Friday, January 4, 2013

Six Over 1 - 7: The debut Album from Leemanuel

Wow! It's been a long time since I've talked to you here.  My apologies for the extended absence.

So, what have I been up to?  Why, thanks for asking!  I'm part of a creative team called Inception.  And one of the things that we did recently was help with producing a documentary about the Latino community in Milwaukee.

A lot of behind the camera work and editing.  It was a lot of fun.  But it also consumed a lot of time.  At the same time that all of this was going on, I was still putting together the debut album and trying not to be a derelict Dad and Husband.  And yes, I do have a DAY JOB, so my time has been stretched.

So my debut Album is titled "Six Over 1-7" and a few people have asked me "What's up with the name?"

Well, here's the story:  Back in the day, one of my best friends introduced me to the Dog Track.  Now I didn't know anything about Dogs and betting, but I figured, what the heck, let's go check it out.  After a few visits of watching, I thought I was ready to make my own pick of a race.  The bet I made was for what's called a Quinella Wheel.  You have to pick the 1st place Dog and the 2nd and 3rd place dogs, but the 2nd and 3rd place can cross the finish line in any order.  Now we weren't "high rollers" or anything - so we tried to keep the bets to a minimum and would bail out before the losses would mount too high.  So the Quinella Wheel was a $2 bet back then.

All of my picks were complete long shots.  In fact, when I told my friend what I wanted to bet and asked him to place it, he looked at me like I was unhinged and tried to talk me out of it.
By the time the race had started, he had not yet returned to our table, and I was looking around for him, because from the start the #6 Dog shot of the gate with the lead.  The 1, and 7 were in the pack, but it was still early.

As the race progressed all three of my picks were out front, but my friend still had not returned.  At the halfway point, he arrived at our table, and I'm asking "Did you place the bet!"  He told me he almost didn't, and I told him to take a look at the track, because my picks were leading!

When the race ended, the #6 was in first place, and I honestly don't remember the order of the 1 and the 7 dogs, but my long shot bet had come in.  Over the years this became a running joke for us, and I told him that if I ever did an album, that Six Over 1-7 would be the title.

This time, I'm the long shot.  I don't have a million dollar advertising and marketing campaign in order to convince people that I'm worth their time.  All I have are some songs that I think are great, and hopefully the word of mouth and support from you to make my debut a success.

Six Over 1-7 will be released on January 18th as both a digital download and physical CD.  You'll be able to find it at Apple iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Music Store and many others.  But you can listen to it right now over at SoundCloud

Stay Positive and Peaceful!

Be sure to visit me!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Album Release

Heyas! -

When I was little, one of my fondest dreams was to get signed to Motown records.
I always wanted to part of the famous Motown family which included Stevie Wonder,
Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson,
and so many other incredible artists.

Cutting to the Chase

My wife and I have undertaken the task of having our basement renovated.
It's been feeling like a new construction project, but we're finally at the home stretch.
And of course, now that we have new space, we need to put things in that space.

Freedom Fries anyone?

The sabre rattling continues as it appears that our elite continue to push the U.S. towards war with Iran.

Leemanuel's Book Club


OK, I don't have a book club.  I, mean it's not like I'm Oprah or anything.
But I've just ordered two new books today, and I'm very much looking forward to reading them.

Do You Remember America?

In the Home of the Brave
and the Land of the Free
prisons overflowing
and fear's our closest friend

Newsflash! There's no more poor!

I was encouraged by the Occupy Movement.  I remember reading a column or two by Chris Hedges 4 or 5 months before things got rocking here, where Mr. Hedges was talking about the need for civil disobedience and marches and protests.

My Team...Right or Wrong!

Football season ended a couple of weeks ago for me as the Green Bay Packers were humbled by the New York Giants. I don't invest as much emotion in the outcome of games as I used to, but it didn't make me feel great to see my team lose.

Level The Playing Field

There’s something intoxicating about getting new likes on my Facebook fan page.

Lovingly, Respectfully...pretty please, help the poor.

Last night I happened to catch a group of distinguished intellectuals and progressive types
on C-Span.
They were discussing poverty in the US.

Everybody Wants Black Gold

I've read that it's very difficult to get someone to understand something, when their job depends
on their not understanding.