Where's the love?

While searching for old lyrics, I came across this 2005 article entitled Will the standards go on? Today’s lyrics often missing romantic class about standards and extinction of romantic music. Gone are the days when you can tune into new mainstream romantic ballads from the radio under candlelight. Or even have a nice choice of date night movies without seeing heads roll and some psychotic killer holding hostages for ransom who are for to sever limbs for survival. The cool thing though is my favorite music genre, Jazz, is still high in the romance department even with new stuff that comes out with my favorites. The sad thing is the lack of romance in the mainstream considering jazz is sort of a niche market. Even in the 80s and early 90s there were still love songs from my fave mainstream groups & singers of the time like Soul For Real, Troop, Lisa Stansfield, New Edition, Silk, Shai, Cherelle, Alexander O'Neal, Jodeci, A-ha, Lisa Lisa, Pebbles, etc. and so forth. Even the Bond themes had some romantic lyrics back in the day! lol

From the article:

Attach the appropriate music when reading the following lyrics:
“Heaven, I’m in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak.”
“When I fall in love, it will be forever.”
“Memories, light the corner of my mind; misty watercolor memories of the way we were.”

Pluck the heartstrings, don’t they?
That’s the plan. These are romantic songs, specifically designed to make the
heart flutter, to bring a warm glow to the cheeks and to evoke visions of
candlelight, champagne and warm longing.
“Gettin’ crunk wit’it” and “it’s gettin’ hot in here, so take off all your clothes” just don’t seem to have the same romantic lilt.
And that’s the problem. Classy romance seems out of vogue these days when it comes to music, movies and theater.


In popular music, romance dominated from the ’30s through the late ’50s
with crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Patti Page, Nat “King” Cole and Rosemary
Clooney swooning out the radio hits.Reach blames some of the decline in romance
and sophisticated music to the rise of rock’n’roll.

“We went from the very urbane, contemporary music, very sophisticated
settings written by highly trained highly skilled composers, to basically
musical illiterates — Chuck Berry, Little Richard,” he says.

But even after rock’n’roll’s birth in the late ’50s, romance still was
a big seller in pop-music songs by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and especially
R&B artists from Motown. And Reach doesn’t completely diss rock music,
pointing out that some fine romantic songs have been written by such acts as
Stevie Wonder, the Beatles and Elton John.

But songs written in classic style are no longer coming out of rock, he

“I still think the good songs are being written,” he says. “The one
genre of popular music where the song is still the thing is country music, where
there are singer/songwriters who are very talented and skilled performers as
well as excellent songwriters.”

In the theater, romance hasn’t died, but it’s been weaved into the
cynical, ironic and sometimes crass entertainment pie of today. New musicals are
being produced onstage — Rent, The Producers, Hairspray — but they don’t lend
themselves to sticky-sweet romance.

“They’re ironic theater,” Wofford says.

“It has social commentary so it tends to be unromantic.”

Hey, Rent's a lil romantic ;-) To read the full article check it out here: http://www.cleburnenews.com/entertainment/2004/as-music-0401-sryan-4c31q3232.htm

I'm alive!

I'm still around. I note it's been weeks since I posted the last post! I've been running around trying to get some works done. I'm working on a newish novel and have been selling 'One Evening in London' well on Amazon. I'm so happy at the interest it's gotten and I must say a thank you to a special reader out there who has spread the word for me. It was a joy to write and I would like to continue writing in the multicultural romance genre alongside the speculative genre.

Right now more copies are being printed up for 'London' and will be available at Amazon hopefully later this week. So for anyone out there sad or confused about the Out of Stock notice, don't fret! More is on its way! Spread the word to your friends. :-)

I'm going to crash now before dawn breaks....ah, the name of my newest work which is appropriate considering my usual bed time! I'll have to tell you a little bit more about the work in the near future!

Of note: 3 months until Cimmerian City debuts! I have big big plans for my first full length novel including a HUGE grab contest for which I'm in the process of getting prizes for in the coming months. So hang tight!

Writer's Cramp!!!

Okay, so lately I've been juggling Lavender Isis work with writing the sequel to my book and marketing 'Cimmerian City' my first novel. I've noticed fellow writers in the same camp and I only wish I knew a good PR person to help us all out. Alas, I don't but I am learning some immensely awesome tips on getting the word out that I'd love to share with my fellow writers.

I recently picked up 'The Frugal Book Promoter' by Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Carolyn is also on the Publishing and Promoting Yahoo group which is where I found out about her book. I'm also learning some other great techniques for book marketing in that group as well.

One big thing she mentions is having a contact list. Writers are literally nothing without their readers so it's good at the earliest you can to make a contact mailing list to keep your readers, friends, family, etc informed about your book and how it's coming along. At the same time, you want to also have a professional mailing list for booksellers, publications, magazines and any relevant companies who you know will enjoy your book. Think about the theme of your book. Find out ways to tie into today's society. Readers tend to love books where they can relate to the characters. If a recent bestelling novel has gained mucho status, tie into that! One that comes to mind as an example is Cormac McCarthy's The Road which recently gained access into Oprah's Book Club and is currently #14 on the Amazon.com bestseller list. A post apocalyptic novel which gives commentary on today's society. Hmm, James A. Hall's 'American Messiah' explores similar themes and takes his story even further with multi-dimensional characters and with a focus on different ethnic groups he can target who may identify more with his book than 'The Road'.

My book, 'Cimmerian City' deals with corporations using pharmaceuticals in a futuristic Earth divided by two hemispheres. I make use of technology, social commentary, global pollution affecting Earth's atmosphere and the like, so I'm gathering resources of publications to write to who would possibly interested in my book. As I'm writing this, I'm currently forming a letter to Wired and finding fellow authors who who speak about similar things who would be interested in giving me book blurbs. I'm also gathering a list of book reviewers on the web and in print who will hopefully give me some reviews and at the same time word of mouth in their journals. It's a hard road out there for the independent author and it makes me wish I can be a publicist, but I have nary the big massive media contacts for the time being.

My publisher suggests to start small. First build locally then work your way out globally. So I'll be contacting some local mags, my previous schools and publications to let them know about the book while utilizing online techniques. A few cool things I've done is print up t-shirts that I wear out with my book on it, mugs, postcards, keychains and magnets that I hand out to interested parties. It's kinda fun and at the same time, time consuming, but in the end the word starts rippling out like water.

Articles of note to check out for writers currently marketing their books
Don't be at the mercy of your publisher, publicist, or press agent! How to promote and publicize your book when they don't.
by Cecilia Tan
http://dnapublications.com/stories/publicist.htm (website may be down)

Book Promotion Basics For The Bold and The Bashful
by Patricia Frye

Books of Note for writers marketing
The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
The Idiot's Guide to Getting Published

I should be sleeping

For the love of all that is good in this world, I know I should be sleeping soundly, but it's funny when you work overtime in a career that you literally take home with you (well, there's actually nowhere else to take it other than home, but you know what I mean). But it happened again. I'm usually staying up in the wee hours in the morning but am trying to get into bed around 1 or so. Last Thursday I found myself going to bed real early and then waking up at 8 am. Shocking I know! Hasn't happened since though lol.

In any event, the reason I am blogging is because I am making a new personal goal to the world. At my bedside is a list of books, some I bought long ago, some I recently dug out and some that are my favorites. I'm going to give random reviews on books that I'm trying to get through. Some are already going to get high marks like Sandra Kitt's The Color of Love and Seressia Glass's No Commitment Required and the former I already reviewed on amazon long ago (to read the review go here ). Since I've been getting a flurry of reviews I thought I'd give back into the land and review some of the ones on my shelf. I also have some from our Lavender Isis authors that I want to read soon and give a few reviews of those too. I don't know if my reviews will be as spiffy as the seasoned pros (like the awesome Miss Lissa out there) but it'll be this gal's opinion. Plus I can catch up with some of my amazon.com reviews that I need to post from long ago.

So in an effort to relax after the craziness of work (and to get my mind off all that work) I shall commence this week's reading with Giselle Carmichael's 'I'll Be Your Shelter.'
Upcoming To be reviewed: Seressia Glass's No Commitment Required.

Currently reading : I'll Be Your Shelter (Love Spectrum Romance) By Giselle Carmichael