Boy George, Amy Grant and me

Hey, before I skip off to Florida for some shows this weekend, I want you to know how grateful I am to include you in the community of people who appreciate my music. Thank you!

You may have heard that it’s becoming more and more challenging for singer-songwriters like me to earn a living. It’s never been easy, but consider these facts:

  • Many music venues are paying about the same as they did 40 years ago.
  • Millions of songs can be accessed for free on the internet.
  • Internet streaming sites like Spotify pay artists a mere fraction of a cent per play.
  • CD sales are declining.

Good news! There’s a new community called The Standing “O” Project that’s doing something about it. And I’m really excited to be a part of it.

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So what is it, you ask?

“The Standing “O” Project is a subscription website, an online community that brings fans and musicians closer together. Members get a wealth of exclusive music, video and interview content, and Artists get a dependable income to support their music.”

Check out this one-minute video:

 

 

What’s cool about the Standing “O” Project is that when you join, you not only get music (and lots more) from me, you get to enjoy content from 170 other outstanding musicians, including Art of the Song interviews with the likes of Glenn Frey, Judy Collins, Donald Fagen, Joan Osborne and Amy Grant. Rumor has it that Boy George will be interviewed soon (I heard it on Facebook, so it has to be true)!

I’m thrilled to be in the company of such fine, well-known musicians – but even MORE excited for you to learn about my lesser-known, multi-talented comrades on the site.

When you subscribe (for $5, $10 or $20 a month) you earn the title of TIP JAR HERO, and HALF (yes, a full 50%) of the money goes back to support artists like me. This kind of royalty payment is unheard of in the music business!

Click here to visit the Standing “O” Project:

http://standingoproject.com/artist/evefleishman

And please click the “I WANNA BE A TIP JAR HERO” button when the sign-up screen pops up.

Thank you for supporting independent musicians!

Eve

P.S. If you agree that this is a cool idea, please share with your friends.

Heartbroken on Valentine’s

Oh let me go down old Cottage Rowphoto
Of days gone by San Francisco
Twilight looms and mystery blooms
Camaraderie with the redwood trees
And a reverie for the rising Moon

A few months ago I started teaching a class on Monday and Wednesday mornings down in the Fillmore Jazz District. It’s about a 20 minute walk from my place, and I was thrilled to be able to take my route through Cottage Row, a mini-park nestled in between two busy city streets. Twice a week I could sing to the five small redwood trees that inspired the bridge lyrics of my song, City Light.

Today they cut down the trees and I am heartbroken. No more redwoods on Cottage Row. I’m not sure why. Last May they each had a sign on them that said they would be removed. I called the Parks Department but never got an answer. Maybe they were diseased or dying, I don’t know. They looked healthy to me. The signs disappeared soon after and I was lulled into thinking the trees would be safe.

photoSo here we are nine months later. I felt like crying this morning when I saw they were gone. Not much to sing about on Cottage Row right now. I am reminded of the impermanence of life and the pain that sometimes comes with change.

I guess I must admit to a love affair with trees. They have entered more than a couple of my songs, including a gentle ballad by Eve & Mare which opens with “My favorite thing to see is the wind waving through the trees.” It’s true. I can’t think of anything much finer.

So let’s sing once more to celebrate these beautiful trees. My heart is heavy today, but I will always love to think about them whenever I sing my song. And please, for me, go hug a tree!

 

Peace on Earth, from me to you

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City Light: Embrace this Place

City Light Cover

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Busking in the Living Room

Steven on uke

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