November 2004 Newsletter

A Mostly Monthly E-Newsletter by and about GrooveLily

Valerie Vigoda: vocals/violin
Brendan Milburn: keys/vocals
Gene Lewin: drums/vocals

G r o o v e L i l y E – N e w s # 3 1

1. *We Have A Record Deal, Ladies & Gentlemen*
2. “Striking 12″ CD To Be Released In December (Not By Us)
3. Best Of RIPFest DVD (B&V’s 10-Min Movie Musical) Now Available
4. “Back Issue Series” Websites Launch November 15
5. New Photo Gallery At www.GrooveLily.com
6. Princeton Alumni Weekly’s Web Profile of Val: November 17
7. “Happy Happy Happy” Receives Highest Rating @ Singer Mag Radio
8. Upcoming GrooveLily Shows: MA, NY, PA
9. Choice Lyric Of The Month
10. What We’re Listening To



1. *We Have A Record Deal, Ladies & Gentlemen*


In case we haven’t mentioned it lately: we love the theater world!! After trying for 10 years to get signed, suddenly out of the blue here we are with a deal – with the excellent theatrical record label PS Classics. Tommy and Philip from PS Classics were in the audience for one of our September performances of “Striking 12″ at Symphony Space, loved the show and jumped on board immediately. Soon “Striking 12″ will be in stores nationwide (by spring), in the “Shows/Soundtracks” section.

It’s a lot less crowded than “Rock/Pop.”

We are so thrilled to be working with PS Classics! Their last 3 cast albums have been: “Assassins,” “Fiddler On The Roof” and “The Frogs” – it is an honor to be in such wonderful company.

www.psclassics.com



2. “Striking 12″ CD To Be Released In December (Not By Us)


Our final mastering was today. The artwork (a beautiful full-color 32-page booklet + O-box, designed by Wendy Kenigsberg, with gorgeous fairy-tale illustrations by Beth B. Stover) is already at the printer. All is in order for a planned early-December release by our new label! As soon as we have a specific date, you’ll be the first to know – and web orders, in plenty of time for the holidays, shall commence as soon as possible.



3. Best Of RIPFest DVD (B&V’s 10-Min Movie Musical) Now Available


This past May, Brendan and Val participated in a wonderful event called “RIPFest #4,” where 6 teams of filmmakers were thrown together – never having met before – to create 10-minute movie musicals, from conception to screening in 16 days. We wrote the music and lyrics, and also ended up doing other things as well, such as sound design and foley. Millie Van Lily (our van) even has a credit! The whole experience was intense, unforgettable and extremely fun.

You can hear all 3 members of GrooveLily on the film score (as well as special guests Chris Tarrow on guitar, and Sean Patrick Flahaven on trombone), and see Brendan and Val in short cameo appearances.

Our movie, “Say You Do,” stars Julia Murney and Jimmy Bennett. It’s been selected for the “Best of RIPFest” DVD, which is available now for the first time!

www.rawimpressions.org/buy.html

(The page was thrown together quite hurriedly by the good folks at Raw Impressions, so it’s a teeny bit confusing. Make sure you specify that you’d like the “Best of RIPFest” DVD (or the “RIPFest #4, Movie Musicals” – our film is on that one too!) – NOT the “RIMT” CD, which is an entirely different item.)

To find out more about Raw Impressions and all the cool things they do (including more movie musicals coming up next year), visit www.rawimpressions.org



4. “Back Issue Series” Websites Launch November 15


This summer, we re-released our first four CDs, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the band. The “Back Issue Series” CDs, complete with bonus tracks and remastering, include:

“Inhabit My Heart” (1994)
“Jungle & Sky/GrooveLily Sampler” (1996-7)
“Brendan & The Extenuating Circumstances” (1998)
“Little Light” (2000)

Each CD has a dedicated URL (look inside the CD inserts to find them), and these 4 special, exclusive sections of the GrooveLily website will finally go live on November 15! They include liner notes, previously unseen photographs, documents, and journal entries about each album. Thank you very much for your patience, and enjoy…(we’ll keep adding to these sites as well, from time to time).



5. New Photo Gallery At www.GrooveLily.com


Gene, drummer and webmaster extraordinaire, has been very busy. Now available for your viewing pleasure: the all-new GrooveLily Photo Gallery! Here’s a brief summary of some of the new features:

(1) The image database is now searchable (searches include captions if they’re there as well as category and file names). This feature is not entirely useful because not many of the pix have captions or file names that are anything other than “pic01.jpg,” but kinda fun anyway. For example, searching all categories for “Makor” shows all images with “Makor” in the name, caption, and/or category.

(2) Slide show mode…when looking at a full-sized image, you can hit the “play” button and get a 5-seconds-each slide show of that gallery.

(3) “New” markings will show next to galleries that have images posted within the last 10 days…of course, everything says “new” right now, but in 10 days it’ll be useful. :)

(4) Viewers can rate images, which might be fun, and you can hit the “Top Rates” button to see the highest rated images.

(5) There is a “random” mode…odd, but actually kind of fun to see pix from many different years all interspersed.

There are a few other nerdy benefits to the new gallery, and the most important feature is that it actually works! (The old software had been discontinued for quite some time, and was very buggy, especially from a maintenance point of view.)

www.groovelily.com/index2.html?gallery



6. Princeton Alumni Weekly’s Web Profile of Val: November 17


Journalist Maggie Vandagens interviewed Val this summer, attended our July 2 outdoor show at the Minstrel in Morristown, NJ, and has written a profile for the Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) Online. The story will be posted November 17!

www.princeton.edu/paw



7. “Happy Happy Happy” Receives Highest Rating @ Singer Mag Radio


This jaunty ode to envy, from our “Are We There Yet?” CD, is scoring points! Just in:

“I thought you would like to know that ‘Happy, Happy, Happy’ has
received a 4.5 (out of 5) star rating on Singer Magazine’s Indie Artist
Showcase Internet Radio! That’s the highest rating we’ve seen – no one
has yet scored five stars — Congratulations.”

Bob Lindquist, Publisher/Editor-In-Chief

www.singermagazine.com



8. Upcoming GrooveLily Shows: MA, NY, PA


Check out the gigs page.



9. Choice Lyric Of The Month


“Love Is Just Around The Corner”
Words & Music by Leo Robin & Lewis E. Gensler
Recorded by Bing Crosby for the movie “Here Is My Heart” (1934)

Love is just around the corner
Any cozy little corner
Love is just around the corner
When I’m around you

I’m a sentimental mourner
And I couldn’t be forlorner
When you keep me on the corner
Just waiting for you

Venus de Milo was noted for her charms
But strictly between us
You’re cuter than Venus
What’s more, you’ve got arms

Let’s go cuddle in a corner
Any cozy little corner
Love is just around the corner
And I’m around you…



10. What We’re Listening To


That’s right – Val’s dad! He gave a terrific one-hour concert at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on October 23 (including the song above, plus many others spanning the century), singing and playing piano with bassist Dave Wundrow and drummer Chuck Redd.

See the entire performance here –

www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=BOBVIGODA3

The Kennedy Center writes:

One of Washington’s finest pianists, Bob Vigoda has been playing his entertaining brand of jazz/pop music throughout the DC area for the past 40+ years. Acclaimed as a wonderful accompanist, he has recorded albums with Joyce Carr, James Symington, Beryl Middleton, Julie Murphy, Jeffrey Nadel, among many others. He has held forth at The Snuggery’s piano bar in Billy Martin’s Carriage House, in addition to serving for an extended period as resident pianist at The Hay Adams Hotel. For years he was pianist-arranger with Bob Cross’ Orchestra in The Shoreham Hotel’s Blue Room, playing for the major acts of the day, including Johnny Mathis, Pearl Bailey, Jack Jones, etc.

More recently, when The Threepenny Opera – with Sting in the leading role – tried out at The National Theatre a few years ago, there was Bob in the orchestra pit (actually above the stage) playing Kurt Weill’s singularly haunting music on the accordion. All manner of parties, from Georgetown to Middleburg, numerous Embassies around town, and the White House, have enjoyed and danced to his tasteful, lively music. Over the years, his various Smithsonian concerts and performances, as well as those at the Corcoran Gallery, have been very well received by all who attend.

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