2018 Recording Project!

I know this is a crazy late post but I finally figured out how to post up all of the music from the recording project we did back in May!!!

What recording project?

Well, for  years I have been considering doing something like this.  Most of you know that I hold an Annual Student Concert at the end of every year to give each student an opportunity to play in front of an audience and get a feel for what it is like to be on stage with their instrument.  This has proven over the years to provide so much valuable insight and experience that it made me consider the other places that we often play as musicians.

Now I’ve always wanted to hold some type of Spring concert as well, but with the end of the school year, sports, summer vacations and a host of other things, it has always made it practically impossible to schedule something.  That’s when it hit me!!!

Why not do a recording project? As a musician I often find myself playing in 2 places often: the stage and the studio!  So each student was given 2 weeks to prepare a selection from our current repertoire and record it using my mobile studio rig.  I brought my computer, audio interface and microphone into the studio along with a couple pairs of head phones and we spent an entire week recording everyone.  From here we then spent the following week doing post production where we took the raw recordings and talked about mixing, timing, tuning, reverb, compression and other things that you can do in the studio to tighten up the recording.

We hope that you enjoy the music below as we had a blast recording it!!! Please feel free to jump around to all of the different recordings and check them out.  I think the students did an amazing job and it was so cool to see everyone’s reactions during the process.  (Also, i have to mention that some songs I could not post due to copyright infringement as some students were playing to notable songs that were rejected by the website I used to post it…Sorry!)

ENJOY!!

2017 Student Concert Success!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and participated in our 7th Annual Student Concert.  We had a number of great performances and I am beyond proud of everyone who came and graced the stage.  I know that it can be a bit unnerving to get up in front of a group of people but the more you do it the easier it gets and if this is your first time then you are well on your way! I would also like to send a special thank you to Carole Davis of Cue Live, Robin Eig of Rockin’ Robbies, and my parents Ed and Elena who helped make this event a success.  If you didn’t get a chance to participate this year then hopefully next year we will be able to!

To see videos of all the performances please feel free to click on the link below.  Also for those who would like to share the videos with family and friends you can do so by sharing directly from the video (just like on youtube).  The videos are unlisted so if you search for them on the actual youtube site you won’t be able to find them.  Happy Holidays everyone!

http://realeramusiclessons.com/lessons/2017-student-concert-videos/

 

Feelosophy’s New Album Availble Now!

I know this post is coming out really late but I am proud and happy to say that my band’s debut album was recently released and is now available at all major media outlets (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube, Etc)!  On this album I played Electric Bass and had a hand in the songwriting, producing and engineering.  It was quite an experience but I learned so much from it.  Also for those that attended last year’s concert you might notice my friend Yvette Pylant, our vocalist, who graced our stage.  For physical copies I have some available for purchase($10) and if you would like one please let me know.  Also for information about the band you can look us up at http://Www.feelosophymusic.com

 

Date Night Dinners with D!

So as I am always on a never ending quest to improve and learn new things, I can’t help but get excited when someone has a really good idea.  After a lengthy conversation with my old friend “D,” who just so happens to be a really great guy and an incredible chef he told me about this great idea for a cooking show that he had.  As we began to brainstorm I basically told him, “Hey I got a camera and I know how to use iMovie…Wussup?!?!” LOL… So after a day of shooting and countless hours of editing we now have one of my latest ventures, “Date Night Dinners with D.”

In this day in age with everyone’s hectic schedules people are constantly having to schedule a “date night” to get out,  unwind a little bit and spend some time together.  We figure rather than go out and spend money on dinner, you can try these easy to make recipes at home (that are delicious by the way) for that special someone and maybe pick up some cooking tips along the way.  When you have a chance check it out and feel free to let me know what you think!

 

RIP Gene Wilder aka Willy Wonka!

This guy was my absolute favorite as a kid growing up and I know all of the songs from the original Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory movie (sorry kids the new Willy Wonka with Johnny Depp does not count! LOL).  When I heard of his passing back on August 29th, I posted to social media a version of the song “Pure Imagination” that I recorded back in July and completely forgot to post it here!  I was up late working in the studio and that song popped in my head as I had been working on it a student.  As I started to play it, I couldn’t help but think of my children and how I hope that their imaginations remain pure so that they can feel free to create anything that they desire.  I hope you enjoy my rendition of the song and always remember that you can do anything you put your mind to!