Between Thought and Release

August 14, 2016 Leave a comment

trombone5Time remains a fluid entity, elastic and predictable only to a degree.  The bow is bent, the arrow set to the string, the breath taken, the eye focused, the target acquired.  Now there may be a pause, almost reflective, where one may question.  This may be a moment or an infinity (hence the elastic nature of time).

Sometimes the fear of the brain causes premature release.  The soul has not finished considering, but out of fear the brain acts.  Then everyone is disappointed.  Best wait until release has the best chance of hitting its target, or in other words, until it is “time.”

Well, let’s not have any of that.

It is in this blessed between state that I now wait for the CD’s to ship. 🙂

The sessions were fantastic for us, I venture to say.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and together we created good music.  We are happy with the result and hope you will be, too.  We hope you will enjoy our new CD, “Songs of Love, Despair and Regret,” available soon.  We’ll keep you posted. 🙂

Eve of the Eve

July 30, 2016 2 comments
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David Patrick

Today I enjoyed a light rehearsal with my friend David Patrick, an excellent guitarist who will be a featured artist on my upcoming EP, “Songs of Love, Despair and Regret.”  He adds so much to my composition with his great musical ideas, taste, and ear for advanced harmonies.   His solo on the ballad, “Jack”, will certainly be one of the high points of this recording.  After our rehearsal today I am even more excited about the project.

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David Sparr

My friend, David Sparr, will be on keyboards and at the engineering controls.  David is an amazing musician and musical director, as well as a great friend.  His ears and eyes have been of vital importance in advance of the session to help make sure my charts are accurate, and it will be his ears and musical sense that will make our recordings the best that they can be.

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Dan Fox

Joining us on bass guitar and trombone will be Dan Fox, excellent on both instruments.  Out of kindness and his natural good nature Dan has helped me in many ways on my own musical journey.  It is very fortunate to have his talent, taste and great ears on board.

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Jeremiah Klarman

On cajon and percussion, my friend Jeremiah Klarman adds surprising dimension to my music with his rhythmic interpretations.  He is a great listener, and brings my musical dreams to an eclectic and memorable reality.   Jeremiah is also a musical composer and excellent pianist.

I will be going into the the studio to record music for this EP recording together with David Patrick, David Sparr, Dan Fox and Jeremiah Klarman along with special guest soloist John Clark on August 1 and 2.   I hope to release this first EP sometime this fall.  I’ll keep you posted.

Poem by a Friend

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Black lives matter
Blue lives matter
All lives
Matter

But does your life still
Matter
When you are black and
Blue?

Do all lives matter
When blues is the backdrop
Framing the frustration
Of their lives?

Does my life matter
When my blackness is not the
Color angels wear
But is the uniform of
A rebel?

Only rebels are good at
Singing the blues

Even angels rebel when god
Wont hear their cries!

When the song they’ve known
All their life becomes a song of
Lies

The white man may sing the blues
But it aint like mine !!!

The white man may bear the weight
Like sysyphus
But his weight aint mine !!!

Loving a woman wont placate it
I ask j.c., ” can you you relate to it?”

The guitars echo the pain
Like a bullet shattering
My brain

Do you know what it feels like
To be blue?

To be black and blue?

     Erren Geraud Kelly/ 7 ’11’16

Categories: Poetry

A Month to Prepare

tromboniaYou see yourself in the mirror and you wonder how you got there.   But really, you know.  You seem to remember there was this one and that one, and they said this and that and thus and so.  And they did stuff, too.  Some of this stuff they did and said you came somehow to own a share of, like a squatter, sojourner, stranger in a strange land.  Ends up to be a great shared mass of particles, bits of reality and misconception, outright lie and humble truth.

After all of that you look in the mirror and you either hate or love what you see.  Given the random nature of what is, it doesn’t really matter which.  Pick one, play the part well, and maybe they’ll ask for an encore.

I decided to drop the “Bare Bone” from the EP title and just call it, “The Rubenoff Project”, subtitle, “Songs of Love, Despair and Regret.”   I’ll save “Bare Bone” for a more trombone-centered recording maybe next year.

I could have really gone either way this year, but – and this will sound a bit funny coming from a sexagenarian – but I my sound needs to mature just a bit more.  The Universe has been pushing me toward being a solo act on the trombone, but it is not really what I like.  I like to blend.  Therefore I like somebody to blend with.

Well, it’ll come, or it won’t.  Wait and see.

In the mean time my sessions are booked for August 1st and 2nd, so I have lots of time to make sure I can remember my lyrics.  Lucky for me the people I will be recording with are all better than I am. 😉

 

 

Moving Forward

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Thanks to my generous friends I now have about $1,800 to fund recording my new EP, “Bare Bone, Songs of Love, Despair and Regret.”  This week I will solidify plans with my fellow musicians and come up with a schedule.  Exciting times, full of work!

There is still time to contribute to this project.  Everyone who donates more than $7 gets a copy of the EP.  Click here if you would like to contribute. 

I am leaning now in the direction of recording all vocal pieces on this EP, with no instrumentals on this particular recording.  That means next year I should pursue recording some of my instrumental work to balance things out. 🙂

In other news, David Patrick, Ron Hertz and I will be back at the Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge on Monday, June 20th, to enjoy our ten minutes of fame and then sit and toss back several beers.  Should be fun!  I hope you’ll join us.

Bare Bone

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Above is a working draft of cover art for my upcoming Rubenoff Project EP, “Bare Bone (Songs of Love, Despair and Regret)”.  It’s true that my lyrics tend to range more to the dark side of things than the light.  The three vocals that will be featured will be “Crazy As Me,” a song of twisted love; “Jack,” a song of regret; and “Fancy Hat,” a song of despair.   I will need to record a studio version of “Jack” for the EP.

“Bare Bone” of course refers to the instrument, King Cleveland, my trombone.  I hope to put three instrumentals on the EP, featuring me on bone, David Patrick on guitar, David Sparr on keyboards, Dan Fox on bass and Jeremiah Klarman on percussion.  “Stone Cold Stones” is already recorded, a blues based on tumbling emotions.   I have a lot of choices for the other two instrumentals.  A lot depends on who is available for the studio date, whenever that may be.

The plan is still to get into the studio sometime between now and December, 2016.  I’ll let you know how I do.  🙂

If you would like to support this endeavor, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

Phoenix

LDR2smallOne dream ends and another begins.  Really, though, it is the same dream, downsized.  Much of what I envisioned may not be possible, but something will be possible.

I am very grateful for all the support I have received, and also for the lessons I’ve learned.   For example, if one will engage in crowdfunding, one should already have a crowd, realistically look at what the crowd may willingly provide by way of funds, and then seek perhaps 60% of this estimate.  My misconception was that I could attract the public with a video plea and some musical excerpts.

Therefore, with broken misconceptions but unbroken resolve, I proceed with a smaller dream.  Instead of “Notes from the Spirit” the reincarnation will be called, “Bare Bone (Songs of Love, Despair and Regret).”  I have collected donations already adequate to create an EP with 3 or 4 songs on it, but not enough yet to produce it.

If you would like to help, please visit my fundraising page at Door Hardware Genius.  Please click here for the page.

In other news, I am blessed to be playing a lot of music these days.  I’ll certainly keep doing that. 🙂

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