Whitney Houston RIP

Posted on February 14, 2012 by carla in inspiration

Another talent lost to us, Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. Here’s a video of “The Greatest Love of All” performed by Whitney Houston, the song that introduced many of us to that voice.

Another talent lost to us, Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.

Here’s a video of “The Greatest Love of All” performed by Whitney Houston, the song that introduced many of us to that voice.

I Go Crazy – Paul Davis

Posted on February 4, 2012 by carla in FAWM, inspiration

Of course, the first FAWM song came easy. Now to back it up, right??? That’s okay. I finally got an embryo of something on paper this evening. It’s too early to say what it’s looking like, but I’m still in the game! In the meantime, the 70’s song “Cool Night” by Paul Davis sent me […]

Of course, the first FAWM song came easy. Now to back it up, right???

That’s okay. I finally got an embryo of something on paper this evening. It’s too early to say what it’s looking like, but I’m still in the game!

In the meantime, the 70’s song “Cool Night” by Paul Davis sent me to YouTube so I could hear it again. But before clicking on that song, I was reminded that Paul Davis also wrote “I Go Crazy”, which I suddenly had to hear even more.

As I’m sharing all of my random inspirations this month, enjoy!

Sita Sings The Blues

Posted on February 3, 2012 by carla in inspiration

Oh wow! After doing a little more research on Nina Paley, the animator from yesterday’s blog post, I found that she has a feature length animated film called Sita Sings the Blues. It is another fantastic work from Ms. Paley. This animated film is a reinterpretation of the of the Indian epic story, the Ramayana. […]

Oh wow! After doing a little more research on Nina Paley, the animator from yesterday’s blog post, I found that she has a feature length animated film called Sita Sings the Blues. It is another fantastic work from Ms. Paley. This animated film is a reinterpretation of the of the Indian epic story, the Ramayana.

The one problem that Nina and the film have is that some of the recordings are restricted by copyright, which limits the distribution of this film. The songs, sung by Annette Hanshaw, provide the perfect soundtrack, but since the recordings are not public domain the budget for the music license would cost more than the film. The copyrights for the old songs were purchased by companies who could extend and administer the rights of songs that would have otherwise been in the public domain.

I know that Nina Paley is attached to Annette Hanshaw’s recordings of these gorgeous torch songs, but I wonder what it would take for someone like me to just rerecord the songs and replace them in the video. When I first started singing, these are the kind of songs that I cut my teeth on. These songs led to jazz becoming my first love. It’s actually quite cool to hear Annette Hanshaw perform the original versions of these songs, and who doesn’t love that warm analog sound?

I don’t know if it’s something I’d do right now, but to “remake” this movie with me singing the songs could be a fun project. The thing is, this movie is a great piece of work, and copyright restrictions limit how far this movie can go. Personally, I’d rather see the songs redone so the movie can be seen by as many people as possible.

But you can still stream the movie from my blog here, or from the main site, Sita Sings the Blues

art and life: what goes around, comes around

Posted on February 2, 2012 by carla in inspiration, internet for artists

As co-leader of Internet for Artists, I’m called to give a presentation of another workshop leader’s web presence the first night of the weekend. That weekend in Santa Fe, I was paired with Brad Lichtenstein, the documentary filmmaker of the group. While I could tell you all kind of amazing things that I learned about […]

As co-leader of Internet for Artists, I’m called to give a presentation of another workshop leader’s web presence the first night of the weekend. That weekend in Santa Fe, I was paired with Brad Lichtenstein, the documentary filmmaker of the group.

While I could tell you all kind of amazing things that I learned about Brad, his work, his films, and his social media stats, his blog caught my attention when he featured a video by Nina Paley. Nina is an animator, and this awesome video shows how all art builds on what came before. The gorgeous music is by Todd Michaelsen.

Both the video and music score have Creative Commons licenses that allow other to reuse and remix their work into other projects. This kind of sharing interests me, because I would love for someone else to remix my work as well.

Nina’s video was on Brad’s site because he’s passionate about creative commons, but also because this video is amazing. I’ve watched it a few times, totally mesmerized. It makes me think. Thanks Brad!

Warm Winter Blues – FAWM

Posted on February 1, 2012 by carla in FAWM

When I saw that today’s FAWM challenge was to write a song about the weather, my original plan was to tweet the challenge, and then head over to Weather.com to get a few ideas. A friend on my twitter timeline was saying how it’s a warm February, and that it may reach 60 degrees in […]

When I saw that today’s FAWM challenge was to write a song about the weather, my original plan was to tweet the challenge, and then head over to Weather.com to get a few ideas. A friend on my twitter timeline was saying how it’s a warm February, and that it may reach 60 degrees in NYC today, and the title “Warm Winter” popped in my mind. I still surfed through Weather.com, but the idea about warm winters stuck. I then thought about what else could make a winter warm, and this song came out of that. Enjoy!

Warm Winter Blues

by Carla Lynne Hall

I’m wearing short sleeves in December
I got my love to keep me warm
I’m wearing short sleeves in December
I got my love to keep me warm
Who cares about global warming
when my man is big and strong

I’m getting out my bikini
I got my love to keep me warm
Well, I’m getting out my bikini
I got my love to keep me warm
Who cares that it’s January
When my man is big and strong

I’m naked in February
I got my love to keep my warm
I’m goin’ naked in February
I got my love to keep me warm
Who cares about the weather
when my man rocks me all night long

I’m including a Creative Commons license here so anyone can use, share, or remix this song. Click the link for more info.
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Warm Winter Blues by Carla Lynne Hall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.box.com.

February Album Writing Month (FAWM) 2012

Posted on February 1, 2012 by carla in FAWM

February Album Writing Month (aka FAWM) 2012 Happy February Album Writing Month! For the past few years, I’d start FAWM, but get distracted. This year will be different. I scheduled the heck out of January, so I could make room to create new music. I’ve also been thinking about how I’d like to make music […]

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February Album Writing Month (aka FAWM) 2012

Happy February Album Writing Month! For the past few years, I’d start FAWM, but get distracted. This year will be different. I scheduled the heck out of January, so I could make room to create new music.

I’ve also been thinking about how I’d like to make music this month. For one thing, I’ve already decided to have a Google Plus songwriter’s circle with a couple of friends from Twitter. That will be my “Witness Protection Plan”, traveling partners to keep me accountable.

I was also thinking about the electric guitar that I won a few years ago. This would be a great time to learn how to play it 😉 To use it as an instrument for writing songs on. I also thought about the looper machine that I bought from my producer Christian Cassan, but have yet to use it. This month is a good time to learn how to use that to write songs as well. So I have some new tools for creativity. I’m psyched!!

The Inevitable Separation of Church from State! Or Music From Business!

Posted on July 18, 2011 by carla in Uncategorized

If you’ve visited this site, or my blog at RockStarLifeLessons.com before, you may have noticed that I’m going through a transformation of sorts. When I started my blog Rock Star Life Lessons in 2007, it was designed to capture the “Day in the Life” of a NYC singer songwriter. I included my personal stories, gig […]

If you’ve visited this site, or my blog at RockStarLifeLessons.com before, you may have noticed that I’m going through a transformation of sorts.

When I started my blog Rock Star Life Lessons in 2007, it was designed to capture the “Day in the Life” of a NYC singer songwriter. I included my personal stories, gig videos, as well as the indie music marketing tips that I also shared.

A few years ago, CD Baby creator Derek Sivers treated me to a coaching session with Chris Knab. Although Chris and I are cyber-colleagues, I knew that I would benefit from being coached. The first thing Chris suggested was that I update this site (CarlaLynneHall.com), and make it the home of my music life, because he believed that folks who love my music aren’t interested in music marketing tips.

And of course, Chris was right. As Rock Star Life Lessons (RSLL) has expanded into my thoughts and ideas on entrepreneurialism (and that artists are also entrepreneurs), it’s kinda obvious that my music world is not being served quite the same way.

So I’m currently in the process of pulling the personal blog posts from RSLL, and bringing them over here. And RSLL will soon focus on indie music marketing, as I launch my Rock Star Life Lessons podcast and online TV series.

For a long time, I hoped that I wouldn’t have to separate these two worlds (it felt like an overwhelming task, actually), but I understand how doing so will create more clarity.

Stay tuned while I work this out. But in the meantime, you can always check out Rock Star Life Lessons!

Seeking Marrying Lady Couples for My Music Video!

Posted on July 18, 2011 by carla in Uncategorized

Terrie & Linda In honor of same-sex marriages becoming legal in the state of New York, I’m excited to make a music video for my song “(Beauty) You’re the One for Me”. If you’re planning a wedding, or have footage of your wedding, I would love to include it in my new music video! This […]

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Terrie & Linda

In honor of same-sex marriages becoming legal in the state of New York, I’m excited to make a music video for my song “(Beauty) You’re the One for Me”. If you’re planning a wedding, or have footage of your wedding, I would love to include it in my new music video!

This song was originally commissioned for a pair of lady soulmates (outside of NY) who were unable to marry for societal reasons, and the song’s lyrics reflect the sadness and frustration they encountered. Of all the songs that I’ve ever written, “You’re the One for Me” may be one of my most heartfelt. It took me a while to get the song right, but I’m proud of how it came out. Here’s the current version of the song:

You’re the One for Me by Carla Lynne Hall

Now that things have changed in New York, I am excited about rewriting the lyrics to make it the wedding song that I had originally hoped that it would be. And I’d love to have a music video that captures the joy of a wedding. If you’d like your wedding videos included in this music video, please contact me at moxiemaven64 [AT] gmail {DOT} com. Feel free to invite me to your wedding & reception, or submit videos from your wedding. I will have them edited into a tasteful video that we can all be proud of.

Go, New York!

Photo of Linda and Terrie by Fausto Hernandez

Bringing Sexy Back!

Posted on June 15, 2011 by carla in Uncategorized

Very soon, this blog will feature the personal blog posts from my indie musician blog, Rock Star Life Lessons. But if you can’t wait, visit http://RockStarLifeLessons.com and get it all! Cheers! Carla

Very soon, this blog will feature the personal blog posts from my indie musician blog, Rock Star Life Lessons.

But if you can’t wait, visit http://RockStarLifeLessons.com and get it all!

Cheers!

Carla

Hello world!

Posted on May 3, 2011 by carla in Uncategorized

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