Cool people

I meet a lot of people.  And, I talk to a lot of people.  And you might imagine, sometimes I meet people and then they show up to a show after 1, 2, or maybe 6 years.

And sometimes they take photos of me.  In this case, a supersized glossy of me onstage on the South Shore winning the Boston Blues Challenge (I’ve got some friends who are competing in the Memphis Blues Challenge this weekend in fact).  A salute to them.

PS -I used to wear this particular hat to signify the Boston connection.  Thanks Mark R.

2017 (a look ahead)

I think 2017 will be particularly remembered as a year of change -socially, economically, politically, and for me, musically.

I’ve opened the band up to new members and have been writing a lot of new material. What does that mean? New songs, new show, new faces. What does it sound like?

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On a show hiatus until March (except for a Feb NYC run with a slam poet -read below) and then we go, go, go!

Friday March 3rd in Jamestown RI (the Ganny)

Saturday March 4th in Somerville MA (The Burren)

Saturday March 25th in Newburyport MA (the Grog)

Friday March 31st in Salem MA (Opus)

Saturday April 8th in North Andover MA (Crossroads Music Series)

Details and links on the Shows page.

The Recording Situation

Purportedly, Miles Davis never listened to his recordings once he was done with him.  In his words (I’m paraphrasing) “it’s like looking back, and I only want to look forward.”

Years spent in the writing studio, then the recording studio, then the editing studio, it’s easy to forget the “essence” of the material, especially when it’s easier to be focused on “how” good it can sound, or how perfect you can make it.

I wrote in a prior blog about the current “auto-tuning” trend, now maybe becoming the “sing along to back tracks and lip synch” trend;  The moment itself is gone.

Recently I was recording a guitar intro on something new and it came out completely spontaneous.  Instinct begged me to immediately erase and continue on, over it.  I didn’t.

After a few listens I wondered how I could justify writing something that happened both naturally and on it’s own.  I’m thinking it’s really that good.  I’m hoping it’s really that good.

Sometimes sloppiness can have feel that the auto-tune can’t replicate, and maybe that’s the humanity behind art.  And hopefully, the humanity in recording it.

Hanging with Slam Poets

We met on this stage.  This is Marc Alexandre, a rather passionate and visionary slam poet from Cameroon.  I met him in Bordeaux this past November and I’ll be accompanying him this February in Manhattan and Pennsylvania (Feb 15-18).

Both shows are colleges and open to the public, More information will be on the Shows page.

Capitaine’s Website

I can’t describe accompanying Marc.  It’s magical stuff.  I will endeavor to “capture” it either via video or audio.

Thursday Feb 16th @ Albertine in NYC Details Here

The Micro-Communities

There are many scenes (especially in the arts).  There’s the large party (the half time show with the Gaga’s and the Mars) and then there’s the rest of the world (which is us -really the 99%).

The Micro-communities of cool people.

Years ago we played the Crossroads Music Series and it was so good in so many ways.  A music series in North Andover who might have guessed?  If you haven’t heard of them till now it’s because we might be drowning in the Super Bowl Ad noise, that’s ok.  Jump on it, this show will sell out.    CROSSROADS

Let’s Burn Everything

We’re all on our way to somewhere
This time I’m looking for the Love Redirection
Starting over isn’t easy
We do it anyway

Searching for the right words at the right time
I trust my hands because they know what to do
They shed light on everything

Let’s burn everything, Let’s burn everything, Let’s burn everything
To the ground then we’ll find our love still standing

I’m going to rise from the ashes
I’ll look the world dead in the eye
We all play a part in the madness if we could only see

Time will burn on it’s own pretty faces they come and go
When you reach the bottom then you’ll know

Let’s burn everything, Let’s burn everything, Let’s burn everything
To the ground then we’ll find our love still standing

Playing in “The Network,” Playing with “The Network”

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My dream was born in a basement….

Me in my own words.
Started out as most suburban kids do, playing a borrowed guitar in my bedroom to B.B. King blues records in my early teens (so little did I know of a future I’d have playing on the same stage with him so many years later), and dragging crappy Peavey amplifiers from one garage to the next learning how to play with others.  Everyone knows a loud drummer when he hears one.  After he’s heard one.

I’d even sing on occasion.

Started this thread (more an invitation to a self made biography) while on a plane to Portugal to start an armed forces tour for troops coming back from middle east conflict in 2008, and it went unfinished.  Why did it go unfinished?

I never did like talking about myself.  Awards, accolades, praise, comments, ahh the parade around the art that I was always somewhat defiant about.  My dream was born in a basement…Continue Reading

It’s not art if it’s not shared

I know of a great musician who never plays for anyone.
I know of a great writer who can’t even maintain a blog.
And, I know a talented actor who sits and waits for someone to choose her.

Don’t we all know someone who fits a version of this story?   
They wait for the “Voice” or the knock on the door.
You can spend decades trying to perfect the song or just play it only for yourself in solitude to your hearts content.

But, it won’t be art until you share it, play it for someone.  And that may be why sharing is the greatest component to all the new world of connection.

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When they show up to party

My Birthday party this past December 23rd.  Saxophone players (left to right) Seth Bailin, Chuck Langford, Mario Perrett, bassist Greg Toro.  They came to jam.

Dec 23rd is a tricky time to have a party.  There are many who want to show up and with the madness of Christmas shopping and holiday lead-up, ultimately less people actually show then what is possible.  And that’s also what makes it cool and special -to see who made it!

Always count the ones that show up, not the ones that say they will and don’t.