Half Baked Potato without delivery..
The Blueberry Song Universe creation Journey continued (See previous / first blog post for the introduction).
When I played my Blueberry Song the first time for others back in 2001 I knew I had been inspired by something good. Children danced and laughed and parents smiled and was always very energetic about the song and keept asking about the song even when I meet them years later. I did not think about it. It was just a one off. All my other song was more serious and melancolic. However, I became more aware about how special it was when I studied half a year in Barcelona in 2004..
In Barcelona I was asked to play the song at many occasions at private parties for special invited persons. They did not want to hear my other music just the Blueberry song. I played at parties with Spanish actors and on rooftoops parties in the center and at a party at the mountain side with a huge pool... I knew it was special because when I asked the host if I could invite some of my Fellow students the answer was no..
In addition, I played my music most nights at a bar NeXT to where I lived. The nice owners dispite my lack of craft at that time still saw something in the mood I brought along :0)
So, when I came back to Denmark second half on 2004 after my visit in Barcelona I looked for a producer to help produce the blueberry Song. I found one. The result was ok but not what I hopped for. So I asked for the raw files to continue the production elsewhere. However, he would not hand them over too mee. I learned a valuable lesson. When doing Things whith our Heart you sometimes need a contract.. So I was stuck with a half backed portatoo with no delivery..
A blueberry pie without flavor..
Two years later I moved from Aarhus the second largest city in Denmark to Copenhagen the Capital. in 2006 I got in cotact with a new producer. He found the arrangement wierd but we contined working on the production together. It endend with great learnings but the result was like a blueberry pie with a strange flavor... Still not there..
8 years later I tried again with the same producer in Copenhagen to make a new version. The version was better but It had still not found home... 8 years and the same result like a blueberry pie with the wrong flavor.. but still improving..
Top Producer To the Rescue
The idea to have the blueberry version I had in mind produced kept popping up in my mind. In the meantime in 2015 I got the Idea to also create a blueberry design and logo and ensure the copyrights by applying for a design and logo trademark in Denmark, Europe and a range of other countries. I thought dont think just follow the idea.. not matter what it would give valuable learnings that could be used in general...
I woke a night 3am and got the main idea to the Bluerry logo. The idea was that it should be so simple that anyone could make it in Power Point. An hour later I had made 30+ draft ideas and seleted the best one.. I showed it to a trusted person who gave some input that made me slight review and update the design. Then I Applied for trademarks.. official copyright protection...
Then one Sunday I got the idea. Why not make a blueberry Children book too that follow the song? So I drafted a script in a hour. Then I studied how to have it become Ebook.. Its pretty easy anyone can publich a Ebook in a day if they want!
Then I thought it was time to have a great production of the song made. I contacted several producers in Denmark to help with music productions. Not one replied! So I thought why not find someone outside Denmark. I was going on a business trip to another Country in January 2016. I googled producers and found a producer that had been part of producing a large amount of Platinum and Gold CD´s. I send him a email we talked on phone and we where then working on the production of one of my songs called "So Cold" first. For the NeXT song I presented him blueberry. He was very interested in producing blueberry at wanted 25 of the copyrights as it would require a lot of Work wiht the composition. Due to his merits (All the Platinum and Gold Productions) I accepted. That would mean that I would own the text 100% but share the composition 50% 50% with a top producer. Better share a success that own 100% of an idea was my reasoning..
We started to produce the song. During the productions I shared that I had created the logo and written the blueberry children book script and that I had found out how to offer also blueberry accessories and skatebords. I was creating a blueberry Song Universe. He then told me that he was also a CEO of a software Company and why not make a blueberry app with the song and book and some games? Wauw! I thought I hade found gold! The following Sunday I drafted 20+ ideas for blueberry app games and send him. In return he send me a project proprosal integrating all my ideas covering the song, the book and the games. He then send me an contract and called me the day after. He said contracts was borring and that his team was ready to Work on the app. So as soon as the contract was signed we could go to the fun part. That conversation turned on my alarms. I read the contract closely. I got shocked! Inside was lines that would allow him to transfer all my rights to a third party and many other crazy demands from a copyright perspective.. I started to draft a new contract and contacted a laywer. Discusseing the updated contract wiht the producer more and more crazy demands appeard. All thought I had written the text he AFTER the song was close to final production said that his 25% should cover both composition and text! I told him that the deal was 25% and that it was related to the composition. In addition he said that if my book was successfull he should have 50% as it would be due to the song composition! Because of how obsure his demands was I compiled all emails and recorded my latest conversations with him. I had facts that could Express his position if needed. I mentioned the the material to my Lawyer who adviced me to walk away! I did that but I was very sad.. I thought I had a top producer to the rescue. It was a top producer that had no shame!
Learning: Always involve a lawyer before you sign anything! If you are a member of music associations etc you may also have access to legal support. Seek it! Its best to define all the terms up front. If you agree you can always change it later.. You can always find standard contract templates and adjust to your needs and discuss with a lawyer... My advice Again have a contract in place!
The best cure is Innovation
I was so angry about the experience with the top producer from another Country than Denmark. I decided to just write 3 more bluberry songs and create 3 blueberry children books more.. I did that in a Sunday fulled on frustration with the bad bad experience... I thought the best cure is to innovate!
Then I found a professional Graphics designer on the Phillipines who could complete my draft drawings.. In the meanshile, I asked my Network for help with translating the first version. I now have the first version translated into more than 20 different languges... Thanks to each and every one for supporting my blueberry dream.. I am really gratefull!
I contacted a new producer in Denmark. I send him the text and the version as I first composed it on my guitar recorded with my iphone. He called me and asked if it was on purpose that parts sounded false?
I meet him in his studie and explained what I wanted. He said that no music professional would make a number like that.. He helped to create the base tracks for the blueberry number in accordance with the orginal composition...
I then worked further on the number, rearranged parts, removed parts and send it to a Swedish Producer living in CEBU in 2016. In his studie we completed what I call the Blueberry Quark Quark Song. I had 16 years later after I wrote the blueberry song finally a production of the blueberry song that followed the essense of the version that I originally composed and played for kids and parents with great reactions...Finally! Feels so great and can wait to share!! YES!
I have now finalized four blueberry children books. I have finalized the production for the first two songs together with the producer in CEBU and have drafts for the third and fourth blueberry song.
Now I have asked a graphical designer to create an annimation music video for me for the first two blueberry songs.. When the first is done here in 2017 I will plan the launch for the first blueberry song, the blueberry book in 20+ languages and the annimation music video. Cant wait and I hope you will follow me on the journey ahead..
Next post will likly be about the launch of the first blueberry music annimation video, song and book + more cool stuff for kids and parents... Blueberry Hugs
NEW BLOT ABOUT CREATING A BLUEBERRY SONG UNIVERSE!
My first blog! Why?? I am going to launch a Blueberry Song Universe in 2017and I would like to share the story and journey with you!
I wrote and composed the first Blueberry Song in July 2001! I lived in a dorm and was studying at University. Going a bit back in time. December 1999 I wrote my first song even though I could nether sing or play a instrument. Just woke up with this idea to a song. 6 Month later I played my first concert for more than 80 people after having contacted a bar to play the songs with my guitar on my back. I must have locked very convincing because although my spirits was high my skills was not very developed. I had written more than 30 songs and all the songs where melancolic in nature. During the concert I could feel the audience called for something different. So, out of the blue I asked for 3 key Words and improvised a song on the spot. The crowed went mad!
A couple of months later I woke and thought all my songs are melancolic but I can actually be quite funny. So, I decided to write a funny song. Out of the blue or another way to say it Blueberry came fra the skies. I wrote the song in a few minutes and came up with the composition as well.
When I sang the first blueberry song and played it on my guitar kids and parent smiled and danced and some laughed! Wow! Also, people I meet years after having played the bluberry song for them always asked about the song and / repeated parts of it for me! So I knew I had created something that somehow connected with kids and parrents!
Next blog will Express something about what happend in between 2001 and today January 2017. I hope you would like to join me on this Blueberry Song Universe Journey.
Kind Regards and Blueberry Hugs from Sham