Don’t know why I haven’t put this in the blog yet…I’m a crazy wazy.

So. Microsoft is making it possible for you to download my song, “Hands Off,” for free at www.myspace.com/windows?homepage=jccassis, and paying me 50 cents for each download up to 250 downloads.

And now I’m up to 700 downloads!!! That’s the most downloads of any of my songs ever by far and I’m so excited! The crazy thing is, the number just keeps going up at faster and faster rates. Every time I check how many downloads I have it’s grown by leaps and bounds, so please pass that link on to your friends and make sure to download the song for yourself.

This is the first trial run of this program, and the more downloads I get this time around, the more money I can make the next time around, so please get all your pals to download this song, and next time it will be an even bigger deal for me! Sure wish I was still getting paid for the downloads beyond 250…maybe there’ll be a surprise performance bonus at the end of the program? Huh Microsoft? Please? 🙂

Hey all, I’ve just finished integrating the new service BandCamp into my website, so now it is totally easy for you to download and share my music. Just go to my website, www.jccassis.com and click on “Music” and you’ll be taken to my BandCamp page where you can download my music for free. The only catch is you have to give your email address for my mailing list, but I think that’s totally fair. If you like my music, you should want to know when shows are anyway! You don’t have to give your email to share my music with your friends.

Hopefully this will really help me build my fanbase and connect and stay in touch with new fans! Yay!

musicians: check out bandcamp.com. It’s pretty awesome.

So, I’ve started doing open mics, with the goal to do one every night. Every night! In the last four nights, I’ve done two open mics and went out for two others that turned out not to exist. 🙂 But the two that I did were totally awesome. I am realizing the power of live performance. Even one open mic that gets me 3 new email addresses on my email list feels SO much more productive and helpful than myspacing for a few hours, and I think fan connections made in person are way stronger than those made online. I always find that when people meet me, they’re interested in hearing my music, so I believe all I have to do is just meet everyone in the whole world, and then my music will be really successful! 🙂

I’ve been practicing guitar a lot, but still the only two songs that are ready to perform so far are Texas Boys and You Don’t Have To Worry, so I’ve been doing those, and about 5 others should be ready to perform soon. But Texas Boys delights audiences wherever I play it, and it’s been so awesome to hear everyone laughing REALLY hard at the jokes in the song. It really draws the audience in and makes them remember me. One person who saw me perform on Tuesday night even bought the song on iTunes with no prompting from me!

After I play at a mic, I gather people’s email addresses for my list, and reach out with a personal email to each person before adding them to the list, reminding them who I am and thanking them for letting me stay in touch and offering them a free mp3 as a thank you. People have been responding really positively and seem really interested in keeping up with what I’m doing. I think if I keep playing an open mic every day all month, I could have a really good number of people at the show on January 30th!

I also have my first rehearsal with my backing band tomorrow, which will be really great to see how the songs are coming along. I have been really blessed to find some excellent people for this band, so I hope they like working together!

Oh man, I wanted to blog about Tuesday’s open mic, because it was amazing. It’s called Penny’s Open Mic and it’s on the Lower East Side. You go down into this narrow, pitch dark little entranceway, down a bunch of stairs, into the Below St. Mark’s Theater, which is a lovely little black box space, you pay three bucks admission, and then you put your name in the bucket, the names get called, and the weirdest, most awesome, friendly open mic in the world starts. Every single act except for like 3 out of 34 acts was at least really interesting, if not totally great. It was fascinating to see what other people are working on and thinking about, because some of it was totally off the wall. The feature act was a man who played Satan and stripped naked and masturbated live on stage with a wooden box draped over his head while discussing the difference between art and craft and revealing that he had been a virgin until he was 31. I mean, you just cannot make this shit up. It was amazing. It was shocking and moving and so well done and so fearless and vulnerable and hilarious. I really commend that guy for his bravery.

And anyone who thinks things have changed in the East Village and that it’s lost its edge has not been to the East Village recently. I think everything I saw that night, I also could have seen in 1988, had I not been five years old at the time.

So I had to wait till 2am to perform there after arriving at 9pm, and the room was freezing for the whole 5 hours, but my set went over great and everyone was so cool. I think I’ll definitely be going back there soon.

I can’t believe I was dragging my feet about the idea of really committing to getting out to open mics. They are so amazing and fun! I think they’re gonna be my new obsession!