Friday, April 10th, will be a year since I was admitted into the Phyc ward of Beth Israel. It’s been quite year and I’m definitely better than I was then, but feeling some kind of way about it. Instead of letting it get the better of me, I decided to perform Ductape Halo acoustic on the anniversary.
In the wake of all this noise in the world, I am reclaiming something I lost long before last year. I forgot about the voice, talent, and passion for music within me. I put it in a drawer and filed it away. Self-doubt has stolen precious time. So, before any more time gets away from me, I’m going to perform all the hits and more.
Songwriting and recording has been cathartic in dealing with mental illness, joy and pain. Music was the answer God gave me when I asked him for a reason to live 20 years ago. He was not wrong. It has been such a gift, I share with many of you.
This edition is a late night session that went back to our roots, the Jersey Boys jammed out. Inspired by old-time, Jersey Shore, Rock n Roll. Adam had his friend Bryan come up to visit. He played drums and we had a great time. The summertime has a way of making me think of the beach. Also reminds me so much of Bruce Springsteen at times. So just put your feet in the water, and see how it feels.
Sax – Adam Ditaranto
Drums – Bryan Porter
Bass & Vocals – Dan Victor
This installment features the 2Bobs, veteran guitarist & keyboardist that produce authentic sounds of blues, surf and old time rock n’ roll. This recording was from a party at The Wantage Barn, an old airplane hanger for a very small plane. It was a BBQ and rained the whole day. The weather didn’t keep Bob Becker & Bob Victor from rocking out in unison with the torrential downpour. The high quality of sound on this is due to the level of musicianship and live sound sculpted by vintage gear. This day of music, rain & food is a celebration of music throughout every aspect of our lives. Enjoy sounds of the New Jersey surf, and some very skilled musicians.
Bob Victor – Keys / Vocals
Bobby Becker – Guitar / Vocals
This installment features the members of the former band known as Noise Administration. It was a great night to see these guys again. It reminded me of all the people I have been lucky enough to share a musical relationship with. There were so many over the years where we just simply… jammed. Didn’t matter if I was in a punk band or jazz, we were drinking from the well on unlimited creativity. It is what like to call the “creative consciousness”. The collective creative efforts of every living thing merge and are a part of us when we draw from that source. It speaks in many ways, but the chills ecstasy in that moment of pure clarity experienced simultaneously with my fellow musicians are a sign we have blurred the lines of individuality and become one.
John Loomis – Guitar
Ryan Metosky – Bass
Tim Shortly – Drums
Brandon Bujnowski – Keys
Dan Victor – Guitar
This jam took place the first weekend of June. There was a long session that night because the members of Noise Administration had run into each other at the Stanhope practice space. I had my Zoom H6 recorder, so I captured the whole thing. Session #1 is actually the end of that night. The musicians playing are Tim, Brandon and Dan. Earlier we had Ryan and John and they will be featured in Session #2. The jams just never end! Trying to keep up, but people are making such great music!
Tim Shortle – drums
Brandon Bujnowski – bass/vocals
Dan Victor – guitar/vocals