Lights! Camera! Audition!

Looking like a pro—thanks entirely to Hamilton Studio and their incredible crew. Film at eleven…

TLC From my friends Don and Lorna

TURNS OUT to promote my songs, I have to promote myself—at least until some truly talented and charismatic performer shows up willing to take them out into the world. Since that hasn’t happened—and may never happen!—it looks like I need to do that myself. From a secluded backwater like Spokane, that means the next step is landing some gigs on the “house-concert” circuit* in drivable locales like Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. And that means making a promo video. No video, no gigs. The things I’m learning on this unlikely journey.

So my dear friends Don Hamilton and Lorna St. John offered to shoot such a thing in their cavernous photo, video and recording studio. They created a visually captivating stage for my performance so that twenty or so friends could show up and pretend to be an enthralled audience. More nervous than I hoped, I somehow survived under the lights’ glare with everyone’s encouragement and will post the result when available. For now, so grateful for the magic of video editing. Mistakes? What mistakes?

And I’m most grateful to the support of so many friends helping me get my songs heard!

*Yes, it is true: there actually are people who enjoy letting wandering troubadours sleep on their beds (sofas?) and sing to their friends, who sometimes count in the hundreds. It’s a counter-cultural miracle.

Author: Bodhi Bill is about sharing the songs I've been gifted with. Where did they come from? Two remarkable, life-changing events happened In 1996. First, I experienced an unexpected encounter with a friend of the family who was dying. The impact was so profound I left my career in advertising and became a board certified chaplain, working with the dying. Second, original songs began channeling through me with no warning. This was a complete surprise. Even though I'd played guitar since high school, I'd never considered myself a songwriter—or even a singer for that matter. More like a third-rate folk music plunker. But the songs came through anyway. Since I retired in 2015, I now have the time to record and share these songs. Although they are not "commercial" in style or content, I feel they are lovely little gems worth preserving and sharing.

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