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There is a thing called carousel songwriting in my 6-Figure Songwriting course. There are about 60 students on the zoom call and we are then divided into breakout rooms with 3 or 4 students. We're given about an hour and half to meet each other, get busy, and write a song. My first collaboration was with studnts in Australia, England, and two of us in the USA. My first breakout carousel group wrote a song about coming home. My next session was with a lyricist in Pittsburgh and a guitarist in South Africa and we penned a blues song called "We Got Soul." Click the link above to listen to that song. Ive also collaborated on three other songs so far with a Londoner, a Candian, and another Australian. How fun!
Way back in 1988, I "released" a cassette tape of twenty songs that I had written or co-written and produced in my parent's basement on a 4-track recorder. Now, 33 years later, I thought it was time to release another collection of songs. Although I've grown a pretty extensive back-catalog of songs, I decided to make this an EP of six of my most recent songs. All of these were written as part of the 'The Two Week Song Geeks' song writing challenge on Facebook. So the whole EP was written and recorded over the course of 12-weeks. I love to collaborae and include guest musicians on songs, but for this effort I decided to do everything myself. So, that meant wiriting all lyrics and music, recording all instruments, producing and mixing all of the songs, and finally releasing them to spotify and making lyric videos for YouTube. I mentioned the first five songs in previous newsletters but the closing song was just completed to cap it off. It's called "Go Time For Change" and I am unapologetic about the fact that this is intentionallly an 80's rocker. In fact, it was inspired by the Rainbow song "Can't Happen Here" from 1981. I decided to make Stages the title track for my EP which is now available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and YouTube. Take a listen to all six songs and let me know which songs resonnate with you.
A projet that I have been working on for the past couple of years is finally opening. It is the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort and I have been under a non-disclosure to discuss it, but the cat is out of the bag now. My company, Creative Designs in Lighting, was part of two architectural design teams. The first was with PHX Architects and included the new outdoor bar (Spire Bar) and it's surrounding event lawn that transitions into a new world class adult pool, two renovated restaurants (Wright's Bar and Renata's Hearth), guest cottage renovations and landscape lighting throughout, including new facade lighting and a palmerie entry experience. Oh, and also a renovated family pool area with a new 60-foot water slide. As if that wasn't enough, the other architecture team was with Douglas Fredrikson Architects who designed the new Tierra Luna Spa and Soaking Retreat. More pictures coming soon as more lighting gets energized. Check it out live if the opportunity presents itself.
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