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@sbs2018
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SBS

Music Background:

Got my first electric keyboard for my 7th birthday, took violin in school when the music teacher insisted I take something because I had such a “great ear.” I was more interested in the guitar during Beatlemania so my step dad taught me 3 chords. I took piano lessons at 2 different times in my life. I sang in the school choir and as a soloist.

Put all of that away until:

(1) I discovered my musical heritage on my father's side
(2) We moved to Las Vegas
(3) My literary agent said I had a "poetic, almost lyrical" rhythm to my novels

I enrolled/completed a modern musician music certificate from Berklee College of Music.

My Vegas vocal coach (he was in “Mamma Mia”) said I had a “great ear.” But my main instrument is Logic Pro where I get to be the whole band. As I had spent most of my working years in technology in Silicon Valley so it all makes perfect sense I would love music production technology.

And dance music, well yeah.


Songs:

[avatar] Take My Breath Away by @sbs2018 2
[avatar] Young Blood (Addicted to Love) by @sbs2018 #disco #indie #rock #dance 6
[avatar] [avatar] An Incredible Journey (Collab) by @sbs2018 + @musicsongwriter #rock #skirmish #piano #collab 7
[avatar] Cold As Ice by @sbs2018 7
[avatar] Look at Me That Way by @sbs2018 #house #disco #pianohouse 5
[avatar] Ted, Ted, Where Are You Now? by @sbs2018 3
[avatar] “My Very First Dad” (A Tribute to a Young Boy’s Poem) by @sbs2018 4
[avatar] Feel It by @sbs2018 #girlwithakeyboard #girlhavingfun #girlwithabeat #girlwithadaw 3
[avatar] Shy Girl (EDM Remix) by @sbs2018 #edm #disco #rock 6
[avatar] Shy Girl by @sbs2018 #edm #disco #indiepop #indierock 8
[avatar] Chase Me (Running So Fast) by @sbs2018 #edm #indie #rock 8
[avatar] The Photo Whisperer by @sbs2018 #edm #indiepop #hiphop 7
[avatar] Bassman Steve by @sbs2018 #edm #indie #rock 8
[avatar] Good-bye July (Again) by @sbs2018 #edm #indie #rock #pop 6
[avatar] Nowhere In This World by @sbs2018 #edm #disco #indie #rock 6
[avatar] Dusk to Dawn by @sbs2018 12
[avatar] Words by @sbs2018 #edm #spoken 8
[avatar] Willing and Longing (#Favorite) by @sbs2018 #edm #disco #indie #rock 6
[avatar] Into the Night by @sbs2018 #disco #indie #rock 6
[avatar] High School (I Knew You and You Knew Me) by @sbs2018 #disco #indie #rock 4
[avatar] Still Alive by @sbs2018 #disco #indie #rock 5
[avatar] No Name Song by @sbs2018 #indie #rock #pop 4
[avatar] Jaclyn by @sbs2018 #indiesomething #electronic 4
[avatar] Reflections by @sbs2018 #electronic #indiepop #indierock #nostalgia 6
[avatar] Gin in the Afternoon by @sbs2018 #jazz #edm #rock #chill 7
[avatar] Cohen's Halleluljah (A Tribute) by @sbs2018 #indie #tribute 4
[avatar] Yesterday by @sbs2018 #indie #rock #pop #organ 5
[avatar] Summer Breeze by @sbs2018 #disco #indie #rock 3
[avatar] One Night in Portland by @sbs2018 #acoustic #electronic #indierock #elvis 6
[avatar] Clean Up Your Backyard by @sbs2018 #edm #indie #pop #blues 4
[avatar] The Elvis Strut by @sbs2018 #electronic #hiphop #dance 3
[avatar] Bagpipe Prog House by @sbs2018 #edm #prog #house 6
[avatar] Latin Lover by @sbs2018 #edm #disco #latin 5
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GIMME15chance: Arithmomania by @wolfkier + 8 others #gimme15 10
[avatar] Walkin' My Cat by @sbs2018 #style #rock #blues #guitar 9
[avatar] Fifty Shades of Blue by @sbs2018 #rock #blues #piano #screamieblues 5
[avatar] I Think You Know by @sbs2018 #jazz #club #martinis 4
[avatar] Summer Rock (Summer of 71) by @sbs2018 #disco #rock #rebel 10
[avatar] Bow Tie (Pussycat Bow) by @sbs2018 #indie #rock #blues #motown 10
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GIMME15hank: A Historical Typo by @wolfkier + 13 others #gimme15 19
[avatar] Nasty Lies by @sbs2018 #disco #indie #rock #firstfruits 22

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@jeff9

Ditto my thanks, Kathy.

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Hi, Kathy, You said you hoped to hear the music for Santa's Only Son. @Jeff9 offered to put it to music and we just posted it. I know this is a topic that resonates with you because of the "fatherless child" songs you have been posting. Thanks!

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Thanks for commenting on my #lonelygear track. The opening is the clavinet plugin with a wah wah effect.

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It's always great to know that someone has a "favorite"! :) A lot of people love "Pink Fur Collar" including me.
Thanks so much for all the care and support so far. We're almost there! According to my notes, 10 need quite some work, and 50 have final tweaks to do. September 1 is the goal. 16 days.

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@mikeb

Thanks for the comment on 'Last Summer Moon'!

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thanks for listening to both versions and citing your preference. i also prefer the new version.

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Aww thankies so much for your lovely comment on my blues song!

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Congrats (I think) I had a big '0' birthday last year :-(

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I don't think you need to worry about the digits spinning on your birthday as much as I do :-0

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@tjeff

Thanks for your comment on "I Never Loved the Whiskey" - point well taken on possibly slowing it down. I was contemplating that as well but ending up going for the faster version.

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I'm guessing you were born in October :-)

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What a gracious compliment on @DavidTaro's and my collab on Come Back. I couldn't be happier with what he did with these lyrics. Thanks for your comment.

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Thanks for understanding. I needed to clear the decks in my head, before I disappointed everybody with a substandard outcome.

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if you stare at it long enough, the song will speak to you. They speak. The really good ones don't shut up, they are very demanding. :)

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5 minutes to write, 16 years to get right... LOL. Thanks again, my friend.

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Oh, no problem, I'll email you now. Bandcamp is great for messages but not many people use it. If you don't see my message please check your spam folder. Thank you Kathy.

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Hi Kathy, shall I send my message to you via your bandcamp? We can then get in touch via emails.

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I know! He taps into what we need to hear I swear! His emails are always so lovely to receive. I just saw that you did the Berklee certificate program! I did, too! I received the Music Wellness and Healing certificate through their therapy program. I was doing it in tandem with a yoga licensure, but then the pandemic hit. Thankfully I was able to finish with Berklee Online. BTW, I got your book last night :) I'll let you know when I start/finish!! Have a beautiful weekend, Kathy.

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Yes, of course. Looking forward to hearing it :)

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@cts

??? When did we have a misunderstanding? All’s good on my end.

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@nadine

Thanks for your comment on song and profile both. No worries, it's fine!

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@jeff9

Thank you so much, Kathy, for your exceptionally encouraging words about I Can't Take Goodbye. I'm totally glowing to hear that it resonated so well for you and your husband.

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:)

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All i can hope for is that people think of me fondly when I'm gone. :)

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\m/ :)

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I’ll be watching out for “She’s Not That Good” as I’ve often struggled with social anxiety. My recommended copy (by @billwhite51) of your book, “Letters on Balboa Island”, is expected to be delivered on my doorstep this Thursday. Maybe someday I’ll have the courage to write a book! Looking forward to reading yours🥰

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I just want to stop by and thank you for your encouraging comments, Kathy!! Means so much, as you know, when Resistance comes to steal positive vibes!! LOL I need to check out your new "Shy Girl"!!

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:)

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Thanks and I'm built so different than her! :)

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ny first taste of the 7th chord, going into chorus after second verse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJgQF_Xaxhk&ab_channel=TheJukeboxRock

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Not at all. I appreciate all the listens and the spotting for anything ugly. You were about 2 days early on the next song though. I've got a page full of notes to tweak on it. But at least you will have had a primer! Thanks again, my friend! Hugs to you.

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@mikeb

Thanks for the comment on 'Be Alive'!

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i toned down the recitation to better serve nadia's music

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You're welcome, Kathy! So glad you're feeling better from COVID!! Hoping music helps you on your journey back to 100%! I had brain fog and anosmia for 6 months post infection. I don't ever want to be that sick again!

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No idea of which one of yours to topline- would you mind suggesting something? Pop-ish maybe- I dont have a rock voice …

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@nadine

Of course I was laughing at myself! There are tons of people working this way, especially in the edm scene. I deleted parts of my comment.

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im better now. i have energy in the morning, tire in the afternoon, and have trouble getting to sleep at night. voice is becoming funvtional but weak, and i sort of like the gentler sound for a change from the usual bluster. will go with wife to get tested this weekend. hope we are both clean so the little girl can come back upstairs with us. she is getting bored downstairs with nobody but her grandmother to play with.

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another rule of country music. never say anything bad about your mother. i have been missing your posts. are you just taking a break or or you unwell? hope it is the former. i have been missing your songs. they are one of the high points of my day. but the most important thing is that you are taking care of yourself/

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Thank you for listening and feedback.

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Wow! You went to town! Thank you, Kathy! :)

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Thanks, Kathy! I'm not familiar with "Smash". What is it?

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@brisk

Thanks so much for the effusive comment on Take Me Alive - that was very welcome! Can I recommend hiding in the shadows by the way, it works wonders.

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Hi @sbs2018, Glad you liked the additional of that percussion & bass to But I Did. I thought it really added some punch to the production. Thanks for taking the extra listen!

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Thanks Kathy :) I love percussion too!! I think Dominick did an amazing job adding energy to the song with the dance beats.

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@mikeb

Thanks for the comment on my collab with Simon!

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@mctown

Wow... lot of songs... btw...I thought the July thing was a challenge and wrote one too and sent it to someone. LoL... about time was us to write one. I'll try to get you something soon...DG

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@sbs2018, So glad to hear your comments on But. I Did. I loved your description of Kate's vocals "on top and on top of that..." She did an outstanding job and I am so delighted with it. Thank you!

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Thank you for listening to mine and Bills collab and for your kind comment

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Desperado is one of my favourite songs too!! My fingers must just follow those grooves (must have played that intro 100 times when I was a teenager 😂). Thanks for the comment, Kathy!

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Too funny you just read that!:)

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@jeff9

Much obliged for the kind words on "Second Time 'Round". Much credit to my collab partner for helping me stay in my countrified sweet spot.

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revisiting that old familiar subject https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/1632

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I also listened to the podcast interview last night with Marie that you mentioned. I did need that boost from “the universe” as he says. :) I particularly like what he had to say about Stephen King and work vs. REAL WORK.
I hope you can find relief with some ginger lemon and honey tea, watermelon-infused water for hydration and lots of rest!! COVID really messes up the vocal cords temporarily.

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Sounds like Steve is doing the audiobook himself? Nice! I’ll listen over the weekend! I see Wolf’s message below—get well soon❤️

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oh no! Rest up, my friend. Sending loads of prayers for a quick recovery. Damn that COVID....
I'll try to make my stuff just a little nicer to help you feel better super quick! :)
Hugs, get well.

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i also hated lawrence of arabia. but i loved ryans daughter. go figure.

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Thanks for your comment! I feel the same way about playing with music and it's so liberating just to be able to muck about and write and sing stuff for fun.

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@nadine

Wow, thanks I'm blushing. Janis is one of the most powerful female rockers I know!

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during the 2 years of the deadly covid, nobody in the states who i knew had been infected. and now, with the precautions having been relaxed, dozens of my friends up there are getting it. in all cases, thankfully, it has been mild..so im hoping yours remains that way and you recover shortly.

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during the 2 years of the deadly covid, nobody in the states who i knew had been infected. and now, with the precautions having been relaxed, dozens of my friends up there are getting it. in all cases, thankfully, it has been mild..so im hoping yours remains that way and you recover shortly.

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the biggest challenge was remebering how i felt about those movies when i was a child, and not impose my adult views upon them, the strangest thing was trying to remember what a certain person looked like, and then his head appeared in my minds eye like a hologram, and i realized all these years when i thought about him, it was his brothers face i remembered, not his. writing that book was a ghostly experience. i hope your sudden illnjess is not serious.

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the only feedbaxk i ask from someone who has read one of my books is whether or not they finished it and if so how long did it take to read it/ i finished your book in 2 1\2 days so you know i liked it. thanks for cinema penitentiary, if nothing else, i think you will enjoy the chapter devoted to elvis's movies.

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the only feedbaxk i ask from someone who has read one of my books is whether or not they finished it and if so how long did it take to read it/ i finished your book in 2 1\2 days so you know i liked it. thanks for cinema penitentiary, if nothing else, i think you will enjoy the chapter devoted to elvis's movies.

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:)

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i lifted that change from E major to C#minor fro Elvis' Flaming Star. did you know that the character played by Elvis in three different movies is named Mike? In my book, Cinema Penitentiary, all the male characters are named after those Elvis played in the movies, and the females are named after vatious female vocalists.

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thank you for your comment on my collab with nadia, i spent a pleasant evening yesterday reading the first 100 pages of your novel. well done!

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thank you for your comment on my collab with nadia, i spent a pleasant evening yesterday reading the first 100 pages of your novel. well done!

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Hi Kathy, sorry forgot to say yesterday, thank you for checking out my YouTube channel!!

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Thanks, my friend. I just really appreciate your, and all for that matter, feedback, and I wanted you to know that I'm listening super hard (and without fear, LOL) .... If it's not perfect, I can't be satisfied.
Have a great night, Kathy. Hopefully, I'll get to "surprise" you again tomorrow! :)
Hugs!

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Hey Kathy, please, if you can, take a minute and expalin what you're hearing on Take A Chance. I don't understand, and I can't act on it if I don't. I'm listening. You shouldn't take South West to mean accent litteraly, it is the memory/sense/feel I have of place.

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Thanks for commenting on "Joplinesque". Now I wonder if there's a way to make something that sounds like Janis Joplin singing a song from Treemonisha, or maybe a ragtime version of "Piece Of My Heart."

The developers of Band-In-A-Box are making improvements and refinements all the time, but of course whether it suits your needs and interests is entirely up to you. I like it because it lets me do things that I would never be able to do with just my banjo.

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i googled kathy holmes novelist and it took me to your smashwords page, where i picked up a copy of deja vu.

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@jeff9

Your kind comments on I'm Not Sick are much appreciated. Glad it could deliver some appeal in spite of its despair. Mr. @stephenwordsmith can really find layers of depth with his stuff.

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Just a note to say thank you for your always encouraging words and responses. Every track I post I feel like I"m sending out a postcard and that you're responding with a postcard. I hope your husband thinks of his doomsday doctor and shakes his head and chuckles in celebration every time he empities another glass of Piña colada at a sunny beach bar ! The real beauty twist to my story is that about 4 years later *I* told that doctor, after years of hell and as much study and research and deduction, as my zombie existance would allow me, *exactly* what was wrong with me and it should have been so FREAKIN' OBVIOUS to a trained and decades experienced doctor, his expression looked like he only had 6 minutes left to live. Ha! The worm turned. I lived to get medications that made my life livable again, and to tell the tale! :)
Wishing you a blessed Sunday ahead. Thanks again for the digital hugs and smiles,
Ain't our time quite yet!

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I read the email and added it to my YouTube watch list :) The Guv’nor!! Looking forward to it. We’ll need to stay in touch and discuss his new book after it’s out.

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@nadine

Thank you! Oh yes this song will go mad with David on the mic! Wow just look at all the songs you wrote. You will hit the 50 huh?

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Thank you for the book recommendations, Kathy!! I'll be sure to check them out :)

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rwo weeks before the fire, we had a small fire in the projection room when the projector caught fire, and we caught hell for not reporting it to the fire department. and so we read all the fire regulations and had a practice drill. good thing we did, or i would not have known what to do when this fire broke out.

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Hi, sbs, Glad you enjoyed the alternative version of I Hate Love. Jeff just amazes me with his creativity and versatility. Like you, I loved "the snarl" in this version!

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@jeff9

Hey thanks for the great comments on the new version of I Hate Love. Much obliged!

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Thank you for your kind words on Carolina Beaches - I too love the coast, the perfect backdrop for a pensive song!

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Thank you Kathy :) I appreciate your kind words on my collab with @McTown!

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Interesting! So, it's probably similar to a raicilla, just maybe with some hints of fruit. Okay I take back my unholy abomination comment haha. I'm actually intrigued by agave gin now, that might be one I'd actually like.

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You're on a roll! Thanks for visiting and commenting 'Running'.

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Hey thanks for listening to Lost, I'm glad you found some things you liked about it. That's great to hear.

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phil sloan, the guy who wrote eve of destruction and about 250 other hit songs, explained his idea of elvis energy one day outside a record store on hollywood blvd. did you see the movie, mystery train, about three mystical elvis experiences? he was the first and last of the protestant saints

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@candle

Thanks for the great comment on Agent Provocateur. We all had our crushes in high scool, I guess. I was happy enough to dance with mine at grad. We didn't go to grad together, but she let me have the second-last dance of the night with her. I'll always be grateful for that.

Looks like I have some catching up to do. You've been very busy!

See You In Teh Shadows…

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Thank you for your kind comments on “Overdue Highway Drive!” I am sooooooo behind on both getting back to people and in listening to tunes. I am Doing my best to catch up. Thank you for your patience. Keep writing. You got this!!

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@atam94

Thanks for the kind words on "Music School." I appreciate it a lot. And I'm not sure I'll get the chance to go. I'm 28 and have a wedding to pay for by next summer and then I need to start saving for a house. It's all good, though, I'll find a way to work music into more than just a hobby eventually.

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I just jotted that book down; I haven't heard of it! Thank you. When the storm isn't in my stomach as anxiety, it's a dark cloud above my head as depression, creating music is the sunshine. This book sounds like it is right up a songwriter's alley! I appreciate you sharing, as Steve says, your warrior woman mindset.

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We must hold one another accountable before Resistance with a capital "R" sinks its teeth. I feel ya!!

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I think it was those keys, and possibly even your vocals that gave that feel, but it could just be me.

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Yes!! I did too. I pre-ordered a physical copy on Amazon. He's my fav. I call him the Guv'nor. :) Your ASS belongs in your music space, Kathy. Put it where your heart is! He's the best.

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@nadine

Thank you! Fun fact: My voice didn't hurt from the screams, because I didn't use my throat or vocal cords. The clean parts were much harder!

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Thank you so much for listening and your kind words! I’ll listen to some of your songs as soon as Possible :)

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Jerry and i know each other pretty well but hey i write falling in love songs he writes falling out of love songs ha ha!

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And thank you Kathy. Your contribution to all of them, but especially GIMME15chance was priceless
Ready for part6? GIMME15finder? I'm fixing to announce it aometime very soon, likely in the next 24 hours. God help us all! :)

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@cts

A big thank you for stopping by. I know you're front-loading and you're already 7 songs deep! I'm not sure I'll be that prolific, but we'll see.

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I remember you're a big fan of Pressfield too, Kathy! It's lovely to have that in common with you. Thank you for your sweet comment about my vocals. It made my eyes water. I hope it isn't too hot in Vegas right now or wherever you're traveling in FL!! I'll be in the Gulf of Mexico in a few weeks!

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Hey, thanks for your comments on Hunt You Down & Please God. Appreciate it.

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I've known many churches that have done this. Probably both sides. One was a Catholic church that told everyone they must vote for Trump. From Bill's comments it has been going on a long time. I did have a church my kids went to that informed the community they wanted no Democrat to come. There's a reason there's supposed to be a separation of church and state.

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No doubt both sides go at it. I just feel that no church should be telling anyone how to vote-and time after time I have seen it with the far right, especially since Trump. I don't ever remember any church I attended telling anyone how to vote.

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Thx!

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@gm7

Thx.
Yes Join us..we all love cats...and your entry fee is a cameo appearance from each cat.

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Ah. Was a long time ago and in retrospect I have written a few songs on that theme as well 😀

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I hadn't considered it might be triggering for cats 😂

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After reading the liner notes on Summer Rock, I am wondering if we may have something in common. Like for instance if the terms 'witnessing', 'The Society', and 'in the truth' might ring a bell.

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hey, thank you for your feedback and kind words on my song 'Reverse' 😀

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@brisk

Thanks for being my first commenter of 2022 50/90! You've allowed me to go to bed now!

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Hey sbs2018 many thanks for your comment on my song I appreciate it.

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@mctown

Thanks

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Thanks for commenting on my song. Nice to see old friends again.

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Hi, SBS, Thanks for the thumbs-up on Broken. I just checked out your page and am currently listening to Nasty Lies--your gravelly vocal captures the hook perfectly! And BowTie took me back to the 80's and visions of those silk paisley ties women wore then to look "more professional," aka "more like men." Glad those days are over! Fun song!

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Hey! Love that latest one. Disco rock... this is a link to playlist a friend of mine (who's much more of an authority on the subject) put together: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1avPdjBIm24RUcGtPihzA3?si=0db9b1b7b82c407b

There's some amazing stuff on there. I love 'Miss You' and the Electric Six song is wonderful. I'm not sure why, but when you put disco and rock together it just creates a lot of fun :)

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With a huge life change like that, you've got song fodder everywhere!! Plus cats!! Write a song about the 3 cats!!! I hope your new home is everything you want it to be. Nothing beats a new house smell :)

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@cts

Wow! Sounds like you've had an adventure already. Congrats on the move and I hope things work out. In the meantime crank out those tunes so we can jam!

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LIkewise my friend. WIshing you a great Summer Songhunting Season, my friend. .
Thank you for all the love and encouragement over the years! :)

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Hooray for prog! Good to see you too :-D

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Hello! I’m sure the house will be well worth the wait, and hope you get to lay down some songs on the iMac in the meantime. Perhaps featuring a bit of cat choir? :)

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Welcome back from the southwest corner of the peninsula and I hope that you have a great 5090!