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Help Me Name My Album

Saturday 2/15/2014

So I'll be releasing this new album this year. At least 8 cuts are ready to go already and we'll probably have another 5 or more on the album.

 

If you've paid any attention to the music that's been coming from my musical adventure lately, you'll notice the wide variety of genres I've been experimenting with, thanks to my friends Abysss (Daryl Holden) and Dimitris Liolis (Leo D) Both great writers, musicians and producers. .....

 

So now I'm at a point where I'm trying to name such an experiment. The first title that came to mind was "No Boundaries"... If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them.... ~M~

 

~Michael~
 

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Where Does It Come From ?

FEBRUARYY 8th 2014 (5am)

From whence does creativity flow ? I used the word 'whence' cuz it seemed all flashy and sophisticated.

 

A while back I wrote this article concerning creativity.

 

It has always eluded me, where the creative spark originates. I guess I should just e thankful and stop trying to analyze and understand and just accept the apparent 'gift' that has been so fortunately dropped in my lap.

 

I once likened songwriting, and especially songs that seem to grab a lot of people's imaginations this way.

 

It's as if there is this stream of consciousness running above all of our heads, a wealth of knowledge and creativity.  Everyone in a while, I'm fortunate enough to bump my head into that cloud and grab an idea or two. I hope it continues.

 

I'm infamous (in my own mind at least) for having done 376 takes of a guitar lead for "Today" ... I'm coming close to that record on this one; "Linger Longer" is in production.

 

Perfectionist ? Yes.

 

But if I had better skills, it's go a lot smoother. Venturing out there again into another genre. A;most country at this point. I can't wait to bring it to you along with the complete album later this year ..... And below is that 'infamous' guitar solo.

 

 

I Never Thought I'd Say This But ...

JAN. 22nd 2014

 

I never thought I would says this; but I love collaborating.
 
I've been in many bands and my experience in most left a bad taste in my mouth. Perhaps I was instransigent, in wanting to do things my way. That could well be.
 
Maybe I don't play well with others.
 
But recent experience has shown me that experience, maturity or NEED; or a combination of those and other factors have altered my perpesctive to allow me to achieve more than I could have hoped for.
 
I have always been fortunate that other musicians have seen some glimmer of hope in my creations and are willing to help, despite my mediocre playing skills.
 
I have long recognized, I'm a writer and singer and NOT a musician's musician. You know the one who can rattle out a guitar lead in a heartbeat, or transpose on the fly. (those people scare me)
 
I once did 376 takes on ONE guitar part for one of my songs !
 
So I have now been collaborating for about 8 years on line now. Transferring files back and forth, exchanging emails and creating with a number of other musicians here  at home and worldwide.
 
Now we're entering an exciting new era. On line collaboration in REAL TIME.
 
What this means is the ability to write, discuss and record new musical creations directly with someone as if they were in your home sitting across the room, but in my case (and many others I would assume) that collaboration is taking place across thousands of miles.
 
Or more precisely; 26,040 Km or 16,180.50584585148 miles. I did the math. That's the approximate distance between Oxenford, Queensland, Australia and Rockledge, Florida, USA.  
 

Here's one of our collaborations: "The Edge"

 

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Daryl Holden and I are composing, recording and blissfully chatting daily across those distances and with great results.
 

So off I go into undiscovered frontiers. You are welcome to join us...

~Michael~
 

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New single release coming VERY soon

2014 is starting off with a bang.

Work is almost complete on my first single of the New Year.

It is a complete remake of "Man and Woman"

I've been working with Australian producer/writer Abysss-Daryl Holden on this and other songs for my upcoming album release, along with Dimitris Liolis (Atherns, Greece) and David Wohl (Ft. Collins, CO).

(Please be sure to check out the hypnotic "No Air", which Daryl and I have just completed)

It's great to work with such a talented group of artists who challenge me to reach new musical goals.

What's been fascinating as it regards working with Daryl, has been the fact that we can record and audition quality material in real time via the internet. Not only can we collaborate by exchanging files, but we can perform together at the same time, communicating ideas and inspirations immediately, but across 10,000 miles.

Awesome; isn't a powerful enough word to describe this process.

Not only are we experimenting with new approacehes on many of my songs, we're utilizing different approaches on indivdual songs ie: "Man and Woman". One is percussive in nature while a second version is filled with orchestration and truer to the original simple guitar and vocal.

The new material and past releases are all available on Reverbnation on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, RadioAirplay, eMusic, CDBaby, Spotify and a host of other sites for digital download.

Less than $1

Thanks for your support!


~Michael~


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Gonna Write Me A Country Song[VIDEO]

My Mom and Dad have told me for years; if I want to make it in the music business, I should get into
'western' music.

I'm not sure if they're aware how much country music has changed, but I was thinking, it can't hurt.

Right ? It is probably the largest segment of the purchasing public's music consumption.


Now I'm a fan of a lot of country artists. Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, David Nail, Trace Adkins and others pop into my mind. And there are a host of country songs that  really speak to me personally and as a writer.

Now, I'm always willing to step outside my comfort zone and give it a try, especially if the promise of the almighty dollar sits at the end of that red dirt road.

So girl, why don't ya hop into the front seat of my truck, in your white tank top and cut off jeans and we'll take a little trip down to the river, with a cane pole, and I'll see if I can't find the words to write a country song.

I'll bring a cheap bottle of wine, some Southern Comfort, or moonshine, and we can howl at the moon 'til we get to that county line. Then I can pick my gitar and sang you a song about Bo 'n Red and Skoal. And how you smell sweet as honeysuckle, next to a Georgia Pine. 

Dont' worry your pretty little head, cause your man is coming down to the farm and mama's got grandaddy's gun, so we all know there's a song a comin', God willing and the creek don't rise.

Yeah, I think I'm gong to try and write a country song. I just don't know where to start.

 


~Michael~
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Don't Sweat The Details

SWEATING THE DETAILS

 
So many times I've heard the phrase 'don't sweat the details'. The meaning being that you should just go with the flow. Take it easy, don't obsess.
 
Well; I wish I could, but when it comes to producing music, (or just about anything else for that matter) my OCD kicks in big time.
 
Such is the case in many of my latest productions. 
 
One in particular has become extremely pesky for me. It's "Man and Woman". I wrote this as a simple acoustic guitar with vocal. Simple being the key word here. I'll release that version, but now we're working on two other completely different versions of the same song.
 
It's enough to drive this little man insane.
 
One of the versions is fairly true to the original except with a very nice orchestration behind it.
 
The one that causing me fits (for the time being) is the more 'modern' production. Not only does it have orchestration, but also an interesting percussive beat now, thanks to my producer, Dazz/Abysss/Daryl. I'm never sure what to call the man, but I do love what he does.
 
But herein lies the problem. He's as Obsessive as me !
 
It's a miracle we''ve gotten as far as we have. Each of us in our own right, making alterations, tweaking this-re-arranging that iuntil we 'think' we have it right, then take a few steps back and thrown some more paint on the canvas, while trying to erase some already spilt.
 
What a musical journey.
 
We've re-arranged verses and choruses-lyrics and tones  Then I'll do a sing and think; too much vibrato here, not enough there .... Did I hold that phrase long enough ? ...
 
At some point you know you have to walk away and say. There it's done, knowing deep inside, it never will be.
 
It's akin to parenting. You KNOW you must let go (and do-kind of) but every once in a while you find yourself, following them a block behind on that walk to the school bus ...
 
This is soooo much fun !
 
~M~
 

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Coming in 2014

Fresh ideas are flowing like a cool mountain stream. Me likes me mountain analogies.
 
Not only am I writing and recording new music like a crazy man, I've enlisted the talents of a wide range of INCREDIBLY talented musicians and producers to help me in my on going projects.
 
In all there are about 20 different songs (old and new) that I am working on. About 10-12 of those will be on a new album this year with 4 of those to be released along the way as singles.
 
I'm also hoping on releasing a 4 song acoustic EP. These will be raw recordings of vocal and guitars or keboards as the songs were originally written, without any bells and whistles.
 
So forward I move with a wide variety of new material.
 
Let me detail some of them for you.
 
"Stranger":  A piano driven ballad. Somethimes, others have called this a power balad, because of it's intensity when it reaches the chorus. It reminds me often a cold snowy midwest morning when I woke in my second floor apartment with these lyrics rolling through my head. "Soft bitter light of the morning... And I've got raise this weary head" ... I knew I HAD to complete this work. (Coming as a single in 2014)
 
"Train, Train, Train":  As Monty Python said; '...and now for something completely different..'  I had decided it was time for me to move away from my love songs for a bit and try to write outside of my comfort zone. I'm glad I did. This almost counrty-uptempo feel song first came to me as an idea while riding a train to downtown Chicago from Lake Forest with a friend, then really percolated, when I went to visit my daughter, her husband and new grandson near Wichita. I stayed in a flea bag motel, with train tracks that literally ran outside my window. Who wouldn't be driven to musical insanity at that point ?
"Your Mistake": One line sums this song up. "I never wanted to be your mistake"
 
"Man And Woman": This is a story song in the truest sense of the phrase. I'm releasing produced and entirely acoustic versions of this song this year. My personal favorite line: "And the woman burned bright like a candle on a windless night".(Coming as a single in 2014)
 
"Let Me Be Me": A little over 2 years ago, I was in a tough place. I was around some folks who were going through a rough time and thought maybe I could cheer them with a song. I didn't have my guitar, so I started writing this song acapella. About 2 years later I finally got around to putting music to the melody. It's all about hope and moving forward in life, no matter the struggles.(Coming as a single in 2014)
 
"I'll Drink To That": This is a pretty mournful sounding tune with raw emotion, that will also be featured on the acoustic EP. There's a little dark humor mixed in to keep it honest.
 
"I Can't See You Anymore": Another raw dark tune about conflicting emotions that builds to an explosive crescendo. This is one that must be sung with no holds barred. (Coming as a single in 2014)
 
"Like It Was Just Yesterday": This is a tender intimate song. A recent reviewer said: 'reminds me of a music track for a 1940's fim noir romance' .. OK ... I'll take that. This song of a romantic memory will also be on the acoustic EP.
 
I am working in conjunction with some great producers-musicians-songwriters to assemble this all for release this year.
 
* Dimitris Lios (LeoD) a Greece based performer/producer. Dimitris also produced "Believe" on my first album 
* David Wohl from Ft. Collins, Colorado, and I are working on a number of my songs together. David was a major influence in the production a musical contributions for "Inspired By A Ture Story" (my 1st release)
* Dazz; most recently I've team with Dazz, who's production is insanely masterful and I am so looking forward to our current and hopefully other future collaborations.
 
In addition to the 8 listed here another 2-4 will be on the upcoming album. I'm just trying to sort those out for now.
 
Additionally; I am working on a symphonic piece, based on my "Songs For Idar Oberstein", inspired by the small town in Germany, where I lived  as a child. Classical style instrumental compositions that have been in the musical pipeline for decades. I believe it may be realistic to hear these this year in a public venue.
 
So, there it is my update as we begin a New Year. I am very hopeful going into 2014!
 

~M~

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It's Been A While

SAT. December 7th 2013

The past week or so has just flown by. There is much to report. I've now received play in 23 countries including the US ....


People who have listened to "Home For Christmas" have been as far flung as these locales:

Denmark, Saudi Arabia (someone's in trouble), France, Canada, Philippines, Indonesia, Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Ba hams, UK, Qatar, Malaysia, Germany, Turkey, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Brazil and Korea (I'm assuming south) ..


I am so grateful to all who have listened and was absolutely floored when I saw the reach of my music. I also MUST thank people like Dimitris Liolis, David Wohl, StudioPros, Talentcast.nl and so many others who give me encouragement, through their selfless support.

 

 

Currently I am engrossed in recording and writing a host of new songs:

"Stranger"  -- "I Can't See You Anymore" -- "Train, Train, Train" -- "Your Mistake" -- "I Plead The 5th" -- "Fall On Me" -- "Came This Close" and others.

 

I can't wait for you (and me) to hear them.

 

~Michael~
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The Final Sing

November 22, 2013

The final sing.

By the time I reach this point in the writing and recording of a song, I have sung it a thousand times, looking for just the right tone and emotion to express what it is I felt, when I originally sat down at the piano or with my guitar.

So here I go, standing in front of the mic this weekend trying to find the perfect performance.

Then I apply the background vocals, mix, master and volia ! NEW Christmas music.

~M~
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Home For Christmas --- almost ---

NOVEMBER 19th 2013

Work on "Home for Christmas" is almost complete. I had anticipated a release date of today, but my inner perfectionist got the best of me. I have all of the parts done, including pianos, strings, drums and bass. Now what remains is 2 guitar parts (one a 12 string) plus the final lead and background vocals, and mixing and mastering, then my homage to Christmas memories, will be distributed to iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and about 200 other online stores and countless radio stations. I hope you enjoy as much as I have writing and producing.

 

~Michael~
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Discovery

Sunday November 17th 6PM ET

Those who come from military families or have moved a lot can appreciate the fact that often you live out of boxes. There's nothing unusual about living for a year with everything you own, except a few essentals staying in those carboard receptacles.
 

This also tends to lead to us being pack rats. That can be bad and good. The good side of that is that we tend to hold on to things forever. Such is the case with my parents. Today, I discovered they had copies of my music I had along forgotten even existed. Many 30 years old. Not te best quality, but priceless to me.


Songs came back to me like I'd never left them in virtual moth balls. Now comes a time of re-learning them chord by chord, word by word, re-arrangling when necessary and then re-recording what are true gems. I, of course feel they're timeless. Time itself and you can be the ultimate judge down the road


All of this while I continue to write and record so many new songs I can barely keep up. Guitar and bass pasrt coming in the next days for "Home For Christmas" and I can barely wait to hear what David Wohl has is stoore for the piano parts for "Stranger".


Life is indeed good!


~Michael~
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So much on my mind

NOV 16th 2013

It's after midnight in the early morning hours of November 16th, 2013 and I'm no where near ready for sleep.
 

I've too many tasks to accomplish and there never seems to be enough time. Even as I write this, I'm thinking, how many will really read it, and will they care ? I could be accomplishing other things, editing, writing, producing ....

Still; I find a need to tap out my thoughts, as it relates to the music.


The focus now is on my song: "Home For Christmas". Every aspect too. I'm satisfied the song is finished from a writing point of view, very rare indeed, nut now comes the recording, marketing and other details. And there's no manager or label that's handling this. No it's an Indie musician fumbling his way through and by the grace of God has been blessed to find people who are willing to help this and other projects come to fruition.


There's "Home For Christmas", also the gritty "I Can't See You Anymore" and the power ballad "Stranger", all in different stages of development and all demanding attention, like a 2 year old.

 

SO let's see what now ? Well there's the website to edit, the graphics to get designed, the bass line, guitar parts, background vocals and was the EQ on the drum right ? Maybe we should tweak that... I wonder how David's coming on that piano part.... And ... And ... And ....

Sweet dreams


~M~

 

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Home For Christmas

Late 2012, I was living in Colorado. It became clear that I was going to have to move, due to financial and family reasons. Anytime you near the holidays it's easy to drift into reminiscences of your early childhood at Christmas.

I was no different.

I lived a vagabond existence as an army brat. But Mom and Dad always made Christmas very special. Even when Dad was deployed in Vietnam, I had those audio cassettes from him, which were the next best thing to having him home with us.

 

And the 'us' was simply we three; Dad,Mom and me. No siblings. There are relatives, but do I know them ? Nope. Never met them.

 

So when it comes to Christmas memories, they are very small intimate affairs.

 

"Home For Christmas" comes from this and I'll have it ready next week. My hope was November 19th, but the perfectionist in me may end up delaying it a few days.

 

Today I received the keyboard and string tracks from StudioPros. After some minor revisions they are ready to go, now comes the drums, bass and guitars, not to mention vocals, mixing and mastering and we'll be ready to roll it out.

 

Truly a labor of love. 

 

Available on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CDBaby, and about 40 other sites for digital download. I'll have the full info on the way soon!

 

Thanks for your support!

 

~Michael~

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Getting Started

With a new website comes a new journal.....  Here's just some of what I have underway as I begin November 2013.
 

  • "Home for Christmas" - I am so proud of this song and have been tweaking this creation to try and get it just right. Such is the curse of being a perfectionist. I'm hoping for a release date of 11/19. Right now StudioPros in L.A. is working on many of the backing tracks then it's back home to polish vocals and mixing and then Dimitris Liolis will be helping me master the song. Can we get it done in time ? I can only hope.
     
  • "I can't see you anymore" is a dark very personal song that Dimitris has also done a wonderful job on instrumentation and production. I hope to be able to unveil this along with "Stranger" and power ballad in the next months.
     
  • All of my music is being release digitally these days. The music will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, eMusic and over 40 other different digital platforms. I still will have hard copy cds avaialble more on that to follow.

 

Any comments, suggestions or questions are always welcome.   Back to: MichaelStoneMusic.com

 

~M~

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