|Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2001 - 7:37 pm: |
Would anyone like to discuss our 1997 calling card, "GrooveLily Sampler"?
|Posted on Friday, March 02, 2001 - 1:30 pm: |
The one album I have to listen to on the computer because I procrastinated too long and it got sold out!!
I love this album but then again you haven't been able to disappoint me!!
I think Gotham City Breakdown is a great song because it showcases everyone with the solos in the song. And when anyone sees you playing live its just amazing.
And Tell Me Whats On Your Mind gets better with every release.
|Posted on Monday, March 05, 2001 - 2:42 pm: |
Who was the drummer on Groovelily Sampler?
I know it wasn't Gene. He/she did as good as
Brendan and Valerie did. Too bad they aren't
in print anymore.
|Posted on Monday, March 05, 2001 - 8:06 pm: |
I love the drums on this record, and believe it or not, the drums are entirely the work of Mac Ritchey, the guitar player and producer. Mac is not, in fact, a drummer (though he plays drums sometimes...) but he is possibly the best drum programmer I've ever heard.
That's right, the entire GrooveLily Sampler was done with drum programming. No real drums.
Isn't that wild?
|Posted on Monday, March 12, 2001 - 10:20 am: |
That is pretty cool!
I always thought they were real
|Posted on Friday, April 27, 2001 - 7:21 am: |
After you and Valerie made the album "Groovelily Sampler" did you two start playing gigs with no drummer?
|Posted on Friday, April 27, 2001 - 11:16 am: |
Yes, in fact, we had a long history of playing gigs with no drummer. Back when Max was our drummer in 1995 and 1996, he was the only one of us with a full-time job, and we would frequently go on tour without him, playing as a duo.
By the time GrooveLily Sampler was recorded, Gene was playing drums with us regularly, but unlike then-new guitarist Mac Ritchey, he was not yet quite ready to make the jump to full-time band member. (nor was he ready to leave NYC for the wilds of Charlottesville, Virginia, where we all moved when we got fed up with Gotham City. )
So during that time--mid-to-late 1997--we toured as a three-piece; Val on violin, me on keyboards, Mac on guitar, bass, and percussion, and occasionally Gene on drums. Things were really starting to sound good with the four of us when Mac decided to go do his own thing in late '97...and then Gene came on board full-time.
That's probably way more information than you wanted...but I tend to ramble on.
|Posted on Monday, April 30, 2001 - 6:18 pm: |
Don't consider it rambling on...its giving a history lesson and its great!!
|Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2001 - 12:02 pm: |
You Take Control - Wow this song really kicks #%?!. Does the band still play it live (I've only seen you once live, and it wasn't performed)?
The family (4 year old, 10 year old, plus mom and dad) is looking forward to seeing the band on the River Stage at Oswego HarborFest 2001 (July 27th)
Keep on rockin (and folkin)!
|Posted on Friday, June 08, 2001 - 7:30 pm: |
Thank you! We dig it too. My friend Jerry Scott and I wrote "You Take Control" for a demo we made back in...1991. Somewhere along the line, we decided to rework the tune for GrooveLily, adding that distinctive violin riff of doom.
We do frequently play it live, but we tend to leave it out of the set list if we're playing a quiet venue--the song kinda requires a loud volume level.
Come say hello at Oswego! We'll be psyched to see you there, and I'll do my best to remember to include that tune in the set list!