the heck's new in Dana's World??
20th, 2007 Update:
Here we go again.... Well,
I'll remember to update this when I remember!
Jean-Jacques and I continue to write new songs for our upcoming
CD. I think we have about 10 or so, by now.
The CD will be a little less happy than HEMM, and a bit
more on the mysterious side,
but always keeping Jean-Jacques' trademark style
Meanwhile, I am currently trying to help my friend, the legendary
studio guitarist, Vinnie
get some of this albums from the '60s released on CD. Amazingly,
nothing of Vinnie's has been
reissued in the CD format, and his albums are fantastic! I'm
sending out a query to a choice CD label...
Getting back to Jean-Jacques,
it looks like we will be doing concerts in Norway and Germany
More info, as this deveiops!
Our hunt for a book publisher
for Troll's Story has been frustrating, so far. Every publisher
won't even allow us to submit our manuscript and music to them!
It's dumbfounding to me, that they
aren't open to even letting us approach them. Amazing!
Well, our next approach
is to appeal directly to JJ's many fans - especially any of YOU
work in the book publishing business.
How would YOU like to help publish a book, with a specially-recorded
CD as part of the package, created by Jean-Jacques Perrey??
for more info.
18th, 2007 Update:
Ooh, I've kind of forgotten
to update this, in quite a while, it seems!
Well, I did spend most of January, working on the "Troll's
Story", as mentioned below. I've just recently sent it out
to about 12 children's book publishers, so we'll see what happens...
February - March were
spent, working on several new songs. Two of the new songs are
for my long-suffering solo album,
and another song is reserved for my next CD with Jean-Jacques.
I was just in the studio,
with our drummer Rick Bowen, who (as always) played really well
on all the new tracks.
The new song for our Perrey - Countryman CD is in the science
fiction vein. I don't want to give away too much, but rest assured
that there are some BIG surprises, regarding this song. We're
trying a new trick, in recording, that I'm not aware ANYONE has
really tried before... So there's your teaser.
Jean-Jacques is currently
heading towards Russia, where he will be doing two concerts with
our good friend, David Chazam. I wasn't able to go, due to scheduling
20th, 2007 Update:
I am working hard, doing
serious research into finding appropriate children's books publishers
for "Troll's Story".
I sent out links to the material to many of my "connected"
friends, who have either publisher books themselves, or
have working in publishing. A few have written back with possible
Hopefully, one of them (may YOU?) can direct us to the perfect
If you would like to listen to the audio for Troll's Story, or
read the text, pop me a note here.
"Troll's Story" - The Narrated Version
My wife Tricia came up
with the idea to do a narrated version of the children's story
that Jean-Jacques and I wrote
for "The Happy Electropop Music Machine" called "Troll's
Story." The narrated version is now done, and Tricia
did a wonderful job with it. Now, Jean-Jacques and I are shopping
"Troll's Story" to children's book publishers,
as an illustrated children's book, complete with a CD that includes
the narration and original music.
If you know of a publisher that you think may be interested, and
if you have contacts there,
please let us know here.
I am currently working
on a new track for my unfinished solo CD. "MOOG-Tastic!",
which I hope to release
sometime in 2007. The new track is a fast piece by Beethoven,
so it will be a stretch for someone (me), who has never
recorded any classical music before! Rest assured, it will not
be the USUAL thing! (Duh!)
I had almost finished my solo CD, when Jean-Jacques Perrey and
I decided to work together on a
collaborative CD ("The Happy Electropop Music Machine".)
JJ and I had already collaborated on 4 tracks for
"MOOG-Tastic!", so we "stole" them for
Now that HEMM is out,
I really need to record a few more tracks for "MOOG-Tastic!"
and get it out there.
Some of the finished tracks go back as far as 2002 (!!) I have
seven complete tracks for "MOOG-Tastic!" already
in the can.
Thank you to everyone
who keeps e-mailing me about this project. If you send me a note
I will put you on the mailing list, and let you know when "MOOG-Tastic!"
has been released.
Jean-Jacques Perrey Book
I have been working on
a biography of Jean-Jacques for several years now, although my
work on it has basically been to
gather interviews with his friends, family and associates. Come
January 1st, I will be working ONLY on the book, and have
reserved Jan-May of 2007 to concentrate on the book. I will be
looking for a publisher at that time, so if you have any ideas
for a publisher, please let me know here.
next Jean-Jacques Perrey - Dana Countryman CD Project
JJ and I have already
been writing new tunes for our next duo project, and plan to start
recording the CD next June, when I am done writing
his biography. We have already written about 6 or 7 original tunes
for the project, although none of them are finished yet.
JJ and I plan to have the CD out in 2008.