May/09 Newsletter

May/2009
Hi!

Too cool for school - not.How is everything going? I hope spring is in full bloom and you’re able to get outside and enjoy some decent weather. It’s been fantastic weather here in Japan and it’s nice to put winter behind me for a while.

I want to give a big thank you to all of you who have joined my mailing list and my eteam. As you might know, I’ve posted a couple new songs on my site for free download. I’m really happy with how many came by to grab them and leave comments as well. The newest song “What Have I Done” as you know, is a really rough demo (recorded in my bedroom live). It needs a bridge, and the lyrics need to be moved around, axed, or altered. But the feedback on the song makes me think I might just re-record it when I’m making my new CD. Hopefully in the upcoming months I’ll post some other ideas I have so that I can get your honest feed back. I really want the songs on the next CD to be for you. Meaning – while I always write from the heart, I write often and sometimes it’s hard to know which songs will end up being the most universal. Your opinion really matters to me.

May was a great month for gigging and it was nice to play on a regular basis after a fairly quiet winter. Hands down, playing live is where I sell most of my CD’s. It goes to show there is nothing more captivating than a live performance. To me, a great CD and a great live performance are completely separate from each other. A great CD can have all the bells and whistles and be polished to perfection but doesn’t always show the true artist. I wish I had a chance to play live in front of most of you on a more regular basis. If I get enough support and a healthy budget I am planning on doing that after the release of my next CD.

I would really love to know more about your music interests. What do you like in a good CD? What do you like in an artist? How I could better myself? How can I better my interaction with you? If you have any questions or comments please email me or join my forum and share your thoughts. Again, I’m looking for ways to improve in all areas of music. After all, it’s not called the music business for nothing.

Don’t forget to join me on facebook or twitter or myspace.

I hope to see you around and thanks again for your support!

Kelly

Here are my February Twitter blogs.

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  1. I stoled me old mans car once. Hoped he wouldn’t notice. NOTE TO SELF: If there’s ever a time to do that…it would be NOW ’cause I’m mature.

  2. Cold Play kicked butt at the 2009 Grammy’s.

  3. Just dropped a good chunk of cash on Pro Tools 8 and a new condenser microphone. It had to be done….. Back to work now!

  4. Derek Sivers is technically retired but he’s still providing heaps of wealthy information. Make sure you go to his site http://sivers.org/

  5. My enjoyable afternoon down by the local river might have turned into a cold. Hope not.

  6. Sneaking to the gym earlier than work allows but if I don’t, I won’t get it in today. Have a Shinenkai party (start of year) I must go to.

  7. Friday morning and the sun is shining. I just downloaded some updates of my favourite podcasts to enjoy at the gym.

  8. I could have used a few more hours of sleep last night. I’m dragging my sorry self around this morning.

  9. Hi! If you think I add value to your network, do drop me a recommendation at http://mrtweet.net/kellypet… Much appreciated!

  10. Don’t ever knock the Theme Park industry as a major source of income for musicians. If you can keep your case open also, LIFE will be GOOD.

  11. Gonna upgrade to Pro Tools 8. It’ll be the newest & best Digidesign for about a month. Then it’ll become old. Gotta love going digital

  12. I’m addicted to podcasts. I find myself running to them instead of solid music. Sign of my age?

  13. Al Gore paints another horrifically clear picture of the devastation humans made for life on Earth & I’m totally shamed and bummed by it.

  14. Just joined twitter to my Facebook page. One less things to worry about. http://www.kellypettit.com

  15. I’ve been looking for a famous duet song to sing with a female artist. The last time I did that was Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine”. Ideas?

365 days of music

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January 20th/09


Wow, there is so much happening in the world of Kelly Pettit lately. I am just really excited that I have stuck with doing what I love. The last 365 days have been amazing for me as a musician. Here are some of the highlights:

Out of 2000 bands competing for top prize of $200,000 worth of promotions, marketing and gear, I won the Ultimate Band Contest thanks to the support of family, friends and fans.

 By far my busiest year as a performer in Japan. I have played some incredibly cool festivals, functions and gigs including a concert where my good friends Jerry Wong and Aaron Grant came to rock out with me.

 I have received some great press from TV, radio, newspaper, magazines and internet.

 My song “She’s Just Like Summer” was nominated for best in Pop at the Hollywood
music awards.

 The famous ABC’s Fame Games radio show which has 4,400 affiliate radio stations reaching more than 105 million listeners a week has made me a house hold name for listeners of their show. My song “She’s Just Like Summer” won track of the month a half year ago. Recently they held their annual Effigy Awards and I was nominated for 5 awards (Best songwriting, most popular song, Best overall song, Best song in light rock, Best song in Country) and took home two of them (Best song in Light Rock and Best song in Country). Not bad for a small town kid who now lives in the rice fields of Japan. Simon and brother Tony Cowell have backed up the show and even mentioned my name a couple times.

So what does all of this mean? Well, I suppose time will tell but for now it has given me a lift. It offers me a sense that I really am a songwriter/musician and that I am on the right track. This is the kind of stuff that feeds the fire and keeps my passion burning strong. In fact, I’m really excited to get underway and start recording my next CD.

In the meantime, thanks for coming by, thanks for helping me stay in the game, and thanks for sharing in the journey. You helped get me here.

Look out 2009!

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For all Canadians who grew up watching Hockey Night in Canada, you might not have known there was a contest out for a new Theme Song.

The old theme song is as popular to Canadians as the national anthem (maybe more so).  Heck, I bet 1 out of every 3 males could hum the tune right off the top of their head.

Anyways, a new song will take place from here on in.  If you’re interested in hearing it on the Internet, just click here or here.

What do you think of it?

PS.  The old theme song is here.

Which do you like better?

Is the world economy going tits up?

Now that the world economy appears to be falling tits up, how many of you are planning on budgeting for a crisis?

Are you continuing with you usual spending habits or are you playing it safe?

It seems that saving money makes sense, yet if no one spends, then the vicious cycle of a worsening economy just keeps feeding the fire.

I’ve got my money in 3 different currencies and fortunately nothing in stocks and bonds.

What’s your take on what is happening (regardless if you live in the USA or not)?  Are you worried? What is your game plan?

I’d love to hear how others are feeling towards this.

As the Japanese say “Gambarimasho”  (Let’s keep fighting)

Um, er, Feel like voting again?

Feel like voting AGAIN? 😦
OK, like I haven’t asked enough from my friends and fans over the last year.
BUT,
because of you,
I’ve achieved some pretty cool things!

I won a HUGE contest (www.ubl.com), Track of the Month onFAME GAMES, Track of the Week on Garageband.com, been in countless magazines (thanks Shannon and Hibiki), been on radio, performed a many a venue, and been on compilation CD’s and in soundtracks. I’m not bragging, I’m saying THANK YOU!

You guys have fought hard for me and I am not one to forget it!

And yet, the favors I keep asking!

I hate this part but as the saying goes “You never know unless you ask” right?

I’ve got a number of songs on a radio site that need some love.

Your votes will help the songs get real radio air time (From ABC Radio networks -HUGE HUGE – we’re talking millions of listeners). Long story short, if you go to my page and under the picture of me you’ll see the list of songs.
Click on the vote button next to the song you want to vote for, write your name and email address and then click “I vote for this song” and you’re90% done. You’ll get an email back from Fame Games asking you to click on the link they provide to prove that it’s you and then you’re done.

In particular, my song “World is Turning” needs love immediately.
If you can find the time, as always, I’m forever grateful.

And thanks for all you’ve done up till now. I’m still making music because of you! I’ve been writing new songs recently and a new CD isn’t too far down the road.

~Kelly
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