Not to get all pat-myself-on-the-back-ey, but I got my first comment through the contact form on this new website, and I’m reproducing it here in its entirety because I’m so proud:
“Your music sucks.”
Thanks anonymous music critic! Your insightful and considered comments have really touched me. Also, you smell funny. Like a duck. A fat, fat, stupid, fat, smelly duck.
The Hard Parts play live at Scopes Underground this Thursday. See our website for details.
You know, for walking and such.
The world has been, shall we say, out of alignment? Off kilter? Unbalanced? For some time now. Why? Because no one has covered ZZ Top’s song, “Legs” on ukulele. I have remedied the problem, and the troubles of the inhabitants of a little blue marble called Earth are now over.
Rejoice! (right click, “save target as”)
So, I’ve been thinking about doing this site overhaul/starting a blog thing for a while, but what really inspired me to do it, finally, was musician Jonathan Coulton’s site. It’s a pretty simple site, but it’s clear and easy to navigate and, most of all, has good content. The simplicity of it is probably part of what made me say, “Hey, I can do that.” The good music he makes and good feedback he’s gotten made me say, “Hey, I want that.”
Of course, it’s turned out more complicated than it first looked, but that’s another story.
Anyway, the point is that I’ve at least been inspired by a lot of his ideas and probably stolen some ideas outright so I just wanted to make sure I gave him his due credit. If you like my music, you’ll probably like his too. The style is different, but I think he’s a kindred spirit comedically, with great songs like his ode to Ikea and his deservingly buzzed about super-excellent folky poppy cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back. You can find them both here. Also, he’s unemployed, I’m unemployed, so…um…we’re both unemployed.
Oh, and I might as well just say now that I’ll probably rip off his “Thing a Week” idea, but disguise it by calling it “A New Item Every 168 hours” (yes, I needed a calculator for that) or something.
I’ll just hope that, should he ever visit this site, he’ll be honored, not angry. Or something.
Okay. I’ve spent all day trying out different photo galleries that I don’t seem to be quite able to get working, so I’m sticking with Lazy Gallery for now, despite the fact that neither I nor you can post comments on the photos. I’m not giving up permanently, just long enough to spend some time on the real purpose of this website: Music.
My album, The Circles, is now available for free. Thanks to all those that have purchased it with actual money in the past year, and thanks to all those that still do, either in hard copy or digitally, and thanks to those who love it and send me money so I can make another one. This was a hard decision, but ultimately I decided that the most important thing at this point in my career is to get heard. If you like it and want to help non-financially, the best thing you can do is share it with others. I promise not to sue you until my career takes off and I sell out…not neccessarily in that order.
The site’s starting to look like something. Gratifying after many hours of work, sorting through TONS of WordPress help out there and TONS of available plug-ins. Happy to have a photo gallery up, as that’s something I’ve wanted to add to my site for some time now. I’m using Lazy Gallery for the time being, but I’m hoping to find something almost as easy to get up and running that adds the ability to write descriptions and allow comments from visitors…should I ever actually have visitors.
Audio files are up too. I’m contemplating putting my album up for free download. I’ve sold some copies through CDBaby over the past year, but I’m thinking maybe I just want as many people as possible to hear and, hopefully, enjoy it.
Oh — try refreshing the page for a different banner photo up at the top there. Yow.
Howdy. I’m in the midst of a major site overhaul. In the meantime, you can still hear my music here, or visit The Hard Parts audio of my band. Check back soon for a whole new world of wonder.