It's agreed on that our soon to be released fourth album will be titled "Share The Blame"....
Most people are eager to share the fame, whereas we're a little more realistic, and figured that if there's anything that is "wrong" with any of the songs, we're perfectly willing to "Share The Blame"
(written by John)
When we first started telling people that we were thinking of re-releasing IN THE PINK (our first CD), the word we heard most often was, ”why?” Assuming that they meant, “Why did you wait so long?” we took those encouraging words to heart and decided to make it happen. The result of all our hard work is what you’re holding in your hand right now (again, we’re assuming that that’s what you’re holding in your hand right now).
One night, while working late in our studio, we started thinking back to some of the earlier songs that we had worked on and pulled out a copy of our first ever CD, IN THE PINK. We realized that those songs, recorded on a (now) rather primitive 8 track cassette “porta-studio” still sounded pretty good, and they had never really been made available to the general public. We would have made them available but this was a time before the internet made this sort of independent effort viable. Anyway, we hope you enjoy hearing this truly diverse collection of recordings; we sure enjoyed making them. Thanks for listening…
Tom and John
(founders of This Song’s for You)
We're happy to announce the upcoming release of our very first recorded CD, "In The Pink", which until now was never released for sale.
We originally recorded 17 songs on this album back in 1986, but started our sales on CD Baby with the album "No Regrets" after upgrading our recording system to ADAT recording equipment.
While we're currently working on our next yet to be named album, we've decided to edit the "In The Pink" album down to the 12 best songs on it. We've decided to call it "In The Pink" The Early Years.
We normally concentrate on writing and recording new material and finishing old material from our "early days", and we ended up forgetting how much we enjoyed hearing the songs on our first CD effort.
It should be available before Christmas of '07, with our next CD soon to follow.
In the next weeks we'll be recording some of our talented friends who'll be performing their own material with their bands, and we'll barter some talent from them for parts in our new material.
We hope that you enjoy this "new" CD, along with the other albums currently available on our CD Baby "This Song's For You" page.
Right now, we are in the middle of replacing our recording equipment, using ProTools to record our, and some of our friends' next albums. This move came about, mainly because our ADAT digital recorder and the "previously-owned" replacement ADAT machine have both let us know that they would really like to retire.
So, it's on to computer recording instead of using a digital machine that uses tape . . . and it's a LOT of "dobs and knials" along with a big learning curve for someone like me (see email address).
Thank you very much for listening, Tom Mayers (8/28/07 - 6 pm)
The learning curve has been completed, at least to my limited current ability, and we're very proud of the way it has recorded our new baby "Share The Blame"
As of now, we are temporarily set on "Takin' In Strays" for our next album title, primarily because that's what we do here at This Song's For You. Otherwise, we wouldn't have any performers for our songs. I thought it might be interesting to see what other people suggest as an album title for our next CD currently being worked on. Based primarily on how they would describe the music that they've heard from our free samples of songs on our "No Regrets", "Four Bucket Winter", "In The Pink", and now "Share The Blame" CDs. So, if anyone has any ideas for our next CD title, especially you who have listened to more than one song, please let us know by telling us in our guest book below. Feel free to elaborate, good or bad because we want to know.
"THIS SONG'S FOR YOU"
Sent to Tina Peel @ 107.7 the Lake
First of all, "This Song's For You" is NOT a band. It is more of a collection of professional musicians that met each other by word of mouth through friends. They pool their talents to help each other realize their creative ambitions.
The songs on the 2 enclosed CDs have many different authors, and many different styles, with the musical performances being contributed by a wide variety of players.
The basic concept behind this collaboration is simple: If you have a song idea that you want to get (professionally) recorded, there are friends available to help you get this done. The atmosphere is casual (beer and pretzels) and there's never any time pressures since we're not really "on the clock". The levels of experience of the various players ranges from a world-class touring progressive jazz saxophone player to a solo acoustic guitarist and all stops in between.
The two "founders" of this little community, Tom Mayers and John Swanson, basically handle production chores, but the friendly environment created by the presence of so many selfless people keeps it a labor of love.
Below is a list of players who have helped to make "This Song's For You" the great little project that it has become.
Please pay special attention to "Song For The Vet" on the "Four Bucket Winter" cd.
The "No Regrets" album is a compilation of unique songs that defy easy categorization. More than 20 contributing players and vocalists guarantee that each song can stand on its own merits. All the songs on this particular CD were written by Tom Mayers and John Swanson, but this album could never have existed without the performances of this hugely talented group of musicians.
Tom Mayers and John Swanson have been friends and fellow musicians for more than 30 years, starting back in the '70s when John joined Tom's band on bass. The band Rotary Bed enjoyed considerable success as an "always-booked" Top-40 group in Western New York, particularly in Lockport and Olcott, and has continued to the present day as Jonesie and The Cruisers.
Tom and John kept in contact over the years, and became co-writer/producers/performers of original music. The friendships and collaborative efforts of all the fine people that have come together over the years, have endured the test of time.
We feel that this has resulted in a very unique situation . . . Everyone that comes into this humble little studio must check their egos at the door. There is no "band" . . . there is no specific "player" or "vocalist". We just help each other . . . Whoever is best for the part gets the part, and no-one's feelings should be hurt . . . Its always what's best for the song that we go with.
Here is a list of who's been helping us out so far:
Phil Bronschidle: guitar
Dave DiBernardinis: guitar, vocals, percussion
Sam Falzone: saxophones, flute, clarinet, piccolo, percussion*
Ray Fournier: drums, percussion, vocals
Nik Georgakis: guitar
Russel Hatcher: percussion
David Kane: sequenced keyboards
John Larson: drums
George Litz: guitar, banjo
Elaine Mayers: idea & inspiration for "Losin' You"
Tom Mayers: vocals, keyboards, percussion
Annie McKenna: cello
Mark Monaco: fiddle
Rod Nickson: vocals, bass
Rick Nogle Jr.: beer tab percussion
Jack Prylbylski: sax
Pat Schwab: guitar, vocals, percussion
Gary Styn: keyboards
John Swanson: bass, vocals, percussion
DeeAnn Tompkins: vocals
The urge to produce original music and lyrics has been a driving force for Tom and John over the years, but its the fun, camaraderie, and sense of accomplishment that make it all worthwhile.
Besides the fun, they've also had success with radio and TV jingles, with jingles currently playing in Connecticut and a Genny Cream Ale jingle for Highfalls Brewing of Rochester, N.Y. which may go national soon.
a note from Tom
Since before I was born, music was a positive constant in my life. My Mom played the piano often and she would gather her five kids around her to join in by singing or playing an instrument along with her. Its always been there when I needed something to make a certain moment complete for myself, or for someone else who might need that little spark, a message, or a comforting melody to make their situation complete.
To me, music is like a friend who's willing to help someone in need. It can fulfill the entertainer who practices his craft faithfully, or trigger feelings in the person who needs to escape for a moment, a reason to tap their toes, clap their hands, or sway to the beat with a smile on their face. It can also comfort the soul in times of sadness.
Music is a universally spoken language that all people can understand. Its different things to different people, with unlimited possibilities of style and substance, but one thing is certain, when its done right, its coming from the soul.
We've tried our best while still having fun, to bring songs from our souls so that others may share and enjoy.
*Sam Falzone is more than just a good friend, he's an internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist and he has just re-released his CD: "The Music of Sam Falzone- A Family Sweet"
We highly recommend that you give the free samplings of his songs a listen. They're good, and we're sure that you won't "regret" it. (sorry)
available at: www.cdbaby.com/samfalzone