Weekly Chuckles 10/31/16

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Chuckles says Happy Halloween Everyone! He will be greeting the trick or treeters tonight at the door, he loves it.

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Penny Pierce CD now in iTunes

After 2 years, countless hours of  song writing and re-writing, emotional blood sweat and tears, recording sessions, editing and mixing, not to mention a not-so-small expenditure of $$$……my CD arrived this week. I was so excited that I made the UPS driver pose for a photo, which he kindly obliged to do.

The lovely design of the CD package was done by the very talented FJ Ventre of Tad Pole Designs. The CD contains this 16 page booklet with all of the lyrics and musical credits.

You can now listen to samples of my music in the iTunes store and on cdbaby  and you can download the CD. I think the samples are much better in iTunes where they have put me in the genre of Alternative Folk. (I did not even know such a thing existed) It will be about another week before the CD shows up in Amazon where you can purchase the physical copy.

I have also created a FaceBook page that you can “Like” to follow all things socially musical.

Here is a Song Title list with description

  1. Echoes of Mercy (4:02) A poignant folk-rock anthem that brings a message of hope, one the world needs to hear right now.
  2. Up In Heaven (3:03) Let the swaying rhythm of this Bossa Nova transport you instantly to a sandy beach. Feel the ocean breeze blow with every note of the chromatic harmonica.
  3. Shadows Flee Away (4:25) Piano and cello only soar on this beautifully haunting melody that could find a home in a movie soundtrack.
  4. Dragonfly (Song for Polly) (3:31) Layers of electric guitars create a fun soundscape that imagines an insect’s migratory journey.
  5. Big Texas Heart (4:51) This authentic country-western waltz about love’s insecurity was inspired by that great Texas son, Lyle Lovett. It features fiddle and resonator guitar.
  6. Your Face, Your Voice (3:14) With the feel of a 60’s Bacharach pop tune, this song goes Old School on piano, guitar, bass and drums.
  7. Fates of Time (3:09) A piano and bass duo. Imagine if Joni Mitchell and Carole King sat down and wrote a song together.
  8. A Stone’s Throw (4:49) Finger picked duo guitars shine on this folk song about personal growth and awakening.
  9. Dark-Eyed Sailor (3:54) A traditional ballad from the 1700‘s complete with mistaken identity and a moral admonition. An accordion weaves its spell in and around beautiful vocals.
  10. The Net (3:13) Another piano and bass duet– two musicians on an empty, echoey stage play for themselves after the lights dim and the audience has gone home.

 

 

Penny Pierce

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As promised, here is a preview of my new self-titled album. This is the cover photo. Two days before Chuckles became ill I had a photo shoot down at Carolina Beach. I had this amazing photographer, Mark Maya out of Durham. In a stroke of luck, he happened to be vacationing at Carolina Beach and suggested I drive down (40 min. drive from Wilmington) for the shoot. It was early evening in July and hotter than blue blazes but he was so cool and collected. Good thing, because I had no idea what I was doing! The lighting was wonderful at that time of day even to my untrained eye. He got some great pics and we have used them throughout the booklet insert for the CD (16 pgs. with all lyrics)

The CD contains 10 songs (about 40 minutes playing time), all original except for a traditional English broadside ballad dating from the 1700’s. The album is very eclectic and defies easy categorising by genre. There is everything from a Bossa Nova, to a Country-Western waltz, to a piano number that sounds like it could have been in Burt Bacharach’s oeuvre. Eleven musicians, (including myself), perform on a range of instruments; piano, cello, harmonica, resonator guitar, accordion and more.

My CD is currently in production and the manufacturer is promising completion between Oct.20-24. Once it has shipped it will be available on all the usual sites including Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, etc. both for download and physical copies.

Stay tuned for an official release announcement!

 

 

 

 

 

Carie’s Lists: My 10 Favorite Horror Books for Kids

Dear readers, I thought you might want to check out this wonderful list of spooky books so thoughtfully assembled and reviewed by my fellow blogger and very talented writer friend, Carie Juettner. Check out her blog while you’re at it!

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Dorrie From Dorrie and the Blue Witch

When I was a kid, I watched a lot of Scooby-Doo, and I wanted to love it. The show had so much going for it—a giant talking dog, a cool van, creepy caretakers, haunted carnivals, lots of hiding in barrels and chase scene montages—but there was a problem. At the end of every episode, the ghost or ghoul always turned out to be some boring person wearing a disguise and complaining about “meddling kids.” I was so disappointed. Stop unmasking my monsters! I wanted to yell at the Scooby-Doo gang. I wanted real ghosts, real phantoms, real horror, not some grouchy hotel manager in a sheet.

The same thing kept happening in the books I read. Banshee shrieks became screech owl calls, footsteps in the attic turned out to be rats, and skeletal figures were revealed as shadows of tree limbs. Where were…

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