We all hear so many great songs in our lifetime. “Black Spiral Vinyl” is my attempt to summarize that experience. I’ve been a record collector since I was 16. I still have my father’s 78 records of obscure jazz, and my mom loved the classic singers. As kids my brothers and I loved that music. The 50s and 60s brought a real musical revolution, and we all sang along in the car to those new songs on the radio. I love that half-century-long stretch of pop music, and how through it we can now hear the spirit of each era.
Could all that be jammed into a song? I thought so. I had a solid idea of how “Black Spiral Vinyl” should work when I brought it to Cal Scott, who produced, arranged, and recorded it, with me on guitar and vocals. Cal plays everything else, masterfully. Big thanks also to my wife, Nadine, and to my friend Mike Van Liew.
Although I’ve written several songs, my usual pursuits are visual arts, photography, and video. I like trying to find a way to capture a moment of life in any of those forms. I’ll use a pencil, a brush, a camera, and now more than my share of electrons. It's fun to try to make something that seems like it will last. Long live vinyl! I hope to make “Black Spiral Vinyl” a pressed vinyl single as soon as possible.
– Brad Yazzolino
April 6, 2013