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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 (Easttop Endorser) 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. 

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Gary's news and blog

We're now on week 5 of my Music and Songwriting Course! 

Hello everyone, I have a new update to my Music and Songwriting class available on Patreon! What's the difference between a lawyer and a herd of wild elephants? The elephants charge less. In week 5 we're covering all things legal regarding the music business, don't miss out!

You can support me on Patreon HERE.

Gary's Classic Music Vol. III 

Hey all, I've just released a new album out featuring some more of my instrumental pieces! You can find it streaming and sharing HERE. Explore the sound of tragedy and hope in our current days in Pandemonic, get whisked away to another time in the Stockholm Waltz, and or course cool your heels while getting lost in the vibes of Classy Jazz. This collection has a little something for everybody, so be sure to give it a listen!

Gary A. Edwards Music Blog 7/27/2020  

Right now I am enjoying the pleasure of listening to the Wataino CD that Orlando Sanchez and I wrote on a radio interview recorded in Argentina called Radio Vivo Tú A Tú. I can't tell you what a thrill it is to hear music that I wrote being played internationally. The music is streaming on several streaming sites now. In the interview Spanish Orlando talks about how we met and became friends and now he considers me as a second father. It was also fantastic to hear the radio announcer telling the public what a great production this CD is. The CD music and artwork has been submitted to our manufacturer and distributor and will be released imminently. I hope you all get the chance to enjoy the music in these trying times. You can hear Areyto Dance by pressing <Play> below.

2 New Albums! 

We’ve released 2 new albums recently here at CCRAP Records which are available for streaming on any of your favorite services! 

 

SING ALONG WITH ELLIE 

 

 

From the vocal talents of the beloved Ellie Holm comes Sing Along with Ellie, a children’s album. A soon to be favorite for the little ones in your life, Sing Along with Ellie is sure to delight -- and take even you grown ups back to simpler times. 

 

GARY’S CLASSIC MUSIC VOLUME II

 

In Volume 2 Gary explores the more fantastical side of instrumental music. With themes ranging from the evocative to the adventurous to the dangerous, this album will definitely whisk you away to a far-away place in the realms of imagination! 

I hope you will give both a listen and find them to your liking. There are a few more releases underway, so stay tuned!

Gary Edwards Entertainment Blog 1/14/2020 

Festival Cubana

Last week I was thrilled to attend a concert produced by Nino Perez at the Fox Theater in Spokane; Festival de Musica Cubana. The sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club performed by Kiki Valera and his band were outstanding! 

The crowd was on the smaller side but boy, did they make up for it with their energy! By the end of the night, the enthusiasm in the room was so infectious that I found myself dancing in the aisles with everyone! I started the night seated in the more modest section for the first part of the show, but by the time the second half was on I found myself front and center! 

I also made several connections throughout the evening. I met Kiki Valera and his wife (who was running their merch table). We got along great! They were also very interested in our Wataino CD project. Mrs. Valera even gave me one of their CDs at cost!  

I also had a chance to meet Nino Perez, and we hit it off like old friends. He even invited me to travel to Cuba with him and explore the musical possibilities on the island. 

I also was introduced to Corazon of KYRS who has a show called Latin Lounge. We explored the possibility of going on air with her to promote the Wataino CD once it is finished. 

I also happened to meet Christie Mayor and her husband. It just so happens that she is great friends with my cousin Marsha, who taught her granddaughter’s 6th grade class in Colville. It was a very pleasant conversation, and yet another reminder of what a small world we live in. 

All told, it was a vibrant night of dancing, music, opportunities, and new friends. What more could a guy ask for?

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 12/13/19  

WaTaino Concert – Intern Wade Lutz - Mistaken Move movie – Mildred Bailey music – Children’s Music project - Movie Reviews: Harriett, Jo Jo Rabbit, Midway - Give Me Five program -  

Intern Wade Lutz – I am hiring Wade Lutz as an intern with the long-range goal of turning over Edwards Music Publishing when I can no longer compose or work. Wade is primarily a graphics designer with experience in marketing, organizing and music in the video game business. He is driven and will be a great addition to our publishing team. 

WaTaino CD Update- Co-writer Orlando Sanchez says he finished live track recordings in Orlando, Florida and is sending the finished tracks to the flautist’s studio in Spain for the final mix.  Gary spoke with Professor Steven Friel of Eastern Washington University who proposed that EWU produce a WaTaino concert in the spring of 2020, which is very exciting. We will hopefully get some videotape to add this concert to our YouTube.com channel. There is also talk of a European tour fairly soon to promote the CD when it’s released. 

Mistaken Move movie – I talked with writer/director Jimmy Cullors who said he liked the music I submitted for the murder mystery movie he is shooting in Las Vegas called Mistaken Move. Unfortunately, just before the movie was finished his DP passed away and now Cullors believes the movie won’t be finished until January 2020.  

Mildred Bailey Music –Cecilia Curtis of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is singing songs made famous by Mildred Bailey a member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe at The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Casino on New Year’s Eve from 6 to 10 pm with the Bruce Pennell Trio. This will be the sixth Mildred Bailey show, including  a benefit show performed solo by CeCe at the Human Rights Education Institute on December 10th, 2019. (I transcribed the music)

Children’s Music project – I started a new recording project involving children’s songs that I have written over the years. Ellie Holm, a 10 year old child prodigy is singing the songs. Last week we recorded four of the songs for the CD with the help of Dan Lewis, sound engineer and Gary Buettner who played guitar and ukulele on some of the tracks. The plan is to record 12 more songs and then design the cover artwork and get the CD distributed. There is a video on my Youtube.com channel of Ellie singing God Is Everywhere. 

Movie Reviews: Harriett, Jo Jo Rabbit, Midway – We’ve gone to several movies recently including Harriett, a bio of Harriett Tubman who bravely risked her life to cross over into the South many times to rescue black people from slavery.  Jo Jo Rabbit is a funny but sad movie about a 10 year old German Boy who is a member of the Hitler Youth and has an imaginary friend named Adolph Hitler. The movie takes place at the end of World War II as the chaos of the collapse of Germany and the realities of the holocaust finally reveals the horrors of Nazism.  Midway is a movie based on how America turned around the victories Japan had been enjoying at the battle of Midway when the Americans sank four Japanese Carriers, destroying Japanese naval superiority. The movie was historically accurate and the CGI made you feel like you were actually in the middle of the action flying a corsair off a carrier and attacking the Japanese fleet. The bravery of all the sailors and soldiers on all sides was unbelievable. 

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 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.  

Remember to like and share this post, then go to www.EdwardsMusicSite.com and sign up as a fan to get my blog updates, movie, books and restaurant reviews and entertainment news.  

Yours,  

Gary A. Edwards 

EdwardsMusicSite.com gedward@roadrunner.com 

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 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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Yours, 

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. 

Remember to like and share this post, then go to www.EdwardsMusicSite.com and sign up as a fan to get my blog updates, movie and restaurant reviews and entertainment news. 

Yours, 

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

September 4th 2016 Gary A. Edwards Blog - Angela Tuttle Single Release 

Angela's Single - Gary Edwards announces the release of a new single consisting of three of Gary's songs sung by Angela Tuttle. If you go to www.EdwardsMusicSite.com and click on the music page you can preview a video of Angela singing Soulmates, a very sexy, romantic song suitable for Valentine's Day, weddings or a date. Here you can preview for free and then download any of three songs Soulmates, Reflections of Love and/or Changes. Take a listen and pass the word. These songs deserve to go viral.

Qualchan Opera Update - At this point, Gary has finished writing the piano vocal version of 46 minutes worth of music for this opera about Qualchan, the brave Yakama warrior who fought to try to protect his people and his tribal lands in the war of 1855 - 1858 in Washington and Idaho.  Anyone who is interested in helping get this opera produced is encouraged to contact Gary at gedward@roadrunner.com.
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