Vic Cionetti
2010-10-01
Vic Cionetti

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"SPRING FEVER" on Parade is a tune I've been looking forward to recording for a long time. There's an energy in the air each Spring that always reminds me of being a kid and marching in parades. I first wrote this tune years ago and played it as an instrumental, then changed it to a vocal (with a different title), and it's now back to being an instrumental again. This arrangement is all new, but the inspiration to record this version comes from many fond memories that still linger of my friends and I, as pre-teens, traveling to nearby towns in old yellow school buses, marching in weekend parades with St. Joe's "peanut corps"; the young "feeder" corps for "St. Joseph's Drum Corps of Batavia, N.Y." For kids ranging from 8 to 12 years of age, some of those parades seemed endless, especially those of us in the drumline 'cause drummers had to play non-stop straight thru them. But then, it really didn't matter at the time... we were too young to know the difference! Plus, there was always a "carny" or a party to go to afterward that made it all worthwhile. (This was years before we would graduate at 13 to the "big" corps which meant traveling out of state in more upscale, at least for us Trailways buses..with our efforts no longer focused on parades, yes!...but on the very intense field competitions that would take us thru the 1960's state championships and national recognition.) There was an exhuberance, optimism, and energy in all of us back then that seemed inexhaustible. I tried to convey some of that spirit and sense of fun and energy in this 3 minute tune. So, if it at times "Spring Fever" sounds a little like a drum corps coming up behind a big band following a mardi gras parade...with a little Ringling Bros. thrown in....
Vic Cionetti
2010-10-01
Vic Cionetti

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"TIP TOE" on the other hand, is a tune that started out a few months ago with a little funk line, that morphed into a hip hop groove thing, that then suggested (via the eventual title), that a vocal might really cap it off. Because most music today seems to be strictly vocal or exclusively instrumental, I took a stab at combining both styles in order to try something different. After writing the lyric I asked my wife Char Gonzales, who had never sung professionally before, or even stepped foot inside a recording booth, to give it a shot. We rehearsed it at home for a couple of weeks. Once in the studio, we tried to have as much fun with "Tip Toe" as possible. So, due to the style and nature of the lyric, we attempted to plug in a little of Marilyn's M.'s breathiness, (recalling the old "Happy Birthday Mr. President" to J.F.K back when ) some Beyonce-like vocal in the attitude, and then...what we laughingly imagined a 900# operator with a sense of humor might sound like. I'm biased of course, but I think she nailed it. And I thought I'd never work with a "chick singer" again! I'm told this tune falls under the category of "hip hop", or "neo soul". I've been around too long to be "neo" anything but, ok.
Vic Cionetti
2010-10-03
Vic Cionetti

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"CUT THAT OUT" from my 1st Lp, along with "ALMOST REGGAE" from my 2nd, are included in this "SPELLBOUND" CD in an attempt to preserve a little personal history and to recognize some of my musician friends from way back when. At least that was the intent at the beginning of this project. However, after transferring the original master tapes to digital format with my old friend and engineer extraordinaire Kevin Clock at Colorado Sound, we found later on, that both bass and drum tracks on "Cut That Out" were over compressed, and would need to be recorded again. (The original bass track on "CTO" was played by my old friend Marty Ruddy who passed away much too young, and the drum track played by long time friend Don Grove at American Recording Studio.) Peter Huffaker, and Tony Antonio, already on board for "Spellbound", recut the bass and drum tracks, respectively at Summit Recording Studios a few months ago. ("Almost Reggae", first recorded at Colorado Sound on the other hand, transferred ok, and all the musicians remain the same as under the credits inside the CD's jacket.) Also, before being remixed and remastered for "Spellbound", both "C T O" and "A R" were re-edited, slowed down to update the grooves, (a big improvement in my opinion), and then we added a few new parts-solos (bari sax solo in "CTO" and steel drums in "A R" ) along the way. Recording engineer par-excellance Ed Edwards and I recorded "SPELLBOUND" at Summit Recording in Parker, Co., and we had a great time doing it. Why did we mess with these two tunes at all? Because in today's digital world...we could! Interestingly enough, manually slowing down the tempos resulted in the key(s) of both tunes being lowered by a half step. (We can play "A R " in either key on a gig if we have to, but not "C T O", because in the key of B there's no low concert C on my old Armstrong bari!) In the past, "Cut That Out" has been described by listeners as "greazy funk", "sexy tough", and "whiskey soaked". So I'm guessing "Almost Reggae" might then call for what....a tall mojito? pina colada?
Vic Cionetti
2010-10-03
Vic Cionetti

Story

"CUT THAT OUT" from my 1st Lp, along with "ALMOST REGGAE" from my 2nd, are included in this "SPELLBOUND" CD in an attempt to preserve a little personal history and to recognize some of my musician friends from way back when. At least that was the intent at the beginning of this project. However, after transferring the original master tapes to digital format with my old friend and engineer extraordinaire Kevin Clock at Colorado Sound, we found later on, that both bass and drum tracks on "Cut That Out" were over compressed, and would need to be recorded again. (The original bass track on "CTO" was played by my old friend Marty Ruddy who passed away much too young, and the drum track played by long time friend Don Grove at American Recording Studio.) Peter Huffaker, and Tony Antonio, already on board for "Spellbound", recut the bass and drum tracks, respectively at Summit Recording Studios a few months ago. ("Almost Reggae", first recorded at Colorado Sound on the other hand, transferred ok, and all the musicians remain the same as under the credits inside the CD's jacket.) Also, before being remixed and remastered for "Spellbound", both "C T O" and "A R" were re-edited, slowed down to update the grooves, (a big improvement in my opinion), and then we added a few new parts-solos (bari sax solo in "CTO" and steel drums in "A R" ) along the way. Recording engineer par-excellance Ed Edwards and I recorded "SPELLBOUND" at Summit Recording in Parker, Co., and we had a great time doing it. Why did we mess with these two tunes at all? Because in today's digital world...we could! Interestingly enough, manually slowing down the tempos resulted in the key(s) of both tunes being lowered by a half step. (We can play "A R " in either key on a gig if we have to, but not "C T O", because in the key of B there's no low concert C on my old Armstrong bari!) In the past, "Cut That Out" has been described by listeners as "greazy funk", "sexy tough", and "whiskey soaked". So I'm guessing "Almost Reggae" might then call for what....a tall mojito? pina colada?
Vic Cionetti
2010-10-01
Vic Cionetti

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"OLD TIMES MARK TIME" is a tune that is most inspired by more great memories I have playing snare drum from the age of 8 thru 21, in St. Joseph's Drum Corps. Man, I loved every minute of it. Lasting friendships and shared experiences, wins and losses..mostly wins :) marks our lives to this day. And the memories of those years can always bring a smile. The "we were like family" cliche' can be used and abused these days, but I really did feel like I had lots of brothers and sisters during those years. We all shared so many great times and experiences. A perennial State Champion and National Contender during the 1960's, "St. Joe's" had a top horn line and color guard, with a championship drumline that became the envy of many nationwide competitors. (Playing sax & clarinet with dance/ top 40, jazz & big band groups was always great fun for me too. But during that time period, there wasn't anything more important to me than being in "Joe's". ) This "Old Times Mark Time" tune "hints" at some of the routines we played during the 1960's. I hope it'll be fun for people from my home town and my old corps friends to listen to, and that it'll bring back fond memories from those good old days in "Mighty St. Joe's". We had one helluva corps.
Vic Cionetti
2010-10-01
Vic Cionetti

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"SPELLBOUND" the title tune of the CD and the closing track, was also written several months ago, on or about the same time that "Tip Toe", and "Old Times Mark Time" were coming together. Darker than any of my past musical offerings, (based on the Bb whole tone scale) this "Spellbound" piece is designed to encourage some hypnotic/exotic visual images along with the audio track. And for good or bad, I'd love to get some feedback on this one. ..got Bass Drums? Thanks and I hope you like the tunes! I'd be happy to respond to anyone that might have comments or questions about any of this "stuff", but maybe if you've taken the time to read all this..you might think.. Hey Vic, really man...T M I !