Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Things I've been doing

Had a great weekend of gigs in Houston and Salado. Big thanks to everyone who came out. After the concert on Friday, I’m itching to do more. Just a reminder that if you’d like to book house concerts, it’s easy and (basically) free. Contact me if you want more info, or go back thru the archives of the blog to find instructions.

In the “my job is so fun and weird” category, I give you this:

My good pals Andrew Kilzer (who is also an amazing sports photog) and Michael Steele (who is also an amazing drummer/musician) asked me to compose some music for a corporate promo that they created for Northcutt Media. For context, Northcutt Media works with companies like TexAgs to provide quality advertising. They are cutting edge and brilliant, and they hired Michael and Andrew to help create an extended “commercial” that they could show to potential clients. Anyway, I composed and recorded the music, which you will hear throughout the video. This sort of thing isn’t my primary skill area, but I’m excited about how it turned out. Check it.

For more context, this is Michael's first major flash/video/cartoon project, and this was Andrew's first time to write this kind of copy and do voice-over. I mean, all of us were kind of "winging it," and somehow it still turned out super-cool. At least I think so.

Anyway, enjoy. Mainly I just wanted you to hear the music I did. As I get more and more into instrumental work and composition, I like to share with you folks. If anybody wants the music track, I'd be glad to send it for free. Just email me.

Also, I’m working on a recap of my recent Nashville trip. Hopefully I’ll have it up this week.

Finally, I’ll be posting some more concert/gig dates within the next few days. Be looking for those.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Show tonight! Free CD's being mailed! LOUD NOISES!

Hey everyone. It's kind of a "clean-up" day around here. Got a few things for you.

First, go here to get more info about the concert tonight in the Houston area. It's free and it should be a big crowd. I mean, for me, a "big crowd" is like 70 people, but you know what I mean.

Second, the Great CD Review Giveaway of 2010 is officially over. Thanks to all who participated and gave me big props and much love. The free CD's are going in the mail today. If you haven't given me your CD preference and your address, I can't send you a CD! So get me that asap. Depending on where you stay at, you'll get them sometime next week.

Third, in case you're wondering who all these strangers are showing up and commenting, they are all mainly followers of this chica, who is doing a giveaway of her own. Feel free to go over there and get some free stuff.

Fourth, I really want to tell you all about my trip last week to Nashville. It was tons of fun and I learned a lot. In addition, there were some really cool "career" things that happened. So hopefully I can get to that next week.

That's all for now. Hope to see all the Houston folks tonight!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

where have i been?

In Nashville, doing some really fun stuff. I will try to blog about that in the next day or two.

In the meantime, thanks to everyone who posted reviews in the various places I asked. I really appreciate it. If you didn't email me with specs on what free CD you wanted and where to mail it, do so quickly and I shall make haste in getting you your RK jams.

More later. Too busy and tired to type.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

See dee baby? (A Contest!)

For some reason, when I wrote that sentence, I said it outloud with an unidentifiable European accent. Like many of my jokes, you had to sort of be there to appreciate it.

Anyway, my kids' CD is now available at CDBaby. I'm hoping to generate some sales there, so I thought I'd run a little giveaway/contest thing.

Here's how it will work. I'll give a free CD -- anything from my catalog that is still in print -- to anyone who will do 2 of these 4 things:

--go to my CDBaby page and post a review (hopefully a very positive one) for the new CD.
--go to my iTunes page and post a review for the kids CD.
--go to my Amazon page and post of review for the kids CD.
--go to any of the pages that i listed here and post a review in the "comments" section of any of those blogs/pages.

Just do 2 of those things, then email me (ross@rosskingmusic.com) or comment on this post, letting me know that you did it (links to your reviews would be appreciated, but if you're not very tech-savvy, just tell me where the reviews are), then let me know what CD you want. It's that easy, people!

I figure if I get several good reviews, I'll be more likely to sell some stuff in those various places. These different webpages/services represent different markets for me, because most of my "fans" would probably just buy my stuff direct from my website. But people who buy at CDBaby or thru the other above places are more likely to be the kind of folks who just stumble upon me one way or another (especially now that I have a CD in a different "genre").

So, most of you probably have all the CD's of mine that you want, but if not -- or if you want to give some as gifts or whatever -- go post some reviews and let me know about it. I'll send you some free stuff!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Houston show details, etc

OK, go here for more info on the Feb 19 Houston/Missouri City show (which is open to the public and totally free).

Also, go here to read the brilliance and thought-provocation of my pal and co-laborer, Thad Norvell, who is currently using his mental and verbal superpowers to talk about Haiti, adoption, and the Kingdom that lasts forever.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Erbody love Juicebox (and my other songs too!)

Lots and lots of reviews being posted all around the cyberweb netverse or whatever it's called. So far, everybody has been extremely positive! Whew. Color me relieved, which, I think, is a kind of pale yellow-ish with hints of crimson and puce.

I contacted these people a few weeks ago and asked them if they would be interested in reviewing my new record, and they said yes. So this week there are tons of reviews popping up all over the place. If you haven't bought the record yet, or if you know somebody who needs convincing, send them to any of these places:






Review this one is especially fun because she shares some email dialogue that I had with her about the record, and I think it really conveys my heart for the record.

There are more, but I didn't want to overwhelm you. Here's what you can do to help. Go read a few and post on their "comments" sections and see if we can stir up some more sales.

These are mainly moms with kids. That's pretty much the main demographic that I'm needing to reach and impress with the new record, so it's great to get all this positive feedback.

More news to come.

T-shirts? Yeah, I think I'm going to do it within the next month or so.

Cartoon/iPhone app? Coming along. Supposed to be ready late next week. We'll see.

Concerts/gigs? I'm starting to book lots of stuff, so if you're interested for something in the spring or summer, let me know!