Did you miss this?

But what do we do when it breaks?

I’ve broken and changed a guitar string mid-song before.  I’ve been accused of making it look easy but that’s only because it used to happen a lot (in earlier days I’d try to get as many shows out of a set of strings as possible).

This Saturday the band is playing in Westford at the Parish Center for the Arts.

The last time we were there  in September of 15′ John’s keyboard rig failed entirely.  Luckily there was a tuned concert grand piano on the stage and so we moved it out and played the rest of the show on it in a quieter ballad filled way.

The truth is, there are no easy answers.  Sometimes the plane is delayed, sometimes the equipment blows up, sometime it just rains on an outdoor stage.  You can’t control these things.

But, if there’s a way to play or rather a way to improvise in a setting that has disaster, well then you’re on to something and maybe something happens that’s good enough to tell someone about.

The show must go on.

Guitar chords to “Sitting”

I get asked about what I’m doing on the guitar when it comes to this and that (most recently about the guitar chords I’m using on this one).

One reviewer called my new cover of “Sitting on the dock of the bay” as anorexic, in the sense that production wise, it’s very, very minimal.

Guitarists may be able to decipher these chord pictures, but I’ve found the general public have found a sort of joy in just seeing it as eye candy.

(note for guitarists: you need to “know” the chords and song structure before applying these voicings)

Riverwalk

Music for the listening

I didn’t really grow up “with” Steely Dan, but I grew up with aunts that were still listening to Steely Dan and it sunk in.  I had the entire catalog by freshman year of college and spent a lot of time learning the material and the players (it’s an entire world for those unfamiliar).

A big thank you to Walter Becker for living the life that he did.
A big thank you to Tom Moon for writing so eloquently about that (great article here).

 

Connection

The music….how does it connect with you?

Because it’s different for everyone.
For some it’s lyrics, others it’s “beat” (rhythm pules etc.).
And still what about the energy of it?  The vibration of it?

As you can see above, the boys like to have fun and I think that’s essential.
If it’s not fun then why do it?

There’s no Biz like ShowBiz
There’s no night like October 13th
There’s no time to be posting acoustic performances

A big thanks to Alex and Ani!

A big thank you to everyone at Carolyn’s Sakonnet vineyard last night.  They shot a video of us doing “Let’s Burn Everything” and that’s on it’s way.

Last years video doesn’t look to shabby though.

When they listen

And they write about it.  Thanks BC.

Ancestry

Early on I remember reading somewhere “your ancestors worked twice as hard for have as much” in response to “the gripe.”  What an incredible world we have and yet people will find reason to complain.

Seeing a fake news (or rather an “angled” news article) about Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen “hitting the road” to tour because he can’t sustain his income on record sales alone really hits home in the “record sales revenue” debate.  And, it doesn’t.

Did the 69 year old invest, diversify, own anything in the 30 plus years of 6 or possibly 7 figure income earning?  Just how much is his bottom line and how much does he need to pull in?   Is it so bad that he needs to “hit the road” to eat?

The article makes it sound that way.

The best part about the music “biz” is that the clothes have come off.  And, that’s the worst part too.  You can dress pop music up with millions of fake hits and pings from the third world corridor to tell the youth, “this is popular” and “this is the song of the summer” but you don’t get the same results.

And yet, self funding is heavier than it’s ever been, and for those curious enough to look for it, there’s great art being made out there.

I’m happy with my crew of supporters.  I’m surrounded by people who have an intelligent imagination and information (some more than others) on what it is that I do everyday, and why it is that I do it.

They come out of the woodwork.  They send me thank you’s, and sometimes just money because they want me to keep writing, keep producing.

And that’s why I do it.

 

Blues on the Beach (detour ahead)

20,000 people on a beach in CT (Short Beach in Stratford, CT).  And, it’s going to happen again this Saturday night.   GO

 

“I still think she’s mine”

“Living lately on dreams and wine”

 

Moonlighting on a beach in the afternoon

There are those who know more about me than I let on…
I play with a lot of musicians in a lot of settings, what we refer to as moonlighting.

Only sometimes it happens on a beach in broad daylight (apologies for the lack of guitar, I had to put it down in order to take the video).


 

Make it your own

“Burn” is making it’s way around the radio world.

A supporting DJ (I’ll keep it anonymous) asks the following:
“A question about your “Peg” cover. The tempo is so significantly different. Not being musician I still want to say something intelligent when I play it.
Was there a reason within the song to redefine it? Or is it because it’s your signature style?”

Answer is, I’d get bored just recreating what was already done.

You’re either a “live” version of something else (literally translates to “tribute” or “wedding” bands) or you’re creating something of your own and it’s something no one has heard before.
And, of course you can do it with someone else’s song.

If you’re going to record one one of your favorites, why not make it your own?

Problems with the neighbors

While Alex and Ani’s vineyard in Sakonnet RI is both beautiful and also somewhat remote in comparison to other vineyard climates (in France and California you find vineyards literally right up against each other) amazingly enough, they are having a sonic issue with their neighbors who live miles away who have managed to tie up the series legally this year.

The entire music schedule for 2017 was cancelled in early June.
Many apologies for anyone who chalked up their calendar for the July 19th date.

Hopefully we’ll see them again next year!

“Burn” on the radio

I sent “Burn” to MVYRadio so they could debut it Tuesday and somehow the WXRV the River 92.5fm got hold of it and played Monday night.
It’s not the worst problem to have and in the “arts’ world this sort of thing happens a lot.

The important thing is the attention and the support.  You don’t need to know a lot about the music world to get a glimpse of how challenging it might be to pioneer your own music and live as an independent musician.

I have a history of playing for and working with New England radio stations and it feels good when they support me by playing my new stuff.

WMVY (Martha’s Vineyard Radio) played “Burn” literally, all day Tuesday (first at noon, then 8pm and again at 9pm) and 92.5fm the River played “Let’s Burn Everything” Monday night for their Homegrown show.

Download “Burn” Here

 

“Burn” is up!

Burn” is available today!
It’s been a journey putting this together.  I see it as a sonic reboot in a lot of ways and I thank David and Greg for helping me make this.   Go Here to download (MP3 or WAV).

1. Let’s Burn Everything
2. Last Night
3. Voices In Paris
4. I Still Think She’s Mine
5. Peg
6. Waiting On A Rainy Night
7. Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
8. In The Air Tonight

Word of mouth.

It’s the most relevant.  When someone tells you about that movie they saw or that speech they heard.  Or maybe it was a great story that sticks out in their mind that they read in a book.

In the ocean of attention deficit it’s actually worth talking about.  It’s worth listening to.

I have received so much from people from word of mouth, and I’m always striving to do more with sharing and giving including benefit concerts like the one on Sunday at Gillette stadium for the Buzz Off (pictured above).

Today’s Gift.

If you’re into my music, maybe the older stuff, maybe the newer stuff, tell a friend.

They might thank you for it later.

10 year anniversary of “A Night at the Bazbar”

Matty Alger pounds a heineken as part of his drum solo finale as the rest of us look on (saxophonist Tim Mayer, bassist Rick O’Neale and myself -still donning the kufi).

This was at the Bazbar in St. Barths (Gustavia harbor) in March of 2007 in a run of concerts that would make it onto “A Night at the Bazbar.”  This month marks the 10th anniversary of the release of that recording.

I’m offering a 75% discount on it now.

Go!

“Let’s Burn Everything”

“Burn” in 2017

1. Let’s Burn Everything
2. Last Night
3. Voices In Paris
4. I Still Think She’s Mine
5. Peg
6. Waiting On A Rainy Night
7. Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
8. In The Air Tonight

Buzz off for the kids

One Mission is a Pediatric Cancer charity that helps children and families through the emotional and financial challenges of cancer treatment. Since 2010, almost 5,000 heads have been shaven, more than 5.7 million dollars have been raised and over 7,000 patients and families have given support to the charity.

This is how I give back.  I have to play guitar for them because I’m already rocking a dome.

June 4th.  Gillette stadium.  Go

Acoustic everywhere

I write music primarily on acoustic guitar.  I love it as much as the electric.
I’m happy to tell you about a bunch of acoustic shows on the near horizon.  Some of them will have Greg Toro on bass, others David Moore on hand percussion.  Join us!

Sunday May 14th in Salem MA (Mercy)

Friday May 19th in NH (Auburn Pitts)

Sunday June 4th Gillette Stadium (Buzz Off for kids with cancer)

Saturday August 5th Bourne MA (Pan Mass Challenge)

Heroes and anti-celebrities


Upon hearing of Jay Geils passing I rang up his manager and long time guitar partner Gerry Beaudoin to offer my condolences.
And of course we talked about Jay.
I claimed that he was the J.D. Salinger of the rock n’ roll world. Like Salinger (author of Catcher on the rye and after fame, possibly one of the greatest examples of a recluse), Jay was very much an anti-celebrity.

The flash, the parties, the “village roadshow” of the entertainment business was always something he seemed to want to escape from.
On the other side of that was genuine engagement: When you were talking with him, you were talking with him. He was always interested in “Real.”

He was both hero and anti-celebrity.

The giveback

Backstage at the Veterans concert last year with Barry Goudreau, David Hull, Paul Nelson, John Cafferty and Johnny A.
I have a history of helping with benefits because I love to do it. All the energy that my friends, family, and fans have contributed to me gets cycled back.

In short, I call it the big Giveback.

Sunday June 4th I’ll be playing the “Buzz off for kids with cancer” at Gillette Stadium.
Details Here.

CD anyone?

I still think they’re great and I keep my collection around, along with my iPod and various online music sources.
In 2017, everyone has a different listening habit.  Some people I know who have converted to online streaming, in actuality, listen to music less often (perhaps frozen by the library presented).

Others prefer the vinyl undertaking and they seemingly get more “return” on their experience by having a greater sound quality combined with that thing that’s in demand these days….attention.

The radio appears drowned out, as in people don’t really listen.  Commercial radio might as well by the mainstream nothing music that gets piped in at Moes while you wait for a burrito.

“Burn” is on it’s way.  Do you want to have it in a CD format?

Opus in Salem MA

Our first time.  Who’ll be there?   (On Fbook)

Mainstage on the dock


A big thanks to everyone who made this concert happen. St. Barths couldn’t have been finer, and the concert could not have been better.
Love from snowy Massachusetts!

“Get Back”

“I’d believe in you if you think I could, and if I asked you to do the same for me, I know you would” My Gift Track to you.

St. Barths in March (2017 Bucket)

We will be playing the main dock concert on Friday March 17th in Gustavia harbor, for the St. Barths Bucket.

Burren show reschedule

Apologies for the inconvenience guys.

There were problems with Saturday March 4th @ the Burren.
This show has been rescheduled (Go Here).

“What’s going on”

I was the special guest at the Beehive last night, playing jazz and blues with the Sunday night residency crew.  At request I sang “What’s going on.”  I had a revelation during the performance of how pertinent the song still is, so many years on.  Great art with such great meaning.  Great songs.
Time lends perspective and shows us what is meaningful and what is fluff.

At times when I hear people complain about how bad, or rather, meaningless the music of “now” is (pop music if you rather that term), I remember that every year in music history has spawned awful village roadshow music with no meaning other than entertainment.  It’s not a new phenomenon, we just forget because we’re paying too much attention to the screens in front of us.
There are plenty of “What’s going on” and there will be more to come.  How soon do we recognize and/or identify with them?

 

A few covers on the new record

Here’s a tease.  Enjoy.

“Voices in Paris”

A teaser from one of the new ones “Voices in Paris.”

“GAVE UP “ from Loyalty on WZLX “Boston’s Classic Rock”

SUNDAY MORNING BLUES on WZLX.  Carter Allen has been spinning this one.

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?

“Loyalty” is on Spotify. If you use it please “Follow” me on it Go Here.

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”

Spotify (the industry leader in streaming) requires 250 “Follows” on an artist page before they…give me control of that page.  85 current “followers.”  If you have a spotify account, asking for your help:

FOLLOW us on SPOTIFY

 

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?

More than likely because 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.

——      Share me on Spotify      ——    Share me on Youtube  

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.

My Tribe (spinning the CD in the car)

There’s an ecosystem of music lovers, creators, and supporters who make it happen.  They’re responsible for all of these moments and snapshots that come in all forms, texts, chats, emails.
Stay HIGH!

The “Vader” Mix

I’ve made a few custom mixes for different people. After mixing and matching from all 11 of my recordings I’m getting better at the sequence order of songs. This is one I put together for D. Vader (so I named it after her) and I’ve sent it to a bunch of people since with great reviews.
There are 3 discs worth in the “Vader” mix, this is the first.
Disc 1
Loyalty -Loyalty
You You You -Fly
I Don’t Wanna Know -Say It
Hey Joe -single
I Can See -A Night At the Bazbar
Airplanes -Loyalty
What Happens -Say It
Watcha Gonna Do -Modern Soul
Sexy Lady -Twenty Four Hour CD
Hallelujah I Love Her So -Songs That Will Never Make it to Radio… Superstition -Gettup!
My Life Is Mine -Songs That Will Never Make it to Radio…

The “Reconnect”

January is always a time for what I refer to as the “Reconnect.”  You know….the Gettup.  More for me than just “what happened in 2016 and what will happen in 2017,” but more a month for me to look at everything in it’s current state and make decisions on where it’s going to go.

Rather than reflect on the music, I think about the song I haven’t written yet, and look forward to the next bend in the road.  I also think about all the people who are a part of my story and actively reach out to them.

Reach out -use this contact form or email me (I read everything that comes in).

 

 

Art Vs. Entertainment

Art as a vehicle for insight, expansiveness, a genesis of ideas and emotions while Entertainment existing as a tickling, fondling, and ultimately forgettable experience in the form of sensory stimulation.

Times Square on NYE, -ultimate entertainment.  Tits, ass, dancers, and the same song they’ve been pipe feeding you for over a decade.  All abbreviated.

The real question isn’t why she was “playing along” (most likely reason -it was in her contract for a super load of $), but the real question:  Was the public more amazed that she was doing it or more amazed that it technically failed?

We all ultimately decide to either give our attention to Art or Entertainment.  While Art can be entertaining, Entertainment in itself, becomes lacking in purpose more and more as time goes on.

And we’re “Spotifying”

“Loyalty” is now on Spotify.  If you are a Spotify user (specifically or marginally) please “Follow” me as the admin has new rules and I need 250 peeps on my page before I get control over it.

Go HERE

Happy 2017!

“I’ve got wishes but I keep them all to myself
They don’t belong to you or someone else
The conversation always changes but it never ends
There’s always a road ahead”

New songs coming.  New ideas unfolding.  I have been looking forward to this for…a year?

I want to thank everyone who made 2016 another great year.  I could spend time recapping but I’ll do that in January more strategically.

Till then … your NYE GIFT might you accept it.

Martha’s Vineyard, WMVY Radio, and the Ritz!

Happening tonight and tomorrow.
Tonight (Friday 12/9) @ The Ritz

Tomorrow Chowderfest in Edgartown with WMVY Radio

“Airplanes” on youtube

Somerville November 26th

 

burren

The Backroom Series at the Burren in Davis Square is becoming “the” music listening room in the area.  Early concert 7pm-9pm (one big heaping set of funk) for small $, and easy parking.  Tickets HERE

Paris preview

There’s going to be some of this in Paris this week:

Bordeaux

The Discovery of a great American Artist. Excellent evening.

Thanks EGB (Evan Goodrow Band) – Restaurant Le Ferset

“Premier Guitar” Review

Hey everyone,

Jumping on a plane in a few minutes to France and Spain to do shows and writing.  Lot’s of writing! This came in from “Premier Guitar” last week, apparently, they listened and as you will read below, enjoyed “Loyalty.”

If you don’t have “Loyalty” yet, get it HERE.

“Connecting the dots between rock, funk, and soul with his high-wire guitar playing and raw-boned-but elegant vocal performances, Evan Goodrow’s Loyalty sounds like an arrival. It’s the impressive work of a disciplined, self-aware performer who has captured his own unique genuine, soaring sonic and heart-felt vision.”
—Ted Drozdowski, Premier Guitar