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I often find myself reminiscing about how music used to be such a collaborative effort. From concept to performance required the proprietary talents of countless devoted professionals. Composer, Orchestrator, Copyist, followed by rehearsals, recording engineers and producers…and most importantly, quality musicians who could sight read the music with the interpretation required by the composer, orchestrator and copyist. Today, music is rarely “composed” but, rather “assembled.” Usually by some lonely guy sitting in a room cluttered with computers and “work stations.” while proprietary software replaces all of the above “professionals.”
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This cd was a last minute decision to create and I remain remorseful that it wasn’t at the top of my list. As mentioned elsewhere on this web site, my trumpet playing career came to an abrupt end when I fell from a stage during a performance for the governor of New York, (Mario Cuomo) and I sustained serious and permanent injury to my cervical and lumbar spine. I had always intended to record some of my favorite trumpet solos and styles, but the dynamics of playing the trumpet are such that along with the discouraging prognosis’ of several top Park Avenue spinal surgeons, to continue playing the trumpet was not to be in my future. This cd is a compilation of a few of the recordings that I had archived for a “rainy day.” “Funny, That Rainy Day Is Here.” (Which song I recorded as a trumpet and vocal performance and can be seen in the video production above.)
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My identity was so wrapped up in the trumpet that when I lost the ability to play due to an unfortunate accident, I began to question “who”, “what”, or “if” I was anymore.
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OUR FIRST, TENTATIVE STEPS; SOMETIMES STRAYING FROM THE PATH, BUT ALWAYS SEEKING, HARMONY, BALANCE, UNITY AND SINGULARITY WITH OUR CREATOR.
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OUR FIRST, TENTATIVE STEPS; SOMETIMES STRAYING FROM THE PATH, BUT ALWAYS SEEKING, HARMONY, BALANCE, UNITY AND SINGULARITY WITH OUR CREATOR.
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