Wednesday, May 30, 2007

More "Song of the Year" Reviews!!

Just received four more reviews from "Song of the Year" and I'm really happy to share them with you in this blog. These are four more tunes from my "Texas in the Man" album which we are trying desperately to make available to all of you as soon as possible.
The lyrical aspects show a clear story and theme with an easy to follow musical formula. The wording is engaging and inventive with colorful, evocative imagery. The chorus has a strong sense of originality with very effective lyrical structure. The arrangement show clear and precise ideas that are adapted to music very easily. The overall sound is traditional yet has a contemporary sound that is unique and refreshing. The intriguing guitar introduction grabs the listener right from the start. The performances are stellar and accomplished. This is well conceived and composed. The ideas are presented in a clear and professional manner. This is an exceptional song with formidable hit potential.
The title is one of the elements of a song that a listener will remember and look for, but only if he/she likes the song. "Ain't We Got It Good" is very compelling. The first thing a prospective fan will hear, besides the intro, is the first line of the lyric. The lines are intriguing and awaken the listener's interest and convey the patriotic message of the song. The overall arrangement and precise, clear ideas propagate throughout the entire song. The placement of the chorus and the phrasing work as an unforgettable hook. Great job! The song's devoted and touching appeal makes you feel familiar with every line of the reflective lyrics, which in turn make this relatable to the audience. Great work! It is enjoyable from title to the last note!
The lyric is accomplished and there is a nice story behind them. There's good emotion through the song and the musical ideas show clear technique for writing. The title is a wonderful choice. The composition is thought out through every detail. Very good job! It is a pleasure listening to this composition. The listener feels familiar with it since its beginning. The chorus is impressive and involving. Great job! I cannot but praise the originality of the songwriting and the good taste about the overall arrangement and performances. Traditional yet with a unique style that represents strong songwriting talent.
The lyric is soulful and thought out very well with a pleasing upbeat melody that implements the mood precisely. This song has the essence of country with blues sensibility. The title has a wonderful place and this makes the song very memorable. The song is marked with an accomplished composition and powerful vocal performance. Your professional approach to your craft is stunning. I'm most impressed. The musical implementation has strong resolve and a playful sound that gives the song life. Great job! The composition is entertaining and professional. It would be fruitful to get it to an established artist(s) with a suitable style to capture the rhythm and soul of this composition and propel it into the musical charts.
I hope that these reviews didn't fall short of the reviews that I receive from the people who count . . . the reviews of all our friends here on the internet. Just wanted to take a moment to share what "Song of the Year" had to say but I'm really interested in hearing more from all of you.
While "Texas in the Man" is just about to be released (fingers crossed) we are already in the studio working on new music for the next album. Sammy has almost completed his solo album, tentatively entitled "Undiscovered," while I've been busy on a forthcoming album entitled "Urban Heaven." Sammy and I are working out ideas for a duo album which has many prospects for being a whole lotta fun both in the studio and on stage. And finally, we are narrowing down the prospective tunes that we'd like to put on our Six Gun style Christmas album which we hope to release by November 07.Thanks for stickin' with us. We sincerely appreciate all of the wonderful support that we are continually receiving from you and we hope to continue to bring you tunes that you enjoy hearing again and again.

Stay Safe
Mike Parrish
Sammy Hundley

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Save Internet Radio! May 15th DEADLINE!

On March 2, 2007 the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which oversees sound recording royalties paid by Internet radio services, increased Internet radio's royalty burden between 300 and 1200 percent and thereby jeopardized the industry’s future.

At the request of the Recording Industry Association of America, the CRB ignored the fact that Internet radio royalties were already double what satellite radio pays, and multiplied the royalties even further. The 2005 royalty rate was 7/100 of a penny per song streamed; the 2010 rate will be 19/100 of a penny per song streamed. And for small webcasters that were able to calculate royalties as a percentage of revenue in 2005 – that option was quashed by the CRB, so small webcasters’ royalties will grow exponentially!

Before this ruling was handed down, the vast majority of webcasters were barely making ends meet as Internet radio advertising revenue is just beginning to develop. Without a doubt most Internet radio services will go bankrupt and cease webcasting if this royalty rate is not reversed by the Congress, and webcasters’ demise will mean a great loss of creative and diverse radio. Surviving webcasters will need sweetheart licenses that major record labels will be only too happy to offer, so long as the webcaster permits the major label to control the programming and playlist. Is that the Internet radio you care to hear?

As you know, the wonderful diversity of Internet radio is enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans and provides promotional and royalty opportunities to independent labels and artists that are not available to them on broadcast radio. What you may not know is that in just the last year Internet radio listening jumped dramatically, from 45 million listeners per month to 72 million listeners each month. Internet radio is already popular and it is already benefiting thousands of artists who are finding new fans online every day.

Action must be taken to stop this faulty ruling from destroying the future of Internet radio that so many millions of listeners depend on each day. Instead of relying on lawyers filing appeals in the CRB and the courts, the SaveNetRadio Coalition has been formed to represent every webcaster, every Net Radio listener, and every artist who enjoys and benefits from this medium. Please join our fight for the preservation of Internet radio.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

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Mike was recently honored by being named as a featured artist on the MilBlog entitled "A Soldier's Mind."

"A Soldier's Mind" seems to be a site FOR the soldiers and BY the soldiers and their families, friends, supporters and all Americans who wish to support the troops during their great service and selfless sacrifices for our country. "I am extremely honored to become a part of this site as one of the many artists who openly suppport American military personnel through music. I only hope the song 'Ain't We Got It Good' is worthy of the time it takes for them to listen to it because, in my opinion, their time is so very precious and valuable."

Mike is only the latest artist to be included in the MilBlog's "Tunes for the Troops" section which has featured talented artists such as Ted Nugent, Toby Keith, Army Specialist Brandon Begley, Hank Brake, Winger, Field of Grey, J.D. Banner, Citizen Reign, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The article was written by Terri Szendrodi whose significant other is a US Army 1st Cavalry Division Staff Sergeant currently deployed on his third tour in Iraq. Terri's family is full of military veterans spanning many decades and it was Terri who found Mike and his music. "That's one of the reasons this opportunity is such an honor for me. I think Terri somehow saw through the lyrics and the music and found that I genuinely and openly support our American military. Always have. Always will," commented Mike.

The article follows in its entirety;
Deep in the heart of Texas, lives a man who fiercely loves his Country and is thankful for the gift of freedom that has been given to us, through sacrifices made by the men and women serving in our Nation’s armed forces. It is an honor for me to be able to introduce our readers to our latest Tunes For The Troops featured artist, Mike Parrish. I had the distinct pleasure of being able to speak with Mike last night on the phone, about his great song that is dedicated to the troops, “Ain’t We Got It Good.” His song has a message that not only we need to hear but our troops need to hear as well, written from the perspective of a person sitting and watching the fireworks on the 4th of July and thinking about the reasons that we have the freedoms to do so. It makes you think about how lucky we are to live here in the United States and have the liberty to do and say what we want, go where we want and do what we want… all because brave men and women have fought, bled and died to allow us that liberty.

Here are the lyrics to “Ain’t We Got It Good.”

Verse I
It’s another Fourth of July
Fireworks dancing in the sky
Red white and blue
Me and You
Evening slips into the night
Ain’t we got it good
Ain’t we got it great
Livin’ here in the USA
Let’s don’t forget

Chorus I
All of the faces and the places where they fought and died
Brave young soldiers who gave their all for you and I
Daddy’s girls and momma’s boys who will never come back home
Their names we will remember but they’re forever gone
They died out in the desert in the air on land and sea
They died so we could keep this great country free
They died for you and me

Verse II
Any true American knows
Freedom isn’t really free
Living or lost, they paid the cost
Buying precious liberty
Ain’t we got it good
Ain’t we got it great
We salute America’s best
Hear me when I say

Chorus II
Remember the faces and the places where they fought and died
Brave young soldiers who gave their all for you and I
Daddy’s girls and momma’s boys who will never come back home
Their names we will remember but they’re forever gone
They died out in the desert in the air on land and sea
They died so we could keep this great country free

It’s another Fourth of July
Fireworks dancing in the sky

AIN’T WE GOT IT GOOD” is not a political statement but a tribute to our troops. ALL OF OUR TROOPS whether active, inactive, retired or deceased should never be forgotten for the selfless sacrifices they’ve made to secure our country’s freedom. Any true American knows freedom isn’t really free. Living or lost, they paid the cost buying precious liberty. Written by: Mike Parrish & Sammy Hundley - Lead Vocals: Mike Parrish - Background Vocals: Sammy Hundley - Guitars: Sammy Hundley - Keyboards: Sammy Hundley - Drums: Alan Dossett

I spent some time on Mike’s MySpace page, listening to various songs that he has posted there and was quite impressed. Every single song I listened to had a message for the listener. His journey through life has taken him on down several paths, from US Soldier, to Police Officer to his one true love Music. Joining Mike in his songs is his close friend and guitarist Sammy Hundley and drummer Alan Dossett. Together they’ve created a sound that’s a little bit Country and a little bit Southern Rock, a sound that is pleasing to the listener and a sound that I think everyone will like. Mike’s album will be released soon, with a target date of May 29th. Mike was kind enough to email a fantastic story to me, so I’ll let him do the talking now.

My grandfathers, most all of my great uncles, my father and a couple of hisbrothers, my cousins, my nephew and I have all served in one branch of the United States military or other. I served in an Air Defense Artillery unit at Fort Bragg, N.C. I was lucky because I served when our nation was at peace and I saw no combat whatsoever. After leaving the service in 1986, I worked in construction and the oilfield related services until 1992 when I joined the East Texas Police Academy through Kilgore College.

I have been a police officer since that time having served several law enforcement agencies within southeast Texas. I began my career in Hardin County as a patrolman with the Sour Lake Police Department. I was later employed by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff and then moved to the county seat where I worked for the Kountze Police Department moving up the ranks. I was promoted to Chief of Police of the Kountze Police Department in 1997. In 1999 I took an investigators position with the Hardin County District Attorney’s Office then took the helm of a small agency in Liberty County, appointed as Chief of Police for the Daisetta Police Department. I was appointed to the position of Liberty County Pct #2 Constable in May of 2006, ran for election in November and won that position by 84% of the vote.

While I thoroughly enjoy serving the public, I’m afraid my first love has always been music. As a young man I wrote many many songs, songs which I still have some thirty-five years later after having written my very first song at 9-years-old. So much can be said in a song that seems to take much longer if related in a speech and even then the meaning may not be quite clear. My father, a Korean War veteran, bought my first guitar for me on my sixth birthday. I’ve loved music since.

I have a very deep loyalty to my country. I love America and consider it undoubtedly the greatest nation on earth. Here, we say what we think, we do what we want, we go where we please and we also take those precious freedoms for granted quite often. It’s difficult to imagine a world where dictators, communists or terrorists decide your life for you and thankfully, as an American, I’ve never had to endure those experiences. But I know why I’ve never had to endure hardships of that magnitude, I’ve never lived with tyranny because the American people won’t stand for it. Not here, not ever. I salute all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and other military personnel for taking care of America and ensuring that the freedom I have today will still be here for my children, my grandchildren and their grandchildren. I take great pride in knowing that America is a strong and mighty nation and I’m even more proud of those who serve our country ensuring its stability, allowing us to sleep well at night with full stomachs and no worries.

Ain’t We Got It Good” was written approximately ten months ago, in July 2006. I wrote the lyrics and some of the music but I just couldn’t seem to find a melody that I was completely happy with. This song had to be right and, after working with it for a few weeks, I decided to set it aside until the right melody came to me. In the meantime, I was contacted through my MySpace site by a soldier’s wife who is based in Fort Hood, Texas. She told me the story of a young sergeant who was killed in action and his body had been returned to Fort Hood, to his wife and to his daughter. I saw the widows MySpace page and there was a slide show consisting of photographs taken from the time her husband was returned to her through the burial and ceremonies. I was so touched by the fact that my song “Angel Fly” was sung at the funeral and I know that if I’d been aware of this tragedy I’d have traveled there to sing it for them myself. The sorrow in that young family’s eyes was more than enough to get the ball rolling on “Ain’t We Got It Good” again.

My manager and lead guitar player, also lifelong friend, Sammy Hundley sat down with me one evening and I tossed a few ideas at him as to where I thought this tune was going. Sammy wholeheartedly agreed and it was Sammy who ultimately came up with the melody for “Ain’t We Got It Good.” I love this song through and through because it says so very much in such a very short time. Many of us take Independence Day celebrations for granted. It’s a day off, a paid holiday, a day at the beach or a ball game AND we’re guaranteed that it’ll come around once every year. But it’s not a paid holiday for everybody, in fact, hundreds of thousands of American military personnel bought that celebrated day off by paying the ultimate price, the supreme sacrifice to maintain freedom beginning in 1776 but it’s never ceased.

America’s freedom will only be guaranteed as long as we have brave young men and women who are willing to meet the challenges in defeating those who would wish to take our freedom away. “Ain’t We Got It Good” is for every person who ever served in any branch of the United States military. It’s for the World War I and World War II soldiers and sailors. It’s for the Korean War and Viet Nam War Veterans. It’s for the Americans fighting the War in Iraq and for every person who ever served in any war, conflict, police action or other military mission throughout American history. It’s my way of saying I appreciate all of them for giving me this wonderful gift of freedom, for allowing me to share it with my children and grandchildren. It’s been often stated that no greater love can be shown than he/she who would lay down his/her own life for the life of another. I know what Independence Day is about and I know, without any doubt, that I am a very blessed man. In my opinion, Independence Day, Memorial Day & Veteran’s Day should all be observed with the same reverence expected of Sunday mornings in God’s house because such a deep debt of respect and gratitude is to be paid to those who’ve protected us and to those who protect us today. Such a huge debt of gratitude should be shown to the surviving family members who bear the burden of loss which secured our freedom.

It is my fervent prayer that all those military personnel (active, inactive, & retired) and the surviving families of those soldiers who were taken from us who are able to have an opportunity to hear “Ain’t We Got It Good, it is my hope that they know in their heart of hearts that these words are very very true and it’s the very best way I know to say thank you for giving my family and I this great life we have.

Please take some time to visit the following websites to listen to Mike’s fantastic music.

"Ain't We Got It Good" can be purchased and downloaded for only .99 cents.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

New Mike Parrish & Six Gun Blog!

Hello everybody & thanks for visiting!

We'd really love to hear your thoughts on our music and we believe this is the best place to post them. We have sites at MySpace & ReverbNation as well where we invite you to leave your comments. The MySpace site has a blog as well! Tell us what you're thinking! Tell us what you'd like to hear more of, less of, or how you think our music sounds.
Believe me when I tell ya' we aim to please and want to be able to deliver more of the music that you want to hear!