An Occasional Publication

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

April 2022 - Organic Software vol. 3 - Often Running (1988) Remastered

Dear Friends -

Over a three year period beginning in 1985, Penny wrote and recorded three albums worth of pop tunes under the "Organic Software" banner. These recordings were done in our home project studio using what was in the 1980s the latest computer-controlled synthesizer technology along with semi-pro multi-track tape machines. Penny would write the tunes and author the basic MIDI tracks and then hand them over to Slim for further enhancement before laying down the vocals and other instruments. Back then we got as far as the album cover but unfortunately none of these albums ever made it to vinyl -- so we just sold cassette versions at our gigs (as a few of you on this list may remember).

We're currently in the process of remastering and re-releasing all of these recordings. We're starting with Organic Software Volume 3 "Often Running", originally released in 1988 and currently available to listen to or download from our website (no charge) and is also now available on all the streaming services.
 
To listen or download, visit the Organic Software page on our website here: https://slimandpenny.com/web/articles/organic-software/
 

Additionally, we've released a new video version of "Electric Touch", one of the tunes from the album:
Watch the new "Electric Touch" video here: https://youtu.be/nPsU57DBPIs

Hope everyone's enjoying this spring season!

Peace and Love,

Penny & Slim

Monday, February 14, 2022

February, 2022 - New Music & Valentine's Day Video Card

 

To all those in love on this Valentine's Day -

"Smitten" is a jazzy love ballad written for Penny's 2021 birthday and here it is in the form of a Valentine's Day video card. Feel free to share with that special someone in your life:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBLlJZDdMX0

The MP3 version can be played/downloaded from our website here:

https://slimandpenny.com/web/articles/smitten/

Have a happy day and we hope the new year's treating you well so far!

Slim & Penny

Sunday, February 13, 2022

December 2021

 

Dear Friends -

A few new things to report:

We've just uploaded a new video of Penny performing on the viola da gamba in our project studio. Penny says:

"The composer and viol player Tobias Hume (c. 1579 – 1645) was also a soldier who traveled away from his native Scotland to the continent. Here is his "Pollish Villanel" a light hearted composition for solo lyra viol, perhaps inspired from the Italian 16th century Villanella. It appears in "The First Part of Ayers French, Pollish and Others" published in London, 1605."
Watch "A Villanel" here: https://youtu.be/9-eJ77bXoVM

And for those in our area, Penny will be performing on gamba with the Cherry Trio plus special guest violinist David Wilson at the Cherry Center in Carmel, CA on Sunday, January 2nd, thus reviving their annual tradition which was paused last year due to the pandemic.
Full details are here: https://slimandpenny.com/web/schedule/

Also, since our previous newsletter, we published a video from deep in the memory vault of Penny (along with yours truly) performing at the 1988 Austin Music Umbrella Songwriters Competition where she was a finalist and voted Best Female Vocalist for the outstanding performance of her tune "Love Rises Up".
Check it out here: https://youtu.be/ml2evb2pC3E

And finally, we've had wonderful reactions to our "Nature Will Have Her Way" video, but it hasn't exactly gone viral yet, so if you're so inclined, please share it widely:  https://youtu.be/-FsiZXEHbSw
Have a wonderful holiday season, and please do be careful out there during these insane times...

- Slim

Friday, November 12, 2021

 

November, 2021 - "Nature Will Have Her Way" Video just published!
Dear Friends -

As COP26 in Glasgow winds down with plenty of talk but little action on the climate crisis taken so far, we're excited to release a video version of our latest single "Nature Will Have Her Way".
Please take a moment to enjoy the music and humor, but do take heed...

Watch it now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-FsiZXEHbSw

Peace & Love,

Penny & Slim

Thursday, September 30, 2021

"Nature Will Have Her Way" and a new Gamba video

 

Dear Friends,

As the crazy continues, hope this finds you all well and enjoying life.
Dark humor alert: We've just released a new web-based single called "Nature Will Have Her Way".  It features Penny singing a tune by Slim, a breezy jazz-pop bossa nova with a comic but dire warning for humanity. It should be available on all the major streaming services soon, but you can listen and/or download it (free) here now:

https://slimandpenny.com/web/articles/NatureWillHaveHerWay/

Also, we recently uploaded a new video from Penny's viola da gamba session in our project studio earlier this month.  This one is "Touch Me Lightly" by Tobias Hume:

https://youtu.be/En3dn-V0R3M


That's it for now.

Peace & Love,

Penny & Slim

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

August, 2021 - Just when we thought we were out of the woods edition

Dear Friends -

Hope this finds you safe from the virus and its growing list of variants -- there is some nasty stuff going around! Please protect yourselves and your loved ones as best you can.

Meanwhile, some fun music stuff to report:

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For our Santa Cruz friends, it's Gambas At The Blitzer!

Come see Penny this Saturday afternoon (Aug. 14) at the R. Blitzer Gallery. In a rare treat, she'll be performing solo viola da gamba in the art gallery from 1 to 2pm.
Please See Details Below...

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Since our previous newsletter, we uploaded a video of ourselves performing an instrumental version of Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain", recorded live in our project studio: https://youtu.be/cNk0CLVk2_A

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For our harmonicist friends Slim presented a workshop for HarmonicaUK's "Chromatic Weekend" back in June, which was on Zoom (again) this year. The topic was "Clean Mic'ing & Processing Techniques for Chromatic Harmonica (Live & Studio)" and should you be interested, the replay is here: https://youtu.be/wthzlshpVBs

At the tail end of the workshop Slim played a bunch of harmonica choruses on "Bye Bye Blackbird", this link skips all of the preceding talk if you'd just like to hear some playin': https://youtu.be/wthzlshpVBs?t=4153

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Gambas at the Blitzer
August 14, 2021
Saturday, 1 - 2pm

  •  Penny Hanna, viola da gamba, performs renaissance and baroque music by Hume, Simpson, Bach, Marais, Abel & K├╝hnel in the gallery

  • Exhibit of viola da gambas and early guitars by luthier Charles Sutton

  • Exhibit of paintings by Frank Galuszka


R. Blitzer Gallery
2801 Mission Street (2nd floor)
Santa Cruz, CA
rblitzergallery.com
(831) 458-1217
 

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That's it for now, do take care!


Peace & Love,


- Slim & Penny

Friday, April 16, 2021

This Life We've Had

Slim & Penny at Ralph's Showplace, Oakland, CA - 1973

 Howdy Friends -

This year has already brought many changes in our lives. We're very sad to have just lost Penny's sister and former bandmate Maggie Reynolds (memorial page is here: https://slimandpenny.com/web/articles/MaggieMemorialPage/), but we're happy that there's new leadership in D.C. and grateful for the vaccine.

We're also happy to release our latest web single "This Life We've Had" into the wild today.  Yet another love song written for Penny, this one for her 2020 birthday (perhaps in a few years we'll have a Birthday Sessions Vol. 2?).

Listen and/or download here:

https://slimandpenny.com/web/articles/ThisLifeWeveHad/

Hope this finds you all happy, healthy, and looking forward to somewhat more normal times ahead...

- Slim & Penny