A new card has been added to the deck.
My partner, Daniel Ward, is finishing up his first uke-centric CD, “EL UKULELE”. The crafty title alludes to his particular genius of infusing flamenco technique into pint-sized Hawaiian strings.
Daniel recorded at our favorite studio, Third Eye Studios in Tijeras, NM this summer, and David McRae, engineer extraordinaire, is mixing and mastering now. Listening to the roughs, hearing this take shape is a treat. The songs range from classical to pop, covers of the Beatles, jazz standards and original compositions. Some are instrumental single-take solo tracks, some are richly layered with bass and drums, backing vocals, even horn parts. It is a great journey; one which I know will be rewarding to listen to over and over.
His next step is mastering and art, then replication. He intends to have copies in hand for the holidays. There is an opportunity to pre-order through his website, and you can listen to a sampler of the songs, as well as see a video of him recording the Hawaiian classic “Aloha ‘Oe”.
Self-producing means artistic freedom, but it is costly. No matter how much you DIY, cost outlays can make production an unshoulderable burden. Song rights, layout and art, pressing actual CDs all require cash on the barrelhead. Pre-sales make it possible. Supporting the arts by buying music is a gift to yourself. Giving sponsorship to artists you love- that is a gift to the universe.
Go, look, listen. here’s the link —> EL UKULELE <— You’ll be glad you did. They don’t call him El Ukulele for nothin’!