Vincent Pasternak - Guitar, Vocal, Tambourine! - Okay. One more rock tune. Some time toward the end of 2014 Rob Carlson said the Benefit Street Band needed at least one more rocker to finish up the “Angels on the Radio” CD. I had tucked away this song in a “things-to-do-someday” pile of lyric sheets, so I and played an abbreviated version of it for Rob and Paul Payton (the keyboard wizard in the band) thinking they’d probably take a pass on the whole thing. Much to my surprise, they told me to go ahead and lay down a scratch track. Then they set about dressing it up with other important stuff like drums, electric guitars, and piano/synth lines. Rob brought in Jeff Southworth, whose lead guitar work may have heard with Hall & Oates. Jeff put in those killer double-lead licks in the middle of the song. And then – voila – it was done. Except for the tambourine. One thing I learned from the Beatles is that you can never have too much tambourine (or handclaps) in a song. It’s gotta be tasteful, but it’s also gotta be in there somewhere to seal the deal. Ahem. And that’d be me pursuing a Beatles ideal on the jingle jangles. If I could have figured out a pleasantly musical way to add some cowbell, I would have done that too but fortunately, cooler heads prevailed...
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Vincent Pasternak - Guitar, Vocal, Tambourine!
Okay. One more rock tune. Some time toward the end of 2014 Rob Carlson said the Benefit Street Band needed at least one more rocker to finish up the “Angels on the Radio” CD. I had tucked away this song in a “things-to-do-someday” pile of lyric sheets, so I and played an abbreviated version of it for Rob and Paul Payton (the keyboard wizard in the band) thinking they’d probably take a pass on the whole thing. Much to my surprise, they told me to go ahead and lay down a scratch track. Then they set about dressing it up with other important stuff like drums, electric guitars, and piano/synth lines. Rob brought in Jeff Southworth, whose lead guitar work may have heard with Hall & Oates. Jeff put in those killer double-lead licks in the middle of the song. And then – voila – it was done. Except for the tambourine. One thing I learned from the Beatles is that you can never have too much tambourine (or handclaps) in a song. It’s gotta be tasteful, but it’s also gotta be in there somewhere to seal the deal. Ahem. And that’d be me pursuing a Beatles ideal on the jingle jangles. If I could have figured out a pleasantly musical way to add some cowbell, I would have done that too but fortunately, cooler heads prevailed...
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Back in the ‘90s I used to get together with a bunch of professional photographers and graphic designers (plus one IBM salesman) to drink beer and jam on whatever tunes they happened to remember. At some point they got the notion to make a cassette tape of some original material. Like, classic garage band sounding stuff that maybe their close friends and family might want to hear. Well things got out of hand very quickly and the next thing I knew I was producing a bona fide CD of songs with – and for – them. They decided to call themselves The Bad Band because, well, there were some pretty awful moments to endure in there while they were learning how to become a cohesive unit. But I will say this, they always had spectacular graphics, posters, and tee shirts to show the fans. Their motto/logo pretty much said it all: “The Bad Band – We May Be Bad, But At Least We Have A Logo.” And the logo really was, as I said, spectacular. Walk & Don’t Walk was one of the songs I wrote while I played with them, but we never got around to recording it so it lay dormant until I hooked up with Rob Carlson, another old friend (I told you they were all old, didn’t I?). I started performing on stage with Rob on a regular basis in 2007. This cut made it on to Benefit Street’s first CD. I did the vocal track in one take, something that’ll probably never happen again in my lifetime...
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Aurelia - On my first trip to Spain, the boat ride home from Barcelona harbor to the West Side of New York City took nine days. At one point, I remember the very sleek, very large Italian liner "Michelangelo" passed by us like we were standing still. I was subsequently told the "Michelangelo" would make its transatlantic crossing in just three days. Looking back at it now, I think I got the better deal. Awake or asleep, the steady rise and fall of our ship soon synchronized the rhythm of my whole body. At the end of the voyage, when I took my first steps off the ship onto the island of Manhattan, the solid asphalt seemed to melt away under my feet. As with so many things I would eventually encounter in life, the feeling was just an illusion...
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Mount Tibidabo is one of two mountains that overlook Barcelona, and whether you reach it by foot, car, bus, or tram Tibidabo offers a spectacular high-altitude view of the landscape below. My preferred method of getting there is to catch a bus, get off at the Funicular Vallvidrera – located at the foot of the mountain – and take a leisurely ride up the hillside. At the summit, one has a choice of making a visit into Sagrat Cor, the neo-Gothic style cathedral, or over to an amusement park that’s nestled just below the church. Standing with outstretched arms at the top of the cathedral, Jesus appears to be pondering the human carnival at his feet. My Tibidabo sketch is divided into three parts. The first part is called “Funicular”. It starts with a mother and father getting on the Funicular Valdvidrera. Madre is holding a young baby, and padre, a portable carriage. Outside the window, green trees and terraced houses slowly slide by. The little “tsk, tsk” you hear at one point during the melody is mama trying to get her fidgety baby to stop being so fussy. Part two is about a giant Ferris wheel located in the amusement park that allows you to get an even better view of the city below. On a clear day, it’s a heavenly feeling to dangle your legs and look out at the Mediterranean Sea glistening off in the distance. As the Ferris wheel slowly grinds to a halt, listen for a repetitive guitar note echoing the sound of Sagrat Cor’s bell striking twelve times: it’s high noon on Mount Tibidabo. “Andando”, the third part of this musical scenario, is the Castilian word for “walking”. All sorts of people – young and old alike – are walking around and enjoying the noisy amusement park on what turns out to be a very sunny Barcelona afternoon. Of course, this includes those two very proud parents and their new baby.
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This sketch is about young boys and girls having fun at a piñata party. The children trickle in slowly, arriving in ones and twos. They form a group and begin running around like wild rabbits - whooping it up as only little kids can do. When the highlight of the party comes, they all take turns whacking at the papier mâché piñata until it bursts at the seams. Then there's a mad scramble as candy and toys are scooped up off the ground. After their adrenaline fades and the party draws to a close, the children gather up their treasures, find mama or papa's hand, and then everyone heads back home.
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There are churches and cathedrals all over Spain. "Nemo Samba" is my idea of what it might be like to live in a monastery where priests have taken a vow of silence. However, they are still allowed to chant. I was thinking some back and forth scat singing in Latin as they were truckin' on their way to the chapel - soli deo gloria, sine deo nemo sum - could be one way to lighten up their hearts before beginning the heavy task of saving souls...
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La Carretera a Bilbao - Cruisin' up the highway to Bilbao from Barcelona in one of those tourist-y buses with the big panoramic windows...
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Sala Jordi - A rendezvous between enamorados on a bright sunny day in Barcelona...
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A song about coasting into Barcelona from Paris on an Air France flight. And, oh my, was it ever sunny that day...
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Vincent Pasternak -- "Hard-Hearted Hannah" Just an old fashioned love song. Sort of...
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One small village. Three pairs of lovers. One absolutely happy day. This track features Roswell Rudd on trombone, Tony Levin on bass, and Ken Lovelett on percussion.
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Instruments Guitar, Violin, Viola, Mandolin
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