Songs and CES
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It's been nearly a month since I posted a new track to my Penmachine Podcast, largely because I was working on getting my CD out, the Christmas holidays, and just generally having a life. But I have one in the pipeline that should be out in the next week, and it's interesting.
First of all, I do more singing on it, and most of the tracks I've released have been instrumentals. Second, I'm writing and recording it for someone at work, who won the rights to have me compose it in an auction at our company Christmas party in early December. He had some suggestions for what he wanted, and I've tried to accommodate them.
Once that track is done, I'm going to put together a brief piece of soundtrack music for Roland (who was the first customer for my CD, incidentally), then maybe something for the Stars Hollow Podcast. All that stuff will continue to be podsafe and free, so those people aren't getting any kind of exclusive rights to the music. But it is nice to have them request music from me, and to provide inspiration. I have no shortage of ideas for tunes now.
Finally, I found this comment from Todd Cochrane about the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) he attended last week to be illuminating:
So here is the bottom line folks [on the CES show floow] you get to [hear] the exact coverage that the companies want you to hear, I have observed a great number of reporting organizations just re-purposing the press releases that have been handed to them.
The tech gadget industry, like other fields of entertainment, is a big PR cycle. So don't believe the hype.