Unbound by Mari Smith
Laura’s Blog Entry
Remember back in the day when the Smiths had a little podcast where they talked about Depeche Mode and “Battlestar Galactica”? And their cute little eight-year-old would create a song on the keyboard for her segment, “Mari Plays the Piano”?
Well, hold on to your hats. Cause that little chickadee, now a twelve-year-old, has spread her wings and flown from the nest! No, she hasn’t moved out, but she now has her own, real-life, bona-fide music project.
A few months ago when Mari told us of her plans to participate in an Owl City Distribution program through Tunecore, we were a bit taken aback. Shall I translate the last sentence for you? OK.
Owl City: Mari’s favorite band ever and perhaps her reason for living.
Tunecore: The world’s largest digital music distribution service used by independent musicians to get their music onto iTunes and other retail digital sites.
Owl City Distribution: All kinds of awesome. And a special program for new artist to compete for a chance to have their music evaluated by his highness Adam Young, aka Owl City.
Are you with me now?
We told her that if she could get the songs written and recorded, we would pay the fee to put the music on Tunecore. Well darn it all if she didn’t make it happen!
Mari has been writing for a few months, and spent the better part of her Thanksgiving holiday recording the tracks. Let me be clear on this: SHE WROTE ALL THE LYRICS AND MUSIC COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY ON HER OWN. SHE PLAYED ALL THE KEYBOARD AND GUITAR PARTS, PERFORMED THE VOCALS, AND ACTED AS HER OWN RECORDING ENGINEER.
We didn’t even hear them until they were recorded. She would have done her own mixing, but time was running out. Neil mixed everything down and only added a few hand claps and percussion to one song. But only because it was the final day to submit the songs and it was past her bedtime. Seriously. That is the truth.
We are so proud of her and blown away by how much she has grown. Neil and I really hadn’t heard any of the music she’s done since we stopped doing the podcast. She has been working away in her room with headphones on. Wow. Just wow.
If you’d like to hear samples of her four-song EP, it is currently available in the iTunes store in the US and the UK. Hopefully the link will get you to both of those.
I want to send out a really big thank you to everyone who contacted us with positive feedback regarding her songs on the podcast over the years. We read her every email and tweet and Facebook posting. I really think that support gave her confidence and helped her to grow. You guys really built into her as an artist and she has blossomed because of it! We really treasure all of you in our internet family!
We’ll keep you posted if there is any news about the contest aspect. Who knows, Adam might be listening to it right as we speak. How awesome is that?
I said it before, but it bears repeating. It’s all kinds of awesome.
PS – We would greatly appreciate any album reviews on iTunes as well as postings on Ping about it. It would mean more to Mari than you can imagine. (*v*)