Thanks for your support throughout 2012 and if you only found time to open and read one email from us, we really appreciate it!
It’s been an interesting year for us, with DC finally giving up his day-job 100% and Marjorie being diagnosed with a brain tumour just a matter of days afterwards. But, dramatic as that sounds, it’s actually be a really wonderful year in many ways, and Marjorie’s successful brain surgery and (relatively) quick and complete recovery was certainly a part of our year’s blessings.
That experience precipitated Marjorie’s very swiftly conceived and realised album, which was received very well and continues to win praise around the world.
And both our “boys”, Joel & Samuel, (whom you will know from some of our recordings and videos) graduated from university just recently. Samuel received his BA from the University Of Melbourne, and Joel passed his law degree at Monash Universityto add to the BA that he already has! They’re clever boys and we’re very proud of them, needless to say. Although we’re slightly worried that they’ll end up in academic careers or high-powered legal jobs when we’d prefer that they carry on the family tradition of being ROCK STARS. Haha.
We’d also like to share two new recordings with you: The first is DC’s cover of the famous, and very moving Christmas carol, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” which he just finished yesterday. Actually, Samuel did half of the work – he plays bass and drums and also the amazing guitar solo. The aim was to make it sound like The Byrds and whether or not that was successful overall, Samuel’s solo is a dead ringer for Roger McGuinn!
There’s an interesting and touching story behind this song, the words of which were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the American Civil War. The story is related in this video, along with the complete lyrics to the song.
Please download it for free from Bandcamp by clicking HERE so that you can add it to your Christmas Music collection! But you can also watch (and share) this video which includes the very moving story behind the song.
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!
Actually, it’s definitely a first world problem so I shouldn’t even call it a disaster but it’s an annoyance. Youtube has shut down all three of my channels, so all of my videos disappeared overnight! And the almost 90,000 views and thousands of lovely comments from people are just gone. Gone! GONE!
On top of that, my artist link on Youtube no longer works (as it leads to my old channels) and the iTune links are not on my videos any more.
It only takes one or two people to register some kind of complaint for Youtube to do this, and I’m remaining optimistic that they will review it, see that my original channels (dccardwell, dccardwellcovers and cardwellers) are clearly legitimate, and re-instate them. But I can’t count on that by any means so I’ve (sigh) started building a new channel and uploading my videos to it. Very, very tedious.
Anyway, you can do me a few HUGE favours if you’d like to help:
Share my videos wherever you can, particularly on Facebook and Twitter. It would be nice to get my view count up so I don’t look like a newbie!
Comment on my videos, and also click on the LIKE, RATE & SHARE buttons. Also, adding my videos to your playlists helps a lot.
Much love & respect ~ DC
PS: Keep going back to my channel as I add more videos and do the same to my new ones… if you like them!
ADDENDUM, 14 Oct 2012: I never did get my old channels back and my views and comments don’t seem to be going up as fast as they had been before. It’s also left Youtube a bit confused. For example, when my name comes up as a link in the video titles and you click on it, it takes you to a dead page which would have led to my old videos. And if you click on the automatically generated “Artist” links at the bottom of each video the same thing happens. And there are no iTunes links the way there were before. I tried filling in one of the automated contact forms but just received a form letter in reply. – DC
PS: I still haven’t uploaded all of my old ones, but here’s one of the many videos I had to re-upload to my new channel…
In my last newsletter I mentioned that my wife Marjorie was home from her surgery for a benign brain tumour (meningioma) and that she was doing well. I just thought I should let you know that it’s been just over 3 weeks from the operation and she has recovered remarkably well indeed – yeah!
And with a very clever new hairdo you wouldn’t even know she’d had 36 staples removed from an 8-inch scar going from the centre of her forehead to below her right ear. I posted a photo on Facebook of her at various stages from day one, however I can assure you she already looks as cute as ever (see photo below)!
We were really stunned by the amount of love, prayers and concern that so many people offered and we’re very thankful that by God’s grace Marjie is well on the way to full recovery (and her own new soon-to-be-released album!)
In my last newsletter I mentioned that my wife Marjorie had been diagnosed with a brain tumourand was going to have surgery to remove it. Well, she went into hospital last Thursday and it was a very long and difficult operation but the surgeon was pleased to report that he is pretty sure the tumour was benign and he managed to remove all of it.
Amazingly, Marjorie came home today, only four days after the operation, and she’s doing very well indeed. Thanks to everyone who prayed for her safety during and after the surgery.
She had been planning to release an EP of 5 songs she’s written and recorded recently, but after the diagnosis she decided to make it a full-length album, and the Saturday before her surgery she recorded guitar and vocals for five extra songs!
This is one she wrote while she was in the MRI machine for her pre-op scan. It’s called “Hole In My Head” and there’s also a hole where the solo should be as we haven’t had time to finish it yet. This is a very dry, rough mix with just acoustic guitar, but I think the song is so good it stands up very well even in this rudimentary form.
When I was young it was considered pretty naff to do cover versions, and even now I feel a little guilty about it. Especially covers of songs by old dinosaur rock stars. But that’s what really got me into singing to begin with. As our two boys started to grow up and play various instruments, they started to jam with me, and their teenage friends would come over and join in. But like a lot of teenage boys the jams tended to consist of endless 12-bar guitar noodling or one-chord funky workouts. Or sometimes it was the Sunshine Of Your Love riff. Just the riff.
Which is why I started to sing – just to give us a bit of direction. Beatles, Neil Young, Zeppelin, old blues songs – the kind of things teenage guitarists always seem to develop a fondness for no matter what decade it is. I used to feel bashful croaking tunelessly even in front of the kids, but really, without that impetus I would never have developed either the voice or the confidence to sing in public.
Anyway, this is all by way of drawing attention to the fact that I have a channel on YouTube (youtube.com/DCCardwellsCovers) devoted entirely to cover versions. I planned to do one a week, but, of course, things get in the way and I haven’t kept up that pace.
Here’s my latest, a Paul McCartney song I recorded on the spur of the moment for my wife Marjorie on the eve of Valentine’s Day, and with me having just quit my day job and started music 100% full-time, the words seemed roughly appropriate!
And speaking of Marjorie, this may not be the place to go into personal details but I’d like to mention that just a few days ago she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and has to have emergency surgery, which should happen within the next two weeks at the latest. The good news is that it’s almost certainly benign and the outlook is very good, but we’d still value your prayers as brain surgery is no walk in the park.
“Melbourne’s DC Cardwell is a singer-songwriter that should appeal to fans of Neil Finn and David Grahame, and he has the ability to excel on both the slower, acoustic numbers as well as the up-tempo pop gems. You’ll only need to go a few tracks into Some Hope to realize this as the beautiful, gentle opener “I Am Still the Same” and the lovely, spare “Birthday Present” are followed by the catchy power pop of “Peace and Love”. Aside from these three, there are plenty of instant classics to go around like the breezy “Way With Words”, the harmonica and handclaps of “A Minute of Your Time”, and the jangly “Tom is Everybody’s Friend”. 16 tracks in all here, so it’s quality and quantity.” Steve, Absolute Powerpop
“DC Cardwell creates a heart felt acoustic gem here, full of wonderful melodic hooks and a Ray Davies styled vocal. The gentle minor chords and harmonies that open “I Am Still The Same” are both brilliant and poignant. “Birthday Present” is another example of solid composition and a revelatory Harrison styled guitar break. Some of the mid-tempo ballads (“The Quiet Ages”) are like magical combinations of both Paul Simon and McCartney. ” Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic
“I have a great respect for your songwriting and style. You have a unique delivery that for the uninitiated conjures the vocal prowess of Thom York blended with the edge of John Lennon and a tip of the hat to Bob Dylan.” Doug Mitchell (Recording engineer/producer), Personal Correspondence
Hi, DC here,It’s been a busy time for me!First of all, I’d like to invite you to help with raising money for the innocent victims of the war in Libya. I was asked to contribute a track to the MUSIC FOR LIBYA album, which is available HERE for only $9.99. All of the proceeds will got to purchasing food to send into Libya. More details at the site.
Secondly, if you’re in Melbourne, I’m playing at a benefit for the Christchurch earthquake on Saturday night (9th April 2011). It’s in Bayswater at Truth, Liberation & Concern, 265 Canterbury Rd, Bayswater (Melbourne). There are some other excellent artists on the bill.
[EDIT: you can see highlights of this gig, featuring me along with Adrian Austin, Marjorie and Samuel HERE]
Thirdly, I had a great gig at the Chandelier Room with Victor Stranges and the band and you can see a 15 min. video of that here:
Fourthly, many people voted in my Facebook poll, “What Song Would You Like Me To Cover?” and the top votes were for:
1. HARVEST MOON: 48 votes
2. BLACKBIRD: 37 votes
3. WATERLOO SUNSET: 32 votes
I already have a version of Blackbird on YouTube so I recorded myself singing Harvest Moon and Waterloo Sunset and posted them on my YouTube “Covers” channel which is at youtube.com/DCCardwellsCovers so please go along there, subscribe and comment on the videos! Also while you’re there, dig the background painting which was done by Marjorie!
I told you in last month’s newsletter about my impending trip (in December) to Los Angeles to record some songs for a movie. Well, it all went very well and I had a fantastic time!
The producer, Jaymee Carpenter, was a joy to work with and we managed to get six songs done in five days which was pretty good going. The director of the film, Michael Garcia, dropped by and seemed very happy with the songs and what we were doing with them. And I enjoyed every minute of my time there… now I can’t wait to go back!
Jaymee has a very impressive resumé which includes writing music for That 70’s Show and 3rd Rock From The Sun. He also composed the music for Crime After Crime which right now is nominated for an award at Sundance Film Festival. Also, Jaymee has two songs in the new Paramount Pictures blockbuster The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale & Amy Adams. So you can see what a privilege it was to work with him.
[Addendum] I started out by recording the acoustic guitar for each song, followed by a guide vocal. Then, unlike my own recordings, most of the overdubs were by Jaymee and his regular session men. Jaymee overdubbed drums, and then Bryan Fouts put on some lovely bass. Jordan Shapiro brought along a large selection of guitars and amps and overdubbed 6 and 12 string electric, dobro and pedal steel. I played piano on a couple of tracks, and overdubbed harmonica on “A Minute Of Your Time”, and then on the last day I overdubbed the final vocals, much faster and in fewer takes than I would have at home!
The full list of songs we recorded is:
I Am Still The Same
A Minute Of Your Time
Peace And Love
The Way Of A Woman With A Man
The first five were destined for the movie in question. However, as of late 2012 the news is, unfortunately, that the project has been shelved and Jaymee and Michael’s are no longer involved with it. This is unfortunate news for me, however Jaymee intends to use my songs for some other project at some point so hopefully all the work will “pay off” eventually!” [end of Addendum]
And don’t don’t forget, my album Some Hope has been released in the US. It’s newly repackaged in a beautiful gatefold LP-style cardboard sleeve with new artwork. Sixteen (true!) tracks of pure goodness. The CD is available worldwide from CD Baby, my website (dccardwell.com) and our own Madcar Records website. Or you can download the album or individual songs from Madcar Records, iTunes or Amazon.
Anyway, after you’ve bought my album come back and watch this little video I made about my experience in LA… and you can hear some of the music we recorded there…
(1) My album Some Hope has been re-released in the US on a small company named Gladyce out of Portland, Oregon. It’s newly repackaged in a beautiful gatefold LP-style cardboard sleeve with new artwork. Sixteen (true!) tracks of pure goodness. The CD is available from CD Baby and my website (dccardwell.com)
(2) Possibly even more exciting for me, next week I’m flying to Los Angeles to record some songs for a movie with ace producer/composer/musician Jaymee Carpenter (www.jaymeecarpenter.com).
Jaymee has a very impressive resumé which includes writing music for That 70’s Show and 3rd Rock From The Sun and the Paramount Pictures blockbuster The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale & Amy Adams.
“How did this come about?”, I hear you ask, not unreasonably. Well, just a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine sent a youtube link of my song ‘Birthday Present’ to someone else, who then sent it to Jaymee. He loved it, checked out the rest of the album, and contacted me to say he wanted to work with me for this movie project. Which just goes to show how important it is to get your music out there and for your fans and friends to share it in every way possible!
(3) And finally… this coming Sunday, my friend and partner-in-crime Victor Stranges are showing off our new band at www.chandelierroom.com.au in Moorabbin (just south of Melbourne). The show’s at 4pm and it’s free entry to this really cool family-friendly venue! We’ve played there before and everyone agrees that it’s one of the best places around to play in. Really nice vibe, good stage and PA and a nice little bar/shop. It’s at:
The Chandelier Room, 91 Cochranes Road, Moorabbin, Australia
I’ve finally recorded a new song which you can hear on my Reverbnation player right now!
It’s called “Something Worth Voting For” and it’s my first new one in over a year. I kinda rushed it a bit because, even though it’s not totally specific to the upcoming US election, I thought it would be good to have it out there in time for it.
But it’s been good for getting me back into the swing of things with my new home studio and some new gear. Let me know what you think… but be gentle!
First of all, thanks to all of you for subscribing to my newsletter… it’s very much appreciated!
It’s been a very busy few months since my last one. I’ve moved house and with that and setting up the home in general and also my new home studio, and getting the yard organised, and also starting a new job, I’m afraid music has been on the back burner for a while.
The new studio has turned out really well, though. It’s very effectively soundproofed so I can make a racket at all hours without disturbing anyone. And I’ve splashed out on a new digital interface, the Edirol M-16DX, which is about a hundred steps up from my previous Soundblaster Live game soundcard that I recorded on. I’m hoping to piece together a new and improved drum kit and actually purchase some non-broken cymbals, so you should notice a difference in the drum sounds on the new tunes.
I’m now ready to record some new songs. Some of the titles are “Can’t Try Hard Enough”, “The Truth”, “The Sun, The Moon, The Stars”, “27 Kinds Of Tears” and “The Spirit Is Willing”.
Cheers ~ DC
PS: I bought a cheapo mail-order violin ($40!) last week to make some noises with. Another good reason to have a soundproofed room. Here’s a prehistoric photo of me pretending to play a violin… that’s my good friends Rodney Cordner to my right and John Montgomery to my left.
Well, here it is: the first DC Cardwell Newsletter. Thanks so much for reading it – I really appreciate your interest in my music.
I don’t want this to be simply a duplication of stuff you can read elsewhere. On the other hand, it’s also aimed at those of you who don’t hang around Myspace or Facebook, so I do want to keep you up to date with what’s happening with my music.
Well, I’m still in the day job, in case some of you who know me from way back are wondering what on earth has happened. But a few years ago I started writing some songs and singing them myself, a bit of a departure for me. I seriously thought no-one would ever hear them, and in fact, even my own family didn’t hear them until relatively recently. However, I’d heard a lot about Myspace and decided to sign up for an account there, and pretty quickly I got fed up explaining to even newer people who its founder Tom Anderson was. I’d say “Tom Is Everybody’s Friend”, and of course, that’s just asking to be a song title. So one day when I was off work sick (really!) I recorded the song. I don’t think I’ve ever written and recorded another song so quickly and carelessly. I put it up on Myspace and suddenly found that people liked it, and they liked my other songs too.
And if you’re wondering why I’m not “David Cardwell” anymore, it’s simply because there are already more well-known “David Cardwell”s than you might imagine, and I didn’t want to have to compete with them on Google. Try searching for “David Cardwell”. Now search for “DC Cardwell”. See?
So – if it looks impressive, it’s really not. I’m still a medical scientist, still only play music for fun, and I still haven’t made a dollar out of my songs – I’ve sold a few mp3s on Martian Music but still haven’t recouped my sign-up fee! Nothing would make me happier than to be able to give up the day job (I’ve never liked it), but at my age, it’s probably not going to happen. But it has been an absolute joy to be able to make music and have people around the world listen to it and appreciate it! That, in itself, is success!
To bring you right up to date, my family and I have built a new home, in a suburb of Melbourne called Langwarrin, not far from Frankston where we live right now. It’s almost finished and we’ll be moving in sometime before Christmas.
THE BAD NEWS: I’ll be really busy for the next few months, as you can imagine, and probably won’t have time to write or record any new songs.
THE GOOD NEWS: Our new house incorporates a small (one room) soundproofed recording studio! Yeah! It will still have the same paltry recording gear in it, at least to begin with, but if the soundproofing is as effective as I hope it is, I should be able to make lots of noise more easily without annoying the rest of the family and the neighbours quite so much. Bear in mind that the rooms I recorded in up until now have been upstairs in a wood-framed house and so I have had to try and record extremely quietly, except for when I did the drum parts, at which time half of Frankston could have heard me. The other advantage will be that I can keep my gear set up and ready to use when inspiration strikes!
This photo is not exactly exciting, but in future newsletters I’ll include pictures of it as it starts to look like home. I hope to add to my gear to some extent as time goes by – with a proper audio interface for my computer and a better drum kit high on the list of priorities, but don’t expect a huge mixing desk – it’s not Abbey Road, just a small room, and I don’t really need a lot of inputs.
WHERE CAN YOU HEAR MY MUSIC?
MYSPACE:www.myspace.com/dccardwell[Yes, my MySpace page is still there as of 2012!] I’ve already mentioned MySpace, which most of you are probably familiar with. This is where I first started to get some attention for my music, and really, let’s face it, right up to the present time just about my whole virtual “career” exists there! You don’t actually have to be a member to view my profile and listen to my songs there, in fact I think you can even read my blog without signing in. However you can’t send me messages, comments or friend requests or see my photos (big loss). On the other hand, it’s very easy to sign up if you can’t live without any of those features.
But if you dig around MySpace profile a little bit you’ll find all kinds of interesting things. It would be pointless to go into them here, so all I can say is, check it out!
If you want to help me out there, sending bulletins, comments, blogs and messages with some of my ReverbNation “widgets” would be fantastic. You can find a couple right on my MySpace page. Bulletins are probably one of the best things, as they go to a large number of people. Give them a catchy title. Repost some of my bulletins that you think might appeal to your friends. Also, you can put a widget on your profile. Mentioning me in groups or forums, or really anywhere, would also be good. Be creative! If you don’t know how to do this kind of stuff, ask me and I’ll help you out. My greatest weapon is you guys spreading the word around!
As well as MySpace, I’ve put some of my songs up on various sites over the last while but I haven’t really had time to “work” them the way I have with MySpace. Some of them could use input from my fans to give me a higher profile.
REVERBNATION:www.reverbnation.com/dccardwell That’s the site which hosts this newsletter. Again, you can view my profile there without becoming a member. However, I highly recommend it for musicians because of the widgets and the FanReach system, which is how I run this newsletter. [Not any more – as of 2012 I’ve switched to Fanbridge] You can also sign up as a “fan”, and add me and other artists as your favourites. (I’d love you to do that!)
GARAGEBAND:www.garageband.com/artist/dccardwell/ [dead link] This site is supposed to be good for the system whereby other people review your music and you can make it into contests and up charts. The catch is, to be eligible for entry to these you have to review a certain number of other artists’ tracks. I’ve started to do that but haven’t got around to doing enough reviews to gain entry to the charts… someday!
TRIPLE J UNEARTHED:www.triplejunearthed.com/dccardwell An Australian site associated with the national radio station Triple J. Signing up here and writing a review of my songs would be cool.
NEIL YOUNG’S LIVING WITH WAR SITE:www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/lwwsongspage.html This is a page which Neil Young set up as part of his neilyoung.com site, where he posts songs that are in some way related to questions of the war in Iraq in particular, and also war and peace in general. My song Peace And Love actually reached No. 3 there at one point, when I was actively encouraging people to go and click on it there, but now it has dropped down to number cough cough! Speaking of Peace And Love, did I ever tell you why I wrote it? My friend Tony told me that Ringo Starr uses the phrase “Peace And Love” all the time on his website, so he said I should write a song of that title and maybe Ringo would cover it. So I did. Of course, I haven’t the slightest clue how to get Ringo to pay any attention to a song of mine, and even if I did, I don’t exactly think it’s the kind of jolly singalong anthem that Tony had in mind!
FACEBOOK:www.facebook.com/dccardwell I was amazed to find that you can add a few of my songs to the iLike application in FaceBook! I think it’s because they’re on Garageband and they automatically get linked across. So if you’re on FaceBook you can easily dedicate my songs to people or add them to any of your message or wall posts. Please feel free – it all helps! [“iLike” never really took off, did it, but Facebook did, and so did “like”… it’s now the best place to share my music – 2012 DC]
[2012 note – for places to buy my music (and Marjorie’s check the “STORE” menu above, or go straight to madcarrecords.com :)]
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