A Friday Night with the 440s at Connollys

Rockin’ out with my new Strat and Godzilla… and Pat Gillis… LOL

It was a fun night out with the 440s at Connollys Klub 45 in Times Square. We had a lot of friends and family come down to see us (Mom!). We got the 9PM slot and we went at it as usual with a few hiccups but it sounded really good to me. The new Strat was soooooo good to me. I absolutely loved playing that thing. The band played a lot of original songs which were very well received. I really appreciated the great feedback. We don’t play our stuff out that much. I would rather play originals than play covers. I hope we can keep this going. I am very happy with our work and I love playing these songs with the guys. Many thanks to everyone that came down to share this moment with us. That was the best way to celebrate a birthday!

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Playing at Connollys Friday August 20th at 8PM

Oh boy! We have a gig at Connollys in Times Square! Was this planned? Ummmm, maybe? It’s gonna be the 440’s rocking out some covers and originals. Maybe some friends will come and joins us on-stage for a few songs… maybe not. I have no idea.

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Summer Jams and Learning New Music

Rene at DUMBO studio 14July2016

It’s been over eight months and I am still finding my way to getting a band, recording, performing back on track. I’m not complaining, just stating the facts. I have been playing with two bands that are doing completely different music. I have learned a lot about playing covers, when NOT to play covers and generally how to balance out volume and sound and tone between so many different types of musical styles. While all of THAT is happening, I am still exploring musical ideas and recording all of those little bit and pieces that may ultimately end up being an actual complete piece of music for my own project. I’m not there just yet… But I know that I am close. My main goal is to find what it is I want to perform and what I intend to say through that performance. This is not about technique or soloing or showing off. It’s about finding my way to a musical expression that will be both enjoyable for me (and my band members) to play and should resonate with my audience. I mean, let’s be real, it’s a show and it’s about doing this in front of an audience. Right? I’ll get there. And when I do, we will have a great time. See you soon.

P.S.

Yes. That’s my newest toy. It’s a 1994 Les Paul Standard. I cannot properly describe how beautiful it sounds and plays. It’s a rare gem with a TONE that made a lot of people look up in appreciation. 🙂

RF

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Recording Sessions in May

So here I am, at SMASH Studios. Working hard on getting tracks and vocals done. We managed to lay down 12 tracks in one ten-hour session (yes, that’s crazy). And it’s a solid foundation to build on. Next up, vocals and backing tracks. And the following weekend will be guitars and leads.

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