I was introduced to Jimi back when I was working at Max’s Kansas City in New York City. My friend John Kessler was running the sound and production and ask me to work with him at the club. I became a kind of a fixture working most of the time on the off nights and filling in on the weekends. John was doing some work with Jimi or Zhivag’s (thats what I called him) playing with his band and doing some sound recordings. He was always up beat and fun always fooling around. Below is a picture of some of the people in his band -Jimi next to Lisa (the blond girl) and John in the far upper right hand of the photo, Vinnie the drummer right below Lisa. For the life of me I can’t remember the other people’s names.
I remember at that time he was mainly playing a Gibson Thunderbird guitar and would switch over to acoustic guitar. I got the picture below from the Facebook post Lisa posted. That’s the Gibson Firebird! In those days we all needed money so we did odd jobs on the side between gigs or working at the clubs- we had a Job in East Williston for this office to build out some new walls to separate the office space. Jimi would come all the way out from the city by train -thank god the train let off in the East Williston train station in which the office that we were working at literally was behind the train station. He would come bopping in smoking a cigarette and would do pretty much do nothing throughout the day. At one point we had to spackle and sand the walls down and we were all wearing face masks, at the end of the day Jimi was covered in spackle dust from head to toe except for the ring around his mouth and nose, time to go-Jimi just jump on the first train back to the city dust and all, what a sight!
The last gig I remember doing with him and his band was at My Fathers Place in Roslyn. We put on a big production with great stage lighting and Fog Machines. Pretty much that was the last I saw of him as in life people move on. Happen to be googling on the web and typed in his name and found that he had passed back in 2018. I figured to put down a few memories about Jimi as he was a talented good dude and it was a time stamp in my life, Great Memories!
I have a Radio station on Pandora radio – Called – “Sugar Boom Radio” You need to check this out it is so cool! Not only does it have some great tunes from your’s truly Aldo Buzzi and my new release “Multiplier”. It has many other really great independent bands with new music to expand your listening horizons. It also has bands that are established already that you would know. If you already been on Pandora radio you will see an icon to your mid right on the screen – you touch that icon and a thumbs up or thumbs down appears to rate the music. Hopefully there will be a lot of thumbs up!
Here is the Link to Aldo Buzzi “SUGAR BOOM RADIO” on Pandora – ENJOY!
The 4th song on “This is My Life” inspired by the Paul McCartney album “Egypt Station”. There is one song on Paul’s album that I really liked that was, I guess the most commercial successful song on that album, “Come On to Me”. I enjoyed the back and fourth melody’s that inspired me to right this song–Laughingly I first called the song Come On Paul McCartney – Well obviously I changed the name of the song to Come On Come On.
As I stated in my Happy New Year post – working on my 3rd album in the last 3 years in which I hope to have finished and released some time in late spring. It will be a 12 song album with some great songs (well, at least I think it will have great songs, hope you will to). I think you will find on this album a more polished and distinct sound that has developed over the past few years. I have started to think about the art work for the cover and a name for the album. I also have a bunch of idea’s for a few video’s that will co-inside with the release of the album. Started to work on the story boards for the video’s as the video’s are a lot harder for me to produce then the music itself. The visual’s have to be right and it’s difficult to get really the production I want as I have limited resources at my disposal.
So stay up to date with the progression of my new album. In the meantime – keep checking in and enjoy my release from last year.
I sure did pull this one out of my ass!!! Some where in between and for the life of me I don’t remember the time line on this one. Ken, Myself and a drummer named Tim started a trio to see if we could play the local bar circuit to earn some pocket change. I was rummaging through my cassette tapes the other day and low and behold, I found this musty old practice recording tape of this band (I’m pretty sure Gary joined in at one point as there is keyboards on this recording). I don’t even think we had a name for the band but we did have quite an eclectic repertoire of songs that we played. The Stones, “Brown Sugar”, David Bowie’s, “Suffragette city”, Jimi Hendrix, “Fire” were just a few songs in which we were doing at the time. If my memory serves me right, we never did play out any where either, but Ken and I brought these songs to the Lampshades and when the Lampshades first started playing the bar circuit on Long Island, New York – we were playing a lot of cover music and only a few originals. Reality was to play the bar circuit on Long Island you really had no choice but to play covers to get your foot in the door just to get a gig and earn a little cash, albeit not much after the bar tab was rung up.
Here is “The Rolling Stones” and our unnamed band version of Brown Sugar
It’s been a good year for me and my music. I have explored new genre’s and bought some new equipment to further my experimental voyages into the realm of music and sound. And frankly I don’t give a fuck if the music takes me into a world of what people think it should be as this is my outlet and one of my art forms that makes my life fulfilled.
It is so interesting from when I first started playing back in the 70’s to where I am today. Everything is at my fingertips and I don’t need to have other musicians to play all the parts. Although, nothing can replace that feeling of playing in a band with good musicians with you and being on stage, be it playing for a small audience or large audience it’s is still so exhilarating and fun.
I just recently obtained the Maschine Mirko MK3. What a cool piece of equipment! I immediately started playing around with it and produced a nice progressive uplifting instrumental. ( Take a listen – click on link below)
Working on my 3rd album in the last 2 years in which I hope to have finished some time in late spring. As said before, at my age and time in my life it’s all about the music in me and sharing with whom ever wants to listen. It’s always strange that as life moves on your priorities change as mortality faces you (not that i’m going to die hopefully anytime soon – LOL), but you don’t have that young man’s fancy of acquiring fame anymore, if it happens that’s a bonus now. You just want to leave a mark somewhere that you contributed to the progression of art, beauty and music. It’s like some old blue’s player that played back in the day and some where at some time some one heard a recording of a song or of him playing and said -wow that was fantastic and appreciated the talent.
Keep checking on Aldo Buzzi as we keep progressing
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!
May you be happy and healthy and a little more wiser
In My Dreams is the #10 on the Eclectic Collaborations Album. The video In My Dreams is a bit autobiographical, written with my wife in mind. Certain lines like, “Now it’s just the two of us” is about our children that are now grown up with lives of their own and we only have each other. The chorus is my admiration for my wife and our love together, how I will be true and always love you. The dichotomy of the song is the guitar lead that I wanted Kimo to come up with in which it is similar to Chris Isaak’s, “Wicked Game” lead guitar riff, as I just loved that guitar riff. In My Dreams is a melodic love song with smooth flowing music ending with the subtle rumbling of neon waves.
Jon Tyson, Frank McKenna, Everton Uila, Kaitlyn Baket, Lorenzo Di Cristina, Sabina Ciesielska, Toa Hefliba, Rmin Khatibi, Clem Onojeghuo, Josh Rockledge, Max Hofsetter, Zoe Holling, Chinh Le Duc, WmVan T Einde, Casey Lee, Ulses Baga, Fssac Mehegan