This is a compilation, not a new record, nor a solo album. It is a collection of all the music I made for commercials and films, in 2013 and 2014. It was made with friends and partners. We made these songs together. It’s not just me. I just have it up on this page called this with a bald picture of me on the cover just cause ya know why not I had to put it out and now and that’s how it worked out but ya know I’m on every track in one way or another. Some of them I did by myself, some with different bands of people, sometimes with different guys we'd hire, often with Eli Winograd at our studio in Brooklyn. It really is 2 albums - the first 16 tracks are commissioned recordings for commercials often about 30 seconds long, the 2nd 13 songs is a genre music library me and a few guys made at our studio, longer more film ideas. I was going to call this collection Commercial Failures but I’m trying to get away from the sarcasm thing and while these songs haven’t made me a million dollars yet I make a couple bucks on them here and there online and can't complain and we'll see what happens in the future. But they ain't gonna get in that many videos just sitting on my hard drive and buried online so I’m putting them up here and while I like that name I had to ditch that name. Michael Williams came up with the title Tries and took the cover picture. I went with it. I could end up making more music for videos at any time. This collection represents a very bookended specific period of time for me where, frankly, that phone was ringing, a couple years there it was like that. It was fun. You'd get a call and have to write, record, and deliver this music in 24 or so hours. That phone isn't ringing like that now, but at that time I was up to a lot of this and putting it all in my headspace, thinking about it. AndI have mixed feelings about it. When the phone stopped ringing I felt happy to hear it not ring, was done, didn’t want to do that, didn’t think it was working. The break up was kinda mutual. I wasn't landing any commercials and I think I took the rejection harder than you are supposed to. You're not supposed to care "it's just a job" I stressed out or cared too much blah blah not exactly but ya know. But don’t worry about me, I don’t, like, worry about it that much. It’s just one of the things going on. But I felt like I was competing with music school kids who never slept on a floor, where my experience did not necessarily benefit this world, would have been better to have just been at home mastering computer programs and they were way better than me at this and they can crank out quality generic music at will and record all that way better than me more mastery better execution all around. I didn’t want to write using Those Chord Structures. I’m no good at writing in Those Chord Structures. I don’t do it naturally. I got two left feet at it, and they do it get it everyday. And I do love when that’s done right. And also I was sick of analyzing the commercials while I was watching TV. It wasn't mellow, studying this music, thinking that way about music. And I'm glad now I can watch TV in peace and I don't listen to the music at all in the commercials anymore. And I can write whatever chords I wanna and they’re told to me from the universe when the universe demands. So what I’m trying to say is that it’s all good. I’m just trying to tell a story here express myelf. I like a lot of these songs a lot. There’s 30 of them, sounds are all over the place. And lastly, while listening, remember they were written to be in the backround with a talk over in front.
Also check out my Soundclould page to hear a cover version of Hold On (I’m Coming) that we did for the Superbowl and the classic beef jerky ode Spicy Meat.
released November 7, 2016
The following musicians appear along with me on this recording: Brad Hurst, Eli Winograd, Allie Klein, Wes Buckley, David Wightman, Jonah Rapino, Brendon Wood, Sam Potrykus, Tim Nylander, a banjo man, and a bunch of horn players whose names I can't remember. I'll try to work on that, but they were paid.
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