Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Live at the Opening Night of the Travelling Yellow Sofa





The opening night of the Travelling Yellow Sofa in Northampton was a memorable one, featuring 15 performances by a stellar lineup of musicians, singer/songwriters, spoken word artists, and poets.
Beginning, ending and interspersed throughout the evening were a series of musical jams with lyrics and chords provided to all, as well as a video tribute Levon Helm, to whom the night was dedicated.

On 4-27-12 a local NPR affiliate, WFCR, aired a feature on the Travelling Yellow Sofa including recordings from opening night:

http://nepr.net/news/northampton-mass-musicians-join-together-after-losing-venue


The Yellow Sofa's permanent weekly home is at the Thirsty Mind in South Hadley (opposite Mt. Holyoke College). For more information, see the Yellow Sofa Open Mic blog at:


Below is a video of something I got to contribute to the evening, a new song called "By Now I Know" (also dedicated to Levon Helm) which does not so much draw on his inimitable style as the deep feelings of affection he created in his family and fans by being the person and musical figure he was--recently eulogized by musician, songwriter and producer Joe Henry as "a deacon who spoke our gospel."


There is also a fancy-schmancy harmony and multiple instrument layered studio version of this song you can listen to by clicking on this link:


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Unofficial Pittsfield Economic Development Theme Song

In a world trying to rise from the ashes of post-industrial decline. . . a song Ripped from the headlines. . .





Pittsfield, MA, one-time home to General Electric, has been trying (and succeeding) to reinvent itself as an arts mecca.  Asked by absolutely no one, I created this theme song for the cause.

Unable to get the  headline of the local alternative arts tabloid this week out of my head ("Pity City No More") I may have made matters far worse by making it the hook of this song:

http://michaelsilverstone.bandcamp.com/track/no-more-pity-city

Special thanks to the SilverTone Horns featuring Eric Blair on trumpet, Norm Chomsky on coronet and Bernie Schwartz on Trombone.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Fool's Day Release



"Travelling Yellow Sofa Open
Mic" Tour event amuses passing
delivery person in Northampton,
MA. (Photo by Ruth Hutton)


Got a song new song on "Thesixtyone.com". If you haven't been to that site, check it out. It really is a great format for getting introduced to new music. A visual pops up, the song plays, and you can search it, or play it like a radio.

Our new song, "Something for Nothing" features an incredible band that includes a horn section, two drummers, and backup vocals from, my brother George Silverstone and cousin David Silverstone who are brilliant as always. I said it before, and I'll say it again. There's something magic that happens when you blend voices with someone in your own family. It took us nearly 2 full days in the studio, but they passed so quickly that we were surprised to discover that it was 4 a.m. when we were finally done, whereupon we listened to it three times, knowing we had a hit, and then stumbled off in glory to a Kefir and 5-Hour Energy breakfast at One Dollar Pizza on Hollywood Boulevard as the rosy fingers of dawn illuminated the Capitol Records Tower.

Well, I didn't mean to go on like that. It's way past time to provide the hyperlink and sign off. We hope you like this as much as we enjoyed making it:


Michael
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