What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Web, Songs, Other, web
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
I like it all!
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Oak Ridge, Tenn., U.S.A.
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Hello to All,
I'm Martha Maria, singer/songwriter, musician/composer and multi-instrumentalist. I write in many genres....pop, country, classical, New Age, folk/Americana, Christian, and musicals. I record secular music as MarMelodian and Christian/spiritual music as Dogwood Daughter. I also am a video producer. Please look for the MarMelodian channel on YouTube.
NOTE: I welcome inquiries from other artists, agencies, etc. about recording my songs or using my work.
I live in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. in a little white house in the woods. That's where I write and record most of my music. I'm wife to Bob, mother to Joe and Walker, and sister to Anita.
I've posted a variety of music here---all female vocals are mine and nearly all instrumentals are also me. Sailing and Life is Like A Rodeo are sung by Gary Carter, Nashville, Tn. Also, I am singing Free Tibet, but I had some terrific studio musicians playing with me in Nashville.
Oh, and Roll on Titan Thunder was written with Dan Gold in Nashville and recorded by Ronnie Godfrey (Marshall Tucker Band) and the Roll on Titan Thunder band (Yea, Tennessee Titan football and that would be I playing keys on the record!)
Thanks to all who have joined this site. I'm delighted to have found it and have already met some VERY TALENTED AND INTERESTING composers I would never have known otherwise. I really look forward to meeting many of you!! Thanks. Martha Maria
Thanks Martha...and you're right as far today's terms are concerned, ballads are usually referred to as slow musical pieces with defined lyrical qualities...however, it was not always that way...the early and late romantics developed this style as a one-movement musical piece also with lyrical and dramatic narrative qualities, however, they were highly recognized as well for their emphasis in musical freedom and virtuosity....The term "ballade" was associated with French poetry until the mid-19th century, when Chopin was among the first to pioneer the ballade as a musical form...I know you would find some particular appreciation for them....I recommend the Chopin Gminor Ballade or the Eb major....they are absolutely outstanding compositions...an example below...I would recommend hearing it in its entirety to capture all its poetry
My sister's name is Kym Afong. She teaches in one of the elementary schools there, and her husband, Scott works at ORNL. We grew up in East Knoxville, but each of us has lived literally all over this country.
Thanks for checking out my website. I appreciate the comments as well.
Put that up as a surprise for you, glad you found it! Hadn't written much solo piano music before, so it was a challenge for me to see if I could do it or not. I'll try another one now you've liked that one.
When I was young, I used to buy records for their B-sides. I had a whole collection of records, some hits, many not, but I didn't buy them for the A-sides, I bought them because I played the B-sides on jukeboxes in cafes and found them so much more interesting. And I used to love the great old orchestras like James Last, Mantovani, Ron Goodwin, Frank Chacksfield.... That's not showing my age, I was about 8 when I first heard them on a BBC Radio station, Radio 2, and I was addicted to them after that - all the other kids were buying rock'n'roll, I was buying orchestras from charitiy shops!
As far as Scarlatti goes - there's no intentional similarity but I'm glad it reminded you of something listenable. If it had made you think of 'Faerie's Air and Death Waltz', for example, I'd've had to do a serious rethink (would you believe that that John Stump piece has actually been played and there's a video of it on YouTube!)
Thanks for liking it, once again. I'll try a couple more for you.
Having you listen to it is reason enough for writing it.
It's my lovely Mini Erhu VST. And the banjo-y thing lateron is a DSK Dobro.(DSK World Strings). It's the first thing I've ever managed to mix properly, because of technical things I didn't understand with my software (I'm not THAT geeky on music software! Any other kind - for sure.) Now, I can use up to 8 sounds at once and mix them - to a point, am having proper lessons soon.
Thanks for liking the tune - I'm SO touched that you've listened to it. It's the only one I've put up because it's the only one I've thought worthy of putting up - am writing more to put up right now!
No worries. And yes, the marketing side of things id the hardest and least pleasant part for me as well. Hopefully at some point in the near future you (as well as myself) find an agent that helps handle that side.
That oversized para. apart, I really think you should submit your tracks to Solo Piano Radio. They're SUCH a refreshing change to the arpeggiated pretentious waffle that that site increasingly consists of. You'd be a real breath of fresh air to them all, you know.
One last thing that fascinates me - why did you think my name was John? All through my life, everyone who's gotten my name wrong has either called me John (which is my 3rd name) or David (which is my father's name). More than a little strange, that.
Sorry this E-mail's backwards - I had to chop it into sections to get past the size barrier.
ulrichburke (a.k.a. Chris in real life, the 'ulrichburke' bit is my last two names stuck together!)