There where many mainstays at Max’s Kansas City back in the early mid to late 70’s. When I was either working as a production hand or just hanging out at Max’s, One of my favorite’s was “Mink DeVille”. Just a cool sharp rock n roll band with an ethnic punky flair that combined Spanish, Cajun and zydeco influences that was all new to me. Willy Deville, the leader of the band brought in this style that was unique as it was sharp and cutting edge for that time period. The band drew from many sources including Latin music, French creole ballads, New Orleans funk and Cajun accordion music. Just down right fun music to listen and dance too! Willy was born William Borsey in Stamford, Conn. and at a young age of 17 starting hanging out in Greenwich Village and down on the lower east side where he learned to play guitar and started performing. He was in several bands before he formed the Mink Deville band. I couldn’t even tell you and don’t even know the names of those bands Willy played in and what influenced him in those early stages. Willy was a sharp dresser and played the part to the “T”. From his dark slim tight fitting suits, thin tie and his pointed black dress shoe’s – he screamed Rock and Roll in a punkish sort of way.
For the most part that was my experience with Willy & Mink Deville, although I thoroughly enjoyed the band and their front man “Willy Deville”.
Sadly, Willy DeVille died on August 9th of 2009, of pancreatic cancer. His adventurous forays into rhythm and blues, Cajun music and salsa made him one of the most original figures of the New York punk scene of the 1970s, He was 58 when he died.
Note: I found all these pictures from the internet – as I have none of my own from that time period, as who the hell carried a camera around with them back in the late 70’s and 80’s and of course cell phones did not exist! So thanks to all who took these pictures and full credit is deserved.
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Yes, this album is special to me as I kept playing through it and working on it as I started to have all these maladies in this fucking shitty and not over yet 2020. The year started off good but by the end of February it all started to fall apart. First I got Bells Palsy, for those that are not familiar – it’s a virus that settles in the nerve going to one side of your face and paralyzes that side of your face. This is something that if you didn’t know what is happening scares the crap out of you. Your involuntary motion like blinking your eye does not work-Yes -your eye stays open and you have to put drops in your eye and wear a pirate eye patch -Yo Ho! Also this is the second time in my life that I had this happen to me – so I knew what was happening. As research supposedly shows the re-occurrence rate for Bells Palsy is 8% – Lucky Fucking me! Then in mid March I started coughing and had shortness of breath. Went to the doctor and he said I have an upper respiratory infection. Thus a round of antibiotic’s and other med’s – Let me fill you in on something if you have not caught on already – Upper respiratory infection? – Uhh Da – Covid -19? Sounds familiar? This lasted a few months before I started feeling better. Oh did I forget to mention the 8mm kidney stone, and not just 1 kidney stone but 3 on the left kidney – An 8mm and 2 – 5mm – That was diagnosed in February and I was supposed to get them blasted in March–But due to the Covid-19 pandemic that got postponed. So fast forward to June to get them blasted and since it is considered surgery (non invasive) you need to get blood work and surgical clearance – key word here is blood work – Let’s now look back to my doctors visit in mid March, diagnosed me with Upper respiratory infection. My blood work came back with a positive results that I have the Covid – 19 antibodies – So 2 + 2 = I had Covid-19 in March! Now we are at the beginning of October – still not 100%, some days I’m good some day’s not so good, but through it all, I kept playing and produced an album that I really feel is some of my best work to date. The album is called, “Multiplier” it has 12 songs in total and is ready to go – stay tuned for the release date.
After many discussions, Idea’s and iterations, we have a name for my new album. The cover art work has been completed!
Taking a lead from Ed Sheeran’s cover art for his album called “Divide”. The concept of multiply (thus the multiplication icon “X”) came to me and to embellish it further I took it to “Multiplier” in which has many meanings. I wanted that multiplication icon “X” to be the main focus in what your eye goes to first and foremost.
Multiplier increases and intensifies that electric musicalcurrent – pulsating the electrons throughout your body and brain, making you twitch, dance, think and illuminate your feelings as the music multiplies and engulfs your surroundings.
Look for Multiplier to be released some time in mid late November!
How do you know if you have a good song title and the song has good lyrics? Well isn’t that the fifty five thousand dollar question?
Working on this new album in which all the songs are finish (with names I must say) I have not yet come up with a name for the album. So let me go into how I name songs as I write them. Believe it or not, all of the songs I write I first throw a random name on my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) as a placeholder, a thought, an object just a random name. Sometimes that random name sticks and it becomes the name and the muse for the lyric’s yet to be written. Sometimes I have the lyric’s and one line or word in the lyric’s becomes the songs name and then sometimes it’s just a feel of the song and that becomes the name.
The name for the album on the other hand is a greater bigger picture. It has to encompass the whole album and what it stands for or the vibe and feel of what it needs to convey. Take the first album I put out a few years back, “TEST DRIVE RAW”, as it was my first solo album and published music in a long while, I felt it was a test drive to see where I was at musically and the raw feel of the album fit the way the music was on the album. Raw and basically uncut with minimal production quality, thus Test Drive Raw.
The second album, “Eclectic Collaborations” was a collection of music collaborated with other musicians. So I wanted to convey that it didn’t have a common theme and each song had a different feel.
The third album was more about experiences in my life thus the album name, “This is My Life” Welcome to it. Many musicians have different ways to come up with names of songs and titles, lyric’s come from many different sources as do names and titles.
To the end of it all within the next few months you will find out what the name of the new album will be named!
Over the last year, Since my last album, “This is My Life”- I have been working on some new stuff in which I feel is some of my best to date. I bought a couple of new guitars (Epiphone wildkat hollow body in Burgundy red and a Black Ibanez solid body guitar) BOY! I have been having a lot of fun putting some hot licks down with those 2 axe’s. The drum tracks are solid and kicking with some nice catchy beats, interesting and fun. There is my ornamentation of sounds from the Maschine Mikro MK3. Some organ and percussion in which I love. Among many other instruments on these tracks. All accompanied by some sassy lyric’s, with a bunch of well placed harmony parts. – Hoping to complete all by the fall of 2020 POST COVID 19!
Although you might just be treated in the next few weeks to a teaser single from this album (still to be named) – You all need to stay in touch, keep checking and follow me on this site and on Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and many other digital streaming services for this single release.