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Premature blog fame=no fame at all

I spent a good amount of time on some random Sunday emailing music blogs. I felt for some reason like this could be a good way of gaining exposure. The following day we received a cheery email from Arjan Writes (www.arjanwrites.com), and Arjan was optimistic about our music. We were excited because his website was listed as one of the top ten music blogs on the web. This was our chance to gain access to other artists, to new fans, to open doors…or so we thought. He ended up featuring us on the homepage of the website in February. The feature can be seen here:

http://www.arjanwrites.com/arjanwrites/2008/02/index.html

(scroll down the page about half way)

There was “The Bravery” and then there was us. On the SAME featured page. This was it. Finally, a break. 

A week after the post our myspace count went back down below 100, and the “break” was officially over. No labels emailed us, no promoters, no new fans saying “OH MY GOD you are sweet.”  Then we were swept off the homepage into the archives of February, and reality sunk in: Getting on a major music blog is not a way up…and in our case it was not really a way to anywhere at all.

Let the rat race continue….

 

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And that’s why you don’t Google yourself!


You’ll go blind! Tonight I was googling myself to see if any blogs had written about my music and I found a review of a show I played a year ago with two great artists; Matthew Perryman Jones and Jeremy Lister. I felt pretty good about the show. Here’s what she thought of me:

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“Aron opened the set. (yes, that’s how he spells his name.) He caused me to wonder why in a town with so much talent was he sharing the stage with these 2 other guys. Aron channeled Damien Rice- very moody, whiney songs performed to effects-driven guitar and keyboard. Think Ross from Friends with “his sound” and that’s what Aron reminded me of. Plus, if I wanted to hear a guy sing high like a girl, I’d see Justin Timberlake, and he’d at least be attractive & dancing. For Aron’s last song, he accompanied himself on the ukulele and I fought back laughs. Were we really supposed to take him seriously?”

You can read the rest of her blog here.

I remember a few years ago I was reading a review of Sigur Ros (one of the best bands ever) and the reviewer said the lead singer Jonsi mewed like a dying cat except he used the phrase “terminal resignation” instead of dying.

It’s amazing to me how each individual’s brain and body can react so differently to the same piece of music or sounds.

Justin Timberlake is a pretty handsome guy.

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Aaron Roche played a song on my porch

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Aaron Roche stopped by my house tonight to borrow a guitar. Then he played a few songs for Mike Odmark, Amanda Ball and me. He’s one of the most talented people I know and this cell phone video doesn’t do him much justice.

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McClain And The Bear

One day there was this bear. He eats People. He probably ate at least 20 before he met us. We were walking to Nashville from New York, and the Bear jumped out with a bib on thinking he could just eat us on the spot. I hit him in the nose until he cried. Lindsay kicked him in the shins, and after he gave up we asked him for his guitar. He gave it to me. I play that guitar live now. You should see it. There are scratch marks on it and everything. It also says BEAR on the back.

Is this blogging?

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The Fools of April Tour


Daniel Ellsworth and “quote” are on a three week tour of the United States of America. If they are stopping in your city be sure and go see them…and throw some money at them while you’re at it. Here’s their remaining tour dates:

Apr 15 2008 8:00P
The Fools Of April Tour – House Show Newark, Delaware
Apr 16 2008 8:00P
The Fools Of April Tour – The Fire Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 17 2008 7:00P
The Fools Of April Tour – Arlene’s Grocery New York, New York
Apr 18 2008 8:00P
The Fool Of April Tour – Think Coffee NYC New York, New York
Apr 19 2008 8:00P
The Fools Of April Tour – Private Party New York, New York
Apr 21 2008 8:00P
The Fools Of April Tour – The Red Door Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Apr 22 2008 8:00P
The Fools Of April Tour – Boulder Coffee Co. Rochester, New York
Apr 23 2008 8:00P
The Fools Of April – Ruby Tuesday Live Columbus, Ohio
Apr 24 2008 5:00P
The Fools Of April Tour – Al’s Bar – WRFL Benefit Concert Lexington, Kentucky
Apr 25 2008 8:00P
The Fools Of April – The Rudyard Kipling AKA – The Mother Lodge Louisville, Kentucky
Apr 27 2008 8:00P
The Fools Of April Tour – The 5 Spot – W/ The Early Evening, Daniel Ellsworth, and The Floorwalkers Nashville, Tennesse

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Ustream.tv or Yes I am a huge nerd

A few weeks ago I discovered ustream.tv which is a website that allows schmucks like me to stream live video with just a camera, computer and internet access. Here’s my page.

They also allow you to save the videos as they’re being recorded, so if you go to my profile you can watch me testing it out in my bedroom or watch me and some friends playing at my girlfriend’s art school. There were about three people watching us in real life and about 500 on the internet. What a strange time to be alive.

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Aron Wright’s Nashville CD release party

So it’s been a month today since I had the Nashville CD release party for my album “In the woods”. Blogging is not my strong suit but I guess better late than never. It went better than I could’ve imagined. There were almost too many people there for that small of a space and we all had a good time(I hope) drinking wine and eating a cake that was decorated like my album art.

My younger brother Justin opened for me and did a great job as always. I love his music and his photography.

Speakerheart.com was kind enough to sponsor my show and helped me by promoting the show on their website and facebook, myspace, etc. David Grant from Speakerheart even ran the door for me. If your a musician go sign up on their website now.

I also got a lot of help from the fine people at Lightning 100. Specifically Justin Hammel who was able to get my song “To the country” in for the Local Lightning Spotlight the week of my release party. I got a few people there that I’m pretty sure were bigger fans of the ukulele than they were of me. I’ll take what I can get.

here’s a few more pictures for you lamos that didn’t make it:


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