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!
After completing Hurtin’ Up My Heart, I knew I was on my way … Having managed to produce a professional sounding track with Hurtin’ Up My Heart, I was ready to push forward and finish more record-quality songs. It wasn’t a conscious move, but in the end I was glad that the next song I finished showcased a very different side of my writing and playing. Aloft is based on one of the first chord progressions I ever wrote, way back in the 80’s. What really moved me to finally record it was when I learned how to program the[…]
Hurtin’ Up My Heart was a watershed moment for me. With the backing of LA studio professionals on drums and bass, and a strong chorus that featured Christine joining me on backing vocals again I had, after years of learning and upping my game, produced a professional sounding rock song! Cranking this baby up in my car, when that break comes in the middle with the trade off between voice and guitar and the drums and bass pounding underneath slightly reminiscent of a Van Halen tune (to my ears at least) … wow, I just get a tear in my[…]
So, the years rolled by, and our third child was born – a daughter! My little girl Jordan was the inspiration for the song I am sharing here. In 2007 we were in the fortunate position of being able to build an extension on our house, and in the process I built a studio in what used to be our garage. After a decade on hiatus from recording, I was back in action! I bought a Korg D3200 recording console and got busy. The key to getting to the point where the recordings I was making would become professional quality[…]
Way back in 1986 – 1987, I was a student at SUNY New Paltz, where I met guitarist Peter Forsythe, artist Christopher Walker, and bassist Warren ___? (I can’t remember his last name). We jammed a bit, goofing around and never getting too serious, but it was fun. I nicknamed the pseudo-band “The Sizzling Mice Quartet” (or ‘Kwartet’ when we felt like it), as a fun twist on one of my favorite home town local bands, Rat Race Choir. Chris made an album-sized drawing to go along with imagined band. I wish I still had the original artwork, but I[…]