by Karen A. Brown @IndieStardust @StardustBlu @StardustBluCEO
Several years ago, I met musician/cartoonist Richard Sirgiovanni. I’ve never seen someone so determined, so focused on getting a show made. Richard truly has something special! I’d love you to meet Richard and The Grimps! The Grimps will be on this Saturday morning at 9:30am Channel 5 in the NY-Tri state area & over 200 FOX television stations around the United States! Check local listings. This will be The Grimps national TV debut on Teen Kids News.
KAB: Thank you for joining us today Richard! How did you come up with the idea for The Grimps? When did you first create them?
RS: It was about 5 years ago when I wanted to create a new project and wanted to combine my 2 passions which is cartoons and rock n’ roll but I didn’t just want to make a cartoon about a rock band. I wanted it to also be magical and fun for kids. So I began developing a story of how they lived 500 years ago and were cursed by an evil wizard to become these ugly little creatures and banished for eternity. Until one day, their friend and wizard who was also cursed found a spell to reverse the curse, but only temporary changing them back to humans from sunset to sunrise everyday. The show takes place in present time as The Grimps take their shot at being rock stars at night.
KAB: How fun! Who wrote these great songs?
RS: The theme song called “We’re The Grimps” was written by Ron Dante and Freddie Cannon for me. Many new original songs are currently being written and submitted by new young songwriters as well. Some iconic writers in music history. The new songs and production will be the direction and sound we are creating for The Grimps.
The Grimps “We’re The Grimps” official TV show theme song
KAB: Where do you see the show going?
RS: The show is targeted at kids 8 to 12 years old but we believe it will be well received by adults and family entertainment for 3 generations. The social media efforts already show fans from around the world up to 70 years old. The Grimps are modern, but have a retro feel which I believe is attracting the parents and the grandparents. The grandparents, 55 to 70 are the classic rock generation and are attracted to this. I see the show being aired as a weekly animated show on a major network that focuses on kids’ entertainment. Each show will have a positive message in a fun and entertaining way and will feature a new original song in the episode that follows the theme of the story.
KAB: What is your dream for where The Grimps may end up?
RS: My dream is that The Grimps can become a new entertainment brand that crosses over into TV, film, music, publishing, merchandise, licensing, electronics and more. I have some exciting plans for the live show when we take The Grimps on the road to a live audience.
KAB: Tell us about the show this Saturday?
RS: This will be The Grimps first exposure on national TV in America. I was recently approached by the producers of Teen Kids News on FOX to do a segment and tell America about The Grimps. Although the show is not sold yet, the producers felt strongly about the idea of The Grimps… The positive messages… The music and the appeal and wanted to do a segment. Teen Kids news is a news program by kids and for kids. It has aired on Fox television every Saturday morning for over 12 years. Teen Kids News airs at 9:30 am every Saturday on over 200 Fox television station across the country.
KAB: Who were your influences?
RS: Too many to mention but here are some that have influenced me and whom I’ve admired for several reasons. Walt Disney, probably the successful cartoonist of all time and a genius business man and visionary. The Beatles, they were more than a band that created the best music ever, they we’re artists and they canned the world in so many ways. Stan Lee, creator of Marvel and many of the legendary comic hero’s. I was very lucky to have met Stan out in LA about 10 years ago, he was such a wonderful guy and I was in awe to finally meet him thinking about all his creations I grew up with. Also, Pablo Picasso, Richard Branson and Charles Shultz.
KAB: Tell us a bit about your background?
RS: I graduated from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan; I was always a freelance cartoonist, as well as a musician, in a very popular rock band in NYC during the late 70’s and early 80’s. While I continued as a cartoonist, I also made my living as a creative director in the advertising field for many years. All these roads led me to The Grimps.
KAB: Thank you so for joining us today, Richard! I know I will be tuning in!
@TheGrimps will be on this Saturday morning at 9:30am
Channel 5 in the NY-Tri state area & over 200 FOX television stations around the United States…check local listings
Tune in or set the DVR for The Grimps national TV debut on Teen Kids News. teen Kids news is an Emmy Award winning 1/2 hour weekly TV show that is informative,educational & fun. A news show for kids by kids.
10 CC – I’m Not In Love by Joe D’Ambrosio @WatcherOfTheSky and Karen A. Brown @StardustBluCEO for @Indiestardust
This has to be one of my all time favorite tunes. Released in 1975, it hit #2 on the Charts on July 26th 1975 and to me it whispers. It takes you to another diminsional time and carries you away in love. Not to mention the backstory. So, I enlisted my friend Joe D’Ambrosio, who is a 32 year veteran of the music industry, to join me on this one.
What may seem like an ‘ordinary song’ for most, 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” was a landmark song for me. Top Ten All Time. The warmth of the vocals, the emotion of it all totally defined in the single line “Be Quiet. Big Boys Don’t Cry. Big Boys Don’t Cry. Big Boys Don’t Cry. (repeat)” gave this 19 year old (at the time-1975) so much more understanding of love and loss, I can’t tell you.
In my mind’s eye, this was not about ‘not’ being in love at all; this was all about being in love:
I’m not in love So don’t forget it It’s just a silly phase I’m going through And just because I call you up Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
He is absolutely DEEP in love and facing love lost. He’s calling her up and getting no where. Heart b-r-e-a-k-i-ng. And it’s captured so perfectly by Eric, Lol, Graham and Kevin (Stewart, Crème, Gouldman and Godley)that it’s a wonder it wasn’t the biggest hit of the year.
I like to see you But then again That doesn’t mean you mean that much to me So if I call you Don’t make a fuss Don’t tell your friends about the two of us
She won’t make a fuss. You’re lucky if she listens to your message. She’s gone.
I keep your picture Upon the wall It hides a nasty stain that’s lying there So don’t you ask me To give it back I know you know it doesn’t mean that much to me
Madly in love, picture on the wall, trying to talk himself into how little it means…when it means everything to him.
Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me Ooh you’ll wait a long time Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me Ooh you’ll wait a long time
For all of us who have loves lost, I hope you’ve found yours as I have. After all, those loves lost are not waiting for you or me, they’re on to their love found.
“I’m Not In Love” indeed. What a masterwork, which, by the way, comes from one of my very few PERFECT albums: The Original Soundtrack by 10cc.
Exerpt taken from Richard Buskin’s article 2004 “CLASSIC TRACKS: 10cc ‘I’m Not In Love'” “At that time my wife and I had been married about eight years,” Eric Stewart recalls, “and she asked me ‘Why don’t you say “I love you” more often?’ I had this crazy idea in my mind that repeating those words would somehow degrade the meaning, so I told her ‘Well, if I say every day “I love you, darling, I love you, blah, blah, blah,” it’s not gonna mean anything eventually.’ That statement led me to try to figure out another way of saying it, and the result was that I chose to say ‘I’m not in love with you,’ while subtly giving all the reasons throughout the song why I could never let go of this relationship.” Evidently, the reverse psychology worked, because the Stewarts recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.
10cc – I’m Not In Love – Making of Documentary
“I’m not in Love” Live
Joe D’Ambrosio is a 32 year veteran of the music industry and currently runs his talent mgmt company representing Tony Visconti – Hugh Padgham – Elliot Scheiner – Joe Zook – Frank Filipetti – Kevin Killen – Jay Newland – Rob Mounsey – Larry Gold – Thom Monahan – Lawrence Manchester – Adam Dorn – Dave Eggar – Mario McNulty – Eric Robinson – Justin Glasco – Nic Hard – Brian Moncarz – Matty Amendola – Nathaniel Hare – Jason Moss Follow Joe D’Ambrosio on twitter @WatcherOfTheSky
We have something historical in today’s release of Jimmy Page’s mastered remix. The importance of having the original recordings remastered by Jimmy is profound.
Page commented: “This version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn’t have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they’ll think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the original’ and all of a sudden they’ll go ‘No, it’s not.'”
Jimmy Page on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon May, 21st, 2014
From Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) – Led Zeppelin’s remastered second album will include additional companion audio with unreleased studio outtakes To be released on multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats as well as a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box.
The official music video for Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)” This title will be released on June 3, 2014.
Jimmy Page talks about performing with Led Zeppelin, how he learned music, influences on his sound and music, and being chosen for an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.
Jimmy Page is a world renowned guitarist, composer, and producer who has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He began his career as a studio session guitarist in London and subsequently became a member of the Yardbirds, in 1966, before founding Led Zeppelin, in 1968. Over the next decade, Led Zeppelin effectively redefined rock music, drawing on a wide range of influences to create a string of legendary albums that have to date sold an estimated 300 million copies. Through his work with Led Zeppelin, Page became recognized as one of the greatest and most versatile guitarists in history. From acoustic ballads to hard rock standards, his use of unconventional scales and tunings, innovative use of electronic effects, and fresh approaches to records and production took the rock genre to a new level. His solo from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is still widely considered the greatest guitar solo of all time, four decades since it was recorded.
Rob Hochschild: interview Filmed by 21summit Productions Joe Barnard: videographer, editor Simon Katz: audio
Led Zeppelin Rem asters Paris Listening Party – Jimmy Page
#RARE Billy Joel on 16 Track! The Lost L.A. Tapes – 1972 #raremusic #music
by Karen A. Brown @IndieStardust @StardustBlueCEO
Larry Russell is a dear friend and when I saw what he had found in his archives I had to share it with you!
These five original songs feature Billy Joel, Larry Russell, Rhys Clark, and Al Hertzberg in 1972! The sessions were recorded in Los Angeles at Paramount Recording Studios on Santa Monica Boulevard shortly after performing at the famous Sigma Studio, which was the concert that got Billy noticed by Columbia Records.
Thank you Larry Russell for supplying these rare recordings!
Interview with Larry Russell: Original Bass player for Billy Joel’s band 1972
KAB: How did you meet Billy and what year was it?
LR: It was early 1967 my band THE AGE OF REASON auditioned to be the opening act in a long island club called MY HOUSE owned by Danny Mazur. His son Irwin would later become Billy’s manager during my tenure. And that’s how it all began; my band opened up for THE HASSLES every Friday and Saturday night for a few months and also shared lots of shows with them outside of the club, like PALISADES AMUSEMENT PARK and HS proms.
KAB: How did you come across these lost recordings? Tell us about all these great original tracks!
LR: I had been looking for this tape for about 2 years now and stumbled across it accidentally, while opening some storage bins. I knew I should digitize it because it was on a cassette that was recorded by a good friend of mine, Alan Diaz, who was present during the sessions in Los Angeles. The engineer took a feed from the board and transferred it into Alan’s little Panasonic mono recorder. That tape was transferred onto another tape that he gave to me and I digitized it in my studio and gave that to the administrator of a great Billy Joel fan forum on Facebook run by pretty cool Billy Joel fan, Mike Stutz. The forum name is called Billy Joel: Completely Retold. the sessions took place in Los Angeles in April 1972 at the Paramount Studios on Santa Monica Boulevard. I believe we recorded there 1 or 2 days in one week to record about six songs. The engineer was the same one who worked with James Taylor on Fire and Rain. I remember those sessions as being a very happy time for us as that was a great momentum for us at that point.
KAB: What was the atmosphere like recording with Billy during this session?
LR: My old drummer bandmate, Alan Diaz. who would later go on to play Sergio Mendez, was attending this session and it was his cassette tape that was used to make the digital transfer of these sessions. The atmosphere was never tense. Between Billy, Rhys and I, there were plenty of ‘NY kidding’ around to keep us loose in the studio. And besides, we had a very successful string of dates that solidified Billy’s future success to come.
KAB: What was the equipment did you guys used to record?
LR: I used a 1972 Fender Prescision Bass that Billy bought me, mostly because my Rickenbacker Bass was getting played out. Al Hertzberg used his new Strat, that Billy bought him, as well. Rhys used his custom kit with Ludwig hardware. And Billy used the studio’s Steinway Grand. The engineer that day was Bill Lazarus, who two years prior engineered James Taylor’s Fire and Rain LP. He was awesome. The room provided him a 16 track Studer. I believe these sessions lasted two to three days.
KAB: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers, Larry?
LR: Yes, this band is releasing some live material from our reunion show from last year at The Bitter End on iTunes soon. It is called ‘Long, Long Time’ and look out for us later this year when we mini-tour a few shows down the East Coast.
KAB: Where can folks see you play now?
LR: We are planning an East Coast multi city mini-tour and I will provide info relating to this on Facebook. I am also in the midst of mixing the tracks from our Bitter End Reunion Show from last September 22, 2013 and those tracks will soon be available for sale as a download on iTunes as soon as it is completed.
Thanks for dropping in here with me on Indiestardust Larry! Wonderful hearing these incredible stories!
Find Larry on Twitter @LRussellBass and on Facebook
This is just something a little bit wild. 2,500 bunsen burners dancing to the beat on a two-dimensional ‘Pyro Board’. This shows unique standing wave patters of sound in the box.
“The pressure variations due to the sound waves affect the flow rate of flammable gas from the holes in the Pyro Board and therefore affect the height and colour of flames. This is interesting for visualizing standing wave patterns and simply awesome to watch when put to music. Thank you to Sune Nielsen and everyone at Aarhus for sharing this demonstration with me! And thanks for having me at your conference.”