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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE…

Yes, the rumours are true: I am finally going to start work on my new sixth album very very soon. With the help of Rosario, I will be able to record scratch tracks (and hopefully some will be keepers) and get the wheels greased for this latest opus.

No more waiting. For you or for me.

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ONE MORE MONTH LEFT OF SUMMER

Where has this year gone? Wasn’t it yesterday we were digging our cars out of mounds of snow? And now we are almost facing the end of summer, with just one month left to go? My dad was right, the older you get the faster time goes past.

Not fair!

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MOVING FORWARD

Played my debut show last night at 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, and while I felt that my personal performance could have been a bit better, the crowd was good and really liked my “moves”. After the third song, I shook the rust off and started going for broke. Was good to see people responding to the songs in an enthusiastic way, always does a body good.

But moving forward…

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TRIMMING THE FAT

I have to unfortunately start this blog with a bit of sad news. Found out this afternoon that Justin Lowe, guitarist for After The Burial, passed away¬†today. I did not know him at all, but I was a fan of the band from as far back as the MySpace days (remember those?) and was blown away by the intricate guitar work that he and Trent Hafdahl did on their 8-string guitars. I’ll stick to seven myself. But was definitely a shock to read the news online about Justin’s death. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Justin, and hope that the band finds the strength to continue forward.

Now onto something a bit happier…

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WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES

Greetings once again! I am still buzzing from my trip to Nashville last weekend, think I need to get out of New Jersey more often. Some people I know would like that a lot…

But in all seriousness, something about getting out and visiting a new place helps bring a new energy and a heightened sense of purpose to what I do as a musician. Being a musician is hard enough, but when there’s no inspiration, it’s like playing guitar with mittens on. However, hanging around Nashville really inspired me and got me thinking…

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BACK ON JERSEY SOIL

WOW! Three days in Nashville, lots of guitar playin’, lots of friends that I caught up with and new ones made too. Summer NAMM is definitely more laid-back than Winter NAMM but it’s still fun, loud, and crazy.

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SHORTS ‘N’ SHREDDIN’ IN NASHVILLE

Ah! Day one of Summer NAMM here in Nashville, TN! The flight was very smooth (aside from the annoying family next to me…how do I get all the luck?) and though parking for NAMM was brutal, today has been a very good day!

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DOWN BUT NOT OUT

Hello one and all! I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. My weekend was, shall we say, interesting…

Mary’s Basement played a private party on July 3rd and while it was a LONG day of preparation, it was the best thing to do. We got all of our levels just right, and when we performed (for 7 hours!), we all agreed it was the best the band sounded. Even had fun throwing in songs we never played before, and that added to the excitement. Thankfully, the songs came out good.

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HALF THE YEAR

Hello Earthlings! Time for another blog courtesy of that long-haired heavy metal hippie.

Except I don’t drive a VW van.

Though I always wanted one…

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RIP CHRIS SQUIRE

Though I am not a bass player (I have played bass on demos and my first cd TWISTED METAL), I will still blown away upon reading that Yes bassist Chris Squire passed away the other day at age 67. That is not old at all, and considering how active he was until he had to step down due to his leukemia, he acted way younger than most guys my age!

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