You Can’t Do Just The Ordinary Things

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I posted this on my other blog mynameisjamie.net as well because my project is about Jamie’s life as much as it is about my music. They are connected. One wouldn’t be the same without the other. 

You better be damn sure whatever project you are working on that you are in it for the long haul or you will fail, or you will give up.

Prison was the long haul for Jamie.

Writing a good first book and learning how to do it was mine.

I dream about finding someone in “the business” who recognizes this and has the clout and connections to do something about it. There! I said it out loud! I put it into the universe. Positive or negative, we create our own personal universe we live in. I have to trust myself.

It has been a couple weeks since I last posted, hasn’t it? I’m a little behind because life has gone into mental high gear. It is my nature to bite off more than I can chew, and then have look to chew very quickly.

And it is not only the ordinary things that have to be done. We all have a life to live. For me it is medical issues that try to get in the way. Through it I have made tremendous progress in the writing of, “Inside the Forbidden Outside.” The music and the music videos I began making a year ago and starting a YouTube Channel, Sonni Quick Piano Improv, cultivating subscribers, added greatly to the busy hours of my day.

Hours spent promoting and marketing the chapters and the music every day pushed my workday (unpaid at this point) to 16 hours a day, usually 7 days a week. This is no exaggeration. Writing slowed down and blog post writing also decreased. But the project as a whole was coming together and moving forward. The response has been overwelming. It’s exciting. Every chapter done, every music recording finished and every video completed by my inexperienced hands has been a source of joy.  And it came with inspiring comments with the connections to people increasing everyday.

I reach people through my music, to touch them emotionally about Jamie’s story. The music is the emotion of the story. It reaches out through my fingers. It is my passion. It is that passion for grasping life in your hands ant not letting go that separates the winners from the losers.

When you truly love to do something you spend every hour of every day working on it in some capacity. No excuses are good enough if you don’t see it through. I think the idea of writing a book with music was a good idea. I have not heard of any other book who combined the story and music together. If you only had one or the other you would have only half of the story.

This story I’m writing, if you haven’t read any of the chapters I’ve posted at this blog is not just someone’s experience living with the brutality of the American prison system – the Prison Industrial Corporation. It is about love and hope – failure and determination above all else, to take back his life. He was going to be a father to the son he has rarely seen. He wanted to go to school and learn things. He was a good man who was never given a chance from the moment he was born,

because. . . . he was black.. . . he was poor.. . . and he came from a southern state known for racism – and he had epilepsy.

The odds were against him. He was part of a family with four children, a mother and no father, so they raised themselves with little adult supervision. Mom worked hard to provide for her family, so how could she be there to raise them? I know that dilemma well.

Will this book help people to better understand what being in prison is truly about, and will they understand the psychological damage from grief, caused by loss? Will they understand the constant struggle inside the mind, trying to keep itself together, when what it really wants is to kick the walls and scream?

Will readers understand that? Because I know from talking to people ‘out here’ that many people don’t. The sheer number of people who end up locked in a cell that shouldn’t be is absurdly high – and then there are those who still think only the guilty go to prison.

Not every human being should be characterized and judged for the rest of his life because she/he went to prison. It is not the sum total of that person. When Jamie gets out of prison his identity should not be tattooed across his face – EX FELON. That is what happens to so many, making it so hard to survive. Even the ones who have been exonerated after decades in prison because the were falsely imprisoned have to live with that tattoo just because they were in there.

This book is the story of a great many men and a rising number of women. They are considered to be expendable people in this country which deems White Christian Americans to be a cut above all others as if skin color alone is the key to being a better person, except.  . . a better person knows how false that is and laughs at the notion that skin is the number one prerequisite for being a quality human being. Skin color isn’t even on that list.

What could the criminal justice system do to arrest and incarcerate even more people? There is no separation between good and evil. Money decides your freedom. Lock up people for any reason, true or false, and when they can’t make bail, lock them up anyway, for years! This is what lies in store for low income, minority people in this country whose guilt lies in having the bad luck of not being born in a good white neighborhood.

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I am writing this book because all of this pissed me off. Royally! What a choice of words. So much inhumanity was happening to Jamie and I couldn’t do ANYTHING about it! I had all of this emotion running through me. I had to channel it into something positive.

“I’ll write a blog,” I said. I asked Jamie if it was okay.     “Sure,” he said, “but who would want to read about my life?” But I knew it was an important story because so many people had the same story. I realized before long I needed to write a book. Only I had never written a book (or a blog for that matter). I knew I could do it if I honestly tried.

I worked on it for 2 1/2 years. I learned a lot. I didn’t know enough about how to write a book. Writing a blog and writing a book are two different ways of writing. I took some online classes. I read and read about writing. I started over. I wrote and rewrote and continued learning. I think I am now about 60% done with the rewrite have many good tracks of music.

It is a good thing I did not try to publish the first draft because it gave me more time to be better prepared. You can find all the chapters on this blog, even the first draft chapters if you do a search on the blog using the title of the book. You can see the progress if you are interested in reading it. The first draft has too much information and not enough story. This draft is more about the story and info to support it.

That is it for now, but there is another blog post almost ready to be published – about Jamie ‘s story. A little catch up from the past and why he is where he is now. He can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but he can’t see exactly what it opens up to. 

Until then…

The Reason For My Music Videos

Not much needs to be said here because the video says it all. I hope you stay on my channel and watch those you haven’t seen, subscribe and tap the bell to get notified when there is a new one  Your support of what I’m doing will determine how successful I am when I’m ready to publish my book.  Notifications like this, and my mailing lists are the way I will be able to tell people it is  FINALLY READY. I have a ways to go. About 40% more chapter rewrite and new music. Then it will be ready to edit. As a first time author I need to know if I dotted all the eyes and crossed the t’s. It’s been a fun journey  Thank you! 

Crazy Dreams and Sleepless Nights -YouTube Music Video

This is my most recent music video to go with a chapter in my book  “Inside The Forbidden Outside”.  Life has gotten enormously busy and staying on top of things as my audience grows has been challenging  I have so much appreciation for the people who make the connection between the story and the music who have expressed an interest in the book when it’s done. Does any know how to invent more hours in a day, because there is something that always suffers because of a lack of time to get to it.  What this tells me is that I am onto something good or if be looking for ways to fill my time instead of the other way around

It’s been hard to post ad often as I’d like to, and my numbers suffer because of it. I don’t have the time to go to the many blogs I’ve found and enjoyed. Please forgive me for that. It isn’t because I don’t want to.

There is so much swirling around in my brain of things that needed to be taken care of to clear the space to write. I’ll get back here as often as I can. Please share this with your own social media. Go to my blog mynameisjamie.net and read the chapters I have posted to see how Jamie’s life inside the book is coping with the challenges of prison. At that blog you can subscribe to ITFO News and get the occasional update on the book, music, videos and any news of significance.

You can also go to my music Facebook page : Sonni Quick Piano Improv – like and share with your Facebook friends. I need all the help I can get to reach as many people as possible. 😁

Have a great year!

 

 

Who is Taking Care Of My Broken Heart? Music video

 

This is my newest music video. I hope you enjoy it. This music piece has quickly become one of my fastest rising improvisations currently playing on 3 streaming sites, as well as a variety of other social media sites. When someone likes my music it is the best feeling for me.

My recordings are all home recordings. It’s been awhile since I made a recording in a music studio  and since I am not an engineer, and my knowledge of sound mixing is nonexistent, there are at times obvious mistakes I’m not sure how to fix.

This recording of, Who is Taking Care of My Broken Heart, mentions Jamie’s son, the man who is the main character in my book, Inside The Forbidden Outside.

Jamie has not been able to have any kind of face to face relationship with his son while he has been incarcerated because no one but myself has taken him to see his father. I live far away and can’t easily get to Texas. No one else has done much of anything to help and support him. You find it who really loves you and who only say the words

That is why his heart is broken

This is my main website – Sonni Quick 

You can also stream my music at Reverbnation

And SoundCloud

 

Who’s Taking Care of My Broken Heart

 

Listen to Who’s Taking Care of My Broken Heart by Sonni Quick #np on #SoundCloud

I posted this to soundcloud.com/sonni-quick three weeks ago and it quickly became one of my most frequently played recordings. Not in the scope of someone backed by a major producer, but I’ve been pleased with the results so far by those who follow my music and share it. SoundCloud is a great site to hear good non-industry music, develop playlists or play one already compiled, 

At this stage of my life, ober the past couple years I’ve had about 20k hits combined on all of the music I have on the internet and thats a heck of a lot more than those who saw me play live when I was younger – and those people could never hear the music again.

The internet has been a great boom to musicians getting their music heard – but there is extremely little money in it. Why buy what you can stream?

I’m banking on my combined following of music and those generated by Jamie’s blog and social media. It will give my book (when it’s done) the possibility of greater success. I posted a new partial chapter today on Jamie blog. SUBSCRIBE at that blog to read complete chapters.

I welcome your feedback. Reader’s opinions and criticism is my only way right now to find out what is wrong – or right. Do you want to be a reader,  let me know. If you do  I’ll send you a free t-shirt, (that you can also purchase on the first post at the blog) a free copy of the book when it comes out, and your name in the book for those who helped – and a few album dl of all the music, which would come with a purchase of the book.

Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll give you more details. 

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My website – sonniquick.net – for music, YouTube videos and photos

My music Facebook page

 

Closer To Home – New Music

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This music for the chapter in my book when Jamie is moved from a prison in Beeville, TX, called McConnell Unit, deep southern Texas, to a prison closer to home in East Texas. Maybe now he will get visitors and also get to see his son again.

http://soundcloud.com/sonni-quick/closer-to-home

You can stream my music, watch my videos and see photos at my website sonniquick.net 

This The Season. Oops! How Does This Player Work?

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This is me and my mom! Merry Christmas Mom! 

Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly. FA-LA-LA-LA – Oops! I was getting a little carried away. I was just walking down my street after dark, slapping at mosquitos (that’s a drag) and there were so many Christmas lights on. What a wonderful 80 degrees day in the Florida’s Keys.  Screw the cold and snow and wind and freezing to death! Mrs. Santa is wearing shorts. 

Okay, back to work. I’m trying to get this to work. The player is supposed to show up automatically,  I think, but If it doesn’t, click the link below and a video player appears that will let you pick from all of the music videos I have at YouTube.

You can subscribe to my channel on the YouTube screen  at the top left, but to like it or get notifications of new videos, comment or share you have to go to YouTube, by clicking my picture at the top left.

That would be the best thing to do. On the player (at the link below) I liked that you could play any video you wanted because people who are new to what I’m doing and why I do it, are less inclined sometimes to go to older videos, yet most all of them go to a chapter in the book I’m writing. Which you can find at my blog My Name Is Jamie. My Life In Prison There is info about it at YouTube, too, plus a list of all other sites that are affiliated with it. So I’ll see if this player works after I publish it on my blog. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! (It didn’t work so just click on that long link and it will bring it up) 

My main website below is where you can also subscribe to my music mailing list for an occasional update. Believe me, I don’t have time to inundate your email box so I won’t take up much space. Any agent, promoter or editor looks at the size of your mailing or they won’t touch you, so if your subscribe I won’t abuse it. 

Thanks for your patience.  I hope it’s going to be a great HOLIDAY SEASON for you! 

Love ya! Sonni 

sonniquick.net

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