“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.

“Gave Up” Gift Track Giveaway

Click Here

“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