When I first launched my website on April 1, I had a music player featured on my page through which you could here some of my music. Little did I know that this would be a month before that company that hosted and created the player, sonific.com, would cave to the pressure of the music industry and close it's doors.
Basically, this left me without a music player for my music website. I am currently investigating other options particularly since I have an album to release later this summer.
Please stay tuned for new developments on this matter. If you would like to hear some of my early demos, go to www.myspace.com/gordonroque
Thanks! I hope you all have a happy post-Memorial Day week.
The last couple of weeks have had me dealing with another round of sickness and troublesome allergy problems. I can't seem to break away from this. In any case, the worst has already happened, and I feel like the storm is clearing.
I hope to be in much better health over the summer as I finish off all of the production work on my album "Seahorses" and make arrangements for the fall. I have a couple of shows out of town this month and in August, but otherwise, I'll just be making the rounds here in Nashville.
I've just done a photo shoot with a new collaborator-- the talented photographer Todd Adams. These photos will be used to promote the album upon its release. I had a great time at this shoot. It took place in a very rural area just north of downtown Nashville. I haven't seen the finished product yet, but they are being completed as we speak. Another photo shoot with my sister, Lullette Magalei, is also in the works. We've picked out another wonderful site and should get this going in another couple of weeks.
So, one of my biggest priorities is to get myself back in good health. It's so much harder to be productive when your body just won't let you. I've been trying to coax it into wakefulness, but it only seems to seek out rest. Oh well. We'll see.
Have a flower . . .
That's right!! June is Egon Schiele month here at gordonroque.com in honor of his birthday which falls on June 12!!! Head on over to my Featured Artist Page to view this month's profile of this amazing painter. I am showcasing several of his landscape paintings. They are all uniquely stunning.
Thanks and please support the arts everywhere!
So, I was thinking that it would be good to do an inventory of things I want to do before the end of the year. It's not a terribly big list, but it is very important.
1. Finish and release my debut album.
This will be quite a personal achievement for me. It's been in the works for just over a year now, and I can't wait to set it free. NO ONE, besides the musicians who've played music on it, has heard it in it's entirety. It is the most ambitious artistic project I've taken on thus far. For sure, it will be one of those things I will look back on in my life and be so proud that I got it done.
2. Get a new car.
I will be performing in Charlotte, NC this coming weekend at a wonderful benefit concert for Amnesty International's new Charlotte Chapter. The actual benefit show will be on Saturday, June 21, 2008, at 7:00 PM.
There will be special guest speakers, delicious finger foods, and other fantastic music acts such as Volatile Baby, the Charlotte City Drummers, the choir of Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte, and the New Life Choir.
A huge turnout is expected, and so please get there early.
Here are the details at a glance:
The Amnesty International Benefit concert on June 21 was a wonderful success. I performed on Saturday night for the benefit concert and on Sunday night for the award ceremony for the first Human Rights Award. This award was given to and named after Charlotte native and lifelong activist Tonda Taylor.
I will post photos as well as a full description of these events as soon as I return to Nashville!!
Thank you all and please stay tuned for more.
That's right. Due to various circumstances, my performance for the Charlotte Business Guild will not be occurring in August as previously planned. Instead, I have been booked to be the featured performer for the Guild's Annual Christmas party on Tuesday, December 15, 2008.
This annual event is held on the grounds of the historic and beautiful Van Landingham Estate in Charlotte, NC.
In the end, this works out better since it will fit in with a promotional tour for the new album.I'll provide more details for this as they become available.
Oh yes!!! Let the fireworks begin!!!
Today is the day that the USA celebrates its independence. I've been thinking a lot lately about the notion of freedom and what it really means. We can be imprisoned by all kinds of forces in our lives--our jobs, family, lovers, and even ourselves.
I am thinking that it must take an almost severe sense of awareness and intention to fend off those spirits that tie us down and chip away at our potential happiness.
Is it too much to ask that we embody joy and self-fulfillment in our daily lives? I suppose that when one has to constantly battle conflict, both internally and externally, it becomes increasingly difficult to manifest these these things.
Ultimately, freedom is the permission we give ourselves to break away from all forms of tyranny and oppression--ALL forms, whether self-inflicted or otherwise.
Oh, another lovely Sunday. I'm sitting here in my pj's trying hard to wake up since I've finally gotten a little over 8 hours of sleep. I'm craving a warm cup of comforting coffee. I should go back to bed.
I can't believe it's July already. This year is progressing very quickly. Before too long, I'll be out heavily promoting my new album and juggling five million different things. Life is calm right now, and I'm going to enjoy this as much as possible.
I've been doing a good bit of reading lately. Currently I've been immersed in this book that a friend of mine mailed to me. It's called "The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe" by Glenn Clark, and it is fascinating. Here is the cover:
This 60-page book chronicles the life and accomplishments of a man named Walter Russell. He was an incredibly prolific musician, artist, philosopher, architect, scientist, and visionary. This book provides insight into the life of a man who fully evolved into the fullest height of his own powers.
I am in awe of this man and of what he has done in his life. He used the gifts he was given and used them well. I'll be writing more about him later.
My Grandmother, Socorro Roque, died this morning. She lived to be 100 years old and two months. This is a sad time for my family.
She was a teacher just like my Mom and just a wonderful person.
This is a photo of her with my Mom.
I'll miss you. We all will.