Number 9 Number 9 Number 9

I woke this morning out of a dream about the 9 week challenge. It was the grand jumble of dream information that during it made perfect sense. There was Wax Mannequin in concert as I’d been watching him on YouTube as he’d been mentioned by fellow SACCER Tom Shea. The words “Do it then Do it Again” were floating about thanks to Tucker’s blog of last night. There was a clock symbolizing daylight savings,an overall feeling of eagerness,and a big number 9.

My first goal with this challenge was to get better with  a  lot of the webalizing. I can now Tweet,Reverb with the Nation,post YouTube videos and thanks to Bandzoogle have started to  create a website to replace the one I currently have. These are all works in progress but  progress it is . I’ve texted more in the last nine weeks that I ever have,and I’m happy to say that at this juncture I’m still shite at it but enjoy it more. My hat is off to all of you who are total wizzes at all of this and have incorporated it effectively into your career path.

My biggest new found joy from all of this has been blogging. I tend towards brevity as a songwriter so to stretch it out a bit has been tremendously satisfying. Yesterday I actually created a Blog series for myself “My First 12 Seconds with the Beatles” It incorporates 3 of the pieces that I wrote during the challenge and will regularly include more memories of some of my indelible musical experiences. It’s at and I hope it spurs you to share some of yours- be they sublime or ridiculous..

I know we have been asked to provide the URLs for all of our past weekly reports. The trouble for me is that I sent almost all of them to the Facebook page rather than the SAC site-So sorry Ariel and Lily – the best I can do is refer you to and you can scroll back through them there.

The real action I’ll be taking as a result of the week 9 challenge will to be tighten up all the stuff that became right for me from the first 8. To continue to fully integrate myself as an artist and a business.My main concern is to write music that I feel proud to promote and play it as often as possible. I’m 2 songs into a new album right now and want to crack off a few  more before the summer. So Newsletters and the special Ross Douglas Snow Globe of Love will have to wait for a while.Right now it’s time to create product.

I take away from this course tremendous respect and affection for my fellow SACCERS. I have looked forward every day to seeing your comments on how you have been doing. To those of you who have met with various musical successes during the past 9 weeks once again my heartiest congratulations. To all of you who have shared words with me about what I do and you do – thank you so much for it. Thank you to the perfectly imperfect Lily for keeping us informed as to what was next and where to send it. And to Ariel thank you for being the force that brought all of us together. I’m so much richer for it.

To all of you –  Bon Chance and Much Love.



Shaking the tree

One of my grand mothers had a saying . “You’ve got to keep shaking the tree”

She’d been told that by one of the bosses in her real estate business when she was down about not having sold a house in a while. She passed it on to me years ago when I was living in Toronto and moaning and groaning about my lack of work as as actor.

It’s a wonderfully flexible phrase. Over the years depending upon my mood it has meant “You gotta keep hustling.”   “Keep your eye on the prize” and my personal favorite when I’m feeling particularly mournful  “Get the lead out dumb ass!”.

That has been my continuum plan credo over the years. Keep shaking the tree.  In my case it’s 3  trees- I juggle voice work,acting,and various areas of music. They all take my attention – as these days none of them are a constant source of income. I do the daily scavenge and cobble together a living out of the various bits and pieces.

   A specific continuum plan for my music is somewhat in place. I put a few bucks each month into Jango and get my music played alongside,The Beatles,Tom Petty ,The Dixie Chicks and basically whoever I want to be heard with. Response has been excellent -I’ve had people become “fans” from all over the world -114 countries at last count -even had some guys serving in Iraq contact me which is very gratifying. Bit by bit small amounts of money come in.
My intention for the year is to play live as much as possible. That’s where the real good things happen. That’s what feels the best and generally tends to lead to more gigs. I’m part of the SAC songwriters circle in Vancouver. I’ve met good people there who have turned me on to various opportunities and helped me expand my horizons. I’m doing this course as a result of it and have been inspired by all of you.

I cannot possibly master all of the aspects of this course. But I do intend to continue blogging about the various pivotal musical experiences in my life. That has been terrific fun.I intend to up my You tube presence. A mini house concert  from Punto Roberto  I also intend to re-up my product to include download cards and remind all good souls how and where to get them.

 I forget who said it but it was pointed out that in musical theatre the songs are there because what needs to be said at that point cannot be said by words alone.

  So true.  I want to write songs I’m proud of that  do a lot of my talking for me. I shake the tree in my various ways to support that.

Finally I think Kat Leonard nailed it. To belly laugh. I love her for saying that. May all of my planning and shaking and playing and multinational intersocial webalizing take me there.