Another incredible weekend with my band OFFBEAT MOTIF, my friend Mike Curly on mandolin opening up for the band on Saturday night, jamming with my friend Joe Greaney yesterday and then playing the open mic last night with Julian, Heidi, George, Bags, Jillian, Jon Bowser and Joe! Feeling blessed to be playing so much music and with such great musicians and friends to play for. Seems like perfect timing to be releasing my first solo EP… ROOFTOP – The Musty Rustic EP!
I will put the album up for sale at midnight tonight! I will also be releasing a music video for the first song GET WHAT YOU WANT on 3/11/2014! I will follow that one with a music video for THERE’s MORE HERE on 3/18/2014! The album will be available on itunes and bandcamp (band camp is the name your own price, aka free version!)!
I have a confession about this release: if you have already listened to the all the songs on my soundcloud – you may be familiar with some of the material on this album already! There are a few reasons why I chose to put these songs on the CD. One, I need something professional to hand out at shows! Two, a lot of people may not have had time to listen to all the songs on soundcloud, or may not have listened to them at all! Three, I have, in each case, improved upon the recordings that were posted previously, so they are new and improved versions of the songs!
I’ll let you in on one more struggle I’ve had with the release. The digital version is going to be slightly different than the physicial copy. I am actually slightly disappointed in the track order and about including “Up to Speed” on the physical copies. I like the song, though it is the oldest recording on the CD and there are parts in the track that don’t fairly represent my current skill level. Therefore, I didn’t include it in the digital version! Instead I’m going to include a bonus track if you download the whole album. The digital download will be yours free so there’s no way to lose!
I have probably mentioned previously how I am snowballing with momentum. I am already planning my next release. While the Musty Rustic is more of an electronic, eclectic and alternative album, I think the next will be a bit more rootsy, with more guest musicians and a wider array of instruments. Also, I’ve got some fun projects in the works, such as another BOUNCING BOULDERS show coming up March 21st in Norwood with the Joe Hart Band, a collaboration performance on video with the aforementioned Joe Greaney and, to come, a festival with about 5 bands that we will throw this summer!
One more thing: the shows have been updated on my “Live” page!
Peace and love, John
To look at yourself through someone else’s eyes is impossible. I’ve put my music in a physical format and begun handing it out to people, and though everything has been positive from the first few friends I’ve given it to, its got me thinking about what they think I’m trying to say. I fear the record may have inklings of self-indulgence. This is exactly the thing I am trying to avoid.
That being said, this blog, my website, my music in general, maybe this is perceived as one big cluster fuck of excessive indulgence in my passion, with no real purpose over than exploring it for myself. Perception to the perceiver is reality, Yet, this does not resonate with me, and I have to say this is not true based on the fact it doesn’t feel right to me. This is something bigger than me that I am participating in.
I am participating in following my passions, and by doing so, I am putting the energy out there that someone else may be encouraged to do the same. I am participating in what it means to be a musician, to be independent and to be a contributor, in a greater sense than before, to the amazing world of music. I am also announcing a few messages to those who hear the record. I am very humble, yet this is what I do, so how could I not want to share it?
Whether the right message is delivered, received, or understood in my release, it does not really matter. This is the first time I’ve put something out, so, now I know more about what it feels like and I have already learned a great deal from it. I am learning how to better write, deliver, and make known my message through this experience. It may not always be comfortable, though growth is like that.
You need to stretch your comfort zone, put yourself out there. My record can be scrutinized, though, I doubt anyone will scrutinize it as much as me. I can live with it, and because I’ve done it, the next one will be even better.
So, I made the record with Garage Band and Pro Tools. I used some beats from Garage Band and my Alesis synthesizer, which is really just a small keyboard. I did only one of the songs in Pro Tools, the first one. Four out of six are re-workings of songs I’d released before. For theses reasons I feel like this work is actually a representation of where I was, rather than where I am now, though it also stands for where I am going.
The next record will hopefully be done in June. I have begun planning already. It’s funny how this momentum thing works, my first EP hasn’t even been released yet (March 4th) and I’m already planning my next. I plan to record with more guest musicians, with all original drum samples, only in Pro Tools and to do one song in a professional studio.
That being said, I am in a place right now where I feel proud of my release. It has some excellent parts, some beautiful parts, some meaningful parts, some introspection, some skill displayed. There is a lot of value that can be found inside its contents. There is an eclectic selection of songs. It may not be perfect, but its there and I’m proud of it.Lifted from my blog: www.johnnyrooftop.wordpress.com
Through perseverance and hard work, your visualizations and goals can become reality. Like they say in the Secret: thoughts become reality. There is no reason you cannot make your dreams come true, you just need to think about them in the right way. Never think about what you don’t want. Easier said than done, but with practice you can get better at it.
Coming off what a fan of mine called my “best show ever” on Friday night means I have risen to the occasion and arrived in many ways. Knowing I attracted that reaction to my performance is motivating and invigorating. With the news that my song now has an internet presence on internet radio, I can feel the forward moving progress and I am ready to forge ahead. By this I mean that I am ready to attract more of that which I need, more situations and people into my life that will get me to the next level (and subsequently the next one after that, and soon enough the Grammy’s/Bonnaroo headliner), and I am ready to let go of the things that do not aid my progress.
To anyone and everyone who has supported me thus far, I am forever grateful. Without your support, I would not possibly be able to feel as hopeful for the future as I do now. You know who you are.
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Lots to come about Vegan Zombie records! I am recording a few new artists in February, Mike Curly, Gravy, the Onyx Project and Bags!! For more information visit the site. New Artists submit at: Veganzombierecords@gmail.com
This past weekend was eventful, we Went out and saw my friend’s band play at Raven’s Nest on Friday night. They call themselves Chicken Ghost House Tribe: awesome jam band vibe, great work all around, lots of fun. Plenty of people came out too, plus I unexpectedly bumped into some old friends and people from my hometown. Then on Saturday night I went out to see my other friend’s band play at Mr. Dooley’s. This is a great cover band Criminals and Beauty Queens. This was a particularly fun event because Jackie and I went dressed as living dead – all fake-bloody and torn-up clothes. I finished up the weekend with a Pats win, a Red Sox win and a booming open mic. A new band, Koala, came in (ages 14-19) and rocked out on some originals and choice covers such as ‘Welcome to Paradise’ (complete with the full breakdown part – props). In addition, we had eight to ten additional performers, including one new guy Steven who is quite the guitarist.
This week should be excellent. Tuesday night we are taking the open mic show to Raven’s Nest. Thursday Jackie and I are heading to a Halloween party at Plaid Dog Studios which is a themed event: dead rock stars. We are going as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love (whose career is dead). This weekend is another Halloween party on Saturday – which is slightly unfortunate since I will not be able to check out John Benninghof and Spiritual Rez in Cambridge, nor Dave Cournoyer with Wiki 3 at Mr. Dooley’s. Bummer, man, bummer. But gotta be a good friend to my friend who’s throwing the party. Maybe theres a show on Friday I can check out, otherwise, I will be forced to work on recording!
Until Next Time,
Open Mics have been going well at Raven's Nest and Mr. Dooley's, despite the mid summer vacation lul, we've had musicians in attedence and with loads of talent to boot. I'm excited for this Saturday's Open mic at Mickey Cassidy's in Medway.
I played a solo show on Friday night at Dooley's. It was a great time. The whole regular crew was there and there was plenty of drinking and hollering... You Really can't beat it. I performed from 8 to midnight, over 40 songs, and played a few with my dad. In the process of making that set list I have realised I probably know over 100 songs a this point, and about 50 more if you count originals. Thats kinda nuts. Well... I would need to have the lyrics, I've probably only memorized about 50.
Audio Production and Engineering with Recoring Connection is winding down. I am excited as this will open up more opportunites for me to work on my record and with friends and other band who I am excited to record. My album will be a group effort, with the guitarist and drummer from my band, some of the guys from a band the Four Boars, and other friends from open mics all being featured at various points.