Oak Ridge, Tn
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
www.dogwooddaughter.com and www.marmelodian.com
Modesty goes by the board on this site - a LOT of the stations, of all genres, are actually run by people playing their own music, their friends' music, their friends' friends' music... I'm sure you get the idea. Why not start up a station, get all this lot to contribute and have a station where ALL of you are being played? Whenever a track's played, it comes up as a clickable so you could go straight to the composer's website. If a composer doesn't yet have a website of his own, I'm sure he could prevail upon someone to 'share' theirs with him, just sell a few of his CD's along with their own, why not? I personally always advocate a 'jukebox' site. That is, a site where EVERYONE has a few tracks under a passport-sized photo of themselves. You hear a track on the Live 365 station you like, you click on it, you go to the jukebox site where you can buy just that one track OR click on the composer's photo to be taken to his own site where you can buy his album. One option, doable through PayPal, is to have a Credit Bank on the jukebox site. So a listener can buy credit via PayPal, go to the site and just buy the track or tracks he hears and likes - and the sale gets credited to the track's composer! Every so often, the kitty-holder - the guy/lady/guys/ladies keeping control of the central fund that the Credit Bank goes into, pays the composers the monies for the tracks they've sold. That's just an idea, would take a bit of organising but it's doable with todays technology.
Solo Piano Radio - a.k.a. Whisperings is here http://www.solopianoradio.com/ They're always looking for new artists and your music would get on there without question. In fact, I think they'd bite your hand off to get hold of it! I actually had a piece played on their station once - but only once - think they realised their mistake after that one!
Live 365 is a somewhat HEWGE collection of online radio stations here: http://www.live365.com/index.live
Just wanted to say how GOOD I thought your piano compositions were - far better than most of the stuff I hear on stations like 'Whisperings', on Live365! Which is one of the reasons I was writing - I was wondering if you'd ever thought of submitting your pieces to Solo Piano Radio (main Whisperings site) or to Wyndham Hill recordings (they'd love them!) or even labels like Sola Scriptura. Yours are a refreshing change to most solo piano New Age music, just because they're so much BETTER than most solo piano music! Maybe start a YouTube 'station' with your work, then try to get it on Live 365 radio stations - or maybe even try to get a station of your own going there. It's teriffic publicity. And that's all I think you'd need. You've got the melodies, the skill, the beautiful touch on the keyboards - and you photograph like a dream, too!
Good luck with all you do. And thanks for all the lovely melodies. I'm still struggling with learning how to mix on a computer, are you any good at that? If you are, I've sure got a bunch of frustration-borne questions for you.
Yours with great respect
It's a great primer for everything regarding licensing your music for television, film etc... royalties, even a ratings section on different libraries. I'm just starting to paw through it myself and am finding the ratings and comments extremely useful as to who to submit to and who to avoid.
Yes I love and use quite a lot ethnic instruments, from Klezmer to pentatonic scales....I like to blend them together or combine them with electric sounds. It´s fun!
Every sound here is computer-generated yes, not them all sound so good but I try to choose the ones that sound right.
About the spoken words, I was actually thinking of adding more vocals for the next work I do since there are two singers I would like to work with, but for this one here I only had myself and a computer and I would better not sing! hehe
I will go back to your profile to listen to more of your music. Thanks, all the best!
Thanks for listening to my work, yes I love as well those unexpected paths that mistakes offer us! :)
Not having too much time now, I only managed to take a quick look at your music, but sounds quite relaxing and calm, that I like! I particulary enjoyed Goodnight Song and New River. I will be back to your profile and listen more properly.
I am still gathering the information we talked about, I hope to have it ready tomorrow or the day after and I will send it to you. All the best!
Thanks so much for your most kind words, I am myself a self thought musician so you can be sure that music comes from all over, I liked very much your music, specially The Spotted Pony, Spanish ladies and Hiroshima Mon Amour, after Yourcenar I presume. How nice that you have a Mexican origin. Thanks for connecting and I'll be glad to hear any new music that you compose.
Hope to stay in touch
It is about freedom.
The basic premise is this: By providing the source code (the lines written by developers) free from encumbrances, all humanity benefits from the lessons contained within. It does this through the General Public License. The license does not prohibit the selling of the software, it ensures that
A) The rights of the original author are always upheld.
B) That distribution is free (not of cost, of proprietary lock in)
C) Derivative works are allowed, but the original author still has full credit, while the author of the derivative has equal rights to his/her own additions/changes.
The biggest misunderstanding about Open Source is that it is free and you cannot make money from it. This is false, and there are now huge companies that work in open source (Including IBM).
It leverages the abilities of real people everywhere, while restricting the propensity of less than ethical corporations from making it their own and locking it down.
By extension, other "Open" movements sprung up. Open Standard, the Creative Commons etc.
For artists, the Creative Commons is of more interest. Like open source, it allows music to be shared, remixed etc. It does not prohibit selling or marketing the work, or derivatives (depending on the license). It just ensures that the original author is always credited.
A Creative Commons license does prohibit one thing... commercial theft. You are entitled to use and modify a work for your own purposes. Think about the fact that RIAA actually tried to prohibit us from encoding a CD to an MP3, demanding payment for the change in media - even though we hold a license for the work, not the media.
While I support many aspects of Open Source and its derivatives, it is not for everybody, and I do think their is a place for the traditional corporate style of music distribution and promotion.
My biggest concern is that todays industry strips all rights to a song from the author. The only guarantee is that the song writer will be credited on the liner notes, but remuneration is not, and the author no longer "owns" their own work.
This needs to change. The original author must always own the work. It should not be allowed to be sold, just leased (even exclusively is fine). The author should be allowed to retain ownership of the work he or she creates. To many composers have had their songs taken, and given to a "star" performer, and the company and star make the money, while the person who wrote the song, starves.
Anyway, this is a very simplistic explanation.
I am a huge huge fan of Traditional Music of this style. Am I right a lot of this is more British traditional than say Irish/Scottish?
Inspiring work. I wish I could sing with as much character and depth.
I am going through all your songs, and so far Goodnight Song is my fav, but Dancing Bear is really turning my crank too (I cannot play that fast without massive mistakes).
(Winter On, and March of the Titans sound like they are clipping - I am getting some noise and static sounds here).