new song, “impermanence” released 7/17…

And this week, “Impermanence” has been released as of Thursday…. and now available on all the major outlets, iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CD Baby, and Bandcamp, available in your choice of MP3 320 and FLAC (lossless) downloadable files on the latter two. And here it is from SoundCloud… Thanks for listening!

IMPERMANENCE
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

The image of this gargoyle is one I’ve used before – it appeared on the inner sleeve of the previous CD “Another Day in Paradox” and it has a certain amount of personal significance for me. ‘Impermanence’ itself – one of the four noble truths in Buddhism – simply means life is constant change, from one state to the next, moment by moment.

Notes from a St. George's publication... The church was built in 1907 and is a national historic landmark as of 2007.
Notes from a St. George’s publication… The church was built in 1907 and is a national historic landmark as of 2007.

This particular gargoyle can be found at St. George’s By the River Episcopal Church in Rumson, New Jersey. This is where I spent the first year-and-a-half of my life and where I was baptized. My grandfather, Dr. Canon George A. Robertshaw, was the rector (senior pastor for those not familiar with the term) of St. George’s for many years until his death in 1964. St. George, patron saint of England who slew the dragon in mythical lore, so it hardly seems like a coincidence that – as my granddad’s name was George – he should be there and that the church flourished and grew during his tenure.

St. George's By the River, Rumson, NJ
St. George’s By the River, Rumson, NJ

My mom, Joyce, grew up here at the rectory, the residence at the church at 7 Lincoln Avenue, for much of her early life, and this is where she met my dad, Paul Lindsley Thomas, who came to the church as assistant organist and choir director in 1950. They got married here and then I was born in 1956 down the road a little ways in Asbury Park, so these are my roots.

After we moved to Dallas, Texas in 1960, we returned every summer to the Jersey shore for a few weeks and stayed on the grounds, and I can remember as a little kid walking the grounds and looking up at that gargoyle and being fascinated by it. Some images just stick with (or haunt) you for the rest of your life and this seems to be one of those for me. [Perhaps also not coincidentally I heard my first Beatles' songs, "Twist and Shout/There's A Place" there in Rumson during the summer of 1963.]

I haven’t been back to the Jersey shore for a long, long time (1976). I’m sure way back then as a kid I couldn’t articulate that this image somehow reminded me of the fleeting nature of life, constant change, or of various changing emotional/mental states, but it sure did when I was walking around with the chord progression and that repeated guitar lick in my head months before I recorded it in June.

Notes on the recording:
“Impermanence” was recorded in June, 2014 at the ‘Cave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado,
Craig C. Thomas – all instruments, engineering and production
Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California

Hope you enjoy! Until next time…

"Summer Madness" - MP3 single, May, 2014
“Summer Madness” – MP3 single, May, 2014
The single "Impermanence"... to be released on 7/17
The single “Impermanence”… released on 7/17/14

The single, “Summer Madness,” from Nights on Venus is available as an MP3 digital download on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and the NoV website as are all full-length albums.

Nights on Venus - the debut album (2011)
Nights on Venus – the debut album (2011)
"Another Day in Paradox" - 2013
“Another Day in Paradox” – 2013

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"In 4 the Evening," the new album (no. 2)...
“In 4 the Evening,” the new album (no. 2)… 2012

new music coming soon… “impermanence,” on 7/17

Looking down the valley into Golden, 7/4, just as the fireworks were about to start.
Looking down the valley into Golden, 7/4, just as the fireworks were about to start.
7/4
7/4

Hope everyone had a grand, glorious, and safe 4th of July here in the States. Just a quick post to let everyone know that new music from Nights on Venus is coming very soon, like next week…

Nature's fireworks last night in Golden...
Nature’s fireworks last night in Golden…

NoV News:
Impermanence,” the next song and 2nd single/advance track from the album “Perspective,” has now gone to mastering. Official release date is set for 7/17 and will be available as a MP3 digital download only at all the usual outlets (CD Baby, iTunes, etc.). Below is the cover artwork for the single: 

Cover artwork for the single "Impermanence"... by CCT
Cover artwork for the single “Impermanence”… by CCT
"Summer Madness" - MP3 single, May, 2014
“Summer Madness” – MP3 single, May, 2014
The single "Impermanence"... to be released on 7/17
The single “Impermanence”… to be released on 7/17

The single, “Summer Madness,” from Nights on Venus is available as an MP3 digital download on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and the NoV website as are all full-length albums.

Nights on Venus - the debut album (2011)
Nights on Venus – the debut album (2011)
"Another Day in Paradox" - 2013
“Another Day in Paradox” – 2013

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"In 4 the Evening," the new album (no. 2)...
“In 4 the Evening,” the new album (no. 2)… 2012

weekend, unplugged…

Well, mostly unplugged.  I may have checked e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter a couple of times over the last 3 days on the laptop which is a far cry from business as usual these days and further aided by the fact that there was no cell phone coverage where we were (probably wouldn’t have mattered if there had been, I’ve had a run of bad luck with cell phones lately).  And it felt kind of… weird. Actually, it felt like the kind of high country trips I used to take in the ‘old days’, back in the 90’s, long before the advent of instant (and constant) connectivity, Wi-Fi, Google, and Androids.

The idea for the weekend was to just truly get away, unwind… disconnect. Unplug. And South Park is still an ideal place to do that. It’s always been one of my favorite areas in Colorado from the time I got stranded in the small town of Alma overnight during a whiteout in ’92 and stayed at the hotel (and I use the term loosely) down the street.

So here’s a photo essay of the last few days, a rather lengthy one with a little bit of everything including a rare tornado. Click on the pics to enlarge…

Gettin' outta town... I-70 Friday afternoon, traffic's not too bad...
Gettin’ outta town, headin’ up to the high country… I-70 Friday afternoon, traffic’s not too bad…
Detail of Mt. Lincoln (14,286')...
Detail of Mt. Lincoln (14,286′)…
From left to right... Mt. Bross and Mt. Lincoln, both 14ers, from the summit of Hoosier Pass...
From left to right… Mt. Bross and Mt. Lincoln, both 14ers, from the summit of Hoosier Pass…
Dropping down into Park County from Hoosier Pass... the town of Alma is in the center of the photo.
Dropping down into Park County from Hoosier Pass… the town of Alma is in the center of the photo.
On the grounds of Mountain Comfort B&B... aspens, early season. After coming through the 'mud' season, spring is just newly-arrived at 10,578 feet...
On the grounds of Mountain Comfort B&B… aspens, early season. After coming through the ‘mud’ season, spring is just newly-arrived at 10,578 feet…
The town of Alma with Mt. Bross in the background, early morning...
The town of Alma with Mt. Bross in the background, early morning…
The road up to the trailhead... still plenty of snow in early June.
The road up to the trailhead… still plenty of snow in early June.
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Blue Lake, looking west up Monte Cristo Gulch from the dam.
North side of North Star Mountain...
North side of North Star Mountain…
... and the south face of Quandary Peak (14,265') at the trailhead.
… and the south face of Quandary Peak (14,265′) at the trailhead.
Along the trail...
Along the trail…
Yours truly... watch out for the glare coming off my forehead.
Yours truly… watch out for the glare coming off my forehead.
Erin, hamming it up on the trail... more than a few snowfields to cross.
Erin, hamming it up on the trail… more than a few snowfields to cross.
At the trailhead...
At the trailhead…
Here they come... Photo by Erin Foley.
And here they come…
Mountain goats are known to be notorious photobombers....
Mountain goats are known to be notorious photobombers….

 

Photo by Erin.
Photo by Erin.
We watch them, they watch us. The goats milled about and hung out with us for about half-an-hour...
We watch them, they watch us. The goats milled about and hung out with us for about half-an-hour, which was a real treat ’cause usually they’re gone in about 5 minutes, back to climbing rocks and cliffs all day and other goat stuff…
And another...
And another…
Erin selfie with goat photobomb...
Erin selfie with goat photobomb…
Up close....
Up close….
Looking back down the valley...
Looking back down the valley…
Clouds are starting to build looking east... we're at about 11,800 feet here.
Clouds are starting to build looking east… Mt. Silverheels is in the background; we’re at about 11,800 feet here.

And then we head back into town…

Late afternoon... pizza, beer and live music at the highest saloon in North America... the South Park Saloon. Will Nights on Venus be playing here anytime soon? Probably not, but we'll be on the bill for Alma's Festival In the Clouds in July, 2015.
Late afternoon… pizza, beer and live music at the highest saloon in North America… the South Park Saloon. Will Nights on Venus be playing here anytime soon? Probably not, but we’ll be on the bill for Alma’s Festival In the Clouds in July, 2015.
Hummingbirds on the back deck... hot-tubbing with hawks flying overhead...
Hummingbirds on the back deck… hot-tubbing with hawks flying overhead…
A view with breakfast, from the great room at Mountain Comfort B&B
A view with breakfast, from the great room at Mountain Comfort B&B…

We did stay at the Mountain Comfort Bed & Breakfast just outside of town on Highway 9; I highly recommend this bed and breakfast for your own vacation getaway or family reunion. Sandy and Ernie are the perfect hosts and see to it that you have everything you need. Rooms are cozy, comfortable, and rustic, the setting is quiet, peaceful, and beautiful, and the breakfasts were amazing. We will definitely be back!

Storm over South Park, heading up Kenosha Pass...
The weather turned nasty Sunday morning… Storm over South Park, heading up Kenosha Pass…
And the storm brought with it, a tornado. We were driving east when Erin was looking out the back windows and said she thought there was a funnel cloud behind us; I said we were up too high... Well, apparently not. We found out the next day that a tornado had, in fact, touched down between Fairplay and Lake George.
And the storm brought with it, a tornado. We were driving east when Erin was looking out the back windows and said she thought there was a funnel cloud behind us; I said we were up too high… Well, apparently not. We found out the next day that a tornado had, in fact, touched down between Fairplay and Lake George. Yes, the weather can be unpredictable up here.

Until next time…

"Summer Madness" - MP3 single, May, 2014
“Summer Madness” – MP3 single, May, 2014

The single, “Summer Madness,” from Nights on Venus is available as an MP3 digital download on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and the NoV website.

A recent review of “Summer Madness”:
“This slow, instrumental piece relies on creating an ever-changing moody atmosphere to relax and calm you. With slower, jazzier ambiance that collectively builds throughout, this well done Nights On Venus release is one for the crowd that likes to slow dance and take it easy when listening to music.” – Curt Dennis, Bluestribute.net

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the single, “summer madness,” releases 5/26…

Very pleased to announce the release of the first single from Nights on Venus, “Summer Madness,” tomorrow, May 26th. It is a remake of the song that was originally recorded by Kool and the Gang in 1974 and can be found on their album, “Light Of Worlds” from that year.

Recording info: Recorded during the last 2 weeks of April, 2014 at the Mancave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado
Craig C. Thomas – all instruments, engineering and production
Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California
Cover artwork by CCT

First of all, I’ve always loved this song from the first time I heard it in the first Rocky movie from 1976. If you’ve heard the song, you’ll remember it. What I’ve tried to do in covering this song is retain the feel and vibe of the original, staying as close to the original as possible while offering up my own take on this classic on its 40th anniversary with the addition of piano, vibes, and more of a hip-hop beat. Actually, the overall feel and vibe had to be virtually the same because that is the essence of the song. It is a prime cut of 70’s mellowness – mysterious, sensual, and spiritual.

A slightly longer version of “Summer Madness” will also be available as a bonus track on the upcoming album by Nights on Venus, “Perspective,” to be released in November this year.

You can find the track on CD Baby tomorrow, and iTunes, Amazon, and eMusic in a few days. So check it out, hope you enjoy it and that it becomes part of your soundtrack as we move into the summer of 2014.

"Another Day in Paradox" - 2013
“Another Day in Paradox” – 2013

Another Day in Paradox,” the third album from Nights on Venus is available on CD and as digital download (MP3) as are “In 4 the Evening” and the eponymously-titled first album (digital download only) on CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, eMusic, and other fine online retailers including the NoV website.

"Summer Madness" - MP3 single, May, 2014
“Summer Madness” – MP3 single, May, 2014

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"Perspective," the 4th Nights on Venus album, scheduled for release in November, 2014
“Perspective,” the 4th Nights on Venus album, scheduled for release in November, 2014

 

end of april, makin’ headway…

“And 4 is the number of the album, and the number of the album shall be 4… no more, no less.” – Monty Python

Or something close to that… the ‘Holy Hand Grenade’ scene from The Holy Grail.

The new album is coming together and is now half complete; it also has a title:

Perspective“, and is scheduled to be released this coming November. Here is a look at the album cover…

"Perspective," the 4th Nights on Venus album is scheduled for release in November, 2014
“Perspective,” the 4th Nights on Venus album is scheduled for release in November, 2014. Photo and design by CCT.

A slight variation from the image I’ve been using since last summer but one that I feel is more complete… and more open-ended at the same time. It’s a somewhat different-sounding album – much more piano on the songs and you can check out some of the new tracks at the Nights on Venus page on ReverbNation.

Also, there will be an advance track from Perspective, available as a standalone MP3 single download by Memorial Day and I’ll have more details on that in the next week. Until then…

 

santa-fe_5Another Day in Paradox,” the third album from Nights on Venus is available on CD and as digital download (MP3) as are “In 4 the Evening” and the eponymously-titled first album (digital download only) on CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, eMusic, and other fine online retailers including the NoV website.

"Another Day in Paradox" - 2013
“Another Day in Paradox” – 2013

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10 lessons learned from the worst band website in the world | CDBaby.com

nightsonvenus:

As usual lots of good tips here from Jordan at Digital Bear, and also a timely reminder that it’s time to update my own website again. Great design is huge!

Originally posted on I Haven't Had My Coffee Yet -- Don't Make Me Kill You!:

Chris Bolton

lessons learned from worst-websiteThe Lazer and the Beams website is a sight to behold. Flashing gifs, text marquees that scroll across the screen, head-bobbing cats, mixed fonts, tiled photos–it’s mesmerizingly bad. Luckily, they built a new website with HostBaby that looks totally awesome, but they’ve left the old site up so people can still gawk at — and learn from — the site that was dubbed the “worst band website in the world.”

If your stomach is strong you can view it here: www.lazerandthebeams.com

Once you’ve recovered, here are 10 things we can learn about web design from the worst band website in the world:

1. Where the hell is the nav?

Don’t reinvent the nav bar. As web users we have been trained to look for navigational items in the top third of the screen. We also look for particular words like “About, store, contact,” etc. This makes it…

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2 years ago today….

The view from Golden Ridge...
The view from Golden Ridge looking toward the town of Golden and the Flatirons in the distance…

It was 2 years ago today that Erin and I moved into the new house up on Golden Ridge, the current Casa NoV, so today we are celebrating that.

I blogged about the move and the house renovation at the time; you can find it here: http://wp.me/p1noGQ-Fm

Maxx, during the move (2012)...
Maxx, during the move (2012)…

Hardly seems like two years ago because it seems like we were always supposed to be here and it doesn’t feel like we’ve been there that long.

What I remember most about that day: keeping tabs on our cat Maxx, making sure he didn’t slip outside somewhere during all the chaos; the wind tunnel that was created by having the garage door, the door from the basement and the front door open at the same time while trying to move stuff in; that Erin and I had a rare fight that lasted all of about 15 seconds; getting 4 take-out dinners from New Peach Garden Chinese and scarfing them down with a bottle of champagne at the end of a long day.

I remember that I moved into the ‘mancave’ a little before the actual move because I was doing the final mixdown/pre-mastering work on “In 4 The Evening” and needed the time and expanded space. A lot has happened since then…

Now in the spring of 2014… one new orange kitteh added, a couple of albums later, getting engaged…

Cosmo, demonstrating the proper form for "kitty meat loaf"....
Cosmo, demonstrating the proper form for “kitty meat loaf”….

This past month has been kind of tough… Currently, both Erin and I are recovering from some sort of cold/respiratory virus thing which has been the most vexing ailment to get rid of these last 3 weeks, especially since we just don’t ever get sick… not used to it, but I think we’re on the other side of it now, finally (one would hope), and welcome, Spring!

Nights on Venus News:
At the beginning of March, I did an interview with the new Denver music blog Bluestribute.net and here is the link to that: http://bluestribute.net/night-venus-interview-craig-thomas/

Also have posted a new track – the mastered demo – from the forthcoming album online on SoundCloud:
BLISS IN BLUE
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

The new album is progressing fairly quickly right now; I’m currently recording a cover song from a well-known 70’s band which I hope to finish up and have permissions for by early next month for an end of May release as an advance track for the full album in late October/November, as yet untitled. Two gigs have been booked for summer festivals here in Colorado next year, in 2015…

santa-fe_5Another Day in Paradox,” the third album from Nights on Venus is available on CD and as digital download (MP3) as are the eponymously-titled first album (digital download only) and “In 4 the Evening” on CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, eMusic, and other fine online retailers including the NoV website.

"Another Day in Paradox" - 2013
“Another Day in Paradox” – 2013

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