NATIONALLY PUBLISHED WRITER
Besides publishing this autobiorgraphy, and more than 541 of his own community magazines for 68 different
counties since 1976, Cal and his wife Patty, were honored to be featured as a guest columnist on FreeEnterprise.com national newsletter and for the US Chamber of Commerce
representing the views of a small business in 2012.
Check out the Google
link for "Free Enterprise: We Did Build That" for more details.
Cal has also posted numerous travel reviews on Fodors, Trip Advisor,
and other travel sites to assist fellow-travelers to major
destinations, especially Italy and the Caribbean. As shown below, he
is also a highly-regarded photographer which is an essential part of
his publishing business.
St. Lucia - Beautiful Marigot Bay
As a registered BMI songwriter and publisher, Cal Duke's very first attempt to promote a song was co-published with Lowery Music in Atlanta.
(They were the first firm given a demo tape!). As he recalls, "It started out as a joke. One day on the beach my wife challenged me to write a song
about computers in 10 minutes time which I proceeded to do while enjoying a cold beverage of choice. It was the turn of the new millenium and the dot
com craze was in full-force. I decided to put about 25 computer terms in the tune as "expressed rant" for a guy who went on the internet to discover his
gal friend has been posting her credentials online. Hence the hook of the song: "Dot Com Your Ass".
After hearing the demo tape which was produced by awesome studio musicians in Atlanta, the famous Carolina beach music group, The Embers, decided to take our song track,
and add their own horns and vocals. Craig Wollard did a great job as lead singer as well and added his own improvisions at end of the song. It is available on an excellent compilation
CD with other artists titled: Finger Poppin Time, Volume II, by Repete Records on an internet search. It was a top 30 hit on the beach music circuit and drew attention nationally as a
syndicated sign-on/sign-off song in major radio markets.
Another "thumper" with a lively dance beat, "Living In My P.O. Box", was on that same demo tape with "Dot Com Your Ass"... a bluesy tune guaranteed to make
you want to shake a leg. It's the story of a guy (that would be Cal Duke), who had gone through a divorce. The song humorously heralds the trials and tribulations of going
through this period of time. But, hark! All ends well: He finds a "new woman who helps him pay his bills" and moves to the beach in a new home. Some call it a pay-back song, but Cal insists it was all in fun to create a song with a nice hook. Famous Atlanta artist, Francine Reed, can be heard on background vocals,
and a mean harp is played by Alby Shoals, during the musical run before the end of the song.
If you are an artist interested in recording this song, contact Cal
Duke direct on his cell at 229.938.8212. The tune is up for grabs and
has major potential placed in the right hands with the right artist.
It is in the vein of a Delbert McClinton style of music, one of Cal's
"You Soar My Soul" is a beautiful love ballad which Cal presented to his wife, Patty, while they were saying their vows in Greece. It lay on the shelf for years but is now being
promoted as a love song with religious overtones. It's about going through life as a loving couple and sharing a full life of pleasure together.
It would be a great tune for a guy and a girl to sing back-and-forth
to one another, and it could cross-over very easily to the
pop/country/inspirational charts. To hear this demo, please call Cal
Duke direct on his cell at 229.938.8212.
According to Cal, "I know it sounds crazy, but more songs are in my
head, and one day I hope to find time to devote toward this wonderful
hobby, and perhaps write a book regarding my adventures in publishing
and traveling. So, stay tuned!"