(continued from Home page) ...cut loose and weave my way down sidewalks and alleyways with the Texas wind in my hair and grasshoppers in my teeth. No grasshoppers here, but itís still fun.
In the months since Iíve been sending out my new CD, House of Sky, I could not have asked for or dreamed of a more beautiful response, from teenagers to people in their nineties, it keeps coming back to me that there is so much life in these songs that they bring alive good feelings and a sense of hope and well being in those who listen. Iíve done several friendly radio interviews in support of House of Sky, and more are coming soon. At the bottom of this rambling youíll see a link to a couple of them.
PLAYING CONCERTS AGAIN; Iím getting started performing concerts again in October and November, beginning with a concert Iím producing in West Seattle at a very resonant lodge at rustic Camp Long. I have been exploring the idea of taking my concerts into more of the realm of a one-man show. Yes, Iíve pretty much done that all along, with my stories and humor and songs, but I am experimenting with adding video and slide shows and possibly some other elements. I need to do something that excites me, and this feels like something that can grow and evolve and keep me exploring my own creativity and inner evolution in a way that I hope will have value and meaning in the lives of the folks who come out to see me.
I will start to play some concerts around the US as I can afford to do so and as Iím offered concerts. I have a couple of shows in Southern California coming up, one is private, the other is at the legendary CoachHouse in San Juan Capistrano, on November 6. I will probably look toward Colorado next, unless other offers come in. If you have personal contacts at a venue you realistically think would work for me, please let me know.
PRIVATE CONCERTS; I still do a handful of private concerts every year and they have really helped me to survive over the years. People hire me and fly me in to their town for a concert for their own family and friends and community. Some of the most rewarding concerts of my life have been these and they make it possible to keep going, writing, recording and performing. My private concerts are generally in the $5000 range, some a little less, others a little more. Iím open to negotiating and you can read about hiring me by clicking here.
GATHERING OF FRIENDS; I also plan to do another Gathering of Friends retreat, probably a one day event, or two, in the springtime. I will send out early notice. These are a joy to come to and very rich in inspiration and a feeling of community and belonging. They always take a new shape and I allow room for that, less concerned with having a specific plan than with being very present to what comes up once weíre all gathered. I just know that there is always a LOT of laughter and much conversation and music that inspires.
Iíve been looking for a good blog site to use. Almost every day I post some insight, story, essay, bit of humor on Facebook. My page is purposefully wide open so that anyone may stop by. You donít have to be a ďfriendĒ to visit. But Iím aware that many people just donít like to go to FB or are afraid they may be contaminated by doing so. Thatís why Iím looking for a blog site. I want to find one where i may click a button and whatever I post on FB will automatically go to my website and my blog site. When I figure this out, Iíll let you know.
THANK YOU for stopping by. It really matters to me that you check in on me and I so appreciate your support with my music. My success with my Kickstarter campaign made possible the most beautiful album of my life. Thank you all for that, whether you took part or just sent good vibes. I hope youíre well this autumn. Please take some time every day to sit quietly and take some deep breaths. Those spaces you create where your life pauses and your thinking slows, will be the portal where many, many gifts will flow to you. I am seeing that in my life.
   Donít forget to be gentle with yourself, youíre just a dang human bean, after all.
   Your friend in breezy Seattle, ~Michael Tomlinson
   with Raymond Hayden on the ďHoustonĒ show on Seattle Wave Radio, please click here:

   Then scroll down to my picture and below that youíll see a little Play arrow.
   on The Christine Upchurch Show, click here:
 ~ How You May Help Me Get the Word Out About House of Sky ~
Every day I do something toward getting my songs heard or reviews written, interviews set up. I think of this album as something that will swell slowly, not an album with hit songs, but something that grows as people share friend to friend around the world. I'm going to list some ways you can help me if you wish to.
  1. Buy CDs and downloads - through my website ideally. But really, anywhere you choose.
  2. Tell Your Friends - If you know these songs and love them, one of the most helpful things you could do is to write a note to your entire email list, telling them in your own words why you are so moved to share my music with them. In fact, I would be pleased to email you one of the songs that you could include in the email to each of them. If you're unfamiliar with how to email a song file, I'll show you how. It's easy. Or if you wish, tell me who to email and I'll send them a song myself.
  3. Write on Facebook or any social network about House of Sky. Always include a link to my website so they can find me. www.michaeltomlinson.com
  4. If You Know Someone Who May Write About My Music, online or in printed press, please let me know and I can send them the album or a download.
  5. If You Have a Personal Connection to a Venue, Concert Series, etc., and can get the booker personally interested, that could be hugely helpful.
  6. Hire Me for a Private Concert. My private concerts really keep me going each year. They are in the range of $5000 ~ variable to the situation and season. I know of course, that most cannot afford that. But fortunately, I do two or three of these each year and in every case I've ever known, the person who brought me in felt like it was so worth it for what we created for their loved ones in their home, or patio or back yard or wherever we gathered.
  7. Put Together a Concert for a Worthy Cause. If you can get sponsors to support the show, we can often give every penny of ticket sales to a worthy cause.
  8. Go to iTunes and other paid download sites and leave happy reviews of my albums.
  9. Let me know about any independent radio stations you're aware of which might play my music. I'm not servicing CDs in mass to stations, as that world has long passed, once commercial radio was deregulated and bought up by corporations. But there are public and community and college stations playing me and many Internet stations around the world. I'd love to find out about more.


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