Had a great rehearsal with our rockin’ teenage combo over the weekend. We added 2 more tunes to the set and things are starting to sound pretty rad.
It's great to hear these songs taking shape and turning into their own entities. The one thing I told the guys I really didn't want to do was recreate the studio versions of the music, but have them evolve naturally and organically.
After practice Ryan and I moved and reconfigured the drum set. Looks dope & clean AF. Gonna move the amps and everything else into place so we can do some video stuffs down there soon.
Plans for a live show or two this fall in the Western New York area. Join the MAILING LIST to keep up to date!
Well it's finally happening. I'm getting out of my comfort zone and playing live again with actual humans.
It's been over 5 years that I've performed in this capacity, so this rehearsal is a bit rough around the edges...but we'll get there.
With the help of extraordinarily talented Ryan Gaines on drums and Pike Matthews on bass, this whole experience was something I subconsciously needed.
I've spent so long cooped up in my bedroom, hyper-focused on my extravagant studio experiments that I'd forgot what it was like to play music with other people. The give and take, the ebb and flow of performing live...it escaped me.
Plans are in the works to play a few live shows this fall in the Buffalo, NY area, so join my MAILING LIST to find out when
Here's another random piano improvisation because remember folks, PLAYING PIANO IS EASY!!. Unfortunately these days, I don't have the energy or time to play as much as I'd like. It's a double edge sword though.
The longer I stay away from the instrument, the more music will build up in my brain; so when I do sit down, the music just flows and I come up with a bunch of new ideas....
...but knowing that I won't ever have time to fully bring all these new ideas to fruition, I purposely won't play for extended periods of time. This makes me sad. I already have hundreds of voice memos on my iPhone that I know I'll never get to...and this also makes me sad.
Anyway, sorry about the pity party. Hope you enjoy Playing Piano Is Easy (Part 2)
Sorry you haven't seen a new upload in awhile. I recently changed locations for my day job which requires a longer commute, so my allotted time for "music" has been dramatically reduced. The extra time I have had, has been spent working on backend, mundand stuff that I shan't bore you with. Anyway, sorry for the rant as I'm sure you have problems of your own, so here's a quick piano improv for you to enjoy... ... and also for me to remind myself that playing piano is still easy.
This is an improv jam from a few months ago with my cousin, Ryan Gaines. We've played together since our teenage years and have been in several bands together, so it's easy for us to not only improvise together but we have a certain "Musical Telepathy" that only happens when you play with someone for a long time. I plan on getting everything mic'd up and sounding nice but this is just the camera audio, so be forewarned. (Note: Ryan is wearing my flannel that I left in his car like 3 years ago...he hasn't given it back yet. He wears it all the time too!)
I've been waking up at around 4AM for the past 10 years now.
It's the perfect time to work on my music stuffs without the noise and distractions of the world interrupting me.
Moreso, it's the ONLY time I can get stuff done before my day as a "responsible adult" begins, so waking up at this ungodly hour is unfortunately necessary.
I wish I had more time for my music, but I work alot better when there's limited time to do so...otherwise I'd just sit around and watch Youtube on my phone.
Do you struggle with not having enough time in your day to do the things you love? I have the answer...WAKE UP EARLY LIKE ME! Not only can you gain a few extra hours into the day...but you can also be a crabby a$$hole by 7pm!
Hope you enjoy the video.
Music has always been my way to express myself…
Typically when something’s been on my mind that I can't quite articulate with words; music is my way to translate that into a proper remark.
Recently, I found that one of my good friends had passed away. She was my biggest cheerleader when I first moved to NYC. Listening and critiquing my cheesy musicals and anything else creative I showed her, she was always there with open ears.
This piece, which I call "A Sad Sunday" was literally written on the spot more than a day after I heard of her passing…I just sat at the piano and this thing came out.
I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye…I’ll miss you “Ace”.
Sincerely, "Silent Geoff"
Just dropped a new update video that talks about all the stuff I've done and all the stuff I have coming up in 2023.
It’s finally here! The debut album from Killer Pizza!
Best described as a punk rock radio show, “Faces” is narrated by Rex Anderson, telling the terrible tale of an evil scientist’s botched experiment and how our band saved the city from this twisted abomination
As mentioned, Killer Pizza was the first band I had in high school with my buddies Pike Matthews and Aaron Pasisz. Hope you enjoy this little blast from my past.
Be sure and follow KP on the socials for exciting and funny content.
It's been awhile since I've blogged...I'm sorry. I've been busy attending to several projects, one of which I'd love for you to check out, KILLER PIZZA.
We released a comic book music video for our first single "Overture 1995" which features the radical illustrations from digital artist Michael Naus.
The full album "Faces" is a punk rock opera telling the terrible tale of an evil scientist’s botched experiment and how our band saved the city from this twisted abomination! It comes out on January 27th!
Hope you enjoy!