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23
Jun

Spring in Maine / Snow’s finally gone / Photos & Music / The best Presidential story gets better! – Life in Maine with family & music – the Marcrescue blog

Greetings All,

It’s been a very busy few months since I last wrote an update about life in Maine and the workings of a very independent music company.

If you read my last update – there was a story about how my family has a handshake connection with Abraham Lincoln.

At the end of this letter – I’ll reprint a reply to that story from a friend of mine that has a similar story about another great American president. Side by side – the two stories are astounding and remind us that our history is not as distant as we might imagine.

When I last wrote – Maine was covered in snow.

Which impacted our annual spring Maine Maple Sunday visits to our favorite maple sugar / syrup producers. They open their doors up one day a year for everyone to visit and celebrate the process.

We hit our three favorites again this year – first off stopping at Sparky’s – where they were busy loading wood onto the fire that boils down the syrup in a contraption that resembles nothing else.

The first thing you notice is that unlike most years there was still snow on the ground – a lot of it:

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Of course this is Maine.

A reminder of that:

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It takes a lot of wood to make maple syrup. On average it takes boiling down about 40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of maple syrup:

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We also love stopping at Simmons & Daughters Sugar House (always a party goin’ on) for MAPLE cotton candy – nothing like it:

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And there’s no one more helpful and friendly than Mark at Bradstreet Maple Farm – he spends the entire day educating everyone about the process:

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This year was going to be a complete mystery on how much syrup he was going to be able to produce.

Every season he has a chart of the previous year’s production and holds a guessing contest on what this year will produce.

Winner gets free syrup:

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This year will be off – because putting in the taps on the trees was a bit more difficult. As Mark demonstrates – this was how deep the snow was – that he had to work through to place the taps:

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You might think real maple syrup is expensive – but when you figure it out – I’m betting the producers don’t even come close to making minimum wage.

They don’t do it for the money – they do it because they love it.

This year we hit a another maple celebration in Vermont when we went to visit family.

Another state that takes it seriously:

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They had lots of different maple products for sale at the festival but nothing came close to how wonderful these were – homemade donuts with fresh maple cream.

Forget about Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme etc.

They got nuthin’ compared to these:

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And ya can’t beat the entertainment – free for kids:

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Speaking of delicious.

Spent a few days in Philadelphia at the annual Non-Comm Music gathering – where public radio stations and music folks get together for meetings and amazing musical performances.

I was so busy running from one great performance to another I didn’t have a moment to stop to take any photos this year.

Except for the one time I slowed down for the yearly trip to Jim’s Steaks:

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Thank goodness I don’t live near Jim’s or Nellie’s Donuts.

How do people resist the temptation?

I have no idea.

Of course the food in Maine isn’t too shabby either.

Backing up a bit to the end of winter – a snowstorm on Valentine’s Day is no surprise – but that didn’t stop us – a great night out at the Fog Bar in Rockland. Movie’s projected on the wall, a great new duck and sweet potato Shepherd’s Pie and fresh oysters!

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But that winter of snow & cold seems long ago now.

Our indie music company Mishara Music released some very cool albums this Spring.

First a new EP by Cass Dillon – an amazing songwriter and performer. Second – an album unlike any other – poetry, storytelling and some great guitar licks by Dave Morrison and then – containing a track from both – our 6th free song sampler on Amazon.com:

Mishara Spring 2015 release
Listen to Cass at our YouTube listening channel for his EP “Oregon Road”. Amazing melodies:

Listen to Dave on Soundcloud – storytelling like you’ve ever heard before:

We’ve found that encouraging people to sample free songs from the company builds our audience exponentially.

Here’s a sampling of some reviews on Amazon from our samplers – you’ll understand why we do this – we’ve been building a brand:

Amazon Reviews June 2015
For our latest offering on Amazon this spring – we put together a sixpack of free songs:

Amazon Singles Sixpack
Brand new this week on YouTube / Spotify / Soundcloud – is a 10 tune playlist of some of our favorite songs – with the kicker that they’re all available as free downloads on those Amazon samplers.

Here are the listening links.

YouTube link:

Spotify:

Soundcloud link:

So now here’s the link to Mishara Music on Amazon – where you’ll find those ten free songs and another 60+ additional free downloads:

http://tinyurl.com/MisharaMusic

How do all those free tracks do?

Charts on Amazon (and iTunes) change hourly – but checking randomly right now as I type this – here’s what Mishara Music has on the Top 100 Free All Format Chart on Amazon at this moment.

10 of the top 100:

Amazon 10 Top 100 06-22-2015
As I tell our artists and anyone else that will listen to me.

Build your audience – build your brand.

More new music, artists and always additional free songs are coming this summer.

In the meantime – maybe we can sneak out a bit and enjoy this wonderful change in the weather.

The blooms on the apple trees this year were the most bountiful in years:

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I have two favorite types of flowers and both are almost wild in Maine – they’re all over the place.

My favorite aroma flower is the lilac:

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And my favorite visual flower is the Iris:

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We also have that wonderful giant bowl of water called the Atlantic Ocean nearby.

The sailing schooners in Camden harbor have been prepping for a busy summer season.

You can sail on the biggest of schooners for a week:

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Or for two hours on the “Owl”:

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My wife lives for being outdoors in the summer.

We try to make the most of it.

A road trip ends up with a great view of the sunset over a small beach:

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Our favorite used bookstore is only open on weekends in the summer in a small shack on an ocean cove tucked away on a side road in the middle of nowhere.

You’d be amazed at how many people find their way there.

(Of course – you need a lot of reading material around here startin’ about November for about five months or so):

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Do people visit lighthouses because of the lighthouses?

Or because they just happen to be built in the most scenic spots?

I suppose we could do a survey – but once you’re there – who cares:

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Got our first camping trip in.

For us camping is not so much about going to a different place physically – it’s more about the psychological change.

So we went all of about five miles down the road to Camden Hills State Park:

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We can walk the path along the ocean and glimpse a view of a schooner sailing by and of Islesboro Island out beyond:

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Our favorite campsite is in a wonderful stand of beautiful trees:

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And if there’s one thing most important at the end of a great day of hiking and camping – it’s roasting marshmallows over the campfire:

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This past weekend was fun.

Saturday was the annual Summer Solstice street celebration in our neighboring town Rockland:

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Big fun – restaurants giving out free samplers of their dishes, games for kids, demonstrations, booths and on every side street they had music playing – acoustic musicians on one corner, a dj on the next, then a rock band – here’s a local jazz orchestra:

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But my favorite this year was the Juke Rockets Blues Band.

What’s the old saying? “Youth is wasted on the young”

As you get older you learn to never underestimate anyone.

My suggestion – don’t ever walk up to the guy with the big white beard and say “Hey, you wanna have a blues guitar showdown?”

You’d lose.

Come to think of it – if ZZ Top is ever looking for an additional guitar player – I got the guy:

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Sunday was Father’s Day.

I ran into a T-Rex at a showing of Jurassic World:

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Remember when I talked about a couple of my favorite foods up above in the letter?

I gotta say – there’s nothing better than home cooking.

I got treated like royalty on Father’s Day.

First off Kim made a bbq hash for brunch – with smoked turkey from our favorite bbq joint – “4 Points BBQ” in Winterport, Maine. Smoked turkey, onions, garlic, peppers, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, some secret seasoning etc.

Alas no photo – but – here’s a photo of a similar hash from a camping trip last summer – that used some “4 Points” beef brisket instead of the smoked turkey – you’ll get the idea:

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I thought that was my treat for the day – boy was I wrong.

Dinner at Kim’s mom was a total surprise – homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert – using corn bread instead of a hard biscuit – so much better – but the big treat was my favorite dish of all time – Crayfish Etouffee – made by Kim’s mom – who learned to make it when they lived in Lafayette, Louisiana years ago – with fresh flown in Louisiana crawfish.

I ate more food in one day than I usually eat in a month.

Nothing like Father’s Day with the family:

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Which reminds me – let’s revisit that Lincoln story.

In the last post I wrote – I described the story of my father and uncle meeting an army veteran that my grandfather brought home from the “Old Soldiers Home” for dinner in the 1930’s when they were young kids.

Mr Carpenter shook their hands saying “Shake the hand that shook the hand of Abraham Lincoln”.

Turns out President Lincoln came to meet with his generals in 1862 and Mr. Carpenter was a young soldier at the meeting location and was part of the line that Mr. Lincoln walked down – shaking each soldier’s hand.

Which means that my father and uncle were two handshakes away from Lincoln.

Which means that I and my son (who’s 9 and has shaken the hand of my now 91 year old uncle – (who’s got his own great stories – read about him in the last post) are only 3 handshakes away.

150 years after the end of the civil war.

Pretty amazing.

But with this letter from my friend John Baker – who’s hand both my son and I have shaken – it gets better.

Here’s John’s story:

At my prep school in Groton, Mass, was a retired teacher, Mr. Richards, who had taught both my father and grandfather (class of 1909). Mr. Richards was revered. He died before I actually went to the school, but not before my older brother did.

On a “Parents’ Weekend” as it was called, in 1959 my father called on Mr. Richards (now THERE’s an old phrase) with me, my brother and my mother.

My father, after tea, became solemn, and asked Mr;. Richards to “tell my sons about the very elderly man you met and spoke of to my class back in 1934, my senior year, which was your annual story for the senior class.”

Mr. Richards nodded slowly, looked at us, and said “I haven’t told this story since I retired on 1951, but your father has asked.”

In 1888 when I was a student at this school, and home for Easter, my father introduced me to an aging member of our church in Boston. The man, it turned out, was over 100 years old. My father, who had seen and spoken to this gentleman many times, asked me to remember and revere that handshake, because, he said, “You have just shaken the hand of a man who, as a young boy, shook the hand of George Washington.”

Father then said that we two boys were to remember that we had just shaken the hand of a man who had shaken the hand of a man who had shaken the hand of the “Father of our country.”

Mr. Richards died a year later at the age of 90, and I must think that we may have been the last of his “boys” to hear that story.

John

So let’s recap.

History seems so long ago.

But in these instances – it’s close up and personal.

If we happen to run into each other and we shake hands….that means that you will be four handshakes away from Abraham Lincoln (I’m three) and five handshakes away from George Washington (I’m four).

Even better.

My son is nine.

In 2076 – the 300th birthday of the United States he’ll be 70.

And astonishingly – only three handshakes away from Abraham Lincoln and four away from George Washington.

I love history.

But history doesn’t need to be about events hundreds of years ago.

I was lucky enough to celebrate history earlier this year.

For my son’s birthday in January we did a 3 day road trip to NYC.

We ride the rails:

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My wife and I were lucky enough to have signed up for a pair of tickets to a show last October that came through in December when we’d almost given up hope.

I’ve been in the entertainment business for over 40 years and actually had been to the show before – escorting one of the guests appearing that night – lady named Cher. Now that was an experience.

But tickets to this show – for the audience – were never given out to anyone except regular people that wrote in for tickets.

They never cared about catering to any VIP’s or the record companies.

You want tickets – you write in like everyone else.

They even warned you – if you’re chosen to receive tickets – you have to answer a random trivia question about the show.

I knew the answer to the question when they called.

They only wanted real fans in the audience.

My wife and I were real genuine fans.

Watched every night.

And miss him so much.

But we got to spend one great afternoon in the theatre for a taping.

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I got a hat. A treasure:

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I was there for a part of history.

Marc

PS We’re all busy these days.

Everyone I know is busier than they’ve ever been.

But I guess there are still people out there that find the time to do the unexpected.

Have a bit of fun.

Something I have to do more of.

Don’t know who and don’t know why – but I sure did appreciate it:

Stop
Marc Ratner

Mishara Music

 

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29
Mar

I hope to make you laugh / A bit jealous of Maine Maple Sunday / But will definitely make you cry – “Life in Maine with Music & a 7 year old

Greetings All,
As regular readers of this blog post know – I write about real life.
What happens is what you get.
In this edition you’ll get a lot….the ups and downs.
I do talk about the music I love – the artists at our indie singer – songwriter music company – because that’s a passion and a big part of my life.
But over time this email has become more than a promotional letter – it’s about “Life In Maine – With music & a 7 Year Old”…..all about our lives…..the summers and winters…..the lobster rolls and the black flies…..the summer carnivals and the winter snowmen…..and of course the snowstorms.
Ahhh the snowstorms.
You may remember the last letter where I wrote about the “last” snowshoe hike of the year….the “last” snowman of the year….because we’d had the “last” snowstorm of the year.
If you’re old enough you might recall the old tv commercial with the tag line:
“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”.
Duh.
Last week I was all set to hop on down to Boston for the sold out WUMB radio fundraiser with Barnaby Bright:
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Oops.
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I barely made it to Boston through the storm but wonder of wonders the audience packed the place – no storm was going to keep them away and it was a great night for all:
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Ever wonder what artists do on the road between shows?  Especially when they’re on the road almost half the year:
BB FB 20 Questions
Being on the road can be trying for sure – but fans can make the difference:
BB FB Best Fans
Becky & Nathan (Barnaby Bright) got back to NYC after the WUMB show – for a day off before they headed to Philadelphia the next night – but I never did make it home that evening as I’d planned – the second wave of the storm hit after the show.
I finally got home the next afternoon and had to spend two hours shoveling myself back into my driveway and then shoveling my wife’s car out.
Luckily she hadn’t needed to go anywhere while I was gone…..a good thing…..if she has to start shoveling her own car out…..that means there’s one less thing she needs me for…..not a good thing:
Kim Car 1st day of spring
But the storm allowed Kim to get another snowman made – this one a protector of our home:
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We did do another snowshoe walk – but more about that in a bit…..
…..it was not an ordinary hike through the woods – this one was special.
In spite of the snow the Mishara Music artists continue to build audience.
Chris Ross has gathered so many new radio plays recently – programmers have gone deeper into his wonderful album Halfway To Wonderland – exploring new cuts like “I Lied” and “Your America” besides the amazingly reactive “Mostly Sober” – that the album has headed back up the FMQB Non-Comm Top 200 Album Chart.
Chris Ross Halfway To Wonderland
While you’re checking Chris out – notice that Barnaby Bright’s The Longest Day in a month’s time is now # 62 on that same Top 200 album chart:
BB & CR FMQB 03-19-2013 Top 200 Noncomm album chart
The key radio tracks for Barnaby Bright are “Highway 9” and “Castle Rock” and here are live videos of both tracks – you’ll understand why people in Boston braved snow and cold to come out to see them!
“Highway 9”:
“Castle Rock”:
Chris Ross’ new House Concert video version of “Mostly Sober” is another great performance by him:
Chris continues to have the best Facebook posts anywhere:
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Our latest Mishara Music release – This One’s For You by Clarensau is getting viral on Twitter – lots of chatter about the group and the songs:
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Clarenasu Twitter March Posts
Here’s a brand new YouTube listening channel for the entire Clarensau This One’s For You album:
A great way to hear the entire album.
So with music building well….
…..and no snow in the forecast….
…..We had a “Family Day” on Sunday – we celebrated along with the rest of the state’s population: “Maine Maple Sunday”!
“Family Day” is something we like to do every Sunday – we always try to do something together as a family – it’s important and easy to let get away…..and it shouldn’t.
Maine Maple Sunday is one of our favorite ways to celebrate.
Every year – the 3rd Sunday in March – all the Maple Syrup producing sugar houses in Maine open their doors for tours, free samples and the best syrup at the lowest prices you’ll ever see.
We have three favorite sugar houses.
We start at “Sparky’s Maple and Honey” (www.sparkyshoneyandmaple.com) where as soon as you walk up you’re invited to taste their fresh from the tap syrup on heart shaped waffles:
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As soon as you walk in the door you get that wonderful aroma of boiling maple sap from the evaporator:
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Not only do we get some syrup hot right out of the tap:
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We stock up on the best honey you’ve ever had – fresh from the hive:
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Where you always find Mark in the thick of the steam:
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It’s always packed at Bradstreet:
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Great tasting treats – ice cream & waffle with fresh maple syrup:
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Mark’s always explaining the different grades of maple syrup:
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The evaporator takes a constant load of wood:
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When the syrup is ready…..ahhhhhh:
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One of the special treats we always head to Bradstreet for is their homemade maple fudge!
Alas, there’s no photo…..SOLD OUT!
Such a bummer…..but we weren’t done yet.
And don’t worry we have great street signs in the middle of the woods in Maine – no chance of getting lost (as long as you bring your GPS):
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Off to Kinney’s (www.mapleconfections.com) sugar house next.
They turn Maine Maple Sunday into a party.
They have a band.
They have burgers and dogs.
But they outdo themselves with one of the most special things anywhere!
MAPLE SUGAR COTTON CANDY:
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I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful a treat this is.
You’ll just have to come to visit – the 3rd Sunday in March.
Kinney’s also invites other friend vendors to share the day with them.
It allows me to finish off a day of treats with a real jewel.
Kathy and Bruce Chamberlain’s “Stone Fox Creamery” (www.stonefoxfarmcreamery.com) ice cream to be precise.
Remember my obsession with B&J’s “Coffee Health Bar Crunch”?
Still my favorite big corporation flavor.
But in the battle with Stone Fox’s “Salted Caramel” it’s no contest!
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Kathy and Bruce were at Kinney’s with their travel ice cream wagon the “mobilecone” (@mobilecone on Twitter):
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That’s my cup of “Salted Caramel” on the counter!  There is no better ice cream anywhere – the creamiest, most delicious I’ve ever had!
We needed a day like that.
A family day.
Because life isn’t fair.
In these days of more work, more stress, more complications – we should never forget about family.
We should never ever skip even one Sunday family day.
Because in the middle of all the work that we do.
Whether it concern songs, artists, tours, rotations, spins, promotions etc.
You get an email from a great friend of 20 years…..
….and nothing seems so important anymore:
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A very few hours later you get word about the services – the celebration of her life.
But it’s a 10am the next morning in California and we’re in Maine.
So at 1pm Eastern time (10am in California) Kim and I did a snowshoe walk for Deena:
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Off we went:
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The fresh snow meant we had an unbroken trail to follow:
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We took turns cutting trail:
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After about an hour we were headed back the way we came:
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A last look at the trail behind us:
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On the spur of the moment Kim said “Let’s take a picture of ourselves and it’s already become one of our favorites ever:
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I emailed our “photo walk” to our friends and included a song – after all the real power of music is all about the ability to articulate an emotional connection.
“Made Up Of” by Barnaby Bright is the first song I heard from the new album and it’s still my personal favorite.
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It’s based on a true story – a friend of their’s lost her husband at an early age and Becky wrote this song based on their conversations.
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We give it away for free – no download, no email, no registration is required.
Some songs you just have to share.
You can hear it and download it here:
While we were celebrating Deena’s life in Maine – so were all our friends in California:
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Dave and Deena – an amazing couple.
Amazing parents.
Their daughter Serena just turned 16.
Their son Skyler is 7.
The same age as Ethan.
Skyler drew photos for his mom on the way to the services…..here’s how his dad described them:
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So family day for us yesterday had special meaning.
Remembering this photo of Deena and Skyler:
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At the first sugar house we visited I asked the first person I saw to take a family photo of us:
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Family days are treasures.
Maple syrup is a treasure.
Collect the sap in buckets:
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Collect a lot:
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Maple syrup is hard work.
Music companies are hard work.
Families are hard work.
Don’t give up.
My friend Dave isn’t:
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If you’re interested here’s the link:
Take a moment today.
Hug your family.
Take a photo together.
Have a family day together.
Nothing else really matters – does it?!!!
Marc
PS We share a lot of free songs at Mishara Music…besides “Made Up Of” by Barnaby Bright there are more than 40 free songs available from Mishara Music artists and friends – including Peter Bradley Adams, Glen Phillips, more from Barnaby Bright, Clarensau, Chris Ross, Kat Maslich, Gabriel Mann, Connor Garvey – and more.
At the Mishara Music website (the free downloads work worldwide):
And our four free song samplers at Amazon.com (unfortunately only work in North America at this time):
17
Mar

Change – Winter wraps up / Busking in Maine / Song Stories – the Marcrescue blog

Greetings All,
Change is in the air.
I’m back from my 11 day road trip on the West Coast.
That involves a 3 hour time change.
When I scheduled the trip I didn’t realize that it returned me to Maine right as Daylight Saving Time arrived.
Which means I was adjusting to a 4 hour change.
My apologies to anyone I spoke to at the beginning of the week that wondered why I was less articulate and coherent than usual.
Which in no way infers that I’m ever articulate and coherent so don’t have any expectations that any conversations we have in the future will be any different.
But other changes are happening as well.
Our neighbor has maple sap collection buckets hanging on his trees:
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Which means in Maine in two weeks we celebrate Maple Sunday – all the maple sugar houses in the state open their doors for visitors and you can taste and buy maple syrup warm right out of the tap – here’s our visit in 2012:
Maple Sunday 2012
While I was gone Ethan and Kim built what will most likely be the last snowman of the year – but with a design looking ahead to Spring:
Snowman 2013
As soon as I got home we got out on our favorite method of winter transportation – snowshoes – for also perhaps the last time this winter:
March Snowshoe 2013
But some things don’t change.
Mishara Music is a music company that is all about songs and singer – songwriters.
I might surprise you with some thoughts about why we’re that kind of a company – because we don’t do publicity – we’re always “under the radar” and our team markets constantly direct to the fans – but our belief in songs is a wonderful thing.  More in a moment about that.
In the meantime.
Chris Ross still has the best posts on Facebook:
Chris Ross FB Mid-Life Crisis
Chris Ross FB Trees
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He has the perfect solution to not having any green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day:
Chris Ross FB Green
Chris – like Mishara – is all about songs:
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He’s right.
Songs are weird.
Songs are also the key.
Songs are everything.
No matter how well you sing, how well you play guitar – without a great song it’s all for naught.
Which is why – even though his album “Halfway To Wonderland”…..
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…..has been out at radio since November – radio stations keep adding Chris Ross.
The song they’re adding is “Mostly Sober”.
Why?
Because listeners are responding.
Every time a new market adds “Mostly Sober” Chris starts getting posts on his Facebook page and his YouTube pages that mention hearing it on the stations.
This is extraordinary response and it’s all because of the song:
CR emails thru March 2013
Chris just posted a new house concert version of “Mostly Sober”:
I’ve also always believed that music attracts people but the key to great songs is great lyrics:
Chris Ross Mostly Sober lyrics
Barnaby Bright is getting the same kind of response from their new album “The Longest Day”
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They were on air at WNKU Cincinnati the other morning.
Artists hate getting up to do radio early in the morning but at Mishara Music but live radio is a great way to reach people. Here’s how Barnaby Bright posted about the visit on Instragram – with a bonus pillow shot of Nathan:
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WNKU loves Barnaby Bright:
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WNKU fans agree:
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More radio love from WUMB Boston:
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And what about the songs?
The first two songs that people are responding to from  “The Longest Day” are “Highway 9” and “Castle Rock”.
Here’s live video of both – watch these and you’re understand why their concerts are selling out and their live visits to radio are so compelling.
“Highway 9”:
“Castle Rock”:
More radio love – from TJ – music director at KYSL:
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One more music mention.
Clarensau’s “This One’s For You” is out now:
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My favorite songs are “Dance With Me”, “I Need Changing”, “Hollywood” and “All Over Again”
Here goes the twitter world about it:
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All this activity is because of songs.
Here’s a YouTube listening channel for the new Clarensau album:
Here’s a question to think about.
Do you think it makes a difference that Chris Ross’ song “Mostly Sober” was released to radio last November and radio stations are adding it in March months later?
Doesn’t make a difference to me.
The great thing about the digital music world (call me a veteran music biz person who’s absolutely cup half full about digital music) is now the world of music is endlessly available and people can discover songs that they love no matter when they were released – even if they’re years old.
The first time someone hears a great song it’s just as special no matter if the song is a day old or a decade old.
Here are some examples.
Our first Mishara Music release was by Kat Maslich (formerly of eastmountainsouth).  November 2010 or thereabouts.  One of the great songs on the “The Road Of 6” EP was “Sky Falls”
Here’s a listening channel video of the song:
And here’s a comment on the YouTube page from just one week ago:
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Connor Garvey released “Where Ocean Meets Land” at the end of 2011 and my favorite song was “Western Wind”.
Here’s the YouTube listening channel link:
Someone just discovered the song – and here’s the YouTube comment from just a month ago – even though the song has been out for over a year – he’s excited about discovering it!
YouTube Connor Garvey Western Wind comment
“This One’s For You” is Clarensau’s 2nd album for Mishara.  The first was “Until Our Lungs Give” from over a year ago.
The song “I Would Trade” is a song that Tyler wrote while sitting in a hospital waiting room.
Here’s a YouTube listening channel version of the song:
Here’s a comment from the YouTube page that blew me away – this says it all about the power of songs:
YouTube Clarensau I Would Trade comment
“I Would Trade” is one of our Top 5 selling digital tracks every week – week in and week out – because of the powerful message of the song.
The interesting thing to watch  – is how these songs and albums gain in sales over time. This truly is the age of music discovery more than ever before.
A great example is Peter Bradley Adams.
Most remember Peter from the band “eastmountainsouth” (his duo with Kat Maslich).
Peter’s had 4 solo albums since then and his latest “Between Us” was released on Mishara Music in the middle of 2011.
We started outside the box internet marketing for Peter years ago – his audience has continued to grow….and grow….and grow….and grow.
“Between Us” the title track from Peter’s album was never a focus track at radio.  I don’t remember it ever getting a single spin on the air.
But it’s the viral track on the album.
WAYYYYYYY VIRAL.
Every day we see tweets like these:
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So much so that Peter’s verified on Twitter now:
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But what’s really amazing is “Between Us” on YouTube.
We have listening channel videos and there are many, many fan videos using the song….but one takes the cake.
Here’s one of those tweets from above with the video they’re mentioning expanded into view:
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Here’s another tweet just sent with the video expanded:
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The video they’re tweeting out is a fan video just posting a photograph to play the song.
Here’s an expanded view:
YouTube PBA over a million Between Us
Did you notice the views?
Over a MILLION?
Since I did the screen shot a few days ago it’s gone up over another 16,000 views:
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This from just a fan of the song who’s uploaded 5 videos on their channel.
It’s not magic or marketing….it’s simply the song!
Here’s the link to the video to listen:
Here’s another big number:
749,352
One of the wonderful ways to build our audience is to invite people to download selections of our songs for free.
We build our audience by giving away songs so people will discover the company and the artists and then word of mouth takes over.
Our 4 free song samplers on Amazon.com have had over 749,000 free song downloads:
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Does it work building our audience?
It does for Chris Ross:
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Here’s the link to the Mishara Amazon samplers (my apologies to our many international fans – they’re USA only – I have to discuss how to make them work internationally with Amazon):
So what does all this mean?
Mishara Music is a modern music company that is all about old fashioned artist development instead of short term “throw it against the wall” tactics.
As some things change other things stay the same.
You’re more likely to hear about our music and artists than you ever will about the company.
Most likely from your friends.
We like it that way.
As in music there is endless change in the world and thankfully some things that never change as.
Sometimes the change is a small thing but very important…..and very expensive…..do you have any idea of how much the Tooth Fairy is handing out these days…..big $$$$$:
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Other changes?
In California one you can predict – gas prices continue to rise way above the rest of the country – and if you’re out on 395 way in the middle of nowhere – I hope you brought your Fort Knox credit card:
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Thankfully some things are no different than they ever were – and you’ll get this only if you’re in Los Angeles – but it’s a personal favorite of mine – as the world changes – one place never does – my favorite burger place of all time:
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Hasn’t changed one bit since the 1940’s when it opened  – except for the prices but that’s okay.  The sign says quality forever and they deliver what they promise.
Much like Mishara Music – A Home for Singer – Songrwriters.
Lastly with winter on it’s way out…..it’s time for the harbor to come to life.
Soon the wraps will come off the schooners and sailing ships from all over the world will be tying up at the docks.
This year it begins with music.
Our first busker of the year.
We do it differently in Maine than they do in NYC and other big cities.
They’ve got singers…..and keyboard players…..and violin players…..and horn players…..and guitar players busking in the subways and on the streets.
I’ve seen some really talented people in those places over the years….and often have given up one of the last dollars in my pocket for the treat provided…..one of my favorites was this sax player in a doorway in the French Quarter in New Orleans during Jazzfest a couple years ago….he did a stellar impromptu version of “Elmo’s Theme” for Ethan:
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But if you want to hear a great busking bagpipe player…..
…..you gotta come to Camden Harbor:
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Let’s all spring ahead!
Marc