Posted here March 31, 2022
Come On, Kharlie M, a 9-track album, was released on Friday, July 13, 2018 to Bandcamp; physical CDs were available by Wednesday, July 18.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Until now, I did not have proper cover art for my new CD. Wendi was busy on her phone, so I grabbed our digital camera on a tripod, along with my concert ukulele, and went to the back yard for a quick photo shoot. The first time I didn’t even bother changing clothes; it was summer, I figured, and a tank top and shorts would be fine. I accidentally set the camera to take 10 shots in rapid succession via the self timer.
I didn’t like the photos. The colors were washed out, and I looked chubby; I’ve gained some weight. My arms and middle looked noticeably chubby. Quickly I found a white polo shirt and wore that for a second photo shoot (5:16-5:17 pm). The third shot was a keeper; this is displayed on the new album cover, which was made in Adobe Photoshop Elements at 5:31 pm.
I did a set of 22 songs at Voigt Music on Friday. “Come On, Kharlie M” was played from the CD, 33 seconds long; I did six songs with the baritone uke, nine with a piano, five with the concert uke tuned in fifths, and one with a backing track. Eighteen of the songs were original; four were covers.
I sang “Thorns and Blossoms” with the baritone ukulele for a funeral on Wednesday, March 21, 2018; the funeral was for the mother of a friend of Wendi’s. Everyone loved the song.
My first music show at Our House Senior Living was on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. I began doing this monthly, along with the monthly Rock Haven shows.
I played at Art In (Madison, WI) on Thursday, August 23, 2018. One of six acts to play, I did a set of 12 songs on the baritone and concert (fifths) ukuleles.
I also played a last-minute show at Best of Janesville on Friday, September 21, 2018, doing a set of 21 songs unamplified, with the concert (fifths) and baritone ukuleles.
I sang “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” a cappella at the church Christmas Eve service on Monday, December 24, 2018.