I've been thinking a lot about the new world of music, and the wider world of art and commerce in general. Our consumption of music has changed so drastically in such a short time, it's breathtaking. On the one hand there's more music out there and more music trading hands than ever before. On the other hand, monetizing those transactions is more and more slippery. Yes, the opportunities are everywhere.... but making a living is the real challenge.
That being said, it seems to me the real path, to reaching people, is, more than EVER, through community. The community of like-minded artists, music fans, fellow believers! I guess it's always been that way, it's just that the internet has upped the ante and crowded the field. I just have to get with the program!
So, of course, I've been thinking about the artists that I SO believe in. Why not support each OTHER, root for each OTHER, and spread the word/the works.
So, in case you haven't noticed:
The bodacious Andrea Scher https://www.superherodesigns.com/jewelry/index.html whose necklaces always make me feel like a million bucks, and whose journals and photos always make me think, cry, swoon.
Lesley Brody Nelson... https://www.superherodesigns.com/jewelry/index.html I have collected her quilts for a very long time. I don't even have enough beds or wall space for all my beauties, but I believe she is brilliant with her design, sense of color, and attention to detail.
My friend Ronnie White, who created the original "Stilt Boy" (remember the story about my friend Laura Weinstein thinking that the song "At the Still Point" was called "Stilt Boy") Ronnie's piece "Birds on a Wire" is on the back cover of the new CD. And here is one of her latest creations, "The nurse" for more info, contact the office here at BAD DOG.
Andrea introduced me to these incredible jewelry/belt buckle geniuses Fabian and Felipe https://fabianyfelipe.com/buckles.html Check ou the COURAGE belt buckle and the serenity medallion.
superhero necklace AND serenity medallion!
And finally, the new press photos are by Sandrine Lee, the incredible French Sprite. Obviously we had way too much fun (see new pix in the photo section) https://sandrinelee.com/
Bottom line, we have to support each other, and encourage the commerce that will sustain us!
More soon, as big John would say WHAMMY!
photo: Sandrine Lee
Opened for Judy Collins in Tacoma last Saturday. The rain squalls and rainbows came and went with equal fanfare! It was quite a display - more biblical moments than I ever remember witnessing in one afternoon. I actually had a great time and hopefully the audience wasn't too drenched and frozen by the end. It was lovely to finally witness Judy's particular magic, and to hear her with a full orchestra. Nothing better than that SOUND.
Home last night and already frantically signing the new CD's and filling the padded mailers so they reach you all before the 26th. I always love seeing hundreds of them strewn across the dining room table waiting for their destinations. Like penguins crowding the edge of the water before they jump.
My gorgeous, talented superhero pal Andrea Scher is also doing an album giveaway on her site: https://www.superherodesigns.com/journal/ (you have until Monday eve to visit and comment and be in the running!)
There is some other great stuff coming on the web. A little interview I did with "Fingertips." https://www.fingertipsmusic.com/brooke-qa1.htm
I also spent some time with the funky guys at IMEEM while I was in San Francisco. We taped two live songs somewhere at large in the city (actually someone's funky garage door in, yup, 'south park.') That stream should be up soon. And I also did a really cool interview with Steven Rosenfeld that should be up on the ASCAP web site soon. Word is that "The Works" will also be reviewed in People Magazine. All good things.
The site has changed a bit to reflect the vibe of the new record. New Pix coming soon, and hopefully our little EPK will be streaming soon too. For now, go check it out on the myspace page. It's a good way to get into the record before you click the BUY button! Go ahead!! I promise you won't be disappointed. There are lots of details in the liner notes that you can't quite include in a download. Postscripts that Woody included in his lyrics, original stuff from the archives. I am bursting with it. Honest.
Finally, how about that Michael Phelps?