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
Yeah… yeah… I know we’re already 22 days into the new year but there is never a bad time for reflection.
Time goes by real quick and, especially during quiet weeks, the feeling of being unproductive can hang around like an welcomed guest. Reflection is necessary for perspective.
I was just going through my camera roll from this past year and picked 12 of my favorite photos, or photos of moments, from 2012.
January: Lysastrata Jones – Closing Performance on Broadway. I was in the band.
February: Recording Lysistrata’s cast album with some of the coolest/craziest musicians. Recognize any of them?
2012 was the year of weddings… I think I went to four or five. They were all fabulous. I can’t pick a favorite. This photo was taken on the beach in St. Augustine, FL at my buddy Corey’s (co-designer of the Wander Years cover) wedding.
April: Easter show at Rockwood Music Hall. April 2012. The room was filled with a great audience willing to get pegged by Easter eggs.
May: Recording Wander Years. The most fulfilling and exciting experience of my entire life.
July: Kenya. Life changed. Photo taken at the Nest Rescue Center.
September: The unavailing of Wander Years. Epic.
October: Mini-tour/trip out west. I <3 SF
November: Filming The Brainwash music video. Photo taken outside my apartment building in Brooklyn.
November: Hurricane Sandy. Photo taken from my roof.
September-present: The birth of my alter-ego, Trace McCenzie, a record producer/promoter extraordinaire. Expect to hear more from him this year.
Well… my nephew might be getting a little more attention than me these days and I’d be jealous… only… he’s SO GOOD!
Perry Sherman directed and edited the video. Marques Walls and Alan Stevens Hewitt are a dream team band and I’m lucky to know them. It should be credited that the apartment used for the party scene is in fact Marques’ humble abode, along with Jamie Little. Andrea Setaro made her acting debut as “the lady doing laundry.” That adorable girl who lost to Roman in the game of Connect 4 is my niece, Reyna.
The party attendees include:
Tim Boreky, Stacy Davidowitz, Anthony Lee Medina, Jamie Little, Molly Little, Dan Schaub, Amanda Rosenburg, Janet Young, Suzy Quinn, Scott Isenberg, Ivan Reibeisen, and my Mom and Dad (for a split second.)
Check out the music video here and let us know what you think:
My pal Perry Sherman (the other mind behind the first Trace McKensie video) and I started working on the very first “official” music video from Wander Years for the song “The Brainwash.” The video features my nephew – Roman Auth – as the main character, and ladies, he is a star.
Check out the song here:
There isn’t an official release date for the video yet, but you will know when it’s out. Trust me.
Check out more of Perry’s work here.