I love to make music.
I am making a lot of it (comparatively speaking) over the next few days, playing rock and blues covers at a private party with my friends in Unclaimed Freight on Saturday night, then on Monday night collaborating with Too Klez For Comfort to play some Klezmer music and a couple of my originals at Thunder Road, a rock and music bistro in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Monday, March 20
379 Somerville Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
Doors open at 7:30. TKFC and I go on at 10:30 to close the show. Hope to see you there.
“Songs of Love, Despair and Regret” is now available in a CD or by download from CD Baby and will soon be available from many streaming and downloading sources, including iTunes. The Rubenoff Project may not have hit the big time, but at least we’re on the map. 🙂
I am happy, grateful and relieved to have reached this point. Many thanks to my friends who gave generously to help fund the project and to my fellow musicians who made it possible.
Members of the Project have already expressed a desire to do it again, so I think we will, if the universe permits, sometime next year. Our next work will probably focus more on instrumental music, but there will be some of my so-called vocals in there too, no doubt. I very much enjoyed the adventure and would love to do it again.
While CD Baby inspects the EP for digital and physical distribution, I am making ready to send copies of the CD and thank-yous to the wonderful people who supported this effort. I belong to a remarkable, generous community and I am very grateful. If you gave your support and are reading this now, THANK YOU. I look forward to sending you your CD.
While I am waiting for the release of the EP I am thinking of the next Rubenoff Project endeavor to come, choosing music and playing with art, writing some new stuff and practicing my instruments. As it is taking shape in my mind it will be more instrumental and less vocal, with more of a Latin feel. In any case it will be fun. 🙂
Of course I will let you all know when and where “Songs of Love, Despair and Regret” becomes available for purchase. I’m sure that will be soon.
Time 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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.