StreetcredMusic...This blog has followed a quote I heard many years ago..."Sometimes you must leap first, and build your wings on the way down". From nothing it has become a blog containing dozens of Indie artists. Follow me as I introduce you to them, from the place where they breed, New York City! ....and come with us as we document it on film!!

COVER: About Indie Music...
...Here are some badass women.


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Sunday

StreetcredMusic; Why I Left New York City. Part V

  So many of the creative and talented women friends I've gained through this blog, doing shows, making videos and a film, are now gone. Like in, they left NYC. In most cases priced out, by the cost of housing.

  I asked a few of them if they would like to write about it here.
Some do, and I will be posting their words. Some will post their name, others want to do it anonymously, here's the latest in the series...

Elle:
 How many times have we talked about this Pete? OK, here goes.
 Unless you have a trust fund, being in New York in your 20s can feel more like surviving than living.


...Yes to free/cheap theatre! also great ethnic food. If you take housing out of the equation, NYC can actually be really affordable, and even more interesting than the full-priced variety.

When I arrived from Canada, nothing was irrevocable; everything was within reach. Just around every corner lay something curious and interesting, something I had never before seen or done or known about. I could go to a party and meet someone who called himself Mr. Emotional Appeal and ran The Emotional Appeal Institute or Tina Onassis Blandford or a Florida cracker who was then a regular on what they called the Big C.


In fact it was difficult in the extreme for me to understand those young women for whom New York was not simply an ephemeral Estoril but a real place, girls who bought toasters and installed new cabinets in their apartments and committed themselves to some reasonable furniture. I never bought any furniture in New York. For a year or so I lived in other people’s apartments;
Yeah, I played all the venues that don't pay artists. I was a fool. That's one of your pet peeves, and a great one to pass on, cuz it only delays the inevitable.
So, the cost of rent wore me out. A centrally located apartment, ground level one subway stop from Grand Central, if you didn't mind the smell of the trash cans in Summer...went from $1700 a month to $2300 a month in 2 years. Bye Bye. So I'm off to Montreal (Oh, did I mention Health Care) and I'll soon be able to get 100 bucks when I perform.  
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Elle, is a woman who became a friend of mine after we met at a Keren Botoro show on the upper west side. She left NYC, August 2018. 
See the other articles in this series:: HERE!

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Wednesday

StreetcredMusic: What Kind of Music Would They Make Together, Lucine Fyelon & Maya Beiser

  Don't know. But it would be as entertaining as any music being created today.

Creative genius: First up, Lucine Fyelon
....her new album "LUCINE" will be available May 25th 2018. 

Enjoy this video, one of my favorites.... 
Lucine Violin and Vocals
 
Lucine on Facebook
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Creative genius: Maya Beiser
...Maya will be part of NYC Central Park SummerStage 
June 9th, 2018 

Enjoy this video and feel the magic...
Maya Beiser, "Khse Buon"

Maya Beiser Cello Goddess on FB

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Sunday

StreetcredMusic: Songstresses, "Why I Left New York" ...Andrea.

  So many of the creative and talented women friends I've gained through this blog, doing shows, making videos and a film, are now gone. Like in, they left NYC. In most cases priced out, by the cost of housing.

  I asked a few of them if they would like to write about it here.
Some do, and I will be posting their words. Some will post their name, others want to do it anonymously, here's the latest in the series...
Andrea: From Broadway to LA.

"I found that people interested in theater were very serious and heavy. It was a very inbred group.
 I could not be a part of that. So, if I was going to be an actress, I would have to sing my way into it.
 I guess what I didn't like about theater on the academic level was the feeling of always being defeated.
 How could any 18-year-old girl be expected to play Amanda in The Glass Menagerie? You just couldn't be successful at what you were doing. 
 And although I might not have then been able to articulate this, I must have sensed it at the time"
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In my move to Los Angeles, I gave up the convenience of my Manhattan apartment. In return I got sunshine every day, and the option of singing, TV, and acting, all in the garden basket. 
Having roles on some of the longest running TV shows, a "New Star of the Year" at the  Golden Globe Awards, AND I still managed to get back to Broadway to do 3 shows.
So, there is life after The Big Apple. 
Thank you Pete!

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StreetcredMusic; Musicians You Like, That You Don't Know. Part I

1. Lucy Woodward
      Born in London, Lucy spent her childhood in New York and Holland. She is the daughter of two classical musicians - her father a conductor and composer, her mother an opera singer, musicologist, teacher and belly dancer. No matter which household she was living in, she was “always music-making and creating.”

Video Here::"Kiss Me Mister Histrionics"

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2.  Lara Bello
        Lara: When I was a teenager I was into many things in the arts, because I saw all of them as being connected. So, I like mixing art forms and performance styles. Studying classical singing at conservatory, I was going to flamenco classes at the same time. I couldn’t tell my teacher at the conservatory though, because she was really classical. She would have killed me! It was a bit sneaky of me, but I have always been curious about ‘how this could be, how that could be,’ so to speak. All of those things are part of my culture, my hometown, and at the end of the day, I sing them all. I can put them in my music, because part of my life is learning everything I have absorbed. It was inspiring to create my own sound. 

Video Here::"Michelle"  

Lara on Twitter

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Thursday

StreetcredMusic; Las Vegas Songstress Miranda Gold

Miranda Gold...
“Sometimes in life we’re happy; Other times in life we cry; Soon I will be laughing; As I stare death right in the eye. – By Miranda Gold, "In The Eye"

Miranda on: FaceBook
A little girl climbs high into the tallest tree in her small Mormon town, away from the frightening noises of her childhood life. With her notebook and pencil in hand, and a gentle breeze blowing through the tree branches while goats munch on the grass below, she spills the pain and sadness of her life onto the paper that will form the heart of the music that becomes her legacy.

Miranda has been singing and writing lyrics since she was old enough to speak and write. Now at 25, she is at the pinnacle of her musical career.




Miranda, her father and her brother moved from Las Vegas to a ranch in Utah at age 9 to live with their newly widowed grandmother. Raised in a strict religious Mormon upbringing where fear and punishment dominated,  her childhood did not allow Miranda to express who she really was. Deeply emotional and spiritual, and passionate about freedom and adventure, Miranda eventually rebelled and found her way back to Las Vegas to live with her mother for the first time at age 14. She finally felt free enough then to express herself away from her childhood traumas and family betrayal. Miranda felt reborn from the ashes of her life into a new found expression as an artist. Her zest for life and freedom is expressed through her soulful lyrics and upbeat music.


Miranda has worked with prominent producers such as Tom Marolda, “The Toms,” who has produced for iconic bands…Imagine Dragons and The Killers. Tom immediately recognized Miranda’s unique skills and talents and personally worked with Miranda to publicly release her first 6 songs on iTunes under the artist name, “Gold Monkey”. Miranda has since changed her artist name from “Gold Monkey” to “Miranda Gold”.


Miranda has also worked with Jessica Marciel, a leading singer and vocal coach in Hollywood and Las Vegas. Jessica was a recording artist for Capital Records and has opened for Santana, Cream, Three Dog Night and Grateful Dead. She is well renowned in Las Vegas for her musical talent and performs regularly in Las Vegas showrooms. Jessica was key in coaching Miranda during her studio recordings and introducing her to Pete Carma  and RKC Radio who plays Miranda’s music to a global radio streaming audience. Jessica also helped Miranda get into the front line of TV singing and musical auditions. Jessica took Miranda’s voice to the next level with numerous exercises and vocal techniques and hard work and dedication.


Miranda is currently working on a soon-to-be released song “Pack My Bags” with popular Las Vegas producer/engineer, Ryan Thornsely, who has also written for Alesso. Thornsely’s unique touch in whatever he creates is inspiring several new sounds that will shift what we know as hipster music today. Thornsely has written a recent song with Miranda with a neo-pop feel and touches of dubstep. Miranda is also working with Nashville DJ/Producer Brian Lyman on a pop single called, “On the Edge”. 
Miranda’s rock pop project has recently been picked up by producer Andrew Beldy of Morpheus Songs and owner of Electric Shop Recording, who first heard Miranda when she was working with producer Tom Marolda. Now working on a new 7 alternative rock pop song collection with Andrew Beldy and guitarist Mark Ellis, Miranda just released her 1st of the 7-song collection, her 1st rock ballad, “In the Eye” under the name Miranda Gold. “In the Eye” can be found online on most music platforms including Spotify and iTunes. The 2nd song to be released is “Lil Bit Closer” followed by “Ticking Timebomb”.
Written on a hot summer day in Las Vegas by Miranda Gold and Mark Ellis, “In the Eye” tells the story of a dark, haunting passionate journey through time, through the spiritual experiences and the revelations learned through the pain in one’s life. “It did not come to stay; it came to pass.”  Nothing is permanent; it will always pass.

Me and Miranda in Las Vegas this winter.
 Miranda tells a passionate story with her songs, lyrics, and live performances. Along with her love for singing and poetry, she found an attraction to string instruments, picking up the cello in junior high and later teaching herself guitar at age 18, where she pioneered her own vision of the original content that she began to perform. She gravitated to a finger-picking style and performed her original songs acoustically to private events and intimate venues. Miranda’s vocals are greatly influenced by Evanescence, Avril Lavigne, Paramore, Alanis Morisette, Sheryl Crow, Brittney Spears, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks and Joan Jett. Miranda Gold’s rock project is instrumentally influenced by Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, Audioslave and Stone Temple Pilots. Miranda’s style, vocals, commitment, and dedicated love for music will continue to impact people’s lives all over the world for generations to come.
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Miranda is a talented young songstress. She has all the tools and the desire to go with it.
......stay tuned here for some great music, coming soon....Pete Carma 

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Tuesday

StreetcredMusic; Enjoy the work of, Eva Czarniecka, Artist.

Eva Czarniecka
"I really hope you enjoy this short film about me and my studio, I have been painting for over 20 years and art is my true passion...its been a long journey where I am now ...but it was worth every minute!"


Please enjoy this video about Eva. HERE: Video 20 years in the making...

"Fly Away"

"Behind Red Umbrella"
Contact Eva: Website HERE

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Wednesday

StreetcredMusic: The Queen Abdicates, Long Live The Queen

The Queen of Rhythm and Blues for the last three decades, is saying farewell.


Anita Baker has announced a farewell tour in 2018.

 Anita started her career in the late 1970's with a band called Chapter 8.

Her first two solo albums were, The Songstress, 1983 & Rapture in 1986 which went Platinum.
It will be hard to find a woman vocalist to bring the emotion along with the melodies and universal lyrics of love she gave us.

Enjoy her video: "Giving You The Best That I've Got"

Anita Baker: TOUR DATES HERE

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Long live the new Queen, Arika Kane. The BSE Records star has just released her latest single.
Love Makes A Woman.

Arika: web site
   In 2010 Arika Kane released her self-titled Album, which became an international hit. With songs like “Here With Me“, “4 The Lovers”, “Bcuz I Luv U” and “Make It. All of which were featured on various VH1, BET and MTV Programing.

Arika’s songs debuted and had success on the Billboard Sales, Airplay and Hot
100 Charts.

Enjoy Arika's latest single & Video::::"Love Makes A Woman"

....and a tip of the hat to Arika for being a friend and supporter of this blog:

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Saturday

StreetcredMusic. Saturday Night...Live. Before We Had Cell Phones.

  Saturday night was a big deal when I was young. It was a Monday to Friday world, a 9 to 5 work week. Thus Saturday was the time to get out, a full 24 hours of free time... and since everyone got paid every Friday, well enough said.

In the mid 1950's as a young teen, we from the Bronx would travel to the Brooklyn Paramount. The mecca of Inner City Rock 'n Roll. Alan Freed would put together shows that ran from noon to midnight, not every weekend, but often enough. There would be 8 or 10 performers involved, they would each perform at every show, a new show started every 2 hours. Yeah, six shows a day.

Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, BUT the girl groups would always steal the show.

 

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We had nothing to entertain us but live shows and radio. TV was in it's infancy, no cell phones, no video games, nothing streaming. So we got together, all nationalities all colors and we rode the subway (for a nickel) from The Bronx, to Brooklyn. Our reward was getting to see the original tunes by the original artists, the African Americans, before the white artist covered them and got ALL the air play. Saturday's in the 1950's looked something like this~

Enjoy: A Joe Turner Video: 
                    "Shake Rattle & Roll"

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The girl groups pretty much took over in the early 1960's at the shows....the music took a turn toward sassy, sexy, vocalists. There is so little footage available of them. Hope you enjoy this one~
A music video 20 years ahead of it's time.

Enjoy: Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 
                 "Nowhere To Run" 

 
...we had so much fun traveling together to the shows in NYC, I just scratch my head when I move through the city now...


 Here's a GR8 video also from the sixties, Enjoy~~

Enjoy: The Shirelles
              "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"

 
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