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You are invited to experience my latest LP Bringing the Harvest Home completely free. Sign up now and I will send you links to access the full collection, including high quality downloads, exclusive videos, lyric sheets and more.

This LP of 9 songs has taken me over 2 years to record and produce but it has taken me a lifetime to write. I am finally Bringing the Harvest Home after years of sowing the seeds of songwriting and recording. I’ve gone back and found my favorite songs from my catalog and put together this “best of” collection. Some of the tracks are brand new, some are re-imaginings of previous releases and some are old songs I never had the chance to record before. I am proud of the end results and so I am giving you the chance to listen to this collection for free…

I am a completely independent artist with no ties to a record label, manager or anyone that can tell me what direction I should take.

Here’s a few reviews of some of the tracks included in the selection….

““Why Did She Leave has a highly catchy beat that I would listen to over and over again. It definitely has a build up which I enjoy and it’s overall “trippy.” He has a way of speaking his words that it relaxes me. The guitar is chill as well.””— Soundout Review 

I Lie Bleeding is a masterpiece”— Tom Hedrick 

“The music certainly sets the mood, if you know what I mean. The vocals are astounding, his voice is truly a gift. I can sense the emotions and sense time slowing down along with his voice. The clarity is great, catchy tune, good lyrics. This is a great song.””— Soundout Review 

 
“Very catchy pop songs. Reminds me of The Cars,The Thompson Twins etc. combined with an amazing voice. Kudos to you Sir.”— Saint of the Echo  

Track 3 -Seize the Day – Epic Orchestral Jangle Rock

Who knows the dangers we might meet?

Inspired by listening to the book To Rule the Waves by Arthur Herman, about the British Navy and Herrmann’s The Great Age of Discovery about great explorers I have written a track called Seize the Day. These chaps must’ve had balls of steel. Heading out into the unknown. Makes our over scrutinized lives seem rather small in comparison.

Stuart

 

I have used this painting as the base for the artwork to go with the single. For more information about the painting click here.

Seize the Day

Throw the dice and say your prayers

The World is yours, if you dare

 

Who knows the dangers we might meet?

Crashing waves or the guns of the mighty Spanish Fleet

It’s the great adventure of our time

I’ve got the chance to know what is or isn’t mine

Chorus

And this ripple could become a mighty wave

No-one knows if their souls are ever safe

So, they should seize the day

Carpe diem

Carpe diem

Verse

In a burning sun on a breathless sea

With thoughts of home and a waiting Virgin Queen

 

Francis Drake and the Golden Hind

Lived on hope of all the treasure he might find

Who knows the dangers we might meet

 

Words by Stuart James Wright (Copyright 2018 Stuart Wright Music)

 

Crowd Reviews – Not for the faint hearted

When I finish a new song I sometimes submit the finished recording to a blind test using a crowd reviewing service. This then helps me by highlighting what the average listener thinks of my song and from this I can make changes if I feel it’s appropriate or promote it to certain sets of people.

Anyhow, I’ve just got a Crowd Review back for “Bringing the Harvest Home” and for your entertainment I am posting a link to the final report here. 

Crowd Review 29162722_175189 Bringing the Harvest Home

It just goes to show that you can’t expect to please all the people all the time but you can really please some of the people some of the time.

Now excuse me while I go find these 10% who say they would buy the CD. 

Enjoy,

Stuart

 

A Little Self Promotion

A Little Self Promotion – Spreading the Word

Over the years I’ve tried to promote my music with whatever the current trend is. So, in the 80’s, I would record demos onto cassettes and then either give them away or sell them to anyone who might listen. In the early 90’s this progressed to putting out my own 7″ single and once again pushing it to anyone who might help further my career. This led to interest from 5 labels and the chance to be “signed”, but this came to nought and I was back to recording and releasing songs on my own ShowSnaps “label”.

At the end of the 90’s I took to the World Wide Web and hoped to make a killing, but I was probably 5 years too soon. Download speeds were too slow and the web pages that could be created were not appealing.

So, moving on to the 00’s through to the present day I have continued to improve my web site and I use Facebook and email newsletters to promote my latest songs and having a major label deal is no longer something to be desired.

Over time I’ve garnered quite a few good reviews and I’ve used these to back up my promotional activities, but due to family commitments I’ve only just started getting back to doing live work which is a great way to get my music into the ears of potential followers.

I need your support

The problem I have now is that Facebook make me pay to get my posts in front of more than a small fraction of your followers and therefore my reach is seriously restricted. The only way I gain any traction on Facebook is if someone shares my posts, otherwise it can easily cost me more than I can hope to make. So the most cost effective way for me to stay in touch with my followers is to ask them to sign up to my email newsletter. 

Every time someone shares my songs or signs up as a VIP supporter I dance a happy dance. So, if you read my posts or listen to my music and enjoy the experience please don’t be shy in signing up to become a VIP Supporter or sharing my posts. It goes a long way towards making the ship stay afloat.

Thank-you,

Stuart

 

Days of our Lives – Spotify Playlist

Days of our Lives – Spotify Playlist

This Spotify playlist features a few of the tracks that have influenced the songs on my upcoming CD/Album “Days of Our Lives”. (Might be two EP’s yet)

I’m not one of these people that hate on Spotify for the bad deal they are giving Artists. As someone who owns all the rights to my own material if I was to get a good number of plays on Spotify the revenue could add up and go towards my recording costs etc.

To this end I have a Spotify playlist that I would love everyone to listen to, follow and share.

I’ve included a few of my own tracks alongside some of the songs that have inspired me over the years.

Stuart

 

Take This Smile – New Lyric Video

I’ve not had a great deal of time this last week so I’m delighted to have come across RotorVideos.com. This had allowed me to make a completely new lyric video for Take This Smile for less than a tenner. I remastered the sound at the same time.

I have no plans at the mo to put the track out on Spotify or iTunes, but it will feature on my next CD that should be out in July.

Stuart

 

Live at Last

Howden Shire Hall 2018

I finally got myself into gear and performed a 40 minute set at the Howden Shire Hall last Friday, (March 23rd). Apart from a bit of a brain fade with the capo on Bringing the Harvest Home it proved to be an excellent gig. First public airing of Day’s End as a song rather than an instrumental.

Setlist

  1. Why Did She Leave
  2. Bringing the Harvest Home
  3. Day’s End 
  4. I Lie Bleeding
  5. Nowhere Man
  6. Brown Eyed Girl
  7. It’s Only Natural
  8. Weather With You

Looks like I’ve got a few more gigs in the local area this next few months so finishing the album is going to take a bit longer than expected. Provisional release date is now July 1st 2018.

Stuart

New Songs update

I seem to have spent the last 9 months treading water while I get the lyrics written for the surplus of tunes I’ve already recorded. This has given me a chance to learn how to get more out of the orchestration and I’m really pleased at the Jangle Pop folkie vibe that’s come out of the use of more violin and acoustic guitar. Anyway I’m now fairly confident that things are progressing. I have the lyrics for Bringing the Harvest Home finished, also Day’s End is no longer an instrumental and Seize the Day is also nearing completion.

So…. sometime in the next month I will be recording the vocals, mixing and mastering and finally getting some new stuff out for everyone to wrap their lugs round.

Stuart 

 

First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression and it has always been a struggle to choose which song should be let out to stake my claim to a listener’s time. After spending countless weeks recording and fine tuning a song it is hard to choose. Usually the latest one gets preferential treatment but It would be unrealistic to think that it will always be the best song to draw people into the rest of the catalog.

So I’ve decided to divide the number of listens by the number of downloads on a per song basis and the one with the lowest ratio gets to go top of the list. The rest are to be sorted by my personal whim. 
By that method Why Did She Leave is winning by a country mile with a ratio of 1 download for every 4.5 listens. Pieces of Gold and I Lie Bleeding share second place with a ratio of 1:8 
The only drawback is that the second two seem to be getting the more positive comments so it may be I should justo keep rotating the songs round. Decisions, decisions…….