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Pianos Recap

What a fantastic night at Pianos!

On Tuesday, December 29th I was joined by Ardith Collins on cello for a nice little acoustic performance in the upstairs lounge.

Here are Ardith and the sound guy doing a little pre-show phone check.

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Here is the setlist. We were able to pack a bunch of tunes in the set, including a folk tune (Who’s Gonna Shoe?), an 80s classic (Melt With You), a 90s one-hit wonder (Your Woman), a modern day cover (Loveland), and a bunch of my original songs. Oh… and… ummm… Britney Spears. There was some of that, too. I also experimented using looping pedals. One for the voice. One for the guitar. Worked out quite well and allowed me to add some additional layering.

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Here is a post-gig photo of Ardith and I.

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And finally, here’s a video of us performing “Loveland,” by Milky Chance. If you can’t see the embedded video below, you can watch it on YouTube right here: https://youtu.be/aXiP5vtfhuw

Watch Three New Toll Collectors Videos

Captured during a live performance at Finnegan’s in Hoboken, NJ on Saturday, October 17th, here are three original songs by Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors. Enjoy!

“Leave the Light On” https://youtu.be/NjqzH7R8gnA

“My Little Sin” https://youtu.be/HkhaWwjIhV0

“Rescue Me” https://youtu.be/Z-dNwKGeV3Q

Walking On

Back in January, I wrote a post called Writing Is Rewriting. It referenced a new song called “Walking On.”

Today, I’m happy to debut that song for you as a video. The song has a bluesy, porch stomper vibe to it. I hope you enjoy it!

(And if you do enjoy it, please share it. Here’s the link to copy/paste: http://youtu.be/pe2KHE6Yo5E)

Watch Two Videos from the Tierney’s Performance

What a gig!

I had a blast playing with Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors last Friday night at Tierney’s Tavern in Montclair, NJ – 12/12/14. It was so great to play in a band with such excellent musicians.

Here was the line up:
Christina Alessi: voice and acoustic guitar
Jon Andrew: Bass
Josh Bicknell: Drums
Ty Tuschen: Guitar
Mari Hubley: Mandolin/ Vox
Sean-David Cunningham: Epic Violin

Here was the setlist:

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Watch a cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”
In case the embed doesn’t work above, here’s the link: http://youtu.be/PetxyoxW2Kk

Watch a cover of “Wagon Wheel” (which actually has a pretty interesting origin story):
In case the embed doesn’t work above, here’s the link: http://youtu.be/MwjWWagcN8U

We hope to do it all over again sometime soon. Stay tuned!

Five Songs from the Espresso Joe’s Performance

Here’s a YouTube playlist of five songs from my performance at Espresso Joe’s last month. Thanks to my parents for capturing these on their iPhones!

The playlist includes:

  1. “Pompeii” – cover of Bastille
  2. “Tired” – original double-breasted song featuring Ardith Collins on cello
  3. “Say Something” – cover of A Great Big World featuring Ardith Collins on cello and my sister on backing vocals
  4. “Across the Universe” on ukelele
  5. “Melt with You” – cover of Modern English

If you can’t see the video playlist embedded below, click here.

Watch a New Video for “You Smiled Because You Knew”

Today, I’m releasing a new video for my instrumental piece, “You Smiled Because You Knew.”

You may remember my recent blog post about the importance of its title. And how it’s the most listened-to piece of music I’ve made so far (but only because of it’s title).

I filmed this video from a plane, while departing from New York’s LaGuardia airport back in June. It was a beautifully clear Saturday morning as I took off en route to Atlanta, GA. I think the music pairs really nicely with the feeling of becoming airborne and the beautiful view of Manhattan looking south. You see all of Central Park, the bridges that connect Queens and the Bronx, and finishes as the plane crosses over the Hudson River into New Jersey.

Check out the video below.
If you don’t see the video below, use this link: http://youtu.be/HgQgDr0CL-A

Another interesting fact about this piece of music – It’s licensed under Creative Commons, which gives you permission to share, remix, and build upon this piece of music so long as you include a credit and use the music non-commercially.

If you’d like to use this piece for something you’re currently working on, please do so! I’d be honored. Just download the audio using the link below, add a credit to your work, and let me know about it.

The audio track is available for immediate download for $0.69 right here.

Hope you enjoy it!