The Official Blog of Portland's Songwriter of the Year

iTunes Affiliate

August 18th, 2014

I’m proud to say I’ve recently become an official iTunes affiliate! What this means is that I’ve been given a unique affiliate link (http://bit.ly/UCF6Zh) and anybody who visits iTunes via this link and makes a purchase of any variety, I get a percentage of the total sale (be it songs, movies, apps, etc).

It’s as if you’re saying, “Tyler sent me!”

Yep, in a way, you can now support my music by purchasing other music — so, no matter what you need to download from iTunes in the future, be sure to bookmark the link below and always navigate your way to iTunes by way of it.

BOOKMARK MY AFFILIATE URL→ http://bit.ly/UCF6Zh

iTunes Affiliate

West Linn Music in the Park

August 14th, 2014

Today’s forecast is 80˚ and sunny and I’m proud to be returning to my home town to play the West Linn Music in the Park concert series — what a perfect day for an outdoor concert! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this event so grab a lawn chair (+wine) and join me at Tanner Creek Park in West Linn, OR at 6:30pm for one of the most unique sets I’ve ever put together (half covers, half originals). See you there!

Tyler Stenson – Music in the Park (West Linn)
Thursday August 14th @ 6:30pm

● Full Band
● All Ages
● Free Admission
● Directions→ http://bit.ly/1sGgRbn

★★crowd may (or may not) be to scale★★

Concert in the Park

Featured on ReverbNation Home Page

August 13th, 2014

Good news my friends, I woke this morning to find that I was the featured artist on ReverbNation’s home page! This ultra popular website is home to 3.68 million musicians so, in my humble opinion, being the single feature is smile worthy.

Please, check out the image below (as proof) and be sure to go to my ReverbNation page to listen to some songs, ask me a question and much more.

Featured on ReverbNation Home Page

They’re Dancing to the Music

August 2nd, 2014

As a songwriter, the absolute most rewarding experience is watching my original music make its way into the lives and hearts of others. Across the years, these rewards have revealed themselves in all kinds of ways — a young couple who chose Rome Tomorrow as their song, a bride who walked down the aisle to As the Crow Flies, a married couples’ first dance to The Road, a group of 3rd graders inharmoniously singing We Grow at a school assembly, a young artist who covered This Too Shall Pass as her first single, a barely speaking toddler singing to me the words of Welcome the Change, a teary-eyed homeless man finding brief joy in Better Be Us All, a troubled teen who opted against suicide after hearing Explode and an elderly woman choosing Wyoming as the last song she heard in this life — these are just a few of the crystal gifts I’ve been given.

And now, a new gift.

I’ve seen couples dance to my songs and yes, I’ve seen audiences sway to my sounds, however, never have I seen a dedicated, choreographed dance performance to my music. With that, as a proud first in my career, I present young Emma and her lyrical dance to my song Often & Much. A new notch in the belt. A new smile on my face.

GET THIS SONG!
DOWNLOAD ON iTUNES: http://bit.ly/1pslHVI
BY THE CD: Order Some Days I’m a Lion, directly from me!

Rare Version of Great Man’s Funeral

August 1st, 2014

As an encore for my latest online concert on Concert Window, I decided to play one of my older songs in a rare, newer style. Typically played in a much faster “train” style rhythm, I’ve recently started playing Great Man’s Funeral (Bittersweet Parade 2010) in a lazier, more melancholy manner.

To me, the original upbeat version aptly highlights the song’s silver-lining but it also masks the essence of the grueling experience. For better or worse, it ignores the pain.

While I always want people to walk away from this song with a lightness in their step, there is a time to dance and a time to mourn. Enjoy this more emotive version of Great Man’s Funeral but please, remember the silver lining. Remember the Great Man.

GET THIS SONG!
DOWNLOAD ON iTUNES: http://bit.ly/1nVHbMr
BUY THE CD: Order Bittersweet Parade, directly from me!

Tyler Stenson on Concert Window

Great Man’s Funeral
by tyler stenson © 2010 — ASCAP

There is one thing certain in this life;
If you breathe, one day you will die.
With any luck they’ll show up in a line
Making sure that your memory is soaked in wine.

It’s a great man’s funeral;
His passing is one bittersweet parade.

I do believe you’re gone before your time
And that my days in your sunshine were kind
And the education gained along the way
Was good as gold and all its accolades.

It’s a great man’s funeral;
His passing is one Bittersweet Parade.
Somewhere on this great timeline
I’m confident they’ll call this a Golden Day.

I’m a better man for bleeding almost dry
And my bag of bones is a medal of that pride.
I can’t believe we lived to tell how we survived
(Beause it seems to me) we starved 40 days and nights.

It’s a great man’s funeral;
His passing is one Bittersweet Parade.
Somewhere on this great timeline
I’m confident they’ll call this a Golden Day.

If there was ever one thing certain in this life,
It is: If you breathe, one day you will die.
But look at them, standing in a line,
Making sure that your memory is soaked in wine.

It’s a great man’s funeral;
His passing is one Bittersweet Parade.
Somewhere on this great timeline
I’m confident they’ll call this a Golden Day.

It’s a great man’s funeral;
His passing is one Bittersweet Parade
And the simple fact I knew him when
Will long and always be my claim to fame.

Online Concert TONIGHT

July 24th, 2014

My next online concert is TONIGHT so I hope you’ve got your tickets (after all, they’re “pay what you want” so no excuses)! This is going to be a great, fully interactive show, as a part of the Great Northwest Fest on ConcertWindow.com so I hope you’ll tune in, make some requests, ask some questions, etc. I’m excited!

Tyler Stenson Online Concert
Tuesday July 29 @ 7:30pm PDT
Live on ConcertWindow.com

• Pay however much you want.
• Watch from anywhere in the world.
• Ask questions, request songs, Q&A, etc.
• Get tickets→ http://bit.ly/1mP6sGk

Great Northwest Fest - Tyler Stenson

Friday Early Escape Cruise Announced

July 18th, 2014

I’m excited to announce my annual Friday Early Escape Cruise on The Portland Spirit, a tradition that I’ve now carried out for five years in a row! Departing from the dock at 3pm and cruising up and down the Willamette river for two hours (while being serenaded by yours truly), this is an awesome way to kick off your weekend. Won’t you join me?

Tyler Stenson on The Portland Spirit
Friday Early Escape Cruise
September 19th from 3-5pm
$30 PER PERSON – get tix!

Portland Spirit Friday Early Escape Cruise

New York Times Documentary

July 17th, 2014

The other day I woke to find that my song That Moon had been featured on a snowboarding documentary called A Test Run at 19,000 Feet — even better, the video was featured on the Sports page of The New York Times! Despite the fact that it’s kind of an odd use of the song, considering the NYT is the cream of the crop when it comes to press (and exposure), I’ll take it, happily. Always an honor to hear my songs in use.

Check out the documentary below (my song is at the 1:20 mark) and pass it on. Enjoy!

New Online Concert Announced

July 8th, 2014

Concert Window has invited me to host an online concert as a part of their Great Northwest Fest online music festival, featuring live performances from a number of their favorite Pacific Northwest musicians, such as myself. What an honor!

Tyler Stenson Online Concert
Tuesday July 29 @ 7:30pm PDT
Live on ConcertWindow.com

If you aren’t hip to the online concerts just yet, it’s a cool new platform that allows you to watch, listen and fully interact with me during the show, from anywhere in the world — you just need a computer and a ticket so please, save the date, gather your friends and join me, from wherever you might be!

• Pay however much you want.
• Watch from anywhere in the world.
• Ask questions, request songs, Q&A, etc.
• Get tickets→ http://bit.ly/1mP6sGk

Tyler Stenson Online Concert on Concert Window

Opening for Marc Cohn in Portland

June 18th, 2014

Big news this week! I’m proud to say I’ve been invited to open for Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Marc Cohn, at the Aladdin Theater, my absolute favorite venue in Portland. Above and beyond his 1991 hit, Walking in Memphis, he is a songwriters songwriter (great lyrics, better melodies) and I’m truly honored to be his local support. Join us!

Tyler Stenson + Marc Cohn
Thursday June 19th @ Aladdin Theater (8pm)
★MINORS OK WITH ADULT★

GET TICKETS→ http://bit.ly/1hNtltA