We need all our friends, family, next of kin, your next door neighbor, the guy panhandling on the street, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your kids,-SHIT we need everyone to help make this a success story and share the love and the music.
This song was written when my daughter and her husband bought a new house and left our home after living with us for a few years. It was a bitter sweet moment, but I felt this empty feeling inside of me as we did love having them at our home daily. They only moved about 15 miles away in a new house that they purchased and I’m so very happy for them that they are now on a road to start a new chapter in their lives.
This song came out of me a few days after they had just left.
Yes! – It will be an exciting 2018! Why, you may ask?
Well, I have been working feverishly on a new project since the release of the first CD, “TEST DRIVE RAW”. I have been working with a few musician friends – Kimo and JoeZworld. Kimo is in my neighborhood so it’s easy for him and I to get together and jam and write. Mr “Z” on the other hand is down in Florida, so we are trading off on idea’s and sending files back and fourth to be worked on. All in all we are looking to release another CD sometime in the first 6 months of 2018. The name of the album will be, “Eclectic Collaborations”. Looking at 14 brand new songs with a bonus track for a total of 15. Will be working on the finishing touches after the 1st of the year and the CD cover art design. Can’t wait to share as there are some really good music that we put together that i’m sure you will enjoy listening too. Hopefully, I can also complete a few video’s to go along with the release.
So stay tuned in, it’s going to be an exciting 2018!
This was one of our local clubs that shuttered in 1987 – My Band the Lampshades played there, if i remember correctly in 1984 among many other bands I worked with and played with. There was also a club right across the street called the Little Club that we also played at in which was a very small place thus the name, ‘”The Little Club”.
I am always a little dubious about trying to reincarnate an iconic club, for some reason it never can capture the way it was before and most of the time it’s more about the people that were there at that time and space then the place itself. I really hope it works out for them as we need new progressive venues that cater to indie bands and music to be showcased. God knows there isn’t many of them around.
I copied the article below
My Father’s Place, the legendary club that brought the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, the Ramones and U2 (The Lampshades -LOL)to Roslyn until it closed in 1987, will rock once again next spring. Michael “Eppy” Epstein, who founded the club on Bryant Avenue in 1971, confirmed Monday that he had signed an agreement to reopen the club in The Roslyn Hotel. “I want to do stuff that no one else is doing,” Epstein said. “I want to give people a live music experience unlike anything else on Long Island.” My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel will feature both a supper club with a capacity of 200 for established national acts and an upscale restaurant with a capacity for 60 that will have a small stage for up-and-coming artists. Once renovations are completed, Epstein said he expects to present more than 150 shows a year in the space. And he plans to call on acts who played at the original My Father’s Place early in their careers — from Sting to Billy Crystal — to see if they want to come back to do something special at My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel. Epstein also hopes that fans of the old club will return. “It’s a continuation of the business,” Epstein said. “If you were 18 when you went to My Father’s Place, you’re 50-something or 60-something now and you want a place with a nice tablecloth, a nice chair and an intimate concert performance.” Epstein said the new venue will be a joint venture with The Roslyn Hotel’s new owners and outside investors.
I hope they can capture the magic once again that was, “MY FATHER’S PLACE”
My partner (Bill Veldran) and I worked with many bands over the years when we owned and ran Centour Sound. One year we produced over 350 shows by either having systems out, in which we had 3 complete PA systems or was managing a club or on tour with a band. That year Bill was touring Europe with Motorhead, I was doing weekends producing the shows and bands at the Mudd Club and all 3 PA systems where out with bands like Jelly, Insex, Tom Robinson among others that I can’t even or don’t want to remember. All of that in between playing with the Lampshades band – Talk about living, breathing and eating Rock N Roll, WE DID IT.
Literally it went something like this – getting up at 12 or 1 pm – working on the equipment, repairs etc. – on the phone booking systems with bands – loading up the vans with equipment – leaving by 6 or 7 pm – setting up and doing a sound check – eating a quick slice of pizza – mixing the bands to 2 or 3 am – breaking down the equipment – loading the vans – driving home and unloading the vans as the sun rises – catching a few hours sleep and starting all over again.
Our crew, that we sent out daily and especially on the weekends on shows were Chris Connolly, Gerry Palumbo and whom ever else we could grab to set up and mix a band. A complete PA system consisted of a full 3 way speaker system (Bass, Mid and High end), monitors, an amplifier stack with crossovers, microphones mainly the work horses of Mic’s SM57’s and 58’s, a mic snake, mixing console, mic stands and cable’s, a Roland space echo and EQ’s and a lot of humping of equipment around all over the dam place. We particular got into a genre of reggae bands from Brooklyn that we were getting a lot of work from–one band that stands out was Burning Spear among other local reggae bands in the area. This part of the business was so interesting as we did do some many different types of bands and music. In future blogs I will break down some of the shows Centour sound produced in detail – some fun facts and great stories.
How do you write a song? This has always been a question I get asked by many people. Some musicians will tell you it’s a long arduous process, some say it just comes to me or it’s in my head, some don’t have a clue. For me it’s the one in the middle, for the most part I either have an idea or hear a sound or sit down and bang out a riff on the Bass Guitar and start from there. It’s always been a free flowing process for me, sometimes it sounds great and I continue and sometimes it goes to the save file for a future development date. As I develop the foundation of the song, now my mind starts to go into overdrive for the different layers, melody, sounds and ornaments I can add to the developing song. A guitar riff, a synthesizer sound, a percussion instrument, this is what I hear in my head as I listen to the new project over and over again. Sometimes I have lyric’s on the ready and develop the phrasing to those lyrics to go with the music, sometimes the lyric’s just come out as a natural progression to the song. In all of the above, I am consistently burning CD’s and on my drive to my day job (in which it takes me on average about an hour and a half to get to work) I listen to the developing song over and over and over again.
Think about it? A 3 minute song played in an hour and a half car ride is played approx 30 times –ONE WAY! The only problem I have with that is, I want to tweak the song right now, in which obviously isn’t going to happen. So I must store those tweaks, changes and additions in my puny little brain until I can get back in front of the mixing console. Thank God I have a good memory and Alzheimer’s hasn’t kicked in as of yet. Song projects has always come pretty easy for me and I can usually, not disturbed, write a song within a few hours. What takes the time after the song is written is the refinement of the song and mixing down of the project to make it all clear, balanced and worthy to release and to be proud of. Be it released to just me for my own listening pleasure or to you my friends and fans, I take pride in making a good song. I have so many songs in my repertoire that are experimental that I do not release, as snippets of those songs can be the beginnings, middle’s or ends to new projects and songs. I never throw anything out as it may fit in and or be used later on. Many times I’ll come back to a riff that I laid down months or years ago and say-“Shit”–this is great and start to develop it into a song. The creation of music is such a fulfilling joy and I can only hope that it will continue until I’m pushing dirt!