My webcasts went down so well that I’m starting a regular series called Friday Night Free! I’ll be doing a webcast on the first Friday of each month – a different time every month to cater for different time zones.
That means, for this month, it’s SOON! Less than 24 hours away! (Yes, I left it to the last minute to get organized – we’re kinda busy around the Cardwell household.)
It’s on Fri 6th June in Canada/US/South America. And it’s on Saturday 7th June in the afternoon if you’re in Australia/New Zealand.
And it’s at an awkward time in the middle of the night in Western Europe (sorry!).
PS: You can watch on a smartphone or pad (as well as a computer) but if it’s an iPhone or iPad you will need to download a browser named PUFFIN beforehand as the site uses Flash. Future webcasts might not have this issue but for now it’s a must on Apple devices.
PPS: If you haven’t seen any of our earlier webcasts and you’re wondering what we sound like, it’ll be something like this, except tomorrow I might have two sons playing with me!
This is a complete version of this song from one of our first live webcasts in April 2014. You may have seen a snippet of it if you watched the “highlights” video.
It’s probably Neil Finn’s most famous “Melbourne song”, the achingly beautiful Four Seasons In One Day, from my favourite Crowded House album, Woodface. He wrote and recorded it when the band was based in Melbourne. It’s a common saying that Melbourne can have “four seasons in a day” because the weather can be quite changeable. Rather unusually, the temperature often does “drop away” by as much as 20℃ in a half an hour or so, especially after a period of extremely hot weather.
I won’t deny it – Neil does this better than I do! But I hope you enjoy this version nonetheless. Samuel helps out with some nice guitar and background harmonies.
I enjoyed our last webcast so much that I'm doing another one on 25/26th April, 2014 (depending on your timezone!) ♫ To find out the exact time in your timezone, see my amazing time-chart at bit.ly/dcwebcast3 ♬♫ It's part of an Aussie special "Flash Festival" on Numubu ♬♫♪
And for the actual webcast, go to numubu.com/dccardwell and click on "Live Broadcasts" on the left hand side. (You don't have to be signed up to Numubu!)
And if you want to get an idea of how the last one went, here's a highlights reelwith some short snippets at the beginning, and if you keep watching, longer segments and complete songs later on. ♫♪♪♬♫
I can't guarantee that either of the cats will show up the next time, though!
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Momentous news! I will be making my first live webcasts on 17th & 18th April 2014!
Yes, two of them, so that you’ll able to find one that suits your time zone no matter where you are in the world.
What will I be playing?
Samuel will be playing with me on at least one, and maybe both shows. I’ll be playing some old faves, along with new songs from my upcoming album. I might even throw in a cover or two! We’ve practiced songs by Neil Finn and The Band but it will depend on how the mood takes us… or you can always fire requests at us via the live chat box.
(But we probably won’t do Freebird or Khe Sanh no matter how much you beg, I’m just telling you now.)
Thanks to NuMuBu
Music network NuMuBu is the platform I’ve chosen for this broadcast. You don’t have to be a member to watch, and you’ll be able to chat with me live during the shows. There will also be a “tip jar” but it’s free to watch so there’s no obligation.
(Although you don’t have to be a member, I’d like to take this opportunity to recommend NuMuBu, especially to musicians, but also to music fans. It’s free to sign up, and you’ll be amazed at how many famous, nay, legendary artists are actively involved!)
When and where?
See the table below for a guide to the times in various time zones. And when it’s time to watch, just go to numubu.com/dccardwell and click on “Live Broadcasts” on the left hand side. Easy!
You can even watch on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, but you will have to first download the Puffin browser and use that to view the shows. (But bear in mind that the free version of Puffin only works from 9 am to 4 pm! Huh… how about that!)
There’s a brand new video for Marjorie‘s beautiful song “Hole In My Head!”
And she’s made the most gorgeous animation on her iPad to illustrate the song.
Some of you will know that the song was inspired by her experience last year of being diagnosed with a brain tumour. (Don’t worry – she’s fine now. The tumour was benign and even though she had very major brain surgery she has recovered very well.) She actually wrote most of the song while she was in the MRI machine getting her pre-op scan. We recorded it quickly right before her operation and I (almost) finished it off with some overdubs.
But I couldn’t figure out a good solo to put over the instrumental section. In the car one day, on the way to one of her appointments, I asked Marjorie for ideas. She said, “How about a euphonium?”
And, to our everlasting delight, one of our musical heroes, Don McGlashan(of legendary New Zealand band The Mutton Birds) agreed to play a sublime euphonium solo on it, as only he can do! (I think Marjorie secretly had this in mind.) He recorded the solo in the boatshed on the New Zealand coast that he uses to write his own songs, and sent it to us by email. It’s everything we hoped for and more.
If you enjoy it, please leave a comment underneath the video on Youtube (or here!) and PLEASE share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter etc.
The film was directed by David McGorlick, a young Melbourne film student. This is a very well-deserved recognition of his talent, especially considering it was his first serious film.
To further illustrate how remarkable this achievement was, at the Newport Beach festival the film was screened amongst a set of major videos from some particularly stellar artists, including The Black Keys/RZA, Sigur Rós, Alt-J, No Doubt and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros!
In 2011, McGorlick, who was studying film at university, had asked his friend DC if he could use “I Am Still The Same” in a video for an assignment. DC was happy to allow the use of the song and expected the end result to be proficient but not particularly remarkable as it was the first “proper” film young David had ever made. McGorlick ran his broad ideas past the songwriter for approval, but apart from DC’s firm request that there should be “no overacting!” (he needn’t have worried), the entire creative side of the project was left on McGorlick’s shoulders.
McGorlick shot the video on a borrowed Canon 7D digital SLR, noted for its ability to impart a “film look”. No extra equipment was used and friends were roped in as actors and crew.
The result was an incredibly profound, thought-provoking and even disturbing statement which took some of the ideas in DC’s award-winning song and cast new light on them.
“I think David is an exciting, emerging talent. I’ve worked with a lot of well known directors and can already see David’s aptitude for storytelling and strong visual sense. Definitely keep an eye on him.” – Michael Garcia, former Creative Vice-President of HBO (Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, True Blood etc.
Victor Stranges & DC Cardwell performed at the launch of this cozy & cool new venue in the Docklands heartland of Melbourne. The (mainly) acoustic show was performed in an intimate courtyard within the historic building, Mission To Seafarers, located in Flinders Street, Melbourne. The evening was presented by Global Onslaught and was the first night of a series of Music At The Mission shows.
Victor & DC performed their own songs to an enthusiastic audience, and also threw in a few covers, accompanied by Joel Cardwell on bass & guitar and Samuel Cardwell on bass & lap steel guitar. Up-and-coming Melbourne singer-songwriter Andrea Kocevska also performed some of her original songs with DC on guitar.
(Thanks to Mondo Quinn for most of these photos.)
Here’s a video of me (DC) singing “Know Me” at the gig, accompanied by Samuel on bass and Joel on guitar. We’d intended having the boys the other way round so Joel was a bit taken by surprise having to play a lead solo on it, but I think he came out of it with his reputation intact! (Thanks to Rod Neason for the clip.)
After the show, I asked someone about the mysterious dome that can be seen down the other end of the building (see the photo at the bottom of this page). I was led down to it and instructed to take my guitar too. Apparently it was a “personal experience” and no one would tell me what was special about it! It turned out that the acoustics are rather astounding. When you stand in the centre and try to speak, there is so much echo that you can’t make out what you’re saying and it’s almost impossible to say a whole sentence, never mind have a conversation! There’s an echo, slightly longer than a “slapback”, that actually seems louder than the original sound you make. When I played guitar, though, it sounded rather beautiful the way the sound bounced around, and I quite happily played it for a while. Then I was asked to sing The Beatles’ Blackbird, and I found it was a little easier to sing than speak. I wouldn’t say it was ideal acoustics for listening, but it was fascinating. Here’s a video that Rod Neason shot of me. Thanks to Jennifer Wallace for the impromptu harmonies!
There’s a nice review of my album in Folkermagazine out of Germany this month! It translates, roughly, as follows:
“A Northern Irish woman, now living in in Australia, Marjorie has a great voice, and starts this cathartic album with the soul-stirring, un-self-pitying “Hole in My Head”, in which she addresses her brain tumor that was diagnosed in early 2012, before embarking on a thoroughly positive album full of energetic folk, pop and rock oriented songs. Wonderful.”
Don’t forget the album is available directly from us as a CD or download through Bandcamp at www.marjoriecardwell.com – however I’ll let you in on a secret: my CD is currently (Jan 2013) on saleat CD Baby so for a limited time you can get it for a really good price there… http://bit.ly/mccdbaby
Of course, if you prefer, it’s also oniTunes, Amazon and a lot of other download sites as well.
Many thanks to Peter Holmstedt of Hemifrån for passing my album along to Folker magazine!
~ Marjorie x
PS: The original review in German is:
“Die Nordirin in Australien mit toller Stimme startet dieses kathartische Album mit dem anrührenden, keineswegs wehklagenden ‘Hole in My Head’, in dem sie ihren Anfang 2012 diagnostizierten Gehirntumor thematisiert, ehe sie dann ein durch und durch positives Album voller energiegeladener, musikalisch an Folkpop und -rock orientierten Songs startet. Bewundernswert.”
If you speak German and can help us with a smoother English translation we’d appreciate it!
I’m very excited because I’ve been chosen by the excellent Noisetrade site as one of their “New & Notable”artists for the next week, which is pretty cool, as their newsletter goes to 680,000 people per week and their website gets nearly 2 million hits per month!They’re promoting my album, Some Hope, which you’re able to download for nothing (or for a small tip, but only if you want.)
AND, as a treat for you, if you download it now you’ll also get a bonus track, “The Sun, The Moon, The Stars” which is so fresh I just finished it on Monday night! It’s one of the songs from my next album, due in March 2013. I think it’s a pretty epic powerpop song, with echoes of ELO, Queen, Springsteen and, of course, The Beatles. But you tell me what you think of it!
It’s a quick mix, but more or less finished sounding. Although you can be pretty sure that the album version will be bit different.
It’s an apocalyptic song, too, so if the world does end in December, at least you’ll have got to hear the song before it’s too late. Comforting!
So, three things that will really help me and my music…
Even if you already have the album, I’d really love you to do me a favor and download it again! The reason is, that will help give me a good chance of making the most downloaded charts for the week, which will then give me more increased visibility for a longer period… and you’ll get the bonus track!
Put a nice comment at the bottom of the album page – a few words are fine, but it will really help encourage other people to download my album.
Share, share and SHARE! You’ll have opportunities to share when you download the album, and you can also share any other time by just putting the link www.noisetrade.com/dccardwell into your Facebook or Twitter.
PS: There’s also another nifty thing in the download. A new, improved album booklet in PDF form, formatted better than the old one, and with all the lyrics and extra artwork. OK, so it’s hard to get excited about a PDF. But, well, but…
On Saturday I’m playing a show at my favourite local venue, The Chandelier Room, Moorabbin (in Melbourne’s near SE), with my friend Victor Stranges (www.victorstranges.com).
Most of my recent live shows have been in partnership with Victor, who is a brilliant singer and songwriter. We usually alternate between his songs and mine. His are so well-written that I always say they “practically play themselves!” There’s something about his chord-progressions, melodies and song structures that makes them just “work”, and it’s not that they’re simple – they’re actually fairly complex and almost every song has some little twists and surprises, but once you know them, they’re a lot of fun to play. I feel that my songs are different – with mine you have to work harder at getting the feel right. I hardly ever play my songs the same way twice, and there’s always a chance they might fall over!”
As usual, my son Samuel Cardwell will be on bass, and his playing is worth the price of admission alone. Very few people apart from Paul McCartney play with his gift of melodicism on the bass. The fact that he plays our little Hofner “Beatle bass” copy only adds to the illusion!
The full line-up is:
8:30 pm – Rachael Byrnes
9:30 pm – DC Cardwell & Victor Stranges
10:30 pm – Idle 55
I haven’t heard the other two acts, but The Chandelier Room has really good quality control so I’m sure they’ll be well worth seeing (and hearing).
The venue’s own blurb says “Saturday nights at The Chandelier Room are the perfect weekend escape – three stunning acoustic acts in a serene, comfy lounge environment” and they do not lie!
Well, we’d love to see you there – tickets are $10 at the door and it really is a gorgeous little room, with a bar and quality pub food available. It’s also family friendly.
If you haven’t been there before you might be surprised when you find the street because it looks like an industrial area. In fact it IS an industrial area! But don’t be put off. The Chandelier Room started out as a rehearsal studio complex (and still is), but the owners, Anthea Palmer and Graham Rowlands decided to convert part of it into a gig space and they have done a wonderful job. The atmosphere is great, the sound system is classy and it’s totally music-oriented and puts the customers and artists first.
Here’s a video of us playing at the Chandelier with our sadly missed friend, Chris Haylock, on drums:
Marjorie and I are very pleased to announce our new association with Hemifrån who will be promoting our music in Europe & Scandinavia.
Hemifrån come very highly recommended and they have represented a very wide range of artists, including some very well-known names such as Daniel Lanois, Dave Rawlings, Jackson Browne, Levon Helm, Wanda Jackson, Kasey Chambers, Indigo Girls, The Long Ryders, Jerry Douglas, Judy Collins… need I go on?!
Despite the fact that we both come from Europe ourselves (Northern Ireland to be precise) this is our first serious push into that part of the world in this stage of our career and we’re very excited about it.
We’ve already been picking up some significant airplay and expect our exposure in various media to increase as time goes on.
Hemifrån is an independent A&R, promotion and marketing company based in Sweden and their cool motto is “Gut Music For All People” – so that suits us, as Marjorie and I like to listen to music that “gets you in the gut” and we try to make music that has the same effect. They promote all kinds of music including powerpop, singer-songwriter, heavy rock, blues, westcoast-pop, country, AOR, jazz, Americana, electronica and rock’n’roll, and again, we figure that works for us as we feel we have toes in several of those genres!
To find out more about Hemifrån visit www.hemifran.com (where you will find an article about us in the “news” section, dated 26.09.2012) or click on their logo above.
Have you ever wondered about the story behind my song, “I Am Still The Same”? Well, it’s based on an article I read in a magazine about a woman with “Locked In Syndrome”, which means she had a spinal injury which rendered her unable to move anything except her eyelids. Eventually someone figured out how to communicate with her. She would spell out letters by blinking. Apparently the first thing she spelt out was “I Am Still The Same”, which I thought was very profound. I think the article said that she went on to write a book, if I remember correctly. I’ve tried to find the magazine again but without any success and I didn’t make a note of the woman’s name, unfortunately. So if anyone knows, I’d love to hear from you!
[I wrote the song very quickly and recorded in a somewhat casual, rough way as a demo for myself, but it had a good feel so I left it as it was and it went on to win the Catapult Song Contest in 2011. And then my young friend David McGorlick made the masterful video for it which has recently been selected for the SoCal Independent Film Festival in the US.]
Anyway, a little while back, on Facebook, I met a wonderful woman from the UK, Kate Allatt, who had a similar story but with a big difference. Kate actually recovered from Locked In Syndrome! This is a very rare occurrence but Kate is a very determined woman who doesn’t let anything get in her way and she just wouldn’t let an “incurable condition” like Locked In Syndrome stop her. Seemingly by sheer force of will she made herself learn to move again. She attributes this to determination and the increasingly recognised phenomenon of “neuroplasticity” whereby the brain is able to teach itself new pathways to perform functions when the original neural pathways are put out of action. The first word Kate spelt out by blinking was “Sleep” because she hadn’t slept for two weeks and longed for sleeping pills to help her. And the first part of her body she was able to move was her thumb, but now she’s back to almost full capacity, and, in fact, is far more physically active than most of us!
Of course, when I came across her I couldn’t resist sending her a link to my song on Youtube and she made some lovely comments which made me feel that I had managed to at least capture a tiny part of the sort of feelings that a locked in person suffers.
These are the comments Kate made on Youtube about my song:
“I am astounded! Very well done. You have captured my feelings superbly. What a great soundtrack to my books Running Free and Gonna Fly Now! 7/2/10 brainstem stroke with locked in syndrome. The wheelchair, the mirror, I was the same person inside, not a patient number. I was a cripple to look at but the same Kate inside. This video describes my emotions in the early months of ICU. Then the Rocky theme tune best describes my fight back to full life and kids. Thank you so much.”- Kate Allatt (Youtube comments 7 Feb 2012)
I’m glad I saved her comments because not long afterwards, my Youtube channel was shut down suddenly and I had to start again! I checked with Kate today and she said it was fine to quote her.
We keep in touch, and I was chatting with her again today about her appearance on the “The Science Show” on ABC Australia Radio National. You can hear it HERE and I highly recommend it as a nice introduction to her story, only about 9 minutes long but definitely not dull – Kate is NEVER dull!
Which brings me to Kate’s mission… since she made her remarkable recovery, and it’s not very long ago, she has written two books, appeared on numerous high-profile radio and TV shows, and has become an in-demand inspirational speaker. She’s determined to increase awareness about stroke recovery, neuroplasticity, positive care for stroke survivors and locked-in patients, and also in more general terms about the benefits of positive-thinking and determination on health and other aspects of life.
Kate has a very warm and winning personality and for this reason she is really good at getting her point across so you will enjoy getting to find out about her on her website (KateAllatt.com), on Youtube, in her books etc! She also has a blog you can follow.
You’ll be inspired too!
PS: for those of you haven’t seen it, here is my song, “I Am Still the Same” which was inspired by Locked in Syndrome:
We’re very excited to announce the release of Marjorie Cardwell‘s new album “In Another World”!
It’s available as a beautiful looking CD (or download) at www.marjoriecardwell.com and you can preview some tracks there before you buy. And for a limited time it comes with a free mini-print of Marjorie’s artwork and a really cool Madcar Records fridge magnet! It’s also on iTunes and available at CD Baby, Amazon etc, if you prefer.
The album was produced by Marjorie along with her husband, award-winning singer-songwriter DC Cardwell. It features several guest musicians, including Kiwi legend Don McGlashan playing a sublime euphonium solo on the opening track, “Hole In My Head”, a song Marjorie wrote about her recent experience of being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Thankfully, the tumour was benign and surgery was successful so she is already writing songs for her next album! Listen to some sample tracks below.
I just wanted to mention that we’ve sent Marjorie‘s album off to the plant for pressing. Quite exciting! We haven’t set an exact release date yet but it will be available to you sometime in the next 4-8 weeks, maybe even sooner. The sleeve design was painted by Marjorie and it’s very beautiful. If you’re on Facebook, she could use a few “LIKES” on her Facebook Fan Page at facebook.com/marjoriecardwellmusic
I’m pretty confident that if you like my music you’ll also like hers, so I hope you don’t mind me simply including her news in my news. I’m heavily involved and the instruments are almost all played by Marjorie, me and our sons, Samuel & Joel. She wrote all the songs except one, which is a cover of one of my songs (I feel honoured!) and we produced the album together. This is the logo of our new record label… Madcar Records!
There are also two very special guest musicians, one of whom, drummer Chris Haylock very sadly died of cancer just over a week ago. Chris was a very good friend and this has been very heartbreaking for us. He leaves behind his wonderful wife Cath and three children, two of whom are just little toddlers. Some of us are working on some kind of fund-raising CD to help his family – probably an album of songs that he played on.
One of those songs might be thisSam Phillips song, “I Need Love” we recorded in my studio a few years ago. It’s just a jam where I hit “record”, but it came out quite well. Chris, as always, held things together beautifully – that’s him on the photo. Just click on the picture to hear the song.
The other guest musician on Marjorie’s album is actually quite famous and one of our greatest musical heroes, so we’re naturally very thrilled about that! More news soon…
But enough about Marjorie! I will be going back to work on my own album very soon and it will be out later this year. We don’t have room under our bed for 2000 CDs so we’re going to have to come up with some genius way of parting with them!
I’ve been working hard to rebuild my lost Youtube channels. Since my last email I’ve started a “covers” channel at youtube.com/DCCardwellsCovers so please visit, subscribe, comment, rate, and (best of all for me) SHARE my videos on Facebook!
Actually, speaking of sharing, there’s nothing better you can do for us than share our music. For example, you can click the “SHARE” button on a Youtube video and pass it along to your Facebook wall, or to individual friends, or to Twitter, or in an email.
I try to make my web addresses easy to remember, so you can easily share my website (www.dccardwell.com) or my online store (MadcarRecords.com) on Facebook or wherever you like.
Thanks for reading!
PS: I had just listened to a very long “webinar” and when they said that far more music sales are made through emails than through social networking, I decided it was time for another email newsletter. But I forgot say anywhere “Please buy my music!” But try to imagine those 2000 CDs (plus many unsold copies of Some Hope) cluttering up Madcar Records, AKA “our house”
Or there’s always iTunes – if you think some record company is eating up all the profits, let me assure that, for us, Apple gets 30% and we get the rest, so every sale really does help!
You can preview it and download it for FREE – just click on the album cover which will take you to my Bandcamp site.
1. Is There Someone To Thank? (Victor)
2. Peace And Love (DC)
3. My Happiness (Victor)
4. Let’s Make This A Good One (DC)
5. When The Morning Comes (Victor)
6. I Am Still The Same (DC)
7. Know Me (DC)
8. Not Alone (Victor)
9. Something Worth Voting For (DC)
10. Hello Me To You (Victor)
11. A Minute Of Your Time (DC)
12. I Don’t Want To Hear Your Crying (Victor)
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