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I Want I Want I Want

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Lately, I find myself suffering from GAS, or "Gear Acquisition Syndrome." It's an affliction that most musicians suffer from, and I am not immune myself. I'm obsessing a bit over my latest toy discovery, so much so that I even stepped foot in my current local music store of choice, Sam Ash Music, to see if I could try it out. Alas, the only one in the store was still sealed in the box, and they were hesitant to open it just for me to try. But without further ado, permit me to geek out:

Oooooh. The Voicelive Touch. If you believe the marketing, it's like the ultimate guitar pedal board, but for your voice. And it works with keyboards, too. What does it do, you ask? Why, it automatically adjusts to give your voice the best sound; adds reverb, delay, and other effects; adds realistic sounding harmonies; corrects pitch; and does loops. All that, and it slips onto your mic stand, and has a simple touch interface.

I currently bring a small mixer with reverb with me whe…

New Song - Sing It Out (new version)

Sing It Out (new version) by Tom Willner
This month's new song is actually a new version of one of my most popular tunes called Sing It Out. My good friend Ben Wakeman co-wrote the lyrics, and we recorded this one with Chris Kearney for our band Screen Door's album Greener back in 2003. Well, recently I found this listing from an A&R exec looking for a song:
ADULT CONTEMPORARY SONGS needed for a female British artist a la SUSAN BOYLE. The A&R exec at the Label tells us they're looking for songs with "strong lyrical sentiments of hope, honesty, new beginnings, etc." Lyrics can also be "reflective or nostalgic" and can even go so far as to suggest themes such as "unrequited love" but should also convey a "glimmer of hope." This comes straight from the source, so keep it in mind when submitting. Nothing depressing, cliche or gimmicky! Give this artist's incredible voice something MAGICAL and MEMORABLE to sing, at …