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As the world continues to get darker, so does my mood and interests in projecting my own darkness. This will become evident in the new music I am working on, some of which is on here (the 'Man' and 'Fish' songs are new things I'm working toward. It's all in creative state, as that's how I approach recording music. I don't really 'write' songs per se, I strap a guit or bass on and just play. Things seem to develop over time...I am doing all the instrumentation this time around, and it's nice to do that again. Many of the songs on this site were collaborations with others, some of it is me over the years. The songs 'Hole in the Sidewalk', 'The Kitchen', 'Sleeping Giants', 'Getaway Car', 'Blue Lights', 'Grip of the storm' and others were recorded with others in a band we called Cold Steel Tested. With the exception of 'The Kitchen', all of the songs from this iteration of my project were literally made up at the time of the recordings. We didn't different versions of 'The Kitchen' just because we had grown fond of playing that tune, and it always ended up different each time we played it. If you can imagine, we just plugged in, someone would start a beat or riff, and the rest of us would join in. We set up two SM57 mics hanging from the ceiling and played. The idea was that we'd record and we didn't care about the quality of the recordings, we just wanted to have the recordings to listen to in order to keep working on stuff that we though worked well. To our surprise, the recordings came out quite well, and are posted here with very little attenuation or enhancement. This iteration of the band lasted about three months before I departed from what we were doing because of creative differences. I think it's pretty astounding to have created these tunes on the fly...literally. We never started a song saying 'hey, check out what I'm working on, it's in the key of G'. Never happened. We just played and the rest is history. A word about the characters in that band....
Dan Zea - guitar and vocals....amazing guitarist, great guy, incredibly creative and spontaneous. Can pull off a riff for anything you are playing. Can't express anywhere near the admiration I have for him as a musician.
Bill Ruoff - AMAZING vocalist. I involve myself with improvisation, which instrumentally is relatively easy. Billy was able to just create words on the fly...I don't understand that skill. And for his ability to do that, on top of being a great guy, I have tremendous admiration for him and what he did in the band. Listen to 'The Ten Percent' and 'Hole in the Sidawalk'....how do you make that stuff up vocally?!
Chris Williamson - drummer and percussionist. This guy is a fucking metronome. Amazingly adept at his skill, creative as hell, able to handle any situation. The thing that stands out about him to me is I could go off on the reservation as my playing style was once called, and could always get back to any beat because of how accurate Chris was, and is. True respect for his abilities.
These were remarkable guys to have played with....and I think what I'm saying about it all comes out in the music. Good times and good tunes.
Now, with that said....I have come to understand the world around me in such a profoundly different way, from all the crazy things that happen in the world, to our government's seeing us as enemy number one. Won't go into detail about how I feel about the NDAA, NSA, DHS, IRS, GATT, NAFTA, and so many more infractions against us as citizens. My music will show my feelings and thoughts about all that. THAT is the phase I'm in now......
My work going forward is all about expressing what I feel and think NOW. Much of what I have on this site is just me, like 'Going Down', 'Dismembering Parliament', 'Clouds and Eclipses', and others. Those songs were written, if you can call it that, and recorded at a time when it wasn't important to me what the content was...it was the quality of the recordings I was after. That gives quite a perspective I think....much of what I've done over the last many years was really about learning all I could about recording techniques, mic placement, effects, recording levels, etc. It is my take that much of what I've recorded has decent quality. Going forward, not only is quality of supreme importance, much moreso will be the actual content of what I present. I am looking at an overall 'concept' album/CD. After the remarkable experience I had with Cold Steel Tested, and the other 'Divergence' jams I recorded also, I am putting much of what I've learned over the years, and my focus on playing ability, front and center in my work going forward. It will hopefully come out as awesome as I sense it will.
My name is Dan Cieri. I play guitars, basses and keys. I am open to jamming with others, collaborating on other projects, helping record bands, helping with sound reinforcement in live settings, and most of all I'm psyched to be able to take all my experiences to get to the place I want to be musically. I've paid my dues in many ways. I believe that will come out in my new music.
Like I said above....As the world continues to get darker, so does my mood and interests in projecting my own darkness.
Keep visiting the site and soon I will have more new music on here. Please provide feedback. I am open to all comments/criticisms.