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.
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
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.
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:
"And I was like baby, baby, baby, oh. Like baby, baby, baby, no. Like baby, baby, baby, oh I thought you'd always be mine."
A Lullaby is a tragic tale of a school girl gone wrong. It’s a melody of disappointments, pressure and insecurity.
California, fall of 2008
This song was created during tech rehearsals for Spring Awakening in San Diego, California. If you don’t know, a tech rehearsal is the time where all of the elements of a show together. Lights, set, costumes, sound, etc. The rehearsals are also painfully long and boring.
Noodling on my guitar was the only way to keep entertained and because of that, the seeds of “A Lullaby” were planted.
The first demo of the song was recorded on my computer backstage at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in the fall of 2008.
Boston, MA sometime in the spring of 2009.
After sitting with the song for a few months I decided to get it properly demoed.
I spent a cloudy day tucked away David Siegel’s (engineer extraordinaire) humble bedroom. My pals Marques Walls (percussion), Liam McCormack (bass), Perry Sherman (backup vox) and Alice So (backup vox) kept me company and added their talents to the song.
We took what I originally had and created this together:
Brooklyn, NY summer of 2012
Having played the song countless times in rehearsal studios, coffee shops and roof tops, it was clear that this one wasn’t going to end up in the vortex of lost songs. It needed one final incarnation.
Working on “A Lullaby” for Wander Years was a spiritual experience. Everyone involved contributed much more than notes and rhythms to the track. There is so much compassion, heart, so much sensitivity in this recording.
This version features the genius of Marques Walls (Drums, percussion), Alan Stevens Hewitt (bass/synth strings), Cian McCarthy (piano), Ben Kalb (Cello), Thad DeBrock (Pedal Steel) Gabby Garza (sexy woman voice) and Anthony ‘Rocky’ Gallo (producer, engineer).
Of all the songs on the record, I’m most proud of this one.