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Kerry Spitzer / Blog

Catching up

I swear, after this crazy busy St Patrick's day I'm going to start seriously working to finish 2 projects. I'm going to finish recording and release an all instrumental cd tentatively titled In Woodspeak. I'm also going to re-mix and master 10 unreleased songs from when I could still sing tentatively titled Swan Songs. I admit Swan Songs is heart rending project for me. I try not to dwell on losing my voice but it's hard not to as I listen to the some of the tracks. I know I wasn't a great singer but I struggled to find my own voice and finally succeeded about 15 years ago when I decided to start doing exclusively my own stuff. It wasn't a good voice, but it was an honest voice, and it was MY voice. I miss it. The only upside is I don't have to worry about forgetting those pesky lyrics anymore. I'll post tracks as I get them.

Ophelia with Colby Millea and the Fusion house band

Colby Millea doing Ophelia with me on piano, Don Miller on drums, Paul Sondquist on bass, and Lester Priday on harmonica at a Fusion pop up jam. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Fusion Pop Up Jam from April 3rd 2015. The Band's classic song "Ophelia" featuring Colby Millea.Posted by Kenosha Fusion on Saturday, May 30, 2015

Old releases

I'm slowly but surely adding all the material from 2 prior cds, The Lakehouse Songs (2003), and Wire & Wood (2005). Lakehouse has a bandish sound, Wire is a sparse folky thing. After sending the Lakehouse demo around to labels I was asked for more songs with a stripped down sound. Wire was pretty much recorded live in 2 days.

Spring cleaning demos

When my wife decided we were going to start our spring cleaning a few days ago I was less than enthusiastic. Believe it or not, I'm not much on cleaning no matter what the season is. I a little dust never hurt anyone and I think gives a home character. I was intrigued when she presented a handful of beat up cd's labeled 2002, 2003, etc. These turned out to be demos I had recorded on my ADAT in those years. No cut and paste, no drop in dubs, no pitch correction, crappy drums, and bad mixes. In spite of all that the songs and performances are pretty good and actually got a little major label attention. Plus I had lots of fun doing them. I've posted Rocky Road, Stand & Deliver, Ride, and Real Life Regular Joe (the only tune from that era I still do). Yes- that's me singing. Honest!!!

Bouzouki Woukie video

A little fun on the zouk with the Kenowhere Kilts on St. Paddy'shttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201756062449782 Day.

Bela Rolls video

Shot at the Kenosha Winter Market 2/9/13. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200384957282060

Writer- Not a singer

I always considered myself a musician more than a singer or a songwriter, but 10 years ago I started writing songs that I felt defined me. I managed to write quite a few of them, enough for a whole night of original stuff, and then some. 2 years ago I went to the Dr. to have a pesky node on my vocal cord removed again. I'd had them before, as many R&B singers have, and it's usually a fairly straight forward procedure. Knock me out, cut the offending callous off, take a break for a few weeks, then get back in saddle. This time the node was inoperable and they found some iffy spots in my throat. They advised 50 radiation treatments for the iffy spots but no viable solution for the node. I'm just stuck with it. I can still sing somewhat, just not very well. I was mute for 3 months and seriously reconnected with my instruments, especially my fingerstyle guitar instrumentals. I'm writing way more and way better than I ever have but to get the tunes out I have to sing them, not chart them, not pantomime them- Sing them! I'm hoping folks will bear with me and get past the rusty gate of a voice to the content of the songs. I think they deserve a good listen.