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Last Email from STORMWORKS

Last Email from STORMWORKS

24 SEP 2018
The Last Email from STORMWORKS


Dear STORMDirectors and STORMAficionados,

This will be the last email you receive from the Listbaby services.  Not sure how I will be sharing info with you in the future.  Could be Linkedin and/or the Stormworks Facebook page.  ( please go and like that:  https://www.facebook.com/stormworks)

We’ll see.  The best thing to do is check in to stormworld.com from Time to Time.

I am involved in 56 projects as involved as the TWO I am sharing below!  So, yes, I have practiced great restraint in my emails to you.

I’m also going to stack the end of this email with links to useful tools, concepts and more.  They are offered as a Real-world set of resources in the current age of hype.

Today marks the eve of the Christmas Passion Album Official Release on the 25th, just 4 months to Christmas.

Here is the official album link: http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/stephenmelillo9

Now!  

Tomorrow, I will send a letter of announcement out to Grammy Voting Members.  One of the tracks is indeed up for a Grammy Nomination as you’ll see below.  

If you like what you hear, please go to CD Baby, and leave a Positive, Honest, not-hyped, but direct Review that will inspire others to want to listen! That’s how you can help!  And of course, share with all your many networks of family and friends.  

If you like it enough to hear a fundraising idea for your ensemble, let me know via email or phone.

Below, you’ll find more links, a demo of one of the 30,000 international press releases, and more!

BALTIMORE News PRESS RELEASE

Quick aside:  This trailer from the Christmas Passion Album has over 1 Million listens on Soundcloud:

It provides a quick overview!






Here’s the Story behind the Story…


Each year, I ask the kids, “What’s the point of taking the Tree down?  Christmas will be here again before you know it!”

Well, we kept the Tree up until April this year! On Christmas Day (2017), I began arranging “traditional” Christmas Carols, the first arrangement being “Angels We Have Heard on High.”  Eventually, 12 Carols would be arranged during the time when the Tree was still up, and right up until today.  With all the recordings and the release of the CD, it has indeed been Christmas!

To make the arrangements come alive in time for this Christmas, I approached consummate artists from our Grammy Community.  For instance, Armand Hutton’s tongue-in-cheek singing and vocal contribution/arrangement on “The 12 Days & 15 Keys of Christmas!” is both hysterical and virtuosic!

Adelmo Guidarelli spans a wide range of intense operatic to sublime story-telling as only he can in “What Can I Give Him?,” “God Rest ye NOT, Merry Gentlemen,” and “Emmanuel.”  Adelmo is another virtuoso!

Cindy Hughlett… well, I cannot listen to her poignant take on “Away in a Manger” without tearing up. She “tells” us the Story as only she could.  It is humbling to listen to her Musical Giving.

Jann Klose delivers, “What Child Is This?” and “O Holy Night!” in ways that challenge some of the best singers you’ve ever heard do these works!  I’ve had a favorite since I was a boy, but Jann goes well beyond!

As for “The Littlest Drummer Boy & the Angel Girl,” well!  We had to borrow Michael Ashby and Erin Hannon from Broadway and Musical Theater venues for a very different arrangement! While most of it is tongue-in-cheek, their performances result in a new Story, and a “new classic!”

In addition to rendering a haunting version of the “Ave Maria,” AEONE sings  “Angels We Have Heard on High.”  The effect of her voice, cascading over itself becomes indeed, “angelic” and ethereal.

 
 

Also!

In just one week, I’ll be in Germany recording 90-minutes of new Concert Music with the country’s premiere Wind Ensemble.  Stay tuned at stormworld.com.






If you love History and Adventure, Romance and Love, you will thoroughly enjoy Ahab, a Love Story. 

It can be found here:


Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Novel Version on iTunes Book Store
Ahab, a Love Story, page 78 (on Vimeo),  Ahab, a Love Story, page 78 (on YouTube)


Again.  Thank you SO much for your Time, explorations and Thoughtful Listening!  Signing Off!  Enjoy & Godspeed!  S



STORMWORKS RESOURCES LINKS:


Free Pieces

The REAL Firsts!

RESOURCES for STORMWORKS and MUSIC EDUCATION (232 MB)

My Philosophy of Education

ORDER FORM in PDF

STORMWORKS CATALOG in Excel

STORMStage 3

GUEST CONDUCTING, PADBass, STORMSystem INFO & PLANNER

Score Notes from LAST WORLD STANDING: (History of STORMWORKS, the “Whys?”

Stephen Melillo/Trialbystorm YOUTUBE CHANNEL: (First Video is HISTORY of STORMWORKS)

STORMWORKS Resources & History on Youtube

Trialbystorm Playlist of Music by Stephen Melillo on Youtube

Listen to ALL recorded STORMWORKS, full tracks streamed

MUSIC to PICTURE on iBOOK/iTUNES

ONLY for NOW at iTUNES

ONLY for NOW at Barnes & Noble

VIDSessions™

LAST WORLD STANDING from Chapter 13

HYMN to MARINES

Article on SYMPHONY IIII: Lightfall

INTERVIEWS

Digital Libretti

FOREVER STRONG EXPLORE

STORMQUEST COMPLETE

The UNWILLING on Soundcloud

STORMSummate (Youtube)

SLM on iTunes

MUSIC to PICTURE

WAYS of KNOWING

NOGARD & DRAGON

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"Christmas Passion is a phenomenal work!!! The contrasting styles really help to tell the story and create a feeling of moving from one 'scene' to another, not just from one 'song' to another. You've brought such freshness to these traditional works and really breathed new life into them. They've been arranged with such deep sensitivity to the subject matter.

I especially loved your arrangements of Emmanuel, Ave Maria, and Angels We Have Heard On High - which is stunning! It brought tears to my eyes. The 12 Days and 15 Keys of Christmas was brilliant! Rest Not Ye Merry Gentlemen is truly epic! I can see Andre Rieu loving this and performing it as part of his Christmas concerts.

I would love to hear all of these live. This whole album should be performed in a worldwide tour. Many hearts would be moved toward God. I wish I knew the right hands to place this into.

Congratulations to you and to all the wonderful vocalists who brought this amazing project to life. I will definitely tell people about Christmas Passion and will enjoy listening to it year after year. What a beautiful gift you have brought before our King :)

Thank you again! I pray you have much success with this!”  Caroline Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

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