An Occasional Publication

Sunday, August 28, 2022

August 2022 - 'Stand Up!' - Our get-out-the-vote anthem

 

Dear Friends -

Like so many of you, we're concerned about the political environment here in the good ol' USA.

Among other things, our democracy is at stake in state after state where Republican propagators of the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen have been nominated for secretary of state and governor positions. Should they win, these are the very people who's job it would be to certify election results.

And then there's the US Congress to worry about. Without solid Democratic majorities in both houses, nothing can be done with respect to voting rights, abortion rights, and the out-of-control Supreme Court.
 
We will need huge voter turnout in November to make a difference.

It's with this in mind that we've released our new get-out-the-vote anthem Stand Up! and nothing would make us happier than for musical artists, especially those with a bigger following than ours (a very low bar), to perform and/or record this song to help remind people why their vote is so important this November.

So, if you like the tune, please share widely!

Video version (with lyrics) on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/RsS4KmuD3M8

Listen and/or download the MP3 version here:

https://slimandpenny.com/web/articles/stand-up/

Also available on all the major streaming services, including:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3blE4YMiJ3uCJKRYyHhZiX

Amazon Music: https://amazon.com/music/player/albums/B0BBD5366Y

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/stand-up-single/1642102484

YouTube Music: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=RsS4KmuD3M8
 
Thanks for listening and...
Vote Blue in '22!
Peace and Love,

Penny & Slim

Saturday, July 23, 2022

July 2022 - New Music & Videos

 

Howdy Friends -

Hope this finds you all well or at least coping in these troubling times. Music can help!

First off, hot off the press: Our newest instrumental recording written by Slim and featuring Penny on Bass Guitar and Sax, Slim on Chromatic Harmonica, Pedal Steel, and Guitars.

WARNING: Listening to this music might just leave you with a Contact High!

Listen and/or download here: 
https://slimandpenny.com/web/articles/contact-high/

Since our last newsletter, we captured ourselves live in our project studio doing an instrumental version of Luiz Bonf√°'s "Manh√£ de Carnaval" (theme from Black Orpheus).

Here it is on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1K_Bcrqd8yY

And we did a video for Penny's "If I Give You My Heart" from her recently remastered 1988 album "Often Running"

Here it is on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LSINdoIkjzM

Hope you enjoy these tunes!

Peace and Love,

Penny & Slim

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