Launching a CD takes months

For the last several days I’ve been on a mission to finish all the online paperwork necessary to produce the CD of my son Paul’s music. On July 11, I wrote that the CD was almost ready, giving credit to the folks who have helped me with this project. However, little did I know how much more work I had to do.

patrickDoing the job of picking out the music, enhancing the music, and building the CD took months. While producer Patrick von Wiegandt  made the music sound so professional he also provided his expertise about what the launching of a CD entails. Early on he directed me to two sites:

  • CDBaby for digital sales
  • NationwideDisc to produce hard copy CDs complete with a sleeve with front and back cover art (artfully created by my photographer friend, Paul Blieden).

It literally took me months to fill our their very detailed forms. I won’t go into all the gory details here. Let it suffice to say, that I’ve just finished hopefully in enough time to have everything ready for the launch on September 25.

CD Baby will have a preview of the CD available on August 30, 2014 and pages: a bookstore, where we held the launch of my memoir Leaving the Hall Light On in May 2011, will host the CD launch with actual CDs for sale. Hopefully if you are in the Los Angeles area you’ll attend.  Patrick, who is a wonderful musician in his own right and performs in his band called Swanky, will be there to play a little jazz music in Paul’s honor and to help us commemorate the fifteen anniversary of Paul’s death.

Here’s the details:

Event: Launch of the Paul Sharples at the Piano CD
Date: September 25
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: pages: a bookstore
Address: 904 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

As the date gets closer you can be sure I’ll remind you again.


My mission since our son died has been to work toward erasing the stigma of mental illness and preventing suicide.  All CD sales proceeds will go to charities that further that mission.




  1. It’s a very very long shot, but I might try to make it out to Los Angeles for this and so I can visit some friends I have not seen in a while. Congrats for finishing : D.

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