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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Killing It In the Streaming Age: A New Book for Musicians

I've been a part of the Standing "O" Project for over a year.

This project is called Socially Responsible Streaming by it's founders:  John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt.

John and Viv love original songs and the singers of new and old songs.

They host a radio show (The Art of the Song Creativity Radio) which is heard on over 150 radio stations across North America.

They also want singer/songwriters to thrive and invited their featured artists to share money-making tips from their experience.   The result is an idea-packed book titled, "Killing It in the Streaming Age."

This book is available in hard copy on and as a Kindle ebook.

I contributed a chapter in which I talk about how profitable and supportive it was for me to join the musician's union (Local 1000 AFM--American Federation of Musicians.)

You can order the book here: (and you can look through the book for free!)

You can also find out about the Standing "O" Project here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

900 Voices Video to be released April 9

Just before I moved to California, in the fall of 2013, I met soon-to-be-Grammy-winning composer and pianist,  Laura Sullivan, through our mutual NARAS (National Academy of Recording and Arts Sciences) connections.

After winning the Grammy in the New Age Category for her Love's River recording, she conceived of a Global Love Song Project early last year.  

She invited several friends and colleagues to help her launch the project by creating selfie-videos singing various parts of the song which are then blended together into an amazing harmonious whole.

"We Are Love"

Since the launch of the project, 938 different people from 27 different countries have contributed audio and video for the project.

(My photo is is the 2nd from the left in the middle of this screen shot and I am honored to be a part of this collaborative effort.)

"Love, We Are One"

Last fall, I was conducting the Coastside Lutheran Church choir in Half Moon Bay in the interim between directors and the members of that choir were game to sing and record their parts as well!

You can see them at the right edge of the screen shot below (3rd from the top).

The final video goes live on April 9th!

You can see it at

You can also see the amazing list of participants!

I hope you'll take a look and listen and share with broadly with your friends and family!

"We Are Love"