It was exactly 9 years ago tonight that I began recording this song in the kitchen of my parent’s house in Merrick, New York.
I was fifteen years old in 1980 when we lost John Lennon. I was devastated, and his loss derailed my life for a long time after his passing. He was a huge influence on the development of my own philosophies and ways of thinking. As a New Yorker, Lennon had been a daily part of life in the New York City area. His loss is forever a tragedy to this entire planet.
Bass was played by Kevin Griffin of U-Melt. Drums were played and mixed by Drew Bertrand of Afro Brick. Remainder was played and engineered by me. Video was made in 2011 by Drew Blanke (a.k.a. Dr.Blankenstein).
Cheers, Johnny! We miss you!
In 1998, my friend Rob Tebaldi and I turned the den in my Mom’s house into a recording studio. We used my Tascam 4-track tape recorder as a front-end for Deck II audio workstation software running on a Mac II computer that was equipped with a Digidesign Audio media II NuBus sound card.
We recorded two songs written by Rob for his niece for her first Christmas. Rob played bass, guitar and keyboards, and sang the song. I sang backups and engineered. We brought in our friend Kevin Griffin (now of U-Melt fame) to play a few electric guitar parts, and we had a record!
In 2006, this single was a big inspiration for me to begin my own record label, 131 Records. One of the first things we did with the label was to remaster these songs and put them out as a single. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them!
#nofilter #sunrise #wireporn #birddots #birdonawire #cloudporn #awesome #putabirdonit
Meanwhile, underneath that last shot, these 35-year-old pillars proudly support the Merrick LIRR station. In 1978, a pair of high school students devised a way to elevate these train tracks, after a van full of high school kids were tragically killed while crossing street-level tracks. The model for the elevated station went on display in the Merrick Library, and the plan was approved to raise all of the train tracks on this branch of the LIRR. It not only saves lives, it looks really cool in the rain. (at LIRR Merrick Station)
Look! They’re re-booting Penn Station!
Cool shot showing the beautiful lines and curves of the LIRR concourse at Penn Station in NYC.
NYC’s Penn Station, all gussied up for the Holiday Season (at LIRR - Pennsylvania Station)
I love the subway… I hate the subway…. I love the subway… (at Times Square)
One Penn Plaza, NYC. (at Madison Square Garden)