Where Did I Go Wrong with Procrastination?

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There’s a lot on my mind right now. So I thought I’d blog. That, and I’m procrastinating recording this week’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. That’s okay. I’ll get it done today. The shownotes are almost done. I just need a good title for the show.

Hmmm…. Where to begin?

Upcoming Sci Fi Conventions

Let’s see. I did some updates to the GenCon and DragonCon pages on my websites. Mostly, I just ditched the con specific email lists. I like the idea, but I can’t adequately manage those extra lists. So I’m gonna delete them.

I checked up on shows at GenCon. My cat show is at capacity. My Firefly Drinking Songs show is sold out. My Sci Fi Drinking Songs show still has space for 60 or so people. Friday Night Live has a space as well. I need to determine band order and solidify who’s performing. I haven’t done either things yet.

At DragonCon, I have a tentative schedule. I just need to put it on the website. But I called Andrew McKee today to talk about the convention. He’s hoping to finish an album in time for the con. I did my best to encourage him to get it done. I’m certain he will. He works best with deadlines.

We also have a WHOLE bunch of shows and panels at the con. And we’re awaiting a few more. Thus, it’d be REALLY smart to get that site up-to-date. So I put it on my calendar for tomorrow.

Last of the Kickstarters to Be Mailed

The last of the DVDs arrived today for the Sci Fi Drinking Songs Kickstarter. That means tomorrow I will also be packing up the final CDs and mailing them. I have a busy day ahead.

My review for the Roland CUBE Street Ex is doing well. I’m getting a lot of views for it on YouTube.

I guess that means I should move next week’s Celtic podcast to Thursday… We’re going to the beach this Saturday so I really want to have a show setup for while I’m gone.

Where Did I Go Wrong with The Celtic Geek

Ye know, there’s one big problem with moving The Celtic Geek to Tuesday. I always want to do it first thing on Monday. I’m usually thinking more about it then. I got a lot done mind you. I published the newest edition of the Celtic Music Magazine–6 New Celtic MP3s for You to Download. But darn it, I like using that Monday morning, ready-to-work feeling. I may need to update it. Hmm… I guess I could do the shownotes instead on Tuesday? There’s an idea…

Past and Future Shows

The shows this weekend in Marietta went well. The attendance was small, but I think everyone had fun. The cat show I found myself forgetting lyrics. It reminded me that I really need to work on the show too. Especially since I’m doing a cat show at GenCon. Much of the problem there was due to the heat. The show was outside and I don’t handle heat well.

My next show will be at GenCon in Indianapolis. I hope to see you there.

Celtic Music vs. Irish Drinking Songs

One final thought. Earlier this week, I posted the following question to my Facebook page: When did you first hear the term “Celtic music“? Did you hear of Irish and Scottish music first or were the names always synonymous? 

I LOVED reading the responses so much I asked the question again on my Celtic podcast page (see the original post here)

I have so ingrained myself with the idea of “Celtic music” that I feel like I’ve blinded myself somewhat. I think “Celtic music” is more appropriate to the music I do. But quite honestly, there are many people who only know of the phrase because of me. That means there’s a whole world out there who has no clue what “Celtic” is. Thus, I find myself fighting an uphill battle.

Perhaps this is why I feel I’ve had so much trouble getting into Celtic festivals and what not. I’m just not defining my music enough…? Perhaps…

It’s definitely an interesting observation. So many bands choose their “allegiance”. Do they do Irish music? Irish songs? Scottish music? Traditional Irish music? Irish drinking songs?

Of course, the last of those, I’ve done a LOT of marketing for–Irish drinking songs… and not Sci Fi Drinking Songs or Firefly Drinking Songs or Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers.

Yes, there’s a bunch of them.

Well, I only have a couple hours of work. So I better get back to it.

But before I go.

What did you think of this blog? For me, it serves multiple purposes: organizing my schedule, informing my Gunn Runners, and optimizing my content. But does this appeal to you at all?

I probably should ask that at the BEGINNING of the post since if you made it to the end, you are probably more interested in the content. But nevertheless, the question remains.

Do you find this post useful? Entertaining? Education? If so, how?

Thanks so much for your time and supporting my music. Slainte!
Marc Gunn

PS. As I was writing, I was SUPER excited to see that I unlocked my first Milestone for Patreon. I’m gonna share seasons 2 and 3 tomorrow. Thanks for your support!

CG038: How to Unclog Your Inbox, Ah-Ha Moments

As I pack up CDs to mail from my recent Kickstarter for Sci Fi Drinking Songs, I thought I’d record a podcast. Today, we talk about how to filter your email. I share the challenges of promoting with social media. And I remember the ah-ha moments that changed my musical career forever.

Today’s show is sponsored by Celtic Invasion Vacations. Visit http://celticinvasion.com to find out about the Invasion of Donegal next year.

My apologies if I said, “Uh” too much in this episode. That’s what comes from not focusing on what I have to talk about, I guess…

How to Unclog Your Email on Gmail

I use gmail for my email client. I love it. They offer lots of space for storing stuff and it’s easy to manage. Here’s how.

  1. Create a folder for “Newsletters”.
  2. Next to the Reply button, is a down arrow. Click that.
  3. Click “Filter Messages Like This”
  4. At the bottom right, click “Create filter with this search”
  5. Click the buttons “Skip the Inbox (Archive It)” and “Apply the Label” with your new Newsletter folder

Now each time a newsletter comes in, send it straight to your Newsletter folder. After a couple weeks, your inbox will be beautifully empty.

You can also add a filter from slainte@marcgunn and editor@celticmp3s.com and marc@thebards.net.

Now you won’t miss a single email by me because you will you insure that they go straight to you inbox (mine don’t go to Newsletters, silly).

David tells me that you can also filter emails in the Gmail App on the iPhone. He writes:

  • Google mail now automatically filters your mail.
  • I have my email david@re****.com automatically forwarded to gmail.
  • Gmail in turn sorts all my email from this and all addresses (12).
  • You can tell gmail where you want each piece mail to end up.
  • And the good thing it is easily done via the Gmail app for iPhone.
  • It syncs with web explorers on your PC or Mac.
  • Takes little time for any geek to set up.

Thanks David!

 

Celtic Geek News This Week

What Songs Do You Share of Mine?

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I want to create a new “Welcome to Marc Gunn’s Music” compilation CD. To do that, I want to know your absolute favorite songs? Which songs do you love?

But more importantly, which songs do you love so much that you have shared with a friend (I give you full permission to do so, after all)? What songs that I have recorded do you think are essential for this compilation?

Concert Window Was a Hit, Set List, Back to Shipping Sci Fi

Last night’s performance on Concert Window was a tremendous success. There were 37 people who logged on and watched the show. The reviews are fantastic. Thanks to everyone who watched the performance. We even had a viewer at 3am watching the show in Estonia. (thanks Kersta!)

Here’s the set list from last night:

  1. Nancy Whiskey
  2. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
  3. Doctor of Gallifrey
  4. Reavers, Malcolm, Reavers
  5. Follow Prince Charlie
  6. Freedom Costs
  7. Mingulay Boat Song
  8. Jasper Tabby Kitty Cat-y
  9. Close Your Eyes
  10. Wherever I May Roam
  11. The Mermaid
  12. Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits
  13. Ring of Hope
  14. Kilkelly, Ireland
  15. Special Guest Song by Kenzie: Let It Go!
  16. Beer, Beer, Beer
  17. Bring Me Home, Boys
  18. Come Take a Trip in My Airship
  19. The Parting Glass

At the end of the show, viewers asked for “MORE, MORE, MORE”. So I’m gonna oblige. I’m gonna start planning another Concert Window show in a month or so. I think it’ll be September. Maybe I can do it just in time for the official CD release of Sci Fi Drinking Songs.

Keep an eye open. I’ll let you know when it happens.

Now it’s time to get back to packing up CDs. I worked all morning. Then I realized I still have over 100 albums to pack up. I’m working on it though. Thanks for your patience. I’ll get it done asap.

CG037: A Star Is Born

We had a great weekend in New Orleans, complete with a show stopping performance at The Irish House with my daughter. Listen to find out more.

Today’s show is brought to you by  YOU!

Thanks for listening.

 

This Week’s Celtic Geek News

 

Join the Celtic Geek Community

I want you involved with this podcast. Read the Celtic Geek Manifesto. Then send me your Celtic or Geek recommendations that I can share with the podcast. You can share via email. Then chat with other Celtic Geeks on Google+ and Facebook.

In Honor of 9 Years as a Musician–Doctor of Gallifrey

It’s hard to believe, but nine-years ago today, I quit my day job at the University of Texas at Austin. I became a full-time musician. I’ve never had to go back. That’s incredible!

What’s truly incredible is YOU. Thank you for supporting me all these years.

As a thank you, I am pleased to release my first single from my new album Sci Fi Drinking Songs. It’s called “Doctor of Gallifrey“. The song was written by Devo Spice and is a brilliant Celtic Geek tribute to Doctor Who and Celtic music.

You can download the song for free for a limited time over at The FuMP (the Funny Music Project). Get it. Listen. Love it. Share it. Then wait until September when the album is officially released.

Roland CUBE Street EX Amplifier Review

I don’t do a lot of busking or outdoor gigs where I need this amplifier, but when I do, I need something good. I heard lots of rave reviews about the Roland CUBE Two-Channel Street Amplifier all over the net. So I did some research to try and decide if I should get that or the Roland CUBE Street EX Amplifier. The definitive answer came from my good friend Andrew McKee. He suggested the Street Ex.

The amplifier arrived yesterday and I recorded this video review of the Roland CUBE Street Ex.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know know much about electronic specs. One of the reasons I asked Andrew is that he is AWESOME and research and he knows about electronics. The CUBE Street Amp has received raving reviews for a few years now. Go check out YouTube and you’ll see. Street musicians and buskers LOVE it.

My concern though was the sound. I play the autoharp and typically when I think of portable, battery-powered amplifiers, I think of them having a very tinny sound. I expect even worse for an autoharp which most electronic gear is not made for.

Happily, that wasn’t the case. As you’ll see in the video, with a few adjustments to the EQ, the amplifier sounds as good as an speaker when it’s on the NORMAL setting. Sure, it sounds kinda weak on the ECO setting, but that’s to be expected. It still didn’t sound tinny to me though.

The worst part about the CUBE Street EX over the CUBE Street is the price. The Street EX costs $200 more than the later. So what do you get with your extra $200?

Well for one, you can put it on a speaker stand. It has 3-band EQ instead of the 2-band of the Two-Channel Street amplifier. I don’t know if it has more effects, but I believe it has more power at the very least. The Street amp has two 2.5 Watt Speakers. The Street Ex has two 25 Watt speakers.

That, of course, means very little to me. From what I understand though, the amount of wattage means very little period. However, a bigger speaker should provide more low-end body at the very least.

I can only imagine what the Street amp sounds like. But the Roland CUBE Street EX amplifier sounded great. In fact, it sounded as good as any PA and Speaker setup that I’ve used with a lot less fuss since the amplifier is only 16 pounds and thus easily portable.

All in all, I’m super excited to mess with the amplifier some more in the months to come, especially at shows like GenCon and my farmer’s market gigs.

If you’d like to find out more about the Roland CUBE Street Ex, follow this link.

If you’d like to find out more about the Roland CUBE Two-Channel Street Amplifier, click here.

 

CG036: Celtic Music News Flash

While chatting with Haggis Rampant this weekend at a wedding, I learned of an exciting new development in the Celtic music world. It revealed the return of one of my favorite musicians to the Celtic music scene. Don’t miss this Celtic music news flash!

Today’s show is brought to you by the Celtic Invasion of Donegal, Ireland. Learn more about this year’s invasion at celticinvasion.com/

This Week’s Celtic Geek News

 

CG035: Adventures in Asheville

We drove to Asheville, North Carolina for the wedding of our friends. It was not only an awesome wedding but a great family adventure too. We saw a lot of great sites along the way. We even caught some 3rd of July fireworks. Find out all about it in this week’s Celtic Geek at marcgunn.com/celticgeek035

Today’s show is brought to you by the Celtic Invasion of Donegal, Ireland. Learn more about this year’s invasion at celticinvasion.com/

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CG034: Intergalactic Celtic Festival cont.

Some insights regarding the Celtic Geek Con and some thoughts I earned from listening to the audio book “Quiet”.

I started listening to a new audio book today by Susan Cain. It’s called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. And yes, today’s show is sponsored by Audible. You can get the book free when you go to marcgunn.com/audible.

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