At Home, In the Studio
When music was my full-time career in the early '90's, the Internet was just becoming a thing. There was no recording software. No real digital technology other than mixers that could be controlled by computers. Most musicians played live gigs in clubs to find their audience. Recordings were made on two-inch tape (look closely and you can see two hanging on the wall). Digital files...? Not yet.
After I transitioned to the corporate world and became a "marketing guy," I was fortunate to spend many years working for Avid Technology, and thanks to its incredibly generous employee purchase program, was able to build a modest home studio where I could keep a hand in composing and recording.
Below you'll find a handful of examples of things I've worked on in the past, which also have special meaning. My musical taste is somewhat eclectic, so you'll find a wide range of genres in the material. Where possible, I've included names of other great musicians associated with these works, many of whom record and perform for a living. If you have the time, please take a moment to check them out too... they will not disappoint!
Strung by the Chimney (Christmas 2021)
Coming Soon - December 2021!
I'll be releasing a collection of some of my favorite holiday tunes the first week of December, 2021, featuring a number of guest performers from around the country.
Tracks for Fun (2015 - 2018)
For all of the 2000's, I worked at Avid Technology, the leading software and hardware manufacturer for digital film, video, audio, and music. Over the years, Avid's incredible employee purchase program enabled me to build a Pro Tools home studio which is now where the magic happens (if you can call it that! ;-)
More recently, I've written pop-rock tunes for fun - very different than my earlier jazz-influenced rock. On these tracks, virtually everything you'll hear is performed by me - guitars, vocals, keyboards, bass, drums, etc. (You get a prize if you identify my wife Amy, who makes a short but sweet guest vocal appearance - and here's a hint... it's not in the one named for her!)
New England Blues... in Texas (2013)
In 2011, I took a new job in San Antonio, TX, so we packed up our family and headed south, finding home in Boerne (pronounced "Bernie"), a cool little town just north of the city.
While there, I was surprised to find only a small number of local blues bands playing the local scene. There were always plenty of acts coming through town, but not many local groups working the regular blues clubs.
After meeting a couple great local players (Jimmy Hartman on bass, and Ernest Klein on drums), we threw together a blues trio for a few local shows. But unexpectedly, another job opportunity brought me back to Massachusetts in 2014, so before we could really get things going, we had "pack it up" and I headed back north.
We had some really fun jams back then - and here are a few live, on-the-fly recordings we cut for a demo to get gigs.
Bundles of Books Charity (2011)
In 2011, I was invited by Chad LaMarsh to play on a Christmas recording for Bundles of Books, a charity that provides books to kids-in-need during the holiday season. Chad is a well known Boston-based singer-songwriter - we met in the summer of 2005 when his band was playing in New Hampshire at an outdoor gig in the parking lot of a club. When he started singing his original tune, Can You Kiss Me, and I noticed that the entire crowd was singing along, I was blown away. After that, I gigged with Chad for several years, including opening for the Gin Blossoms at the 2005 Taste of Boston Festival - and the annual Chad LaMarsh Band Party Cruise - a fun, 3-hour tug around the Boston Harbor.
The track below, This Christmas, is one of my favorite holiday tunes. It also features super soulful Josh Logan on vocals, who was a contestant on NBC's, The Voice in 2011.