e-Musically Yours

April 3, 2010

I love CDs.  The shiny, tangible little round silver things.  I like thinking about the artwork, exploring the fine print ~ who wrote this pretty song? Who’s playing that sweet mandolin lead?  But, like so many artists nowadays, the last two featured artists on Acoustic Pie released their newest work in digital format first.   I had two choices:  wait and hope for a CD version… or leap into the world of digitally released music.  I leaped.

Not too bad, I found!  I tried a bunch of sources including The Giants Who Have Practically Everything ~ iTunes and Amazon.  But for my music, I bought from two smaller services that I liked much, much better ~ eMusic.com and 7digital.com.  eMusic turned out to be great for mostly independent artists, the singer/songwriters I love to find and promote on Acoustic Pie, from Patty Griffin to The Chapin Sisters.  7digital proved to be a wonderful resource for international songwriters like John Spillane of Ireland and Helgi Jonnson of  Iceland.  CD Baby’s digital download service worked well, too, although I only found MP3 versions for albums that were already issued on CD.

The bottom line is… I liked it!  There are drawbacks, for sure.  Like most people, I’m tending to buy single songs rather than whole albums and in choosing songs based on a few quick listens to a small sample of the track, I’m sure I’m missing music that I would come to love over time.  I miss the album text; I especially miss knowing who the songwriter is for each song.  I have to Google and dig for that now and it’s not always easy to find.  I have hope that more song data will be provided in the future.

So I guess I made the digital leap.  I’m e-musical now :)

e-Musically yours,


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie, March 2010

April 3, 2010

Live365 (where Acoustic Pie Radio is hosted) uses a formula based on listeners’ votes and how many times a song has played to calculate the Top 20.  The formula looks at how many times listeners clicked BUY (this is very heavily weighted) or WISH or UP or DOWN and also how many times people changed the station during each song.  If the song has not played many times (say, if it’s new to the rotation that month) it has a slight advantage in the formula.

This month, newcomer Ian Axel grabbed the no. 1 AND the no. 4 spot in his first time on Acoustic Pie.  You should go see this young man perform.  He’s simply riveting ~ a natural performer and stunning musician.

A nice showing of  San Diego artists this month!  Jakob Martin at no. 7, Coco & Lafe (no. 14) and Eve Selis at no. 20.    We are incredibly lucky when it comes to songwriting talent in this town.

Thanks for voting and listening!


Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
March 2010

Artist ~ Song ~ Album

1. Ian Axel ~ Gone  ~ This Is the New Year
2. Ellis Paul ~ Hurricane Angel ~ A Summer Night in Georgia
3. Patty Griffin ~ When It Don’t Come Easy ~ Patty Griffin: Live from the Artists Den
4. Ian Axel ~ Cannonball ~ This Is The New Year
5. Cheryl Wheeler ~ Since You’ve Been Gone ~ Defying Gravity
6. K. C. Clifford ~ My Smile ~ Pockets Full of Hope
7. Jakob Martin ~ Providence ~ Masking the Mirror
8. Danny Schmidt ~ Accidentally Daisies ~ Instead the Forest Rose to Sing
9. Anais Mitchell ~ Before the Eyes of Storytelling Girls ~ Hymns for the Exiled
10. John Spillane ~ Gortatogort (The Farm) ~ My Dark Rosaleen and the Island of Dreams
11. Girlyman ~ Everything’s Easy ~ Somewhere Different Now
12. Emma Hill ~ Clumsy Seduction ~ Clumsy Seduction
13. Dar Williams ~ February ~ Mortal City
14. Coco & Lafe ~ Cambridge Underground ~ Cafe Loco
15. Jonathan Byrd ~ The Cold & Hungry Night ~ This is the New That
16. Emily Picha ~ Alaska ~ Westerly
17. Abbie Gardner and Anthony da Costa ~ Someday ~ Bad Nights / Better Days
18. Rachel Garlin ~ Bound to be Mountains ~ Bound to Be Mountains
19. Lynn Miles ~ Surrender Dorothy ~ Black Flowers
20. Eve Selis ~ Cry ~ 10 Songs on Six Strings