The Crankamacallit Is Here!

To read about Sirenstories or share your songs, please see my previous posts or click on the waterwings in the right hand column to submit, thanks!

If you’re not looking for Sirenstories, you must be stopping by to help me celebrate the fact that THE CRANKAMACALLIT IS UP AND FLYING!

That’s right, The Crankamacallit ipad app is now available in the itunes store! Yay! Champagne, confetti, and cake!

If you want to read more about The Crankamacallit, please click on the title page below and visit Polymash, where there’s an incredible gallery and storyline teaser for The Crankamacallit. Go now, they’re passing glasses of bubbly!

Thank you Polymash, you’re brilliant!

Inspiration, Starting June 1st, Here on Sirenstories.

June 1st is almost here and I’m more than ready to start listening to the songs that generous songwriters have added to the Sirenstories SoundCloud.

I confess I’ve taken a quick listen to some of the songs that writers have uploaded, just a peek, so to speak, I couldn’t resist. But I haven’t listened to any song in its entirety yet. The purpose of Sirenstories is to provide a new song every day, not just for you, but for me too.

I’ve mostly taken a break from my own songwriting over the past three or four years, and I’ve been writing children’s stories and YA novels. I didn’t plan the musical slow down, my muse just decided to switch things up. I’m not sure why she changed her tune to a steady stream of words, but I have my theories.

I hardly noticed the change up at first; I was that busy writing stories. By the time I did notice the transformation for what it was I realized something else. I’d developed a kind of . . . ache.

The slight pain seemed to get worse when I listened to music. So I stopped. Unconsciously I think I decided that if I wasn’t making music, if I wasn’t playing music, if I wasn’t out there performing, I shouldn’t even listen. And I didn’t, because when I listened, I got the ache.

When I started writing novels a year and a half ago, I had an epiphany: music moves my pen. Music makes my fingers fly on the computer keyboard.

Once I realized this, I began to create playlists in itunes to listen to while I was writing. I chose new songs that were evocative, moody, and had no baggage for me, no past.

Songs or instrumental tracks, I often chose music from movies I loved, music I’d noticed but never explored. The music in my ‘writing soundtracks’ was always on as I wrote what are now four finished novels.

Music made me want to be a musician. Before I became a musician, I was a fan. On June 1st, as a fan, I’ll start posting the songs that songwriters have been steadily submitting to the Sirenstories Soundcloud since I put out the call.

I’m planning on finding inspiration in these songs and I hope you do too. Get psyched, the seas are full of Sirens and their seductive songs.

Crankamacallit Update!

If you’re here for Sirenstories you’re in the right place, scroll down and read the last post or two (or three) or simply click on the waterwings in the right hand column and submit your songs. If you just want to listen, come back June 1st, the first song will be up.

But for those of you who are looking for a new ipad app for your child, The Crankamacallit is just about ready.

In a few more weeks The Crankamacallit will be in the Apple store! Until then, here are some still shots and descriptions from Polymash.

An interactive children’s story about building an imaginary vehicle, The Crankamacallit is filled with stunning interactive animation and surprising sounds.

Using playful, rhythmic language and rhyme, The Crankamacallit draws the user into the fantastic 3D world of an inventor’s workshop.

Part poem, part story, this rhythmic 3D fantasy was written by Mimi Cross, animated by Juergen Berkessel and narrated by acclaimed singer songwriter Robert Burke Warren, aka “Uncle Rock”. Listeners will laugh out loud at the nuances of Warren’s performance.

Artists, Please Submit Your Songs

Songwriters, please share your songs with me for my new project, Sirenstories.

Sirenstories is a project created to help singer songwriters get their music heard, and to make my blog epic!

Although the focus will be on singer songwriters, the project is also open to composers of instrumental tracks, as long as the piece submitted is program music, intended to evoke images or convey the impression of events.

Beginning June 1st, my goal is to post 1 new song—plus information about the writer—every week, for 1 year.

Hear new music, meet new musicians. Help make this project rock—or sigh :)

If you’re a songwriter please submit tracks for consideration http://soundcloud.com/groups/sirenstories

Thank you!

The Sirenstories Project

Songwriters, please share your songs with me for my new project, Sirenstories.

Sirenstories is a project created to help singer songwriters get their music heard, and to make my blog epic!

Although the focus will be on singer songwriters, the project is also open to composers of instrumental tracks, as long as the piece submitted is program music, intended to evoke images or convey the impression of events.

Beginning June 1st, my goal is to post 1 new song—plus information about the writer—every week, for 1 year.

Hear new music, meet new musicians. Help make this project rock—or sigh :)

If you’re a songwriter and want to submit your music for consideration, please go to http://soundcloud.com/groups/sirenstories

Thank you, see you June 1st!