Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August News


From Gene Burnett

My new album “From The Temple To The Street” as well as last year’s album project “The Way Of All Things”, as well as the rest of my recorded music, is available for listening or downloading free or with a donation here: www.GeneBurnett.com  It’s also available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and other e-retailers of music.

 

FYi: My site has been updated and our new player and download system is much better than the old one. Just click on the “Download or Play Songs” button for any album on the Musical Recordings page and a player will open that will let you listen to that album. There’s a little arrow at the right of each tune. Just click that arrow to download that song.

 

The way things are going with the pandemic these days, I don’t know if I’ll ever play “live” music indoors again. There are just too many people who aren’t taking this thing seriously and meanwhile the cases and casualties keep increasing. I think this thing will be with us for a long time.

 

I have been enjoying recording videos for our “Virtual Wild Goose Sunday Night Open Mikes”. I miss the bar but I don’t miss the noise. It’s nice to record in a quiet environment and it’s easier to pretend people are listening when I record my sets at home. I posted 4 of them this past month, each on a different theme. Since I’m getting this newsletter off a little late I’m including the first one in August as well. So that makes a total of 5 open mike videos. I also posted another “how to play” video, this time an old song I wrote back in 1979 called “Don’t Worry About Me”, and I posted videos of all 21 of the songs from the new album. I also posted one T’ai-Chi video. See the “Videos” section below…

 

So here we go…I’m going to start with local events in case you’re in the Rogue Valley and then proceed with the usual information about where to find my music, videos, and pictures, including information about new projects.

 

There is so much to listen to and watch on the net these days…I’m amazed anyone even gets this far in the newsletter let alone watches or listens to anything I’m doing. I’m sincerely grateful for every view, every listen, and every nice comment I receive. I’m happy if anything I post truly reaches even one person. I’m offering all this stuff in a “just in case you’re interested” spirit.

 

Upcoming Shows:

 

None!

 

 

For more info about these and all of my shows, and to confirm that there have been no cancellations, click here: Calendar

 

Since I'm putting this newsletter out once a month, it's possible there may be a cancellation of a given show by the time it happens. Please double check with my web calendar if possible to be sure the gig is still happening. I'd hate to have you come out for nothing. Also another gig or two might be added or times or locations might change, so do check the calendar for the latest info.  

 

Recorded Music

 

All of my over 30 albums are available for downloading free or with a donation at my website: GeneBurnett.com

 

 

Videos In General

 

Overall Mission: I post a lot of videos on youtube, over 1000 so far! I'm not trying to build a fan base. In fact, I'm not trying to build anything. I'm not expecting you or anyone else to follow what I'm doing or watch all of these videos. Posting videos is just part of my overall plan to make my music (and my T’ai-Chi and Nature videos too) as freely available as possible and see what freely comes back. I think of each video as sort of like a message in a bottle...and more I toss out there the more likely one of them will land on a friendly shore and something good will come back to me.

 

A Note on Monetization: I won’t be able to monetize my videos on youtube anymore. Monetization seems to be an option youtube wants to reserve for bigger more ambitions channels. I’ve always had mixed feelings about having ads on my videos, so to some extent, this is actually a bit of a relief. On the other hand, it was nice to make a little money from my videos and nice to think of “views” as adding slightly to my income. But such is life. I’m happy to be rolling free and clear of ads. With the help of some savvy facebook friends, I was able to ad this paragraph to the descriptions on all of my videos at once:

I hope this video has been helpful to you or touched you in some way that leaves you a little better off for having watched it. This is not a big time channel and I have no plans for it to become one. I’m too small to have ads on my videos and I’ve always had mixed feelings about them anyway. If you would like to support and encourage what I do here, you can make a donation to me directly via paypal. No donation is too small, (or too big!) and all donations are very much appreciated. Paypal Me

 

 

So here are some video links in case you're interested:

 

How to Find My Videos: First of all, I've set up a Videos Page on my website with a menu similar to what you see below as well as a digital tip jar in case any of you want to contribute to my cottage industry. Every little bit helps and not just financially. 

 

I've also set up some blogs that make navigating and viewing my various videos much easier. You can go to any of these blogs and see thumbnails for all of the videos posted there. Scroll across the thumbnails and you will see the titles of each video. Click on it and a page will open that will let you watch the video right there without going to youtube. My latest videos are always in the upper left hand corner.

 

To see all of my Music videos in one easy to navigate place, click here: The Unforced Videos

 

To see all of my T'ai-Chi videos in one easy to navigate place, click here: The Unforced Movement

 

To see all of my Nature videos in one easy to navigate place, click here: The Unforced Nature

 

For a quick and easy way to sort through, listen to, or download all of my albums free or with a donation, click here: The Unforced Music

 

To see my regular blog “The Unforced Life”, click here: The Unforced Life

 

To visit my youtube channel and possibly subscribe, click here: My Youtube Channel

 

To see all of my youtube playlists click here: My Youtube Playlists 

To see a youtube playlist featuring all my Pandemic Open Mike sets and songs click here: Pandemic Open Mike Sets & Songs

 

And here are links to my individual album youtube playlists.

 

 

New Videos


I’m going to do something a little different with this section of the newsletter. Rather than provide individual links to each video, I’m going list the titles to the videos followed by a link to a blog I’ve set up for that category of video. Just click on the link and you’ll go to either my Music videos blog, or my T’ai-Chi videos blog or my Nature videos blog. Once there you’ll see a wall of thumbnails. The ones in the upper left corner are the most recent posts. You’ll be able to scroll over any of these thumbnails. It will flip over and show you the title of that video. Click on it and you can watch that video without leaving the blog. This method is much less time-consuming for me and actually, I think, more convenient for you. It might sound complicated but it’s very easy. Give it a try.

27 new Music videos:

 

Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #16
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #17
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #18
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #19
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #20

 

How To Play “Don’t Worry About Me”

 

And all 21 songs from the new album

These and all my music videos are right here: The Unforced Videos

 

1 new T’ai-Chi video:

 

63rd Birthday Pull-ups


This and all my T’ai-Chi Videos are right here: The Unforced Movement

 

No new Nature videos:

 

All my Nature Videos are right here: The Unforced Nature

 

Pictures

 

I've stopped posting as many pictures on facebook, (for many reasons), and started posting them instead on Flickr, which I like much better.

 

Here's a link to my "home page" at Flicker: Photostream.

 

I have many photo galleries there but a few of my favorites are:

 

Small Miracles (mostly Nature related stuff)

 

The Dish Whisperer (I started posting a daily picture of my dish stacking work over a year ago. I recently crossed the 3000 straight days mark. I have no idea how long I’ll keep doing this. I’m so used to it, it hardly takes any effort at all to continue. I made a video for my song “I'll Do The Dishes Tonight” that featured a slideshow of the first year.

 

"Humor" 

 

"Me Playing Music"

 

Trippy Clouds

 

Hydras

 

Website

 

I continue to offer all of my albums for downloading, free or with a donation at my website: www.GeneBurnett.com I started doing this about 10 years ago and considered it a 5 year creative experiment. Well the 5 years passed and I decided to start calling it my "ongoing creative experiment" as I have no plans to stop. Since I returned to my folk roots and stopped climbing, or trying to climb, the industry ladder, I've been enjoying music in my life more than ever before. And enjoyment, rather than achievement or worldly success has always been dearest to my heart anyway. So now I focus totally on what I love most: writing, recording, performing and sharing what I create. If other people like it, so much the better, but getting other people to like me or what I do is no longer my goal or focus. I'm out to please myself first. I want to do my music exactly the way I want to do it and see who likes it that way, not figure out what people will like and try to do it that way. I put it out there freely and see what comes freely back. So far so good. I've never had more success and appreciation than I have since I started doing it this. Go figure. 

 

 

Thanks, as usual, for your support and well wishes even if you don't make to any shows.

 

GB

www.GeneBurnett.com

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July News



From Gene Burnett

My new album “From The Temple To The Street” is finished and surprise, surprise, I like it. I have hard copies and am in the process of getting it up online and distributed through CD Baby to the digital world. I will keep you posted. And, true to form, I’m already half a dozen songs into the next one. Not sure why I do this but I don’t feel like me if I don’t, so there you have it.

Last year’s album project “The Way Of All Things” as well as the rest of my recorded music is available for listening or downloading free or with a donation. Just click here: www.GeneBurnett.com  It’s also available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and other e-retailers of music.

FYi: My site has been updated and our new player and download system is much better than the old one. Just click on the “Download or Play Songs” button for any album on the Musical Recordings page and a player will open that will let you listen to that album. There’s a little arrow at the right of each tune. Just click that arrow to download that song.

It’s been a beautiful spring and early summer here in Ashland but of course, also sad and strange as the entire Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Britt Festival, 4th of July parade and fireworks, and many other things that bring both fun, energy and commerce to town have all been cancelled. It will be an odd summer for sure. I’ve been able to keep teaching all through this thing…I teach outdoors one-on-one and have for many years. The main difference is no partner work. But luckily, T’ai-Chi has many solo forms and drills that are beneficial to balance, health, and breathing. I haven’t been playing out as much as I did when I was younger but even those few gigs are all cancelled. I’ve been enjoying recording virtual open mike sets and posting more online music but I’m  looking forward to the day when we can play “live” indoors again. I miss the fellowship and energy of playing “live” but I don’t miss the noise and attendant hassles…so I’m finding my silver linings when and where I can.

I posted 4 new virtual open mike Music videos, 1 new Nature video, and 4 new T’ai-Chi videos. See Videos section below…


So here we go…I’m going to start with local events in case you’re in the Rogue Valley and then proceed with the usual information about where to find my music, videos, and pictures, including information about new projects.

There is so much to listen to and watch on the net these days…I’m amazed anyone even gets this far in the newsletter let alone watches or listens to anything I’m doing. I’m sincerely grateful for every view, every listen, and every nice comment I receive. I’m happy if anything I post truly reaches even one person. I’m offering all this stuff in a “just in case you’re interested” spirit.

Upcoming Shows:

None!


For more info about these and all of my shows, and to confirm that there have been no cancellations, click here: Calendar

Since I'm putting this newsletter out once a month, it's possible there may be a cancellation of a given show by the time it happens. Please double check with my web calendar if possible to be sure the gig is still happening. I'd hate to have you come out for nothing. Also another gig or two might be added or times or locations might change, so do check the calendar for the latest info.  

Recorded Music

All of my over 30 albums are available for downloading free or with a donation at my website: GeneBurnett.com


Videos In General

Overall Mission: I post a lot of videos on youtube, over 1000 so far! I'm not trying to build a fan base. In fact, I'm not trying to build anything. I'm not expecting you or anyone else to follow what I'm doing or watch all of these videos. Posting videos is just part of my overall plan to make my music (and my T’ai-Chi and Nature videos too) as freely available as possible and see what freely comes back. I think of each video as sort of like a message in a bottle...and more I toss out there the more likely one of them will land on a friendly shore and something good will come back to me.

A Note on Monetization: I won’t be able to monetize my videos on youtube anymore. Monetization seems to be an option youtube wants to reserve for bigger more ambitions channels. I’ve always had mixed feelings about having ads on my videos, so to some extent, this is actually a bit of a relief. On the other hand, it was nice to make a little money from my videos and nice to think of “views” as adding slightly to my income. But such is life. I’m happy to be rolling free and clear of ads. With the help of some savvy facebook friends, I was able to ad this paragraph to the descriptions on all of my videos at once:I hope this video has been helpful to you or touched you in some way that leaves you a little better off for having watched it. This is not a big time channel and I have no plans for it to become one. I’m too small to have ads on my videos and I’ve always had mixed feelings about them anyway. If you would like to support and encourage what I do here, you can make a donation to me directly via paypal. No donation is too small, (or too big!) and all donations are very much appreciated. Paypal Me


So here are some video links in case you're interested:

How to Find My Videos: First of all, I've set up a Videos Page on my website with a menu similar to what you see below as well as a digital tip jar in case any of you want to contribute to my cottage industry. Every little bit helps and not just financially. 

I've also set up some blogs that make navigating and viewing my various videos much easier. You can go to any of these blogs and see thumbnails for all of the videos posted there. Scroll across the thumbnails and you will see the titles of each video. Click on it and a page will open that will let you watch the video right there without going to youtube. My latest videos are always in the upper left hand corner.

To see all of my Music videos in one easy to navigate place, click here: The Unforced Videos

To see all of my T'ai-Chi videos in one easy to navigate place, click here: The Unforced Movement

To see all of my Nature videos in one easy to navigate place, click here: The Unforced Nature

For a quick and easy way to sort through, listen to, or download all of my albums free or with a donation, click here: The Unforced Music

To see my regular blog “The Unforced Life”, click here: The Unforced Life

To visit my youtube channel and possibly subscribe, click here: My Youtube Channel

To see all of my youtube playlists click here: My Youtube Playlists 

And here are links to my individual album youtube playlists.


New Videos

I’m going to do something a little different with this section of the newsletter. Rather than provide individual links to each video, I’m going list the titles to the videos followed by a link to a blog I’ve set up for that category of video. Just click on the link and you’ll go to either my Music videos blog, or my T’ai-Chi videos blog or my Nature videos blog. Once there you’ll see a wall of thumbnails. The ones in the upper left corner are the most recent posts. You’ll be able to scroll over any of these thumbnails. It will flip over and show you the title of that video. Click on it and you can watch that video without leaving the blog. This method is much less time-consuming for me and actually, I think, more convenient for you. It might sound complicated but it’s very easy. Give it a try. ;~)

14 new Music videos:

Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #12
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #13
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #14
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #15


My Music Videos Blog:
The Unforced Videos

4 new T’ai-Chi videos:

Do Not Lose Heart If You Are Not Fierce
Do It-Feel It-Be It
T’ai-Chi With Salsa!
T’ai-Chi With Didgeridoo!

My T’ai-Chi Videos Blog:
The Unforced Movement

1 new Nature video:

My Crow Theory

My Nature Videos Blog: The Unforced Nature

Pictures

I've stopped posting as many pictures on facebook, (for many reasons), and started posting them instead on Flickr, which I like much better.

Here's a link to my "home page" at Flicker: Photostream.

I have many photo galleries there but a few of my favorites are:

Small Miracles (mostly Nature related stuff)

The Dish Whisperer (I started posting a daily picture of my dish stacking work over a year ago. I recently crossed the 3000 straight days mark. I have no idea how long I’ll keep doing this. I’m so used to it, it hardly takes any effort at all to continue. I made a video for my song “I'll Do The Dishes Tonight” that featured a slideshow of the first year.





Website

I continue to offer all of my albums for downloading, free or with a donation at my website: www.GeneBurnett.com I started doing this about 10 years ago and considered it a 5 year creative experiment. Well the 5 years passed and I decided to start calling it my "ongoing creative experiment" as I have no plans to stop. Since I returned to my folk roots and stopped climbing, or trying to climb, the industry ladder, I've been enjoying music in my life more than ever before. And enjoyment, rather than achievement or worldly success has always been dearest to my heart anyway. So now I focus totally on what I love most: writing, recording, performing and sharing what I create. If other people like it, so much the better, but getting other people to like me or what I do is no longer my goal or focus. I'm out to please myself first. I want to do my music exactly the way I want to do it and see who likes it that way, not figure out what people will like and try to do it that way. I put it out there freely and see what comes freely back. So far so good. I've never had more success and appreciation than I have since I started doing it this. Go figure. 


Thanks, as usual, for your support and well wishes even if you don't make to any shows.

GB

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

June News



From Gene Burnett
My new album “From The Temple To The Street” is finished and surprise, surprise, I like it. I still have to do the cover stuff and get copies made and get it up on my site and distributed to the world via CD Baby as well as make youtube videos of the songs, but the lion’s share of the work is behind me. And, true to form, I’m already half a dozen songs into the next one. Not sure why I do this but I don’t feel like me if I don’t, so there you have it.

Last year’s album project “The Way Of All Things” as well as the rest of my recorded music is available for listening or downloading free or with a donation. Just click here: www.GeneBurnett.com  It’s also available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and other e-retailers of music.

FYi: My site has been updated and our new player and download system is much better than the old one. Just click on the “Download or Play Songs” button for any album on the Musical Recordings page and a player will open that will let you listen to that album. There’s a little arrow at the right of each tune. Just click that arrow to download that song.

For many years, each May we have a big Bob Dylan Birthday Bash at the Wild Goose CafĂ© & Bar here in Ashland. This year, due to the virus, it was cancelled. But, my friend Chris Parreira who’s been having his own Dylan birthday bash’s down in Arcata, CA decided to host a virtual one on facebook. I decided to tackle a couple of Bob’s longer songs, “Highlands” and “Red River Shore” which was great fun and I think they turned out well. Also my friend Mysha of Magnetic West Video recorded my singing my song “You’re Not Gone” for his Lithia Park Sessions series. I spend a lot of time in that park teaching but almost never play music there so it was fun to bring these two parts of my life together. He also recorded me singing a newer song “No Stranger” and generously allowed me to post that one on my own channel. I also recorded videos for another 5 virtual open mikes and several “pandemic editions” of my songs. In total I posted 14 new Music videos, 1 new Nature video, and 3 new T’ai-Chi videos. See Videos section below…


So here we go…I’m going to start with local events in case you’re in the Rogue Valley and then proceed with the usual information about where to find my music, videos, and pictures, including information about new projects.

There is so much to listen to and watch on the net these days…I’m amazed anyone even gets this far in the newsletter let alone watches or listens to anything I’m doing. I’m sincerely grateful for every view, every listen, and every nice comment I receive. I’m happy if anything I post truly reaches even one person. I’m offering all this stuff in a “just in case you’re interested” spirit.

Upcoming Shows:

None!


For more info about these and all of my shows, and to confirm that there have been no cancellations, click here: Calendar

Since I'm putting this newsletter out once a month, it's possible there may be a cancellation of a given show by the time it happens. Please double check with my web calendar if possible to be sure the gig is still happening. I'd hate to have you come out for nothing. Also another gig or two might be added or times or locations might change, so do check the calendar for the latest info.  

Recorded Music

All of my over 30 albums are available for downloading free or with a donation at my website: GeneBurnett.com


Videos In General

Overall Mission: I post a lot of videos on youtube, over 1000 so far! I'm not trying to build a fan base. In fact, I'm not trying to build anything. I'm not expecting you or anyone else to follow what I'm doing or watch all of these videos. Posting videos is just part of my overall plan to make my music (and my T’ai-Chi and Nature videos too) as freely available as possible and see what freely comes back. I think of each video as sort of like a message in a bottle...and more I toss out there the more likely one of them will land on a friendly shore and something good will come back to me.

A Note on Monetization: I won’t be able to monetize my videos on youtube anymore. Monetization seems to be an option youtube wants to reserve for bigger more ambitions channels. I’ve always had mixed feelings about having ads on my videos, so to some extent, this is actually a bit of a relief. On the other hand, it was nice to make a little money from my videos and nice to think of “views” as adding slightly to my income. But such is life. I’m happy to be rolling free and clear of ads. With the help of some savvy facebook friends, I was able to ad this paragraph to the descriptions on all of my videos at once:I hope this video has been helpful to you or touched you in some way that leaves you a little better off for having watched it. This is not a big time channel and I have no plans for it to become one. I’m too small to have ads on my videos and I’ve always had mixed feelings about them anyway. If you would like to support and encourage what I do here, you can make a donation to me directly via paypal. No donation is too small, (or too big!) and all donations are very much appreciated. Paypal Me


So here are some video links in case you're interested:

How to Find My Videos: First of all, I've set up a Videos Page on my website with a menu similar to what you see below as well as a digital tip jar in case any of you want to contribute to my cottage industry. Every little bit helps and not just financially. 

I've also set up some blogs that make navigating and viewing my various videos much easier. You can go to any of these blogs and see thumbnails for all of the videos posted there. Scroll across the thumbnails and you will see the titles of each video. Click on it and a page will open that will let you watch the video right there without going to youtube. My latest videos are always in the upper left hand corner.

To see all of my Music videos in one easy to navigate place, click here: The Unforced Videos

To see all of my T'ai-Chi videos in one easy to navigate place, click here: The Unforced Movement

To see all of my Nature videos in one easy to navigate place, click here: The Unforced Nature

For a quick and easy way to sort through, listen to, or download all of my albums free or with a donation, click here: The Unforced Music

To see my regular blog “The Unforced Life”, click here: The Unforced Life

To visit my youtube channel and possibly subscribe, click here: My Youtube Channel

To see all of my youtube playlists click here: My Youtube Playlists 

And here are links to my individual album youtube playlists.


New Videos

I’m going to do something a little different with this section of the newsletter. Rather than provide individual links to each video, I’m going list the titles to the videos followed by a link to a blog I’ve set up for that category of video. Just click on the link and you’ll go to either my Music videos blog, or my T’ai-Chi videos blog or my Nature videos blog. Once there you’ll see a wall of thumbnails. The ones in the upper left corner are the most recent posts. You’ll be able to scroll over any of these thumbnails. It will flip over and show you the title of that video. Click on it and you can watch that video without leaving the blog. This method is much less time-consuming for me and actually, I think, more convenient for you. It might sound complicated but it’s very easy. Give it a try. ;~)

14 new Music videos:

Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #7
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #8
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #9
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #10
Pandemic Sunday Night Virtual Open Mike #11
You’re Not Gone (Magnetic West Video)
No Stranger (Magnetic West Video)
Jump You Fuckers (Pandemic Edition)
The Times They Are A Changin’ (Pandemic Edition)
Fated (Pandemic Edition)
Red River Shore (Pandemic Edition)
Highlands (Pandemic Edition)
A Nicer Way To Run (Pandemic Edition)
Renaissance Man (Pandemic Edition)
Out Of My Way (Pandemic Edition)

My Music Videos Blog:
The Unforced Videos

3 new T’ai-Chi videos:

Practicing What I Preach
When Form Meets Function
Bagua Forearm Workout

My T’ai-Chi Videos Blog:
The Unforced Movement

1 new Nature video:

Spring Birds at North Mountain Park

My Nature Videos Blog: The Unforced Nature

Pictures

I've stopped posting as many pictures on facebook, (for many reasons), and started posting them instead on Flickr, which I like much better.

Here's a link to my "home page" at Flicker: Photostream.

I have many photo galleries there but a few of my favorites are:

Small Miracles (mostly Nature related stuff)

The Dish Whisperer (I started posting a daily picture of my dish stacking work over a year ago. I recently crossed the 3000 straight days mark. I have no idea how long I’ll keep doing this. I’m so used to it, it hardly takes any effort at all to continue. I made a video for my song “I'll Do The Dishes Tonight” that featured a slideshow of the first year.





Website

I continue to offer all of my albums for downloading, free or with a donation at my website: www.GeneBurnett.com I started doing this about 10 years ago and considered it a 5 year creative experiment. Well the 5 years passed and I decided to start calling it my "ongoing creative experiment" as I have no plans to stop. Since I returned to my folk roots and stopped climbing, or trying to climb, the industry ladder, I've been enjoying music in my life more than ever before. And enjoyment, rather than achievement or worldly success has always been dearest to my heart anyway. So now I focus totally on what I love most: writing, recording, performing and sharing what I create. If other people like it, so much the better, but getting other people to like me or what I do is no longer my goal or focus. I'm out to please myself first. I want to do my music exactly the way I want to do it and see who likes it that way, not figure out what people will like and try to do it that way. I put it out there freely and see what comes freely back. So far so good. I've never had more success and appreciation than I have since I started doing it this. Go figure. 


Thanks, as usual, for your support and well wishes even if you don't make to any shows.

GB