Archive for December, 2003

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Dec

On The Eve Of Christmas…

   Posted by: VoGE    in Random Meanderings

The commercialism of Xmas turns me off more each passing year… The gawdy glitter seems less festive than vulgar… But, somewhere along the edges creeps a feeling… Hard to define… A glow inside that harkens back to a simpler time when I had a less complicated heart… This, for me, is the true Spirit of Christmas.

O’siyo friends and family…
Happy holidays to you-n-yours! Here it comes ready or not… That time of year some dread, others eagerly anticipate, and the rest of us just accept till Spring. This Winter season has brought many changes for Voice of Golden Eagle music and I’d like to share a few of them with you including this, the very first edition of the VoGE Newsletter online!
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JUST MY OPINION: THE END OF MP3.COM – THE END OF AN ERA
As I’m sure most of you are already aware, MP3.com, the world’s first and biggest online site for independent music, closed its doors in early December. It’s been purchased by CNET.com and they promise to reopen the domain in early 2004, but there’s no doubt about it… MP3.com as we knew it is gone forever.
There is a certain sadness surrounding this passing for all who shared the dream for independent music that was MP3.com. In my own case, they were incredible for getting the message out about VoGE music. In the two and a half years I had an artist site there, the music had over 440,000 listens and many hundreds of CDs were sold to people all over the world. It also led me to some wonderful Net based musical collaborations I will cherish forever.
It is said that all good things must come to an end and MP3.com is no exception, but let me assure you that this is just the beginning of a new chapter for VoGE music!

* The VoGE recording facility is undergoing many new renovations

and upgrades.
* Plans are underway for new VoGE albums, including one to be

digitally recorded within a huge cave in the Arkansas Ozarks!
Read all about it, here in the VoGE Newsletter…
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VoGE UPDATE: WHERE TO FIND MUSIC AND “STUFF” ONLINE
Most important to remember, the www.VoiceOfGoldenEagle.com URL will always take you to VoGE music online.

Please check it out occasionally as it will become an outlet for more and more VoGE arts-n-crafts as time goes by. The direct link to the store is:

Voice of Golden Eagle’s Roadside Stand
http://www.cafeshops.com/voge
Like getting special discounts? So do I… The nice folks at CafeShops have given me a “virtual coupon” I can offer you that’s good thru December 19th, 2003. Just put SNOWFLAKES in the Coupon Code field of your order form and receive $4.00 off any purchase of $40 or more.
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MUSIC NEWS: NEW VoGE PROJECTS
Many great things are happening with the music!
NEW RECORDING PROJECT – I am contacting the National park Service about the possibility of using the Blanchard Springs Caverns as a location to do a digital recording. This incredible cave in the Arkansas Ozarks has some of the most amazing natural acoustics I’ve ever heard! I have dreamed for years of doing a Native Flute recording there and hope to soon make it a reality. I’ll keep a journal of the recording session and share it in a future newsletter.
NEW PRODUCTION FACILITY – Meanwhile, back at VoGE Central, I have spent most of the last month totally revamping my tiny recording studio. In addition to a major computer upgrade, I have moved the facility to a much larger area all of which will help the creative process tremendously once I get past the tedium of setting it all up. The new computer system gives me the horsepower I need to expand into professional multimedia production, so stay tuned for some home grown music videos coming in the near future!
OTHER FUTURE OFFERINGS will include streaming VoGE videos online (here’s a pre-upgrade preview) and more VoGE visual art available via the Web. I’ll post updates as these become available.
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IN CLOSING: Holiday thoughts from Voice of Golden Eagle

As we enter the heart of this Winter season, people

of many faiths celebrate in various ways according

to their own traditions. But all have one thing in

common. The ceremonies are reminders that in the

midst of icy storms both physical and spiritual,

Spring will come again giving birth to our renewed
hopes and dreams.

In all cultures throughout the world Winter has

traditionally been a time of gathering by the family

fire, telling stories, and sharing wisdom. A period

of reflection, meditation, and celebration of the

seasons past and the seasons to come. A time of
healing.

Regardless of how you choose to observe this very

special time, I hope your holidays are filled with
love, peace and happiness.

Witsatologi nihi (Many Blessings To You!)

…Voice of Golden Eagle and family