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Gary Edwards is a composer of classical, musical theater and film music based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He has also written jazz, rock/pop, R&B gospel and country music. His music has been performed in ensembles from Washington to Argentina, Russia and other countries and he has played with both the Spokane and Louisville Symphonies. One of his goals has always been to bring different cultures and people together with his music.

Gary has written eight musicals, one opera and three screenplays as well as two concertos and hundreds of pieces of music.  He recently produced a Tribute to Mildred Bailey concert and transcribed and conducted all the music. He was the Playwright/Composer in Residence for the Ignite Theater in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Gary's acclaimed album, Reflections, features Tom Stryker, virtuoso touring harmonica player (Hohner rep) playing light jazz, easy listening and light classical tunes and focuses on the theme of reflecting on life and it’s meaning. Find our more about Gary's Music. Questions? Contact Gary. 

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 9/21/19 A Stitch in Time Update - WaTaino CD Update– Other Composing – Mildred Bailey music -Book Review: Charles Finch series –  radicci Restaurant Review - Give Me Five program 

A Stitch in Time Update  This musical had a preview on September 17th, 2019 in New York City. I got a call at 1 am New York from co-writer Claude Solnik who said he got some good feedback about the show and was very happy with the performance. So, we will continue tweaking the musical and I have been assigned the task of writing music for two new songs for the show. Claude sent me the soundtrack for the 9/17 performance. If any theaters or directors want to hear the soundtrack, send me an email at gedward@roadrunner.com and we can discuss it. 

WaTaino CD Update- Co-writer Orlando Sanchez continues to work on producing live musicians to record different tracks for the 11 songs on this Latin jazz rock CD which will be finished soon.   We are praying for our keyboard player Lisandro who recently fell ill. Email me if you would like to hear a sample of the song that is almost finished at gedward@roadrunner.com 

Other composing – I continue my association as a transcriber and orchestrator with SayRoar Studios, which is waiting for confirmation from investors. I continue in discussions about video game music with Spirit Lord Studios who are also waiting for investors. I just received an email from Jimmy Cullors, a filmmaker in Las Vegas who wants to discuss me composing music for a new film going into production in October, 2019. 

Mildred Bailey Music– The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Casino asked me to direct a program of songs sung by Mildred Bailey to be performed at the Elder’s Banquet on October 3rd, 2019. Rehearsals are going well with pianist LeeAnn Aerlyn and singer Cecilia Curtis. I have not received written confirmation that this event will be open to the public. December 12th, 2021 will be the 70th anniversary of Mildred Bailey’s death and I am working on different projects to commemorate this event. Stay tuned for more news. 

Book Review– Charles Finch Series – I have finished several books in a series of detective novels featuring a character named Charles Lenox who is an English aristocrat who has chosen a career as an unpaid detective solving murders in the 1840’s through the 1860’s. The first prequel is entitled “The Woman In The Water.” This series is very well written and absorbing and contains myriads of time piece tidbits such as how Oxford University was founded in 1099 and its traditions. 

radicci Restaurant Review– We have gone twice now to a new restaurant named ridicci’s in Hayden, Idaho one block East of Government Way off Prairie Ave. Last night I had chicken parmesan with rigatoni. Mmmm. It was savory with a great blend of herbs and spices tickling the tongue, and they didn’t spare the cheese, either. I highly recommend this dining experience. 

Qualchan Opera- Give Me Five program - I am asking individuals to donate $5.00 or more, and asking businesses and organizations to donate $500 or more to fund the production and filming of my Qualchan Opera. You can see the 19 minute video pitch at this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org and then click on “donate” search for Qualchan Opera and then click on the video at the top of my Qualchan Opera page.  

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Yours,   

Gary A. Edwards  

www.EdwardsMusicSite.com gedward@roadrunner.com 

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 8/8/19  

Coeur d’Alene Symphony Premiere - WaTaino CD Update– Book Reviews – Zorro – The Poacher’s Son - SayRoar Studios Update–Spirit Lords video game Update- Band News- New Musicals Update –Qualchan Opera  

Coeur d’Alene Symphony Premiere – The Coeur d’Alene Symphony is performing a premiere of a ten minute classical piece I wrote on September 2nd at a Labor Day concert in the Coeur d’Alene City Park at 2 pm. The piece is entitled Raindrops and is a symphonic depiction of the life cycle of water. 

WaTaino CD Update- Co-writer Orlando Sanchez has been sending me updates of the live tracks recording sessions. I’ve gotten eight songs back now with live drum, bass, conga, flute, violin and keyboard parts. The CD is going to be great. We just need to add the guitar, do some more mixing  and add the vocals for two of the songs. I am transcribing the live tracks into sheet music. A famous Florida Hotel chain is interested in hearing the CD, so we will be pitching a live music show soon.   

Book Review – Zorro by Isabel Allende– This well-written novel tells the back story of how Alejandro de la Vega’s father was murdered by a brutal California governor and how Zorro came to be a hero and protector of the poor and helpless. The book is published in Spanish and English, snd is very well written.  

Book ReviewThe Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron– The protagonist is a game warden in the Northern Maine wilderness. His father is a fugitive suspect in a double murder and the warden’s life descends into chaos as he tries to clear his father‘s name. 

SayRoar update– I played with the SayRoar bluegrass fiddle group at Calypso’s this week for CEO Jeff Drew and some PR people. The program’s purpose was to promote the animated film that SayRoar is producing. The animation people tell me they are making good progress on the film. 

Spirit Lord Video Games Update– This new video game startup company has approved my first song that I wrote for their video game project. We are working on hammering out a written contract for me to compose music for their video games. I saw 40 characters art from the video game and the art by Wade Lutz was fantastic. I also submitted a script for a musical video game I wrote called The Bureau-rats and they said they liked it. 

Band News – I am playing every Wednesday night at the Spokane Valley Eagles from 7 to 10 pm with my former band, Desert Rose and it’s fun. I also started playing casual gigs with a new band called the Ken Davis Band. We played last Sunday for free for the Hillyard Festival. We are playing Saturday August 10th at the Shadle Park High School Football field in the afternoon. Come on down to the party. 

New Musicals Update – My New York City co-writer Claude Solnik tells me he has hired a hall and a musician named Robert Long and they are starting to work on the production of two of the three musicals we wrote together called A Stitch in Time and Stealing Mona Lisa, so I’m looking forward to attending another New York City premiere, this time of two of my musicals. 

Qualchan OperaGive Me Five program - I am asking individuals to donate $5.00 or more, and asking businesses and organizations to donate $500 or more to fund the production and filming of my Qualchan Opera. You can see the 19 minute video pitch at this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org and then click on the video at the top of my Qualchan Opera page. To donate to this non-profit fiscal sponsorship website, click on the button and be sure and do a search for the Qualchan Opera.   

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Yours,   

Gary A. Edwards  

www.EdwardsMusicSite.com gedward@roadrunner.com 

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 6/18/19 SayRoar Studios update, etc. 

SayRoar Studios - The SayRoar concert went very well on June 12th, 2019. The CDA Resort Conference Bay #4 was sold out. The Coeur d'Alene Symphony conducted by my new friend Jan Pellant played original music from the Goldfish Project animated film composed by Jeff Drew and Isaac Murcar that I transcribed and some of which I arranged for the orchestra. I received a lot of compliments for the transcriptions and arrangements and Isaac and I were brought to the front of the house and given special recognition from Jeff. SayRoar announced its plans for expansion and job creation in the Coeur d'Alene area and raised funds for its non-profit foundation that will train young people in the film business so they don't have to leave Coeur d'Alene to find jobs. It was a great evening and another pinnacle in my personal musical journey. SayRoar.com is posting job openings coming up including a Script Reader position. 

Book Review – Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright – I found a new friend, Jan Pellant, who is from Czechoslovakia so I got this book about War and Remembrances from 1938 to 1949 or so from the Post Falls library so I could learn more about that country. The book merges Abright’s personal story with the history of Czechoslovakia. The book was very well written and most of the complex events of the times were understandable. I learned a lot of new information. 

Book Review – Up Country by Nelson Demille.This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I got the large print version from the Post Falls Library. It is the story of a recently retired military man who is hired by a former commander to go to Viet Nam and investigate a murder involving a US Army Captain suspect and a US Army Lieutenant victim that happened 30 years earlier in Viet Nam and the only witness was a North Vietnamese soldier. He teams up with a beautiful expatriate American woman who can speak Vietnamese fluently. Nothing as it seems and there are numerous intriguing plots and twists. This book gives me a clearer idea of what veterans went through and the different points of view from all sides of the conflict. It helps me resolve some of my own ambiguous emotions about the war. 

Book Review – Ambush by James Patterson and James O. Born– This is a great detective yarn from the Post Falls Library about a New York cop who is set up for ambush and his adventures trying to discover who the culprits are. 

Movie Review – The Sapphires. This is a fairly old movie about a group of Australian aborigines who are selected to go to Viet Nam and entertain the troops with soul music from the 1960’s. The book focuses on racial prejudice in Australia and elsewhere and the experiences of a musical group trying to merge their personalities and perform great music. 

Movie Review – The Last LaughChevy Chase and Richard Dreyfus  team up again as the agent and comedian decide to go on the road together for one last comedy tour. It’s hilarious, and I can relate to the movie as a senior citizen. 

WaTaino CD Update- My friend from Puerto Rico, Orlando Sanchez and I composed music together for a CD. The style is a fusion of rock, Latin and Taino Indian inspired sounds. He is laying down live tracks in Florida right now. Orlando has played with Stevie Wonder, the drummer Jessie Carabello is playing with Marc Antony’s band and the fantastic bass player Army Zerpa is from Menudo, so there’s a lot of great music being laid down. Orlando has been sending me updates of the progress of the recording session. I’ve gotten four songs now with the live drum and bass parts and they are great. I’m looking forward to getting the finished CD into distribution and transcribing the parts so we can create a live music show based on the CD.  

New Musicals Update - Claude Solnik,  my co-writer in New York City, and I have been working on three musicals we wrote since 2016: 

A Stitch in Time - based on the Emperor wears no clothes story. 

Long Island Lolita - based on the true story of a mechanic Joey Buttafuoca who seduces a 17 year old girl named Amy Fisher who shoots her lovers wife on the front porch of her home. 

Stealing Mona Lisa - about an Italian Janitor who steals Mona Lisa (the painting) from the louvre Museum in Paris and starts talking to her and falls in love with her (the painting.) 

Qualchan Opera Update - Give Me Five program - I am asking individuals to donate $5.00 or more, and asking businesses and organizations to donate $500 or more to fund the production and filming of my Qualchan Opera. You can see the 19 minute video pitch at this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=18525 and then click on the video at the top of my Qualchan Opera page. To donate to this non-profit fiscal sponsorship website, click on the button and be sure and do a search for the Qualchan Opera.  

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Yours,  

Gary A. Edwards 

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Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 5/13/19 Ellie sings Happy Mother’s Day- The Wolf Pack Book Review  – Company musical Review – Qualchan Opera Update  

Ellie sings Happy Mother’s Day– This is a link to a Youtube video of Ellie, 10 year old 4th grade prodigy vocalist, singing the Happy Mother's Day song by Gary A. Edwards at the Unity Spiritual Center of North Idaho in Coeur d'Alene on May 12th, 2019. There will be a studio recorded version out shortly. https://youtu.be/AGZ5hQSkwM0 

The Wolf Pack by CW Box Book Review – I have read every book in this series about a Wyoming game warden named Joe Pickett who gets involved in solving complex criminal cases. In this book, game wardens in two counties are investigating a drone that chases wild elk and deer to the point of exhaustion and death, seemingly just for fun. Then, a gang called the Wolf Pack comes into Joe’s Wyoming Fish & Game District and the body count starts piling up. Joe, as usual, fights the bureaucracy who tell him to back off of the investigation, but Joe persists in the investigations with the help of his non-conformist falconer friend. 

Company Musical Review –W e went to a very enjoyable musical at the Lake City Playhouse called Company by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. Disclaimer: it also stars our great-niece Emily Cleveland. The show consists of vignettes and musings about life and love of a 35 year old young man, with sometimes confusing flashbacks. The strength of this show was the talent of the cast and band as each character provided an excellent showcase of their talents. There was plenty of singing and dancing, enough to stir the hearts of all and remind us of when we were young and evolving in our emotional growth towards a fulfilling love life, making mistakes but learning more and more each time. The stars I remember most were the talented singing of Cambria Ravsten, the hilarious comic chops of Emily Cleveland, the beautiful dancing of Amber Fiedler and of course the acting and singing talents of baritone Jesse Hampsch. This show runs through May 19th, so don't miss it. 

Qualchan Opera Update - Give Me Five program: So far, we have raised $1,360 towards financing the production of my Qualchan Opera. I am asking individuals to  donate $5.00 or more, and asking businesses and organizations to donate $500 or more to fund the production and filming of my Qualchan Opera. You can see the 19 minute video pitch at this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=18525 and then click on the video at the top of my Qualchan Opera page. To donate to this non-profit fiscal sponsorship website, click on the <Donate Now> button and be sure and do a search for the Qualchan Opera.  

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Gary A. Edwards 

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Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 4/13/19 Qualchan Speech - Qualchan at EWU -  Book Review The Disappeared - Podcast   

Qualchan Speech – On March 8th, I gave a speech at the Iron Horse about the history of the conflict between the Yakama Nation and confederated tribes and the US Army and settlers, mostly from 1849 through September 1858. You can see the entire 50 minute speech at this link: https://youtu.be/DjRh5aZ3i7M 

Qualchan at EWU -There was be a performance of five songs from the Qualchan Opera at Eastern Washington University at the School of Music Building on April 5th, 2019. You can see the 26 minute video of the performance at this link:  https://youtu.be/ceTiCFYLfIo 

Give Me Five program, I just produced a short video explaining about my Give Me Five Campaign where I am asking individuals to  donate $5.00 or more, and asking businesses and organizations to donate $500 or more to fund the production and filming of my Qualchan Opera. You can see the 19 minute video pitch at this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=18525 and then click on the video at the top of my Qualchan Opera page. To donate to this non-profit fiscal sponsorship website, click on the button and be sure and do a searchfor the Qualchan Opera.  

Book Review - The Disappeared by CW Box – I have read every book in this series about a Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett who gets involved in solving complex criminal cases. The reading is very enjoyable. The author takes you right to the scenes involved and the heroes are credible and human and the villains are very evil, greedy people who have no conscientious.  

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Podcast – To hear my 30 minute interview of April 5, 2019 on the KPBX classical music show with Vern Windham click on my podcast. 

Yours,  

Gary A. Edwards 

EdwardsMusicSite.com gedward@roadrunner.com 

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 3/28/19 Say Roar Studios–- Orlando Sanchez Wataino CD Update –  Qualchan at EWU -  Give Me Five program - Book Review  Fryderyk Chopin - Book Review A Rope From The Sky  

Say Roar Studios –I started transcribing music for a company called Say Roar Studios. My job now is to take music sound files from composers and transcribe them into sheet music for live orchestras to perform.  On June 12th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm there will be a Gala and Auction at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The Coeur d’Alene Symphony will be present and performing music I have transcribed. Come on down. 

Orlando Sanchez Wataino CD Update – Orlando Sanchez and I have finished the draft of ten songs and are finalizing the arrangements. These songs are inspired by the Taino Caribbean Indian tribe. The excitement about this project is intensifying. Orlando says his musical friends include a drummer for Marc Anthony and a keyboard player for Menudo and they are chomping at the bit and eager to get started laying down tracks for this CD.  Orlando says one of his Disney World connections wants to listen to the CD after the CD is finished and we are planning to write a musical production about the Tainos.

Qualchan at EWU -Remember, there will be an abridged performance of my Qualchan Opera at the School of Music Building at Eastern Washington University on April 5th, 2019 at 7 pm at the school of music. 

Give Me Five program - I am asking you to  donate $5.00 or more, or your business or organization to donate $500 or more to fund my Qualchan Opera at this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=18525 Click on the button and be sure and do a search for the Qualchan Opera. The goal is to produce the premiere performance of my Qualchan Opera and get a videotape of the performance. 

Book Review  Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times – This 727 page book by Allan Walker was an enjoyable read and a comprehensive history of the short life of Chopin (1810-1849,) the famous composer and concert pianist. Not only vignettes of his personal life including his 9 year affair with George Sands, the novelist who wore pants and smoked cigars (shocking at the time,) but also samples from scores of his music (which I enjoyed playing and analyzing in my mind.) Chopin to me is best known as the musical acrobat who could play triplet patterns in his left hand, and four note patterns in his right hand, for example; an astonishing feat. 

Book Review A Rope From The Sky: The making and Unmaking of the World’s Newest State. This book by Zach Vertin is a history of North and South Sudan and an analysis of the two country’s difficulties. 

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Gary A. Edwards 

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Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 1/26/19 –Happy New Year– Orlando Sanchez CD News – Marandos Restaurant Review -Roma Review -Apocalypto Review - Qualchan Opera Update  

Happy New Year to you and your families. I hope this year is better than the last. 

Marandos Restaurant Review – We went to this Mexican Restaurant at 11420 E. Sprague (Sprague and Bowdish) last Friday and ate great food and listened to great live music. First of all, each plate was enough to feed three people, so be prepared to ask for a doggy bag. Secondly, the food was delicious. Thirdly, the music featured Latin Jazz by Orlando Sanchez' band, a Latin percussion player who has performed with Stevie Wonder and several other famous stars. On Friday nights you can dance to this salsa and jazz band from 7 to 11 pm and then a DJ spins out dance tunes. 

Orland Sanchez CD –Speaking of Orlando Sanchez, we met about a year ago and started hanging out and going to jam sessions. For example, on Tuesday nights you can generally find us at the RoxieTavern in Hillyard listening and playing most genres of music from 7 to 10 pm. There’s a lot of very good talent and you never know who is going to show up. Orlando and I have been working on a music CD with a blend of Latin, Jazz and Puerto Rican Taino Indian musical elements. We have outlined eight songs so far.  The plan is that Orlando will take our melodic outlines to Orlando, Florida in April 2019 and with other great musicians blend the music into a final music CD, still untitled. 

Roma Movie Review – We watched this film on Netlix even though it was just released. It is a beautiful movie about the daily ups and downs in the life of a maid in an upper middle class family in Mexico. I thought it was an old movie because it is in black and white. Another interesting film technique is that they only use one camera in each scene and it follows the action of each scene in a single shot, which is a nice break from multiple cameras used in most contemporary films that cut to a different camera every three seconds or so. The dialogue is in Spanish with English subtitles.  

Apocalypto Review –This movie was co-produced and co-written by Mel Gibson.  The dialogue is in an approximation of the Mayan language with English sub-titles. It starts off showing a jungle tribe hunting and having fun, joking about the lack of procreation success of one of the hunters, who takes it in stride. But the movie quickly turns dark, violent and bloody as Aztec Invaders attack the peaceful villagers and murder many and carry off several captives into slavery. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the movie, but this one is also worth seeing to get a feeling for what life was like before the Spanish conquistadores arrived. 

Qualchan Opera Update – Here is a recent classified ad I wrote for Opera Magazine, an international music magazine based in London.   Graduate of Indiana University School of Music seeking  theater company to produce new Qualchan Opera about the bravest warrior of the Yakama Nation who is in love with Whist-alks but their romance is threatened by encroaching settlers and Army. There is a condensed version at Eastern Washington University on April 5th, 2019 at 7 pm at the school of music. 

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Gary A. Edwards

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 1/3/18 – Film Review The Darkest Hour – Book Review Bobby Kennedy - Qualchan Opera book Release - Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box release - Echo of The Tom Toms video broadcasts  

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 1/3/18 – Film Review The Darkest Hour – Book Review Bobby Kennedy - Qualchan Opera book Release - Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box release - Echo of The Tom Toms video broadcasts 

The Darkest Hour Film Review - I saw this film last night. It was very well done. It’s the story of how Neville Chamberlain’s quest for peace by an attempt to appease Adolf Hitler failed and the British Government decided now that war had come to England to appoint a new Prime Minister. The movie portrays Winston Churchill’s evolution from a doubting, fearful personage to a strong determined leader, determined never to surrender to Nazi tyranny. 

Bobby Kennedy Book Review - Authored by Chris Matthews of MSNBC fame, the Bobby Kennedy book evoked memories of the 1960’s, some pleasant and many painful memories. The author skimmed the events of Bobby Kennedy’s life and left me wishing for more details about this important person in our history. Chris Matthews did tell many details about Bobby Kennedy that I didn’t know before; he portrayed him as a highly effective and efficient organizer whereas his brother Jack Kennedy was more of the glad-handed, back-slapping charismatic politician. He uses a lot of his personal memories to describe the events as well as information from other confidants of the Kennedys. He glosses over some unpleasant details such as the rumors that Joseph Kennedy Senior was a rum-runner during the prohibition years and crime was the foundation of his great wealth 

The Qualchan Opera book release. This book has 50 pages of Libretto and 350 pages of sheet music for voice, melody, lyrics, rehearsal piano accompaniment and some strings. The price is $40 per copy or email me if you are a production company and I will send you a free copy. You can find it at my website www.EdwardsMusicSite.com on the <books> page. and is also available on Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Qualchan-Opera-Musical-History-1849-1858/dp/1979376190/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512039455&sr=1-1&keywords=Qualchan+Opera 

Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box Re-release - My Grandmother Frances Swank passed away at age 88. I took all the recipes from her recipe box that she had accumulated over the years and put them into a book entitled Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box. I gave the books to relatives and it’s a best seller of all my 16 books. Grandma and Grandpa Swank had a dry-land wheat farm near Coulee City. When harvest time came Grandma would wake up early and start cooking on her wood-burning stove for the 20 plus crew. She would make homemade bread and home-made pies as well as the main course with all the trimmings to be served the harvest crew at the main meal of the day which was lunch. When the depression came Grandpa turned the horse team loose in the fields and drove away, never looking back. Pioneer women shared their favorite recipes and the recipe below for Applesauce Cake and frosting came from her friend, Dorothy Timboe. Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box Amazon page link https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Grandma+Swank%27s+Recipe+Box 

Echo of the Tom Toms update – I have finished editing 13 video episodes of this book by Frances Le Bret. In the meantime, Comcast Cable in Spokane is broadcasting readings of finished episodes every Saturday at 4 pm on Channel 14. 

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Gary A. Edwards

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 11/5/17 – Happily Ever After – Republic Taproom Review - Echo of The Tom Toms book – Qualchan Opera Update  

Happily Ever After coffee table book - I found that I have many digital photos but hardly any prints that I could carry around and show to people. So, I created a folder on my computer for my favorite pictures. Then I Googled “Coffee Table books” and came up with the website for Mailpix.com at https://www.mailpix.com. I went to the site and created an account in a few seconds, then I uploaded my favorite pictures, selected the size and style of the Coffee Table book I wanted to create and set it for the maximum number of 74 pages at 8.5 X 14 inches. I could have entered each picture manually, but I chose to have the website upload and distribute the pictures into each frame automatically. Then, I went to my Coffee Table book and edited it, centering each picture where I wanted it in the frame. Then, I entered some comments in some of the text boxes scattered here and there throughout the book which I named Happily Ever After to celebrate our 41 years of marriage. The cost of the book was supposed to be around $200 but the first order came with a 60% discount so the final price was around $100. I got the printed book within 10 days and was very satisfied at the quality of the book and the ease of creating it. I don’t plan on selling the book commercially; it is now a family keepsake. 

Republic Taproom restaurant review - We discovered a great new restaurant in Post Falls, Idaho. My daughter and her husband invited us to the Republic Taproom. The food was unique and very tasty. The prices were in the middle range. The restaurant was in a 100-year-old house on 4th Avenue near Spokane Street. We went back again a few days later. I highly recommend it. 

The Fieldhouse Restaurant review - We randomly stopped by The Fieldhouse Restaurant in Liberty Lake Washington. The Clam chowder was sooo unique and good! The hot ham sandwich was good but had so much mozzarella cheese on it I had to scrape some off because it was too rich. Then, we discovered the general manager was my grandniece Seneca Ross so we had a mini family reunion to top off our dinner and got caught up on the news on that side of the family. 

Gary's three musicals coming out in print - I learned how to combine PDF files so I merged three books of my most recent musicals, adding the sheet music for voice and piano; The Qualchan Opera has 402 pages, Gary A. Edwards Favorite Original Music songbook with 119 pages and Christmas on The Concourse. The books will be available in December, 2017. 

Echo of the Tom Toms update – I have finished editing seven episodes of this book I edited by Frances Le Bret and have 17 more to finish. In the meantime, Channel 14 of Comcast Cable in Spokane has begun broadcasting the first seven episodes. When I’ve finished editing there will be an introduction episode and 20 episodes based on the reading by Spokane Tribal member Joe Lyons of the 20 book chapters and the 21 episodes will be available to the public in a DVD set. If you’re interested in buying the DVD set, let me know and I will put you on a list to notify when it’s ready. 

Other music news - I’m working on a duet with blind keyboard player Bryant McKinley and also talking about expanding into a five-piece band to back up Desja Eagle Tail, of the Crow Tribe, with whom I have also been rehearsing to create a demo recording of my Qualchan Opera. 

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Gary A. Edwards

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 9/15/17 – Karen Youngblood Promo Video - Long Island Lolita Update – Echo of The Tom Toms book  

Karen Youngblood Voice Promo Video - This is an example of a promo music video I produced for Karen Youngblood. First, she recorded 16 songs in my partner Dan Lewis’ recording studio using karaoke backing tracks downloaded from the Internet. Next, I videotaped her singing each song from two angles. Then, I combined the two angles into one video, synchronized the video by using the sound of the music and synchronized the studio recorded music to the video for each song to create a DVD wth 16 complete songs. Then, we picked segments of six songs of about 30 seconds each and made a three minute demo with the shortened versions of the six songs. See it at https://youtu.be/cBU82kt6G0c 

Long Island Lolita Update - Writer Claude Solnik tells me that he had a third preview of our musical Long Island Lolita last Thursday night in New York. He is still rewriting. Stay tuned for further updates. 

Echo of The Tom Toms book– I videotaped Joe Lyons reading his Grandmother Frances Le Bret’s book called Echo of the Tom Toms. (Available at https://www.createspace.com/7249747) I have started editing the 21 episodes, which when finished will be broadcast on CMTV Channel 14 Comcast Cable in Spokane and then will be available in a set of DVDs. I promoted the book at the Spokane Tribe’s Powwow at the Falls and at the One-Heart Native Film Festival in Spokane last week. Everyone loves this true love story of Blue Bird and Fred. 

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Yours, 

Gary A. Edwards

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