It struck me today that the energy and feeling that comes with writing a new song feels a lot like falling in love: floating on a cloud of hope and wonder, inspired by creative surges, feeling like life is so full of possibilities! Remember that incredible, joyful feeling when you found someone special who seemed to think you were special too? It’s one of the most amazing experiences a human being can have. Falling head-over-heels, cascading through emotional joy, wearing a happy smile, and humming a happy tune. I’ve also been one of the fortunate ones who ultimately found my[…]
mugglinworks.com One of the best free resources that TEAM founder Gary Gray has shared with me and the other musicians from across the world that he mentors on a weekly basis in our MasterMind* sessions is Mugglinworks.com. Mugglinworks has a variety of tools and resources, but one of the fundamental sets of tools on the site is their “Music Theory for Songwriters” section, found here: https://www.mugglinworks.com/chordmaps/. If you click through to that link and scroll down, you’ll see that there are two multi-part sections of links to tutorial content, starting with some basics and evolving through to a unique concept[…]
I am so excited to share this! Over the last two years, my life as a musician with a simple goal (producing a full length album) has taken an incredible path, raising my composing, recording, and mixing abilities to truly professional levels. Not only am I collaborating with brilliant musicians from all across the world, I am also being taught by an amazing mentor and having my songs produced by world-class producers! How it all started… Back in 2013 and 2014 as I was working on recording and producing my first EP, Keeping the Dream Alive, I stumbled across a[…]
Early on in the pandemic, I found myself binging movies (and I know I wasn’t the only one 🙂 ). I was particularly drawn to the countless flicks starring Liam Neeson kicking ass, hunting down his missing daughter, or getting back at someone who had wronged him in some way. I watch movies in the same small room that serves as my home studio. This often leads to me grabbing my guitar or sitting at my DAW to noodle through an idea that was inspired by something I heard in a movie. Maybe it was part of a soundtrack, but[…]
It took me over two years, chipping away a little at a time, to get this video completed, but, yes, I kept the dream alive. I hope you find a little inspiration in this video and funky little rock instrumental. Follow your dreams.
In one episode of Lost, after Claire has been lost in the woods for days, Charlie says, “Every day she’s gone, it’s like a little of me crumbles away …”. Well that was all it took to set these lyrics to writing themselves in my head. When I first recorded Every Day She’s Gone in 2013, I ended up rushing it a bit. As I came close to finishing and releasing Keeping the Dream Alive in 2014, I knew I had to revisit it and improve some of the weak spots. I re-recorded the backing vocals, cut out a few[…]
Kicking off 2015 with the release of this sweet new video for Lotto Dust … My philosophy when it comes to my music, as well as other areas of my life, is to strive for continuous improvement. Just try and be a bit better today than you were yesterday, and you’ll keep moving forward. Of course, that means you have to find/make the time for it, which is pretty challenging when you have a pretty intense ‘career and a half’ (as so many of us do these days), and you’re a Dad and a husband to boot. Thankfully, I do[…]
This song goes out to all of the awesome friends that I used to hang out with in the late 70’s and early 80’s, playing frisbee at the Croton Dam, camping out on top of “Anthony’s Nose”, chilling around the fire in the pine woods, and just having an amazing time. “Time was when we’d carry on all night long, howl at the moon ’til the dawn of day …”. Man, its been a long time. You guys are always right here in my heart, head, and soul. I think this live version (with the end arranged on-the-fly) came out[…]
My wife Christine has sung backup for me on a few songs, including Hurtin’ Up My Heart from Keeping the Dream Alive, but here we truly conspire … as we join voices by an imagined Yuletide fire. My favorite part of this original Christmas song may be the wonderful saxophone by a pro from StudioPros.com. Happy Holidays!
Much thanks to my cousin, writer Patrick Walsh, for his article, “Doing the Math: A Review of Keeping the Dream Alive“. Patrick is an accomplished writer, having authored Spaceflight: A Historical Encyclopedia (2010) and Echoes Among the Stars (2000) along with countless shorter pieces in print and digital media over several decades. He is also an avid music fan, having written pieces for the Hudson Valley’s “More Sugar“, and other publications. It’s certainly a privilege to have someone as qualified as Patrick write a review of my music (and a favorable one at that)! Here’s a couple brief excerpts from[…]