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 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, I built a modest home studio where I could keep a hand in composing and recording.
Below you'll find a handful of selections I've worked on in the past. My musical taste is somewhat eclectic, so you'll find a range of genres in the material. Where possible, I've included names of other great musicians associated with these works, many of whom still record and perform for a living. If you have the time, please take a moment to check them out too... they will not disappoint!
On the Run (Instrumental)
At the moment, I'm working on a set of funky, rock, jazz-inspired instrumental songs with the goal of crafting some pop-music type hooks and melodies but all delivered on guitar. Nothing too earth-shattering or really innovative there, but it's essentially a mash up of a lot of my interests... and more importantly, it's super fun!! :)
This clip is a short excerpt from one of the tunes, On the Run. You'll hear a few clunkers as I'm still working out the kinks, but it's getting there!
Strung by the Chimney (2021)
While working from home throughout the Covid pandemic, I decided to arrange a collection of some of my favorite holiday songs and invite a handful of musicians with whom I've worked in the past to contribute to the recording. The challenge, of course, was to sound like "a band" when musicians couldn't travel or actually meet in-person to play. So we recorded a range of individual performances separately from different locations, including New York, Los Angeles and Boston - and I think we pulled it off!
The featured musicians are Jonathan Dinklage (violin), Greg Gardner (piano), Eric Przedpelski (saxophone) and Crystal Spencer (background vocals) and this recording wouldn't have been possible without their talents.
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 been writing pop-rock tunes for fun - very different than my earlier jazz-influenced rock. On these tracks, virtually everything you 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 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 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, I had to "pack it up" and head 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.