Saturday, December 14, 2013

A gift of a lifetime...

Did you know that you can gift pledge?  Give your friends and family a gift of a lifetime!  And here is how:

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,

Kori

Friday, December 6, 2013

The People That Came Together - Part 1

I wanted to write about those that I asked to help with the PledgeMusic campaign. Now that things have slowed a little bit, this is a great time for me to write about this. 

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! 
http://www.etsy.com/shop/centerofbalance

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:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fireintherainstorm

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Music Notes...

This is December's News letter.  Come check it out!

Music Notes from Kori

Happy December!!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My college bestie..

I drove all day yesterday to get to my parents home.  In the evening as I was in bed, I was reading my email, this came from my college bestie:

"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,
Tracey"


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

LA Concert and musings...

Good Morning everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I certainly did. It was CRAZY, wonderful and now I am feeling relieved. Have you EVER dreaded something that is just out of your comfort zone and you wonder how you will accomplish it? THAT was me all weekend.  I am feeling VERY accomplished today.. and wow.. everytime I go out of my comfort zone, it strengthens me and shapes me into a better person. How about you? Discussion?! Write your thoughts about this! 

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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.

Hollywood Piano

Ric and Glenn

L - Sherry Finzer,  Middle - Fiona Joy Hawkins , Right -  Steve Whalen.


Pre-Order my new album!
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...

k

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A day of musing...

So today I was sitting in the congregation of Church... listening to the hymns... and decided to see if my voice was good enough to sing.  Oh no.. it wasn't.  

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...


klc




























Monday, October 21, 2013

Want a Holiday Card from Me?

If you are on FaceBook you can PRIVATE Message me there. If you do NOT have a FB account, you can message me via gmail at: korilinc@gmail.com 

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,

Kori

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Magical Evening of Music and Friendship!

So, on Saturday the 21st of September... I had a most profound experience.  It was an evening of music, and friendship. 

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. 

Something unexpected..


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

Riddick... quotes

"There are bad days then there are LEGENDARY bad days"

.....Riddick

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

Exciting events...

First off, I'd like to say thanks for those of you that are helping with "Fire in the Rainstorm".  I have been asking to be part of this community effort to have you help me with this project.. and all of you have said yes.  I am SO grateful for your positive attitude(s) and saying YES!  For those of you wondering what I am talking about.. you will know in a few weeks when I can announce what its all about.

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: korilinc@gmail.com 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:  korilinc@gmail.com

PIM  = Peace in Music

k

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A fun project that I would LOVE to have you a part of...

Greetings!

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:  korilinc@gmail.com

I would like to have it by August 21st!!

Looking forward to what you have to say! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A little help from my friends...

I am coming to you for your help!  Now that my song "Carpe Diem - ( Alt. Mix) Feat. Aeone" won IMA Best New Age song ( it was picked by the fine judges there), I invite you.. my friends, family and fans to come vote for the Vox Pop vote!

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,

k

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I am certifiable - READ on...

I finally was able to actually talk to the people at KARE Channel 11.  They of course told me to talk to Gannett Video Enterprises. I received an email from Gannett, telling me that I could post a link to the video or provide me with the video for a price:  ten year non-exclusive license for internet streaming for $2,500 per minute with a one minute minimum.

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: 


Thank you very much for looking into this for me.  I figured the link was broken.  This is where I am at:  I am an Independent Musician.  This means, no giant record label in my corner to pay for the sum you have asked for to stream a video of myself, and the host of Showcase Minnesota.  All of my money that I earn goes back into music creation.  Paying that enormous sum of money is counter-productive to what I am trying to do.. its simple. 

Your answer to my problem was not a solution, it was an unacceptable answer.  There is always something positive that can be done.  This was one of my first television appearances. It was SO much fun! I want to show to my fans how much fun it was!  My website is my "resume" as you will, it is a productive thing for me to have that clip on my website.  It shows that I am actually working.  How about your resume?  Would you want to have everything you've done on that resume to let potential company(s) know your skills?  This is for mine. 

I DO have a great idea,  a trade of sorts. 

You give me permission to put the video of myself on this show,up on my website, I give you permission to license my music for your company.  Licensing music is expensive, this way you have my music to use.  I put links to your company and the host(s) that were involved with Showcase Minnesota.  Its a win/win situation.  

Let me know what you think!

Again, my thanks for taking the time to talk with me and look into this. 

I am absolutely crazy.  Who knows WHAT will happen... haha.  

More to come...

k

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Time for a bit of vulnerability...

I have a lot on my mind.  I have so much to say...sometimes I just can't express it in the coolest way. Music is my best expression..

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


klc

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rule of thumb...

I've been noticing a lot of email coming my way from "A&R" reps. My reaction is at best... very terse.   If you think you have any interest in my music, please do not insult my intelligence by telling me that "I" must pay you for me to be one of your "artists".  Don't bother to flatter me because I've been down this road with a record label.. and all the money I sent to release "The Journey"... was a rip off.  And really, I bet you a million dollars you have not taken the time to actually SIT down and listen to the "said tracks" you like.

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.

Yog's Law

 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

What Song Changed My Life/What Song Changed Your Life?

I have always listened to music.  I don't know if there was EVER a time where I didn't.  I remember vividly, as a child, my parents had a small record player that I would take my pillow and blanket and lay down by it and listen to The Boston Pops rendition of "Fireworks", "Hall of the Mountain King", "The Grand Canyon Suite", all of their collection of Broadway musicals, 1960's popular trumpet player, Herb Alpert.  My oldest sister would play lots of rock n roll records or listen to the radio.  I loved how I felt when I lay down on the floor to listen... and the music would resonate in within my chest.

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

FTW!!

I have to say, I'm feeling very tender about a great many things today, being a Mom, is one.  My family made me breakfast in bed.. and I have to say it was very delicious and it was SO nice not have to cook for anyone this morning! haha! 

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...

klc

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Why I am not going to the ZMR Awards in New Orleans...

I know many of you that are going to the ZMR Awards in New Orleans are thinking I am going.  A few of you know I am not.

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,

k

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Women of Vision

I realized today that I hadn't blogged about the concert here in Mission Viejo, CA with Liz Story and Lisa Downing on April 13th, 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!

https://new.livestream.com/accounts/1611705/events/2021893

Enjoy!

Love!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Forthcoming...

Well now, its almost time to perform.. Saturday April 13th is the BIG day.

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

Intentions

If by chance you are reading this entry today, and you are a record label A&R rep.  I have a distribution label.  They are not what you would consider a typical record label that we are often familiar with.  I am always interested in talking about signing onto a record label that helps me with the financials of recording, manufacturing, releasing and distributing my music. I want a music label that I can trust, and my music would be a great fit. I know my music would add to the other artists that you have signed.  Choose me.. I'm hungry to share my music with the world.

Why would I want to sign on a record label?  Well... consider this:  

I have lots of music that I have written.  I want/need to record all of it. I have several types of way of writing.  I write solo piano, I write electronic, I write epic film scores... I am very diversified. I can play Native American Flute. I'm a classically trained pianist. I began lessons at 8 years old.  I taught myself how to play Native Hopi Drum.  I am computer literate. I KNOW I can make a difference with my music.  I am hard working. I can improvise. I love to learn about new technology.  I get along with lots of different people.  I have integrity. I have an album ready to produce, record and release with the the help of Will Ackerman at the helm. My music is considered as Adult Contemporary Instrumental or Solo Piano. Its great music!   I have my music on Spa Channel, Music Choice, XM. Broadcasters know who I am.  ( I know who I am)  I have contacts for venues you don't have.  You want me. 

I have everything ready to go except for one small green problem.  That is where you come in. We are a team.. we work together for the listener, the music lover, the broadcaster. 

I would love to have a label that can support me in this endeavor.  I am still writing music.  I have loads of it in my head. There is a reason why I have not released a new album since 2009.  

You pick me to be on your label.. and this is what my intentions are... to continue to write, record and release music as long as I have breath in my body.  I love what I do.  I love to perform. I've performed with Will Ackerman, Diane Arkenstone, Jeff Oster, Dov, Scarlet Rivera (Bob Dylan's violinist),David Cullen, Jill Haley, Derrik Jordan.  I performed live on the Echoes Show with host John Diliberto. On April 9th, 2010 I was interviewed on the Television show "Showcase Minnesota"and performed on live TV in Minneapolis!   In April of 2013,  I will be performing with Liz Story and Lisa Downing.  Phil Aaberg is my mentor/teacher. I also want to influence the community around me and educate them about music.  Music is the soundtrack to life.  Already, my city is supporting me.  Its the City of Mission Viejo, CA.  They have a great Arts Committee.  I support them they support me. 

I have a brand, I use the ohm symbol with this quote "Peace in Music".  Sunsets are my signature. You go look at my website, and all the social media online and you will see a current theme.  The below link will take you to my social media hub.  You can go to all of where I am online there.  I have an electronic press kit with SonicBids and Reverbnation. My online presence is continuing to grow and expand.


Some people have asked me why don't I just record at home?  I would love that.. however I can't mix it, master it etc.. because of my hearing.  I am deaf in my left ear.  Why can't I produce my own music? I don't push myself like Will does.  He knows what I am capable of, and he certainly has some ideas I would not think about.  I love what my work sounds like with him as producer! 

I am healthy, I surround myself with healthy, happy people.  I love my family and my husband Don is my driving support.  

Give me a chance... risk it, believe in me.. like I believe in myself.  I know I would be an asset to you. 

Peace in Music,

Kori Linae Carothers





Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Listen to Styx "Come Sail Away" while you read this...

Today, amidst the running around. I took some time and sat down and closed my eyes and thought of how my past has brought me here in this time of my life. I am so thankful for friends past and present.

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

Women of Vision Concert

Here is updated information for the concert with Liz Story, Lisa Downing and myself in April!!! I hope to see you SoCalifornians there!!


Click here for Tickets and more info:   Women of Vision Solo Piano Concert

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Personal Anecdote:


In the last 4 years, I've lost my confidence in people. The amount of effort I've taken to make friends with some people that I "thought" were my friends, which turned out to be a lesson for me. I've been crushed and melted by a few who had it in their head, to treat me poorly. I am so good natured, that sometimes I am way too nice to fight back. I finally had to put my foot down, and say.. ENOUGH! Its either them or me.. and I chose myself. To preserve who I am, to preserve the sanity I have left to be there for my family and friends that DO care about me. To also preserve what integrity I had left and talent I have inside to create the music that I do.

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

FaceBook Changes...

I'm off to a great start for 2013.  After a year of contemplating whether or not to separate my Personal FB pages and my Music page... I've gone and done it.  Without any hubub, tadoo or any bruhaha... I've deactivated my "Kori L Carothers" account.

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,

klc 




Recovering..

This past week has been very difficult for me to get through.  I've been sick.. so sick, I went to the ER on Monday the 14th.  Thankfully the ER staff gave us the choice to have me admitted to the hospital or go home and recover with some very heavy duty antibiotics. We opted for me to come home.

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...

k

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Piano SoundScapes Test Broadcast...

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!!!  I tried out something fairly daring for this girl today! I shot a live broadcast this morning on my iPhone using LiveStream. I am working on broadcasting live concerts from my music room!! Pretty cool eh?

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,

Kori