Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dustin harts my package. Do you?

Dustin made a video response to "New Day".

If you got the CD, feel free to do the same! :) I'd like to know what you think about the CD. :)

Till then, I'll be fixing computers.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Gig Reviews: Empire Books and Capitol Roasters Cafe

It's 2am and I think it's time for me to go bed... but my face hurts from all these amazing gigs. :)

Empire Books and News, Huntington, West Virginia, 3/19 -
This gig was special - not only because this is where I started out, but I also got this KILLER article in the paper by Entertainment Writer Dave Lavender from the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. What a privilege to have such an awesome reporter write something so uplifting... :) If you're reading this, thanks Dave! To start off, I had about 4 hours of sleep the night before because I was working on the recently uploaded "New Day" video. With that, some things went wrong:

1) My battery in my guitar ran out of juice in the middle of the first song.
2) Jonathan broke a string.
3) I broke a string.
4) Jimmy canceled, so I told Timmy to not show.

What a night. :) But I'll tell you what, it all came together. Mark ended up bringing a djembe and Bob brought an electric cello! It was all amazing. :) Wonderful work, everyone!

Capitol Roaster's Cafe, Charleston, West Virginia, 3/21:
Never played here before in my life and we absolutely had an amazing crowd! My family came up to Charleston and brought my father up there! It blew me away. :) I don't wanna ever forget feeling what I did at this gig.

This was hands down the best gig I've ever played. Ryan Kennedy, Tim Courts, and Jimmy Lykens on one stage with me was like being able to play with the 1995 Chicago Bulls - the dream team was definitely there! Eric Pyles ran the sound and it was such an amazing mix - super awesome job Eric!

Simply put - Two hours worth of some of the best musicating I'd heard/done in a LOOONG time.. :) I feel bad for the people that missed it, but man, that is their fault. As soon as I heard "Candy Red" startup, I knew it was going down. :)

I felt like I sold a lot of CDs, but I came up with only about 12 CDs worth of money. I should have just trusted the money with someone I knew... I'll be checking up on this.

But nonetheless, they guys were amazing and I couldn't have played with a better crew. :) So fun!

Did anyone catch the BlogTV broadcast, btw?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

What's the deal with the CD?

Q: I preordered, so when am I going to get the CD?
A: Soon after I get the CD. :) The CD is still in transit to my place and is about 60 miles away on a UPS truck. It takes about a month to get them done, so I think we're on track. I, also, still have to sign them, package them, and send them off.

Q: Where are you releasing the CD?
A: Huntington, West Virginia @ Empire Books and News. March 19th, 6-8pm. :)

Q: What about the rest of us who live like a bajillion miles away?
A: Go to the website, click the link "CD RELEASE SPECIAL", and there you go! :)

Q: How much will the physical CDs go for regularly?
A: Shipping is $5.00 USD for US, and $7.00 for international.
- Waiting is going to be $15 USD plus shipping.
- Guarding Joey will be $10 USD plus shipping.
- If you decide to get both, it will be $25 USD plus one shipping charge.

Q: How do I pay for the physical CD?
A: Two ways -
- Website - Go to "Works" and click "Buy Now"
- Check/Money Order - send payment to Chris Cendana Music, PO BOX 704, Morgantown, WV 26507.

Q: Why do you keep saying "physical CD" - Is your CD going to be on iTunes?
A: Yes, Waiting will be available no later than March 31st, 2009. Guarding Joey will be available no later than April 3rd, 2009.

Q: How much will it be there?
A: I don't know yet, but odds are it will be cheaper than the physical CD.

Q: What is the deal with Guarding Joey?
A: It is the bonus CD that everyone who preordered is getting for FREE. Everyone else will have to pay a nominal amount. If you buy the physical EP, there will be two bonus tracks included at the end, which is NOT available on iTunes.

Q: Why should I buy the CDs?
A: Because I put nearly 2 months of paychecks into this album... because I made an oath to my family that my sister would recieve 10% of my CD sales every month. ...and because you love me. :)

Q: What are your favorite songs on the CDs, Chris?
A: That's an awkward question, but if you ask me... (Not in order) The whole Waiting album, Only You, We Will Fly, and the two bonus tracks on the EP. :)

If you have anymore questions, please let me know! :)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Oriental Pecan Salmon - an original recipe

I totally am proud of what I came up with last night for dinner. :) Hear that? It's the sound of me tooting my own horn.

If you're Catholic, most chances are you are abstaining from meat on Friday. I tried to get creative in the kitchen and it actually turned out good! So here's something I think I'm going to add to my repertoire (and guys, if I can do it... you know the rest - do it for the girls!):

4 pieces of fresh salmon
2 cups crushed pecans
1 bottle of teriyaki marinade
1 lemon
1/2 stick of butter, melted
3 tablespoons of brown sugar

1) Marinate Salmon for 60 minutes in 1/2 of the bottle of teriyaki and fresh lemon juice in a ziplock bag in the fridge.

2) After marination, preheat oven to 450 degrees.

3) Place salmon in a baking pan and pour marinade on top of the salmon to coat.

4) Coat salmon with chopped pecans.

5) Pour butter over pecans and sift brown sugar over that soon after.

6) Bake at 450 for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 3-5 minutes before serving.

I also added rice with broccoli and some stir-fry veggies to mix it up. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Embarrasing Story Time: Number One

A true, yet embarrasing story.

It was the spring time of my 6th grade year at the Catholic school I attended. The leaves were starting to bud from what I could tell from our window-stacked wall facing the hills of West Virginia. We were in the middle of our busy art session in which we were asked to sign a card for all the people in a local shut-in.

"Shut-in. Shut-in? What is a shut-in?", I asked myself. It took a few minutes as I itched my hairless chin... and then it came to me!

I started to get a good feeling all through my body and I got all excited, thinking about how fortunate the people at the local shut-in were to be able to stay up all night, hangout with all their friends, eat pizza endlessly, and play basketball until they dropped dead because they weren't allowed to leave. Yeeahhh, a shut-in!

During this time in my life, one of my favorite games on Super Nintendo was NBA Jam. If you aren't familiar with this game, it was one of the most fast paced, realistic games of our time with up-to-date stats of all the players, including the all-time favorite Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls. Another feature of this game was that during "on fire" points, Dick Vitale or someone of the like would make the comment "BOOMSHAKALAKA", rejoicing in the amazingness of the prior play. And I loved that line.

I loved that line so much that when I was thinking about all the people in the shut-in, I quickly reached for my sharpie (which was next to my sacred colored pencil collection), and wrote in the heart-felt Hallmark card, full of comments and prayers from other students, "Boomshakalaka. Have fun! - Chris"

So massively that it took up 1/4 of the inside of the card. And engraved so hard the intoxicating ink of the sharpie bled through the front cover.

Once my teacher got the card, her eyes grew large and red, almost like a red light that you are more than surprised to see in the middle of the interstate, telling you that a train is about to come and intersect you on your path down ignorance.

She then elegantly stomped over to the bookshelf, grabbed a dictionary, and slammed it down in front of me. The definition was something like this:

shut-in [shuht-in] -adj. 1. confined to one's home, a hospital, etc., as from illness.



Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Where the heart is...

My job is wonderful.

I get regular pay for what I do. People know me and always seem to need me. I learn more and more everyday and that makes me happier. The only downside is that I commute an hour and a half to where I go, then ANOTHER hour and a half back. Yeah, 3 hours. Just in driving. I bought my Jeep 2 years ago with 19k miles. Now, it's over 100,000. On top of that, I work 9 hours a day. So, yes. Twelve hours of work for a day, 4 days a week. I'm losing so much of my time with my fiance, dog, exercise, self... and of course, music. It's so draining.

My dream job would be to be a well-known singer/songwriter... so much that I could write songs all day, record all day, all while being able to be home to take care of ones that I love.

So I guess my question is --
What do you love to do? Would you drop everything constantly provided for you to do that, which makes you happiest?

Monday, March 2, 2009

What else can I add to my busy life?

A blog? Are you kidding me?

Obviously not.


I have a blog on chriscendanamusic.com but i think I'm going to synchronize it with this one. It seems as if the subscriptions won't register, unless you hookup to a mobileme account. I don't have that much to let go of (as far as money is concerned).

So, hello world! Here is my blog... and since I'm here --

for my normal, one-liner updates.

for statistics and to see where i'm most liked :)

for people who prefer MySpace

for the videos :)

Chris Cendana Official Website

the one-stop shop for information about moi.

You can also find more on Facebook, as far a group and a page (not sure what the diffference is, but hey, I update both!) :)

till the next time -

much love,