjoyed – but especially on St Patrick’s Day (great for morning shows).
Here’s a YouTube link to hear the song:
“Irish Song” is on the live album “Before The Meteors” coming soon to Amazon and iTunes:
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It’s a companion piece to Connor’s just released “Meteors And Beating Hearts”:
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Next on the list.
YouTube Views.
There are so many artists with new music these days – it’s almost impossible to figure out who’s making an impact.
And who has time?
Peter Bradley Adams has a new album just out called “The Mighty Storm”.
You might wonder -what kind of audience does Peter have these days – this being his 5th solo album after debuting with eastmountainsouth a decade ago.
The simple answer?
A big one.
A very big one.
Everyone says that more music is listened to on YouTube than anywhere else these days…..
……so what happens if you go to YouTube and type in Peter Bradley Adams?
Turns out people LOVE to make photo and lyric videos out of Peter’s songs – he has an emotional connection with the audience that is amazing.
So type in his name and this is what comes up to start:
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The list just keeps going on and on.  Notice the lead track from his last album “Between Us” has OVER TWO MILLION VIEWS and they are hundreds of thousands of other views (including over 100,000 from a live performance at radio station WNRN in Charlottesville).
Not many artists have kind of connection with their audience.
Here’s the link to the “Between Us” video with over 2 million views:
 
What’s next on my chapter list?
Justin Timberlake?
An interesting story – half smart / half crazy.
I always love to surprise my wife with presents that she totally doesn’t expect.
Tickets to Justin Timberlake were one such present – she’s a big fan and I thought that he probably is very entertaining in concert and it’d be a fun thing to do.
I was right:
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We had a great night.
But this leads into the “crazy” part and the next chapter:
Mountain Rescue Association
For twenty plus years in California I was a member of a mountain search and rescue team.  On a pager 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year.
If the pager went off I was out the door.
Rescue work took lots of training……before joining the rescue team I did a lot of mountaineering and training with the Sierra Club and my rescue team was a part of the Mountain Rescue Association (www.mra.org).
Every year we attended a state wide training with all the other California MRA teams and had to certify in one of three disciplines that rotated every year – rock rescue, search and tracking or snow & ice rescue.
After all those years of training, rescue work and rescue management experience (I was Captain of the team for seven years and spent a term as the Vice – Chair of the Calif Region of the MRA) I now travel back to California to work as an examiner for the testing that’s held the first Saturday of March every year.
This year the Search and Tracking testing was held in Placer County California – (somewhere between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe).
Here’s the crazy part.
Usually I plan in advance – fly to Los Angeles a few days ahead of the test and have some music business meetings before I head to the testing site.
Was just about to click on the “Buy Ticket” button on my computer to get a really inexpensive ticket to fly to LA for my regular trip…..when I thought…..”Oh oh – when’s the Timberlake concert?”.
“Crap!”
Thursday night….in Boston.
The MRA test was Saturday morning in Placer County at 7am.
Think you’re tired?
Here’s what I had to do.
My wife and I drove 4 hours to Boston for the concert.
Had a great time.
Drove 4 hours back to Maine.
Got home at 3:30am
Got up at 6am – left the house at 7am to drive to Portland, ME to catch my first flight to Newark – where I connected to a flight to LA (had to fly in and out of LA)……we got to LA an hour late because of the strong winds from one of the big winter storms blowing across the country…..at 6pm (now 9pm my time in Maine).
Then I proceeded to enjoy that wonderful rush hour traffic on the 405 freeway (the busiest in the country) and finally got to pick up my search gear and leave for the training at 9pm (now midnight East Coast time).
Got the training site at 4:30am after the all night drive (caffeine is my very good friend).
Put the seat back in the car and napped for an hour and a half and then got ready for the testing.
(If you’re counting that’s about 4 hours of sleep in about 36 hours – not counting some dozing on the plane).
Had a great time working the test – I was one of the examiners for the Santa Barbara Search and Rescue Team and they aced the exam.
Here’s the 7am morning meeting for the briefing for the examiners:
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Here’s all the members of the MRA certified teams gathering for the annual photo – (that’s a lot of people that volunteer their time to rescue people in very dangerous situations):
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Here’s the Santa Barbara team command post – planning the search:
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Another command post photo – notice the snappy vest I get to wear hanging over the chair – such a fashion guy I am:
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After the testing was over – I headed out for a three hour drive to Carson City, NV to visit my Aunt and Uncle……and get some glorious sleep……ahhhhh.
Then back to LA for a day of meetings and then back to Maine.
Funny thing about being in LA after adjusting to a colder than usual winter in Maine.
As soon as the outside temperature on the rental car dashboard read 64 degrees – I turned the AC on – It was too warm for me!
After the normal 12 hour travel day – from Los Angeles back to Midcoast Maine – I arrived home at about 2am to a much more comfortable temperature – ahhhhh. (Although finding the battery in my car totally dead at midnight in the parking garage at the Portland airport because I left the dome light on was not the most pleasant of return surprises – Doh!):
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Which leads me to the next chapter “Winter Box Races”.
If you read my last posting you would have seen all the photos (and video!) of our annual US National Toboggan Championships.
A great way for adults to act like kids and have fun.
The kids want their day as well – so last weekend was the 3rd Annual Winter Box Races.
Sort of like the Pinewood Derby other places do in the summer.
Uh uh.
No summer breezes and lazy days for us.
We do cardboard box races on the tubing hill:
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We even had a Jamaican Bobsled:
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Alas – history has a tendency to repeat itself – the Titantic hit the iceberg once again:
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But nonetheless – a great day was had by all!
Monopoly!
Ethan decided one evening a week or so ago that he was ready for the real thing – no more kiddie version of Monopoly – he wanted to play the adult version.
Sure enough – he picked it up quickly….it wasn’t long before he held that exclusive title to “Boardwalk”.
And wouldn’t ya know…….4 houses later…….dad landed where he shouldn’t have:
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Which I guess is a good thing…..because dad loves his music business company – and as wonderful as it is – it’ll be nice to have a real estate mogul in the family making those big bucks!
But it sure is satisfying when Mishara Music artists get Awards.
Connor Garvey (he of the “Irish Song” above) is currently touring supporting his new album “Meteors And Beating Hearts” and has been attending festivals and winning some nice trophies in the past couple of years.
He won the 2011 Maine Songwriters Association Grand Prize after being nominated against some other great songwriters:
Connor Garvey Maine Songwriters
He also won the songwriting prize at the 2012 Texas Wildflower Music festival:
Connor Garvey Wildflower Winner 2012
Connor was nominated for Male Performer Of The Year at the New England Music Awards a few weeks ago – didn’t win this time but it was a great category of performers:
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But then comes another winner – Connor just got voted by the fans as “Most Wanted” for the upcoming 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival:
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Might be worth taking a listen to the above mentioned new album “Meteors And Beating Hearts”.
Here’s a recently posted YouTube Listening Channel where you can hear the entire album:
Tracks I love a lot include “Bright Morning”, “Old House” and “Spark”!
I’m curious to know what other Connor fans like???
Speaking of Awards and specifically those New England Music Awards from a couple weeks ago…..(.I do believe Connor got robbed in his category ask me why and I’ll tell you) but Mishara Music had a great night nonetheless.
Why?
None other than our Chris Ross won in his category:
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And those voters have no idea what’s coming – they haven’t heard the newest songs yet…..Chris just posted three acoustic versions of new songs on YouTube that will be on his next album – due this Spring / Summer and they’re great.
Want to sample them?
 “Burns”
“Easier Said Than Done”
“Drunk Women”
And while I’m talking about new songs – if you haven’t seen these two performances by Barnaby Bright of new tunes that will be on their next album – also due this summer – you ain’t seen / heard nuthin’.
There is no better realistic love song than “Just The Same” and this simple version recorded at 9am at a radio station visit is a perfect rendition.  I’ve heard people gasp out loud at some of the lyrics at shows:
Here’s another new one “Sail” – recorded live in Portland Oregon on tour opening when Barnaby Bright was on tour with Vienna Teng:
Snowman Fight
Every year my wife loves to get outside and make snowmen during those wonderful winter days when we have great snow and bright sun……every year she does something different.
Earlier this year she started winter with the annual traditional snowman:
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But you’d be surprised to know that snowmen are territorial.
If you build them too close together – they’ll start fighting.
How?
With snowballs of course:
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But alas….if you’re a snowman…..no matter who wins the fight….ol’ Sol is always the victor – a good lesson for all of us:
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Odds And Ends
So learning the lesson of the snowmen – we make the most of winter – it’s here, it’s cold, it’s fun.
Nothing like a family snowshoe hike:
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On a sunny day in winter:
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But the snow will be gone soon – at the harbor you can feel the change in the air and that Spring is close by:
 
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We’ve loved winter – I’ll keep you posted on our Spring adventures in Maine.
My only problem until then……with Spring in the air  it brings rapid changes in weather – warm / cold / warm / cold – we tend to get icy rain and then immediate freezing.
I’ve become an expert in shoveling and clearing snow…..just can’t quite figure out how to “shovel” ice:
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PS Snowmen and landscape photos by Kim Ratner!
PPS One more music mention – Ken Yates album “twenty-three” continues to garner great airplay all over the country and he continues touring to support the album.  Here’s the YouTube listening channel:
PPPS  Don’t forget – over 50 free songs available on our Mishara Music Amazon.com free song samplers:
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More free songs on our http://www.misharamusic/freesongs page – and we never require an email address or registration of any kind to download our free songs!
Enjoy and share.
18
Feb

Toboggan Terror (my own w / video) / books / Valentines / Creative 50 – the Marcrescue Blog – Life in Maine with an Eight Year Old

Greetings All,
I can never seem to get these letters written as often as I’d like……if for no more reason lately than it’s hard to find things to write about and take photos when you’re clearing snow an average of 3 hours every third day.
But how good an excuse is that?  More about that later in the letter.
Also as you might have figured out – once I start writing – I have a hard time stopping.
This time I have it figured it out.
You’ll know when I’ve reached the end!
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That photo was taken at the beginning of winter…..since then my snowblower, snow shovel and I have become a good team.
We have two large driveways & a long deck that need to be cleared after every storm and then I head down the road and help out 4 neighbors with some cleanup (I’m the only person in the neighborhood with a snowblower – and some of our neighbors have some issues – medical and otherwise – that won’t allow them to use a shovel themselves).
I feel like I’m 14 years old again…..and going from house to house……shoveling snow……and making my weekly paycheck……I think I made about a buck a house back then……now I do it for free.
It takes three to four hours to get all the snow clearing done if we have a six inch snowfall….and we’ve had a lot of snowfall lately.
So what do we do in-between the snowstorms?
Play in the snow of course.
Ethan loves to sled down the road before the plow comes:
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And you can certainly say about us – “the family that stays together – snowshoes together”:
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We walk up the hill a couple hundred yards and step into a beautiful trail:
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But every February we really look forward to the US National Toboggan Championships which take place at the Camden Snow Bowl – 1 /4 of a mile down the road…..we just walk down the hill:
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This year was the 24th annual Toboggan Championship and as always there are three kinds of participants.
1st – are the serious racers…..they come from all over the country.
Their sleds are customized:
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They win nifty trophies:
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The second group of participants are the ones that compete for the “Best Dressed” prize
Here’s the “Rocket” team:
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The “Eat More Kale” team:
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The “Willy Wonka” team:
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The “Presidents” team:
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The “I Have No Idea What They’re Called” team:
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And the “Royal Danish” team (who usually win the “Best Dressed” trophy each year):
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The third group of participants are teams put together by locals otherwise known as the  “I Can’t Believe My Friends Talked Me Into This” team (I’m second from the left):
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Because we don’t have our own specially made and waxed toboggan – we have to use a town owned sled that hasn’t been waxed since it was built 20 years ago…..we don’t make the finals – it takes a time under 9 seconds to do that……and as you can see “The Sliding Grundels” actually got slower on our second run:
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But we did that run down the ice chute two times – think of the bobsled / skeleton ice track at the Olympics and then dial those expectations down about 1000% and you end up with a shaky wooden slot with hard ice on the bottom – (no temperature problems here – it was about 18 degrees this year as we made the run).
First you have to hike up the hill with your sled:
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Then you approach the load in slot:
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And – zoom – the longest and at the same time the fastest 9 seconds of my life….that’s us passing in front of the timing shed:
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Why can’t you see me?  Because of the way we set up on the toboggan – I’m third on the sled and flat on my back looking directly up at the sky – couldn’t see a thing.
BUT…..the reason we set up that way was so our guy on the front of the sled could take movies of our run on his “GoPro” camera – once in each direction.
So here’s your chance to ride along with us…..the camera facing forward……you can hear our yells:
And now with the camera facing backwards…..at the end of the run you can see me release the legs of the last guy on the sled and he falls off (intentionally):
That’s what we do for fun in the middle of winter.
Speaking of nice runs – Connor Garvey:
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……has just released his second album on Mishara Music titled “Meteors And Beating Hearts” and he’s been having a great time since his last album was released.
He’s been traveling to music festivals all over the country and winning all sorts of prizes.
He started by winning the songwriting Grand Prize at the Maine Songwriters Association in 2012 and then soon afterwards he won the songwriting prize at the Texas Wildflower Festival:
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He just was voted “Most Wanted” for the 2014 Falcon Ridge Festival:
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And this upcoming Saturday night – he’s up for “Performer Of The Year” (or “Perfromer” I guess – oops) at the New England Music Awards”:
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When you win all those awards for songwriting – you can bet the album is terrific:
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I love “Bright Morning”…..I love “Old House”……I love “Willow”…..I love “Spark”……arghhhh……I love the whole album……here’s a great way to listen to all the songs……a YouTube Listening Channel:
Please enjoy this wonderful album.
Concerning other subjects – let’s talk about books for a moment.
I love to read and always have a stack of books in line to read:
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I just finished the latest book by Michael Connelly:
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I hate it – absolutely hate it – when I finish the newest book by one of my favorite authors.
Why?
Because mostly likely it’ll be a year before their next volume comes out.
I can’t stand the waiting.
I wish they could be more prolific.
Which reminds me of a couple things.
First – like I mentioned above – I have trouble writing a simple letter on any kind of regular schedule..
Second – the 50th anniversary – we just celebrated – of the first American visit by these guys:
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(The first visit that is except for George – did you know he visited America the year before to visit his sister who lived in the Midwest….and actually sat in one night with a local band at a club?  Imagine their surprise the next time they saw him…..true story – there’s a book about it.)
But what really got me thinking is that all of the music they recorded was done in a 7 year period – from 1962 to 1969.
All of it.
That would be like one of my favorite authors writing – what? 50 novels in the same timeline?
Amazing.
Prolific.
I can’t imagine anyone else doing something like that.
With one exception.
When I thought about 50 years……I thought – there’s one example of artistry that even exceeds The Beatles.
You can’t imagine?
It’s true.  I looked it up.
50 years of work….by one man – he did all the work all by himself…..that we enjoyed every single day……7 days a week…..365 days a year for 50 years.
With arguably an even bigger impact on society.
Here’s my favorite character of Charles Schulz’ work – you know all the others:
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Take a moment and think about it – he did a Peanuts comic strip every single day for 50 years – 7 days a week – 365 days a year.
Whew.
Let’s talk about Valentines’ for a moment.
We went out for dinner and I got two great gifts.
One from my wife…..who knows me well…..never had a t-shirt from this band before…..so 50 years later:
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And can’t beat a great “Dragon” drawing from Ethan:
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Ethan got a great present – he got to go see “The Lego Movie” in 3-D:
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Dad and Mom enjoyed it too.
One of these days – Dad and Mom will actually go to a non-animated movie…..I think we’ve seen 3 in the last eight years.
Thankfully the new generation of animated movies is pretty great….although I could have done without “Chipwrecked”…..really-could-have-done-without-it.
One other Valentines’ Day note – for our Mishara Music mailing list I put together a list of my favorite “Valentines'” songs from our artists.  Some nice listening – enjoy:
As Connor Garvey says – It All Starts With a “Spark”:
Clarensau titled the song “Love”:
Barnaby Bright has a song for the heartbroken “Made Up Of:
Ken Yates is firm about it – “I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”:
Chris Ross when asked about his heartbreak will only say that he’s “Mostly Sober”:
Peter Bradley Adams says it’s all “Between Us” (amazing – this video version has over 2 million views):
Clarensau invites you to “Dance With Me” (this song is starting to show up as a “first dance” wedding song – how cool is that!):
Connor Garvey is coming for you driven by the “Western Wind”:
Kat Maslich says it all in “March”:
And lastly as this is a “songs” Valentine – Barmaby Bright wonder what would happen “If I Came Back As A Song”:
Remember you can download free songs by all these artists (including some of the above songs) at:
There are also more free songs on the Amazon.com Mishara Music Free Song Samplers – 54 totally free songs for you to enjoy:
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Enough of all that – I think now I’ve finally reached the end of this letter.
How do I know?
Remember those great costumes at the Toboggan Championships?
Here’s one more:
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It’s definitely time for the “END”:
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Marc
Marc Ratner

Mishara Music

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19
Jan

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

Greetings,
Welcome to the New Year.
(Special note….I discovered the 100% best guaranteed holiday weight loss plan this season and will be sharing it at the end of the email……guaranteed……absolutely fool proof……you can bet on it!)
A lot of snow & ice has come (and some gone) since I last wrote.
Sure there’s music in my life but there’s so much more.
Let’s discuss the “so much more” for a bit.
Let’s start with a farm.
Not my farm.
Terra Optima Farm
It’s somewhere in Maine…..somewhere near us.
A woman named Cheryl runs this farm and a local farm store.
I’ve never met her…..don’t know exactly where the farm is and have never visited the store (although a visit there is on my “gotta do soon” list).
But I feel like I know Cheryl.
Because I wake up with her every morning.
Cheryl does a “Farm Report” on Facebook every morning – usually around 4:30am.
She’s working earlier than morning dj’s and I would think a lot harder as well.
A lot of people dislike Facebook for being a wasteland of useless information but I have to be thankful in this one instance because it’s a forum for some of the best writing I’ve seen in a long time.
Here’s Cheryl’s post about her Grandfather:
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 If you only click on one link in this post then click on this one:
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Starting your morning reading Cheryl’s Farm Report will make your day.
And the next time we chat we can discuss Lancelot the rooster who’s in love with Charlotte the pig….and all the other scandals in animal land.
A reality show I finally can be truly interested in.
In other news – you might have heard that we had some cold weather recently.
If I remember correctly – there were days and days when it never got much above zero:
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I think it went like this – snowstorm, snowstorm, ice storm, snowstorm, snowstorm.
And the weather never pays attention to your schedule.
We went to NYC for a couple of days – our annual holiday trip.
When we got back – I had to find my car – I think this was it:
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But it was worth losing my car for a while to spend a couple holiday days in NYC.
We covered the top holiday spots this year!
Did you know they have real USPS “Spongebob” mailboxes in the big apple?  Quite cool if you’re 7 years old:
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You can’t beat a before opening hours tour of FAO Schwartz – the world’s coolest toy store (thanks Joanna, Roy, Steve and Anthony for our tour):
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Can’t beat Macy’s windows at Christmastime:
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Inside Macy’s – in the line to see Santa – they have special “Miracle on 34th Street” windows – one of my favorite things from the entire trip:
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And how can you not see the Holiday show at Radio City Music Hall:
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And of course “the tree”:
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Before we knew it we were back on Amtrak leaving the city on our way back to Maine:
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Back in Maine we celebrate the holidays in a more downhome style.
We have a holiday parade – not quite Rosebowl type floats – but big fun and very creative:
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When the parade is over – virtually the whole town walks up to the library hill:
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We all go there for the town tree lighting!
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A great time is had by all.
But even with all the celebration winter can be pretty rough in Maine.
During the cold snap we had – Cheryl was posting on her Farm Report about how tough it was on the farm animals.
I never thought about it – barns aren’t heated.
It was interesting reading.
And the tough times were brought even closer to home to us when a friend called and asked if we’d be able to fill in a for driver for the local “Meals On Wheels” program.
Kim and I immediately said yes – and we both took a day off to deliver 19 meals – during a snow storm on one of the coldest days of the year.
Because of the storm – Ethan’s school was closed – so he came with us and helped us deliver the meals – an important thing to do and a great life lesson for a 7 year old.
Here’s the temp outside as we started our deliveries:
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The way the program works – the recipients receive one hot meal each day Monday through Friday.

No deliveries on the weekends.

The people we delivered to were all elderly – mostly alone, a few couples.
The last delivery we made was to a nice woman who lived in a very tiny house at the end of a long driveway.
She had a bit of trouble walking so Kim asked her if she could help her put the little mini carton of milk in the refrigerator…..and she said……”No, that’s okay…..I think I’ll eat it now thank you”.
A small meal, a tiny milk carton like you used to get in grade school, a small container of chocolate pudding, a roll and some sort of hot meal in a container.
I thought about that on the drive home…..a number of people we delivered to were surprised that we were out in the below zero temperatures in a snow storm – they hadn’t expected to get a delivery that day.  We were told by the program people that if we hadn’t been able to help – the recipients would have been called and told to eat the “emergency” meal in their freezer.
That last nice lady was apparently eating her last hot meal until the following Monday delivery…..on Friday at about 2pm.
In a snowstorm, in minus 5 degree weather in an area that very easily could lose power for many, many hours.
It’s not just the animals that have it tough.
Later that night I watched a movie that brings me to tears every year…..and thought how wonderful it is that we live in a town where people help and look out for each other…..just like Bedford Falls:
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And I thought about how lucky I am.
Don’t make anywhere near the money I used to make as a VP in the big time record biz in Los Angeles.
But I have a great family, great friends and at a moment’s notice we can say…..”Yeah…we’ll take the day off to delivery some meals on wheels”.
And I’m happy I’ve made the choice to work with music and artists that I love.
Don’t need much else.
Speaking of music.
Loving our two newest albums.
Ken Yates “twenty-three”
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So much I can say about the album but it’s best to just hear the music.
Here’s a YouTube Listening Channel for the entire album – an easy way to listen:
Our newest release is Connor Garvey’s “Meteors And Beating Hearts”
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Here’s the YouTube Listening Channel:
Even better than having this music in our company is having the freedom as an independent music company to give a bunch of it away.  And on our free song pages there’s no nonsense about having to give up an email or register in any way.  Just click, download and enjoy….and share it with anyone you’d like.
Want a free track from Ken Yates? 
One of my favorite tracks on the album is “The One That Got Away”
Want a free track from Connor Garvey?
“Old House” has me mesmerized – I listen to it over and over again!
In fact – want a link to over 50 free tracks from Mishara Music (and some great company friends)?
Head on over to Amazon.com to our five Mishara Music Free Amazon Samplers:
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Here’s the link:
And let me share two videos that are hints of what’s to come this year.
Chris Ross is writing for his new album and just posted a new live acoustic song on his YouTube Channel (which has over 300,000 views now)….it’s a song called “Burns” and a couple signs of how people are liking it – it almost immediately had over 2000 views and someone has already covered the song and posted their own YouTube video of it……but let’s watch Chris’ version……Taylor Swift has nothing on Chris – he writes way better break up songs:
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And Barnaby Bright has been on tour all fall and winter and have been playing some new tunes that will be on the new album……here’s a live version of “Sail”:
2014 is going to be a fun year.
Even as dangerous as the extremely cold weather, snow and ice can be it also can be very beautiful.
This year with the peculiar way the snow and ice storms happened we had some especially wonderful winter views:
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But don’t take winter for granted.
For instance – when you’re running out of wood for the woodstove:
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And you realize that you never got all the wood stacked this year because of the snowstorms while you were out of town and it’s time to deal with the……frozen solid wood cave:
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That’s a wood cave made out of snow….more snow….then ice….then two more snow storms….and then some melting and freezing.
Aughhhhhhhhh.
But finally you’re back inside….warming up….and reminded of the wonderful Amtrak trip to NYC:
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And also reminded of the wonderful music you get to work with all year long:
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And of course you’ve got the great birthday card you received from Ethan in early December to remind you that you don’t have to be on top of everything:
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Because you’re not in charge!
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Best of all – no matter how much eggnog you had – how many holiday cookies you ate and how much you have indulged yourself since Thanksgiving……you know you didn’t gain any weight at all…..matter of fact…..you lost quite a few pounds.
You feel really good about it.
As long as…………
You never weigh yourself…………
Except……….
………..On the scale they have at the Natural History Museum in New York City.
The one that gives your weight as if you were standing on the moon:
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29 pounds?
Think I’ll have another cookie.
As Cheryl at Terra Optima Farms says:
“Just Be Happy”.
Marc
29
Nov

The “Day After Thankgiving” what I’m thankful for post. Now that the meal is over – Life in Maine – the Marcrescue blog

Greetings all,
So yesterday I saw all sorts of posts with beautiful roasted turkeys and great meals with family and friends.
They were all terrific.
I thought I’d do a “day after” post that wasn’t so much about the food (with one very important exception!)
So here’s what I happen to be thankful for at the moment.
Having time yesterday to fix a Lego problem:
Thanksgiving legos 11-28-2013
We always love starting the day watching the parade together!
Watching the parade 11-28-2013
And ending the evening with our annual Peanuts viewing….”Charlie Brown – don’t let Lucy fool you again”:
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The woodstove sure is important this time of the year:
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It’s winter here – not much snow yet – but everyone is battening down the hatches:
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I very much appreciate that I love what I do as a partner in an independent music company.
Being independent means that we can work with musicians that we like with music that we love (and that is our mission statement – “Music we love – People we like”).
Our newest release is “Meteors And Beating Hearts” by Connor Garvey.
Love the artwork:
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Connor’s a great guy:
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As seriously as he takes his music….he knows how to have fun and not take himself so seriously:
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And at Mishara Music we get to do things differently.
If we want to give away an unbelievably great song from Connor’s new album – a song called “Old House”…..we can do that…..and we can do it the right way…..you don’t have to give us an email address or register in any way to get the free tune.
What we’re thinking……if you love the song and Connor……you’ll get involved……if you don’t – no email address will ever be useful.
Why make it difficult?
So we don’t!
Connor Garvey Old House Free Song Page
Matter of fact – we like giving away songs so much…..that not only do we give them away on our website:
We really up the game with our five free song samplers on Amazon.com – 54 different free songs by both Mishara Music artists and friends of the label:
5 Amazon Samplers
At last count – before sampler # 5 released a couple weeks ago – we had given away over 890,000 free songs through Amazon.
A great way to sample new music.
Here’s the song listing from new sampler # 5 – a great hour of listening:
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We also make it easy to sample our music.
Don’t you just hate it when people post 30 second clips of their songs?
Who can listen to that?
That’s why we have YouTube Listening Channels for almost all of our albums.
An easy way to listen to the entire album – song by song.
Here’s “Meteors And Beating Hearts”:
(More Listening Channels at the end of the letter).
But enough about music….let’s get back to some more immediately important day after items.
As I mentioned I saw lots and lots of postings on Thanksgiving with plates and plates of food.
But at the end of the day…..here’s what really counts!
Number One – A sink totally free of dishes – (can you believe I finally found a way to include a photo of the kitchen sink in one of these blogs!):
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Number Two – The dishwasher filled and washing:
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And perhaps the most important thing of all……
Number Three – A huge container of leftover turkey:
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But if there’s one thing I’m most thankful for waking up the day after Thanksgiving…..
…..It’s that it’s break week at the Y and thank goodness there was no spinning class at 8:15am this morning.
After what I ate yesterday – this cruel, inhuman instrument of torture would eat me if I had to face it today:
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I’m sure not looking forward to spinning class Monday morning!
Which means I’m very, very thankful for this weekend!
Marc
PS  Wanna hear some great music?
It’s easy – here are a few more YouTube Listening Channel’s:
Here’s Ken Yates album “twenty-three” (our previous newest release that is currently building up a huge amount of radio play):
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I still laugh at how hard it was to get to him to say hello at his show in Portland Maine a few months back….he had some great fans:
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I always keep going back to Chris Ross’ “Halfway To Wonderland”
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Chris is perhaps the most poetic lyricist I’ve come across in many years and as serious as his songs are – he brings that same poetic creativity to his FB posts like no other – only with a wicked sense of humor:
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Clarensau – a trio – records songs that emotionally connect with people in a way I haven’t seen before.
I constantly see tweets about “I Would Trade” from the “Until Our Lungs Give” ep and “Dance With Me” from the “This One’s For You” album:
Clarensau twitter comments 11-28-2013
“Until Our Lungs Give” ep:
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Tthe album “This One’s For You”:
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And lastly let me remind the world about Barnaby Bright – the husband and wife duo – Nathan and Becky Bliss:
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More and more I see comments like these on Twitter:
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Here’s “The Longest Day” album:
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And the “Gravity” ep:
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Enjoy them all – it’s free and easy listening!
15
Nov

Life in Maine with a 7 year old – don’t need much, a little music & a lot of imagination & family – the Marcrescue blog

Greetings all,
Back at the computer writing again.
With lots of photos of all our latest adventures and some new music.
(And note…..many, many of these photos – particularly the artistic ones were taken by my wife Kim.  She’s such a great photographer that I would be crazy not to up the visuals in this blog by not using her photos….but if I continue to do it without giving her credit….I’m in big trouble…..almost as much as I’ll be when she see’s the photos of her coming down the hay bales down the post a bit).
It’s a pretty simple life here in Maine but don’t ever confuse “simple” with “slow”.
Especially when you run an independent music company while your seven year attempts to monopolize all your time and money.
For him life much of the time is all about Legos.
The financial world of a seven year old is simple.
Money exists to buy Legos.
You think Legos are cheap plastic toys?
Only if you don’t have young kids.
I’m sitting here thinking about all that goes into building a house and how expensive it is – but if they were made out of Legos – houses would be way more expensive.
Probably 1000 times more based on how much those little suckers cost.
Of course when you’re a kid – you don’t have house payments, car payments and food comes out of the refrigerator or the pantry so your allowance can all go towards Legos:
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But we’re very glad we live in Maine and can try as often as possible to take advantage of our surroundings and get away from the ever commercialization of childhood.
There’s definitely snow in our future…..it’s not here yet but you can see and feel the change in the air…..the leaves are gone. Even without snow it looks like winter now:
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But before they left we had some wonderful colored leaves in the trees. (Note – it’s hard to capture the scope of the fall leaves in a photograph – so some of these photos use a special filter to bring out the color).
Out the back window, (with some visitors in the lower left of the yard going after the fallen apples from the apple trees):
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On our way back from upstate New York visiting family we took this photo of leaves past their peak in Vermont but wonderful nonetheless:
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Looking out over Hosmer Pond:
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One of the advantages of living in New England is being able to visit multiple apple orchards and pick your apples directly from the tree:
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Another great use of the outdoors……and usually a free occupation (outside of the small fee at the local state or federal parks) is hiking which we love to do.
We hiked a great park in upstate NY while visiting family – absolutely visually stunning:
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There’s a great trail no more than 1/2 mile from our house which takes us up “Bald Mountain”:
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One of our other autumn adventures is the corn maze at Beth’s Farm Market.
You really can get lost:
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Who needs expensive amusement parks when a few hay bales will do just fine:
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For that matter – you don’t even need the hay bales…..a back yard with some leaves is even better:
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One of the great ways of reducing the commercialization of music……is to give it away.
At Mishara Music we do that quite often.
Both on our website and at Amazon.com
At Amazon we just released out 5th free music sampler:
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I think this one is the best ever.
And it’s doing quite well:
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It’s a combination of Mishara Music artists and friends of the label – some newer unsigned artists and some experienced – Rebecca Loebe – a “Voice” Adam Levine team member a year ago – and very established – our pal Grant-Lee Phillips.
15 tracks by 12 artists:
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Here’s the link to the sampler on Amazon:
It’s been a while since I worked in radio (my first industry job) but to my ears it’s a pretty great hour of music.
It includes some very new music – specifically I’ll mention the new albums by Ken Yates which just arrived at radio stations around the USA this week and a new album coming from Connor Garvey.
Ken’s free track on the Amazon sampler is “The One That Got Away” which is soooo good and from his album “twenty-three”:
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Of course Ken’s had a wonderful friend already turn a lot of music fans onto his music via the second track on his album “I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”.
Two years ago when Ken was attending Berklee School Of Music in Boston the guest speaker at one of his classes was none other than John Mayer.
At the end of the class John asked the students to play him songs and flipped over Ken’s tune.
So much so he blogged about it…..on his personal blog and it was then picked up and reblogged by all the John Mayer fan sites.
Ken put up a rough mix of the tune on iTunes and ended up selling thousands of downloads which has given him a great fan base for touring even before this album was released.
Here’s the post that John Mayer wrote about Ken and “I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”:
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The album is every bit as good as that first tune that John wrote about and if I mention one track – I’ll have to mention quite a few……hard to choose.
The first track “In The Middle Of Heaven And Here” ends with the most amazing harmonies I’ve heard on record in a long time.  “23” the title track is all about the unknown future. Perhaps the track that might get played the most on radio is “The One That Got Away” – as I mentioned it’s the free track on our Amazon sampler above.  But I also love “New York Rain” and “Get Me Out Of Hollywood”…..a track I take to heart after leaving Los Angeles myself after living there for 35 years and moving about as far away as you can possibly go in the continental US – to the coast of Maine.  Can’t go wrong with this album.
Wanna hear the entire album?  Check out the YouTube listening channel where you can hear every song all the way through:
Connor Garvey’s new album is “Meteors And Beating Hearts” and will be available at iTunes and Amazon on Tuesday November 26th as a “Thanksgiving” present to the world:
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12 new songs that show why Connor keeps winning the grand prizes at song festivals (2012 Winner Wildflower Festival Performing Songwriter Competition, 2011 Winner Maine Songwriters Association Annual Songwriting Competition). 
There’s no better start than to listen to “Old House” which is the 3rd track on the Amazon sampler and is a stunning love song about a relationship & an old house and ends with an extended guitar piece that will take you right back to Mark Knopfler’s guitar playing with Dire Straits.
Here’s a direct link to the free track on Amazon:
 
Other Mishara Music artist news includes the fun of reading the tweets about Barnaby Bright as they tour the country with Vienna Teng…..you get a sense of “see them once – and you’re hooked”:
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I still can’t get enough of this new song “Just The Same” that will be on the new album after the first of the year…..if it’s this good in a radio interview at WNRN in Charlottesville at 9am in the morning…..I can just imagine what the finished recording will sound like:

Also from Twitter I keep seeing amazing tweets about Clarensau – and the song that’s starting to show up more and more is “Dance With Me” in connection with weddings:
Clarensau tweets 11-11-2013
If you’re a wedding dj (or if you’re not – it makes no difference) and are always looking for that special song to play at a wedding – check out “Dance With Me”:

Lastly in the music world….I’ve been on the road a bit lately with Chris Ross and the reaction to him live is just amazing.
“Mostly Sober” continues to generate response for Chris that I find to be way beyond what you would expect and shows around Veterans’ Day saw “Your America” bring tears to the eyes of people that have lived that difficult but essential life.
Here’s live house concert versions of both songs.
“Mostly Sober”:
“Your America”:
And of course Chris is better than anyone at documenting his life on Facebook….here are some of my recent favorite posts – you never know what’s going to come next (and it gives you an idea of why his songs are poetic masterpieces):
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Chris Ross FB Raccoon
Chris Ross FB Salsa
And lastly about Chris…..on one of our recent trips I happened to glance at floor of his car by the right back seat and it says everything about being a traveling musician on the road……such a romantic life…..this is just how I found it:
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It really sparks your imagination.
Which I think is important for adults these days and if you’re seven years old and your parents can keep you from being glued to tv or video games or the computer….there’s no telling what you might come up with.
Like a birthday party for a stuffed animal with cards (mom and dad also had to make a card):
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Presents for Fireball – made out of dad’s empty cd boxes:
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And of course all of Fireball’s friends got together for the party:
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The guest of honor:
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And what family doesn’t need their own newspaper….or “nespaper” – he’s not shy about raising money for those Legos:
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Family days are the best in Maine.
Whether it’s time to get our pumpkins for carving for Halloween:
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Which we bring to the town library for “Pumpkin Night” on the library steps:
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And after a hard day’s apple picking you get to have a candy apple:
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And the whole town turns out for a special showing of a classic film at our old time movie theatre that was built in 1923 (and totally restored now) and showed the film when it was new:
Wizard Of Oz line 10-20-2013
Wizard Of Oz 10-20-2013
You can’t beat Halloween though……when you get to be an X-Wing fighter pilot:
X-Wing fighter pilot 10-31-2013
Which is made even better because Mom has a friend who can knit the coolest hats:
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Speaking of caps……I had a great time recently pulling out my four favorite baseball caps…..one for each series win:
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It’s been a classic fall for sure.
We don’t need much in Maine…..as long as we have each other.
Surprise someone – hug them – they’ll love it.
Marc
12
Nov

My Uncle had a problem on November 11th we’re trying to solve

Greetings All,

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?

Sorta faded?

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?

The 1940’s?

That was ages ago.

Here’s Uncle Gene and Aunt Ruth – if you see them give them my regards.

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All the best,

Marc

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.

Marc Ratner

Mishara Music

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6
Oct

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

Greetings,
My last post was in August.
I guess you can’t accuse me these days of being much of a spammer.
But that’s not a bad thing.
Somehow I seemed to miss the month of September on the computer.
Not entirely of course – I was working – but life seemed to get in the way.
That’s not a bad thing.
I remember a poll taken in the 90’s that I saw the results of…..it asked what the biggest time saving device was…..and what was the worst time saving device.
You might think that the computer is a time saving device but it was # 1 on the time losing side of the poll.
As it turns out – although it does save so much time for many tasks…..because it opens up so much more opportunity to do things…..it was far and away the worst device for time saving.
It’s the truth.
I enjoy having the three computers I have on my desk and the opportunities they give me….but let’s face it – computers get in the way of life.
Let’s go back to the beginning.
Before computers.
Growing up all those many years ago I remember we always had a record player in the house.
TV was black and white and didn’t seem to be on much when I was a young kid.
But music was always there.
My first musical memory is of these three albums being in top rotation in the house…..there’s a special place in my heart for all three:
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What a great beginning for a musical education.
I was hooked.
I became a musician – first classical violin, (I even played in the Mpls Youth Symphony Orchestra).
Then classical guitar.
But rock and roll was starting and I was there.
It began with lots and lots of records.
Then came concerts.
Boston was a great place to grow up because all the great artists came through and played.
Someday in one of these letters I’ll list the shows I saw.
But today as I highlighted the three records above that mean so much to me I’m going to highlight three concerts that also changed my world from three artists that in their time changed the entire world.
They happened in reverse order
The first began a life long love of live music.
The second helped me understand the birth of rock and roll.
The third blew away my arrogance about one type of music being more important than any other and brought me back to the idea of the those three albums above – completely different but all a part of the family of music.
It started on August 18th, 1966.
Bless my mother – she took two kids – my sister and I to a concert that I had to see or I would just die.
It’s what parents do.
Thanks mom!
 Beatles August 18th, 1966
Not more than 25 minutes on stage and only 11 songs. But never to be forgotten.
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Not that many years later I had just started in radio as a music director at a Top 40 radio station in Boston and the local RCA rep – Don DeLacy – came by the station not long after I started and said “Hey, I’ve only got one ticket….you want it?”
I said “Sure”.
Not sure what I was going to see and appreciate.
He was still at the peak of his powers this night – his only performance ever in Boston – November 10th, 1971:
 Elvis Presley Boston Garden November 10, 1971
Mindblowing.
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Elvis Presley Set List November 10th, 1971
By the late 70’s I was in Los Angeles working in the record business and a friend from another label called up and said “I’ve got a pair of tickets to the show – want them?”
Being very curious I said sure…..this will be fun.
I knew what I was getting with The Beatles.
I had a reasonable idea with Elvis.
But as I said above – this concert blew me away because I went in so secure in my comfort with rock and roll and it forever smashed any pre-conceived notions that I might have had about what music is cool and what isn’t.
It brought me back to my parents house and the musical education that I had as a young child – where all types of music counted and were important.
June 14th, 1979
Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles when I was still an open air concert venue:
Frank Sinatra UA August 6, 1980
(Sorry about the photo – I’m amazed at how few Sinatra in concert photos are out there on the internet).
As bad as the photo is – is as great as the show was.
63 years old and the show was perfect.
Frank was charming, funny, engaging – the singing was perfection.
All that I’d heard about him was true.
Especially the phrasing – better than anyone before or since.
 Frank Sinatra 1979 Concert Setlist
The next day I called my friend Ron Fell at The Gavin Report who I knew could tell me what Sinatra albums I should buy.
His top recommendation was Sinatra At The Sands:
Sinatra At The Sands
I love it….but it still doesn’t capture how great that evening was.
So I try to remember all sorts of lessons from all of that.
My love of music is ever expanding.
I make no decisions about what I’ll like before I hear it.
I’m always surprised.
I’m not concerned about cds vs digital files or how the music comes to me.
It’s all about listening.
And as much as my computers help me listen – they also keep me from listening…..when I’m working and music is on in the backround – I don’t really hear it.
Music deserves it’s own time.
The other key from above is about parents.
How important they are in a kid’s life.
My parents music is my music.
My mother took me to see The Beatles.
It’s a lesson I hopefully learned well.
Ethan is seven – we do all we can to live life in Maine and keep us all off the computer.
Maine is perfect for that.
We love the annual “American Folk Festival” (Don’t think “folk” think “world” music) in Bangor every summer:
American Folk Festival 05-24-2013
Dance to the music!
American Folk Festival Dancing 2013
We love taking Amtrak from Portland to Boston to see a Red Sox game…..gives time for dad to take a nap:
Amtrak to Red Sox 09-21-2013
Even baseball can be about music…..everyone loves “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”…..and everyone loves when Ethan sings it:
 Take Me Out To The Ballgame
We have a great time at Fenway – even if I haven’t quite figured out the “take our own photo of us at the game angle” yet with my camera:
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But I did a somewhat better job of catching my horror at being talked into getting on the “Tilt-A-Whirl” at the Union County Fair with Kim and Ethan – another Maine event we love every summer:
Tilt-a-Whirl Union County Fair 08-23-2013
Union County Fair 08-23-2013
 Our last ride of the night is always the Ferris Wheel:
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We also love the “Common Ground Fair” put on by the Maine Organic Growers and Farmers:
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No fancy fair rides but a kid can have a great time jumping off some hay and sliding down a hillside on cardboard – it’s all about imagination:
Common Ground Fair Hay Jumping
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Summer was fun:
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But autumn has arrived in Maine:
Hosmer Pond 09-18-2013
The leaves are changing:
 Autumn 10-05-2013
Every morning we’re out waiting for the school bus:
Waiting for the Bus 09-30-2013
Our small Maine town has a most amazing film festival – the “Camden International Film Festival” or “CIFF”:
CIFF 09-30-2013
Now in it’s 9th year and recognized by “The Academy” (you know – those Oscar folks), filmmakers come from all over the world to screen their documentaries.
An amazing event that we love.
As I love the music and artists at Mishara Music.
Lots of shows lately.
Caitlin Canty played in Portland – such a great show.  Do not miss her in concert:
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“Still Here” is getting much of the radio airplay at AAA radio – have you heard it yet?
But I find I keep going back to “Southern Man” on the album – if I were to pick a favorite track this would be it – such an exquisite song and performance:
You can hear her entire album “Golden Hour” here:
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Ken Yates “twenty-three” is our latest release on Mishara Music:
You can listen to the entire album “twenty-three” here on our YouTube Listening Channel:
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Ken’s a great songwriter and we’re not the only people that think so.
When he was a student at Berklee School Of Music a few years ago – John Mayer came and spoke to his songwriting class and asked the students to play him some songs.
He flipped for “I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” by Ken – so much so he blogged about it and all his fan sites reposted John’s blog post:
Ken Yates - John Mayer 05-05-2013
Now the song is out on “twenty-three” on Mishara Music.  Here’s the specific link to hear “I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”:
Here’s a tease about what’s coming next:
We’ve been working hard with Connor Garvey on two new albums from him coming soon.
A live album of new songs called “Before The Meteors”:
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It has a partner studio album with great recorded versions of all the new songs “Meteors and Beating Hearts”:
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Both will be out soon.
In the meantime you can hear Connor’s last album “Where Ocean Meets Land” here:
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Barnaby Bright are on tour with Vienna Teng all over the USA and from what I hear the shows are amazing!
One of the ways you can tell that an artist is getting viral is by watching Twitter…..when the posts are more from fans than the band itself you know the world is catching on.
Here’s a collection of Barnaby Bright comments on Twitter that I collected a couple of weeks ago:
BB Tweets 09-19-2013
Wanna hear some Barnaby Bright?
Here’s the last album “The Longest Day” on it’s YouTube Listening Channel:
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Want to learn more about them?
Here’s a great radio interview from a week ago at WJCU Cleveland by Karoline Kramer-Gould the music director at the station with Becky and Nathan with two great performances – “Reverend’s Son” from their “Gravity” EP and a preview of the next record – an amazing “couple’s love song” called “Just The Same”:
Speaking of Twitter –  Clarensau is another Mishara Music band that seems to be talked about constantly on that social media:
Clarensau Twitter 10-03-2013
You can hear their “Until Our Lungs Give” album here:
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and “This One’s For You”:
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One note about “This One’s For You” – the first track is called “Dance With Me”  and it’s starting to show up at weddings….as the official first dance!  A perfect song for that.  Here’s the direct link:
Our other new artist Sam Brenner has a great acoustic guitar & vocal release “Here At Home” on Mishara Music while he works on his next full studio recording.  It’s like a up close version of the songs.
Here’s the YouTube Listening Channel of “Here At Home”:
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Lastly let me mention that Mishara Music artist Chris Ross whom I consider to be the most poetic lyricist I’ve heard in years and years is beginning a new program of live concerts on www.stageit.com – the first Sunday of every month….the first would be tonight as I write this (October 6th, 2013).
You can watch it from the comfort of your home on your computer – live!  And it’s interactive – you can message Chris during the show and he’ll be doing requests and some special songs.  He promises a brand new song every show.
Here’s how to watch Chris Ross on Stageit (YouTube instruction video):
And here’s a YouTube Listening Channel for Chris’ album “Halfway To Wonderland” which includes his masterpieces “Mostly Sober” and “Your America”
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So it’s been busy.
But not so much that we don’t get out and enjoy Maine and music.
As I mentioned three special concerts in my life above – Ethan will have three to talk about when he’s an adult.
Imagine the tales he’ll be able to tell when he’s 63 – the same age Frank Sinatra was when I saw him in concert.
It’ll be 2069 – the 100th anniversary of the breakup of the Beatles.
And Ethan will be able to tell people about his first three adult concerts.
The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour with Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love etc / A James Taylor concert and Paul McCartney at Fenway Park – my mother taught me well:
Ethan Concerts
But let me say.
It’s not just about the kids.
The adults need their music moments as well.
Don’t think I ever did as well with a birthday present as I did when I surprised Kim with a pair of tickets to see a favorite artist of hers – Michael Buble – a week or so ago in Boston.
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Music keeps a family happy and Kim sure is better at taking a family self photo than I am:
Michael Buble 09-27-2013
Next – it’s on to Halloween:
Halloween Countdown 10-05-2013
Stay off the computer – listen to music!
Marc
PS A reminder.  Lots of totally free songs on the Mishara Music website @ http://www.misharamusic.com/freesongs
Mishara Music Free Song Page August 2013
PPS  One of the other great things about Maine…..when you’re driving to a concert and you need to stop for fast food for dinner…..we’ve got the best…..nothing beats a lobster roll!
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20
Aug

Life & Summer in Maine in photos, Caitlin Canty – a great way to listen, Don’t Go In The Basement & Music Conventions – the Marcrescue blog

Greetings All,
 
It’s been weeks since I’ve written..
 
We’ve been trying to make the most of summer and we’re horrified that it’s almost over.
 
We had so many plans, hopes and dreams for the endless stretch of summer days when school got out last June…..and now Ethan goes back to 2nd grade in about a week.
 
So…..no summer cleaning of the basement and garage…..they’re still scary places full of things we don’t need but don’t have time to get rid of.
 
How does that happen?
 
What were we thinking when we thought we had to have all that stuff…..when will we ever learn?
 
The good news… there’s a local Facebook “Garage Sale” sale page started by a friend of ours.
 
You can post things you want to get rid of…..and if the price is right almost everything sells.
 
A great way to clean out and de-stuff.
 
Except of course – you sell your junk…and end up buying someone else’s…and it ends up in the basement.
 
It’s just constant movement from one person’s house to another.
 
I’m sure beyond a doubt that one of these days we’ll buy something on the garage page….get it home and realize that it used to be ours in the first place.
 
But we’ll get a deal on it!
 
Be safe though….don’t go down in our basement!
 
 
So let’s wrap up the summer.
 
First new music and then summer in photos….and just the last part of summer…who can even remember back to the beginning.
 
 
Music.
 
Mishara Music by next week will have released three new albums this summer.
 
 
Early summer was Caitlin Canty’s “Golden Hour”
 
Acoustic, etherial and haunting.
 
Once you dig into the lyrics you’ll find an intensity that you didn’t expect.
 
I’ve always known that music attracts but lyrics are the emotional bond that really connects us to the artist.
 
Here’s our YouTube Listening Channel for the album – an easy way to listen to the entire album:
 
 
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Mid-summer Sam Brenner released an acoustic guitar, vocal EP “Here At Home”.  There’s nothing better than hearing an artist with just guitar, vocals and songs.
 
It’s pure, enchanting and hard to do.
 
It’s tougher than you think to make a “simple” acoustic album – check out “Here At Home” on it’s YouTube Listening Channel and see how he did (while he’s working on his full album with all kinds of cool instrumentation):
 
 
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Our last Mishara Music album of summer is from Canadian native and Berklee School of Music grad Ken Yates and his album “twenty-three”
 
It’s our end of summer album and highlights Ken’s songwriting which was written about in a blog post by none other than John Mayer.
 
John spoke to Ken’s class at Berklee in Boston and after hearing Ken’s song “I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” he wrote about it on his blog and among other kind words said this:
 
“Want to hear a great song? (I mean a REALLY great song?)” – John Mayer, one forty plus
 
Wanna hear it?  Check out twenty-three’s YouTube Listening Channel here:
 
 
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Mishara has YouTube Listening Channels for almost all of our albums….I’ll post a bunch of them at the end of this letter.
 
 
 
On to summer in Maine with a 7 year old.
 
With my broken ankle (detailed in an earlier version of this blog – read them all at www.marcrescue.wordpress.com) it seems I’ve taken fewer photos than normal.
 
Hard to do with both hands on crutches (thankfully I think I’m finally off of them).
 
But my wife Kim has taken more than usual and any photo that you think is particularly cool, interesting and artistic…..you can probably bet she took it…..and I haven’t given her proper credit.
 
 
 
Swimming.
 
Nana’s apt has a pool:
 
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We’ve been sneaking out at the end of the day lately to our favorite lake swimming hole at Barrett’s Cove:
 
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Movies
 
In the seven years since Ethan was born I think Kim and I have seen only two movies that weren’t animated and oriented for kids.
 
Thankfully kids movies are a big business these days and pretty great.
 
We loved Despicable Me 2:
 
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The flyer for the movie had cutouts for kids…..and no self respecting seven year old wouldn’t try them out:
 
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Wild Maine Blueberries.
 
Every year local farms open up on a certain day for self picking and we always go:
 
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Later as all the blueberries ripen we always buy 20 pounds of blueberries and freeze them for smoothies all winter:
 
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They harvest a lot of blueberries:
 
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Our 20 pounds:
 
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Baseball.
 
Every summer we buy tickets for 4 Portland Sea Dogs (the Double A Boston Red Sox farm team).
 
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This year we hit both fireworks night:
 
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And “kids run the bases” after the game day.  Didn’t get a good photo of Ethan running the bases but we got to take pictures standing in left field by the “Green Monster” wall at Portland’s Hadlock Field – which is an exact replica of the “Green Monster” at Fenway Park:
 
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Nothing like singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”….”And it’s One, Two, Three Strikes you’re out”:
 
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Conventions.

During the summer there are two radio / record business conventions that I attend every year

The great advantage of going to music business conventions is that the music companies bring artists in to play for the radio programmers and it’s a great opportunity to see wonderfully talented people up close in a setting that we’d never get to have any other way.
 
One of my favorite stories of how the professional and personal worlds can intersect happened a few years ago at the Boulder AAA radio / record gathering.
 
We had lunchtime and late afternoon mini concerts in a big tent set up in the back yard of the hotel.  This particular hotel was situated right by a river and running path used by the public.
 
There were no security fences or anything of that sort.
 
At this particular lunch meeting we were delighted to have a private concert by Patty Griffin.  A personal favorite artist of my wife and I.
 
I was standing by the back of the tent…..and watched out of the corner of my eye as a woman running on the jogging path…..stopped as she heard the music….and walked up the tent and peeked in and stood there in shock.  She told a couple of us standing around after the performance ended that her favorite artist of all time was Patty Griffin and that she was running along and heard music from the tent and thought – “Wow, whoever that is they sound so good….and they’re doing a great version of one of my favorite Patty Griffin songs”.
 
She of course thought it was some local singer doing a Patty Griffin imitation…..and then looked in the tent and was dumbfounded…..there was her favorite artist performing in a tent at lunchtime in downtown Boulder.
 
We explained the circumstances….she said thanks and continued on her run – still in a bit of shock but with a big smile on her face.
 
It was so much fun to see how music can make such a difference in someone’s life.
 
It’s why I do what I do.
 
This year in that same tent you would have heard and seen “The Courtyard Hounds” – who if you don’t know are sisters Emily and Martie – two thirds of the Dixie Chicks – who have been performing as the hounds with two albums released since the Dixie Chicks went on hiatus in 2007.
 
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The other convention I hit every summer is The Conclave in Minneapolis.
 
It’s more of a business meeting than musical and unlike so many meetings at conventions The Conclave specializes in having speakers that you can actually learn from.
 
This year was no exception.
 
I had three favorite moments this year in Mpls.
 
First the longtime director of The Conclave was retiring and as he was giving his farewell speech after having been given an award for his long service to the industry…..he noticed that his wife in the audience wasn’t paying attention and was doing something on her smartphone.  He stopped the speech and asking her what she was doing…..she was texting a friend.
 
That got the best laugh of the meeting.
 
For those of us guys who think we’re so darned important……our wives can put us in our place in a fraction of a second.
 
Lesson learned….which I’m sure I’ll forget again….and again….and again.
 
BMI – which is a performing rights organization for songwriters sponsored a session with Randy Bachman who was both a founding member of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive.
 
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He told some great songwriting stories and demonstrated on acoustic guitar.  Randy talked about finishing the song “Takin’ Care Of Business” actually on stage during a performance when he substituted the line “Takin’ Care Of Business” into the chorus instead of what he’d previously written after hearing a local dj use the line to start his radio show that afternoon.
 
You never know where inspiration comes from.
 
 
The best talk of all was given by the former COO of American Express John Baker.  His discussion about his book “The Asking Formula – Ask What You Want and Get It” was one of the best presentations I’ve seen at any convention ever.
 
Ever!
 
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But my favorite photo from either convention was from Colorado on a quick trip away from the meetings for breakfast with a friend in the mountains.
 
On the way back we noticed this sign – on the road next to a rushing river right along side us:
 
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Easy for the sign people to post….not so good for people still on crutches (as I was at the time).
 
I’ve never tried rock climbing on crutches….but I guess there’s always a first time for everything.
 
Thankfully the weather was dry.
 
 
 
Concerts.
 
As I mentioned on the last blog post – we took Ethan to see Paul McCartney at Fenway Park…..and 47 years ago my mother took my sister and I to see Paul and his first band in the Boston area as well.
 
Photos, stories and set lists from both concerts on the last blog post which you can read at:
 
 
The one thing I forgot to mention on that last post was what Paul said after he finished playing “I’ve Just Seen A Face”.
 
He said that at every concert people hold up signs and he has to keep reminding himself as he’s trying to remember chords and lyrics….”Don’t read the signs, don’t read the signs”…..and of course he can’t resist and reads the signs and then has to try and remember where he is in the middle of the song.
 
They turned the cameras on a number of the signs in the audience so we could see them and the two I remember reading were:
 
“I’m a Maccaholic and there is no cure” (For those that don’t know “Macca” is a long time Paul nickname).
 
And
 
“The guy behind me can’t see”.
 
I googled that one and it turns out that’s been an annoying sign at concerts of all sorts for quite a while.
 
What some people will do to get attention.
 
It’s a wonder that Paul got through the song with all he had to read in front of him.
 
A fun story and an excuse to post another photo from the concert……so much fun:
 
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We all hear the rumors every time he tours that this is the “last” tour….and at 71 how many more can there be?
 
One of my favorite moments of the show was when he walked to the front of the stage and stood there for a moment not saying anything just watching the crowd cheer….and he finally said….”I just wanted to take a moment to take this all in”.
 
An interesting comment.
 
At 71 Paul knows that this won’t go on forever as well.
 
I feel lucky to have witnessed these moments.  Paul and his Liverpool mates are such a big reason I ended up in music as a career.
 
Although to be fair to myself – before the Beatles came to America I was already involved in music – at that point having studied both classical violin (I played in the Mpls Youth Symphony Orchestra) and classical guitar.
 
 
 
In a completely different setting a few weeks ago Kim and I drove to Portland to see our new artist Ken Yates perform – opening for one of our favorites – Liz Longley.
 
Ken was terrific live…..both as a singer-songwriter:
 
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And a storyteller:
 
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I know both sides of Ken’s performance worked very well…..because after the show it took me a while to say hello…..he made a lot of fans that night:
 
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Liz Longley was great as always and my wife and I had a great rare date night out.
 
One of the very few times we didn’t take Ethan with us.
 
Fenway Park or One Longfellow Square in Portland – live music is always a joy.
 
 
 
Lobster.
 
Every July is the annual Lobster Festival in Rockland Maine – next door to us.
 
Nothing like fresh lobster:
 
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A sidenote here…..I know I never had my own lobster until I was long into adulthood…..growing up in Maine as a kid sure has it’s advantages:
 
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More live music – this time The Nutopians:
 
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Nothing beats the bungee jumping:
 
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We’re always among the last to leave – we love our family adventures:
 
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It’s been a summer of adventure for sure……witness our mini superhero telling us on a camping trip this past weekend:
 
“I’m pointing to adventure!”
 
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I hope you all had the adventure of summer in your lives as well!
 
One final note – if you like what you read here – you can sign up on the right hand side to get a notification email when I publish a new posting….or just sign up for my Twitter account – that’s where I notify people of new posts, free songs and post more photos.
 
 
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Here are a few more Mishara Music Listening Channels:
 
Barnaby Bright “The Longest Day”
 
 
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Chris Ross “Halfway To Wonderland”
 
 
 
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Clarensau “This One’s For You”
 
 
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Connor Garvey “Where Ocean Meets Land” (New album coming this fall):
 
 
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Kat Maslich “The Road Of 6”:
 
 
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Peter Bradley Adams “Between Us”:
 
 
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Enjoy…..and remember – free songs from all of these albums are available on the Mishara Music website at www.misharamusic/freesongs and we never ask for an email address or any kind of registration;
 
Mishara Music Free Song Page August 2013
 
And
 
More free songs are available on our free song samplers at Amazon.com: