i didn’t have the heart to ask the best
to play that bass line
it was central and funky
i dare not box into the corner of soul
in terms of soul
i layed into it that morning
hating its beauty and rhythm
Today, my 2020 album Thirsty Soul was released on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.
The track list comprises all the songs that people liked and that I like and that I got really good at because people liked them. Most are piano-oriented, but there are a couple of nifty little tunes in there (including the ever-present set closer, Chinese Buffet).
Give it a spin and, if you like it, hit that share button!
OR perhaps you could try the every-confusing Spotify embed?
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Great to see old friends at the open mic to usher in a New Year, the Year Of Vision as they have cleverly dubbed it. Not much audience quantity, but much quality. I run through a few old classics, and even spout about 20 seconds of overt comedy, after which I proclaim that it was comedy. Rookie mistake, but that’s what open mic is for. Ahem. Scroll past this video to view my New Year video, “Year of Vision.”
In 2020, I want to do a lot more of these little moment-inspired music videos. The music in this is 99% loops from the Mummer’s 2020 parade, and the video is 100% iPhone. Editing was exclusively iMovie on my iPhone.
In 2004, I holed up in the basement of a window factory in New Jersey with my friend Jay Russell. Two years later, we had recorded Break It Up (playable below). We never released it, but his untimely death at 48 years old has sparked interest in it among his friends and family. I spent the last 3 weeks re-mixing the songs and set up a Bandcamp account with which to publish it.
I feel honored to have worked with Jay; he put an abundance of trust in me when I had way more ambition than understanding of how the heck to produce and engineer a proper album. He was extremely talented, funny, and a great pleasure to work with; these songs represent Replacements-style classic rock, with blues, punk, and R&B influences and an enormous guitar presence throughout.
Please have a listen and, if you are so compelled, share it and send a few bucks to his family.