My INTENTION is to review some more of the Octet's CDs, with Octopella being next and then Gold. Wish me luck. Remember, I'm a procrastinator.
I have gotten word that Jason will be performing at a holiday dinner at Snow Crest Lodge located on Mt. Baldy on December 9th (Starts @ 7:00 PM.) during their holiday dinner. He will be performing more shows there next year and I will keep you updated on when you can catch him.
Mt. Baldy is located in Claremont, CA, about 30 minutes from Downtown L.A.
He is also currently performing all over L.A. I'll let you know when and where, when information becomes available.
Jason also has a new album in the works. An unmastered demo cd of five original songs from Jason's upcoming album, "Twenty-Something", which is scheduled to be released in 2012, is available for purchase. They are $5.00 at any live shows, or $8.00 nationwide. (I'll let you know how to purchase them when details become available.)
Each CD will be autographed by Jason himself, and here are only 500 available. Get them while you can.
I'm posting pics of the cd, and I'll do the review after I've heard it.
So sorry about the quality of the pictures, but because of the poor natural lighting outside, I had to use the dining room light, and that caused a glare on the cd case/dark glossy paper. Anyway, as you can tell, the cd is BEAUTIFUL!
The mic is on fire (and we all know why). So, as you peruse these pics, I'll take a good long listen to this cd and tell you what I think.
As for my initial experience with ordering the cd, I have to say, I was very impatient - but it actually came in the time frame I was given. We had a holiday during that time frame, which threw me off, but it actually arrived promptly. (These are the times when I wish I had a TARDIS.) The package came first class ($1.88). The cd itself was wrapped in bubble wrap, and comes with a receipt. (Easily accounting for the $2.00 shipping cost.)
Anyway, with that, I'll let you get back to your awesome lives while I listen to some great a cappella!
Oh, and the Octet got their eighth member - Welcome Chuck Leon!
After much procrastination (moving/changing jobs/reordering checks/ needing the money for something else) I finally sent my order for High Octane in today's mail! I'm super excited. It should be here in a little more than ten days. I'm so excited! I'll give it a listen and let you know what I think of it. (Okay, I don't always do what I say I'll do, but I'll really try.) I love the songs on the album, so, if I haven't said it yet I'M SUPER DUPER EXCITED!!!!!!!
Okay, enough silliness, because I'm also super tired at the moment. So...another post soon. I hope.
I was wondering, with the tons of Octet standards and new songs which are arranged by each years groups, how the songs were picked for each of the Octet cds. So I asked Brandon Swansfeger from the 01-03 Octet, and this was the reply I got.
"The first two criteria are quality and popularity. The next factor is whether the song has been on a previous recording, and if so, how long has it been since that recording was published (we try to keep things fresh and new). Lastly, we try to get as many people doing solos as possible, but sometimes the first three criteria limits who can solo on each cd so that not everyone has a recorded solo."
Makes sense to me.
Now, go and head on to Brandon's YouTube channel to check out his videos and show him some Octet-love. (He solos in "Somebody's Crying" on his page and has an incredible voice!)
Oh, and you might want to pick up the Octet's most recent CD, "High Octane", which features the '03-06 Octet. Information on how to purchase the cd is on the Links page.