Dearly Devoted Few, Looks Like I haven’t posted a blog entry in a bit. I have been busy raising a daughter and trying to put my rubber ducks in a row. I have narrowed my focus on trees, bushes and other vegetation that will bear fruit metaphorically speaking. I now have a bunch of videos on youtube I feel might be worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/user/paulchasejr The latest as shown above “Losing It” is a solemn tune with a heartbreaking feel. If you like sad stuff this for you. Stay tuned on social media for the next few videos coming out soon. I just need to put the finishing touches on them. I finished my 7th kids song for my upcoming children’s album/books and I am in the process of seeking a publisher. Know anybody? Please don’t hesitate to connect us. The latest story/song is about an empathetic child hero “Kaya Rose” who battles a tyrannic boy named Bill with her ability to listen, understand and empathize. It’s set to an old country style and feel. Picture a galloping horse trot and the Tijuana Brass in the background. Dun du du dun dun du du dun “KAYA ROSE!” 3 more to go to meet my goal. Of course I’ll keep you informed. We recently got back from a 10 day trip to Arkansas where we stayed on top of Petit Jean Mountain. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe it. Heat or no heat. I’ve never been one to complain hot or cold anyway. I just as soon sweat as jump into a ice cold river. I am a bit tapped I guess. Here’s a pic from where we stayed and the second photo is from Petit Jean’s peak overlooking The Arkansas River. If your ever in Central Arkansas you will have to visit Petit Jean Mountain. If your interested in a place to stay this is where to look http://www.gopetitjean.com/ Super nice people and a great place to stay. I had a few late night jams overlooking Ada Valley with friends and family. I also got to visit family in Orion, Arkansas where I got to sing and play some hymns and gospel songs. I am not a religious man but I love music. I guess I’ll wrap this one up. I am playing Saturday August 23rd at The Hive in Kennebunk, ME from 8pm to 10pm and again on August 30th at The Hive with Scott Girouard for a benefit for Children It’s a $5 cover and all the money goes to Power of Elle, which raises money for children’s charities. A special night for a special cause. Please attend. Here is a video from Scott I recorded at my home studio a while back. Humbly Thankful, Paul “May Your Journey Be A Good One!”
Dearly Devoted, Looks like a lot has been going on for the old Paul Chase Jr recently. I played a couple of gigs this past month. One at Slainte in Portland, Maine and one at The Skybox in Westbrook . At Slainte I shared the bill with Scott Girouard and Joe Gallant. Joe bought me drink and was gracious enough to invite me to jam with him sometime. What a guy. Scott got me on the bill and I will be recording him at Humblesky Studio’s on May 10th! Good times! The show at The Skybox was a multi artist acoustic event with performances from Michael Krapovicky, Bob (Croce )White, Scott Lebourdais, The Dapper Gents Trio and an acoustic performance from Heart Shaped Rock! Got to love the Portland Maine area. Also special Thanks to Lisa Norman and Al Moore!! Of course thank you for coming. J and Dave made it to both shows!! Very cool thank you. I have recently added 3 new shows at The Hive for 6/20, 7/18 and 8/15 for more details click here. I am always looking to do house concerts too. So please get in touch if you want me to come to your house and play for you and your friends. As you may know my wife Bridgett and I have been working on a live video series. The concept is that it is shot in one location, with one camera and no cuts or edits but is creatively staged. We have done 7 so far and each one is different from the other. Bridgett and I haven’t shot much video in the past and I haven’t recorded audio for video that much either. With each idea or concept having a series of problems that must be solved in order to achieve our vision, this has been a great opportunity for us both to learn a lot. Oh and buy new gear we didn’t know we needed! Ha Ha Ha. We have decided to keep doing more while trying to release one original video each month. I have also decided to do a cover video once a month but more of a home style youtube video using my iphone as a video source. Something real and personal. Got anything you want me to do an original cover of? Post in the comments section here. I am also working up to do a monthly Youtubelive/googlehangouts video where I play a couple of tunes and hang out and talk with you online from Humble Sky Studios. I might even have guests in the future. Here are the 3 original videos and 1 cover video we have released so far.
In other news I am still working on a kids album with 7 songs/ stories under my belt thus far. I am going for 10. Just 3 more to go!!! I am also starting production on a fully produced solo album to be released next year. In the meantime I will periodically drop a few solo acoustic tunes here and there to download for free. Side Note – Baby Loretta has started singing with me at just 8 1/2 months old. Not just La La La randomly but in unison and sometimes harmony working to hold notes for small periods of time. It’s just amazing! I try to be conscious and keep it simple. So far so good. I’ll make her my back up singer soon enough and then someday maybe I can back her up when she is way better than me. Ha Ha Ha If you haven’t signed up for my email list please do. Even though I post it on social sites it’s not guaranteed you will see or hear the latest greatest. The only way to guaranty it, is for you to sign up and I will send you links to the newest songs and videos direct to your inbox. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! Last I would like to thank you for your words of encouragement, your shares and likes. You have no idea how much it makes my day to see you at a show or to hear how much you like what I do. Humbly Thankful, Paul May your journey be a good one.
Here is the 2nd video in the live performance series my wife and I have created. “The Drought” is from last years album release “What Is Real” and was inspired by a radio program I had heard on NPR that discussed our dwindling water resources. As the population increases, large corporations and some of the wealthy 1% are buying up large amounts of clean water supplies in hopes of selling it back to us. I have listed some resources I found about water problems if you are interested in knowing more, however I still couldn’t find the exact program that inspired the song. I hope you enjoy this dramatic live performance of “The Drought” and if you do please spread the word. I need your help to be successful.
May your journey be a good one.
Paul Chase Jr
For more info and programs on water shortage issues follow the links below.
5. http://www.sriconference.com/2010/agendaDetail.jsp?eventId=465 You can listen to an interview with Simran Sethi and Maude Barlow right here: http://www.sriconference.com/2010/audio/GS-03.mp3