If you know me, you know I’m a recovering prog-head. As much as I try to deny it, DT is part of my DNA and my musical make up unfortunately. J
I was a Sophomore in high school and joined the marching band. After a rehearsal one random night, my friend Mathew Pike and I jumped into our friend John Rosini’s car as he put on “Caught In A Web” and “Erotomania” from DT’s Awake album. I can still remember every detail of those moments. What the interior of the car looked like. What the weather was like outside. It was yet another one of those moments in my life where I knew things would never be the same.
A couple weeks later, I was at the music store and saw the CD and bought it. I literally listened to it non-stop all weekend. This album not only got me into progressive rock but inspired me to get better as a guitar player.
Anyway - here's my poopy version of Erotomania that I learned when I was a teenager. Somehow I can still remember this complex song, but yet I can't remember a Steely Dan song I learned a couple hours ago.
Among my love for progressive rock, one of my other favorite genre’s is musical theatre.
As you may you know already, when I was in my early teens I reluctantly went to see The Phantom Of The Opera on a chorus trip in Toronto...thus began my obsession with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and musical theatre in general
Here’s me covering “Stranger Than You Dreamt It” from POTO. It’s a bit of a deeper cut from the show, but by far, my most favorite song from the musical.
I dare not cover the title track or a song such as “Music Of The Night”. That’s like doing “Stairway to Heaven” or Freebird IMO
Tuesday, October 30th marks the 6 year birthday of my concept album CONVERSATION PIECES.
Well whilst cleaning out the cobwebs of my old hard drive I happened upon a commentary I did back in June of 2012.
THE LOST CONVERSATION PIECES ALBUM COMMENTARY
I had intended to include this recording with the albums bonus items on Bandcamp, alas it was forgotten about and forever lost in the digital void of my hard drive.
In this commentary, I dig deep into the albums plot, lyrical details and talk about all of the amazing musicians that helped me out on this project.
I hope you enjoy!
Helloooo! Just wanted to give you a few updates on what’s been happening here in my musical world.
Since the release of Acquiescence back in April, I’ve slowed down on my studio/recording work. Towards the end of that production, I definitely started to feel the burnout set in. I tried jumping straight away into another album I had on deck, but it just wasn’t working.
Honestly, the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of a computer screen for another summer, but every so often I would make some progress on this new album....
R ecently I lugged my trusty ol' Korg TR88 keyboard back into the studio. I had forgotten how great these patches sounded and had also forgotten what it was like to not use samples or rely on midi. I pressed record and this is what came out when I started playing this keyboard again.
"Sinus" reminded me of a Mats/Morgan Band song by the same name, so it was apt to name it just the same. There's some hints of Zappa, Genesis and some Muse sprinkled in.
If anyone know what time signature the middle/solo section is, I'm all ears.
Anyway, click here to listen to this new tune. If you like what you hear, download it for free or name your price.
Hope your summer is going well! Speaking of summer, the next album I have on deck is called "The Darkest Of Summers"
Lyrically it explores the subject of death imparticularly several loved ones that I have had to say goodbye to over the last few years.
Also clocking in at close to a mere 30 minutes, this album will surely be a bit more easier to digest than some of my previous releases....
Watch Part IV of the making of Acquiescence where I give you a behind the scenes look into the studio when I was recording vocals for the album.
I don't think I'm the greatest singer, so I had to enlist the talents of folks better than I. Watch below and see the amazing talents of singers that are featured on the album!!
The Making Of Geoff Barone's Acquiescence - Part III (GUITARS!!)
Physical CD - http://bit.ly/acquiescence-physical
Bandcamp - http://bit.ly/acquiescence-bandcamp
iTunes - http://bit.ly/acquiescence-itunes
Amazon - http://bit.ly/acquiescence-amazon
Spotify - http://bit.ly/Acquiescence-Spotify
Apple Music - http://bit.ly/Acquiescence-AppleMusic
When I started recording Acquiescence, I knew I wanted a wide array of timbres and tones. I ended up using close to 10 different guitars, and several different amps to get some really groovy tones.
Here's the list of guitars I used...and although I have a few gems (mostly handed down to me from my Father), most of my guitar collection is full of junk. Lol.
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Samick Artist Series SG
Fender Squire Strat ("relic'd" by yours truly)
Fender Lite Ash Tele
Schecter PT Diamond Series
Sears Silvertone 1448 (w/amp in case)
Guild D40 NT
Epiphone 5-String Banjo
Peavey Foundation 5-String Bass
Here's an Instagram post of the pictures as well
In this second installment, you will learn a bit more about the album's title.
We'll dig deeper into the inspiration for the album and dig even deeperer into the similarities between my Citizen 603 album and the songs and concept of Acquiescence.
Even though both records coincidently have (16) songs...there is actually a lot more to these projects than meets the eye...G.I JOE!!!!! oh wait...wrong show.