During the Pandemic 

So it's been awhile since I've written anything in this blog, and I can't really blame the Covid-19 pandemic on that.  Guess I've just been a bit lazy.  A lot has been happening or happened since my last post.  Before Covid-19 shut everything down I was making a lot of progress towards the release of my second cd, Transmissions From a Heart.  Had about half of it recorded and initial mixes done on six songs.  The good news is that since late September I've been able to get back into the studio and started…

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Open Mics 

    I played another open mic tonight.  Open mics are interesting creatures.  They are, in my opinion, essential for any singer/songwriter to take part in.  Whether you are new at the craft and hoping to get some experience performing in front of an audience, or been at it for a long time and use the open mic as a chance to try out new material or just keep sharp in between gigs they serve a very important purpose.  

     There are two distinct types of open mics.  Some nights you'll show up about 30…

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Kicking Up Stones 

So the album is finally finished, in the bag and ready for your ears!  It's been a long time coming but it's finally arrived.

Album was recorded & mixed at Windmill Studio, Stockton NJ, under the watchful eyes & ears of Mike Lozinski.  Mastered at Woodrock Sound, Raritan NJ, by Carmen Verderosa.

Already mentioned them all in the credits of the cd, but can't thank enough all the musicians who lent their talents to this album; Bob Manger, Mike Lozinski, Julie Stevenson, Morgan Evans, Tom Rosenthal, Hank…

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CD release update 

Down to the last few weeks before my new cd is all wrapped and packaged and ready for delivery!

All the tracking is finished and currently in the mastering stage.

Cd will be titled Kicking Up Stones, and will have nine cuts on it.

Hopeing to have it out sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Will keep you posted!

 

Phil

Update 

Ok, so it's been a little over a year since I last posted anything here.  Been working on a new cd since the end of March.  Working with the very talented Mike Lozinski behind the mixing board at Windmill Studios in Stockton, NJ.  Going pretty well, and looking forward to a release hopefully by Christmas.  Have the basic tracks recorded to 11 songs and now am spending my time filling in the "empty spaces".  Of course working with Bob Manger on drums and assorted percussion parts.  Have done all the…

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Been Awhile.....what we've been up to 

Been a long time since I wrote anything in here, but we've been pretty busy lately.  When I say we, I've had the privilage of having Bobby Manger playing with me recently on percussion (set, djembe, various percussion).  We've played several gigs together throughout the summer culminating with a gig at Bereduce Vineyards this past weekend (8/10/14).  It was great!  Really nice atmosphere, played outside,responsive crowd.  Hope to get back there this fall/winter.

Plan this winter is to get into the studio…

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Going Places 

      Took a road trip recently down south to pick up some of my sons stuff to bring home from school.  All by my lonesome, which was kind of cool because I got to listen to my choice of music the whole way down and back.  It was amazing!  Put the old ipod on shuffle and let it ride.  With todays ipod technology it's kind of like having your own personalized radio station, but better.  The dj doesn't play any crappy songs and theres no commercials to surf through, so you can just sit back, drive & listen…

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Music in our schools 

I recently participated in a visiting musician day at my daughters school for her music class.  Even though my participation only lasted about 15/20 minutes, it was very inspirational.  What a thrill to see these young kids turned on by someone sharing music with them.  Brought in two guitars, both tuned differently, and we talked about sound & different styles/ways of playing.  Kids were very interested, had lots of questions, then played one of my instrumentals for them (Awakening) which is in open D…

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Christmas CD Release! 

Recently released a Christmas CD via cdbaby.  It is intitled "Reflections of Christmas" and is available through cdbaby, itunes, spotify, and several other social media sites I believe.  A little back story is neccessary here I believe.  For the past three or four years I have been producing a Christmas CD to send to family & friends as gifts around the holidays.  They consisted of my own interpretations of some carols, a few original instruments and my own holiday themed tunes.  So this year I thought…

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Interesting read 

So.......... I'm a reader, in fact, I tend to get on a roll and read book after book.  This usually happens in the summer when I tend to have a bit more time on my hands.  Anyway, back to the point at hand, I recently finished a book by David Browne entitled Fire And Rain.  It's a chronical of the end of the 60's and the dawning of the 70's with a focus on the music/artists of that time period.  The Beatles where in the process of breaking up & the whole Apple Records fiasco alongside the release of their…

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