Stuck in the 60's 2
I played Greenwich Village in the '60s, too, but Dylan got all the attention because he had the better voice. My debut album, "Stuck in the '60s, Vol. II," is a reflection of how much the early days of rock 'n roll, the ascendance of roots (nee folk) music, the adventurous onset of the progressive jazz movement all influenced me and why I am indebted to that seminal period in American music. I came of age the '60s. It was the 1960s that molded, in many ways, who I am. I was co-editor of the newspaper at NYU in Washington Square, when Dylan was playing the coffee houses, progressive jazz was thriving and the beat poets were having a liberating impact on American Lit. It was a wondrous time and place. As a journalism graduate of NYU and the holder of a master's in English Lit from Hofstra University, I compose my music around poetic lines wedded, at times, to basic blues shuffles or melodic acoustic guitar-based pieces. Themes run from soul mates seeking to find the other half of their angels (I wandered around between then and now, asking total strangers are they you somehow...) to broken love (Where are you now, the cooling mist whose wisps still bathe my soul...); the search for a muse (Reattach me to that ground where the pulse of earth resides...) or the need to believe in possibilities (We shared love that summer, when you made me believe it could snow...) Why compose and record my first album in my mid-60s? Having written for major magazines and newspapers, founded a travel magazine website, authored or ghosted a half-dozen novels and photographed for international fashion magazines - music seemed like a logical next challenge. Besides, a red-haired beauty said to me, "a woman can't resist a man with a guitar in his hands." I figured what the hell. My generation was gobbling up vintage guitars on eBay. Why not try to play one before I resell it for three times the price? Stuck in the '60s, Vol. II is from Hollow Body Studios of Long Island, NY, and is released on Hollow Body Records. Produced by Doug Kwartler, whose lead guitar is heard throughout, it also features work by some of Long Island's finest musicians. A repository of multi-cultural talent, the disc was designed by Michael Leuci, who is heard on drums and keyboard on a number of tracks.