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. :)

Hope

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First, THANK YOU to everyone who made a pledge to my Kickstarter project, “Notes from the Spirit.” :)

While hope remains it is not time to give up.  So here it is.  I must raise $4,800 in additional pledges for my Kickstarter campaign to succeed.   Every pledge is important.  So if you meant to pledge but haven’t yet please do.  If you would otherwise like to pledge, please do.  If you really don’t want to pledge, please do it anyway.   No pledge is too small, and all will be met with joy and gratitude.

Also if you happen to know someone with $5K they are just dying to use to support a struggling artist, by all means let them know about “Notes from the Spirit.”

Thanks again!

The “Notes from the Spirit” Project

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The “Notes from the Spirit” Project is to record nine or so of my compositions at Little Dog Studio in 2016, add these pieces to three we have already recorded and produce a piece of art, a lovingly crafted album of original music full of joy and surprise that you will love to hear.

All the right creative ingredients are available.   When the funding is in place I am confident that the project will be a success.  But it won’t go anywhere without you.   I have run the numbers and “Notes from the Spirit” is only possible if it is funded.  This is where you can make a big difference.  We need at least $8,000 to pay for studio time, musicians and production.

Time is also a factor.  It is very fortunate that these uniquely talented individuals and Little Dog Studio are available to do this now.  We need funding now to lock in a recording schedule.  If we do not, this wonderful opportunity will soon fade away.  We need you.  Please help us with your generous contribution. Thank you.

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