SEEKINGBand to Join, Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Bagpipes, Banjo, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Mandolin, Other, Piano, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright bass, Violin, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.
Singer/Songwriter. I like to play what I write but know my limitations. Ideally I’m looking to start a band where we can collaborate to play and improve the music I write while also playing original music by the other members and working to write new originals as a group. I
Where it goes, I don’t know, but while I enjoy my independence, I greatly enjoy hearing the layers others can bring, and I would love to play out, and market the music.
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Dylan, Ryan Adams, Phish, Stones, Rusted Root, a number of 80’s, 90’, and more recent Indie Pop bands with that same sound - Killers, Kong’s of Leon, Violent Femmes, Pearl Jam, Simple Minds, and so on - it’s literally all over the place. I like some harder punk and metal as well - where Rollins Band, Black Flag, Dead Kennedy’s, Metallica, Machine Head, on and on. Music and all the levels of emotion, energy, and feel.
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I have a Mexican strat, Taylor acoustic, Michael Kelly 5 string acoustic bass, fender bass. Alto sax, and number of other percussion and stringed instruments. I also have several amps, a Rivera Pubster, Acoustisonic, and a small 12” celestian, several mics, and so on.
One Hour of Life in Reverse
One Hour of Life in ReverseAll my music when I pulled it down from the cloud was jumbled and out of time... I have to start over, a few huge steps backwards. And yet, it has been so long since I put anything out. I wanted to do something. And here it is. A tribute to my frustration...
The Ultra (The Yak, The Yeti, and the Mountain Goat/The Phoenix Rises Again!)
The Ultra (The Yak, The Yeti, and the Mountain Goat/The Phoenix Rises Again!)The Ultra (The Yak, The Yeti, and the Mountain Goat/The Phoenix Rises Again!) I am a queen I am a champion I am the ultra I am the one Smile through pain My heart it carries me I am the mountain goat Run to the sun Just seven years ago, it’s true, yeah I was so slow Then I lost my Dad, my mind, I’m lost, so no flow I let it run through me and found my rhythm missing him I felt him next to me, he picked me up, and now I win Another year, another change, so here we go again I had my baby, fireworks, I felt alive again It hurt to run, this body wasn’t mine, I broke my leg I felt it slip, my mind, my soul, I hope I fight another day And then the day came, the sun came out again I felt electric in my veins, I got the flow I shout I got it straight, I got my rhythm, got my wings again I’m like a phoenix, here I rise, hot from the ash, and then [I run all day, I run all night, 100 Miles, I take my flight I am a queen, I am a champion, I am the ultra, I am the one]
RED DOG (Battle cry of the 2-39th)
RED DOG (Battle cry of the 2-39th)So, for fun, I recorded the platoon cheer that we did in Basic Training. Written by Veneziano (from Chicago but it was the Army, so I have no idea what his first name is), he and I put this together and competed against the other platoons. Our crew won! This was August 1996, nearly 22 years ago already. Anyway, if you were in the 2-39th at Fort Jackson at this time, you may remember this and I hope you get a good laugh out of it. All the best and no, I have no idea why I remember this but neither my three general orders or what I had for lunch! Hooah! Stop, and look around These Red Dogs are coming to town Wait, Shhhh, can you hear the sound Sound of the other troops going down We won't quit We stop Give it all we go, no we won't drop Won't drop, get it, get it Not gonna stop, not gonna quit it. Woof, hey, we're number one, ho, we're number one! Shout out to Feger, Veneziano, and Mondragon, my three favorite people...it was the three of you who got me through that time with a smile on my face! Love you guys! HOOOOOOOOAHHHHHH!!!
What I Want
What I WantEvery once in a while, Renin's Momma and I make up some songs to match a situation we are living. Well, this one popped into my head today as we were making breakfast together. Renin wanted something and when I said no, she ran to Momma and told on me, I laughed, sang the vocal line, and the rest of it came together in the last 5 hours. WHAT I WANT I didn’t get what I want from Mommy So I went and cried to my Daddy Should I tell the lie? I do it all the time I didn’t get what I want from Daddy So I went and ran back to Mommy And she held me tight I do it all the time I don’t care what I’ve been told I’ve gotta heart and it’s made of gold And though you made me cry I’m still alive inside I don’t care what I’ve been told I’ve got this heart and it’s made of gold And though you made me cry There’s still love inside What I want Give me what I want
Have I Not
Have I NotSame song but I finally figured out that I can re-import into iTunes and duplicate the tracks so that I can amplify the sound. It's still not stereo or mixed well but at least it's loud enough to hear. In any case, from March 2005, here is the first song I ever recorded while stationed in Iraq. Have I Not I woke up late to this feeling That something is different I couldn’t put my finger on it Just know that something is gone This rock in my belly sinks me This weight I’ve carried for years Feel the lines dig graves in my faith I find I’m chasing my fear I feel like I’ve been here before Someone cried for me but that someone is gone and something is missing from my life Somebody waits for me but I am so lost and I feel that I’m losing my mind Somebody prays for me to come back home but I’m still doing my time My soul is sleeping here Am I searching for you Have I lost my way A faceless procession of wonder A house on a beach holds a song Snow angels and a red velvet Jesus Cold vodka and then you were gone I could have lost myself in your eyes I could have clung to you in the sheets I could have woken my soul on your lips Instead I left you my ring I should have danced with you in the dark All I have now is what if and cash All these memories are lost in the tide And I’m drowning to bring them back Palm trees and sand in my shoes Just a blur of what could have been Your song is losing volume And I am lost in my head
Taking Me Home
Taking Me HomeWritten in collaboration with Jim Seguin, he played all the guitar and recorded the tune. I wrote the song and did the vocal. This was made for Eric Shay and played live at his wedding reception.
Amazed (Lyrics by Donovan Brizzi)
Amazed (Lyrics by Donovan Brizzi)My brother, Donovan Brizzi, wrote these lyrics for his girlfriend back in 2006. He gave them to me and asked me to write a song for her that he could play and give her as a gift when he asked her to marry him. I read them a couple times, picked up my guitar and within an hour had this song. I was living in NYC at the time and recorded this in the conference room at Evergreene Painting Studios, where I was working as a Project Manager doing art conservation and building restoration work. My brother is no longer with this woman but the song serves as a memory of a happy time in his life and I'm grateful to have been part of it. I wish all the best to them both...
RainThis song is dedicated to my Wife, Mom, Step-Mom, Mother-In-Law, Sister, Aunts, Cousins, and to each of my Grandmothers - Sara, Shirley, and Vi. Happy Mothers Day! My world is a better place because of the impact you have made on my life. I love you all! In composing this, more a collection of feeling the notes and letting myself indulge in the sound - I imagine myself staring out of a window, the day gray. I'm watching it rain and nothing outside moves. It's cool, almost enigmatic. The moment is both calming and ripe with sorrow. I'm simultaneously thinking of the past, present, and future. Nostalgic in a way... And then, as I listen, my heart warms with deeper thoughts of family, friends, and my daughters. Despite the monochromatic view on the other side of the glass, through each rain drop, color begins to fracture, to come through, from somewhere, reflecting the rainbow. Wrapped in the colors I feel a great respect and appreciation for those whom I have had the honor to love...and I smile! I'm lucky! Happy Mother's day!
H2OH2O (Here's To Oblivion) Violent bars are such a draw So come together one and all Raise your glass of misery Let’s toast to our eternity I saw you dancing in the parade of disco balls and fools charade You took my hand and brought me in Out from the cold, I’m not alone Just one more dance or one more song One more drink, we’ll stumble home Kiss this night with wine stained lips Kiss me good-bye, not tonight This may be the last memory, we ever have Here’s to oblivion Here’s to the very end Here’s to alive again Here’s to you my friend Take you time, it’s all you have Watch the clock, it’s moving fast Try to make these moments last Don’t fall asleep, not tonight It was sunrise before you shut your eyes The radio sang us lullabies Of broken hearts and losing hope Tonight their words are something more I felt you sleeping next to me In a few more hours I’ll have to leave I’ll carry my heart on my sleeve And dream of you just like before This may be the last memory, we ever have Here’s to oblivion Here’s to in love again Here’s to back home again Here’s to you my love
Waiting On Me
Waiting On MeWAITING ON ME Burning down the road in a black 69 Deville She’s purring like a kitten Got her opened up to get me there Cutting through Death Valley like the devils chasing after me Dirty rust colored heat got me seeing things that shouldn’t be seen Yeah, I’m doing 95 and I’m half way to Indian Springs There’s a thunderstorm coming but I’m gonna leave the top down And let the rain come down on me I gotta hunger in my belly but I can’t stop I’m running low on gas but I can’t fill up I took a shot of something just to stay awake I’ve been driving three days, I gotta keep it straight My hearts been rocking like it’s an earthquake I gotta keep on rolling, my babies waiting My babies waiting on me Johnny Cash in my dash and he’s keeping me company Got her picture on the visor like an angel watching over me Passed big boy up and he says that it’s 114 Lord, Let that rain come down on me Passing truckers and bikers Honeymooners and hookers Some of them ugly and some them lookers Hustlers and junkies I’m passing mad men and dogs Stray cats, cool cats, all of them gone City by city unfolds, mile by mile Ghosts towns, churches, bars and jails off the highway I’ve seen it all and ain’t none of that matters to me Got my mind set on New York I tipped my hat to Vegas but I kept rolling along My eyes on the road and I’m humming a Ry Cooder song Sky‘s turning blue to green and she’s on her way from green to black Up ahead I see the steam but I ain’t letting off the gas I can smell it on the breeze and it’s all like a dream to me Took a look back and saw the lightning in my rear view Oh that sweet rains just ahead of me I could feel it coming as she opened up She cooled me down when she spilled her cup I saw the colors melt right before my eyes Like champagne kisses just before goodbye And the desert sparkled like a Tiffany sea I took a deep breath and I dove right in Somewhere at the bottom I found my dreams On my way to you all my dreams found me Yeah, my girls waiting She’s been waiting on me I’m coming home baby And I’m coming to stay My babies waiting My babies waiting on me Return to top
See MinorSEE MINOR If the world is spinning backward Would you still believe it’s flat? Go and wish upon a star And turn to dust at dawn Another faded picture A rusty soul trapped in a frame Is the answer in dead leaves? Is there color in your dreams? And if life was black and white Would the light against a tear Still fracture to display All the color in its pain It’s a sanitary heartbreak When your gut is lost to flames You burn hot until a storm rains And washes all your ash away Take this crown of thorns And bury it for me Will dead flowers grow? Is there ever hope
Black Smoke Rising
Black Smoke RisingBlack Smoke Rising Soldiers clean their weapons now and kiss their Mom’s goodbye The elders kiss their crosses hard and send their kids to die The General sips his gasoline and lights one last cigar It’s oil, guns and souls tonight All watch the black smoke rise This hell on earth, this Babylon, the smell of spoiled meat My dirty thoughts, my dirty clothes, the stray dog lives in me Some teenage warrior takes a breathe and holds the pain inside It’s oil, guns and souls tonight All watch the black smoke rise Some day you’ll see You’ll be free The moon, the stars, the satellites One silver jet roars in the night And on the ground the lives on hold All watch it passing by Frame by frame Another day One black line closer to home The sounds of war that wake you The day will come that they’ll be gone Some day you’ll see You’ll be free Soldiers smoke their cigarettes and burn into the night A few sand eroded photographs are all that’s left of life In the dark, the glowing eyes of coyote in the streets They move like ghosts through fog and war and cry like children scream Prayers like song rise with the sun and hands begin to shake You can set your clocks to the brazen call It’s just another day This torrid heat, this wall of rust At dusk the bats all fly It’s oil, guns and souls tonight All watch the black smoke rise
(WRO)ngW.R.O.ng I only hold on to one thing Does that make me dumb, does that make me weak If it weren't for you would there even be This battle between my dreams and my reality And the War Raged On Inside my head Throw the script away when I hear your voice They're coming over the gates It doesn't bother me anymore If it weren't for you would there even be A difference between the fog of war and what I hope to be
Throwing StonesTHROWING STONES Take your anxious pills and settle down Lay your bony body in the dirt Trust me now that it won’t hurt long Close your eyes until the color is gone Feel the sand swept winds pass over you A sun so hot that it could drive you mad The magpie laughs and sings its song Bitter and alone another day is gone The hunger itches in your veins It feels a lot like heroin And in the sky the magpie’s wing breaks and it falls like a stone Falls Like a stone On your soul On your soul All these riches don’t mean a thing if you can’t see past their novelty Temporarily satisfied Giving in only leaves you hungry and weak Soak it in until your blood starts to boil Bite the apple and your Eden will crumble In this land where the ghosts try to warn you Drunken, wild eyed stares of a broken soldier How many sheep will we sacrifice How many wolves will we make of men At the waters edge you search your reflection Empty your lungs, say good bye and dive in You sink like a stone Into your soul Into your soul
RiseRise Here I am by your side and here I’ll stay through these hard times And I know that we’ll be fine Please run with me until you’re mine Take these dreams and let them breathe Take this sleep and breathe with me Now hold your breath and close your eyes Into this fire we both dive. And we’ll walk toward the light Here we’ll find ourselves at night Won’t be easy, we’ll survive And in the end you’ll be my life But in this book some pages’ burn We both got hurt, at least we learned how not to lie Rise Phoenix rise Be mine tonight Wake with me, I’ll keep you warm From these ashes be reborn Spread your wings and take these skies From this pain my Phoenix rise You’re my song, my everything Through your eyes, my every dream When I collapsed, you carried me Side-by-side, eternally And we’ll walk toward the light Here we’ll find ourselves at night Won’t be easy, we’ll survive And in the end you’ll be my life But in this book some pages’ burn We both got hurt, at least we learned not just how to fly Rise Phoenix rise Be mine tonight Happy Anniversary to the love of my life!