If I learned anything from decades in publishing, advertising and multimedia, it was that a snazzy graphic logo announcing that you're going to do something or that you might produce a product is the most important part of any plan! So, since I announced my personal Five Year Plan this morning, here's a draft of my Five Year Plan graphic logo, which shows how hard at work I will be:
See? The hard work never stops here at Chez Howlin' Steve!
I only have 10 to 15 years of good health left. So, it's time to leave behind my artistic legacy. I'll be producing at least 5 new CDs of original songs and standards. I'll probably release the CDs on iTunes and in a physical CD format. And, I'll be writing a book, which I foresee marketing online in e-book format. Of course, I'll be illustrating each of these works. Below, a brief description of each of the 5 CDs I've planned.
Tiny But Mighty
A collection of songs entirely about my late wife and artistic partner, Myrna. These will probably be all original tunes. It is long past time to tell her (and our) story.
Watseka in My Rear View Mirror
Songs about my teeny-tiny hometown in east central Illinois, including songs about my family and friends and the long gone characters from my past.
The dirty blues is a distinct sub-genre of the blues. Bessie Smith was probably the best known dirty blues artist. Some covers, some originals.
My Favorite Hymns
Just as the title says, my renditions of my favorite hymns. How can this co-exist with the "Dirty Blues?" Never been a problem for me.
I love the Great American Songbook standards, among them tunes like "September Song."
Other CDs that I'm planning include songs about the odd and interesting characters I've known in my decades in Woodstock, and perhaps a CD of country standards.
Get out your credit cards!