Hello dear friends and gracious music lovers.
I hope this note finds you doing wonderfully and enjoying the summer so much, whether that be running around wildly fitting it in, or slowing down and beaching, or a little of both.
It’s 4:30 on Thursday, I’ve brewed a french press of coffee, and ready to see some art tonight with an old friend. Been biking almost everywhere that I can, and getting ready ready ready for a busy fall of shows …
As you know, the album is finished and we are searching for a good home for it. My manager has been reaching out to contacts to see about timing of release and good fits on record labels. This is very nervewracking for me. All of my other 7 albums have been self released, so relinquishing control in this way has been full of interesting inner turmoil. But I trust his good taste and excellent connections! And trust that it is all in good time, and also know that I can self release if we don’t find a good fit. So, it’s all good! LOL
And now, an invitation!!!
All Kickstarter supporters and Patreon subscribers are all INVITED to a private house concert from the comfort of your own computer!
Tomorrow, Friday 8/9 at 6pm CST, internet willing (mine is kinda funky!), I’ll be performing a private house concert on Concert Window for all current Kickstarter and Patreon supporters. I’ll sing a bunch of new songs off the album and some Woodstock covers that I’m prepping for a yoga class I’ll be serenading next weekend (see below)!
Would so love for you to be consider checking out my Patreon if you haven’t already — and if you recently supported my last Kickstarter campaign, I just sent the email to link to the concert and will send one again before showtime …
Do you like subscribing to magazines? Or Spotify? Or XM radio? Or Netflix? What if there was a way to subscribe to an artist DIRECTLY and cut out the middleman? Think back: Were you ever part of a fan club or maybe still are? Do you love being privy to the new stuff, the backstage, the bloopers? THIS IS THE WAY!
Back in the day, Kings and priests and the rich-y rich would become become patrons of artists. They would hire them to create (think Michelangelo and Da Vinci). This is KIND of like that, except you’re giving the artist full creative control. I think this sort of patron-artist relationship is kind of like dating. 😉 You give, I give, we get along, I continue to amuse you, make fun things, serenade you … and at any point that you find you are sick of me, you can bow out! HA! OR, you could stay in the relationship and watch it change and grow. We can learn from each other. We can evolve together! Kinda cheesy, but true. Kind of like Kickstarter/crowdfunding for support on one big project, with Patreon can offer continuous support/patronage, you choose the amount you are comfortable with giving per “month” and can cap that amount according to your budget, and you can change that amount or unsubscribe at ANY TIME, no obligation, I won’t even cry (well, maybe I will …)
If you like more interaction / emails, poetry, and fun mail and want to stay connected more – Patreon is so awesome. I have a small posse of 17 right now that are in the club and I’d love for you to check it out. Rock goddess Amanda Palmer says of Patreon: “if you still aren’t a patron, please join us. there is no other way, in today’s music business, that we could make non-commercial art this ambitious. we. are. the. media.” Check out my Patreon account at Patreon.com/marybue
TWO MORE ASKS:
One of the things messing with my ego is the amount of “likes” and “subscribers” that record labels look for when looking to sign an artist. If you could all kindly “like” and “subscribe” to my facebook and YouTube platforms, that would fucking rule.
I wrote a song that was on the B sides for Kickstarter supporters: “my ego is huge / my ego is bruised / my ego is huge / my ego is bruised / can’t take it anywhere / it’s on its worst behavior … ” LOL! My ego inflates like a little red balloon and makes a happy squeal each time a like or subscribe gets clicked. Feed my head! HA! And go like and subscribe to all the artists that you enjoy while you’re at it!
That’s enough of this self promotion. LOTS OF LOVE! Stay in touch! Always humbled in gratitude. XOXO MARY
8/16 Woodstock Anniversary Celebration – Yoga w/ Meghan Foley + Music by me & Jeremy Ylvisaker (woodstock covers!) – Yess Yoga – YessYogaStudio.com
8/26 Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone – Duluth w/ Venus DeMars & Di Jay “Coctails and Conversation” hosted by Christine Dean from KUMD, sponsored by Feminist Action Collective (solo)
9/11 Lowertown Farmers Market 11:30am (Trio w/ Steve Price & Jeremy Ylvisaker)
9/15 Twin Cities Veg Fest – Harriet Island Park – 2:30pm-ish (solo)
9/18 Hook & Ladder Mission Room Fall Residency – 7pm