Saturday, August 6, 2022

August News


From Gene Burnett

My latest album ”Who’s A Good Dog?” as well as my other 38 albums, is available for listening or downloading free or with a donation here: www.GeneBurnett.com  It’s also available at many e-retailers of music as well as Spotify. I also made videos for all of the songs. Here’s a link to a youtube playlist with all of them: Who's A Good Dog? Youtube Playlist

 

As I’ve mentioned a few times here, during the pandemic I lost my mojo for playing in bars and coffeehouses and other places where the music is mostly background. Which means I’m only open to performing in places where the audience’s attention is mine to lose, not mine to get.

 

This means I will not be playing out much anymore…except for those rare shows where people come to listen. I did two “Green Shows” this summer as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and between them my recording budget for this year’s project is covered. And the gigs were really great. I don’t know if I’ll play any more shows this year…we will see.

 

Musically, I’m focused on writing…I’ve got a bunch of new songs and I’m starting to think about recording again…and making videos, mostly for my “Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike”. I’ve posted 17 of them now and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. I don’t get a lot of views but I’d like to think that I’m getting as much actual listening as I used to when I was playing out more. I’ve had a few other people post video sets, including my old musical partner Victor Cummings which has been great. I have a folder filled with links to my various musical friends’ websites, youtube channels and such and if people don’t post anything I go find stuff to post and listen to myself.

 

Here’s the basic info on the open mike:

 

I post youtube video sets on Sunday nights (usually 3 songs) around 8pm PST USA and share them to my facebook timeline as well. With these posts comes a standing invitation to singer-songwriters and spoken word artists to share a recent video of some of your own stuff in the comments below my posts, as well as a promise that if you post your stuff on the same night I post mine, I will do my best to watch and comment. My Sunday nights are reserved for listening to music, preferably of the homespun variety. So join me if you can either on youtube or facebook.

 

We’ve had a great and lucky summer here in Southern Oregon…at least so far. We had some late spring rains which pushed the fire risk down and not as many hot days as usual. There was (and is) a big fire just across the California border from us…we had a couple of days of smoke…but some much needed rains hit that thing and softened it considerably. So really we’ve only had a few days of smoke so far. May that continue!

 

In other good news…I got a new computer recently which is already making my life a lot more pleasant…everything from web surfing to making my videos has gotten a lot easier.

 

 

Meanwhile, I posted another batch of videos to my youtube channel this month.

 

I posted 5 “Sunday Night Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mikes”, each with a different theme.

 

I also posted 1 virtual open mike set for Southern Oregon Songwriters Association (SOSA).

 

I posted a video of my entire set from my July 8th Green Show.

 

And I posted 3 new T’ai-Chi videos.

 

For links to all of these and more, 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:


Nothing scheduled at this time…

 

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 2000 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 And Post Pandemic Open Mike sets and songs click here: Pandemic Open Mike Sets & Songs

 

 

 

And here are links to my individual album youtube playlists.

 

Who's A Good Dog? 
By Ear~20 Songs From 2020
From The Temple To The Street
The Way Of All Things
Slow Down Fast
Thunder Moon
Love & Heartache
Better Off Broken
Crooked Love
Doubles Hitter
Already There
Why Start Now?
Where I Belong
Have A Wonderful Miserable Life
Too Busy To Worry
No Other Life
See No Evil
Brand New World
Up For Grabs
Flow More ~ Force Less
Undiscovered~Parts 1 & 2
Maybe Nothing’s Wrong~Parts 1 & 2
Without The Moon
Nothing’s Impossible Now
You Are Wrong
My Song Now
Terms Of Surrender~Parts 1 & 2
Undiscovered Country
Plan B
Where Will You Sleep Tonight?

 

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.

7 new Music videos:

 

Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike #13
Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike #14
Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike #15
Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike #16
Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike #17

SOSA Zoom Open Mike #33

 

OSF Green Show (Entire Set)

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

 

3 new T’ai-Chi videos:

 

65th Birthday Pull-ups
SecretLab Titan Evo 2022 Review
Freestyle T’ai-Chi Workout w/Active Step

 

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

 

No new Nature videos:

 

But all my past 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 "Albums" page at Flicker: Albums

 

 

I have many photo albums 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 way. Go figure. 

 

 

Thanks, as usual, for your support and well wishes!

 

GB

 

www.GeneBurnett.com

Monday, July 4, 2022

July News


From Gene Burnett

My latest album ”Who’s A Good Dog?” as well as my other 38 albums, is available for listening or downloading free or with a donation here: www.GeneBurnett.com  It’s also available at many e-retailers of music as well as Spotify. I also made videos for all of the songs. Here’s a link to a youtube playlist with all of them: Who's A Good Dog? Youtube Playlist

As I’ve mentioned a few times here, during the pandemic I lost my mojo for playing in bars and coffeehouses and other places where the music is mostly background. Which means I’m only open to performing in places where the audience’s attention is mine to lose, not mine to get. This means I will not be playing out much anymore…except for those rare shows where people come to listen.

Well, I’m happy to report that the Green Show on June 6th went very well and confirmed my recent decisions regarding venues and also regarding what songs to play when I play out. I only played one clever funny upbeat song as opposed to 7 or 8 and the rest, while not totally serious, were definitely not in the “Free-Range Chicken” zone. So not only am I only playing in listening type venues but I’m also only playing songs I feel like sharing. I’ll take the venue into account of course…I’m not playing “Jump You Fuckers” at a family event…but I’m sticking with what I feel like sharing as my primary guide rather than what I think will please other people. The crowd responded very well…I offered my CD’s free or with a donation and made a few hundred dollars on top of what the festival paid me. My recording budget is pretty much set this year and I’ve only had one show.

 

Here’s a youtube playlist with some songs from the concert.

OSF Green Show~June 9th, 2022 Youtube Playlist

 

And….

 

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be playing another “Green Show” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on Friday night, July 8th at 6:45pm. This might be my last performance of 2022, so if you’re in town, come on down! Green Shows happen outside the Festival theaters before the plays start, they’re free, and the venue is really nice. It’s right off the plaza in downtown Ashland. It will be the second time I’ve performed in front of non-virtual people since the pandemic started. And I have a whole different set of songs to share.

 

I’ve now done 12 episodes of my “Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike” and enjoyed them all thoroughly. I’ve only had one or two other people actually post a set or video…but mainly doing this is its own reward. I always enjoy recording my set. Samarra and I give that a listen and then if no one else is posting stuff, I find videos or audio tracks from my various musical friends and we give some of those a listen. Meanwhile I post my set as well whatever else we’re watching in the comments below my post. It gives me a chance to catch up on them as well as continue the tradition of listening to local (ish) music on Sunday nights.

 

Here’s the basic info:

 

I post youtube video sets on Sunday nights (usually 3 songs) around 8pm PST USA and share them to my facebook timeline as well. With these posts comes a standing invitation to singer-songwriters and spoken word artists to share a recent video of some of your own stuff in the comments below my posts, as well as a promise that if you post your stuff on the same night I post mine, I will do my best to watch and comment. My Sunday nights are reserved for listening to music, preferably of the homespun variety. So join me if you can either on youtube or facebook.

 

 

Meanwhile, I posted another batch of videos to my youtube channel this month.

 

I posted 4 “Sunday Night Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mikes”.

 

I also posted 1 virtual open mike set for Southern Oregon Songwriters Association (SOSA).

 

I posted “How To Play” video for my song “Was That Me?”.

 

And I posted 3 new T’ai-Chi videos.

 

For links to all of these and more, 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:

 

Friday, July 8th, I’ll be playing the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show from 6:45-7:30pm. Right off the plaza in downtown Ashland, in front of OSF. It’s a free show and might be the only show of the year for me, so come on down! Beautiful venue, some lawn as well as concrete bench seating.

 

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 2000 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 And Post Pandemic Open Mike sets and songs click here: Pandemic Open Mike Sets & Songs

 

 

 

And here are links to my individual album youtube playlists.

 

Who's A Good Dog? 
By Ear~20 Songs From 2020
From The Temple To The Street
The Way Of All Things
Slow Down Fast
Thunder Moon
Love & Heartache
Better Off Broken
Crooked Love
Doubles Hitter
Already There
Why Start Now?
Where I Belong
Have A Wonderful Miserable Life
Too Busy To Worry
No Other Life
See No Evil
Brand New World
Up For Grabs
Flow More ~ Force Less
Undiscovered~Parts 1 & 2
Maybe Nothing’s Wrong~Parts 1 & 2
Without The Moon
Nothing’s Impossible Now
You Are Wrong
My Song Now
Terms Of Surrender~Parts 1 & 2
Undiscovered Country
Plan B
Where Will You Sleep Tonight?

 

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.


12 new Music videos:

 

Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike #9
Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike #10
Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike #11
Sunday Stay-At-Homebodies Virtual Open Mike #12

SOSA Zoom Open Mike #32

How To Play “Was That Me?”

6 videos from my June 9th Green Show

 

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

 

3 new T’ai-Chi videos:

 

Shoulder Reliever~T’ai-Chi Review
T'ai-Chi Curls~Swing It~Push It~Pull It
Kill It To Understand It

 

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

 

No new Nature videos:

 

But all my past 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 "Albums" page at Flicker: Albums

 

 

I have many photo albums 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 way. Go figure. 

 

 

Thanks, as usual, for your support and well wishes!

 

GB

 

www.GeneBurnett.com