Travel on musical paths while staying at home, and going gently down the stream

Hi Cello Friends,

My musical paths have gone a few directions over the last several months. I began recording a classical album, and then turned to a project that is currently under wraps, but should be revealed later in 2020... 

In the meantime, I realized there was some nice music sitting there that could be shared without anyone leaving home! It has been a joy to work with Kent Harrison at Sammamish Sounds studio, and I'm looking forward to a time when we can safely continue. Kent sent the Chopin Piano Prelude we had recorded over to Rachel Field at Resonant Mastering, and with the magic of technology, the Chopin is now out everywhere online officially on April 24th! 

I continue to work on my own compositions, and was thrilled to have been commissioned by Wayward Music to record pieces-in-progress for their Wayward in Limbo series, available to stream for free on SoundCloud. Much gratitude to Dr. Ben Thomas for recording me during this stay-at-home time. These pieces (and more) will eventually be recorded in the studio for a future album. 

As you may imagine, there isn't much work for full-time performing musicians such as myself. Folks have asked what is the best way to support financially when getting music online. I have a choose-your-price option here on my website for downloading the Chopin (minimum $1 for the single) and for purchasing physical CDs (minimum $15, shipping is free:)  My digital music is distributed through cdbaby, and they are great about having artists keep 90% of a sale from downloads.

Streaming is another matter. I definitely understand the appeal of Spotify and other streaming sources, and you can find my music there. I get paid between $0.001-0.003 (.001 being about a tenth of a penny) per stream (song play), so it takes several plays to make one cent on Spotify. Having said that, I still think every drop in the bucket counts, and perhaps you are also in a financial position where listening to music on Spotify makes the most sense. With your sense and these cents in mind, we can go mindfully and gently down the stream.... 

Love, Gretchen


4 comments

  • C Briggs
    C Briggs Helena MT
    I love your work and dedication. My wife and I heard you some years ago at the Sea-Tac airport, bought a CD, downloaded music, and have appreciated listening to you ever since. Thanks 🙏🏼

    I love your work and dedication. My wife and I heard you some years ago at the Sea-Tac airport, bought a CD, downloaded music, and have appreciated listening to you ever since. Thanks 🙏🏼

  • Gretchen Yanover - Cellist
    Gretchen Yanover - Cellist
    Thank you @C Briggs!

    Thank you @C Briggs!

  • Alphonse-Louis Vinh
    Alphonse-Louis Vinh Bethesda, MD
    Gretchen, I discovered your music tonight. One of your beautiful works was played on the 24 hour classical station in San Francisco, KDFC. I am a sustaining monthly supporter. I bought an I-Tune album of yours. How does Apple deal with you. I haven't had a CD Player and stereo system in years. I also tweeted CD Baby to my Twitter followers.

    Gretchen,
    I discovered your music tonight. One of your beautiful works was played on the 24 hour classical station in San Francisco, KDFC. I am a sustaining monthly supporter. I bought an I-Tune album of yours. How does Apple deal with you. I haven't had a CD Player and stereo system in years. I also tweeted CD Baby to my Twitter followers.

  • Gretchen Yanover - Cellist
    Gretchen Yanover - Cellist
    @Alphonse-Louis Vinh Fantastic! I am so grateful to KDFC. Thanks for getting my album through i-Tunes. Good question regarding Apple--I just looked at my reports, and they are similar to Spotify as far as payment for streaming. For instance, I saw 123 streams of my piece Geometry of Dreams, for which I was paid $1 (and 4 cents, to be precise:) Much appreciation for listening, supporting, reaching out, and sharing my music!

    @Alphonse-Louis Vinh
    Fantastic! I am so grateful to KDFC. Thanks for getting my album through i-Tunes. Good question regarding Apple--I just looked at my reports, and they are similar to Spotify as far as payment for streaming. For instance, I saw 123 streams of my piece Geometry of Dreams, for which I was paid $1 (and 4 cents, to be precisesmile

    Much appreciation for listening, supporting, reaching out, and sharing my music!

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