Saturday, February 23, 2008

I have a friend named Nelsen who was one of the very first friends I made when I moved to Los Angeles. We used to work together in a sucky day job, but he was a blues musician with a band that played out every so often, and they were really good. I used to go out pretty much every time he was playing. After more than 20 years trying to break into the business, he finally began putting out CDs on an indie label and had enough success that he decided to sell his home in L.A. and move to Macomb, Mississippi, where he bought a 3 bedroom house for about $65K. He thoroughly enjoys living in a town where he can leave his doors unlocked, much like the small town he grew up in in Connecticut. If you like blues music, you can get information on Nelsen's website and hear and download his music on iTunes.

When I was in B.C., I realized the friend I was staying with is a huge fan of the blues and pretty much always has his XM radio turned on all day long. I wanted to buy some of Nelsen's CDs to send to him to listen to. Other than iTunes, you can buy hard copies of Nelsen's CDs at a web site called CD Baby. It's a site originally designed by a guy who was trying to get CDs of his own band out there, and the site appears to cater to artists on their own labels. At any rate, I bought the CDs and later received this confirmation letter via e-mail which I found highly amusing:

"Your CDs have been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow. A team of 50 employees inspected your CDs and polished them to make sure they were in the best possible condition before mailing. Our packing specialist from Japan lit a candle and a hush fell over the crowd as he put your CDs into the finest gold-lined box that money can buy. We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of Portland waved "Bon Voyage!" to your package, on its way to you, in our private CD Baby jet on this day, Friday, February 22nd. I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. We sure did. Your picture is on our wall as "Customer of the Year." We're all exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Sigh...
Derek Sivers, president, CD Baby the little store with the best new independent music"

If you like indie music or bands, I can't help but recommend this web site. And again, if you like blues, check out Nelsen's stuff.


Blogger Diane said...

I'll check his music out - thanks

2:53 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I LOVE CD Baby! I order from them all the time and I crack up every time they send me that email that my stuff has shipped.
They are a great company!!

4:36 PM  
Blogger LA said...

I have a lot of friends w/music on CD Baby. I've only known one person who had a hard time getting the CD they ordered (they charged her credit card but didn't have the CD in stock, and it took weeks ot clear up). Otherwise, CD Baby is a great source for unsigned artists.

10:02 AM  

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