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New blog! New album! New me!

I am itching to record a second album.  

My first album, “Songs of Domestic Bliss,” sold like hotcakes.   I can say that because nobody, in 2013, buys hotcakes; who even knows what hotcakes are?   In the final tally, gross sales of the album made almost enough to pay for the snacks that I fed to my musician friends--almost, but not quite, because at one point Steve made martinis for the crowd using really expensive gin.    (And don’t ask about net album proceeds.  There were no net proceeds.)

Still, I am dying to do it again.   Making that first album was pretty much the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life.  (Note to kids:  except, of course, for going to your concerts and hockey games!  What could be more fun than that?)  (Note to Steve:  except, of course, for having sex with you!   What could be more fun than that?)  (Note to kids:  Don’t read that last note to Dad; it will just embarrass you.)

Here are some things that I learned in the process of making “Songs of Domestic Bliss:” 

  • As it turns out, money can buy you talent.   I got to perform with musicians who are so much more gifted than I that it’s amazing they would even stand in the same room with me, let alone play my tunes – for the most part, because I paid them.  
  • I used to think that I can sing in tune; but apparently I don’t.   I’m flat, flat, flat; except when I’m sharp, sharp, sharp.   Give me the shower over a recording studio any day.  I sound awesome in the shower.
  • What generous friends I have!   I was wowed by the folks I haven’t seen or heard from in decades who surprised and delighted me by buying my album.
  • On the other hand, I don’t really have that many friends.  Because in the end the album sold like hotcakes. 


Older and wiser, I am raring to go on album #2.   I’ve never entertained the notion of making money with my music; and I’ve given up on the idea of using music sales to cover my recording costs (because honestly, my day job is a much more efficient way to raise cash). 

BUT:  I would like my tunes to get heard.   So now I plan to post them, one by one, on this very website, alternating with blog entries.  And with this brand-new blog, and my brand-new commitment to slapping something amusing up here on a relatively regular basis, I am hereby making a play for some modest number of listeners, people who might not have had the gumption or wherewithal to actually buy my last album, but who just might cop a listen for free.  

Think of it as a Kickstarter campaign, but where I’m asking not for money, but for a few minutes of your attention a week.  (I thought about doing a real Kickstarter campaign; but then I thought about how I’d have to compete with the guy who is raising funds to grow portraits of Albert Einstein in petrie dishes out of bacteria.  And I just don’t think I can match that level of creative energy.)

 So:   come back often!   Send links to friends!   I will post each of the “Domestic Bliss” songs; and then, if and when I get a decent stream of visits, I will record and post songs from my new album.  

Which, I can tell you right now, is destined to sell like hotcakes.


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We'll be watching and listening without hotcakes in our diet!
From Kenneth Shepsle | On July 02, 2013 @12:35 pm
Sex and martinis. I knew Steve just had to excel at SOMETHING. Congratulations, Laurie, on your launch.
From Mark Pomte | On July 02, 2013 @10:43 am
Barbra Steisand should eat her heart out!
From Sheree Galpert | On July 01, 2013 @10:33 pm
I'm so excited I just can't hide it! One helpful suggestion: make your album gluten free, b/c then it could sell like gf hotcakes, which are, of course, all the rage p.s. Interesting captcha: "class" and "deadjob"....?!
From Judy Weber | On July 01, 2013 @10:18 pm
Sign me up!

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