Friday, November 02, 2018

Mandolin Tunes 2

The Cairo Sessions (mp3) (pdf)

My last post was dedicated to the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra's upcoming CD release concert. The show was held this past Monday (Oct. 29) and was a great success. I was so honored to be a part of the event and so thankful for all of the family, friends, musicians and lovers of the mandolin who packed the modest recital hall on the IU Southeast campus.

I promised to provide information on how to find the It's All Goodin CD and now I can tell you that the CD is available for purchase, digital download and streaming from Bandcamp. The LMO has a page which includes links to all 8 of their recording projects (many of which include other pieces of mine) and you can discover the new CD from that page. Here is the direct link to the It's All Goodin recording:

This week I am shining a light on my new solo CD, Mandolin Tunes 2, which is now available at my Bandcamp site. You can also listen to track previews at CD Baby (physical CDs will be available there very soon) and, thanks to their distribution service, you can find the CD at places like Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc. I encourage you to check it out and see what you think.

If you are a regular visitor to this blog then none of these tunes will be new to you. In 2017 I wrote and recorded a new tune every week. I then posted the result here. The Mandolin Tunes 2 CD is simply my selection of 21 of my favorite tunes from 2017. The main value added is that you can now purchase the recordings in their full, lossless, original condition.

I'm not a big mp3 guy, I believe that sound quality counts, but I'll be honest and say that I don't hear a huge difference in these tracks between the compressed mp3s here on the blog and the full spectrum sound on the CD. Of course I would love for you to purchase the CD, either physically or digitally, and make your own comparison.

The track listed above, "The Cairo Sessions", was featured here back in February of 2017. This was before I knew that I would write and record a tune every week for the entire year. You can read more about it at the original post but it remains one of my favorite tunes of the whole year and seemed like an excellent choice to start things off.

So, overall, October 2018 was pretty good to me. Thanks for all of the support and encouragement and I hope you enjoy listening to and, hopefully, even playing some of these tunes.

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