A Little Help From My Friends

There hasn’t been much happening here at Barefoot Music lately, I’ve been away from tending to its posts and honestly to its growth. There are a few reasons that warranted what has felt like neglect, albeit a lot of reasons involve music.

A lot of growth has been taking place in my professional life and therefore this Barefoot Music site has taken a back seat.  Hopes & Dreams can come true, even in a second season of life. My archiving here is admittedly self-serving about just that.

I’ve been involved with music most of my life, albeit not always in the most of satisfying ways  And that only because of my choices in prioritizing my life. This of course meant sacrifices. Like we all do at certain points in our lives some personal passions can get set aside. Music for me was the passion I had set aside.

About two years ago I made a conscious choice to get it back. to get back that passion for working in the music industry again. I’d been watching from the side-lines for a few years the dynamic changes taking place in the world of music makers & presenters, through the Internet & digital technology. I knew from just a common business sense I would first need to begin networking within those music communities.

I also knew that my passion today lies in the management side of the industry. I began once again living and breathing music. So much was I breathing and living music that even a novel about the very subject was beginning to almost write itself.  A story that came out of a dream is now seems to also becoming a prophecy.

Changing direction and purpose (slightly) of Barefoot Music.

I’ve gained some amazing friendships that have been born from a mutual passion for music. I had an idea what direction I wanted to direct my professional life in to echo my passion. I wanted back in the mix of things, and I now understood that because of technology I could step beyond the borders of just my local community. I just was not quite sure where to begin beyond hoping and dreaming, but I knew this site would be part of the dream, although no clear direction when I created it.

Barefoot Music will be under a bit of a transformation in the near future. I appreciate your patience and support more than words alone would express.

With a little help from my friends I have found the paths to working again in the very industry that I’m smitten with. I have always been. I’d stepped out of the music scene in the mid 90’s and today with a lot of help from my friends I am walking and rocking again in the business I love.

I keep hearing this famous quote inside my head;  ” For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.”   ~ Eric Clapton

Oh Yeah! I feel about 10 feet tall, which for this lady who is barely 5 foot feels enormously tall..

Credits where Credits Due

I want to thank some of the people who have kept the light shining on the exact path’s that have helped me get to where I am today. It’s important to me that I’m able to say thank you in a public forum to these particular people. They’re all musicians, and they are all shining examples of what musicianship is all about.

Firstly; my friend Pablo Camara. Pablo trusted me with his music with only his instinct’s to go on. Through hands on experience with Pablo’s music I started researching and learning what it takes today with social media & the internet as marketing tools to manage and promote music artists. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to return the gift that Pablo has given me along with his treasured friendship, but I like trying. What my friendship with Pablo and his wife means to me I cannot put into words.  So, Pablo & Romi, my fist to my heart my friends.

Secondly come two guys from the UK.

 Trevor Sewell & his Trevor Sewell Band is an award-winning blues band from Newcastle, his music became part of my everyday listening playlist, I became a fan immediately and began sharing and posting Trevor’s signature music. Trevor put his trust in me as well and I appreciate his friendship that continues to grow. I just heard from Trevor today that he has been nominated for a best blues UK award. He’s already a multiple award winner here in the states.

Howling Dick is also from the UK and every week brings one of the best blues shows I listen to. The music intelligence I gain from Howling’s shows enriches me in more ways than simply musically.  Howling Dick’s Downhome radio show was one of the very first topics I wrote about regarding radio today & the new ways it’s of connecting us to the music on this site. He’s become a great friend, and I’m a devoted fan.

So cool how networking…well… networks.

Through Howling Dick I met another musician, this time from North Carolina.

Musician Doug Dickens is a long-time staunch supporter of independent music; he’s hosted the Showcase of Independent Artists on Facebook every Saturday for 3 years, and today also he DJ’s two weekly live radio shows on Mixposure Radio. Doug’s invitation to me last year to join mixposure radio has had a direct impact on what is happening for me and Barefoot Music. Doug’s insights offer a clarity that I often find reassuring. Doug has an incredibly rich music history and is a prolific story-teller through his music. Recently he mentored me through my first live radio show as I swapped places with him and put him on the hot seat; interviewing him between tracking his music. (Future follow-up feature here will be in two-parts w/podcast & narrative of the interview)

Through these friends another amazing and serendipitous relationship began…..

I’ve been a fan of Brick Fields Music from the moment I heard their track ‘Barefoot Woman’ about a year ago. (I’m sure I need not explain the initial connection I felt. to the title.

That track in fact was my very first purchase of a single play mp3- file,  just so I could have Barefoot Woman in my personal music library. I felt an affinity for the song’s lyrics and fell in love with their style and sound. With Rachel’s Fields’ bluesy vocal range teamed up with her band mate & life partner (husband) Larry Brick on lead guitar & back-up vocals they create a unique performance that will tug your heart-strings, and touch your soul.

Again business through  networking;

When award-winning Brick Fields approached me about promoting & acquiring bookings for them here in my home-town in Oregon this summer as part of their nationwide International “Got Soul Tour”  I was crazy jazzed. Jazzed because if I could get them booked here I would get to see this favorite band live.

Brick Fields will be here on the high desert of Oregon in mid August for two public concerts. And a house/garden concert.

Who could ask for more. Right?

I’m here to remind y’all never to give up on your dreams. I didn’t, and now I am working with Brick Fields as their artist manager.

Full Circle.

This serendipitous full-circle adventure with Brick Fields I believe without any doubts is like everything else, written before in my destiny, but I’m also convinced it is because I worked towards the dream while never letting go of the hope. I kept the faith that although I couldn’t know exactly how my passions would guide me to my dreams becoming a reality, it was going to happen. I knew intuitively that with a little help from my friends, and never letting go of the positive thoughts and energy it would all happen as it was meant to.

And It’s happening now.

I and Barefoot Music have always supported Independent Music and Artist’s; however; making the move to promoting and supporting ONLY independent artist’s is a move in direct alignment with my deep passion. Making a commitment to indie music being the single focus makes good business sense, and anytime a person can work where their passion lies it’s a win-win situation.

I hope y’all will come back and enjoy meeting new artist’s here that you won’t find on mainstream commercial radio and learning what being independent in the music industry means. And why it’s important to support it.

I urge you to please take some time and visit each of these outstanding musician’s pages below.

Supporting Independent Music is important to our culture. it’s important to our world-wide cultures.   

Support Independent Music and you’re supporting me too.

Thank you!

http://www.youtube.com/user/polcamara

http://www.trevorsewell.com/

http://www.howlingdick.com/

http://www.reverbnation.com/dougdickens

http://www.brickfieldsmusic.com

……and for Mixposure Radio see http://www.mixposure.com  (Click on the radio tab)

 

©ttaylor2014

Kit Mann Returns w/ A Double Shot

The Hurt Will Heal

Back for a Double Shot with Kit Mann
Kit Mann is an independent artist whose music right away lets you understand the artist part about him. But what you won’t know right away is that Kit’s music is a direct reflection of his life. Kit writes what he knows, and what he has lived. Kit’s music is part of my ever day, I listen to him routinely and find his versatility one of the reasons I do listen to him daily. Finding a Kit Mann song to fit whatever mood I am in is never a long shot.
(Click on son titles below.)
 
Please visit Kit Mann & his music and please feel welcome to leave Kit a comment. Say hello to him & that you were here.

Kit Mann

All of Kit’s music is generously available for free with safe downloading.

From  Kit’s artist page.

” I am a former Police Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy, EMT and Soldier.  I learned everything I could so when someone was at the worst moment of their life, they could look up, see me and know they are safe.  I have 10 songs on my first CD, “A Cry For Help”, and I have 12 recorded for my next CD “Guitar Mann”

.My motto with music is:  If I can touch one person with one song my job is done and I’m happy, then I try and do it again.  Thank You

You can visit my music page at www.reverbnation.com/kitmann   and   http://www.mixposure.com/kitmann/audio

All songs are free to download and listen to.  Soft acoustic music, Blues Music, Mild Rock, Country, instrumentals and a Christmas song. ”

~ Kit Mann

A Beautiful Acoustic version of “O Holy Night” by Brett Service

    
“O Holy Night” by Brett Service

http://www.reverbnation.com/brettservice/song/19338260-o-holy-night

Brett Service

44 year old Singer/songwriter Brett Service is based in Windsor, Ontario Canada.

For more music by Brett Service please see his artist page @ http://www.mixposure.com/brett-service

44 year old Singer/songwriter Brett Service is based in Windsor, Ontario Canada.  Music is just a hobby these days.  Did the playing cover songs in bars thing for years, and it just isn’t my scene.  Preference is now on the creative process, writing and recording in a comfortable no pressure environment.  Have done many collaborations with artists around the world via the internet, and continue to do that from time to time.

Greatly influenced by the great Canadian singer/songwriters, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, Murray Mclauchlan.  Also influenced by Van Morrison, Colin Hay, Harry Chapin, CSNY etc.  Service’s music could best be described as a hybrid of folk, rock, pop and country.

– See more at: http://www.mixposure.com/brett-service#sthash.NQsCPCNj.dpuf

44 year old Singer/songwriter Brett Service is based in Windsor, Ontario Canada.  Music is just a hobby these days.  Did the playing cover songs in bars thing for years, and it just isn’t my scene.  Preference is now on the creative process, writing and recording in a comfortable no pressure environment.  Have done many collaborations with artists around the world via the internet, and continue to do that from time to time.

Greatly influenced by the great Canadian singer/songwriters, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, Murray Mclauchlan.  Also influenced by Van Morrison, Colin Hay, Harry Chapin, CSNY etc.  Service’s music could best be described as a hybrid of folk, rock, pop and country.

– See more at: http://www.mixposure.com/brett-service#sthash.JxxqgJBl.dpuf

44 year old Singer/songwriter Brett Service is based in Windsor, Ontario Canada.  Music is just a hobby these days.  Did the playing cover songs in bars thing for years, and it just isn’t my scene.  Preference is now on the creative process, writing and recording in a comfortable no pressure environment.  Have done many collaborations with artists around the world via the internet, and continue to do that from time to time.

Greatly influenced by the great Canadian singer/songwriters, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, Murray Mclauchlan.  Also influenced by Van Morrison, Colin Hay, Harry Chapin, CSNY etc.  Service’s music could best be described as a hybrid of folk, rock, pop and country.

– See more at: http://www.mixposure.com/brett-service#sthash.JxxqgJBl.dpuf

44 year old Singer/songwriter Brett Service is based in Windsor, Ontario Canada.  Music is just a hobby these days.  Did the playing cover songs in bars thing for years, and it just isn’t my scene.  Preference is now on the creative process, writing and recording in a comfortable no pressure environment.  Have done many collaborations with artists around the world via the internet, and continue to do that from time to time.

Greatly influenced by the great Canadian singer/songwriters, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, Murray Mclauchlan.  Also influenced by Van Morrison, Colin Hay, Harry Chapin, CSNY etc.  Service’s music could best be described as a hybrid of folk, rock, pop and country.

– See more at: http://www.mixposure.com/brett-service#sthash.JxxqgJBl.dpuf

44 year old Singer/songwriter Brett Service is based in Windsor, Ontario Canada.  Music is just a hobby these days.  Did the playing cover songs in bars thing for years, and it just isn’t my scene.  Preference is now on the creative process, writing and recording in a comfortable no pressure environment.  Have done many collaborations with artists around the world via the internet, and continue to do that from time to time.

Greatly influenced by the great Canadian singer/songwriters, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, Murray Mclauchlan.  Also influenced by Van Morrison, Colin Hay, Harry Chapin, CSNY etc.  Service’s music could best be described as a hybrid of folk, rock, pop and country.

– See more at: http://www.mixposure.com/brett-service#sthash.JxxqgJBl.dpuf

Christmas Blues with Mistletoe Blues by Queenie McCarter

Queenie McCarter w/ The Blue Cats on bass and guitar for a live recording of Mistletoe Blues, an original tune about the aftermath of not meeting that special someone under the mistletoe.

 

Click link below.

http://0dayhotmusic.com/queenie-mccarter/mistletoe-blues-live-recording

Thank you to DJ Doug Dickens & mixposure radio for leading the way to Queenie’s wonderful blues tune.

Follow the tunes of all independent artist’s every evening of the week at www.mixposure.com/radio

 

Sunday Love Songs w/ Independent Artist Lyrical Princess ~ Linda Fry

Lyrical Princess

Barefoot Music is proud to introduce to you the amazing talents of Independent artist‘s; lyricist Linda Fry, and musicians The TrueVulgarians. 
Sunday Love Song 
Lyrical Princess Linda Fry  & The TrueVulgarians. 

http://www.mixposure.com/lyrical-princess/audio/15125/the-keeper-of-my-heart-lyrical-princess-the-truevulgarians

From Linda’s artist page;

My name is Linda Fry . I’ve been a Member/Artist here at Mixposure since 2008. Music has always been my best friend. Although I don’t sing or play, It’s always there for me. I came here as just a listener, which in time.. I’ve learned is a very big deal here. Because without the listeners.. There’s really no use for a music site..

I had no idea how much my life was about to change when I joined Mixposure. The people here seemed to me, overly friendly.. I naturally thought the worst, And tried to keep to myself. That is nearly impossible. Especially if you post something here. I had posted what I considered to be just a silly poem I had written (writing is my outlet), Titled “Here In The Dark”.  After going through a few weeks of thinking I was just being ridiculed with people asking if they could use my lyrics (as I only saw them as words), I finally caved & said Yes. It became my first  Co- Written Collaboration with David Lunbeck… I was on top of the world.. I had words put into a song that others could relate to.. What a feeling that was.. Somewhere during all of this, I was told I should become an Artist.. I kept saying I don’t think so.. And by the next morning.. I was a member .. Someone had made me one..LoL

I finally started joining in the mixposure radio chat room.. I was told I could hear my music be played in there. Well, if that wasn’t a night to remember.. Completely computer illeterate . I couldn’t figure out how to make the player work for the music to play..The chat was going so fast with hellos & people trying to help.. I was litterally terrified.. And wanted to dissappear forever. But a very nice man popped up in a P.M. and calmly walked me through everything step by step & helped calm me down.. What a relief! Thank You so much kind man (You know who you are) ! Finally, I could enjoy myself… Got to hear music & talk to the people that created it.. Didn’t talk a lot.. Was very shy back then.. lol

It didn’t take long and I felt I’d known everyone like they were family.. This had become my home, away from home.. The rest is history.. I’ve been writing Poetry (The people at Mixposure, like to call lyrics) ever since..

I like to collaborate.. I don’t have any specific Genre that I prefer.. But I like to be able to understand the words (without screaming vocals & music).. My words almost always come from the heart & are very meaningful to me (sometimes I’ll throw in something silly). I think I’m pretty easy to work with.. I post most everything I write up in The blog area on the Front Mix page & it stays in my Blogs until someone decides to use them. If you see something you think you might like to work with, just message me .. But Please keep me informed on How it’s coming along..

I have very few Co-written songs. Most everyone I’ve had the opportunity to work with, have for the most part only had to change a couple words if any. I’ve been very fortunate. But I am always willing to work with any situation that may arise.

Below is the link for Linda’s artist page and on it you can find also a list of the collaborations she has done and Linda hopes you’ll listen & enjoy ~

http://www.mixposure.com/lyrical-princess/

Please meet Independent Music Duo -The TrueVulgarians.

The TrueVulgarians

The TrueVulgarians are a brother-sister duo hailing from just outside Cleveland, Ohio, having sung together for longer than they’d want to admit.  Song’s range from the melancholy to the ridiculous with a story-telling vibe. We’re just a couple of amateur musicians who have the need to create and perform without expectation beyond that.  All our tunes are written and arranged by (brother) William Thompson, who plays acoustic guitar and does the lead vocals.  (Sister) Jacki Grapentine provides back-up vocals and much needed moral support. We hope you enjoy our material as much as we have enjoyed making it available here on Mixposure for public consumption…

Please simply click the link below to the duo’s fabulous story telling, outstanding vocals, beautiful harmonies, and awesome acoustic accompaniment. While you’re there please take a moment to comment and just say you were there. Independent artists thrive on feedback from their fans.

http://www.mixposure.com/the-truevulgarians/audio/14701/been-through-that

Barefoot Music would like to say thank you to The TrueVulgarians and to Mixposure Radio, the home of Independent Music for sharing.

 

Meeting Independent Arttist Farrell Jackson

Farrell Jackson
Meet Independent Artist 
Farrell Jackson 
with his tune
“Fighting The Fight”  
{ for music please click on link below }
In Farrell’s words he shares how this incredibly inspiring tune was created.

“A pop rocker done with three bass guitars, drums, and vocals….Guitars? We don’t need no stinkin’ guitars. Just kidding but there are no guitars in this except the basses. It was an experiment to see if I could pull it off…..No guitars were harmed in the recording of this song :o) Here’s my song called Fightin’ The Fight. I wrote and recorded it quickly….a one day production. I’m using a 2010 Fender Jazz bass on the left side, a 1970 Vox Violin bass on the right, and 1972 Gibson EBO bass in the middle. The EBO is also the bass for the solo break. I have three tracks of vocals: Lead, hi and low harmonies. The basic drums are by a Zoom MRT3. I needed to think outside the box and that was fun!”  ~ Farrell

For more of Farrell’s music please visit his artist page at http://www.mixposure.com/farrell-jackson

Saturday Acoustics w/ Independenet Artist Doug Dickens

Dancing Circles

Douglas Dickens 
 
Please have a sit back & a listen to gentleman Doug Dickens, my friend who is not only is a fabulous singer, songwriter, and guitar picking musician, he is also an amazing advocate for Independent musicians, as well as a life long peace keeper.
Doug is just one of the many talented independent artists on the newest of my passion’s, which is  www.mixposre.com/radio.

I am proud that Doug calls me friend ~ 

To hear Doug’s vast play list of his original tunes, and to follow him, please see his mixposure.com link just below

http://www.mixposure.com/doug-dickens

About Doug Dickens: ( credits: Doug’s mixposure artist’s page)

I have been playing and singing the blues for over thirty years. I spent eight years on the road traveling around the country, working in clubs and coffeehouses from Wilmington, NC to Sarasota, Fla and then out west to Denver, Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. I spent quite a bit of time in the early eighties managing other bands and clubs in upstate New York. Now I am back recording some of the material in preparation for the next phase of wisdom and writing. It has always been my first love.
Many of these songs have never been heard before anywhere and some, I have played in performances without mercy. Sometimes a song just hits you and you have to sing it. My originals come from life’s experiences, many through disappointment and joy, always from the heart and never canned. There is no major production here, just me, my guitar and the songs. You are sitting in my living room in a private concert. I hope that anyone who stops by will enjoy the music, leave me a note and send me their own treasures. Music is the muse of life.

(Note from Barefoot Baroness)
If you are a regular reader of mine you will know that radio has been a big part of my music intelligence most of my life;  and you can trust my recommendation for this 99.9% commercial-free radio station..  Mixposure Radio,
As a listener we get to not only listen to Doug’s music, (and many others)  but also we can become part of this amazing independent artist’s community by chatting with artist’s like Doug during the broadcasts. This kind of interacting with the people who make the music we listen to is an important part of the music chain. The music makers need our input as fans, and the Independent artists know that fans are more than just the record and concert sales.
And that makes for a lovely relationship.
Please join us for the music & chat. And enjoy both.
http://www.Mixposure.com: The Home Of Independent Musicians.  (no download, no registration required) 
Please watch this space – Monday 30 September for news about mixposure radio’s newest upcoming show.