Getting a song placed in a TV show is a small victory for any songwriter/recording artist. But it's especially gratifying when it's a show like Key & Peele, that's consistently laugh-out-loud funny. Special thanx to Randy Frisch at Lovecat Music for making it happen!
All politics aside, I would like to think that "Barry O" and his pals would be grooving out on "Stone In The Water" from my "Senza" album in college back in 1980.
NOTE: the song is playing in the background, barely audible, during the first minute of the sketch. Best heard thru headphones, and DEFINITELY NSFW.
BTW Download "Stone In The Water" here and join Barry O's most inspirational party.
The tour ended just in time; a few more days and I would have begun to lose my marbles. And that's nothing to do with the tour, my bandmates, etc., just getting a little homesick and tired of wearing the same warm clothes from inside a suitcase that's stored under the belly of the bus. I've been home almost a week, in full-on Daddy Mode from the minute I walked in the door and loving it. Francesca starts kindergarten on Monday, so a full week of chill time with me was perfect for both of us.
Right now she's asleep, and so is Jill; I'm awake at this hour having just edited the final installment of my "Interviews With The Happy Together Principals" series for Radio418; without giving anything away I can tell you that it will be a "Joy" to listen to this "One." It will be posted after the weekend, when everyone's paying attention. In the meantime, I can now say that this website is basically up to date; a few more dates to be added to the calendar page [...]
Back on the Happy Together bus after a two week break at home!
Last night was the first gig back: the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Killer show, considering how odd it felt to be there. Yesterday morning I woke up at home, in my own bed, and spent the first few morning hours at the playground with Francesca and her friends in full-on Brooklyn Daddy Mode. Then Manny, Godfrey and Debbie Townsend picked me up at 1pm, and we drove over the Verrazzano Bridge into New Jersey; within a few short hours we were onstage bringing the rock.
I won't lie: muscle memory is a great thing. More than once I thought to myself "Holy crap, what comes next?" while my hands went to the correct places on the bass, my mouth formed the correct lyrics and my vocal cords vibrated at the correct pitches. In other words, my body did the gig and my mind watched. Say what you will, but whatever I did seemed to work just fine; we enjoyed multiple standing ovations [...]
Holy crap! Almost three weeks between blog entries? An eternity!
Today I'm home, having flown from Phoenix AZ on Sunday following the gig in Scottsdale the night before. Downtime at home can often make the tour feel like it was all a dream. But as Chuck Negron is fond of saying, "There is documentation, so I know I was there."
Last blog was June 25, from the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA, with the Belmont students still with us. Since then we hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts (again), and Pennsylvania (again) before the students left us and the rest of us took a few days off. Then we reconvened out west for 3 California dates, 2 Utah dates, 2 more California dates and then 2 Arizona dates before flying home for a 2 week break. A show-by-show recap would be boring to read by anyone who wasn't there with me.
What I can tell you is that this tour is different from any other that I've ever been on. But [...]
Yesterday was a day off, and the truth is that days off on tour are not the welcome relief that you'd expect them to be (even after six consecutive show days). The routine of doing the show every day creates a rhythm and a flow; checking into a hotel and hanging around all day with nothing to do disrupts that flow, because you're accustomed to a purpose and a goal and a deadline (that 8pm downbeat). Days off are also expensive; the venues only provide meals on show days, so when there's no gig and you've got 24 hours to kill in Anytown, USA, dinners (and/or cabs, shopping, etc) are your own responsibility.
Fortunately our day off was in Worcester, MA, which is only an hour away from Boston. And those who know me know that Boston is near and dear to my heart; I went to college and started my adult life there, and those streets contain loads of sweet memories every time I go back. So this day off was a no-brainer for me. But what made it even more special [...]