Spring is in the Air

 

We recently had the pleasure of performing to a packed house at Truro Library on Cape Cod. After the show we drove east and stopped by the water in Provincetown, MA.

Most of this winter has been spent learning, rehearsing and arranging the new songs for our next album. While our previous album Afterimage featured all-acoustic "live in the studio" versions of KMB favorites, this next album will be a more traditional project where basic tracks will be recorded "live" in the studio and then overdubs will paint the musical picture we are trying to convey. We are weighing the decision to record this spring versus performing the new material all summer and hitting the studio in the fall. Stay tuned...

The themes of the songs will vary but the underlying message is the same: keep hanging in and moving forward...

We have been booking some wonderful dates for 2016 and look forward to seeing you...

 

For the Birds...

 

I'm truly horrible at maintaining this blog and vow to be a bit Morr current... So far this summer has been a blast! We kicked off with an outdoor show in Redding, CT and we've been rolling ever since. I don't like listing highlights at the risk of leaving any towns or venues out however one undeniable special moment came at the beautiful venue of the Waveny House in New Canaan, CT.

Waveny's stage is set up on a spacious back patio of the old Waveny mansion overlooking a large meadow where concert-goers set up camp (picnic baskets, blankets, chairs, tables...you name it.) Directly next to the stage is a huge old tree. During the first set I noticed a bird had flown into the tree and spent the entire set facing the band. The bird never left the tree. In between songs it would jump to a different branch to get closer to the stage (as if it paid for general admission seats and was trying to sneak into the orchestra section...)

For the final song of the set the bird made it's move. The ULTIMATE seat on the lowest branch closest to the stage...It felt almost like the bird was saying "we sing for you all day...Show us what YOU have..."

Luckily bassist/vocalist Pat Ryan was at the ready with his camera...

 

 

Nothing Like a New CD

 

It's always exciting to release a CD but there's something about Afterimage that takes it up another level. For a couple of reasons: One, I can't believe I've been doing this for so long! Part of the process of making this CD was reviewing all of the songs I've written. So I found myself revisiting 8 albums realizing each represented a chunk of time and a period in our lives. They (like children or old photos) are a way of (quickly) marking time. So it's great to mark this period with an album of favorites cut with Bob, Tom and Pat.

Second, this record wasn't really even supposed to have been made (at this time.)

Let me explain:

Two summers ago I was writing a lot of new material (with a plan to record that fall) and stored all the lyrics, guitar and/or piano licks etc. on my new iphone. One day when I was backing up the data (to be responsible...go figure...) I must have done something wrong because all of the data was erased. Enough material for a new album. Gone. Forever...

In the hope of somehow retrieving the lost data I spent hours on the phone with Apple techs and even hired a hot-shot tech on the west coast. However I was told it was impossible. My bandmates and friends asked why I simply couldn't start "remembering" the material. I explained my writing process which includes one very important ingredient: Forgetting what I've written. In other words when I come up with an idea the essence is recorded and filed away. I consciously try and forget the idea hoping when I revisit, the idea will be fresh. And if I like the idea, it gets developed into a song. So "remembering" was out of the question.

To say the least that digital disaster was just that. Digital AND a complete disaster. While I was brooding I recalled an interview with Michael Marciano, a wonderful writer who was the editor of a local paper at the time. Michael came to our home and conducted a really cool interview. During the course of the conversation I said something that stuck with me after I said it. Something along the lines of "I love my band so much that someday I'd like to take them into the studio and record a (kind of) "Best Of" with acoustic instruments..."

So...Here we are. Afterimage was born and I'm VERY happy it was. Even if those "unknown" songs had to be sacrificed. And, the truly happy ending is we will be in the studio in the fall recording a brand new album! Because new songs have arrived!! KM

 

Summer Winding Down...

 

We had a wonderful time playing our yearly show at Arbor Park in Ellington, CT last night! The weather was beautiful and the good people of Ellington came out to see what was an "added show" to the concert schedule due to the fact our original date was rained out. Special thanks to Bob Tedford and Ellington's Park and Recreation Dept. for having us back...

Last Friday we really enjoyed our show in Marlborough as part of their "Fourth Friday" concert series. The audience was awesome and immediately following the show we were asked to return in the fall of 2015 so we look forward to that. The historic building was an incredible music venue. We hardly had to use the volume knobs on our amps...

Of course it's also hard to beat the newly-renovated band shell we played in New Britain last Wednesday. What a beautiful building and the town of New Britain does a great job with their concert series. The band shared the stage with a nest filled with four tiny barn swallows whose mother continually flew above the stage just to be sure the KMB was being kind to her brood.

We are looking forward to our outdoor performance this Thursday in Sturbridge MA...

(Entering the venue in Marlborough, CT)

 

Summer Shows...

 

We love playing the outdoor summer shows (except Bob if he forgets his little electric fan) and so far the summer of 2014 has been no exception. We have traveled to all corners of CT, NYC and next week we play an outdoor show in Sturbridge, MA. Just click on the "Tour Dates" tab to check out where we've been (and where we are going...)

Our new double CD Afterimage is finally at the manufacturing plant and we are arranging a release date and different release locations. So stay tuned...

 

 

Holiday Season

 

Happy Holidays to all. It's been a fun year for the KMB. We released Worth Imagining, got some nice coverage from our friends in the US and Europe and played some cool shows.

I've had a wonderful time visiting schools and discussing writing with the students. It's encouraging to meet such bright, young people and I'm looking forward to more presentations...

It's a blessing to play with Bob Gaspar, Tom Hagymasi and Pat Ryan. They continue to take the music to higher levels and the process is still exciting and fun...

See you in 2013...Have a happy, safe and healthy one...KM

 

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