Saturday, September 12, 2020

Countin' on Joe Appears on Cable TV

 

Countin' on Joe, The Joe Biden Campaign Song, is scheduled to premiere on Ann Arbor COMMUNITY TELEVISION NETWORK, CABLE CHANNEL 17 - Sunday, 9/13/20 at 7:00pm.

 

Additional replay times include: 

Monday, 9/14 at 1:30pm & 10:41pm; 

Tuesday, 9/15 at 3:55pm; 

Wednesday, 9/16 at 5:55pm; 

Thursday, 9/17 at 9:50pm; 

Friday, 9/18 at 1:30pm; 

Saturday, 9/19 at 12:55pm & 7:00pm; 

Sunday, 9/20 at 2:55pm; 

Tuesday, 9/22 at 4:25pm; and 

Wednesday, 9/23 at 8:00pm


To date, Countin' on Joe has received 5046 views on YouTube. Unfortunately, YouTube has not made it searchable, which has stunted viewership.


Check it out on Channel 17 Ann Arbor on the dates listed above. To see it on YouTube, visit this video link: https://youtu.be/7EcPLhryiV8.


 


Friday, September 11, 2020

When YouTube Makes It Impossible...

Countin on Joe has received over 5,000 views. That number would be a lot higher if it appeared in YouTube searches. It does not. For whatever their reason, YouTube has made it almost impossible to find. 

Initial interest was due to extensive emailing and sending out press releases. Now that the surge of response is over, the daily visit count has dwindled dramatically. So short of a miracle, Countin' on Joe appears to be dead in the water. 

I had many wonderful responses from people who have enjoyed the song. As usual, there were a few stray Republicans and Berniecrats who also shared their message. LOL

This was a fun project to work on. And I greatly appreciate everyone who participated from around the country. Thank you. :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Talk About Quick Turnaround!

I was interviewed by Chanel Stitt, a business reporter for the Detroit Free Press, late this morning. The article she wrote as a result of the half hour interview was posted at 5:37 PM. When the interview was completed she asked if I could send her a photo of myself as well as a high quality photo of everyone in their spots on the grid. I went into Final Cut Pro X to do this, blew up the grid to fit in the whole screen and took a screen shot. This is what she used to accompany her story.

You can read her story, 'Countin' on Joe,' Metro Detroiter created virtual campaign song for Joe Biden, at: https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/09/01/joe-biden-campaign-song-by-carol-dunitz/5683017002/ (Sept. 1, 2020)

She told me how much all her colleagues liked the music/video while we were talking which I really appreciated. The most important thing is to know within yourself that you have done a good job. That withstanding, it is always nice to get an 'ataboy' or pat on the back.

* A number of additional articles and posts appeared as a result of the Freep article. They are listed under the pages section, Press Coverage.

Colorado Coverage and more

After posting Countin' on Joe on YouTube, I sent out a press release with "fill in the blank" areas in the hope that singers from the production would use it to alert the media about the video. It was naive of me to expect this response. If one has no experience in PR it is difficult to navigate the process. It takes more than filling in the blanks. You have to understand what publications to approach and which individuals to contact there.


Shannon Winkelman of Bayfield, CO managed to do it. And the one release she sent out resulted in publication in five different places!

Pine River Times
The Durango Herald 
The Journal
progressivepartyusa - top ten political news
newbreak.com

I decided to send out press releases for participants who were amenable to having me do this. As a result, I contacted media for well over two-thirds of the singers.

Today I want contacted by a Keith Whitcomb, a reporter for the Rutland Herald. Our singer from Vermont is Christian Doran.  An article will hopefully appear soon in that publication.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Tortoise and the Hare

My video for Happy Birthday Baby was published on YouTube on October 5, 2018. As of this writing it has received 9595 views. And lots of positive comments. Not the response I was hoping for when I posted it, but respectable nonetheless. 


My video for Countin' on Joe, the campaign song for Joe Biden was published on YouTube on August 24, 2020. As of this writing it has received 2474 views. Not lightening fast, but chalking up views pretty darn quickly.


So I'm left wondering which one will get to 10,000 views first. The tortoise? The hare? I'm not a bookie. So I'm not taking bets. But it will be interesting to see how this race plays out.



This just in. When I posted on YouTube, it discouraged adding tags and said they were unnecessary. NOT SO. A friend just let me know it is impossible to do a search for Countin' on Joe! So I've added tags and hope this situation will be resolved in 24 - 48 hours.






Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Countin' On Joe - The Joe Biden Campaign Song

Countin' on Joe, The Joe Biden Campaign Song, was posted on YouTube two days ago. There was a flurry of excitement with lots of positive feedback from virtual volunteer chorus singers. The video had an initial surge of traffic with over 1,500 views. That's more views from the get-go than any other video I have created. It's a great start. To sustain interest and build awareness it is necessary to contact traditional and social media as well as people who will have an interest. I know that many of the volunteers are sharing with people they know. And I have started to contact media.

Below is the press release I am using.

Countin’ On Joe:  The Joe Biden Campaign Song

Nationwide Volunteer Virtual Chorus Sings

 

Sixty-nine Americans from across the nation have stepped forward to be part of a volunteer virtual chorus for the Joe Biden campaign song, Countin’ on Joe. They believe their participation will help the Biden/Harris ticket this November.

 

When Carol Dunitz realized she would not be able to tour with her new twenty song show, 2020themusical.com, she started producing political parodies that promoted a Democratic viewpoint. In the midst of Things Now Have Gone to Hades, she decided to produce a campaign song for Joe Biden.

 

Dunitz started to look for volunteers for her Joe Biden campaign song in early July in order to produce the recording. She put together a pitch, posted on Facebook and emailed and called many Democratic organizations. Her goal was to assemble a virtual chorus of singers from across the country to sing Countin’ On Joe. In response, sixty-eight Americans came forward to join her in the grassroots campaign effort, Countin’ on Joe. Singers represent a diverse group of volunteers from thirty-nine states dedicated to a common cause, electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this November.

 

Having secured participants, Dunitz sent out a sample recording and instructions to move forward. After receiving videos back from all volunteers, Dunitz faced the challenge of mixing all the recordings in Pro Tools and editing the videos on a grid in Final Cut Pro X. Her campaign song, Countin’ on Joe, can now be seen at: https://youtu.be/7EcPLhryiV8



The melody for Countin’ On Joe comes from an old Irish folk tune which was also used for an Abraham Lincoln campaign song. “I generally write my own music, but the appeal of a melody that had previously been used with success in the political arena was too much to resist,” Dunitz shares. She updated the musical arrangement and wrote lyrics that share who Joe Biden is and why he should be our next president.

 

Carol Dunitz has a doctorate in Speech Communication and Theatre and an Audio Engineering certificate. She has been writing, composing and performing her entire life. To learn more about Countin’ On Joe, go to 2020themusical.com.  To schedule an interview, please call 734.237.6614 or email cdunitz@gmail.com.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Audio Engineering Certificate Awarded with High Honors

If you had asked me five years ago if I would ever pursue an education track in audio engineering I would have laughed. Never in my wildest dreams would I have considered studying audio engineering.

Never say "never." Two years ago I started taking audio engineering classes at Washtenaw Community College. Very few community colleges have a curriculum like this so I was fortunate to be able to participate in a program so close by -- about two miles from where I live! Every semester I signed up for another class in the audio department. This summer I took an introductory music theory class which was a prerequisite to being awarded the Audio Engineering certificate. I have taken music theory and arranging classes in the past so it was a review for me and easy to sail through.

I just spoke with someone at the college and checked my transcript. I won't be walking down the aisle to Pomp and Circumstance but I have been awarded my Audio Engineering certificate with High Honors. There is still al lot for me to learn in this area and I plan to continue my studies to improve my ability to audio engineer well. That being said, I did all the engineering myself for 2020 The Musical as well as Countin' on Joe, the campaign song for Joe Biden which I will release on YouTube today. :)