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.
You 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. 😉