Excellent! I got to extend availability of Naiad Theme on iTunes, Amazon & many more digital stores for another year thanks to Sherry Sherrard-Jackson and Cliff Francoeur! Below find a convenient player widget to use for prelistening and sharing. Thanks so much, guys!
Whooooaaaa – not to be immodest, but … we somehow all kinda sensed this number would eventually happen, didn’t we? (Well, in case of faith in me and my stuff, that is)
So… without further comment, here it is:
Welcome to my new friends and supporters, shoutout to the previous ones! Whoohoo!
P.S. Notice something else that was funny about the number…? (Hint – it’s all in the comments… )
I partially disassembled my Fender Stratocaster in order to widen the frame where the twin pivot tremblock sits. The idea was to give the tremolo more room, so it bends upwards by at least 2 semitones. I am pleased to say that the procedure worked out without butchering the instrument (although minor injuries to the color coating took place). However – I find 11 gauge strings not to sound right on a Stratocaster, not to mention the amount of strength that needs to go into bending strings. I’m gonna have to resort to 10 gauge again. Physical power can be obtained by exercise. But the sound isn’t right.
The remastering and publishing of my music on bandcamp segued into a little added on project, which I’m going to announce in a little while. Stay tuned! (Did anyone mention freebies…? )
For those of you living in the US, there’s now an alternative to iTunes, Amazon and the likes: As of now, you get to download my tracks on Google Music (or Google Play as it’s called now). Thanks for your support in advance!
Electronic grooves tinged with Jazzy and funky guitars by Tony Remy & Bluey, excellent production.
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? ).
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.
I am stoked!!!! Recently, Wes Gillespie of Smooth Jazz Radio Station JazzNet 247 selected my tracks I Count on U and Naiad Theme for his fine programming. This in itsself would be an incredible treat alone, but it gets even better: I recently checked his playlist and was almost falling from my chair from detecting myself among all the BIG names of the genre! Upon tuning in to his radio show, I hear a radio jingle with announcements of the songs to air during the second hour of his show and – shock again! – he placed an announcement of my track between Brian Culbertson and – Herbie Hancock!! I mean – come on!!! This is getting better than whatever dreams I may have had in my late teens and early twens! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
Some of my Facebook family and friends might be tempted to think, I was presenting myself extra-humble in order to “solicit” more attention or support, but no! Take my word on this: I am really, really almost in disbelief over all the incredible things that have started to happen for me!! And excited and thrilled at the same time, of course!
Again, my heartfelt gratitude to all of you, who have and are supporting me in ways I could not have imagined! This is major, major, major and means EVERYTHING to me! And know that I keep working on my chops and material. After all – what could be better than knowing there is an appreciating audience waiting for more to come?
Thank you all! At this point, I’d like to mention Brian O’Neal, who got the ball rolling for me about one and a half years ago, by inviting me to collaborate on his track and then video Dreams in Color and by getting the word out. Please consider supporting his charity organization DO Foundation that came from this musical collaboration. Also, a big shoutout to April Sims and Christopher Fields on WAGTi Radio, for inviting me to be among the first interview guests when the station launched under that name in March 2009. After that, I soon found myself invited on a couple more stations getting interested in airing my music and finding out about my work. Cres O’Neal, Gary Fuston, Mary Ann of U S Smooth Jazz Network, Marissa Caliguire to name a few more – thank you dearly! Please find the complete list of stations and radio presenters here.
This is incredibly exciting, people! Thank you!
wesbound, October 2010
I’m pleased and honored to say that a number of radio stations and social media platforms have added my music to their rotation as well as done interviews with me re: my musical journey. I’m honored all the more, as these are stations playing the finest artists in Contemporary Jazz and Smooth Jazz. Please find a list of stations and networks, I’m currently airing on or have aired on in the past:
- WAGTi Radio, presented by April Sims and The Poetry Man with I Count on U
- Groove FM, presented by Peter Hoeld with Naiad Theme
- Jazz ‘em Up, presented by Crescentia O’Neal with Naiad Theme
- US Smooth Jazz Network, presented by Mary Ann Wexler
- GHP Radio, presented by Gary Fuston
- Phoenix98 FM, presented by Graeme Holiday and Andy Hubbard
- The Coast Radio, presented by MJ
- Smooth Grooves Phoenix, presented by Colleen Spencer
- Funky Jazz TV, presented by Donna Whittington and Bobby D
- Smooth Jazz Expressions, presented by Kerri Donovan
- eurosmoothjazz, presented by Eberhard Fruck
- WJCT Electro Lounge, presented by David Luckin
- JazzNet 247, presented by Wes Gillespie
- Smooth Jazz.com just notified me, I’ll get added to their playlist(s) on smoothjazz.com and smoothlounge.com – thanks Donna and Sandy!!! This is really exciting! (they are said to be the second largest, if not THE largest Smooth Jazz (web) radio station and network). Very cool!
My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the presenters of those fine programs!