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Volume 1, issue 6 11/03/09

Official newsletter of The 15th Floor.  Check out our website,,
and listen to our new (soon to be old) album: From the Dining Room.
In this issue find our popular “Once and Future Songs” column (Musician turns soldier, in a song) and announcing the producer for the new album!

Once and Future Songs

(In this “column”, anything goes as long as it has to do with a song.)
Musician turned soldier, in a song
My wife, Sherry, has collaborated on a song with me.  This is quite a feat, since most of the time she makes up words that tend to wreck the seriousness of any song (see previous Once and Future Songs posting, “Chicken Do!”)  In this case, she was a star.
My working lyrics were about a musician who toured incessantly but became so enamored with a woman that the touring lifestyle was a problem.  One line was, “It’s this crazy life you can’t lead.”  Sherry wanted to hear “crazy war” and make it about a soldier.
As I thought about it, we have friends with children who have had to be separated or risked separation from loved ones because of their armed forces assignments.  Plus, war and soldiers are still current topics.  So I ran with the idea and it is coming along famously.  Maybe it will make the cut for the next album.
“It’s a soldier’s life I lead
With this crazy war no one needs
Now I question my career
As it keeps me wandering far and near
Because I belong… right here.”
Au revoir mes amis

New Project Update

Work has begun in earnest on the new album.  I am thrilled to announce that Kyle Harris, PlayR Recording, will be producing the album.  More information on Kyle will be forthcoming, as I plan to spotlight him in a future newsletter/blog entry.  Suffice it to say, Kyle, Emily, and I are very excited about the project.
The tentative goal is to have the album ready in April 2010.
The “old” album (From the Dining Room) is just now receiving a small surge of activity over the pond, with a review expected soon from The Netherlands and one from Leicester, UK.  (Hopefully, glowing reviews-- I supply the CD, they supply the opinion.) The recent availability on CD Baby apparently has brought us more attention overseas.

The Mysterious Land of Radio Promotion

Okay, we made a push, received some radio play, and now the initial vibe is dying out… I personally am taking a small break from the Mysterious Land of Radio Promotion.  (Did I hear a sigh of relief from the direction of Houston?)   Much to be done with the new CD just around the corner—April is not that far off.
Although... the current leads coming in from over the pond give me pause… is it time to push the current product over there a bit?  Maybe I’ll tackle that corner of the world with my second wind.  Or maybe we’ll just go over there next summer,  with two CD’s in hand?

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