In celebration, I’ve made public playlists of some of my favorite holiday music, both old and new. It’s currently filled with 3 1/2 hours worth of music. Perfect to have in the background as you open presents, spend time with family and friends, travel, or any time you want to get in the holiday spirit. Set it to shuffle and enjoy!
Last Wednesday, I came home with an idea for a song arrangement. I recorded it right away and today I’m releasing the recording to you. I’m not entirely certain what sparked it, but I suspect it had something to do with having a desire for peace during this holiday season. The phrase “sleep in” stuck in my mind and I had the idea to loop it. From there, the rest of the arrangement came together quickly. The vocal loop offered a sense of motion while also adding a peaceful, sleepy element to the song. Perhaps if we all slept in a little more often, we’d have a little more peace and be a little less on edge?
Here’s to sleeping in this holiday season. The image for the cover you see above is one I captured during the blizzard in NYC on January 23, 2016. The roads were closed and for a night the Manhattan streets were quiet and peaceful.
Please enjoy my interpretation and recording of this holiday classic, Silent Night.
It is currently available to stream and download (pay what you want) from Bandcamp. In the coming days, it will also be available on all of the major streaming services like Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music.
You can now listen to a live recording of my set from this year’s Banding Together performance.
If the embedded player doesn’t appear below, you can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/joshbicknell/live-espresso-joes-101417
Doubleheaders aren’t only for sporting events.
This past Saturday, I spent the afternoon playing as part of the Banding Together 2017 fundraising show at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ and the evening playing with Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors for three sets at Maxfield’s on Main in Boonton, NJ.
If you haven’t done so yet, please consider donating to the Spondylitis Association of America. As a fun way to donate, you can purchase a digital compilation album, which includes exclusive tracks from local musicians. I have a track on there, too!
Donate at https://spondy.bandcamp.com today!
I’m pleased to be playing the front room in Maxwell’s Tavern on Thursday, October 12th from 8-10pm. I’ll be joined by Ardith Collins on cello. This show is free for all to attend!
Thursday, October 12th
Josh Bicknell with Ardith Collins
Maxwell’s Tavern Front Room
1039 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
I had such a great time playing at Sticks and Stones in Hawthorne, NJ for the Hope with Heart Benefit on Saturday, September 9th. The event raised over $2,200 for the kids.
The night was filled with art and music. I even sold two photographs. All proceeds went directly to the foundation. If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the event, it’s not too late. You can still make a contribution at www.hopewithheart.org.
Some photos of my photos!
And the setlist!
These brand new prints of mine will be framed and auctioned at Saturday’s HEARTXSOULNJ event at Sticks and Stones in Hawthorne, NJ. Every dollar will go toward the Hope with Heart Foundation.
Doors are at 6pm. Be sure to get there early – I’m also performing a solo acoustic set at 7pm!
Saturday, September 9th
Josh Bicknell solo acoustic
A Benefit for Hope with Heart Benefit
Sticks and Stones
142 Goffle Rd.
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
I’m excited to be playing as a new venue on Friday. Join me from 10-midnight on August 11th in Jersey City Heights at The Hutton. The food looks delicious, so plan to get there a little early and then let me entertain you! Joining me on electric guitar is none other than Ty Tuschen. We have an eclectic mix of originals and covers for your enjoyment.
Friday, August 11th
Josh Bicknell with Ty Tuschen
225 Hutton Street
Jersey City, NJ 07307
On Thursday, May 4th, I had the privilege of entertaining the front room at Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken, NJ. Ty Tuschen joined me for two sets and also ran his GoPro during the gig! Check out this video, which features a unique acoustic interpretation of Disclosure’s (feat. Sam Smith) “Latch.”
If the embed doesn’t appear below, here’s a direct and shareable link: https://youtu.be/LrCjUuawN5g