The Schedule is Set!

We have just completed the final schedule for Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School, 2009!

As in the past, we will kick off things Thursday evening with a massive song circle giving our first arrivals some musical fellowship and a chance to share their favorite work.  We’ll have some group sessions on Friday morning and start our break-out workshops Friday afternoon.  Friday night will be our big “Open Mic” night giving additional participants the chance to show what they can do.  On Saturday we will vote for our 9 favorite acts and they will have only Saturday afternoon to to enlist back-up and rehearse for our public performance Saturday night!  On Sunday we’ll wrap it all up and take a group photo

This year’s workshops will feature some favorites including Vic Salvo’s Compostion Workshops and Alan James famous Performance Workshops.  Alan and I will co-host a workshop for songwriters.  Covering Home Recording Techniques this year is Russ Salton who just self-produced a marvelous CD called “SMILE”.  Russ will share how he did it!   And one other feature that became popular last year, our Front Porch Song Circles, led by Chuck Thrapp of “Surgarpine”, will again give ample opportunity for musical fellowship and camraderie.

And You Do It Yourself and Indie recording artists out there are going to love this!  We have a special business bootcamp for you!  It will be three sequential sessions run by our Music Producer “Tag-Team” of Jarome Matthew and Jon Rezin. These two guys know what they are doing and their “bootcamp” sessions will give you the know-how to successfully promote yourself and your music in this information age. Jarome Matthew is the founder of “Pro Soul Alliance” in Vancouver British Colombia, Canada.  He has produced CDs for artists from many corners of the globe including Elika Mahony, recently traveling to China for productions there with rising stars of China’s popular music scene. Jon Rezin is a producer, engineer, and media consultant in Los Angeles, CA. He has had the opportunity to work on projects for some of your favorite Baha’i artists (Badasht, Talia Safa, Eric Dozier, Childrens Theater) as well as a long list of commercial artists including American Idol, Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, Silver Sun Pickups, Jay-Z, & Ciara. He runs his production company “Small Room Productions” and a indie record label “Next Movement Records“.  These two guys know how to get the ball rolling if you’re serious about building your fan base. The last session
will be one-on-one consultations for your personal plan.

You’ll learn:

Music Promotion through Community BuildingSuccessful indie artists focus on creating a community and involving that community in the music – We’ll cover the Theory and Strategy and review powerful free tools & how to use them.
Content and ConnectionThis focuses on making great content regularly (videos as well), connecting with your fans using technology, and concert/touring strategies
One-on-One time to review marketing plans and offer advice/critiques… this one is only for people seeking to do music as a career. At the end, our goal is to have a web presence set up for you and a modern marketing plan to get your career on track.

Online Registration is Open for Business, so get on there and reserve your spot for this year’s Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School  I can’t wait to see you there!

 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
PS – I just received a message from our colleague in Jamaica, Kieran Murray about Jamie Findlay’s new release:
Guitar Maestro Jamie Findlay –  ‘Reflections’ Acoustic solo guitar performances of favorite songs from the Bahá’is of the world………

Tribal Global Records would like to share with you the release of  the new album ‘Reflections’ by guitar maestro Jamie Findlay.   This instrumental collection includes music from the Bahá’i World congress in New York, children’s classics and other music from around the globe These selections are ideal for devotional gatherings, Holy days, Meditations, or just in your own moments of reflection.  The entire album is now available to download for $9.00 or you can download individual tracks for 99c each from our website – 

Track Listing: 1. Blessed Is The Spot 2. Queen Of Carmel  3. O Bahá’u’lláh  4. Hummingbird  5. God Is One  6. We Are Drops (Hawaiian Unity Song)  7. Dastam Begir ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 8. Look At Me, Follow Me  9. In This Day Baha’u’lláh 10. Tokozani
Thanks for checking it out, Peace, Kieran C Murray.
Head Honcho, Tribal Global Records.


Sad News – please pray

I just received a message from singer-songwriter Dale Ramsdell asking for prayers for the soul of his daughter Farah who died Wednesday just 3 weeks shy of her 25th birthday.  Dale said she had suffered from severe bi-polar disorder. Dale writes: 
All I know is that her illness was too severe for her to cope anymore, and the right medicines had not yet been found to make her life easier. Your prayers for Farah and the rest of her family are greatly appreciated.
Allah’u’Abha,   Dale”
I know what that means and I am praying for this young soul’s forgiveness and progress. And I’m praying that Peace and Tranquility be bestowed upon the whole family. Please join me.  If you wish to leave a comment for Dale, do so here.