2012

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.

385522_10150518294196797_1477503141_n-1January: Lysastrata Jones – Closing Performance on Broadway. I was in the band.

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February: Recording Lysistrata’s cast album with some of the coolest/craziest musicians. Recognize any of them?

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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.

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April: Easter show at Rockwood Music Hall. April 2012. The room was filled with a great audience willing to get pegged by Easter eggs.

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May: Recording Wander Years. The most fulfilling and exciting experience of my entire life.

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July: Kenya. Life changed. Photo taken at the Nest Rescue Center.

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August: North East tour with Yellowbirddd and Doug of The Field Effect. LIIIAAAAAAAA

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September: The unavailing of Wander Years. Epic.

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October: Mini-tour/trip out west. I ❤ SF

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November: Filming The Brainwash music video. Photo taken outside my apartment building in Brooklyn.

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November: Hurricane Sandy. Photo taken from my roof.

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September-present: The birth of my alter-ego, Trace McCenzie, a record producer/promoter extraordinaire. Expect to hear more from him this year.

For The Record 4

Well… we are entering the home stretch with this recording as far as tracking and mixing goes. It has been an incredibly fulfilling process and I’m beyond excited and (more importantly) confident to share this with everyone I know.

Look at the board now! If it were a game of tic-tack-toe then X would be pitching a no hitter… that makes sense right?Image

I’m am beyond fortunate to know so many talented and well centered people who love making music. My friends involved in this recording have really put their heart into it and it’s gonna make me cry!

Here are some photos from the process:

Image(Ben Kalb guest starring on “A Lullaby.” Keep an ear out for the cello when you hear the song)

Image(Cian McCarthy laying down some tragically hip keyboard tracks on many tunes. People, this guy is legit.)

Image(Robi Hager background singing his face off. He’s awesome and nails things in one take!)

Image(Me, flying the V. Rock on.)

Image(The mastermind behind it all, Anthony “Rocky” Gallo)

And to top it off, an inspiring view from the roof of Virtue And Vice Studios:

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Life is good I tell ya.

The next update will consist of a track listing and a timeline of when I want of to release the album,  ideas leading up to that, etc.

Stay tuned and stay happy.