I’m still in disbelief and near shock: Marissa Caliguire featured my track MC# in her segment on Bruce Nazarian “The Digital Guy” Radio Show! Seriously???!!! I kept shaking my head for about 3 mins. and 30 seconds… Really? Not only did she feature the track, but narrate my bio and musical journey so far. Wow…so THIS is what it feels like, when dreams come true!!!
Thanks be to Marissa aka Radio Gurl and Bruce Nazarian, aka The Digital Guy aka Radio Boss aka Lemonator! Wow – this is a very special moment for me, guys! For those of you, who weren’t able to tune in last night, you get to listen to the entire show and download the podcast here. I’ve taken the liberty of editing the podcast and extracted Marissa’s segment for those of you, who want to get right at that part of the show. Find it below. Simply press the play button to listen! But I do encourage you to go Bruce’s site and savour the entire show and maybe even past shows – you’re in for a treat!
For a little bit more than a year I’ve been a regular listener of Bruce Nazarian’s “The Digital Guy” Radio Show on Solar Radio. Eversince the show’s debut on February 1st 2010 it was my goal to get airplay there once as I consider it a benchmark for musical quality. It was my first favorite web radio station after discovering the Contemporary Jazz world for myself. So without further ado, I’m extremely proud to announce that my track MC#, which I had substantial help with through the experienced ears and hands of the Digital Guy himself, is going to be on the show tomorrow afternoon (midnight in the UK and 1 am in Germany, where I’m located).
In addition to these personally significant news, please also notice that TDG is now being transmitted via live video as well. Every now and then, Bruce welcomes Contemporary Jazz artists on the show for some live interaction and interviews. In addition to that, regular listeners have been interacting via Facebook page (see link above) and now also get to chat in realtime in the chat room adjacent to the video feed.
I am excited to have managed taking another step in my musical endeavours. Please share this with everyone, who is a fan of great music, old, new and anywhere in between :)
See you on the internet! Just click the link in the text and then ‘like’ – and you’re a new member of the listening family!
wesbound, March 20th 2011
OK. I want to help. For reasons that need not concern anyone, I have only a few bucks to donate directly – which I did. Other than that – what help I can give has to happen via my gift of writing and recording music. I consider it a gift and as such – a service first. So… as I want to help the people of Japan, who have to endure mind-boggling tragedy at present, let’s keep this simple (as simple as possible):
- Find me at Reverbnation.
- Join the mailing list (I take it, if you’re going to be a part of this, we have something in common. Here’s to hoping it might be a similar taste in music next to a need to help in the face of desaster)
- You are now a fan of mine. As such, you get to download ALL MY SO FAR RELEASED song files for FREE! Downside: There is only four of them (doh! Sorry, I’m a slow worker now, I am hoping to improve that shortly. And: Astute readers will notice, there is one more file – which I’ll re-release in the near future – and you’ll get to have that as a FREE download as well – regardless of the situation in Japan).
- I take it on FAITH – a.k.a. I take YOUR WORD for it! – that you have placed a donation with one of the desaster relief organiziations helping Japan. (see an exemplary list below). If you haven’t – I take your word, you are going to do so at your earliest possible opportunity. That goes for existing fans of mine as well (a combined number of around 130 on Reverbnation and Myspace, who signed up, next to some 520 more on Facebook).
- Was I crazy to give away music for free? I would like to believe that no. You can always cheat? Yes, you can. And then it is only you that has to keep living with yourself. In my experience: Karma finds us. Sooner or later. But it does. ;)
Here’s some organizations that sound credible in helping Japan in this current crisis of Biblical proportions:
- Better Place (it can ONLY get better IMHO…)
- Ärzte Ohne Grenzen. Please note: They currently DO NOT accept direct donations on behalf of Japan. However…. eversince I’ve subscribed to their newsletter a few years back, I could witness how they always help those that need it the most! Even when other charity organizations have pulled the plug. Eventually, they WILL be equipped to take direct donations. The money you donate now, will not be wasted!
I would like to encourage you to spread this note! Was I opening a door for illegal downloads? Yes. But again: Karma will find those, who abuse this. And: This initiative will run until the end of the month of March! I am going to remove the full length files for download after March 31st!. Again: I meant to keep helping as simple as possible. It’s about HELPING and being the better man first (and again: I take the side effect of adding more fans to my mailing list as a sign of you and I having something in common that goes beyond the music). And I’ll be damned, if anyone tried to talk me out of believing in the GOOD of people!
P.S. My American friends taught me how to make lemonade from lemons. Let’s now make riceballs from … thin air.
wesbound, March 2011
I’m pleased to report that MC# is rapidly making its way onto the airwaves since it’s launch a couple of days ago. I have it on good authority that David Gonzalez of Smooth Wave Jazz is going to consider adding MC# to their rotation of Smooth Jazz, Mary Ann Wexler of US New Jazz added the song to their playlist, Colleen Spencer and Reggie Mitchell of Smooth Grooves Phoenix requested the track
for potential programming and it’s going to air on Saturday, March 26th at 8 pm MST, Wes George of Jazznet247 announced to get MC# into his March playlist and also added me to their family of friends directory – where I’m in company I wouldn’t have ever dreamed of being! Then there’s Bobby D of FunkyJazz TV, who requested the track and announced getting it into his Sunday, March 13th mix and live show. Also Mike Scott asked me to send the file. Last, but definitely not least, there is MJ Vegas of The Coast Online Radio, who also features one of my previous tracks, the Naiad Theme with video, Gary Fuston of GHP Radio and Ted Hasiuk of Café Jazz.
On a special note, I would like to point out that none of this would have been possible without the initiative, vision and enthusiasm of Marissa “Radio Gurl” Calliguire and most noteably creative and technical guidance as well as factual help from Bruce “Radio Boss” Nazarian, a.k.a. The Digital Guy of the eponymous radio show format he founded in February 2009.
I’d like to do a BIG shoutout to above noted mentors as well as friends and fans, who have been cheering me on for more than two years now. It’s quite the trip! Thanks guys! YOU – make this happen!
wesbound, March 11th, 2011
Update: This just in: Bruce Nazarian a.k.a. The Digital Guy, who greatly helped shaping the song and taking it to a new level for me, is going to air MC# on Monday, March 21st on the Digital Guy Show, 4 pm PST, 12 am in the UK! Please join the fan page (by clicking the link ‘Digital Guy’) and become a part of the TDG family! Also, in order to keep the music alive, please consider purchasing the Digital Guy’s Outstanding Tracks of 2010 CD to keep school music programs alive!
I have completed another tune. It’s called MC# (speak: em-cee sharp) and made of Marissa Caliguire’s initials combined with a pun on the musical key C# (C sharp). Marissa recently relaunched her website and asked me, whether I could contribute an exclusive song for this endevour. Why – of course! So I started to write the main theme right away, which kind of ‘happened’ on me – maybe one of those lucky moments, where the muse comes sitting on your shoulder and whispers music in your ears :). Well… after that, there was a lot of tedious, nitty-gritty work involved, of course. The writing of a song (main theme, lyrics) is one thing. Getting it recorded and produced – can be a painfully long and tedious process, at least with me here. I’m still hoping to better find out, what circumstances I must be on the lookout for in order to be productive at maximum capacity and efficiency (I’m… errm…still looking, o.k.? :)). However – it still was fun to know that someone might have a good time with this – ideally many more than two people ;) (one can always hope, can we? :)).
Anyway – without further ado: The song is now available on Amazon, iTunes, Napster, eMusic and a bunch of others anywhere between now and the next weeks.
To prelisten, visit Marissa Caliguire’s brand spanking new website. Be sure to check back there in the following days and weeks, as Marissa will travel to Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards and cover lots of exciting stuff going on there. Also, be sure to pay a visit to The Digital Guy Radio Show, aka Radio Boss, who’s attending, too and who is a sponsor of Oasis’. TDG is also going to revv up their game, as a live video stream has been tested over the past few weeks and will be in operation as of … (am I supposed to share…?). Well, just head over to the Digital Guy Show to check out the latest and greatest on all things Smooth Jazz. Groove first, people! Groove first. (errm… note to self in that regard…, thank you)
wesbound, March of 2011.