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We Are Running in The Human Race

It's not just an exercise day; it's an opportunity to support our organization to help people experiencing a housing related crisis. The Human Race in Santa Cruz County is one of the largest and oldest fundraisers of its kind. If you are interested in finding out more about it, click on the link to check out the Facebook page. We are putting a team together to run, walk, crawl, somersault or any combination of the aforementioned means of locomotion to complete the 5 mile course. The next link is what you click on if you want to support team Crossover Sound Waves: https://humanracesc.org/npo/crossover-sound-waves-inc . We appreciate your support, and so will the families who will benefit from your donation.

We fit into the matrix of homeless services by working on preventing families and individuals from becoming homeless and assisting with rapid re-housing efforts for those who lose housing.

Santa Cruz County is where we are located in California. The homeless services providers in our County are participating in something our Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) calls 'Coordinated Entry'. It's called 'Smart Path to Housing and Health' in our County.

This approach is based on the 'Housing First' model. Some of the benefits to this approaches are:

  • Triaging homeless persons for medical vulnerability, and prioritizing the most medically vulnerable for housing.
  • Few to no programmatic prerequisites to permanent housing entry – People experiencing homelessness are offered permanent housing with no programmatic preconditions such as demonstration of sobriety, completion of alcohol or drug treatment, or agreeing to comply with a treatment regimen upon entry into the program
  • Low barrier admission policies – Permanent supportive housing’s admissions policies are designed to “screen-in” rather than screen-out applicants with the greatest barriers to housing, such as having no or very low income, poor rental history and past evictions, or criminal histories.
  • Rapid and streamlined entry into housing – Many people experiencing chronic homelessness may experience anxiety and uncertainty during a lengthy housing application and approval process.

Music on a Mission

We are co-laboring with the 'Santa Cruz All Ages Music Collective' and one of the founding members, David Aaron, turned me on to a service called RouteNote. This is a 'music aggregator' service (news to me) that places tunes on all the major music streaming and download platforms (Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, etc.). So my 6 tunes have been released into the world via RouteNote. You can still hear them on SoundCloud by clicking the link. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening. You can still buy my tunes on Google Play Music for $.99 per tune (and a few other places online in the near future). Just a reminder, that a portion of the revenue from the purchase of these tunes go to help people overcome housing related crises.

We plan to have some tunes from other artists available soon as well, including a tune from out Songwriter Group. We are actively working on completing this tune.

A New All Ages Music Venue

We continue to work on a business plan with the Santa Cruz Benefit Company, and are moving forward with our BHAG of creating a music venue in Santa Cruz County that is youth friendly.

Be a Benefactor to Our Mission

If you want to directly support our mission to help families overcome housing related crises, you can make a donation to Crossover Sound Waves by clicking PayPal.Me/CrossoverSoundWaves or here.

Remember, when you make a purchase on Amazon Smile, part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to Crossover Sound Waves.

CSW Friends

If you're interested in spiritual growth, please check out my friend Kathleen's Book.

Making Music on a Mission

Our goal is to co-labor with songwriters and musicians who are willing to use their music to make a difference to help families and children at critical housing crossroads. Our Song Progression Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at Vintage Faith Church. We meet at 6:30 PM.

-James Jurado.

End of a Recording Project

March 2018

Orientation to Professional Recording

Two years ago I decided to professionally record 6 of my songs. I got a recommendation from a friend of mine named Dave Burns about a producer he had recently worked with to record an album by the name of Stephen Bigger He is the owner of a studio called RockArbor Music. I have never worked with a professional producer before, so this was a huge learning curve for me, and I have learned a lot. He helped me format my tunes, and assisted me in hiring a couple of studio musicians to lay down the tracks. I hired Zack Kirk Olsen on drums and Dan Robbins on bass- both amazing players and worth every penny. We did all six tunes in a day, with me playing a guide track along with them. I would later re-record my rhythm tracks, do vocals (as did Angela and Larry Albright from our former band), and then do lead guitar work, Stephen is very talented musician and in addition to being a great producer, and played keys on several tunes. I averaged completing one song every four months. It's the best I could do with the rest of my commitments, and working with other people's schedules.

As previously mentioned, I learned a lot. Here are some of my takeaways:

  • It's worth it working with a professional. Stephen has a great ears and could hear things I couldn't and offered great, informed feedback on arrangements, instrumentation, singing tips and preparedness for the studio. He also had a vested interest in making my songs sound good as they represented his work.
  • Studio work is difficult, but do-able. Rehearsing parts and thinking through sounds helps with making the most of recording time. Practice makes progress.
  • Working with people who are very skilled at what they do creates a great opportunity to grow, in contrast to the DIY approach. For some, doing it yourself works. I have found the mentorship to be very valuable.
  • I have a new appreciation for people who record music for a living. There is a lot of detailed work that goes into it.

Music on a Mission

You can hear Stephen Bigger with his band (formerly known as 'Brave Mystics' and now 'Reckless Poets') at Michaels on Main on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30pm $8 adv./$10 door. Buy your tickets now: https://bravemysticsmarch8.bpt.me/ . Should be a great show, but might be sold out. They were playing on our local station, KPIG, this morning, and indicated the show is either close to being, or is, sold out.

All 6 songs I've recorded thus far on SoundCloud by clicking the link. My instrumental 'Desert Blue' has been uploaded if you'd like to check it out. They're also on www.crossoversoundwaves.com for listening.

You can buy my tunes on Google Play Music for $.99 per tune. A portion of the revenue from the purchase of these tunes go to help people overcome housing related crises. We plan to have some tunes from other artists available soon as well, including a tune from out Songwriter Group. We hope to be in the studio soon.

-James Jurado.

A New Youth Friendly Venue

We are working on a business plan with the Santa Cruz Benefit Company. We continue to move forward with our BHAG of creating a music venue in Santa Cruz County that is youth friendly. We are planning to do the Human Race Fundraiser together, and are nailing down a date for a gig in Santa Cruz.

Our Mission

If you want to directly support our mission to help families overcome housing related crises, you can make a donation to Crossover Sound Waves by clicking PayPal.Me/CrossoverSoundWaves or here.

Please support my indie brothers in arms. Paul Trugman and Craig's Brother have great music on Amazon, so here's an opportunity to support great artists and Crossover Sound Waves at the same time. Remember, when you make a purchase on Amazon Smile, part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to Crossover Sound Waves.

Making Music on a Mission

Our goal is to co-labor with songwriters and musicians who are willing to use their music to make a difference to help families and children at critical housing crossroads. Our Song Progression Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at Vintage Faith Church. We meet at 6:30 PM.

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