Spotify for lunch

Years ago, in a bar in Tokyo, the owner having discovered I was a musician searched me on Spotify, played me, and I got good approval among the patrons who nodded, smiled, and bought me drinks.  All night.

The power of being that accessible on the other side of the world and with such speed is quite underrated.  It’s miracle like.  Of course it comes with costs.  I have a few music buddies who are high ranking on the streaming leader in the 10’s of millions.   They make enough to buy a fancy lunch once a week.  Mind you, they don’t complain as most of them don’t know how much $ you could make printing and selling your own CDs just 10 years ago.  You could pay a mortgage with that.

This isn’t “the old days were better” rant either.  Things, from where I sit, are great.  There have been so many people who have come out of the woodwork to show their support to me and in so many ways.

In a salut to the old days, word on the street is that Grog’s done with music.  Of course, you may remember I stopped playing there in 2017, but still there were a few remaining residency establishments have gone with it….we raise a glass to you!

 

Somewhere in America

Playing this one tomorrow

2017 flashback

Someone wrote me a note on “Burn” and it was clear that they thought that it was a recent record.

2017 was an epic year for me -the United Nations concert in Boston, the gigs with African poet Marc Alexandre in NYC, the massive St. Barths bucket concert, (which was a kind of culmination of 10 years of work) and so much more.

“Burn” was released and it was my first time away from the group formation that I had been with for 8 years prior.  It was a big and crucial step for me, not unlike breaking out of a bad marriage, both hard to do and an obvious move in retrospect.

If someone hears one of my creations for the first time and cut “place it” time wise….that might be a good thing.

You can buy “Burn” from me on my own Album Page.

10 Great guitarists in no particular order

I started as a guitarist before singing and then eventually writing.  There are many great guitar players spanning many great styles.  This group of ten are interlinked within the jazz and blues world and what that makes them “stand out” is their ultimately unique approach to the guitar.

In no particular order, 10 great guitarists:

  1. John McLaughlin
  2. Paco De Lucia
  3. Kenny Burrell
  4. Django Reinhardt
  5. Joe Pass
  6. Skunk Baxter
  7. Derek Trucks
  8. Freddie King
  9. Jeff Beck
  10. Wes Montgomery

I get a bit infuriated at the internet conversations of “who’s better: Jeff Beck or Pete Townsend?”   I think it’s a colossal waste of time.

On the other hand…exploring some of these guitar players…that’ll make your life richer.

Course Corrections

The new recording “Course Corrections” will have a release date soon.  That’s another way of saying that things are progressing well on it.

There are still tickets available for this weekend in Somerville, Saturday July 3rd at 7pm.

Ticket link

Eric speaking out

Tapestry

Im getting back on my feet again
I’m coming back to the world
I see a light I never saw before
It was always on

And this light my eyes were closed to
Blinds me now they way it used to do
One time when I was a child

I’ve been down so many roads
It’s hard for me to feel who I used to be
The past is a tapestry
Pulling it apart won’t set you free
The past is a tapestry

I’m opening my eyes again
Everything fits together now
I knew it one time
When life was simple
How do we forget

Finding things I didn’t know were lost
like the meaning in your eyes
I won’t forget again

I’ve been down so many roads
It’s hard for me to feel who I used to be
The past is a tapestry
Pulling it apart won’t set you free
The past is a tapestry

Where are you and what are you doing?

A musician I played with used to bring his laptop to gigs and cram business emails in, in-between sets, in a sort of “how can I be as productive as possible” mentality. The downside was that he couldn’t really make the “flip” from closing the computer up and then jumping into a rhythm with the band (nothing to be said for just not being “present” to talk, observe and “hang” with people). He was musically “off” a lot, and in fact I don’t think he’s played out with anyone in a long time now.

Point is, if you’re going to do something, then do it, don’t try to do two things at once and have one of them suffer. ….
I really want to post videos and photos of the recording studio work that’s been happening and culminating this week, but the truth is, I can’t bring myself to do it, because it feels like what I’m describing above: It takes me “out” of that headspace, that personal deep dive, the search, that non diluted focused energy in the attempt to capture something great…

so… no instagram posts …. today.

Recommendations

The best things that have ever happened to me, and for me, have all been on recommendation.  Someone said something to someone else and then a new relationship, a new event, a new memorable moment was born.

Sending out a big thanks to all the love consistently rolls in!

 

Who says there’s no more bass solos?

There’s one in here, listen for it. Greg Toro does it again!

Technical perfection and a loss of humanity

Absolutely perfect and absolutely dismissed.  The response is “next” because there’s nothing that differentiates it from anything around it.  It’s perfect tech.  It’s auto-tune, and perfect tune, and formula, in the mad dash for likes, $, or fame.

There are computers that can write pop songs (that’s how bad it’s gotten).  How out of touch do you have to be?

There are libraries of incredible art that can change your way of seeing the world, so what do you spend your time on?

Don’t you want to be famous?

Someone I know in the youtube biz, a former producer/musician, is getting up there in the fame world with a massive amount of Youtube followers and hits.  Now, he’s  adapted to the latest “catch angle” using titles to his videos that are misleading in that the “sales pitch” has nothing to do with the content (attention is $, views is cash for these guys).

You click on it and are disappointed that you wasted your time on it. Still, the older stuff has meaning. There are some parallels with the music business/art relationship. How many times do we find the early work of a band better than the “later after they’re famous” work?  And why is it so often the case?

There’s an internal fight somewhere deep inside an artist, to not sacrifice the meaning for the substance (the message for the dollars) but it can get lost when the social narrative seemingly for everyone these days is to seek fame over meaning.

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Dreams were sold

“Dreams were sold to the young and the old
that ain’t you and that ain’t me”

Everything is for sale.  Pleasures, experiences, and especially attention and ideas.  What are you buying into?  What do you agree to, without question?
When or if you wake up…what do you do next?

“Dreams were sold” is one of my new ones and it’s getting the recording treatment this week.