"ENSUEÑO" A FINALIST IN THE 2020 UK SONGWRITING CONTEST
One of my unreleased Latin tunes, "Ensueño " is among the finalists in the instrumental category of the 2020 UK Songwriting Contest. The contest, which received over 9.000 entries from 84 countries, will be announcing the winners in the coming weeks. I wrote this very uplifting and melodic-piece on ukulele at the beginning of 2020 and then hired 2 really fine musicians (a drummer and keyboardist) based in Argentina, to complete the rhythm section (which was all done through file sharing on Airgigs). You can hear a snippet of "Ensueño" by clicking here.
"OUTSIDE THE BOX" TV PILOT (FEATURING MY MUSIC) WINS BEST TV PILOT AWARDS AT 2 FILM FESTIVALS!
I' just received word from the production team of "Outside The Box" that the pilot for the sit-com that I provided all the music won Best TV Pilot awards at 2 film festivals: The Austin Indie Fest and The Studio City International Film and TV Festival. The news is a wonderful affirmation of the quality of the work and bode well for the future of the pilot and potential for the show to become a series.
My participation as music provider for the pilot began in early 2019 when I was hired to create and produce the show's theme song. The song was so well received that I was hired to do the rest of the music for the show. That was a fun, creative endeavor, as it allowed me to write in a variety of styles, including Americana, jazz, blues, and funk. I played all of the instruments and wrote and produced all the cues and songs. So it's quite gratifying knowing that my music is a signature element of the show, especially now that it's getting industry attention.
The twist to this show is that it's a dramatic comedy about a group of homeless people. I was dubious at first, as this seemed to be a controversial and perhaps insensitive pairing, especially considering how pervasive and troubling homelessness has become. But one of the "selling points" that won me over was that the producers told me they made contact with some homelessness organizations and gotten their encouragement. And the more I thought about it, I felt that a comedy actually might draw a broader viewing audience in and serve as a unique and formidable vehicle to increase awareness about this important issue. Time will tell.
And while I can't post the entire episode, I am, however, able to showcase some music-driven scenes here on my website.
Click the links below to check out YouTube videos of the"Outside The Box" pilot featuring my music:
Opening Scene: click here
Box and Urn Scene: click here
The Transformation Scene: click here
NEW MUSIC VIDEO AND SINGLE RELEASE AVAILABLE NOW: "LOOKIN' FOR A UFO"
Initially I had no intentions of writing a COVID-19 themed song. Well, that changed when a title and a concept presented themselves a couple of months ago. Enter: "Lookin' For A UFO." To be honest, I wasn't sold on the notion of life on other planets and flying saucers swooping down to Earth and the like; at least not prior to the pandemic. Now, however, I'm more open to believing in such previously unthinkable propositions. And apparently there's a pretty sizable number of similar-minded people along with a recent wave of UFO news stories and films ("The Phenomenon" is one such documentary that's getting some attention and raising quite a few eyebrows).
The digital single of "Lookin' For A UFO" is available now. Click one of the following links to purchase the digital single: iTunes, Apple Music,
Click below to view the "Lookin' For A UFO" music video:
If you like it, please click the Like button and share the link. And may the force be with you...if you want it to be :-)
ONLINE UKE AND GUITAR LESSONS WITH JEFF AVAILABLE NOW ON ZOOM, FACETIME, AND SKYPE
Whether you're brand new to uke or guitar or you've been playing awhile and haven't seen the improvement you were hoping for, online lessons with Jeff will help get you on the right path. Lessons are customized to your goals, stylistic preference, and pace of learning. I play and teach just about every style except heavy metal, flamenco, and classical. All ages and skill levels welcome. Reasonable prices. Lesson times are based on our mutual availability. The best starting point is to send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Let me know what days and times you're available (and please also include your time zone!) and when you would like to have your first lesson (please allow one week notice). Lesson payment can be made via Chase QuickPay or PayPal. To hear a montage of my guitar work, click here. To hear my uke playing, listen to "A Ukulele's All I Need" in my Video section here (and other tracks from The Ukulele Project on iTunes and Apple Music).