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"Crash" EP - The Process 

In December, 2009 I made a trip up to Michigan for the holidays. My parents and a few of my siblings still live in southeastern Michigan where I grew up. Not only was I spending Christmas with family, but I had scheduled some studio time with a guy I knew from high school. He had had some success in the music industry and wanted me to come in to see if recording together would be a good fit. It was almost time for me to get into the studio again and so I took him up on his offer to do one song.

In just a couple sessions producer Jake Rye and I had created a near-finished song, and what would eventually be track 4 on my EP. The "New Studio Version" of "Maybe" was sounding the best I had ever heard it. The vocals were crisp and full, the piano cut through the mix amazingly and the overall production was incredibly professional. After getting the final mix I knew instantly that this business relationship was going to work very well. In addition to being an outstanding producer, Jake was fun to hang out with and a talented musician as well.

Over the first few months of 2010, Jake and I made plans and worked out the schedule for me to come to the studio. Initially, I was planning on doing a full 10-12 song album, but time, money, and wisdom suggested that an EP was the way to go. Over the summer I polished up my songs and saved up money. A few of the songs ("Your Crash", "Blank Page") were well rehearsed, but some songs weren't even finished. One song actually didn't even make it to the CD. I made the final decision on "Last Call" the first day in the studio. I had been working on another song but I didn't feel it was ready.

So, on a crisp morning, October 11th, 2010, I arrived at the Sonus Clarus studio to begin tracking. The funds had been saved, the music was ready, and so were we. It was time to make the greatest record we could. The process moved along fairly smoothly from the scratch piano to the final vocal tracking. Each piece was falling into place nicely (as I dreamed) and before I knew it, three weeks had gone by and I was heading back to Atlanta with a great excitement! Not only did I feel good about the recording, but I hadn't seen my wife in a LONG time and I was ready to be home!

November began the challenging task of listening to mixes. For someone who often gets hung up on details, critiquing song mixes can be a never ending process. Not only did I have to communicate to Jake what changes I wanted, but it was also time to bring the other pieces of the project together. I had done a photo shoot with an Atlanta photographer, Andy Brophy, in September 2010 and I had about 300 photos to sift through. 

This part of the CD process seemed to take the longest. November proved to be very busy for me with conferences, a tour, Thanksgiving, and everything involved with putting this project together. Before I knew it, the Christmas season was in full swing and the CD release date was fast approaching. Some things ended up taking longer than expected and other things simply slipped through the cracks. I was getting nervous. It was the week of Christmas and "Crash" was behind schedule.

If I had to choose one word to describe my experience throughout this whole process, it would be "growth". Yes, it was fun. Yes, it was exciting. But, more than anything it was a major time of growth for me. As things got stressful and deadlines were missed, I discovered that I am a person who naturally likes to be in control. Or at least I like to feel in control. But, when it came down to crunch time, I had to give up control in order to release the CD on time. So I learned to delegate a few things out and entrust parts of this project to other people. 

So, with several people working on different aspects of "Crash", the CD release show was getting closer and closer. Once I had everything submitted for the discs to be duplicated, I received an email stating that my CDs would arrive to me on January 6th (two days after the CD release show). Not good. But, after a few emails back and forth, and more over-budget spending, everything was back on schedule.

December 31st, 2010 began with a knock at my door. I was like a kid at Christmas as my "Santa Claus" (dressed in brown) delivered seven boxes full of CDs. My excitement grew as I tore open the first package to reveal my very first professional, fully produced, shrink-wrapped, bar-coded studio EP. See picture below. It was everything I dreamed of.

And the creation process of "Crash" was complete.

We had an excellent night for the CD release. I felt incredibly blessed to have so many of my friends and 'family' in one place to help celebrate. I only wish I had had the time to talk to each person individually and thank them for their support. After it all was said (sung) and done, I went home January 4th, 2011 with a deeply grateful feeling inside for everyone involved in the process. What an experience! Incredible.

And now a new process begins. I have boxes and boxes of CDs to sell, so that I can have the money to do this whole thing all over again! I am saddling up for a GREAT 2011. I hope to see you out there.

Peace.
Kurt


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Check out my 'new song' called "Your Rewards"...sound familiar? I hope you'll check out the music video project I am launching on RocketHub.






Follow this link for more info on the project:

http://www.rockethub.com/projects/333-kurt-scobie-s-music-video-for-your-crash

Thanks for the support!
-Kurt

"Your Crash" Music Video Launch - Thoughts, Day 2 

I haven't done this blogging thing in a while, so we'll see how this goes...

Back in 2005 I wrote "Your Crash" after hearing the stories of people whose lives "crashed" in Hurricane Katrina. When the song came about, I honestly did not fully realize the extent of what people went through. Through the writing process I began to understand more about the devastation and the song really began to carry great meaning for me. It is truly honoring when people come up to me after shows (sometimes in tears) telling me how they have connected with my lyrics. I feel very blessed to be able to connect with people through my music.

I really hope the expression and message in "Your Crash" is magnified through this music video. In all honesty, I am a little concerned that this creative endeavor will... flop. There are many risks involved in what I do, but this one seems to be a bit bigger than most day-to-day adventures. This is uncharted territory for me, and I hope to do well. On the other hand I am reassured that I have a team of talented professionals and, more importantly, awesome friends to help me accomplish this project. My concerns are, for the most part, overshadowed by my confidence in the people I am working with (no pressure, you guys).

I REALLY appreciate the amazing support I have received so far on this project. I have such a great group of friends and fans that have encouraged me along the way. You guys allow me to keep doing what I do. Thank you.

If you haven't checked out the video and project info yet, please do so at www.RocketHub.com. I am very excited about it!! There are different levels of support and different REWARDS for each level. Please consider helping out.

Even if you are not in a position to support financially, I hope you'll still follow the process. I am going to be blogging, Twittering, Facebooking, and Foursquaring as this project moves forward. I hope you'll join me!

"Your Crash" Music Video Launch - Thoughts, Day 2 

I haven't done this blogging thing in a while, so we'll see how this goes...

Back in 2005 I wrote "Your Crash" after hearing the stories of people whose lives "crashed" in Hurricane Katrina. When the song came about, I honestly did not fully realize the extent of what people went through. Through the writing process I began to understand more about the devastation and the song really began to carry great meaning for me. It is truly honoring when people come up to me after shows (sometimes in tears) telling me how they have connected with my lyrics. I feel very blessed to be able to connect with people through my music.

I really hope the expression and message in "Your Crash" is magnified through this music video. In all honesty, I am a little concerned that this creative endeavor will... flop. There are many risks involved in what I do, but this one seems to be a bit bigger than most day-to-day adventures. This is uncharted territory for me, and I hope to do well. On the other hand I am reassured that I have a team of talented professionals and, more importantly, awesome friends to help me accomplish this project. My concerns are, for the most part, overshadowed by my confidence in the people I am working with (no pressure, you guys).

I REALLY appreciate the amazing support I have received so far on this project. I have such a great group of friends and fans that have encouraged me along the way. You guys allow me to keep doing what I do. Thank you.

If you haven't checked out the video and project info yet, please do so at www.RocketHub.com. I am very excited about it!! There are different levels of support and different REWARDS for each level. Please consider helping out.

Even if you are not in a position to support financially, I hope you'll still follow the process. I am going to be blogging, Twittering, Facebooking, and Foursquaring as this project moves forward. I hope you'll join me!




"SCO[O]B Tube" - New Video Each Week in June and July 

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to perform on WUGA Radio in Athens, GA. Not only was my performance aired on the NPR station, but the show was recorded and then played on local Athens Cable. I had a friend touch up the videos with a little editing, and I have nine movies of nine original songs which I performed that day.

I decided to upload a different video each week for the months of June and July. Below is a link to the first video! You can find the rest of these videos in coming weeks at www.kurtscobie.com/vids or on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/kurtscobie. Enjoy!

Click here to see video

Surf Scobie's Site & See Scobie Sing Songs 

So, how are you doing? Are you ready for the warm weather? It is on the way! Here in Georgia we have had a few 70-80 degree days (7 days after it snowed) and I am ready for it! I am ready to get outside, play some music on your favorite restaurant’s patio, and enjoy the southern sun! Get ready for it.

In addition to the warmer months ahead, I am also excited for a couple other things. As you may have heard (and some of you have already checked it out), I have been working on the new website for the last month, and it finally went live this weekend. I am pumped about it getting off the ground, and I hope you’ll go check it out and let me know what you think. You’ll find pictures, song lyrics, downloads, reviews, and a whole lot more. AND I am working on a couple more additions that will be up shortly. So click over there and check it out!

I also want to remind you of my show schedule (on KurtScobie.com as well). I have some great appearances and performances lined up for the coming months, including: Eddie’s Attic, Kavarna, Dakota’s, Cielito Lindo, and Abbott’s. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to come see me in the weeks to come!

In other Kurt Scobie news…I joined a gym. Yup! Time to burn off that extra winter baggage! The trainer said that I was in pretty good shape, but my recent experience on the treadmill suggests otherwise. Now, I’m not too concerned about that, because I have been a runner since middle school. What I’m not so thrilled about is the lifting. Probably the last place on earth I would like to be is on the bench press. I know the guys are all impressed when I pump those 100 pounds of iron into the air (with great effort), but I’d much prefer to keep my guns at home. Yeah, I went there. That’s right -guns.

Nevertheless, I will be sticking to the fitness plan as well as the music plans. There are exciting times on the horizon.

Again, please drop me a line to let me know how you’re doing! There is actually a contact form on the new site where you can just message me directly. And I certainly hope to catch up with you at a show!


Peace.

-Kurt

2-25-09  

Good things. Good things. Mazel Mazel!

Good things have been keeping me from updating you. The problem is that if I am busy doing a lot of things I find it difficult to make time to sit down and update my friends. But, if I do have time to write anything, I end up running out of information to write about.

Well, I have indeed had quite a bit happening that has limited me to insufficient twitters and facebook status updates. Today I fill you in.

The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) is an organization that hosts conventions, conferences and festivals every year. College students from across the country, from many different schools get together and select the talent they want to have at their schools. Musicians, artists, comedians, magicians, and other forms of talent present their best for the students and advisers who attend.

The NACA National event this year was held in beautiful Nashville, TN. Elizabeth and I celebrated Valentines Day early this year because I had to be in Nashville on February 14th. And the National convention ran for several days at the massive Opryland Hotel. If you have never been, I highly recommend it.

There were thousands of students representing hundreds of schools at this event. It was incredible. Amazingly, I ran into some people from my humble little hometown (Blissfield, MI).

Well, the event kicked off on Saturday with musical performances and emcees and a few comedians. They were all very talented. I did not perform at this event, so my main focus was meeting people and beginning to get connected to the NACA world.

The Marketplace, or Campus Activities Market Place (C.A.M.P) was my whole reason for existence that week. If you've been to a bridal show, this is similar. If you have never been to a bridal show, this is still similar. I was set up with some CDs and flyers in a booth (among hundreds of booths) so I could chat with the representatives (students) from different schools as they walked around and "shopped" the different talent. It was awesome! In addition to musicians and comedians, there were companies who had inflatable games and even a synthetic ice rink!

The Marketplace only happened a couple times a day for about an hour each time, so I ended up with quite a bit of free time in Nashville. I was able to catch a show at 3rd and Lindsley, hang out in a few of the 'honky-tonks' on Broadway, and visit with my Nashville buddies. I also performed at the Commodore Grille on West End.

A few cool people I met include: John Bataglia (Beauty and the Geek - image consultant), Ralphie May, Zac Brown Band (ok, didn't actually meet him, but he was there), Brian Brushwood (Bizarre Magic), and other great artists, magicians and comedians!

It was a great time in Music City, to say the very least. It was also a very busy one. I made it home to Atlanta on Thursday at about 4 a.m. Then, I geared up for a few performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Needless to say, my health got a bit poor but, it was all worth it!

My first NACA experience was fantastic and I met a lot of cool people. Let me rephrase that. My first NACA experience was fantastic BECAUSE I met a lot of EXTREMELY cool people!

Expect to hear more good things from me.

Mazel Mazel!

-Kurt

Mazel Mazel 

Good things. Good things. Mazel Mazel (rhymes with 'nozzle').

Good things have been keeping me from updating my Blogspot. The problem is that if I am busy doing a lot of things I find it difficult to make time to sit down and update my friends. But, if I do have time to blog, I end up running out of information to blog about.

Well, I have indeed had quite a bit happening that has limited me to insufficient twitters and facebook status updates. Today I fill you in.

The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) is an organization that hosts conventions, conferences and festivals every year. College students from across the country, from many different schools get together and select the talent they want to have at their schools. Musicians, artists, comedians, magicians, and other forms of talent present their best for the students and advisers who attend.

The NACA National event this year was held in beautiful Nashville, TN. Elizabeth and I celebrated Valentines Day early this year because I had to be in Nashville on February 14th. And the National convention ran for several days at the massive Opryland Hotel. If you have never been, I highly recommend it.

There were thousands of students representing hundreds of schools at this event. It was incredible. Amazingly, I ran into some people from my humble little hometown (Blissfield, MI).

Well, the event kicked off on Saturday with musical performances and emcees and a few comedians. They were all very talented. I did not perform at this event, so my main focus was meeting people and beginning to get connected to the NACA world.

The Marketplace, or Campus Activities Market Place (C.A.M.P) was my whole reason for existence that week. If you've been to a bridal show, this is similar. If you have never been to a bridal show, this is still similar. I was set up with some CDs and flyers in a booth (among hundreds of booths) so I could chat with the representatives (students) from different schools as they walked around and "shopped" the different talent. It was awesome! In addition to musicians and comedians, there were companies who had inflatable games and even a synthetic ice rink!

The Marketplace only happened a couple times a day for about an hour each time, so I ended up with quite a bit of free time in Nashville. I was able to catch a show at 3rd and Lindsley, hang out in a few of the 'honky-tonks' on Broadway, and visit with my Nashville buddies. I also performed at the Commodore Grille on West End.

A few cool people I met include: John Bataglia (Beauty and the Geek - image consultant), Ralphie May, Zac Brown Band (ok, didn't actually meet him, but he was there), Brian Brushwood (Bizarre Magic), and other great artists, magicians and comedians!

It was a great time in Music City, to say the very least. It was also a very busy one. I made it home to Atlanta on Thursday at about 4 a.m. Then, I geared up for a few performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Needless to say, my health got a bit poor but, it was all worth it!

My first NACA experience was fantastic and I met a lot of cool people. Let me rephrase that. My first NACA experience was fantastic BECAUSE I met a lot of EXTREMELY cool people!

Expect to hear more good things from me.

Mazel Mazel!

Your Atlanta Braves Pianist 

Well, have you seen the pictures yet?

Friday I had an opportunity of a lifetime! I woke up to an early call from one of the marketing coordinators for the Atlanta Braves, and they were in desperate need of a piano player... for THAT NIGHT. "Kurt Scobie to the rescue!" I thought. So I said "hey, no prob!"

My wife and I dressed our best and headed down to Buckhead. I don't remember too well, but I probably said something like "Ready Baby?" She most definitely said "Yes!" So we hopped out of the truck, headed into the InterContinental Hotel, and walked down the hall to the Windsor Ballroom.

I shook a few hands with my contacts and waited for guests to arrive.

Then, as Derek Lowe, Brian McCann, Chipper Jones and other stars from the Atlanta Braves (and many other guests) arrived, I began to play the beautiful grand piano just outside the ballroom.

The Atlanta Braves Foundation hosts a "Diamond Gala" every year as an opportunity for people to give. They then allocate funds to various charities. People and businesses had donated guitars, autographed souvenirs, and many other items for the silent auction that also took place.

The main part of the evening, however, was after I had performed. It was "Casino Night". Guests were able to purchase "Braves Bucks" to gamble at the many Blackjack tables that were set up. When I talked to Brian McCann and Derek Lowe, they said they were winning (probably because they were dealing).

Well, there was also a special guest at the Gala. You had to pay a little extra in order to spend time at his Blackjack table in the VIP area. You might recognize this Hall of Famer by the names "Hammer", "Hammerin' Hank", or "Bad Henry", but this Boston Brave is best known as "Hank Aaron". I had no idea he would be there. And I certainly didn't think I'd have the priveledge to get my picture taken with him. But I did! Check it out. Me, Kurt Scobie.....and Henry Louis Aaron! What a cool experience! What an honor.

I hope you can enjoy a piece of my excitement. Take a look at the pics on Facebook and/or Myspace

We had a great time at "Casino Night" and the event was a success!
 
 

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