Debut studio album, “Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole” is HERE!

This has to be one of the proudest moments of my life so far, after a month and a half of writing, two and a half months of rehearsing and perfecting, three intensive days of studio recording, and then four additional months of hardcore planning, researching, reaching out, and trying to get as much visibility as possible… and now my music-themed story-of-my-life album is FINALLY out there for the world to hear!

Big thanks to the radio stations that have played me (especially Blow Up Radio who has been a big ongoing supporter) and the blogs that have covered me… And especially HUGE thanks to everyone who has purchased a download, CD, or merch bundle!! I’m overwhelmed by the support sometimes; when I set out to do this, I had no idea if even one person was going to care and I’ve been extremely grateful that people do. I can’t wait to see what kind of support I get by the time am actually satisfied with my musical skills! 🙂

Before I talk about how to hear the album, I just want to point to my relatively new Live page for performance listings. I’ve got two album release shows (one at The Fine Grind in Little Falls, NJ on Saturday 3/10 at 2 pm, and a backyard show in Long Beach, NY on Saturday 3/24 at 1 pm) and a bunch of others, with more to be announced, and I’m constantly looking for more, so stay tuned! And as always if you can offer an opportunity, or come across one, or simply have a suggestion for a cool venue near you, just email me!

Now, if you haven’t seen my store yet, I am selling digital downloads, CDs, USBs, T-shirts, and stickers over there. It’s the only place you can get physical merch (except in person, of course!), and in terms of downloads it’ll be the cheapest for you and the only place where I keep 97% of the price, so it’s ideal. But I’m also in all the digital stores and you are very welcome to buy from your preferred one instead – more links (along with lyrics and other info) at the Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole discography page.

Stream on Spotify:

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I would love to know what you think of it after you’ve had a chance to listen, and hopefully I’ll see you soon playing live near you!

I have merch on offer for the first time and I’m stoked!

After many hours over the course of months spent researching the best manufacturers, the best store plug-ins, and a lot more, I am finally pleased to announce that I have merch to offer for my upcoming album, Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole!

If you’re boring, you can of course just buy a digital download of the album for $7, which is lower than anywhere else you’ll be able to buy it because I don’t have a big corporation taking a big chunk of it. Then there is the really good looking CD, a USB containing all material you could possibly want from me and then some, a two-sided T-shirt with my face as the logo (obviously) and a fan-voted quote on the back, and a 4-sticker set (a logo and three quotes). You can pick and choose or, for the people who really like me or just like to collect things pointlessly, you can get everything in the store for $28! You can head on over to my new online merch store for more info on all that.

Big thanks to Matthew John Corrales for designing the CD cover art and T-shirt/logo.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am. Please enjoy some very professional-looking selfies (lighting, etc.) showing proof of my feelings:

 

“The Major Triad Demon” Story & Lyrics (“It’s About the Mosh” Single)

So in case you hadn’t noticed yet, I’ve made my first official digital release! You can now stream my music on Spotify or buy it on iTunes among many other places. It’s a three-song single of quick fun songs (about music) called It’s About the Mosh, leading up to my debut studio album release on March 2 — Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole, which essentially details my journey with music so far.

I plan on writing a little bit about each song, but I really wanted to explain “The Major Triad Demon” first because I’ve gotten feedback that the story is fun but confusing.

So, to begin with, have you ever heard a demon (as depicted by Hollywood) speak? They tend to speak not with a normal human voice that only has one tone at a time, but with this weird combination of multiple tones that sound harsh and discordant together. One night, instead of sleeping, I randomly started wondering what it would be like if one demon had a mutation that made the multiple tones of their voice sound good together instead of bad. And for anyone who doesn’t know what a major chord is in music, in very simplistic terms (music theory nerds, hold your tongue!), it’s three tones (a triad; notes 1, 3 and 5 in a given key) that sound pleasant, happy together. So, not a good sound for a demon to be making, get it?

Right, so you have this one demon who was born with a mutation that makes his voice sound beautiful and joyous instead of harsh and grating. I know literally nothing about any form of demonology, so in the world of this song, demons live in a hell that’s basically just like earth except everything awful is desirable there. It made me empathize with the idea that nobody (parents, peers) would understand him, even though he couldn’t help this thing that made him different and in reality it was actually something beautiful.

I chewed on that for a while, not knowing where to take the song from there. In my opinion a song isn’t finished until you’ve come up with an interesting twist or at least some original insight to tie the song together. Well, one day it suddenly hit me how similar this demon’s life sounded to mine, and to all my friends who weren’t understood by peers or their families growing up because they were creative and original and had good hearts — excellent qualities that aren’t always desired by mainstream society. In a way, the major triad demon represents all of us who never fit in.

…Which brings us to a second bit of nerdy music theory! A power chord (again, I know this is an oversimplification!) is basically a 2-note subset of a major triad: instead of 1, 3, 5, it’s just the 1 and 5. Power chords are what rock and punk music (and much electric guitar in general) tend to be built around, so if you’re hearing power chords you will feel like you’re rocking out. And what did all my friends and I happen to stumble onto when we didn’t fit in? To the punk scene, where everyone is welcome and the most original, creative people are the best loved! I realized that actually, our demon could stumble onto the same place, as he would fit in quite well there — being different and original and having a weird natural ability to speak in power chords.

So hopefully that explains every bit of the song without being too much overkill. You can stream all three songs below, and read the lyrics to “The Major Triad Demon” at the bottom. Let me know what you think. Do you want to know more about the other songs?

STREAM IT’S ABOUT THE MOSH (THREE-SONG SINGLE)

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LYRICS
There once was a demon born in hell
Whose voice was a major triad
Unlike the proper demons sowing discord
It was just 1 and 3, 1, 3, 5 and…
That sound won’t terrify, no, it’s a sound of beauty and joy
So he sat alone in his room and he spoke softly to himself:
“What are you supposed to do when you’re a demon stuck in hell with a major triad voice?”

His parents thought God was trolling them
His peers thought he was a freak show
So he tried to hide his voice at school and at home
And only spoke when he was spoken to
The epiphany came one day, born of a solitude that he didn’t choose
Maybe, just maybe, I’m not the one who is ugly
But that didn’t matter to the demons in hell
What are you supposed to do when you’re a demon stuck in hell with a major triad voice?

Depressed, he came to earth
He thought he’d terrorize some mortals so he’d feel more like himself
At midnight he gave up
At a dingy black door covered in stickers he stopped
And heart aflutter, he pulled open the handle…
You know, if you take away the third,
In the natural cadence of his speech the demon sang some power chords

It wasn’t just a party trick, but a true punk rock gift they found in that boy
So when he hung out at the punk rock show he was embraced for his differences
They said:
“We mortal punks, we’re not so different from a demon stuck in hell with a major triad voice”