Saturday, December 14, 2013
Go to my PledgeMusic.com project site:
Fire in the Rainstorm
Watch the video, and then decide what exclusive you want to gift. Lets choose "KoriTunes Overload". This is an all inclusive pack of my music: "The Road Less Traveled", "The Journey - Remastered", "Trillium" AND all are signed by me. You will also receive a digital download of the new album ( when is recorded AND a signed copy of the physical album, when it is available).
We are set to record in April 2014!! Keep watching the blog, FB and my website!
My thanks to those that have pledged already!
Peace in Music,
Friday, December 6, 2013
Once I chose Pledge to work with, I then turned to my "internet family" for help. I asked Pat Sylvester if she would be willing to donate one of her pieces of jewelry that she has created. She went the extra mile and created something SO wonderful for the campaign. She made a special necklace called "Fire in the Rainstorm" as one of the exclusives for pledgers. Her husband also created this amazing flute bag for my Native American Flute. Pictures of their art is below.
What is really amazing about all of this, we have ONLY connected via Facebook. I've never met her outside of the internet!!
|Pat's husband HANDMADE this!!!|
|Fire in the Rainstorm Necklace by Pat Sylvester!|
My thanks to Pat and her husband!
Pat has a shop on Etsy, that you can visit!
When you pre-order Fire in the Rainstorm there are some goodies you can pick up. I would LOVE to have you on board throughout the journey to record the album:
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
"I have had the privilege of knowing Kori since our freshman year in college. During those days you would often find us in a piano room in the music building singing our hearts out while Kori played the piano. We would spend a couple of hours if not more singing some popular songs, but also songs that Kori had written long before. I remember my favorite piece was called "The Admiral". I was inspired by her talent and her ability to make the piano sing. Many can play, but she could make it sing as if she was born with one in hand. I can recall when we would be down about schoolwork, weather, or boys, we would go into a piano room and sing away soon lifting our spirits ready to conquer another day.
Those memories are precious to me. I have been truly blessed and am honored to have had Kori in my life for all these years. Music is a part of who she is. Seeing her follow her heart and dreams of becoming an accomplished musician has been inspiring. May we all follow our heart and not be afraid to go after our dreams.
Love you Kordles!!
Your friend always,
I have to say when I read this, I had tears welling up at the memories. We named ourselves "DeSkies" and hoped one day we would be able to record in a studio. Years have passed, I went on to record 3 albums, and we still talk on the phone and keep in touch with one another. What a blessing to have Tracey in my life.
And now, I turn to you my "internet family" for your help. No matter where you live on this wide planet.. you can be a part of "Fire in the Rainstorm". Come today and stand with me and you can make memories with me!
Pledge Music: Fire in the Rainstorm
Monday, November 18, 2013
Our daughter is in the high school Marching Band, and so there was this competition this weekend being held at our high school. All the parents and alumni volunteer for this time.. because 22 High School Marching Bands come to compete. So the hubs volunteered.. and I baked up a storm for the baked goods. We got up very early, on Saturday and I took her and the baked goods to the High School.. and what a CRAZY day that was.
Then Sunday came, I got up and another whirlwind day of driving up to LA to perform with Fiona Joy Hawkins. I unveiled some new music from "Fire in the Rainstorm". I was nervous.. etc.. and the room was FREEZING. Another musician, Sherry Finzer gave me some hand warmers which really did the trick! I managed to play well and even had a voice in which to talk with. I felt like I was on my game, and played quite well.
|Ric and Glenn|
|L - Sherry Finzer, Middle - Fiona Joy Hawkins , Right - Steve Whalen.|
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During all of this... you NEED to know that the PledgeMusic campaign for "Fire in the Rainstorm" hit the halfway mark!!! Talk about feeling humble.. and very thankful. I was choking back the tears.. because I was notified before the concert started via email.. and WHAT a blessing you guys are to me. Having you all on this journey with me to release this new album, is SO awesome and inspiring. I can't tell you how excited I am! If you have not pledged yet, there is still plenty of time, and think of it this way.. its a pre-order for my album!! I would LOVE to have you all on board!
Whew! I wrote a novel! Thank you for supporting me.. all my love ♥
Peace in Music...
Sunday, October 27, 2013
As I sat and listened to everyone singing.. I looked around and tears welled up in my eyes. I looked at everyone and thought to myself: "You guys don't know how good things are until something comes along in life to challenge and change , enjoy singing and talking because you never know what will be handed to you" I for one.. didn't really know how frustrating it is to not have my voice for talking, singing. Now it takes a lot of effort to talk now. And there are days when I just wanna say.. to hell with that I am NOT talking.
I felt so sad I couldn't sing! I keep asking why has this happened? What the heck? I didn't vote for this. I can't imagine my brother, who went through 18 years of this too. He had surgery this past March to fix his voice. He can now talk and he sounds great!
I know I can't let this thing beat me. I will keep moving along and do as much as I can and there is nothing I can do about it because it happened. I just need to do what the docs have suggested, stay the course and be strong in spite of it.
I've been told that I would have times/weeks/days like these, where it seems like everything is against me. Well.. I could take it that way, but I won't. I WILL talk about it, and I WILL express my emotions regarding it, because I have very strong thoughts about this.
Writing this, brings me peace...
more to come...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Put in the subject heading: Holiday Card from Kori! In the body of the email, type in your snail mail address, and BOOM! Holiday Card will be sent to you. IF you want a birthday card... put your birth date too!
REALLY I am NOT kidding! I love to send cards, and since you all have been so awesome supporting me, its the least I can do!
I promise NO SPAM or Gorillas!
Peace in Music,
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Let me back up and talk about events that lead up to last nights concert. Lisa Downing, Myself and Liz Story had a concert in April of this year. We had so much fun that we decided to do it again in September. At this time, many of us were preparing for the Zone Music Reporter Awards in May. That flew by, and things were set in motion in our lives that we had no control over.
Lisa's father passed away from pancreatic cancer, and Liz's super cool dog left this life too. Claire ( our daughter) also found out they were going to be deployed to Afghanistan. We did not know exactly when that was going to happen, she also got engaged to be married when she would come home from deployment. So all three of us were feeling a great amount of emotion. Grief brings everyone together no matter which kind it is.
Lisa decided to bring Julio Mazziotti in the mix. He is a FINE pianist and is from Argentina. We set the date for September 21 - The Hubs and I's 22 Anniversary.
I did not realize how stressed I was.. and for some odd reason this was the hardest of the concerts to do PR. We pretty much did what we did for the April Concert. ( THE Lesson for me this time.. is to hire PR to help with promoting concerts in the future). So many woulda shoulda coulda moments come to my mind, but in the GRAND scheme of things.. it came down to the fact, that the show must go on.
As the Summer slipped away, I became increasingly un-focused.. I had SO much on my plate. Working on media for other people, saving money for forthcoming album, ( still saving), kids getting ready to go back to school, working on a community internet project--> more about that in the near future.
I was feeling a bit cheated from having my daughter leaving the home right after High School Graduation ( 2012)... and her being engaged.. I thought I was going to die. Claire was deployed in August to Afghanistan, and I didn't think it was bothering me. I didn't feel like it was stressing me.. until the Concert started getting closer and closer. I realized that her being SO far away was VERY difficult for me.
So many things had to be put on hold until after the concert, and then FINALLY our children went back to school. Things began to relax.. except for the concert. I had a hard time deciding what songs to play, marketing to people, and THEN I twisted my ankle and tore a tiny bit of tendon. GREAT now I can't walk around marketing like I wanted to...
I did it.. I know it was all in God's hands. No WAY could I have done this on my own. I prayed and had Faith that we would have people to come to the concert and perform.
THEN the Concert... NOTHING prepared me for what actually took place. The day before we all showed up at the Murray Center.. and rehearsed. Took a lot of pictures:
|Julio warming up|
|Liz getting ready ... Day of concert|
|Lisa feeling the groove|
People came, we had to set up extra chairs! DJ Thornton of KSBR 88.5FM Radio ( Host of The Morning Breeze) came and was our Emcee.
A few hours before concert.. I was rehearsing and I wrote a song that I dedicated to Lisa and Liz. For the grief they have experienced in their loss. I felt I needed to share it.. so I did, and had people think of a name for it.. I have several names: A Mother's Call, Embrace... I will record a rough cut of the song and post it to see what YOU guys come up with .
I talked to Liz before I wrote this.. and she shared with me some profound things that have transpired in her life during the summer. I felt privileged she was able to express her experiences with me. I will never forget it.
Many of my friends and family have been experiencing some form of unexpected trauma in their lives. I have been grieving for them and the losses, or the changes going on in their lives. I was feeling grateful that my life is relatively calm. THAT is when the "proverbial rug" gets pulled out from under me when I start to feel a little bit too comfortable with the way my life is going and what I am doing.
Yesterday I took a leap into the abyss. I finally went to the ENT - Ear, Nose and Throat specialist here in MV. I am not too happy with the results. I was diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia I suppose I should be happy its not throat cancer, or any type of cancer. I should be happy that this is not life threatening and I am not in any pain atm. Spasmodic Dysphonia is a neurological condition that causes the vocal cords to become tight and it is literally a forced action to speak. It ruins lives for those that have a job that is heavy with acting, singing, sales man.. etc... ok lets be truthful its ruins the lives of everyone that has it. WHY? Because talking is hard.. its like trying to walk against a strong wind. People cannot understand what you are saying because your voice is cracking, breaking, stops in the middle of a sentence you are trying to say. People are like what? Why go out into the world and talk when other people cannot understand.
My brother Travis experienced this horrible condition for 18 years. 18!!! His voice was so terrible I had a hard time understanding him. He had botox shots in his throat and it was not helping him anymore. He understands what this is like. We were talking yesterday on the phone, and he and I concluded he blazed the trail for me. I may go see Dr. Berke, the Physician that performed the surgery on Trav to get his voice back. I don't know..its a scary surgery too. They clip your nerves from the vocal chords, and replace them with new nerves. HOW do I know if its right for me? Should I try Botox shots?
I am wondering why this has decided to be a part of my life? Am I supposed to help someone too? What is the purpose of this being a part of my struggle in life? I don't know. I know that God knows. I want to cry and eat chocolate! But I know that I just need to Cowboy Up... and be brave.
more later on this...
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Some of you know I am a HUGE fan of all of the Riddick movies staring Vin Diesel. That quote from his newest movie really nails the last couple of days.
I won't go back and talk about those days..too painful to talk about right now... but I WILL go forward.. and that is all we CAN do when bad days hit. I feel blessed by having such wonderful family and friends AND YOU being a part of my life. Here is a GREAT song that expresses how tender I am feeling right now:
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Next, is I will be performing in Mission Viejo at the Norman P Murray Center again.. with some excellent pianists. Liz Story, Lisa Downing and Julio Mazziotti, who is from Argentina! I am SO looking forward to this. It is on Saturday September 21, 2013 at 7pm. So get ready!! Information and tickets here: PIANISTS OF VISION Tell all of your Southern Californian Friends and come join us!
Third, I am looking for help with house concerts. If you live in California, especially in LA, OC, Sand Diego, San Francisco, or Sacramento, Southern Vermont and the Boston, MA area and you have a grand piano in your home. I would love to connect with you. This is for house concerts I am gearing up for the release of "Fire in the Rainstorm".
Please message me here at: firstname.lastname@example.org I will let you know what its about!
DON'T FORGET to make your 1 minute or less video of why you like my music and what drew you to it! Send it by Dropsend.com with this email address: email@example.com
PIM = Peace in Music
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I hope you have been enjoying your summer! Its been a very busy one for my family and myself. I think I am enjoying it much better than last summer.. that is for certain.
I have a special music project coming, and would love to have you all be a part of it! You are reading this blog because you have my music, or you just love to read what I am doing! haha.. But now, YOU can be a part of something very special. I would love for you to create a 1 minute vlog - ( video blog) about why you like my music and what drew you to it. Send it to me via dropsend.com with this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to have it by August 21st!!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Click on this link: VOX POP VOTE HERE
Scroll down, you will see that I have "winner " there, that was for the judges! Register and then go back to Songs, click on New Age Songs, then click the 5 stars.. and you have voted! YAY!
Hoping you are having a GREAT summer!
Peace in Music,
Sunday, June 23, 2013
I wrote back to them telling them I did provide fans with the link, and no one could get it to play. I didn't EVEN say a thing about the license of the video.
Again, a nice response.. they said the show had been cancelled and the website is still there but defunct! With no technical support of any kind. They told me there was nothing they can do:
THIS is what I responded with:
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Today is different.
Today, I became energized.. focused on what I need to be doing.. "WHAT is that you must be doing? " you ask?
Read on my friends...
As many of you know, I am working on a new album. I have been depressed, un-focused and having too much fun with a pity party for myself. ( NOT really fun.. but you know the drill).
I had several moments of clarity this morning. I bought the upgrade for Reason 7, re-installed Reason 3/4 on my laptop.... I am thinking.. WOAH... hey, why didn't I do this a few years ago. THE answer is, oh yeah... I was depressed, my brain was muddy. Couldn't think straight. ( Waiting for Reason 7 to get here.... )
NOW what led to this clarity we have to go back in time...
A few weeks ago, a good buddy of mine calls me, and literally kicked my ASS! "GET out of it...WHERE is the Kori I know.. the fighter"... I gave a very timid answer and while I was saying what I was saying in that timid little voice of mine, MARY JO LISA ( my alternate ego) jumps up and screams.. "YEAH WHERE ARE YOU?"
I hung up after talking for 45 minutes.. well, I mostly listened while my ASS was handed to me on a plate.
After listening.. I was stunned. I was touched that my bud, would take the time to call me in spite of the CRAZINESS going on within his life. I got busy planning out what I need to be doing.
STEP ONE of my plan is to get Reason up and running again.
Step two of my plan is to record some rough tracks and have you all to listen to the progression(s) of the music.
The third step is in progress. Meaning I cannot talk about it yet, but it is pretty cool.
I've been inspired and am healing from some of the things that life has decides to hand out to us... you know the TRIALS and changes that come with that.
As ALWAYS... thank you for your emails, phone calls and comments you keep me going! With you on this journey with me I KNOW I will succeed!
Peace in Music
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I suppose these guys think I am so desperate to have me placed on THIER roster.. for what $300- $5000 dollars? I've been taken advantage of my good nature in the past, not anymore. Here is an interesting blog post about writers called Yog's Law... it should be applied to musicians...
Thanks to Bradley Momberger for alerting me to this simple, excellent, but effective way of thinking. (click on Yog's Law, an article on How Publishing REALLY Works.
Basically, it says: Money flows towards the writer
This same idea should be applied to Musicians: Money flows towards the musician
Its brilliant... its simple, whats not to get about that?
When you read this blog entry.. just replace writer with musician. If anyone approaches you saying "Oh hey, your music is great, lets sign you up to get you on BMI... etc etc etc... these guys are trying to "divert the money away from the musician... money flows towards the musician".
I refuse to have my money diverted away from myself...
Money flows towards the musician....
Friday, May 24, 2013
The song tho, that really made a difference in my life, was "A Little Help From My Friends" by the Beatles. That was it, I plunked out the song on the piano. My parents were amazed, and felt it wise to have me take piano lessons, after begging to learn, I took lessons. I am classically trained.
More to come...
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The second tender feeling is about my musical family. Even tho I was not at the ZMR Awards, many of my musical family members kept me in the loop with texts and emails. Thank you for that. I am blessed in so many ways. I love you for your consideration.
Thirdly, is "The Gathering" took home 2 awards, AND my friend and producer, Will Ackerman was given the very first ZMR Lifetime Achievement Award. He certainly deserves it, with the amount of musicians he has worked with and touched as well as many fans of the music he has produced, recorded.. etc.
I want to congratulate all of those that were nominated for ZMR Awards as well.
Here is a video that Jeff Oster put together . Enjoy!
Will Ackerman 2012 ZMR Lifetime Achievement Award
More to come...
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
There comes a time when one has to weigh the "Good, Better, Best" decision. While it would be "Good" to go to the ZMR Awards, after all my track "Carpe Diem" is on the critically acclaimed album "The Gathering - Produced by Will Ackerman", and in the running for 3 awards. All 21 of us have tracks on that album too. I should be there right? Well yes its a "Good" thing... however, financially it is not Good for me to go. Its best that I stay home and put all my resources to "Fire in the Rainstorm". Sometimes one has to pick and choose among the "Good, Better, Best". Best wins this time, and so does Imaginary Road Studios!
Good luck to all of my friends up for Awards on May 11! Next year I hope to be there.
I am looking forward to working with Will again. Keep you eyes peeled!
THANK you and love you all for support me and my music!
Peace in Music,
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Let me first say, that my city rocks! Dru Maurer, who is the Cultural Arts Supervisor for the City of Mission Viejo is amazing. She and an army of volunteers as well as the Cultural Arts Committee are an incredible group of individuals that supported us in ways I have never felt before.
Its so important to be a part of the community that you live in. You can support them by volunteering to help with clean up, or concerts and things like that. I am so amazed at their efforts. We've had some really cool Art events that I think are one of a kind. So MY thanks to all of my fellow Mission Viejoians.
Lisa Downing and Pete Foster , thank you.. for your hard work as well. The two of you really put your heart into what we were doing and I am grateful we met. Looking forward to more.
Liz Story, is one of those pianists/composers that you will never forget in your lifetime. The opportunity to meet her, perform with her, was one of the highlights in my life. She is not only a great musician, she is a GREAT person. I am grateful to have met her. I hope to do more with her and Lisa.
Every time I perform, I learn.
We used LiveStream.com to broadcast live... each time I use it, I learn more techniques or what needs to be better. I had both of my boys being techies running the camera, and the other watching the feed as it came up on the computer. My husband Don was supervising them.. so if fights broke out ( which is highly likely), they wouldn't break anything! hahah!
So here is the link to the concert.. I will edit it and we'll post it on my website!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Do I get nervous? Sure I do.. I get antsy, jittery... can't eat anything.
What do I do to calm down? I close my eyes and breathe. Remember that I am there to express how I feel about things.. to share my sorrows, triumphs, trials, and joys with you.. and you feel it and interact with me.
Why would I put myself through this? Because of the communication that goes on when I play. I play to tell you a story to let YOU know that we are all in this journey called life together. My problems may be different than yours.. however the feelings and emotions that come with trials, and every day living, the joys, the accomplishments are worth sharing.
How do I feel while I am performing/playing? When I perform.. its like me at the park playing on the jungle gym. As I play, thoughts come into my mind which ties into the song I am sharing. Then I talk about what I was thinking about after playing the song.
The City of Mission Viejo has a Cultural Arts committee, is committed to bringing in artists from all over the country to create a visual, musical, cultural environment. I realize that times are tough. I realize that staying home is easy to do.. however, I believe in what our City is working towards. They have booked excellent talent, and it takes a lot of hard work to accomplish this goal. For those of you that live in SoCal and especially in Orange County, come show your love for music by coming to our concert on Saturday April 13, 2013 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center.
You may never know how this will affect your lives and the lives of everyone you meet that evening. Buy your tickets today so you can hop in your car, or take a plane, hop on a bus or walk to the Norman P Murray center April 13th so we can meet you, uplift your heart and spirit.
For Tickets visit Brown Paper Tickets or call 949-470-8440!
SEE YOU THERE! Yay!
Friday, March 15, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I am so thankful for those lessons that have caused me pain and sorrow, that taught me how to stand up and stay strong, even tho inside I wanted to crumble and fall.
I want to live in joy instead of constantly hanging on to situations that would cause me to be less than I am. As I wandered in my thoughts my memories came upon those that have taught me lessons, even though I may not have them in my life anymore, I am a better, stronger woman for the experiences I had with them.
I will be the first to say I like growth and change, but I don't like the pain that comes with that.
For the longest time, I could not focus. I was uncertain where my path was going to take me. Now the fog that has been clouding my way, is gone.. and I am happy that I can focus on my beliefs, family and music.
Now that I can see clearly, I look into the depths of life, and do I see fear?..no only challenges that will continue to test me, to refine me into a better, forgiving, loving, human being.
Come Sail Away with me...
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I walked away from some important people, that might have made a difference in my musical career.. but for my personal life, made it very difficult for me to have any kind of good feelings or thoughts towards them. I began treating my family and the friends that DO love me and care about me poorly. I decided that I can't work that way and I will not allow anyone to bring me down to their level. I sure as hell will not be a pawn for anyone to play with. It was a non negotiable situation. I wasn't about to stick around and argue about it. So I walked away, and began on the process of healing.
This road of healing, has opened doors to other people and new friends and old friends that have stood with me. It has opened up new opportunities which I will be announcing in the next month or so. My new album I am working on is also this very personal expression of this lesson that I have learned.
I will stand and create the music that is inside of me, MY way.. I will NOT give in to what I did a few years back. I will not give up my integrity to get ahead at the expense of others. THAT is not my M.O.
Get ready for some wonderful moments with me in my journey.. because its going to be super cool!!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
This isn't a goodbye or I'm leaving the internet... it means I need to separate my personal life from my musical life. I know some of you will be offended.... (not all of my friends are going to be on my private profile.) Many of you have my email, have my blog info... all my other social networking stuffas.. AND phone number.. so you can text me, email me or even a phone call... woah.. really calling on the phone what a concept?! Besides... I like talking on the phone much better than texting or emailing back and forth. The phone call is a better personal touch.. THAT way I can hear your voice.
For those of you that may be offended.. I am sorry. It was time to do this. If you want to keep in touch with me...join me on my music page. You can post photos, message me.. and keep in touch. Hopefully FB will implement a few more personal touches for Music/Band pages.
Kori's Music Page
I love all of you and am so thankful that you support me by visiting me here, and my website... etc. Wishing you all the very best of 2013!
Peace in Music,
As I have been recovering, I've been planning the LiveStream broadcasts. What would be something you would like to see, or have me talk about? I will for sure perform music!
Thanks for your patience waiting for all of this to happen!!
More to come...
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Here is the broadcast for you to watch: *disclaimer* I am in my work out gear, AND no make up whatsoever... Just a spur of the moment thing that I have been DYING to try.
Piano SoundScapes Test Broadcast
Thanks for allowing me to share my craziness with you! haha
Peace in Music,