Yesterday I talked about how much I enjoy working with writers, artists and musicians to help promote their work and ideas. In particular I discussed author Melissa Studdard’s debut novel Six Weeks to Yehidah.
Today I’m excited to share that my friend singer-songwriter Dan Coyle will release a new album From Prague to Paris in September. I’ve had the privilege to work with Dan on his previous CD launch and some other promo work here and there. He makes the work collaborative and fun. That’s a gift.
Besides his creativity, work ethic and talent, Dan’s also one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet–but don’t tell him I said that.
He’s been touring Europe for several months and it really has his creative juices flowing.
“I’ve really taken a lot of time to craft these songs and have no doubt that this will be my best work yet,” said the modern-day troubadour.
“Since we’ve been touring Europe with such success this year, I decided to write and record everything here,” he said. “Half the album will be stories inspired by our travels; the other half will consist of thoughtful songs similar to what you’ve heard from me previously–but with a keener focus on melodies and lyrics.”
We’ll hear more from Dan soon. In the meantime, you can preview the new release at Dan’s website. If so inclined you can pre-order it. Dan works very hard to give you your money’s worth. But don’t just take my word for it–ask Europe:
|“His fragile vocal style combines beautifully with some outstanding guitar picking and strumming and he shows great versatility in his songwriting from the light, airy Listen Closely Now to the heartfelt emotion of I Adore You. His album, You Linger Your Little Hour And Are Gone, is excellent.” Icarus Club, Acoustic Heaven
|“One of the best nights of music that we have seen in a long time. Great show, excellent performer.” Prinz Willy, Kiel Germany|
|“Dan sought to take his fresh songs and give them an old feel. The answer that he came up with was to record this album completely acoustic and live. In front of a very enthusiastic audience, Dan recorded his latest album while putting on a phenomenal show; the album itself really tells the story.” Scrumpy’s Music Magazine, UK|
|“Folksinger Dan Coyle’s new album “You Linger Your Little Hour And Are Gone” is a collection of refreshing fluid vocal sounds accompanied by soft syncopated acoustic guitar rhythms. Coyle’s proof of talent is marked by very tastefully written lyrics in each song. Overall I find this album very mellow, poetic, and joyous album.” Nina Ȑogȕe Ȑoșș ™
“Bright musicality and sunny inflections almost hide the thoughtful and thought-provoking lyrics that are woven throughout this album. A lo-fi live recording that’s simple without being simplistic, and utterly charming.” Alexandra McKay, Prince St. Press
Can you always trust what you hear? Check out this video. It’s not baaaaad.
But seriously–taken in a broader context, communicators should take this effect into consideration when crafting messages, staging presentations and other events. Why? Because we can’t help but integrate visual speech into what we ‘hear’.
The McGurk effect shows that visual articulatory information is integrated into our perception of speech automatically and unconsciously. The syllable that we perceive depends on the strength of the auditory and visual information, and whether some compromise can be achieved. Regardless, integration of the discrepant audiovisual speech syllables is effortless and mandatory. Our speech function makes use of all types of relevant information, regardless of the modality. In fact, there is some evidence that the brain treats visual speech information as if it is auditory speech.–Via this site. Click here for more on the effect.
Hat tip to our pal Samantha for sharing this video!
Check out Smashwords founder Mark Coker’s presentation on what he sees as the “next chapter” in the ebook revolution–literary agents “changing horses.”
Not sure if I totally agree it will go exactly this way, but it’s good food for thought for you indie authors out there (yes, like me).