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We Had Another House Concert 

We had so much fun at our house concert yesterday. We had about 30 wonderful folks who shared the music we’ve been playing with lately.

Kiley sang two of her songs, and for our last number, Kiley and Simon joined us for an a cappella version of I Got Rhythm.

There are some photos from the concert at the "Photos" link to the left.

Here's video of the I Got Rhythm:

House Concert 

Well, we've finally gotten our act together, so we're doing a house concert from 3pm - 5pm on Saturday, April 14.

It's at the home of Shaza and Michael Phillips:

2647 Crestridge Ct.
Boulder, CO  80302

If you're in the area and want to hear some music, come on by!

We're on YouTube 

Lisa McVicker shot some great video of the CD Release party, and once Dave got the audio editing and mixing of one of the songs done (why 10 months? it's a long story), Lisa put it all together and put it on YouTube:

 

CD Release party 

 

As we were rushing to leave, the last thing I did was rush upstairs to print release forms (we had video made, so the musicians signed forms to let us use their images from the video), and that's when we saw your e-mail -- literally the last thing we saw before we left for the concert.  It was very sweet, and very appropriate because it was literally a family concert (both in form and spirit).
 
We had an audience of about 50 (the top end of what I was hoping for).  We had bass, drums, sax, violin, and cello helping throughout the evening.  My voice was almost completely gone, so we taught Casey and Karla all my parts.  Karla and Salem sang harmony with Dawn on several songs, and there's something about voices that are genetically related singing harmony that's really cool.
 
It was an interesting concert in that almost noone in the audience had ever heard us do music, so they were there mainly because they were our friends.  I felt like we had stacked the audience, but it really took the pressure off as they were supportive of anything and everything we did.
 
Salem did one of her songs (and Kiley sang harmony), and Simon took pictures.
 
The energy was very intimate -- several people commented on how much family was woven in throughout the concert.
 
So, basically, it went as well as we could have hoped.  It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun.  And now we have 50 people in Boulder that have heard us do music.  So now we need to decide where we go from here.
 
Anyway, thanks for your note and for thinking about us on that crazy day.

We spent the whole day before the party running backup parts with Karla (Dawn's sister), Salem (our 26-year-old daughter), Casey (our 28-year-old son), and Danya (a family friend with an extensive musical career of her own).  Dave's voice was almost completely gone, so we taught Casey and Karla all of his vocal parts.

We had an audience of about 50 (the top end of what we were hoping for).  We had bass, drums, sax, violin, and cello helping throughout the evening.  

Karla and Salem sang harmony with Dawn on several songs, and there's something about voices that are genetically related singing harmony that's really cool.

It was an interesting concert in that almost no one in the audience had ever heard us do music, so they were there mainly because they were our friends.  I felt like we had stacked the audience, but it really took the pressure off as they were supportive of anything and everything we did.

Salem did one of her songs with Kiley (our 13-year old daughter) singing harmony.  Simon (our 11-year-old son) took pictures during the concert and Casey ran sound. The energy was very intimate -- several people commented on how much family was woven in throughout the concert.

So, basically, it went as well as we could have hoped.  It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun.  And now we have 50 people in Boulder that have heard us do music.  So now we need to decide where we go from here. 

 

Oh, and for those keeping score at home, we're not sure how many CD's were sold at the concert (the entrance fee and CD money was all mixed together), so let's just say that there were three CDs sold, because that makes a better story.

Radio Interview on KGNU 

We had the wonderful opportunity to join Mahlia Lindquist on her "Monday Metro" radio show on KGNU in Boulder to talk about what it means to be an artist.

I found it interesting to consider where the lines between art and other aspects of life (parenting, vocation, etc.) move and intersect.  It was also a lot of fun!

The link to the audio is here (the program is about 30 min long).

Next up -- the CD release party!

March 25th House Concert 

We did the house concert yesterday, and it went well.

Dawn's parents invited about 20 of their friends, pulled out the (newly tuned) upright piano, and we did about an hour of music.

Considering there was no sound system, the piano was an upright, and the median age of the audience was probably about 70, it went great.  They were very kind and responsive.

And we sold 3 CDs -- again!

So, think about this: 20 people, most of whom *already* possessed a copy of the CD, and we still sold 3 CDs.

This is equal to the number we sold to the 600 people at Unity of Boulder, none of whom had the CD!

Now, maybe my mistake is to think that the sales should be proportional to the size of the audience.  Maybe our sales will forever be a constant 3, regardless of the size of the audience.  This would mean that we'd actually have to play the Hollywood Bowl over 300 times to sell out the first run.  That strikes me as improbable, so I'm hoping I'm wrong here...

In any case, we sure enjoy doing music, so next up, the CD release party!

reflections on March 7th gig at Unity of Boulder 


So, our March 7th gig at Unity of Boulder went quite well.

The way they do it is that they invite visiting musicians in every week, give a slot to do one song, then let the artist set up a table to sell their music after the service.

Our music isn't really church music, but the folks at that church have a pretty expansive view of what belongs in church, so it felt like we were able to connect pretty well with the music, and the response was very good. The kind words of the folks guiding things were particularly warm and supportive.

For the two services, I'm guessing there were around 600 people total.

So, 600 people, great response, and, we sold... 3 CDs -- 3 CDs!

At this rate, to sell our first run of CDs, we'd have to fill the Hollywood Bowl:



-- over 11 times!

We're not in this to sell CDs, but it's hard to avoid the feeling that whether or not someone purchases the CD is a more honest review of the music than the level of enthusiasm of the applause.

Of course, that raises the question of why we're doing music in the first place.  If it's really being offered as a gift (as we contend), then selling CDs *should* be a minor footnote.  I guess we've got some work to do on that front.

Our next gig is a small house concert in Florida on March 25.

For now, the Hollywood Bowl will have to wait...

CD update 


So,this marketing stuff has never been our strength.

In fact, the last big music project we did, we finished just days before we moved away from Des Moines, Iowa (and most of our existing fan base) and moved to San Jose, California.

It's an interesting dilemma to need a completely different skill set (marketing) to be able to create the opportunities to do music.

Even so, we've sold about 75 CD's so far, primarily from word of mouth.

And we're in the process of lining up some gigs (and have a radio interview set up).

We've also gotten a nice level of activity on our MySpace page.

But it's hard to see how far this can go unless we hit the road.....

Doing Music Again 


Well, after over 10 years and two more children (the two not being totally unrelated) we're back doing music again.

The CD is done (being duplicated) and we're finally starting to look at doing gigs again.

Now we see if there's a market for a pair of 50-something artists.

Whatever happens, it's fun being back in it...