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Christmas 2019 Has Started Early!

Song CoverBelated Happy New Year to you all!

We trust your 2019 has started as well as ours has, and we wish all of you all the very best for the upcoming year. We’re excited, as we’re jumping right back into the studio and picking up where we left off last year to put the icing on the cake of our Santa Song…!

Having experienced the equivalent vertical learning curve as the Apollo 15 Space Mission last year, we are determined this time around to learn from our mistakes and get a proper head-start on things! We are, after all, taking on the likes of the big, multi-million pound music companies to compete for a No. 1 spot in the Christmas Top 40.

Ambitious…?

You bet ya! But if you don’t shoot for the stars, you’ll never get out the toilet! We’ve licked our wounds, drunk a lot more beer, pooled our brain cells, and we’re now ready to get back in the studio this Saturday to put down the polish to go with the puke and spit from the holiday season!

If you go to the SONG tab on this website you can hear a rough cut of the song as it currently stands, and if you like it, please follow us, like us, share us, and get on board nice and early this year for what will be an amazing trip into Christmas music history…!

We thank you for your continued support, and we’ll keep you updated as much as possible throughout the year…

 

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The Perfect Christmas Gift for the Person That DOESN’T Have Everything.

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Christmas is a time for giving, a time for loving, and a time for sharing, but it can also be very stressful with all of the holiday shopping crowds vying to find that ‘perfect’ gift for somebody. Books make great gifts because they just keep giving, especially if they are as packed full of useful information as MY FIRST GOAL-SETTING BOOK by development coach and mentor, Anthony James Donnelly.

my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleMany people start to think about New Year’s Resolutions at this time of year, but the reason most people fail in their endeavors is they don’t have a workable plan of action.

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Christmas Is Cancelled

Besieged by more delays than British Rail, technical issues, unreliable session musicians, and a general lack of interest and support for the song, it looks like our five month journey is nearing an end for this year.

Tony Climax

Soldiering away as always, Tony was out and about in London trying to drum up support for our Kickstarter, but with under two days to go and only 13% of the project funded, we have decided to shelve the video idea.

We would dearly love to thank the five people that have backed our project, but you’ll be glad to hear that because we went for an all-or-nothing package, you won’t be debited any funds.

With only 13 days until our proposed official release date to go, the reality is starting to set in that this will probably not be our Christmas to release the song.

We have to say it’s a very big blow. Perhaps we bit off more than we could chew. However, as we still don’t have a finished track, and we should really be in the studio mastering it, it really looks like Christmas is cancelled this year!

It’s time to lick our wounds, crack open some booze, sit back and look at what we did wrong and could have done better. Personally, it’s totally knocked the wind out of my sails. I thought I had enough strength and energy to go the distance, but one thing after another has just battered me down, and to be honest, my heart just isn’t in it. I always said to the lads from the beginning, we’ll run with this as far as we can as long as it remains FUN… well, the fun stopped a few days ago.

Thank you for all your support. Just a heads-up, we’ll be off air for the rest of the year…

RiP Santa xx

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my_first_goalsettin_cover_for_kindleAnthony James Donnelly is an author, motivational and business coach, and life guide. He has spent over 20 years working directly with individuals and corporations to adjust their perspectives on life. In his last book, “My First Goal-Setting Book: How To Effectively Set & Achieve Your Life Goals”, he concisely explains how to get whatever you want out of life. A great accompaniment to “WHY DO i CARE?”

 

 

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Celebrity Backing…! I Got Pissed With Santa Claus

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Well, the public might not be getting behind our charity Christmas song yet, but we still have to get Hallowe’en out of the way first, don’t we, but that’s okay as the celebrities are starting to line up to help us!

In true StarTrek fashion, William Shatner aka Captain James T. Kirk willingly volunteered to recite part of our song to help promote I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS by Tone Def Tony and the Ho, ho, hos! Have a watch and a listen below:

DISCLAIMER: Obviously this isn’t William Shatner, it’s Tone Def Tony doing yet another one of his silly voices to help break the monotony of constantly asking people for money! We have to write that just in case we get sued and any money that we do actually manage to raise for charity will go straight back out again.

You know we hate to ask, but…

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Until Next Time…!

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Expectations vs. Acceptance

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2000px-Kickstarter-logo-k-color.svgWith just over two weeks to go, we are way off target to hit our crowdfunding goal, which is a real shame, as we’ve put an awful lot of effort into this project, and it’s getting harder and harder to keep our spirits and hopes up. For that reason I thought I’d write a short piece about hoping for the best, but being open to failure.

THE EXPECTATION

When we set our target of £1,000 we figured that between the three of us we must know at least 20 people each that would have a tenner spare, which would have put us at £600. Some we hoped would have pledged between £30 – £100, and then we’d make up the balance from either their acquaintances or new people that heard about it.

THE REALITY

We had a huge cock-up using http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk who declined our fundraising platform because we used the word PISSED in our description, which wasn’t brought to our attention until the night before we were supposed to launch. Not only did this mean ALL of our preparation and promotion was wasted (and made us look really stupid!) it meant we rapidly had to find another platform to launch on, and it delayed everything. Thankfully www.kickstarter.com came to our rescue, and we were able to relaunch the following Monday.

BUT this now meant approaching ALL of our contacts with a new link, which the majority probably thought was either spam or a duplicate email, so they ignored it! In such a technological age where we are already highly desensitized to most promotional material we are constantly bombarded with, this most likely justifies the lack of interest in our project. Additionally many people have a lot less spare cash floating around, and Christmas IS just around the corner!

THE ACCEPTANCE

It has been a learning experience. We are doing our best to keep our hopes up, but we have to accept that we’re not going to hit our goal. This means we won’t have enough money to make our music video (or at least not the way we wanted to) and that means the promotion and reach of our Christmas song will be more like a soggy Yorkshire pudding rather than a red-hot sparkler!

It’s a real shame, as we have put months and months of effort into the song and the project as a whole, not to mention money. We just have to sit back, put our expectations in check, lick our wounds, and learn for the next time. What we have learned is:

“Success isn’t about NOT failing, it’s about how quickly

you can LEARN and REBOUND from failure!”

We still see the project as a success, in fact we believe it’s quite an accomplishment to build our own recording studio and release our own song. I mean, how many people just TALK of doing something like that? We ACTUALLY did it! Additionally there are big record companies out there that have really deep pockets and they have flops too. You don’t see them roll over and disappear, so we won’t either!

There IS still time, though, and we haven’t given up just yet, so if you do feel like lending a helping hand…

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Weekend Recap – Silly Santa Song Project

Pumpkin340WELL, THE WEEKEND IS UPON US once more! Most people are gearing up for Hallowe’en, pumpkins, fireworks, and Guy Fawkes’ Night, but we are burning the candle at both ends to promote our song and Kickstarter project.

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We thought it might be a good idea for those of you that are only just finding out about our upcoming Christmas hit I Got Pissed With Santa Claus, we’ give you some easy links to some earlier posts you may not have had a chance to read yet. Obviously you can use the menu tabs to read about the background and read the lyrics, but here are some links to topics that might be of interest, and a link to an early version of the song. Enjoy the weekend!

Listen to the early version of the song.

Building the recording studio.

About how it got written.

A peek inside the studio.

Some bad press!?

Well, that’s just a little taster. We’re trying to stay optimistic about our Kickstarter, but we’re not doing very well, sadly. Please keep helping us spread the word. Fingers crossed we’ll actually hit our target, but we are a long way off…!

Thank you! Until Next Time…

 

Crowdfunding Can Be Tricky!

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I was up in London yesterday to give a big push to Day One of our crowdfunder and whip up some early support. Dressed in my finest clothes and my FREE-SANTA.COM hat, I took to the streets, but look what happened…

Arrested Tony

“Oi, Santa, you’re nicked!”

Thankfully, no I wasn’t arrested, these are just two kindly coppers who happened to be game for a laugh and pose for a press photo! They loved the song and the charity angle. Just goes to show, they do a tough job, but they still have a sense of fun! Thanks lads, you were great!

28 more days of crazy fundraising to go, please check out our kickstarter page, and if you can’t spare a quid, please just share it on your social media links. Many, many thanks!

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You’ve Got A Friend…

Being your own cheerleader is a hard job sometimes. This is just one of THOSE days, sorry, so I’m reaching out. I’ve tried everything to cheer myself up, but nothing seems to be working! When you reach out to EVERYONE and they are all ‘busy’ – isn’t it amazing how you can have 200+ people on speed dial and there’s nobody there! The wheels are coming off all of my projects: the song is bogged down in technical problems, absolutely nobody is supporting our Kickstarter, so I’ve stopped promoting it, I’ve had endless auditions and no jobs appearing, money is evaporating, and it all just seems pointless! It’s just one of those days where you think, “Why do I even bother?”

So, in the hope I can find somebody that’s having a worse day than me, here’s something to think about…

…if YOU need a friend, I’m here!

Who Will Be The First DJ To Play Our Song?

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In the run-up to the official release date (November 26th) of our killer Christmas hit song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, we got to wondering which DJ will be the first to play it ? We doubt any BBC DJ will be brave enough to play our slightly politically incorrect song on air, but you never know! Early tests on unsuspecting members of the public have shown that it’s catchy and annoying enough to stick in your head!

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The ‘Radio Rebel’ Chris Evans

Our money is on Chris Evans to be the ground-breaker, though. The ‘rebel of radio’ is known for not listening to the boring nah-sayers and doing his own thing. But the big question is, will he like it enough to play it on air? Music is a funny thing. Something that one person loves, another person hates. Perhaps the ‘Carrot-top of chat’ isn’t a fan of Christmas? Could he be a ginger-Grinch? Only time will tell.

Either way, we are happy to have our song ready for release and look forward to putting you all out of your misery. The launch date is only days away now!

Thanks, as ever, for all your continued support and encouragement. We could not have made this happen without all of your help.

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Until Next Time!

Last Day In The Studio…

Song CoverWell, it’s the 6th of November. We’ve survived Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes’ Night, and now we have only 20 days to get the song ready for it’s official release date! But we’re in the studio today putting the finishing touches to the song. Based on feedback from the early versions we’ve shared, we’re adding some exciting (hopefully) extras to the song to pump it up a bit and make it more appealing to the masses. Whether that will be the case or not, we have no idea!

We thank you for all your support, and there is still just over a week to hit our Kickstarter goal of £1,000 to make our music video, but we’ve sort of shelved that for the moment – unless a Christmas miracle happens! If you’d like to support us, you are more than welcome to pledge something by following THIS LINK.

“If you don’t try, you’ll never know how far you can go.”

We’re having fun with this, so it doesn’t really matter how far we go with it, we feel accomplished having built our own sound studio and to be using it to produce music. Right now we are just trying to be an example of what you CAN achieve if you take that next step from just talking about something and actually do something about it.

Again, thank you all for your continued support. It’s not over yet, we’ll be needing your help once the song is released to pester your local radio station to play the song and get the word out!

Until next time…!

 

Charity Midlife Crisis…!

WHEN THE AVERAGE BLOKE of our age has a midlife crisis, they usually go and buy a flash car, or a super-bike, or have an affair, or go traveling to ‘find’ themselves, but -since we can’t afford any of that – our midlife crisis consists of working together to build a recording studio and producing a smash hit to raise money for charity!

crash3.jpg.galleryHaving realised that none of us has actually achieved anything in our lives, this felt like a good thing to do. I mean, I can think of worse things to spend your time and energy on, can’t you? Starting a project to help inspire other people to follow suit, surely has to rate as a noble undertaking, right? I know it’s probably quite unusual in a ‘what’s in it for me?’ society to spend your ‘confusing forties’ doing something altruistic, but it’s where we are being called.

“Stay optimistic, but realise the world will think you crazy, until what you are doing becomes normal!”

It’s quite staggering that back in the summer when we began this project we had a huge support from people around us (even my family members that usually snub my crazy ideas!) However, as we near completion of the song and get ready for the big, final push, those closest to us seem to be dropping like flies! Perhaps they are bored with is now, or it could just be the colder weather! We know what we are doing is a bit mad, but unfortunately (or fortunately) in true Mastermind fashion, “We’ve started, so we’ll finish!”

Thanks for being along for the ride. We’ve all but given up on our Kickstarter – even though we picked up a new backer over the weekend! – but if you feel like spreading the word, you can use this link: BACK OUR PROJECT PLEASE!

The real work lays ahead… we’ll do it with or without a music video, but we do need to get the word out there about the song. Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing the finished song after tomorrow, which is our last day in the studio!

Until the next time…!