Thoughts During Recording
You know, doing this EP recording, I can’t say often enough how thankful I am
for my musical friends and family. The most generous and supportive people
anyone could wish for. Everywhere I look around my house reminds me of them.
Every note played and recorded connects to something someone has done for
me. Done out of goodness, friendship, out of a belief in what we’re doing. A
On the walls around me are paintings and photographs by ‘big brother’ Bob
Bunce. By the bay window is Jenny Blue, the 87 Strat he picked out for me at
Buzzo Music decades ago. “She’s a good one”, he told me. Damn right she is.
There’s a Taylor on loan from my oldest best friend and BFAM Jeff Bazarian. I
used to swipe his Kay acoustic as a kid when I was learning to play. Or Blondie,
the electric Guild. Sold it to another BFAM, Frank Alberti over 30 years ago, who
held onto it and ‘sold’ it back to me last year for a fraction of its real value. Then
there’s my grandfather Herman Heins’ tenor banjo, preserved and passed on to
me by mom and dad, restored to playability by Kris Schramm.
Thanks to my first songwriting partner and longest running band mate, BFAM
Kevin Frisch, we have a Jazz bass and amp. Left behind so he can always be a
part of the music we make.
A small forest of mics sprouts up in my living room courtesy of Matt Ramerman
and Dave Bernis. And Matt has given his time to teach me about recording and
help me buy and fix my gear. Dave is simply a guru, a wizard, a mentor, a
Right across from me on a music stand is a Got Herb? book of horn charts,
transcribed by Ethan Lyons. It’s not too far from the headphones and mixer he’s
indefinitely loaned me. Sitting in this very chair last week was his brother Dave
Lyons, who let me Tom Sawyer him into engineering an entire 8 hour session.
Then there’s the Rhodes 88 from 1971. Given to me for playing a few songs at
my great friend John Kelly’s wedding ceremony. Next to it sits Jr. and Lou
Spezio’s Hammond organ and Leslie cabinet. Meticulously maintained and
upgraded by Jr. It is the crown jewel of the jam room.
Finally, there’s the time. Time put into practicing, rehearsing, learning,
performing, recording, ‘mixing up the medicine’. Donny, Chris, Jr., Lou, Ethan,
Michael. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am to all of you for the gifts of you
precious time and incredible talent. Salut!