Vol. 2 No. 2
This issue is the 3rd installment of the Alternative
Enterprises E-mail Newsletter. It didn't take quite as long this
like to remind you to visit the Links page on the website as I have
added a few more useful links to help you in
your musical endeavors. Your feedback on the website and this
newsletter is always welcome and appreciated, so let me know what you think!
The website and contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter,
or just click on the banner at the top of this newsletter to go directly
to the site.
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links to the previous editions.
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In the last edition of the newsletter, I announced "Alternative
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deal effectively with every day "issues". In this
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services, Alternative Hosting.
Alternative Hosting is now up and running. I can now host your
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and bandwidth, incredible statistics, and best of all, ME! You can
call or email me anytime with concerns or issues and I will take care of them
promptly. This also includes periodic minor updates to your site,
within reason, of course. Obviously, more major work involving
"hours" can not be covered under the hosting plan. At
this time until the end of the year I will be moving all the existing
sites (including mine) over to the new hosting. New sites are
quite welcome during this time of changeover as well. The
"official" announcement will be as of the 1st of the year,
when I plan to have all the sites moved by. As a webmaster, I now
have the tools, space, speed, and reliability that was lacking previously, and
is needed now that there are 7 sites. As of this issue, I don't
yet have the new web hosting page up on my site, but that will be coming
next. It will be found under the Web Design tab, of course.
To go to the Alternative website, just click on the banner at the top of
the newsletter. News Flash!!! The web
hosting page is now up!
The first site to go up on Alternative Hosting is a brand new one,
"Brandon Hills Music Publishing". Marsha Brown has been
a member of SOWI (Songwriters Of Wisconsin International) for many years
now, and started her own publishing company in 2005. She, along
with Mike Heath have also had some songwriting success of their own by
having several songs recorded and released on the recent David Church
CD, including the title cut, "There You Are". For more
information on Marsha and Brandon Hills, please visit the new site:
As we rapidly approach the
Holiday season, I would like to remind anyone that is thinking about
doing any type of Christmas project that NOW is the time to get a
hold of me. Even still, that will barely give us enough time to not only
record, mix, and master, but also leave enough time to make copies for
your gift giving, CD Baby, etc. . . .So please don't hesitate, contact me
VanVooren released a 16-song solo CD in March of 2009 titled
"One". We took 14 of Randy's and several of his
co-writers' Nashville demos instrumental versions and recorded Randy
singing all of the lead and backup vocals. Since these demos were
from 6 different studios from across the country, and over 10+ years, I
had to play them all in the CD player in "real time" and match
up the differing volumes and EQs. The other 2 songs are bonus
Christmas tracks that were entirely recorded at the Alternative.
Randy has garnered tons of air and internet radio play, and is an avid member of SOWI (Songwriters Of
Wisconsin International) and was named songwriter of the year in 2007.
Randy says, "Pat had to take each "demo" and re-mix them
so they all sounded like they were recorded at the same place. In
my opinion,.... that was the real magic he performed to make it sound
the way it does by doing his e-q ing and volume parameters and mixing in
the vocals at the correct level and effects to make each song sound as
if it were recorded by HIM alone.... that right there is cool."
I will have at
least one of the songs on my demos page soon, and you can visit Randy's
MySpace at www.myspace.com/randyvanvooren
or purchase a CD by contacting Randy directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
released a 3-song demo CD in May of this year. They had won a
local battle of the bands and had exactly 3 weeks to find a studio,
schedule and record 3 songs, edit, mix, and master them, and get 200
copies made in time for their grand prize gig--Playing at the
"Music as a Weapon" tour, where Disturbed was headlining in La Crosse.
Since then they have opened for national acts such as Saliva, Primer 55,
and more. We pulled it off in 8 days from start to 200 copies finished and in
their hands the night before the gig! Whew! Now that's
crankin' it out! A cut from their demo will soon be available on
my website demo page.
has done it again! In July he released his 2nd Dutch Karaoke CD
entitled "Tilburgse Liekes, American Style, Volume II". He has been getting tons of press and radio
play back in the Netherlands, his home country. As mentioned in
the last issue, Tony is the founder and chairman of Songwriters Of
Wisconsin International. Click the picture or the link below to
visit the SOWI website.
has finally released his 1st CD, Outlaws, Angels, and Heroes. Each
song has something to do with one of these 3 words. The
long-awaited CD was first pre-released as a 6-song EP called
"Forgotten Soldier" in the summer of 2006. He sold over
350 copies that summer! Andy still gets radio play, especially
around memorial day and 4th of July with his Vietnam veteran songs
("heroes"). The CD, finished in the fall of 2007 is
now available for the first time as a full 10-song CD, with a bonus
"sneak-peek" 11th track that is a song off of his upcoming 2nd
release. The graphics and duplication were also done here,
in-house. A demo from both CDs is available on the website.
You can demo more of the CD, and purchase it, or downloads at Andy's CD
or contact him
directly at email@example.com.
Combo just released their first full-length 10-song CD. It includes
the 3 songs recorded here at the Alternative in August and September, as
well as 7 other releases done by 3 earlier classes dating back to 2001.
The Shawano Combo consists of 24 Shawano High School students, so that's
24 instruments! Only 16 of the older students recorded,
however. With drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, 4 trumpets, 4
different saxes, trombone and 3 different singers, it was quite the
production. Soon I will be finishing their graphics and
duplicating. I will be putting a demo up on the demo page as soon
as I can. You can visit their website at:
Collins is just releasing a new product this month produced here at
this summer. It is 26 songs, one for each letter of the alphabet
called "Touch the Sound". The songs feature many
different genre's including rap, country, jazz, rock, reggae, folk, and
many different types of symphony orchestration, done entirely by myself. I produced her 1st
product, "Phonogram Phun" featured last issue, early this
year, as well as her website, Reading Success Press, which you can visit
by clicking the picture above, or the link below to learn more about
Laurel and check out some demos.
The following is a brief excerpt from a recent interview with the
author – a reading teacher in Antigo and a former music teacher.
Editor: Let’s begin with your newest project, Touch the
Sound. Interesting title… but isn’t that rather an oxy-moron?
mean, how do you touch a sound?
Laurel: Good question!
And one for which a brief response is
difficult. Abstract concepts (things unable to be seen or felt) often
prove challenging to a child still young or one who is at-risk. Hand
signals provide something concrete a child can associate with an
abstract concept; which in this case are alphabet letter sounds. When
vocalization of the letter sounds (auditory) and alphabet flashcards
(visual) are combined with hand signals (kinesthetic/tactile), a
multisensory experience is the result. And since Touch the Sound
involves all three, it truly is a multisensory approach to learning
alphabet letters and their sounds.
Editor: A music CD is included with the package.
Where does that
Laurel: The 26 songs on the CD each contain an alphabet letter
name and the isolated sound, or sounds, those letters represent. This
permits the child to perform the hand signals while singing. But the CD
serves two other purposes as well. First, music is just plain fun… and
fun is good, especially when working with young children. Second, the
repetition inherent in the songs, aids in retaining new information in
short-term memory long enough for it to be transferred over into
long-term memory where it is then stored for later recall. It would be
difficult, indeed, to find another medium – other than music – where
a child can receive the same number of repetitions in the same amount of
time and still leave the child believing he or she was just having fun.
That concludes this
edition of the Newsletter. I hope to have the next one out by sometime
this coming spring. Please let me know any comments or suggestions you
may have as this is only the 3rd issue of the newsletter, and I'm always looking for ways
to improve things.
Have a joyful,
wonderful Holiday season, and most of all: Stay Warm!