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Different Direction is the seventh WindPoem album release, representing a different direction in WindPoem music. The first six albums feature Native American flute meditations. Different Directionfeatures multi-instrument compositions, blending the music styles of Native American flute, rock, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and folk into an inspirational World Music sound. Available from Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon.com, and more, and streaming via Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, and most music streaming services.
All WindPoem albums can be purchased everywhere good music’s available and streamed on most streaming services. Download the digital albums at BandCamp and receive unlimited streaming. Better yet, sign up for the BandCamp WindPoem subscription for $30 and get ALL WindPoem albums, the Sinner’s Suite World Fusion EP, and bonus materials for one low price that beats purchasing the albums individually. The annual subscription includes immediate download of all new WindPoem music releases during the subscription period.
Different Direction is available in CD format for a limited time for the discount price of $7 at Kunaki. It is also available at full price through Amazon.com.
Award winning WindPoem Native American flute music has been praised for its meditative, relaxing ability to create a soothing, healing environment for yoga practice, meditation, cancer treatment, hospice care, and more. Different Direction builds on that reputation, broadening the WindPoem audience who enjoy instrumental World Music.
As always, I’m deeply grateful to you for supporting my work and to Bonnie and Tegan Fuqua, Dick Claassen, Jan deVos, Yukio Oyagi, Rick Kennett, and Yvonne Hintz for their support, encouragement, and advice.
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According to darn near every shopping aisle in America, the holiday season is upon us, and I hope you and yours have a joyful, safe season with the ones you love. If you’re looking for something special for those on your list who enjoy good fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and/or music, you’ll find something that fits perfectly from the writers and musicians below. Their work ranks among the best with the awards to back up that claim. Please check them out.
I have a new album slated for early 2020 release, taking a different direction than the previous WindPoem albums. Although native flute will be featured prominently, the new album will embrace World Music, blending elements of jazz, rock, bluegrass, country, traditional, and folk by employing a variety of instruments from native flute to bass and guitar to percussion and keyboards. More information to come in early 2020. Meanwhile, you can preview the album by clicking this link. The link will open your browser which will play the preview file.
May you and your loved ones find joy and solace during the holiday season and throughoutt the coming year. Wishing you the best always.
Music, Art, Literature ~ The Best by the Best
Jan De Vos, aka JD Fox—former drummer for The Machines, Belgium’s number one pop band from the late 1970s through the 1980s—is an extraordinary musician one of Belgium’s premier recording artists. His most recent albums include two critically hailed tributes Muscle Shoals artists. Please visit the JD Fox website to purchase these and other albums and to learn more about this incredibly talented artist.
Author Rick Kennett is one of Australia’s best known and most talented writers of ghost stories, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Please visit the Official Rick Kennett Website for more information and a complete listing of current books available and Amazon.com to purchase his books.
Author, instructor, and master Native American flute musician, Dick Claassen has written numerous books on Native American flute instruction, ukulele instruction, fiction, and more. He is one of the foremost authors of native flute instruction books, all available in digital and paperback formats through Amazon.com.
Author Yvon Hintz has been writing stories since she was a child, starting her epic Half Horse series when she was nineteen. As much as weaving stories—as she describes the writing process—she loves to edit and has provided editing services for many other writers. Yvon is also an artist who illustrates her stories and creates cover illustrations for her own books and the books of other writers. She’s published numerous novels, including Half Horse—The Quinolan Qhronicles (12 books), Hyper Space Key Trilogy—Skypuddle, and Arim’s Dark Star.
Author Ken Breslauer’s latest book, Florida Roadside Attractions History, is a delightful guide to pre-Disney Florida roadside attractions, from alligator wrestling venues, reptile farms, and driftwood museums to a guinea pig colony, house of mystery, and marine and animal zoos. The book presents a comprehensive history of Florida tourism covering hundreds of attractions, famous and forgotten.
Mike Suchcicki, a former newspaper editor with more than 30 years in the business (visit his personal website), and his son Joe head Ghoulash Games, “an ever-so-tiny game design studio in Florida,” creating wonderful, family-oriented games, including GHOULASH: The Last Game on Earth and Mike & Joe’s Card Game. If you want challenging games to play with friends and family, check these out for hours of fun and laughter.
Tony Nesca and Nicole I. Nesca head Screamin’ Skull Press, a Canadian publishing house that features artists whose work cannot be pigeonholed as “conventional.” Tony and Nicole have cultivated distinct, individual styles and voices, publishing numerous works through Screamin’ Skull as their journey toward a more rebellious future for literature continues. Surprise the literary buff on your list with some outstanding and arousing books from Screamin’ Skull.
Rogue Press is a boutique publishing house in Great Britain that seeks and publishes honest, earnest prose from fractious souls and intriguing poetry from plebeians—wry, contemporary voices that reflect our troubled times, such as Ali Kinteh’s The Nepenthe Park Chronicles, a touching, endearing story exploring London’s disenchanted youth.
John McVey, dubbed by one Texas journalist as “Houston’s hottest guitarist,” now lives and performs with his blues band in the St. Louis, Missouri, and Southern Illinois area. John’s CDs are available at Amazon.com. If you’re into blues, you’re into John’s music. Visit his website for more information.
Todd Larsen, aka Albino Squirrel, is a gifted, Atlanta-based musician whose music will certainly please your ears. He calls himself “a musician and tunesmith” who’s grounded in rock and blues, but who’s not afraid to tackle other genres, as proven by the wonderful selection of tunes you’ll find on his Soundcloud page.
Literary Treats for Christmas or Anytime
The following books include fiction, nonfiction, history, poetry, and work for children. You can read samples from each here. All are available in electronic and paperback formats.
The Native American Flute ~ A Comprehensive Guide ~ History & Craft thoroughly documents the history of this popular instrument and offers easy-to-follow, step-by-step crafting instructions for novice and pro alike, honoring the flute’s cherished journey from ancient times to present day.
Walking After Midnight ~ Collected Stories collects 61 critically acclaimed stories of dark fantasy, southern gothic, horror, science fiction, and literary fiction, including nine “year’s best” honors—tales that mine the depths of character—how we fail and triumph, accept and reject, and light the darkest recesses of our souls
White Trash & Southern, Collected Poems collects more than 200 poems, spanning three decades of C.S. Fuqua’s writing career.
Hush, Puppy! A Southern-Fried Tale presents the fictional history of how an excitable puppy and a tiny baker create the southern treat, hushpuppies. Illustrated by Beth Young.
If I Were, I Would! explores a whimsical universe of poetry and art where everything is possible. Illustrated by Beth Young.
Muscle Shoals: The Hit Capital’s Heyday & Beyond is an updated, expanded version of Music Fell on Alabama, the original book-length history of the Muscle Shoals music industry, chronicling the cooperation of black and white producers and artists during one of the most volatile times in U.S. race relations, cooperation that produced many of the most celebrated and enduring songs of all time.
Big Daddy’s Fast-Past Gadget presents a universe where science fiction meets social satire, set in present-day Hawaii and six centuries into the future.
Cancer collects poems that celebrate the lives of two friends who died from different forms of cancer in 2009.
The Swing ~ Poems of Fatherhood, 2008 EPIC winner for Best Poetry Collection, documents intimate moments of a child from birth into adolescence.
The WindPoem Native American Flute Meditations albums I through VI are available from Bandcamp Amazon.com and others, celebrating the history and beauty of the Native American flute, perfect for meditation and relaxation, and available in digital download and CD formats (CD available only through Amazon at this time). The albums can also be streamed through your favorite service, including Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon, and more.
May this holiday season be your best yet!
Thank you for supporting my work and the extraordinary work of the artists highlighted in this newsletter. Please visit csfuqua.com and csfuqua.bandcamp.com or connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. Take good care…
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Hello, hello, hello!
I hope you’re having a wonderful year. Things here have been going along. WindPoem V ~ Infinite ~ Native American Flute Meditations was a finalist among more than 600 entries in the 2019 New Mexico Music. If you’d like to hear the album, please stop by my Bandcamp site where you can check out all of the WindPoem albums.
Recent releases include WindPoem VI ~ Simplicity ~ Native American Flute Meditations, and the book Native American Flute ~ A Comprehensive Guide ~ History & Craft, which combines into one volume the previous bestselling The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft and Native American Flute Craft.
Several wonderful artists are featured in this issue of the newsletter. Please visit their websites listed below. Their work—whether literary or musical—is extraordinary and certain to please.
Don’t forget to take advantage of this issue’s free downloads.
Thank you very much for your support of my work. It’s greatly appreciated. I wish you a wonderful summer. Stay safe. Stay happy. Till next time…
WindPoem V ~ Infinite NM Music Awards Finalist
Infinite, the fifth in the WindPoem Native American flute meditations series, was a finalist in the 2019 New Mexico Music Awards. Perfect for meditation, relaxation, and gentle background music, Infinite ~ WindPoem V ~ Native American Flute Meditations features 68 minutes of Native American flute and World Fusion music. Nine Native American flute instrumentals and four multi-instrument cuts highlight the versatility of the Native American flute.
Preview the album at https://youtu.be/o7fpRIRIKkg. Infinite is available at the following retailers and streaming services. The best deal is the Bandcamp download in which alternate versions of the nine Native American flute instrumentals are included free.
Digital and CD sales:
- Digital download, $7: Includes the thirteen main album instrumentals plus the nine alternate versions album free(22 cuts!)
- Main album(13 instrumentals), digital download, $8.99
- Alternate cuts album(9 flute-only alternate versions), digital download, $7.99
- CD, $11
- Main album(13 instrumentals), digital download, $8.99
- Alternate cuts album(9 flute-only alternate versions), digital download, $7.99
- Visit the iTunes WindPoem store!
- Digital download(13 instrumentals), $7
- Digital download(13 instrumentals), $8.99
- License Infinite and other WindPoemmusic for use in your own projects through Pond5 or directly from Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another album is in the works—but this album will not be comprised of solely of Native American flute meditations. The new album will encompass numerous instruments in the production of at least thirteen world fusion instrumentals that combine elements of jazz, bluegrass, rock, and folk styles. More information coming later this year.
Native American Flute ~ A Comprehensive Guide
Native American Flute: A Comprehensive Guide ~ History & Craft updates and combines into one volume the two previous best-selling books, The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft and Native American Flute Craft, to present a comprehensive history of and crafting guide to the native flute.
Native American Flute is the only book that explores the documented history and mythology of the Native American flute, debunking the popular belief that the flute is only a man’s instrument.
Native American Flute also provides an in-depth, step-by-step, fully illustrated manual for crafting one of the most stirring instruments ever invented. Learn the flute’s celebrated history and build it in all its forms, from the ancient end-blown flute to the modern two-chamber flute, drone, and more.
Native American Flute‘s detailed, documented history and thorough, easy-to-follow crafting instructions provide novice and pro alike with the tools and understanding to craft personalized Native American flutes from a variety of materials, including wood, bamboo, PVC, and more while honoring the flute’s cherished journey from ancient times to present day.
Explore. Craft. Play.
Available in paperback and digital formats:
- Amazon Kindle
- Barnes & Noble Nook/EPub
- Apple iTunes iBook
- Amazon Trade Paperback
- Also available in paperback through B&N and other online and local bookstores.
WindPoem VI ~ Simplicity Now Available
Simplicity ~ WindPoem VI ~ Native American Flute Meditations provides 64 minutes of relaxing, meditative Native American flute music that’s both traditional and modern in structure and sound. The Native American flute occupies a special place in Native American mythology that has been erroneously accepted as history, promoted strictly as a man’s instrument used primarily, if not exclusively, as a courting tool. Although the Native American flute was sometimes used in courting, much like instruments in all cultures occasionally employed to express romantic desire, courting was not its only use, nor was its use restricted to men. In pre-European America, Native American men, women, and children played the flute as entertainment, in fertility rites, during celebrations and mourning rituals, and simply to provide distraction and to express the musician’s mood and talent. WindPoem albums celebrate the flute’s rich and inclusive heritage and history. For more information on the history, mythology, and crafting of the instrument, check out Native American Flute ~ A Comprehensive Guide ~ History & Craft, available through most local and online bookstores.
Purchase at the usual places—Amazon.com, iTunes, GooglePlay, and more. The best deal is offered by Bandcamp, where all WindPoem albums are $7 each, or $30 for all by purchasing a subscription which will also entitle you to free downloads of any other music published within the following year. A pretty darn good deal!
Screamin’ Skull Presents Howls from the Underground
Howls From The Underground collects an astounding array of stories, poems, novel excerpts, essays, and artwork from the literary underground, including work by C.S. Fuqua, Laura Kerr, Ali Kinteh, Scott Laudati, Ted Prokash, Stephen Moran, GH Neale, Nicole Nesca, Tony Nesca, Chrissi Sepe, Thom Young, and Drew Alexander Ennis. Purchase from Screamin’ Skull Press, Amazon, and other bookstores.
Walking after Midnight a Trove of “Year’s Best” Short Stories
• “Good horror … isn’t about gore but about the unexpected … Fuqua is a master of prose … his writing crisp, filled with details that make a story come to life.” ~ Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots
• “… a lasting impression on the reader.” ~ Adam Calaway, Sensawunda
• “Fuqua’s, then, is a mind that’s not mired in or bogged down by horror, but one that appreciates the possibilities dark fantasy provides in terms of language and ideas, symbol and emotion.” ~ David Bain, author/editor
More than 30 years in the making, Walking after Midnight ~ Collected Stories is a literary trove that collects 61 stories of critically acclaimed dark fantasy, southern gothic, horror, science fiction, and mainstream fiction, including eight stories with “Year’s Best” honors—tales that mine the depths of character—how we fail and triumph, accept and reject, and light the darkest recesses of our souls.
Talented Artists Who Deserve Your Attention
- Jan De Vos, aka JD Fox—former drummer for The Machines, Belgium’s number one pop band from the late 1970s through the 1980s—is one of Belgium’s premier recording artists. Please visit the JD Fox website to learn more about available albums and the upcoming Muscle Shoals tribute album.
- Author Rick Kennettis one of Australia’s best known and most talented writers of ghost stories, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Please visit the Official Rick Kennett Website for more information and a complete listing of current books available.
- Mike Suchcicki, a former newspaper editor with more than 30 years in the business (visit his personal website), and his son Joe head Ghoulash Games,“an ever-so-tiny game design studio in Florida,” creating wonderful, family-oriented games, including GHOULASH: The Last Game on Earth and Mike & Joe’s Card Game. Read more about the game on Mike & Joe’s Card Game website.
- Under the direction of author, instructor, and master Native American flute musician, Dick Claassen, PlayFolkInstruments.com is dedicated to increasing accessibility to the Native American flute and other instruments. If you love folk and Native American flute music and want to know more about it, PlayFolkInstruments.com is the place to go.
- Author Yvon Hintzhas been writing stories since she was a child, starting her epic Half Horse series when she was nineteen. As much as weaving stories—as she describes it—she loves to edit and has provided editing services for many other writers. Yvon is also an artist who illustrates her stories and creates cover illustrations for her own books and the books of other writers. She’s published numerous novels, including Half Horse—The Quinolan Qhronicles (12 books), Hyper Space Key Trilogy—Skypuddle, and Arim’s Dark Star. Visit her on the web.
- Todd Larsen, aka Albino Squirrel, is a gifted, Atlanta-based musician whose music will please your ears. He says he’s “a musician and tunesmith” who’s grounded in rock and blues, but who’s not afraid to tackle other genres as well, as proven by the wonderful selection of tunes you’ll find on his Soundcloud page. Over the years, I’ve collaborated with Todd on a few songs, providing Native American flute. It has always been a pleasure to work with him.
- Tony Nesca and Nicole I. Nesca head Screamin’ Skull Press, a Canadian publishing house that features artists whose work cannot be deemed “conventional” by anyone’s standards. Tony and Nicole have cultivated distinct, individual styles and voices, publishing numerous works through Screamin’ Skull as their journey toward a more rebellious future for literature continues.
- Rogue Pressis a boutique publishing house in Great Britain that seeks and publishes honest, earnest prose from fractious souls and intriguing poetry from plebeians—wry, contemporary voices that reflect our troubled times.
- John McVey, dubbed by one Texas journalist as “Houston’s hottest guitarist,” currently lives and performs with his blues band in the St. Louis, Missouri, and Southern Illinois area. John’s CDs are available at Amazon.com. Visit his website for more information.
Affordable Editing & Publishing Services Available
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Free Downloads & More…
I hope you enjoy the free downloads for this newsletter. I hope you’ll also consider purchasing through the usual distributors a book, album, or song by the artists featured in this newsletter.
- “Sydney,” from the album WindPoem I ~ Native American Flute Meditations. Sydney, our daughter’s cat, provided the “vocal” for this tune. He was a gentle, patient soul who brought joy to everyone who knew him. At the age of 14 years, he died in November 2018, taking with him pieces of our hearts. He is, and always will be, sorely missed.
- “Thank You,” an original instrumental by Todd Larsen, aka Albino Squirrel, on which I play Native American flute. Check out Todd’s extraordinary music on his Soundcloud page.
- “Studebaker,” an audio rendition of the poem from White Trash & Southern ~ Collected Poems.
- Radio interview, recorded in May 2019, in which horror in general and as it applies to some of my stories is discussed with the show’s host.
Previous Downloads & Links:
- “Johnny,” a poem from the audio version of White Trash & Southern ~ Collected Poems.
- “Chicken Lips,” a poem from the audio version of the children’s bookIf I Were, I Would!
- “Circle“: Faeries have their eye set on a young victim of domestic abuse, but they fail to consider a kid can be so smart and determined to survive. “Circle” is based on an actual case of domestic abuse, but the fictionalized version involves mythical beings who’ve hitched a ride from Europe to the Americas with their human counterparts. Download at https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tall-tale-tv/e/55633958. Also available through iTunes and other podcast services.
- “Mama’s Boy“: Our capacity for cruelty is beyond measure. When we witness an extraordinarily cruel act we can’t prevent or stop, is it any wonder we wish for supernatural intervention? Based on a true event, “Mama’s Boy” was a DAW Books’ Year’s Best Horror Stories XXI selection and a Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 6“honorable mention.” Download at https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tall-tale-tv/e/56257071. Also available through iTunes and other podcast services.
- “The Poet,” short story, formercactus; Issue 10, July 2018.
- Poems “Aeroplane,” “End,” “Genealogy,” Fowl Feathered Review, February 2018.
- Poems “Cows,” “Water,” “Houses,” “Eyes Wide,” “Deja Vu,” Event Horizon Magazine, Issue 3, March 2018.
- Poem “Gibson,” New Mexico Review; May 2018.
- Poem “Parts,” Riggwelter, April 2018, Issue 8.
- Poem “The Pool Game,” Spank the Carp, 2018.
- Poem “Tires and Tumors,” Word Fountain Magazine, Spring 2018, #15.
Thank you so very much for supporting my work and the extraordinary work of the artists highlighted in this newsletter. Please visit csfuqua.com or connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. As always, wishing you the very best…
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