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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, July 06, 2009

Been so totally jammed up the last 7 days with meetings with two caterers and tastings. Wonder why people just don't seem to hear you when you ask them to check on certain items...oh well...almost done with that.

Then on Friday, it was a redesign of the invitation. The entire concept was changed. Nancy and I worked on it and came to a nice simple idea which we both like.

Then it was off to find the perfect paper AND the envelopes to match. That took a tad bit of time, but persistence paid off and success was ours.

Throughout the weekend, we have been printing invitations and hotel and RSVP cards and return envelopes and return address labels.

Of course, I found a faux pas on the invite and HAD to print them out a second time! bwahahahaha

Then it was begin addressing the invite envelopes and affix stamps to the envelopes and stuffing and sealing and...

with all due respect to Ringo, it is my WRIST that ache!

OK, I am done with wedding talk...

But all this has kept me from visiting anyone since Wednesday I think. I sowry....

I will be visiting this week...everything is beginning to settle down.

Her name is Melissa Ferrick and she doesn't answer interview requests, but she does make some pleasing music. The CD I received is entitled GOODBYE YOUTH.

Now, I have checked the PR site that sends me this music and I can not find her. Maybe her contract with them is up? Not really sure.

She does, of course, have a myspace page HERE

From there, you can read her bio, in part, it says:
Melissa Ferrick could blow her own horn quite well - a flugelhorn to be exact - if she chose. Instead, she expresses her creative spirit with an acoustic guitar.

Since the early 1990s, the accomplished singer-songwriter from New England has compiled a solid string of sonically strong, lyrically rich studio albums.

Her widely praised 2006 album "In the Eyes of Strangers" fulfilled the rock 'n' roll essence that Ferrick has long harbored and drawn inspiration. But just when it seemed she would take a hard plunge into a more layered, instrumentally diverse sound, she returned to the studio to produce perhaps her most intimate, stripped-down album to date, her ninth studio effort "Goodbye Youth."

Laid down in a single day during her near-constant tour schedule, "Goodbye Youth," marks a departure from the music she wrote and arranged with a team of accomplished musicians on her previous effort. Yet, the new album retains the pure Ferrick trademark: An endearing, emotionally honest first-person lyrical approach driven by her dynamic acoustic sound.

After studying horn music at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., Ferrick set out on her own. But her instrument focus had changed. Rather than pursue a career as a flugelhorn musician, she turned to the acoustic guitar.

In 1991, she landed a last-second addition as a support act for Morrissey. This first big break not only led to more dates with the popular British rock crooner, but also laid the foundation for Ferrick's reputation as a dynamic live act. A recording contract with Atlantic Records followed in 1993, as did her debut album, "Massive Blur." The album garnered glowing reviews, as did her sophomore effort two years later, "Willing to Wait."

Although she enjoyed success with Atlantic, Ferrick elected to go in another direction in the wake of "Willing to Wait." She released five studio albums and four live albums as an Indie artist over the next 12 years. Her second live album during this period, "Live at the B.P.C." (2000), marked the first release on her personal label, Right on Records.

Often described as folk singer, Ferrick's inspiration flows from a love of rock..n' roll. During her impassioned live performances for instance, she'll occasionally crack out a Zeppelin-style riff or tinker with a little Red Hot Chili Peppers vocal improvisation. These touches however, only sharpen the intensity of her wildly popular live shows.

The decision though to dial back the sound on "Goodbye Youth" though, didn't leave the thrust in the dust. In a stroke of musical mastery, Ferrick channeled her rock spirit into a fresh acoustic idiom, which she navigated with tactical beauty with the assistance of engineer Scott Norton.

From that CD, here are two...the title track "Goodbye Youth" and "House On Fire".

If you want the CD, let me know in comments. No poll this week...

8 Of Your Sparks

  1. i am glad the wedding plans are going smoothly


  2. DrillerAA09 Says:
  3. I'm just glad it's you planning the wedding and not me. I don't think I could go through that again.
    Very nice music. There is even a little bit of Janis Joplin sound here. No gravel in the voice, but the phrasing is similar and if you electrified the sound, it might just come out sounding like Janis.

  4. Matt-Man Says:
  5. You didn't use envelopes with old glue like George Costanza did, did you? Cheers!!

  6. JohnH985 Says:
  7. I like her. Good sound.

  8. Travis Says:
  9. LOL...I read your wedding plan lament out loud to Pam. She said, Egad! No thank you!


    Glad to hear that this big chore is out of the way.

  10. Tug Says:
  11. I can't get the players to work. :-( I'll be back tomorrow on my work computer, see if I can make it happen then.

  12. Tug Says:
  13. Amazing what a reboot of the system can do...I CAN HEAR!!!!!!! hee I don't dislike it, but not something I'd probably listen to much.

    Oh, & the wedding stuff? Glad it's you and not me... ;-) It will ALL be worth it in the end.

  14. I'm not sure I could handle wedding planning these days. I'm all for hiring a professional planner when/if my daughter decides to wed.


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