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!


The 440s play Arlene’s Grocery in New York Thursday 09/16


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.


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.


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. 🙂



Musical Winter Journey


It’s been quite a fun time since my last post. I went off to the other side of the world (via Hong Kong and Kyoto, Japan) to sort of clear my mind and eat interesting new foods (heh). I did a lot of musical re-organizing and cleaning out of lots of stuff at home. I’ve made time and met and played with some really talented people. I jam with a bunch of really great people and I keep myself open to playing as opportunities arise. I have a growing list of musicians I can tap into at any time. For now, jamming is a good way to keep the musical chops going. My own musical works continue to remain ‘in progress’ and not much happening there. I think it’s me just not wanting to push or force the creative process as hard as I thought I wanted to.

I do have a notebook FULL of music and a hard drive just as loaded with demos, clips, riffs, hummed ideas, subway tapping on the walls and benches, words on loose bits of paper… all of that. I think that these little bits and pieces are my new habitual creative process. The most important part of the process, I think, is that there needs to be time set aside for pulling all of the bits and pieces out of the various formats and collecting devices (phones, laptops, paper) and then to try and assemble the ideas that fit or work together. Sometimes the original idea does not itself become a song or piece of music but it may lead you down unexplored musical paths.

Sometimes in the morning I will hear a small melody in my mind and I stop everything I am doing so I can focus on the idea, find a guitar, hit record and record it  before I walk out the door. Sometimes I’ll hear a second part as I walk to the train and I will hum that into my phone. By the time I get to work, I may find that I have bridge and ending and I’ll make sure I stop walking and hum or sing or tap that out into the phone as well. They key to that process is to have a deliberate focus on the tiny idea and hang on to it just long enough to capture it or play it out on your instrument and make it real.

You need to make time for recording in those moments when the idea is there and waiting for you to act on it and you need to take time out for listening. It’s not about saying ‘hey, listen more’. This is about stopping everything and focusing on both capturing the idea and then focus on the process of listening so you can hear back and build on it. I promise you, you won’t remember or get back to a musical idea. If you don’t stop and dedicate time to first record/capture it and then work on it, it will fade away like whispers in the wind… 🙂



News Update: I’ve gone solo…

Yes, it’s true. I have made the very (very) difficult decision to go my own way from Red Moon. I let the guys know around October 1st and I have since then moved my gear and myself to my apartment for some musical down-time. The only reason I can give for leaving, that matters, is that I felt I needed a change in what I wanted musically and it was a good thing. I have a few ideas about what I would like to do next. And I have a lot of musical projects offered to me, but I will be chillin’ out for a while and just playing my guitar at home.

In the meantime, I already have a bunch of jam sessions lined up and I might start lurking around some of the Sunday night club jams around the city to see what shakes loose.. ha! Stay tuned.