Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Patch of Grass CD

Monday, April 13th, 2015

CD cover sizedjpegCD cover sizedNY Retro is set to release the Patch of Grass CD on June 5, 2015.  No, it has nothing to do with marijuana.  The album was conceived and produced to be listened to while mowing the lawn or any yard work.  It’s an album made by men for men and is set to be released about one week before Father’s Day.  Men don’t buy themselves presents; especially fathers.  They’ll buy tools and toys for their children.  The toys might really be for themselves but, that’s another story.  Of course, men do buy stuff for their women though that might still be for that mythical child.  So, don’t be fooled by that picture of a swing in an idyllic suburban yard.  There are no children songs on this album.  This CD is for Dad.  Happy Father’s Day!

New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

1. Have the Patch of Grass CD ready for release by April 1st.
2. Give up computer solitaire until CD is finished. (that should motivate me to finish it)
3. Write a blog every Sunday.
4. Play 12 major and 12 minor scales on the trumpet, alto, violin and trombone 4 days a week for 40 weeks in 2015.
5. Do 20 live performances.

Unfair licensing Practices

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Dear Sirs,
I’m writing to express my concern about certain music licensing practices that are unfair, and unnecessary, to performing and recording musicians. In this day of digital downloads where every sale is immediately tracked there is no reason to force recording performers to pay royalties in advance of sales. I am a composer/songwriter, myself, and I believe the writer deserves his portion of the sale but, he doesn’t deserve a percentage of sales that never happen. This antiquated system is still good for CDs and vinyl where a product is hard to track but, unnecessary and damaging to struggling performers.
Bob Stone

Persistence

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

I love that song by Tom Petty; I Won’t Back Down. It taps into that primal urge to face off against an adversary. It gives me focus. It’s the answer I need to those distractions that keep creeping into my life. I took a moment from writing this entry to add tags. When I came to one of my favorite tags, 70’s Rock, I felt it necessary to google the song. It was released in ’89 and the article is worth reading: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1070
There is a lot about how people used the song as an anthem. That strikes me as counterintuitive. If you’re really having your convictions tested you shouldn’t have an army of believers standing with you. I still love the song though there is a chance that Tom Petty was consciously writing an anthem.

NY Retro to play at the Roadhouse

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

RoadhousePoster
We still haven’t resolved the dilemma of are we a cover band or an original band. I vote that we are both. We haven’t established an identity yet. The band, BoScoDen, didn’t establish an identity until it had already broken up. I suppose we have an identity at this space and time but, I’m hoping it evolves into something easier to explain. The best I can do is say we’re just starting out.

NY Retro-The choice

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Are we a cover band or an original band? Mike brought this up when I encouraged my band mates to divvy up the social media chores. I proposed that Steve take over the Facebook account, I’ll do the website and blog and Mike will do Twitter. From his perspective he feels Twitter is only for bands doing originals. We do both originals and covers.

Why is NY Retro retro

Friday, May 31st, 2013

No performance art can be absolutely retro. Even if it remains absolutely true to the historical elements it will still be perceived in the presence of the contemporary mindset. What NY Retro attempts to do is bring back that sense of experimentation and merging of styles that created those classic rock milestones in the first place. Bob and Steve were around to see that drama unfold. Mike early on fell in love with progressive rock which NY Retro does not adhere to a strict definition of the progressive rock style(We try to be a little more soulful) but, that meeting of classical music virtuosity with modern instruments and rhythms is definitely something we strive for.

Sacred Pagan Word-Help

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

The first image that comes to mind when I think of the word ‘help’ is the commercial for some charity with a middle aged gray bearded man holding a dark skinned child in a poverty stricken third world, somewhat primitive, village while he proclaims that a dollar a day will…; you get the idea. The next image is from one of the Icelandic Sagas in which a man is asking a more powerful neighbor for help in a legal suit at the Althing. They negotiate favor for favor and come to an understanding. From the Havamal we hear that everyone has worth; a man who has lost a hand can herd sheep, a deaf man can go into battle and prevail. From these images I deduce that in the Pagan world the sacred word ‘help’ implies a two way street. We help each other. We make commitments to each other and we live by our word. Another saying from the Havamal is “Only a corpse has no value”. In the born again world I guess the old self dies and all commitments die with him. We mourn the loss of our drummer.Bob & Steve

Boureé

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Here is Steve and me playing Bourreé.  The bass part can be downloaded and you can click the second link to play along.  This isn’t a performance I would put on a cd but, it should be alright to play along with.

Bourree bass

BourreeSteve&Bob

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

JesuSoloElectric

This is posted to give musician’s something to practice with.  The sheet music can be download for the bass.

Jesus1 Bass