Cue the fireworks! 3 in 1.2, the next trio of songs in my yearlong project, is now out and available RIGHT HERE and on all digital services!
I have to admit, the idea of giving myself a deadline to write, produce and release a song a month scared the heck out of me. But it also lit a fire under my butt. So, my left brain was seriously duking it out with my right brain for quite a while. (Right brain: “This is cool!” Left brain: “This is impossible!”)
Some experts refer to this process as left brain/right brain collaboration. Whatever you call it, taking mental measure of both the practical and the creative at the same time is tricky and maddening business. As the veteran minor league catcher, Crash Davis, said in Bull Durham: “You’re thinkin’ too much, Crash. Get out of your head.”
Since that great baseball movie has given me more than one solid piece of advice, I took Crash’s words to heart. I got out of my head by actually collaborating – with other humans. It wasn’t always intentional. Sometimes it began with a simple conversation. But the right brain opened its door at the right moment and let the inspiration in.
So, here’s to those who collaborate with me in a variety of ways. And here’s to a brain that tilts just a little to the right. The results are here for you to enjoy on 3 in 1.2:
Wild Idea – an acoustic-guitar, electronic dance jam with an infectious groove, this was a long distance collaboration with Robert Bond who lives and works in both Nashville and Warsaw, Poland. Yes, he’s an interesting guy.
Doing What I Can (With What I Got) – this hard rocking stadium sing-along was inspired by a quote from my band mate Kevin Bacon. I’m sure our Bacon Brothers fans will want to hear more about that one.
Singing Karoake In The Motherland – a quirky alt-rock track that began in a conversation I had with my nephew Nick Perfetto and took shape with the help of my colleague Paul Rolnick. Paul and I have a shared history in the music biz with many adventures as session singers, writers and producers.
All three tracks were mastered masterfully by the aurally awesome Butch Jones. Check out his list of credits!
I’ll be blogging about the creation of each of these tracks in the coming weeks, so watch this space for stories about the songs and the collaborators who worked with me to bring them to life.
For now, you can hear clips of all three tunes RIGHT HERE on my web site. You can, of course, stream and purchase them all over the web on sites like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and the rest.
Paul was recently interviewed for a profile in the online publication this is it nyc … The article appeared on Friday and you can READ IT HERE.
Paul opened for Al Stewart on Friday, June 6 (at the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon, NY) to a full house of serious music listeners, a number of whom are now Paul Guzzone fans. One of them described Paul as “Ray Davies without the accent.” A major compliment, as Paul is a long-time Ray Davies fan.
Al Stewart played a typically tremendous set with his virtuostic accompanying guitarist Dave Nachmanoff. The duo arrangements offer a new take on Al’s hits as well as his deep cuts.
In one of his intros Al mentioned that he “likes to time-travel in his songs.” Yes, indeed. A true balladeer, Stewart often writes of people, places, and events from eras past. Each song is so vivid that you might wonder if, in a previous life, he had traveled Europe with lute in hand collecting tales of the ages to re-create in the 20th and 21st centuries.
But Stewart’s taste is wide-ranging. Talking music backstage, Paul learned that Al is a big fan of the Brill Building era – Leiber and Stoller in particular. In fact, he went so far as to say that there wouldn’t have been a Lennon and McCartney without a Leiber and Stoller. Hmm. Time to give another listen to “Idol With the Golden Head” and “Jailhouse Rock”!
My first solo release in many years – Chasing the Moon – is now officially available! It’s already gotten two reviews: in Sound Waves and GeekMom Blog. Downloads and CD’s are available right here on the Music & Store page as well as at CD Baby, iTunes and other online stores.
Chasing the Moon is a mini collection of songs I’ve written over the past few years whenever I could steal time from my other projects: composing and producing music for corporate events; performing with The Bacon Brothers; and teaching at Pace University.
Since we’re a pretty small operation and we have a lot on our plate, we’ll be getting this off the ground rather gradually. But I hope to be performing in a club near you at some point, at least in the Northeast to start. Meanwhile, you can help by: (1) signing up for my mailing list in the News & Gig Alerts box or by clicking here and (2) sharing my site link with a thousand or so of your closest friends or just telling them about my music! Thanks and hope you enjoy Chasing the Moon.
For my company, Triple Z Music, I composed the score for the press reveal of the 2014 Cadillac CTS which happened just this week. First is the “talking heads” video with my underscore. Then after the executive speech (about 6 minutes in) you’ll see the actual reveal with our 3 musicians performing my piece to some great video. Kudos to our stellar players – Brian Slawson on classical marimba, Valerie Vigoda on electric violin and deejay Neil Armstrong manning the turntables. Listen/watch!