“For You” – recorded in the middle of Trout Lake, in the Adirondacks in New York. Jenn Mundia filmed and edited the video and the plan is to have this song on the upcoming album. Other plans include, but are not limited to:
inhabiting a studio in January
Release the album early next spring
write more lyrics
practice more guitar
record more videos
buy a few oranges and exercise today.
Some exciting news:
Well, after a few years of playing the intimately joyful stage 1 of Rockwood Music Hall, we will be making our way on toStage 2… a slightly bigger space with enough room for us all on stage. Marques is excited. If you’re in the NYC area it’d be mighty great to see you there!
Monday August 10th
Also in the works:
Album #2! Title and song listing still in the works but we’ll be trying out the new material at Rockwood. The goal is to release it in the early spring of ’16, along side a new slew of music videos and perhaps a “Trace MaKenzie” resurrection.
I had the recent pleasure of playing guitar alongside my good friend Zach Scot’s band Cartesian Theater at New Castle, Virginia’s most spectacular hidden gem, The Untitled Music Festival. It’s a home-grown music festival hosted by an incredible family who shared their property with hundreds of good hearted strangers. My hope is to bring the Beset Intentions along next year and play and have you guys camp alongside us.
Dear NYC friends reading this:
We are back again for our 3rd (almost annual) Easter shenanigans. This year we will be sharing the stage with our good friends Kondor:
This Sunday – April 5th
At – Rockwood Music Hall. Stage 1
Price – FREE
The fun starts at 7 and will be celebrating chocolate and bunnies all night long.
Come catch an egg.
Here are four inspiring friends of mine who’s music has been rolling through my blood as of late. These are great writers/musicians/humanatrainas and I’m lucky to say that I know them.
If you’re in the market for intuitive and interesting new music, take your time and explore each of these artists thoroughly:
I bid thee a long and overdue hello. (wave, wave)
2014 was a collection of days that were educational, adventurous and life imprinting. While I don’t place a lot of value in giving praise or passing blame on a year, I do enjoy taking a moment to turn around and reflect on what just happened. AND, since I haven’t been the greatest at keeping up with my blog I figured I’d share a few highlights from 2014.
Touring with Flashdance The Musical
Workshopping a brilliant new musical at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
Farewell childhood home. :(
Family vacation/sister’s wedding at the Amalfi Coast in Italy
…followed by an incredibly challenging scooter ride along steep winding cliffs with the new family.
Making my Musical Direction debut… at my grade school alma mater. The New York Times never made it down to Alexandria but I’d say it was a smashing success.
If you haven’t seen the ‘Lullaby’ video yet yet, feel free to check it out here:
So. What does 2015 have in store? What are my resolutions? Well. We will find out together!
It’s been almost a year in the making but I’m happy to announce that the official music video for “A Lullaby,” one of my favorites off of Wander Years, is now here for your viewing pleasure!
Check out the video now:
Major thanks to:
Patrick Mandeville for his vision and direction
Ellenore Scott a beautiful dancer/choreographer
Her dancing dudes Timmy Wasserman and Jeffrey Gugliotti
The wonderful Sofia Rebelo, the actress and newly named mother of the year!
My musical brothers
Drummer: Marques Walls
Bassist: Alan Stevens Hewitt
Cellist: Alon Bisk
And production team:
Co-Producer: Maxine Medina
Cinematographer: Jamal Solomon
B-Camera Operator/Color Correcter: Wilson Mbiavanga
I’m very proud of the work we all did and I hope you enjoy!
So, after a few months of laying low and staying quiet, I’m back! I’ve been on the road guitar-ing for Flashdance the musical, exploring some new and old corners of America all the while writing new songs and working on new projects. Some of which are discussed below.
Music in a short film
The film, written by Jim Baker and directed by Andrea Fuma.
Moving On is honest, touching and beautifully shot.
A Lullaby music video coming soon
While on the cinematic train of thought – the music video for the song ‘A Lullaby’ is in it’s final stages of production and will hit the net (hopefully) during the early days of June. I’ve been working with a longtime friend and incredibly talented cinematographer, Patrick Mandeville and with another a good friend/So You Think You Can Dance finalist, Ellenore Scott to come up with, what I believe to be, a well-formed and graceful visual representation of the song.
Here are a few screen shots to build some excitement:
Thanks for reading – more to come.
It is unclear who is aware, but it is time everyone knows. December 30th is a lonely day.
For hundreds of thousands of years 30th, the innocent, has been cold-shouldered by it’s showboat brother, 31st.
People all across the land stop what they’re doing when 31st approaches. They gawk and snap photos with the celebrity. They dash about the world trying to get close to 31st lustfully anticipating the future, leaving 30th companionless and un-cherished.
It is time to stop the bullying. A change must come.
December 30th, henceforth, shall be know as ‘Happy THIS Year‘ day. The day that celebrates a year that is currently breathing. A year that has been, and is being, lived.
On ‘Happy THIS Year‘ day we rejoice together. We rock and roll together. We find entertainment in live music and spoken word. We dance and giggle, drink and adore. Together.
Monday December 30th we will do just that.
+Freddy Hall & the Best Intentions (yours truly)
+David Gordon & the Dealbreakers (from Flashdance The Musical playing at the Kennedy Center)
+Cartesian Theater (Sometimes from Richmond and Lorton Station most other times)
+Ready Nebraska [Resurrected] (from 2003)
… and many more guest performers to be announced whenever and however.
The beloved galaxy hut
Monday, December 30th
Unfortunately The Galaxy Hut runs a 21+ operation, so no kiddies are allowed to party.
Do your civil duty and provide December 30th with the love it needs.
I recorded a song called ‘Not A Lonely Guy’ during the “Wander Years” sessions and after much thinking and tinkering with the track-list it was decided that the song didn’t quite fit with motion and mood of the album.
I’m not sure if anyone even pays attention to album flow anymore, but I grew up right before iTunes started shuffling songs around and it’s always been my priority to carefully consider the lineup of an album.
I’m very happy with this song – it’s fun and playful and honest. Three of the most challenging elements I run into while writing songs. I believe in the song and think it has a place out there in my lineup of proudly written songs. It stands best on its own.
This one goes out to the iTunes shuffle:
Recorded at Virtue And Vice Studios
Produced by Rocky Gallo and Freddy Hall
Alan Stevens Hewitt and Cian McCarthy played some pretty cool synth ambient patches.
Ingram Millier and I snapped our little hearts out.
I would like to thank the commuters and construction crew on Norman Avenue for providing a nice backing track.
If you fancy, you can download ‘Not A Lonely Guy’ for free