I recently participated in a songwriter challenge for The Latest Noise Wine and Song where I composed an original song to a spoken word poem. I was sent the poem only – I wasn’t told who wrote it and didn’t have access to the poet’s reading. Two other songwriters were sent the same poem. The result? Three very different song interpretations! The poem is “Disbeliever” by Sandra Ann. Check out my version in the video below.
If you want to see the complete segment with all three song interpretations plus the poet’s reading, check out the full Wine and Song video below. In case the link doesn’t start in the correct spot, go to 14:20 to see the beginning of the challenge.
This week, I had a great time chatting with Mike Kuzan and Max Feinstein on the Latest Noise podcast. Check out the episode to hear our conversation about my upcoming show at the Hutton, music, photography, the creative process, creating effective email newsletters, and also a live performance of my song “A New Start.”
Banding Together 2013 features 30 minutes of original music recorded absolutely live. No auto-tune. No overdubs. No editing. Just my voice, acoustic guitar, and whatever other sounds occured during the performance. The album features eight original songs in their simplist form.
This recording originally aired as part of the Banding Together Webathon Concert to benefit the Spondylitis Association of America on blowupradio.com.
You can now stream the Guitar Pull featuring J Orellana, Keith Beck, and yours truly on blowupradio.com. In case you missed it when it aired back in March, you can stream it on demand. After clicking the link, look for the air date March 17th, 2013.
Totally unfiltered and completely laid back, you can listen to the three of us play original songs and talk about everything from the songwriting process to Wonder Woman. Enjoy.
Join us for this very acoustic, very intimate performance at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ. It’ll be our first performance at this venue. I’ve heard great things and am excited to check this place out.
Saturday – Temple of the Kitty in Hoboken
Saturday, May 18th Temple of the Kitty (with Christina Alessi and Jonathan Andrew)
557 First Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030 8pm
Christina, Jonathan, and I will perform together at Northern Soul for the third time this year. What began as a one-time songwriter’s collaborative has turned into a semi-regular gig.
Here’s the basic gist. The three of us perform each other’s songs as a trio. We throw in a few covers, too. And for the first time, we’ve decided to give this little project a name. So – at least for this show – we will be called Temple of the Kitty. Stop by on Saturday to find out why.
I spent a Sunday afternoon at blowupradio.com HQ participating in a songwriters’ collaboration known as a Guitar Pull. Keith Beck, J Orellana, and I traded songs, talked about the songwriting process, and made comments about Wonder Woman. Lazlo hosted the show and it will air three times this month, starting tomorrow. I hope you get a chance to listen to it!
GUITAR PULL AIR DATES
Sunday, March 17th @3pm
Tuesday, March 19th @10pm
Thursday, March 21st @NOON