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17
May

Maine Photos – Autumn, Winter, Spring & Music – the marcrescue blog

 

Greetings All,

 

I’ve been so neglectful about posting an updated blog that….

 

A: Most people have forgotten entirely about me

 

B: A few have actually reached out and asked about the blog

 

  1. Not because they miss me  – they miss the photos

 

Life is so chock full of busy that I didn’t even realize it’s been a touch over six months since I sent an update.

 

So here in a nutshell – or rather photos….is what’s been happening.

 

(With a music update at the end – so you don’t have to wade through that to get to the photos)

 

 

Last fall was – as always – a great time to hike. Here’s what our town looks like from the top of Mt Battie as the leaves are changing:

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Acadia National Park is not far away and hiking there is always good for the soul:

 

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The annual Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) is a huge event in town. It’s rated as one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world. Quite nice for a town this small and so far off the beaten path.

 

But for good reason – it’s exceptional:

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We had a great time at the anniversary showing of “Back To The Future” at a local theatre that showed it when it first came out (The Strand was built in 1926 – and is totally restored today).

 

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Even better – a mysterious DeLorean showed up in front of the theatre for the film:

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Can’t beat Halloween in a small town. The town closes down a number of blocks for a Halloween block party – and this year we had a flash mob show up to the tune of “Thriller”:

Halloween Flashmob 2015

 

These weirdo’s were out trick or treating::

Halloween Selfie 2015

 

One of our favorite challenges – Beth’s Farm Market’s Corn Maze.

Maddening:

Beth's Corn Maze 2015

 

For the second year in a row we split up – me against the family – and they won.

I kept finding this sign over and over again – arghhhh:

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Before you know it – it’s time for the annual Christmas parade….does yours feature a lobster…with Christmas lights on it?

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How about a Lobster Trap Christmas Tree!

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It was a year of weird weather patterns this winter.

But as always some interesting snowpeople appeared in the yard:

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One great thing about winter is that the snow covers all the brush in the woods and with snowshoes you can hike places you can’t get close to in summer…..for instance you can find a tree that’s been ravaged by woodpeckers – hard to believe they can do this – but they do:

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The hardest part about winter for us….it’s not the snow….it’s not the cold….it’s when the annual box of See’s “Nuts & Chews” box that my Uncle and Aunt mail to us from the West Coast every holiday season – turns into a box of empty wrappers….sighhhh:

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Before you know it – Spring is here and it’s time for one of our favorite days in Maine – “Maine Maple Sunday”. The day when all the maple sugar houses open their doors for tours, free samples and the best maple syrup you can buy – straight from the tap.

We hit three houses every year. The first is Sparky’s (http://sparkyshoneyandmaple.com/) – close to us and besides great maple syrup – they also produce the best honey from their bees:

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Honey

 

We also head to Simmons & Daughters (http://www.simmonsanddaughterssugarhouse.com/) for fresh “maple” cotton candy. Once you’ve had maple cotton candy you’ll never go back to the weird colored stuff they sell at fairs and circuses:

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They really are two of the “daughters”:

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Then it’s over to see Mark at Bradstreet Maple Farm (http://www.getrealmaine.com/farms/Bradstreet-Maple-Farm). Always a party with great samples (Didn’t get a photo of the maple fudge – the line was too long)

Waffles, ice cream with fresh maple syrup:

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Great maple baked beans:

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Mark always has a crowd around him because he’s always teaching people about making great syrup:

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You cannot believe how wonderful the aroma is inside a maple sugaring house.

Can’t wait to walk in the door again next year:

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A weekend trip to Portland is always fun….and it’s a wonder to take in the “Lock Fence” in old town by the harbor. There’s a chain link fence where people are allowed to put locks on – most with written or engraved messages:

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I’ve already got a lock picked out for our family to attach next visit:

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But spring time in Maine means it’s time to leave.

Leave?

Well for a few days – our favorite family trip / vacation is to New Orleans for Jazzfest:

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The fest as always was terrific – even after some pretty heavy rains – and we forgot our rain boots this year – which is essential for muddy grounds….but a little washing and a hair dryer in the hotel rooms dries out even the wettest and muddiest sneakers:

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Everyone always asks who was our favorite act….and I always say – no matter who the headliners are…when we were there Paul Simon, Tedeschi-Trucks etc….

(Here’s the lineup for all 7 days – we were at the Fest 2 days:)

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…my favorite moments are hearing artists that I’ve never heard before and are amazing.

This year my wife and I agreed that our fav this year was the PresHall Brass – led by 82 year old saxophonist Daniel “Weenie” Farrow. They are the resident brass band at Preservation Hall….and soooo good:

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A great reminder – however – of how fortunate and lucky the musicians are that have had great successful full time music careers – are the bands that are playing outside the gates….in the street….for tips.

These two bands….of kids…..were amazing:

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In New Orleans it’s like that every year. In the streets around Jazzfest, in the French Quarter – the quality of the street musicians is just stunning.

Besides the Fest itself….and of course the food…..can you say “Oysters at Felix’s”?

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There’s nothing better than wandering through the French Quarter admiring the architecture. Such a beautiful, historical place:

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A lot of the buildings have historical plaques that tell the story of the building:

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It’s now an art gallery.

But my favorite find was this one.

A red house with a nondescript store:

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Even the plaque was sorta dull…..until you got to the end…..you never know what you’re going to find in New Orleans:

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Whoa!

 

Speaking of streetcars…..we’ve discovered if we time it right.

We can spend the day at Jazzfest,

Hit the French Quarter for dinner afterwards.

Finish the night at perhaps the best place to end any night – no matter what time it is (they’re open 24 hours a day – every day of the year):

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And then catch the last streetcar of the evening on the line heading towards our hotel:

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A wonderful end to a wonderful trip.

 

A word about music.

Most everyone I work with at Mishara Music has spent the year touring, writing, exploring but not recording.

So we’ve been working under the radar – marketing and building the audience for our artists.

Streaming….although some might feel angst about it….frees us up to do some very dramatic promotions.

As streaming replaces downloads – we realized that we have even more freedom to give more music away.

So….our 7th Mishara Music free song sampler at Amazon.com…..which contains some of our biggest selling tracks:

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The free download is at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F541CVQ?ie=UTF8&keywords=mishara%20samplers&qid=1463442753&ref_=sr_1_1&s=dmusic&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0

 

Listen on Spotify at:

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify%3Auser%3Amisharamusic%3Aplaylist%3A3X8lXbbALNV9CsthDoqrEf

 

Listen on Soundcloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/misharamusic/sets/the-artist-sampler-mishara

 

Enjoy!

Marc

PS Talk about tough decisions – my wife took a photo of me making one of the most difficult of the year (and truth be told – she took a lot of the photos above as well – probably the ones you like the most)….what boxset to buy on Record Store Day….so many boxes….so few funds!

Box Sets Record Store Day 04-16-2016

 

Marc Ratner

Mishara Music

 

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1
Dec

Winter arrived / Autumn was terrific / This is the anti-cyber buying post – everything is free / The marcrescue blog – life in Midcoast Maine with music, family & an eight year old

Greetings All,

(Note – this is the Marc Ratner / Mishara Music – occasional blog / email.  It shows up these days about every other month. Who has the time to write anything worthwhile more than that? That doesn’t mean that anything contained here is worthwhile….except of course the photos…I get lucky taking some and steal the really good ones from my wife…she’s the great family photographer.  If you’re receiving this via email and want off the list – just hit reply and ask off.  If you’re seeing this via the blog post on WordPress and would like to receive it via email.  Email marc@misharamusic.com and I’ll get you added to the list.).  Another great way to keep up to date on when I write is to follow me on FB at www.facebook.com/marc.ratner or Twitter at www.twitter.com/marcrescue
So it’s “Cyber Monday” as I write this.
Everything, everywhere is about – buy this – buy that.
So I’ve included a whole bunch of free song links in this letter – consider this the “Anti-Cyber-Buy” letter.
The letter is also all about our family adventures during this autumn season – mostly things we did for free.
Yes, for free.
It’s our way of getting away from the commercialization of everything.
Winter is definitely here – early and fierce – this is what we woke up to Thanksgiving morning:
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How did we get here?
Last I checked – autumn was in full swing and we were making the most of it here in Midcoast Maine.
The wonderful thing about living in Maine is it’s easy and inexpensive to ditch the 21st century and remember that family adventures are the best way to spend time.
We attended the last fair of the year – the Common Ground Fair – put on by the Organic Farmers of Maine:
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No fancy midway or rides here….and it might be the last refuge of people that started wearing overalls as hippies in the 60’s – but that’s a good thing.
A kid doesn’t need hi-tech rides – he can have just as much fun at the cardboard sliding hill:
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Exploring the fair hiking trail:
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Making a homemade hat our of natural materials:
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And there’s no more fun than the hay bale jump:;
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It’s a refreshing day away from electronics, video games and cell phones (virtually no service at these fairgrounds – makes dad’s hand shake).
We also did our annual exploration of Beth’s Farm Market corn maze….another wonderful family adventure away from the lure of computer games.
This year they really upped their game.  They made it a contest.  You had to try and find all the secret locations.
It was torture:
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Dad thought: “Let’s make it a race!” So he competed by himself again Mom and the Kid.
An hour and 1/2 later I dragged myself out of the maze and we compared scorecards.
Notice the scorecard on the right with the two blue arrows pointing out two missing checkpoints?
That’s Dad’s scorecard.
Mom & Son skunked me.  They got all the checkpoints and had been waiting for me for 20 minutes when I finally admitted defeat and found my way out.
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Before we left Beth’s we did a little pumpkin shopping:
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One of the great town events every autumn is the Camden International Film Festival….which features documentaries and is now recognized as one of the top festivals for documentaries in the world.
Every year Kim works as a volunteer at the festival and it’s a highlight for her:
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We attended two films this year – including a terrific documentary about James Brown – with the director in attendance to answer questions after the showing:
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And we always love the closing night festivities where they present the awards at the beautifully restored Camden Opera House – built in 1894:
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As the festival closes – we notice that the town is getting ready for the changes in the weather.  It’s always interesting to watch the sailing schooners in Camden harbor put on their protective winter wrap:
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The change in the weather also brings our autumn leaves season.
Time for some hikes….along Hosmer Pond:
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Then a family hike up Mt Megunticook.
Amazing views:
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It’s rewarding getting to the top:
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But also tiring…it’s a long hike:
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During all this – work continues.
Mishara Music didn’t release a lot of new recordings this year because of the curse of all music companies…..delays in recording.  Artists do their best work on their own timeline….which does and should have nothing whatsoever to do with business plans.
So not many releases in 2014 but that means we’re looking forward to a wonderful roster of releases in 2015.
But that doesn’t mean everyone wasn’t busy.
Lot’s of touring, recording and marketing.
A few weeks ago I checked a bunch of our artist’s social media sites at random – always fun.
Connor Garvey had an amazing summer festival season.
Awards all over the country:
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Here’s a free song from Connor – my favorite song from his last studio album “Old House”:
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Barnaby Bright social media is always fun to read.  They have a great relationship with their fans.
Isn’t that the way it should be?
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How about a free Barnaby Bright tune – “Made Up Of” – achingly beautiful:
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The streaming world has been very good to Clarensau:
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A favorite Clarensau song of mine is “Endless Melody”.
Here it is – endlessly free:
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Chris Ross has the best FB page ever.  His posts are 2nd to none.
He had some wonderful thoughts about election season:
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Chris has also started recording at Hearstudios in Camden.
Here he is with studio owner / producer / engineer Jason Hearst during playback:
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He started with some acoustic recording.
For his fans – while waiting for the new 2015 album – he recorded a new acoustic version of “Mostly Sober” and we’re giving it away.
No email or registration of any kind is required – just click on the link for the free download:
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Chris will have two other acoustic tracks – (one classic and one brand new song) on the next Mishara Music Amazon Free Song Sampler – # 6 – which you’ll see released before Christmas:
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Oh by the way – great news about Ken Yates…..he won a major songwriter award in his native Canada:
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Here’s the song that won Ken the award – as always with Mishara – no email or registration required to download it for free:
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Ken’s award got me to thinking…..we sure have a lot of award winning songwriters on Mishara Music:
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It makes us feel good about what we do.
We’re a low key independent music mgmt & recording company and we do what we do for the love of music.
It all starts with songs for us.
Here’s one of our latest favorites – “Rain” by Meggan Waltman.
Another free download:
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Of course the rainy season has pretty much passed us by here in Maine.
We figured that out pretty quickly after Halloween.
We had a terrific Halloween as always.
Did some pumpkin carving.
This year Ethan drew out a plan for the carving and I did my best to match:
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The family selfie as we headed out for trick or treating….(Ethan was the only one that got treats though):
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We got home in time for our favorite Halloween TV show:
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36 hours later the first Nor’easter snow storm hit.
We lost power for 26 hours and finally woke up to this sunrise looking at 16 inches of new snow through the Halloween decorations on the window:
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We couldn’t get out the front door:
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If you were a tomato plant in a pot on the back deck – you probably weren’t happy:
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So starts my winter exercise program:
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And Kim got to make the coolest snowman ever:
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Luckily we’re big fans of winter – we love sledding, snowshoeing and the change in seasons brings amazing visions….this from last winters ice storm:
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But sadly – there’s one thing that goes away until spring.
The local lobster roll shacks all close up for winter.
We hit our favorite – “Red’s” – on their last day of the season about 30 minutes before closing.
Breathtaking as always:
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It was a busy autumn.
We made the most out of it – but it was exhausting.
So much so that somedays you don’t even realize that you put on different shoes for work until 3pm in the afternoon:
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Luckily no one else noticed either.
Hope you had a great autumn – here’s to a wonderful winter for all!
Marc
PS In keeping with this letter’s anti – buying mania – there are tons more free songs from Chris Ross, Barnaby Bright, Clarensau, Connor Garvey, Ken Yates and many more artists on the first 5 Mishara Music Free Song Amazon samplers.  Way over a million free downloads have already been given away.
Enjoy our gift of music:
19
Sep

Finally, a photo wrap-up of summer in Maine 2014 / the Marcrescue blog “Life in Maine with an Eight Year Old & an Appreciation of Music”

Greetings All,

A few notes before the attack of Maine summer photos:

1. If you’d like to make sure you receive this blog all the time – either sign up on the right hand side or if you’d prefer to receive via email – email me at marcrescue@gmail.com
2. You’ll notice during my music notes that we’ve made it extremely easy to listen to the music via Soundcloud and Spotify – whichever you prefer. You’ll also notice no sales links. Yes sales are important and if someone wants to purchase any of our songs – they’re always available on iTunes & Amazon. The key to building our audience however is getting the music heard.  Music has to heard to be appreciated.

Summer happens.

In our family and in our community here in Maine everyone makes the most of it.

Not because the season is short and winter is just over the horizon…..we love winter as much as summer.

But because there’s a spirit here about living life and everyone we know has been out and about.

The last time I checked in with everyone – we had just passed this milestone:

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Then summer took off like a rocket!

Are you ready……we’ve going to cover a lot of ground here and quickly.

It’s officially summer – how do we know? Because the people down the hill put out their annual summer sign…..which perhaps wasn’t written out exactly the way it was intended…..I sure don’t know any kids that play slowly…..but then again – it grabs your attention:

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Gotta check the local swimming hole after a rainstorm:

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Before you know it – “Coach Pitch” baseball is all over already and it’s time to get your end of season medal:

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Harvest time for wild Maine blueberries – got to pick up our 10 pound box…..we freeze them and have all sorts of blueberry treats all winter:

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Whew let’s take a breather & cool off – how about some Lemon Sorbet for Ethan and Coffee Heath Bar Crunch for dad on Father’s Day from Camden Cone:

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Can’t beat Maine for summer camping:

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Especially when you can take your morning camping coffee to the bench 20 yards away overlooking the ocean:

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We take our eating seriously when we camp.

Some leftover beef brisket from the nearby BBQ place from the night before makes some mighty fine beef brisket hash for morning breakfast at the campsite – and yes it was every bit as good as it looks – not everything in Maine has to have lobster in it to be great:

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But that said – Searsport Shores – our favorite ocean side campground takes eating seriously. Their Saturday night lobster bake makes it awfully tough to hike back to your campsite:

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Fourth Of July…..bummer no fireworks…..rained out…..but how ’bout the nifty homemade popsicles that mom made:

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Now let me take a moment here to say….during all of this…..work never stopped.

It never stops.

And some swell stuff happened this summer.

Chris Ross has spent the summer writing songs for his new album which he’ll begin recording shortly. He makes acoustic YouTube videos of each song when he’s finished writing them.

Can’t wait for the full band studio versions of these.

“Blame”:

“Burns”:

“You Can Have Mine”:

“Drunk Women”:

You can hear “Halfway To Wonderland” – Chris’ last album here on Soundcloud:

Or on Spotify:

 

One alternative to writing the new album….is spending the summer playing the new album at festivals.

That’s what Connor Garvey did.

Seemed to be a good plan.

Here’s where a partial list of where he played this summer:

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Here’s how it went – one of those summers where you need to get an extra suitcase to take home the awards:

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Wanna listen to both of Connor’s new albums…..easy to do…..just posted both new albums on Soundcloud & Spotify.

“Before The Meteors” – the live album that mirrors all the songs that are in the new studio album is here:

Also on Spotify:

The studio album “Meteors And Beating Hearts” is here on Soundcloud:

Spotify:

There’s another way to spend the summer – recording.

Both Ken Yates and Barnaby Bright have been spending time in the studio.

Ken has been recording some new songs and filmed one of the tracking sessions.

Here’s “Once More To The Lake”:

Here’s Ken’s last album “twenty-three” on Soundcloud:

And on Spotify:

Don’t have anything to share from the Barnaby Bright album recording sessions yet – but coming soon.

The whole Barnaby Bright fan universe is anxiously waiting to hear the studio versions of the songs they’ve been playing on tour breaks all summer.

Including this gem – “Just The Same” – recorded last year at WNRN in Charlottesville:

“The Longest Day” their last album can be heard in it’s entirety on Soundcloud:

& Spotify:

I’ve been very busy all summer preparing new releases for this fall. More about that in a moment.

I’ve always been a believer in contributing to society in one way or another. Many might remember that I volunteered on a mountain search and rescue team for over 20 years while living in California.

Now in Maine I’ve found a new way to help….using my knowledge and long association with the music industry….I’m involved with our beautiful local historical opera house.

Built in 1894 and totally restored in the 1990’s…..I find myself during the Camden Opera House’s 120th anniversary….on the town board of directors.

Something I can do to help…..but unfortunately…..even after years and years in the music business…..I still can’t figure out which photographer is taking the photo…..arghhhh:

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The Camden Opera House is such a great place for artists to perform…..lo and behold here’s Barnaby Bright playing there this summer:

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As a special encore – Becky and Nathan stepped away from the mic’s – because the acoustics are so great….and sang at the front of the stage joined by special guest Liz Longley….what a great night:

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This being Maine one can’t go too long without mentioning lobster again. As always we had a great time at our annual local “Lobster Fest”.

Here’s something you probably haven’t seen before unless you live in Maine.

The lobster trap race at the festival.

How many times can you make it back and forth across the harbor running on the lobster traps without falling in?

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If you’re a kid most likely your favorite part of Lobster Fest is the bungee jump attraction…..where you get to dream of being some sort of superhero while you’re flying in the harness:

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We always end our day at the festival riding the ferris wheel:

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You cannot believe how many lobsters they serve during the five days of the Lobster Festival….here’s the count near the end of the last day – that’a a lot of lobsters:

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It was also a great summer for gardens……here’s the first of many batches of cherry tomatoes:

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At the end of the summer we get a carton of heirloom tomatoes from our favorite vendor at our local farmers market:

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Lo and behold – they magically (with a lot of hard work by Kim) turn into the best sauce I’ve ever had in my life. It’s gonna be a wonderful winter:

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But we’re not there yet.

First a little mini-golf…..and this time Mom got the hole-in-one:

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Next up a day trip to Portland to check out the Jason Spooner Band performing at the Old Port Festival (they were great as always – as is the new album “Chemical”).

Just across from the stage we found this fence along the harbor (there’s always a cool discovery every time we got to Portland) – next time we’re bringing a lock.

If you look closely every lock has a message written on it. And they’re locked there by the people that put them there. So there they stay. Totally cool. What a great idea:

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On the way back from Portland we’re legally required to stop at LL Bean’s Flagship store.

It’s open 24 hours a day / 365 days a year.

You meet the nicest people there at 3am:

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Summer time for us is not just about eating…..although it might seem that way.

The town library sponsors summer movies in the amphitheater next to the library.

Bring a camp chair and a blanket:

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Our local Bay Chamber Orchestra takes over downtown for an afternoon and dispatches classical players to storefronts, street corners and shops to perform for us. I caught this great duo at Zoot Coffee:

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Of course there’s the beach.

A good place to catch up on Harry Potter:

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And contemplate the beauty of nature (credit report here – many of the artistic photos in this post including this one were taken by my wife Kim. Every time I see one of her photos like this – the first words out of my mouth are “I’m stealing this one for the blog”):

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Had to get in some hiking:

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One of the sessions at summer day camp is theatre….there’s nothing like hearing your kid singing “Kids” from Bye Bye Birdie….”Kid’s? Whatsa matter with all these kids today?…..Why can’t they be like we were – perfect in every way….” (they even designed their own costumes):

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Of course after a hard afternoon of summer theatre – it’s time to cool off with a Sno-Kone at River Ducks:

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As we seem to be back at food again……how ’bout some fresh Maine raspberries….so sweet:

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Another trip to Portland to see the Sea Dogs (Red Sox Double AA Farm Team) win in the bottom of the 10th:

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What a surprise on the way down to Portland…….an annual gathering of VW campers of all ages…..all stopped at a rest stop to say goodbye to each other until next year’s meeting.

I had one identical to the beige one just to the right of center (arrow pointing at it) back in the 1980’s.

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I never should have sold it.

The group even has it’s own t-shirts:

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Kim’s told me getting another one is now on our bucket list.

That’s a good addition.

Better get crackin’ on some new music if I’m going to get Kim her camper.

I fell in love with a song called “Rain” a number of years ago by an artist named Meggan Waltman.

Almost had the opportunity to release it….but stuff happened and never did get it out.

So I just obsessed about the song for years.

After Mishara Music (www.misharamusic.com) was established as a label……I went looking for Meggan.

She’d vanished.

Phone disconnected, no Facebook, no Twitter, no search results.

Zip, nadda, nothin.

Bummed I was.

One day out of the blue……an email in my inbox.

“Hi Marc, It’s Meggan….I’m back doing music again”.

Oh Happy Day.

Turns out she’d moved to Japan for a number of years.

That’s why I couldn’t find her.

So – this time I didn’t hesitate.

Didn’t pass “Go”.

Didn’t collect “$200”.

Got a Meggan Waltman EP titled “Nomad” out in record time.

A digital release to start.

8 tracks from 3 different recording sessions over a period of years.

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“Rain” is the first track.

And I want everyone to hear it.

So it’s free download.

No email required, no registration required.

Nothing like that.

Just click, download and enjoy:

http://misharamusic.com/free/rain/

Meggan Waltman Rain

Wanna hear the entire EP?

Soundcloud:

Spotify:

“Rain” will also be included in the next Mishara Music Free Song Sampler on Amazon.

This will be edition # 6.

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You can get all five of the previous samplers anytime on Amazon.

Over 50 totally free songs by Mishara artists and friends of the label.

http://tinyurl.com/AmazonFreeMisharaSamplers

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Here’s a number for you.

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That’s how many free songs have been downloaded off of the Mishara Free Song Samplers on Amazon.

I’m looking forward to 2 million.

The passion here is sharing great music.

Next up.

A gem.

A songwriter (with a degree in English no less)

With songs the likes of I’ve never heard before.:

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You’ll meet her in the next blog post.

In the meantime.

The sky is changing – the seasons are changing – it’s getting darker earlier:

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But the cycle of life is always a surprise.

What’s new becomes old….becomes new again.

Ethan found our old antique dial phone (from the 1930’s) and insisted we hook it up for him.

He makes all his calls on it.

(He only has 3 numbers he can call – his dad, his mom and his nana).

No smart phone this…but so totally cool:

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And of course we end where we started:

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Best,

Marc

Marc Ratner
Mishara Music

E-mail: marcrescue@gmail.com

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1
Jul

The Parent’s Lament – As Time Goes By / The Marcrescue blog – life in Maine with music & an eight year old

Greetings,

Are you a parent?

If not – let me explain a few things you probably don’t realize.

Before you have kids you might think you understand the concept and the reality.

I can only say this based on my experience…..maybe it is different for other people….

But….basically….before I had a kid….I didn’t have a clue what it was like being a parent….and I thought I did.

Even being a kid doesn’t give you perspective on being a parent.

Assuming you’re a fortunate parent and you have a good kid (/s) and life is basically good…..then you have….

….The Parent’s Lament.

Something I had no concept of.

Let’s start with – you get no sleep.

Less than you can imagine.

I remember my business partner in LA – Hugo – coming to the office looking a bit tired and he’d say….”Violet was up last night”.

She was two at the time.

What I didn’t realize.

He only mentioned it once in a while.

Basically kids are up every night.

Our son is eight.

All these years and he still wakes up at night.

Not as much as he used to – but enough to keep us from getting any sleep.

Not a week goes by when he still doesn’t wake up……because…….

……water, bathroom, nightmare, can’t sleep etc.

Even when he sleeps the night through – we’re not sure.

“Is that him? Is he awake? Did he just call us?”

“I’ll go check.”

So….no sleep for parents….ever.

I figure he’ll start sleeping through the night just about the time when we have to start worrying about where he is at night when he’s not in bed – not home yet.

Is that The Parent’s Lament?

Nah.

Losing sleep becomes no big deal pretty quickly.

You get used to it.

Of course I have an overwhelming urge to ask surgeons, airline pilots and anyone else with my life in their hands…..

“Do you have kids?”

“Is that a SpongeBob Square Pants button you have there?

If they answer in the affirmative – I know they haven’t slept and want to turn and run in the other direction.

But I know they’ve managed to deal with no sleep.

We’ll be okay.

What other problems are there?

Is this the right school?

Is this friend a bad influence?

Too much TV?

How do we get them away from video games?

Doesn’t any commercial food establishment have anything besides junkfood for kids anymore?

Ever look at a “Kid’s Menu”?

Even an elegant restaurant that serves local farm fresh organic grass fed wild caught food……has a kid’s menu that’s basically a hot dog, mac & cheese, french fries and sodas.

Arghhhhh!

(More about that in a minute).

Are any of those things The Parent’s Lament?

Nah.

They’ll survive all that.

So what’s The Parent’s Lament?

It’s simple.

Times goes by.

It kills you.

The babies are so wonderful.

Suddenly they’re in preschool.

Making friends.

You make great friends with the preschool teachers and all the sudden – it’s off to kindergarten.

Here he is waiting for the bus the first day of Kindergarten:

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Not a moment has passed……we think…..and all the sudden it’s the last day of second grade:

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They have to grow up – but no one understands how hard it is on the parents…..it’s heaven and hell at the same time.

Everyday we want to freeze the moment.

Although the joy of watching them grow up & learn how to out negotiate their parents is stellar as well.

I haven’t won an argument in our household in years.

Ethan started out-smarting me at about 2 1/2….and of course I’m married…..we just celebrated out 10th anniversary…..so figure I haven’t won an argument for at least 12 or so years – except for about a year from when Ethan started talking to when he hit 2 1/2.

I don’t miss losing arguments.

I just marvel at how I’m outsmarted almost every day.

They say elephants have great memories.

They got nothin’ on kids.

They never forget anything you’ve ever said….AND….they have ears that hear as well as elephants ears are large.

Married with a kid.

I got no chance.

But I miss those days of innocence.

Eight going on sixteen – he’s already discussing his first car.

I’m scared – I’m very, very scared.

But daily life is all about the wonderful moments.

Can’t beat walking down the street after our 2nd grade graduation dinner – Ethan’s choice?

Sushi at Suzuki’s.

Sushi?

At 8 years old?

I wouldn’t even eat the fish sandwich at McDonald’s when I was 8 years old.

Another sign that times change.

Something that all those “elegant restaurants” should take note of…..kids don’t eat just hot dogs and fries anymore.

Thanks to my wife for capturing our walk after our sushi dinner in a beautiful photo:

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Thankfully the photo gives me that moment in time.

My kid is growing up faster than I can imagine.

How do I entertain myself?

As I always have….with music.

Dad might work in the music business all day long.

But I’ve never lost the joy of music and love going to concerts that have nothing to do with my company.

We bought tickets to see Patty Griffin in Portland a couple weeks ago.

Then we realized it was Father’s Day?

What did we do?

Bought a third ticket for Ethan

He’s 8 years old – we end up buying him a lot of tickets.

We love to take him with us.

He just saw Patty Griffin.

Last summer he saw Paul McCartney.

He’s been to Jazzfest in New Orleans 5 times.

He’s been to the American Folk Festival in Bangor 5 times.

He saw the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary concert.

His favorite song of theirs is “I Get Around” – very appropriate – I took this shot during that song:

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Here’s a shot of Patty Griffin’s wonderful show…..I always love the solo songs:

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Of course he hears about music all day long in our household.

What’s happening at the moment?

Barnaby Bright have just finished the major tracking on their new album.

Don’t have anything to play from the new recordings yet – but both of these concert favorites will be on the new album:

“Just The Same” (just about my favorite “couples” love song ever) – here’s a live radio performance version:

“Sail” – here’s a live version from a concert in Portland, Oregon:

Becky and Nathan are pretty jazzed about the new album and also that their Pledge Music campaign has done so well…..still plenty of time to donate before the album release and it’s already past their goal:

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They’re not shy and not “precious” either – here’s the selfie photo they took in the car while on tour when they found out they passed their Pledge goal:

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How can you not love people like this?

Here’s the link to their Pledge Music campaign. Remember it’s much like donating to a public radio station and the great thing is that you always get value returned. For $10 you get a digital copy of the album BEFORE release date…..(cheaper than iTunes)…..and for $25 you get the pre-release digital copy AND a signed cd sent to you when it’s released.

Such a deal.

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/barnabybright

This guy:

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Chris Ross…..just started his new Pledge Music campaign.

I showed him the Barnaby Bright intro video and Chris said “I better up my game”.

He did.

Here’s his link – click on his intro video…..I guarantee you’ll be surprised and entertained.

Guaranteed!

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/chrisross

Here’s a couple tunes that’ll be on Chris’ next album:

“Easier Said Than Done”:

“Burns” (Chris seems to write about relationship troubles quite often….this song is the polar opposite of the Barnaby Bright tune “Just The Same” linked above. No matter if your relationship is workin’ or not – we’ve got you covered):

As I mentioned above – I love live music.

So how excited are we that Mishara Music just released our first live album?

Very.

Connor Garvey’s “Before The Meteors” which is a companion album to the studio recorded “Meteors And Beating Hearts”:

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Wanna hear something great?

Here’s “Irish Song” from the album….so much fun:

What’s better than an absolutely free song?

Not much.

Here’s the live version of “Tattered Shirt” from “Before The Meteors”- absolutely free and easy to download – no email or registration required – just click and save, enjoy and free feel to share with anyone you’d like:

http://misharamusic.com/free/tatteredshirts/

Aw shucks.

I feel like Monte Hall at the moment – (if you’re old enough to remember him that is – if you do – ask me about my Monte Hall story someday – it’s pretty weird) – so let me give away another free song.

Seems like a whole bunch of people have been getting married lately which reminded me that our trio Clarensau has a song titled “Dance With Me”.

It’s the perfect “first dance” song for a wedding – so here’s a Clarensau / Mishara Music wedding present – a free download of “Dance With Me”. Again – no email or registration required to download the song – just click and enjoy:

http://misharamusic.com/free/dancewithme/

Back to The Parent’s Lament for a moment.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives, the moment, this & that…..we truly have no perspective.

Until it comes sailing right into the harbor.

As two ships did into Camden Harbor this week.

We get all sorts – yachts, schooners, kayaks…..even a visit from a US Navy ship once a year.

But this was a first.

Replicas of two of Columbus’ ships.

Yup – THAT Columbus – the Christopher Columbus guy.

Some enterprising person had the wonderful idea to recreate the Nina and the Pinta (why not the Santa Maria? It never finished that famous first voyage).

The two ships now tour the world – stopping at harbors large and small all over the world.

A history lesson that comes to you and gives great perspective on life.

Here’s the Pinta (the black ship on the right):

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Doesn’t seem very big does it?

(This copy is actually 15 feet larger than the original).

Here’s the Nina (which was smaller than the Pinta):

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Which is exact size.

Note the rowboat right next to it.

Here’s the roster of the crews that sailed on that first Columbus voyage:

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24 people sailed on the Nina – which was about the size of four or five rowboats.

I spent some quiet moments thinking about the lives those men lived.

I think I’ve got it tough?

Hah.

Geez – the water at our favorite lake beach nearby was a bit cold on the first day of summer:

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Yup – we’ve got it rough.

But – again perspective.

Lots of people complain that the music business isn’t what it used to be.

Can’t make as much money as we used to.

I never did it for the money.

It was always about the music.

My biggest joy for our business these days?

Getting the new monthly figures and seeing how many free songs we’ve given away on our Mishara Music Free Song Samplers on Amazon.com.

We’ve put out five and number six is coming soon.

What’s in a number:

Here’s one:

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That’s how many songs we’ve given away.

Here’s a review I just read on Amazon – posted about sampler # 5 a couple days ago:

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I have no idea who that person is….but we’ve made their day….with music.

That makes my day.

Doesn’t get better than that.

Here’s the link for our Mishara Music Amazon Free Song Sampler # 5 that “Ozietwin” wrote the review about:

http://tinyurl.com/MisharaMusicAmazonSampler5

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Try it.

Enjoy it.

Share it.

In the meantime…..as much as learning about the past helps teach us about ourselves and potentially about the future…..

It’s a new world out there…..the adventure may not be about sailing across an uncharted ocean…..someday hopefully it’ll be about sailing across an uncharted universe…..but in the meantime we’re just looking to the future and hoping to keep our perspective in focus a day a time:

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Marc

PS Speaking of discovering new worlds. This letter started out years ago as a business letter to radio programmers. I still send it out as an email to programmers. But the perspective changed over the years. I became more interested in writing about life than business. There’s still business in the post – but it’s muted and it focuses on what I love – the music. A few years ago I decided that I’d post each letter on a wordpress blog site and let anyone, anywhere discover it and read it. Now the letters get read every day – all over the world – by people I don’t know, have never met and probably will never meet. Hopefully they’re finding some joy in the writing and especially the music – and if our free song stats tell us anything – they are.

Here’s the blog link:

http://www.marcrescue.wordpress.com

A week or so ago I checked to see where it’s been read in the past year. I don’t look very often and imagine my surprise when I saw the details.

I guess these letters could be my “Nina” – on a voyage of discovery.

Here’s the list of countries where the letters have been read in the past year:

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Marc Ratner

Mishara Music

E-mail: marcrescue@gmail.com

Website: http://www.misharamusic.com

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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

WordPress: www.marcrescue.wordpress.com

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/marcrescue

 

 

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:
Maple Cotton Candy
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):
Connor Driveway
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!!!!!!
Barnaby Studio
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:
Springsteen Setlist 1975
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:
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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

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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:
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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:
Connor Garvey Falcon Ridge Most Wanted 2014
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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Snowman fight 3 02-21-2014
Snowman fight 02-21-2014
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:
Family Snowshoe KJR 03-09-2014
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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Marc
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!
Dad at work 01-19-2014
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:
 Connor Garvey Wildflower Winner 2012
He just was voted “Most Wanted” for the 2014 Falcon Ridge Festival:
Connor Garvey Falcon Ridge Most Wanted 2014
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:
The Beatles
(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:
Linus
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:
Dragon Valentines' Day 02-14-2014
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

E-mail: marcrescue@gmail.com

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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:
First wood stove fire of the year 10-30-2013
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:
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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:
Leaves are gone winter is coming 11-08-2013
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:
Haybales Beth's Farm Market October 2013
For that matter – you don’t even need the hay bales…..a back yard with some leaves is even better:
Ethan leaves 10-11-2013
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:
Amazon Mishara Music 5 Song List
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”:
Barnaby Bright Twitter 11-11-2013
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.
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“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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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:
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You can’t beat Halloween though……when you get to be an X-Wing fighter pilot:
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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