CD “Drops” Tuesday!!!

I figure I should try to use the “industry” lingo (“Drops”), now that I have become a part of the machine that is Universal Music – HA!

Anyway, not much to say other than that I’m excited about my CD coming out on DEP/Universal (via Blue Sapphire Music) this Tuesday, September 22nd. For those of you who have been on the fence about buying the indie version, you have 3 days left to do so via peterbloom.ca.

After that, the “label” version will be the one to get. It has totally revamped packaging, including all the lyrics, and some great new artwork! Due to a technical issue, the music likely won’t be available on iTunes, etc. for another couple of weeks…BUT you can always either check out your local retailer (HMV, etc.).

Can’t wait to be touring! We’re starting with a radio tour up in northern Ontario. But I will soon be filling in all those TBA dates on my schedule, so hang on.

Thanks for the continuing support!

Peace.

Pete

19 / September / 2009  English  Comments (0)    

Another PBB Song Flirting With the #1 Spot on Ourstage.Com!!!

Here we go again…I’m proud to announce that Peter Bloom Band’s song, “Walls”, is flirting with the #1 spot in Ourstage.Com’s May singer/songwriter competition! It was actually number one when I started this message, and has since slipped to #3. That’s how important the votes are – things change FAST! So if you have a few minutes, please check out Ourstage.com today, select the “singer/songwriter” competition category, and if PBB’s “Walls” comes up in one of your random judging rounds, be sure to rate it highly!!! Please help us finish at #1 for a second time!!! If we do, there is a chance we will also take the overall #1 spot, which means a $5000 prize…can you say “CD #2”? I knew you could. Thanks for your continuing support.

Peace.

Pete

27 / May / 2009  English  Comments (0)    

New Music…

Since late last year, I have been doing a little co-writing with Canadian sensation, Justin Nozuka, and Scottish soon-to-be-sensation, Jamie Kimmett.  Please check them out if you haven’t already – they are both beyond talented!  I have also been feverishly working on my own new material, hence the lack of live performances.  Look for new tracks this summer…finally!  More shows to be announced shortly as well.

Thanks for your continuing support!


Peace.

26 / May / 2009  English  Comments (0)    

We Did It!!! # 1 on Ourstage.Com!!!

I’m a little late letting you know, but…thanks to you (and music fans across North America and beyond), we finally landed the Number 1 spot on Ourstage.com! Over the past few months, we have been honoured and thrilled to see several Peter Bloom Band tunes finish in the top 10 in various categories, including “Singer-Songwriter” and “Indie Pop”. The rankings are based on an “unbiased” voting system, where fans (and and musicians themselves) cannot simply log on and repeatedly hit “vote” for their favorite act. The user is randomly presented with songs in various categories, and they are asked to rank them. So there is no vote tampering or skewing allowed. After several close finishes, “Let It Go” topped the “Indie Pop” list for March. Awesome!

Thanks for your continuing support!

Peace.

26 / May / 2009  English  Comments (0)    

Need you NOW: Currently #1 on Ourstage.Com!!!

We need you NOW…Mar 31st – PBB’s “Let It Go” is currently #1 on Ourstage.Com’s March pop song competition! Please check out Ourstage.Com today, and if a Peter Bloom Band song comes up in your judging round, be sure to rate it highly!!! Please help us finish at #1 this time!!! Thanks! Peace.

31 / March / 2009  English  Comments (0)    

GROOVE IS IN THE HEARTFELT?!?!

“This is RADIO SOMEWHERE…” I was already excited and very appreciative of the solid radio support I’ve received from CBC Radio nationwide over the past year, as well as from CBC Montreal, CHOM-FM, and CKUT-FM in promoting my recent Montreal dates…but I was not anticipating the news I received this past week. Now, I have indeed had some terrific response to my lead-off single, Let It Go, from plenty of far-away places, such as Japan, the UK, even Romania! But little could I have predicted that a radio station right here in Toronto, Canada (103.9 PROUD-FM ), would go above and beyond the call by….wait for it……by creating a DANCE REMIX of my song and putting it into rotation starting this weekend! You heard right – a dance remix of Let It Go by the very cool and highly respected DJ Cajjmere Wray! I can honestly say I never would have foreseen this in a million years…but I am really touched and thankful that “Cajj” and the good people at 103.9 PROUD-FM are breathing new life into the song. So starting this weekend, be sure to tune in, either on the radio or via the Internet, and see if you can catch the Cajjmere Wray remix of Peter Bloom Band’s Let It Go. Heck…while you’re at it, go ahead, CLICK HERE AND REQUEST IT, why don’t you!
Thanks for your continuing support! Peace.

3 / February / 2009  English  Comments (0)    

Here We Go Again – Help PBB Hit #1 With Another Song!!!

Haven't Hit the Floor Yet, by Peter Bloom Band on OurStage

26 / October / 2008  English  Comments (0)    

Help PBB Hit #1 In September!!!

Let It Go, by Peter Bloom Band on OurStage

28 / September / 2008  English  Comments (0)    

Match Made in Heaven!

Hey again! First off, thanks to everyone who has expressed concern about the loss of my voice. Although the problem is still lingering (3 weeks later), I’m confident that things will be back to normal soon…

NOW…I just wanted to send out some wishes for a very happy and fulfilling marriage to my good buddy and brilliant songwriter, Justin Hines! He married his lovely bride, Savanna, back on May 31st in BC. I then had the honor of being invited to take part in their Toronto celebration this past Friday evening. Although my voice was still not up to par, I was thrilled to be asked to sing a couple of tunes as part of the event.

But I’m not writing to talk about my singing…or anyone else’s for that matter – even though there were some terrific performances. What I want to share with you is the wonderful storybook tale of how Justin and Savanna came together. I hope they won’t mind me telling this story. I am recounting it second hand, so please forgive any slight detail variances…but the basic story goes like this:

Justin released his brilliant debut CD (“Sides”) over a year ago now. Last September, all the way out in BC, Savanna discovered his music and was apparently so moved by it that she emailed Justin. Well, from that initial contact, they really hit it off, and started talking on the phone every night! Eventually Savanna packed up her van and drove across the country to meet Justin in person!

After spending a couple of weeks in Ontario, Savanna got a job and decided to stay…only to then receive devastating news that her mother had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Savanna, an only child, rushed back to BC to be with her mother and family.

After a few weeks of being apart, Justin then went out to meet Savanna’s family in BC, where he proposed…and the rest is history!

They accelerated the wedding preparations to be sure that Savanna’s mother could attend…which she did. The slide show from the wedding had me choked up, and I had not yet even met Savanna. Having now met her, I can honestly say that she is a beautiful person in every sense of the word!

Weddings are most often beautiful, joyous events, but this night in Toronto – although bittersweet – was magical. One could truly feel the deep love these two people have for each other…and the love that so many people in attendance feel for them. I guess the reason I’m sharing this story is to say that (notwithstanding the tragic loss of Savanna’s mother) my faith in storybook romances with fairytale endings has been restored, thanks to these two very special individuals.

So as Justin and Savanna embark on their journey of a million moments together, may their love stay ever strong, and may each moment be a storybook moment with a fairytale ending. We should all be so blessed!

Peace.

17 / July / 2008  English  Comments (2)    

I’m Speechless…Literally!!!

So I had been bothered by a little soreness in my throat for about a week…nothing serious. I still mangaged to sing some new demo ideas for my upcoming sophomore CD, as well as perform my duties for my regular animation and TV voice-overs. Commercial voice-over work is how I support my music habit…until my music habit hopefully grows up, moves out, gets an apartment, and takes care of itself. If you’re in Canada or you’re a YouTube® user, you might have heard my “dulcit tones” as that ubiquitous singing Mini-Wheat®. Yeah, that’s me…hey don’t laugh – it pays the bills! Anyway, last night my voice started faltering a bit. Nothing a little extra sleep wouldn’t fix, right? WRONG!

Much to my horror, I woke up this morning and had lost my voice…not completely but almost. Now, for a guy whose whole music career had to virtually be shelved for several years due to a chronic voice disorder (Muscle Tension Dysphonia, or MTD), one would thing I am used to this sort of thing. Well, yes I WAS used to this sort of thing back when I was struggling with MTD. But these days, thanks to a BRILLIANT voice therapist (who also works on people like Sting and Mick Jagger), I have progressed to to a point where I feel I’m singing (and speaking) with more confidence and endurance than ever.

And in the blink of an eye (or 40 winks of two eyes), I have been stripped of the voice I have worked so hard to rebuild. Now there is no need to worry – it has been diagnosed as acute (viral) laryngitis. I should be back in the voice booth in 4 or 5 days. But this situation got me thinking…thinking about how nothing is for certain. No matter how hard we may try; no matter how driven we are; no matter how much we want something; at any moment fate can step in and take it all away.

Again, this is a passing thing. I will be singing and doing voice-overs again in no time. But what if I had lost my voice permanently? What then? I rely on my voice for my livelihood. Without it, I am pretty much qualified to flip burgers or deliver newspapers (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But seriously, I don’t have too many other employment options that don’t involve the use of my voice. Did I abuse my voice? No, quite the opposite. I am dilligent in the care of my voice. Did I take it for granted? Not at all. I thank God every day for being able to do what I do. And yet still, it can all be gone in a snap.

I guess that lesson applies to anything in life that we hold dear…be it family, friend, occupation, passtime, possession. We are always told not to take things or people for granted. And that’s sound advice. But the question is, what do we do if, despite heeding this advice, we still have what we love taken from us?

Not everything in this life can be covered by an insurance policy. In fact nothing of true personal (emotional) value can be. So what options do we have? Unfortunately, just one from what I can see…acceptance. As cliché as they are, and as carefree as they sound, expressions such as “c’est la vie” and “que será será” still ring true. We can never get too comfortable with or attached to the current state of affairs, because life may very well have other plans for us. The great John Lennon hit the nail on the head when he sang, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

With that in mind, I would probably be wise to practice flipping a few burgers and tossing some newspapers…just in case.

Peace.

19 / June / 2008  English  Comments (0)    
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