Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Where to purchase my album Earthlife, or individual songs

Dan Stafford, Earthlife

New Age Blues tenor saxophone
Dan Stafford, Earthlife

Dan Stafford, Earthlife (entire CD mp3)
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Pachamama Prayer
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Late Summer Harmony
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Sunrise On the Road
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By Starlight
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Sunlight in August
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Night Owl
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Natural Rythm Version 2
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Night Fire Circle

Bello, live percussion, digital effects. Haunting.

Thank you for listening!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Night Bird...

A little bit of evening practice fun with Bello.

Thank You for listening.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

10-09-2009 Practice Session 01

A little practice with Bello. I can hear myself making minor incremental improvements. I'm still looking for a breakthrough in style, though.

Thank You for listening,


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I had Bello out at the park the last couple of evenings...

...and I played righteous as the Sun was going low in the sky.

I'm starting to get a better feel for smaller and more fluid movements of the keys, and believe it or not, finer-yet control of the reed. I learned a new vocal effect that puts an emotional, trembling warble in my sax's voice.

It's getting pretty chilly out in the evenings now, though. It won't be long until I'm stuck indoors.

Being indoors presents serious challenges now. I'm living in a high-rise condo buildin; last winter I was in a house. There's a third person now too. On top of it all, my hours have changed at work.

Also, my pocket recorder died. I'll have to figure out how to record with my phone.

Anyway, it's bed-time.

Thank You for reading & listening.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

High Summer On Herrick Lake...

The sky is a cloudless seventy five and sweet.

The breezes soft as a baby's kiss,
The grasses dance slow,
Slow and sultry and tall.

People are all around and reverent,
Walking dogs,
Rowing boats and canoes,
Throwing frisbees,
Lying in dappled shade holding hands.

The leather and wood I carry is essential,
Almost as old as I am,
Somewhat battered and serviceable,
Beauty inside waiting.

I find an old picnic table in the shade,
Down at the far end of the lake,
I can scent the green and mirror water,
Dragon flies dancing over sparkling rowboat wakes.

Everything is green and light,
Faint hints of Summer's yellow end barely showing.

I pull the golden brass from its case,
And through me Bello sings.

Clear as water and bright,
The notes drift out over the lake,
Easy and mellow,
The reed sings to all its cousins,
"I am alive!"

I bring the notes down low and rumbling,
A deference to Thunder that's left us all this grceful peace,
Then push for the ragged edge of harmonics,
As close to chords as a saxophone gets.

Young children stare in delighted surprise and wonder,
Parents smile and walk slower.

People smile in passing,
I play and play,
One of the last bright Sundays of Summer languidly passing by.

If this is not church and worship and thank-you to God,
I am lost and deaf and blind,
No more so than sources of dispute.

I roll gently through the deep and soft notes of my ending song,
Close the case,
Walk back to the yellow truck.

A fine cigar and chair are waiting,
Coffee and the songs of frogs and cicadas.

September is sweet,
At peace,
A piece of forever.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 09/13/2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Condo Living & Work Schedule Change...

...Are kicking my butt on sax practice. Once a week isn't cutting it, too much loss of facial muscle tone. I'm going to have to work on this.

The guitar practice is going much easier, almost every day. It's easy not to disturb anyone with an electric and an amp sporting a headphone jack. I had to get an extension cable for the walkman headpones and a 1/8th to 1/4" jack adapter, but it works.

I guess you have to call that "postus interruptus." I was inspired to write all of you a note after reading Premier Guitar for an hour, but Honey was suddenly done with the bookstore.

At any rate, I'm going to go give Rosie a ring and practice that mofo F-chord. Tomorrow, I'm taking Bello outside. It's supposed to be beautiful all weekend.

Speaking of which, have a lovely weekend yourselves, and thank you for reading and listening.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Yeah, I bought a guitar...

I seem to keep finding myself getting in a rut with the sax after a week or two, and having a few days' break from it seems to help me break through.

So here's the deal - I play Bello for awhile, then give Rosie a ring, and back & forth it goes. I've always loved sax and guitar, so these two will fill me up and fill me out as a musician. At least that's what I believe.

Thanks for reading and listening.


Gonna Give Rosie A Ring...

Candy Apple Strat...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Duck Walk

An interesting concept that just popped into my head. It took me a bit to figure out the fingering. The second sax is, of course, me overdubbed as a second recording track.

I call it "Duck Walk" because of the bass track.

Thank you for listening!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

08-07-2009 DS Practice Session

I'm mostly back on my feet, the broken ankle slowly getting better. I've moved in the last month, so that's eaten up time like crazy, but life is about to settle down quite a bit.

I think this is smoother than most of what I've posted before, and I'm liking it. I feel like I'm making slow but steady progress every time I pick up the sax these days, and it feels good to spend more time with Bello.

I hope you enjoy, and thank you as always for listening.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summer Confield Zen Sax

Finally, a decent practice session, and something nice and meditative comes out of it. Enjoy a little sax, sun, and wind. This one is 17 minutes + and mellow.

Summer Cornfield Zen

Thank you for listening!


Monday, May 11, 2009

Been practicing a bit...

I can stan un-fettered now and hold the horn, so I'm working my way back into shape. FINALLY. It'll probably take me a couple of weeks to build the facial muscles back up to endurance and knock the rust off. I'm planning on picking back up the collaboration with Scott the keyboard guy in June.

I'm not walking without a walker yet, and I'm still wearing a boot for three more weeks, but this broken ankle debacle is winding down.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Broke my ankle a week & 1/2 ago

My ankle surgery was this past Tuesday. From what they told me it was badly broken, but the repair went well. I'll have 8 weeks in a cast & months of PT.



Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Song In Trancic Blue: Purity Alone

A 1966 Selmer Bundy Tenor Saxophone. An Otto Link Super Tonemaster mouthpiece. An inspired moment. An aspiring tenor player. Audacity 1.3. Echo effect. Nothing more, nothing less.

A Song In Trancic Blue: Purity Alone

Thank you for listening.

Dan Stafford

Friday, February 20, 2009

Earthlife is now in Digital Distribution...

...via CD Baby.

Click on the album cover to listen to track samples or purchase an electronic download of the album for only $5.00.

(Or go to THIS LINK)

Thank you for listening!

Dan Stafford

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ass-kicking new song: "Blues Rites Night"

1966 Selmer Bundy tenor saxophone with Otto Link Super Tone Master mouth piece, Hoehner Blues Band harmonica, hand percussion, Audacity effects. This music is Blues gone trancendental, it'll take you out in the woods and blues you under the stars.

This song is way different, and to be honest, better than anything I've done before. It has a unique fusion of Native American beat, dead-on blues sax, and "night in the woods" background done mostly with the Hoehner Blues Band C-harp. I'm kind of amazed I managed to produce this.

Thank You, as always, for listening. Prepare to go into night spaces blue...

Dan Stafford

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"I Could Not Stop Myself" - new song

A little different. This is a very short but interesting tune.

Thank you for listening.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sneak Preview of My New Earthlife Album Cover

My new cover should end up looking like this. I'm going to be selling the album on CD Baby as soon as I get the cover art resolved.

Thank you for listening!

Dan Stafford

Social Networkin' Blues

How many Social Network profiles do YOU have to keep track of?

Thank you for listening!

Dan Stafford

Hard Sax Rox

This is the clip I call "Hard Sax Rox." I'm playing Bello right on the edge here, busting harmonics in a righteous hard rock opera style that comes straight from growing up in the 60's & 70's. (I'm Gen-X, class of 1980, and all the hard rockers came out in my childhood and teen years.)

Bust it out:

Thank you for listening!

Dan Stafford

Back to practice - 01-20-2009 Practice Session

This session was pretty good - and a good bit overdue. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. The last 5 minutes or so went pretty "hard rock opera" and I'm going to clip it and title it in a post after this one. I really felt in the groove on that part. The full session is just over 12 minutes and in a variety of styles. Hang on to your ears, and if you want just the short version, check the next post.

Thank you for listening!

Dan Stafford

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Maybe You're Down

My newest tenor sax New-Age Blues song, with light percussion and vocals.

Thank you for listening!


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Youtube - Jazzcid Rockit Sax

1st Youtube video - Hawai'ian-inspired sax

This is after listening to Hawai'ian artist Keali'i Reichel for awhile. His work is a lot softer, smoother, and more professional than anything I've ever done, but it put me in the right mood. I still need to figure out a good way to prop up my Blackberry for this kind of thing, though.

Thank you for listening!


Sunday, January 4, 2009

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