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Wishbone Harp Prayer

The latest album of The Rubenoff Project is now available at CD Baby and Bandcamp, $2.99 American at either place. I hope you’ll give a listen. If you would like to give additional support to future Rubenoff Project endeavors, you can elect to give more than the (cheap!) asking price at Bandcamp.  Also at Bandcamp you can hear the entire song at least once free of charge.

This album is entirely instrumental.  Soft modern jazz with a little gospel feel in a couple of the pieces.  So far most listeners like the tune, “Hymn”, the best.

 

 

On the album:

Colescott Rubin, Bass on ‘Azurance,’ ‘Hymn’ and ‘Yesterday Morning.’
Dan Fox, Bass on ‘Stone Cold Stones’
David Patrick on Guitar
David Sparr on Keyboards
Jeremiah Klarman, Percussion on ‘Stone Cold Stones’
Thorleifur G. Davidsson, Harmonica on ‘Azurance,’ ‘Hymn’ and ‘Yesterday Morning.’
Tom Rubenoff (that’s me) on Trombone

Music composed by Tom Rubenoff (me). Recorded at Little Dog Studio in Malden, Massachusetts. Mastered by David Sparr, Engineer.

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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.

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.

Launch is Successful

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My Kickstarter Campaign has been successfully launched and is on schedule toward the goal of raising $8,000 by May 25th, 11 pm Eastern Time.  So far backers have pledged more than 10% of the goal.  I have been working hard to bring attention to the enterprise and I am starting to see it begin to pay off, but more than this, I am having fun.

One of the more enjoyable tasks is going through my catalog of music to work toward final decisions about what I want to record.  It’s fun to listen to recordings and imagine how great they’ll sound in the studio.

You can search Tom Rubenoff Kickstarter to find my campaign.  My video pitch came out pretty good I think, and there are some tunes to listen to and a video of me singing.  That ought to make it worth the trip :p

Continuing with high hopes.  Hope you’ll stop by and maybe pledge support.

Cheers.

Start the Kick

April 26, 2016 Leave a comment

As I continued in pursuit of music, I found outlets and inlets.  There was the recording session with David Sparr at recording facility, “Little Dog Studio,” with Dan Fox and Jeremiah Klarman. We recorded “Fancy Hat” and “Stone Cold Stones.”

There was the duo performance with Eddie Pierce to salvage another goal of the 2015 recording project, getting Eddie out to play.  We performed at the Lizard Lounge Open Mic Monday, performing my tune, “Jack” and a spontaneous jam.

Last Saturday I played in a duo with another guitarist, David Patrick, kicking off the first ever Arts Brookline – Celebrate Music Series as the first act in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Public Library.  That’s us in the photo above.

Somehow through this process the Project has evolved from “Fancy Hat” to “Notes from the Spirit”, an album I want to create from 12 of my original tunes.  I feel the vortex of influences bringing energies to manifest this dream swirling around me.  I will release the mechanism of realization in the next few days:  the Kickstarter fundraising campaign.

Stay tuned.