I am the proud participant in Recording Artist Development's ten year anniversary songwriter's group! This not for profit label caters to songwriters from all genres. They focus on artist development and reinforce the uniquely diverse talents of novice as well as experienced talent. On Friday, December 6th at 6:30 PM, RAD is hosting a listening party. Philip Carroll is a noteworthy producer/musician/songwriter who had miraculously organized the production of more than fourteen new songs in less than three months! To attend, please RSVP Luanne Surace: Luannesurace@rcn.com or visit: www.RADART.ORG
This Lower East Side recording/rehearsal space has housed many a musician, poet and rock n' roll hipster. 95 Avenue A at 6th Street is a symbolic landmark of hope for war torn, aspiring and noteworthy artists. Mario is Tu Casa's angel of mercy and undying inspiration. Tu Casa's reasonable hourly rates make it possible in our cost-unfriendly NY, for bands to celebrate and persue their art. We join in heart felt fever at this beloved haven for a special benefit to save Tu Casa today. Earn double karma miles by making a donation and helping us keep live music alive on the Lower East Side. Rockupy Tu Casa! Http://www.tucasastudio.org
Happy to announce that I've been selected as the "RAD" singer/songwriter first place awardee for Summer 2012! This is a great not for profit recording label that endorses all genre's of music. We are currently in the studio working with the talented Philip Carroll to record my song "Dream A Little Louder." I'm really grateful to be a part of this amazing group of talented artists & music professionals and feel honored by their generous appreciation of my work.
We enjoyed a great show last Friday night at the R Bar in New York City. Great turn out at this goth style lounge complete with stripper poles. I only wish we'd invited a ballerina or two to work those steel babies! Broken Ballerina is inspired by the late Monika Beerle (Swiss dancer who was murdered by the infamous Thomkins Square Park butcher) It was our high point as there were many native New Yorkers present who recalled that tragic story. Avenue Of Valentines was our tribute to Valentine Avenue in The Bronx and certain guests coincidentally had grown up right there! I played Avenue of Valentines years ago at a Road Runners Marathon in Central Park. Situated with my band at 90th Street & Fifth Avenue as the runners passed by, we held a crowd of curious listeners. Among them, John J. Kennedy and Carolyn Bisset who commented to my crew about how they loved that particular song and asked where they could find it. Sadly, two weeks later, the happy couple's plane crashed in the waters off of Martha's Vinyard and Lauren Bisset, (sister in law) also perished. On a happier note, Thommy Price (Blackheats drummer) whom I am looking forward to collaborating with again in the near future on a project, was in the house with his lovely wife Stephanie and we had the fantastic Liz Taub on violin! Mick Oakleaf & Jimmy Guns (from Validation) and Jill Wisoff (sitting in for Tunafish) completed the lineup. The night was infused with a 1960's vibe. Psychedelic, warm, danceable and ROCKIN'! Gary Knox and his Streethearts played after us and did an amazing tribute to Levon Helm. (RIP Levon) Gary's song "You're Not The First To Come Back For My Love" is featured in the movie "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" scheduled to premier on May 8th at The Soho House in a benefit for The Woodstock Film Festival. We love to double bill with seasoned artists and musicians who are on the level of Mr. Knox and his band! Great night and a big thanks to our friends, fans and our booking agents Mike & Ira for this one!
We caught this show at the last minute as, tickets were cheap and who in their right mind could resist? I have many fond memories of Hall & Oates videos with Daryl in either a white linen or leopard fitted suit singing those catchy songs as he captured my heart. (I am not, nor have I ever been the groupie type) I was also reminded of John Travolta's white disco suit in Saturday Night Fever and Don Johnson as the cop in Miami Vice. Tonight, however, we saw a more down home, classic rocker look on our Philly soul style chick magnet from the 80's. He wore a tee shirt, biker mc , jeans and boots. His hair is still on the long side with almost Farrah (Charlie's Angels) wings. I dare say, he must be pushing....... ?...... but there wasn't a woman in the Beacon who wasn't enamored by Hall's undeniable sex appeal. To say nothing of his amazing musical talent! Featured singer Sharon Jones (Dap Kings vocalist) and Allen Stone (songwriter/singer) left their mark as well and Daryl's classy introduction and inclusion of their talents added interest. Hall sang duet style with both artists while playing guitar. He also showed off a beautifully decorated red & black Taylor acoustic that will be sold by Taylor Guitars on line in the future. Then, there was this chef dude who cooked Philly Cheese Steaks in a video while the artists looked on. The chef came out to encourage participation in a Philly Cheese Steak sing along while the band backed him (they were very kind to indulge him as he looked like he was having a blast. The vibe was family friendly, danceable & infused with essence of Philly Soul. The sound was... at least from where we sat, buzzing constantly with periodic outbursts of feedback. I loved Allen Stone's vocal range and the sophisticated soul style he owns. Wasn't quite sure what to make of his stage presence. I think a good stylist would bring his inner crooner out even more. His singing and songs are smooth and well tailored. Sharon Jones is indeed a force of nature to be reckoned with in the old school tradition of Betty Wright meets Aretha with a smattering of "Wang Dang Doodle." Can mess with the missus as she does her dirty dancing inciting a riot on stage. I felt kind of stressed out for Hall as, she kept calling out his name and challenging him to yet another scat slam. Daryl Hall is a good...... no, great looking man and has the "it" factor. He backs his musical chops with a charm and charisma that creates intimacy even in these days of text & Face Book obsessed concert goers. Personally, I wanted to see and hear more of him alone doing some classic Hall & Oates hits. He played "I Can't Go For That" and "You Make My Dreams Come True." The newer album cuts he performed at the beginning of the show were great as well though, not the stuff Hall & Oates were made of. That being said, I didn't blink an eye because, Daryl Hall held us in the palm of his heart. I'm still a believer in keeping those home fires burning. Love you Mr. Soul!
I wasn't going to go until I heard that David Lee Roth was singing. Tuesday, 2/28 at MSG was awesome but it paled in comparison to Thursday, 3/01. Things were much more connected and relaxed. There seemed to be more improvising on all fronts. The drum solo cranked, Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo was simply stellar and Roth worked his charming, goofball, borscht belt humor into the mix with all of the smoothness of a "Jagger!" I loved his styling which spoke to a vaudevillian spirit. The audience really seemed to be predominantly male. I was also impressed by David Lee Roth's acoustic playing on "Ice Cream Man" where a movie of his sheep and cattle herding dogs played behind him. Wolfgang played a soulful bass and his dad seemed pleased as punch to have him there! Tunes that stood out for me were; "Running With The Devil", "Hot For Teacher", "Panama", "Pretty Woman", "Dance The Night Away", and their finale', "Aint' Talking Bout Love." I am...... as I stated before...... "Hot for (VAN) HALEN!"
A great, performer with strong intent can out weigh a technically astute vocalist. Likewise, an edgy, outside of the box creative slant on the same old story can reinvent classic songwriting technique. My take on making a hit is this: Follow your heart and gut emotions. Lay it out on the table and take it for a ride. Make music with hairy armpits and always be.......... a little bit hungry. Great art is in the moment. Let the techies do their job. Practice makes perfect but, is that really entertainment? Sometimes, a bit of grit makes for a hit!
"Like a beating heart trapped in a jar can't get out of who we are." Ten car pile up between my ears I run away but, I'm still here These challenged times, I need to re-define My letter of destination leads me to this proclamation: I am resigned to speak my mind Not live my life deaf, dumb and blind Cease living in the dark Walk away and leave my mark For life begins Where I fall Apart
Your's Truly, Val Kinzler