A Gazillion Little Bits Book Trailer

caseybrevesHey y’all!

Let me get my gig info out of the way first!

Tonight 5/22 I’m at Whitman and Bloom with Casey, and Sunday (5/25) we’re at Jazz Brunch at the Red Lion. At both gigs we invite singers and horn players to sit in, so come on out and eat and drink and listen to music and sing if ya want to!

Have you read Eric Randall’s New Yorker article? My son Dylan is featured and it’s a hysterical story. Dylan has changed reality! Check it out: How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark! #brazilianaardvark

I mentioned last blog that my wife’s book, A Gazillion Little Bits, has come out and a few days ago I added the music to her book trailer! Give it a watch. It’s a minute long.

So the Brevis household has been buzzing. We had Lynne Newman in this week recording her new Forgiveness CD, and I’ve been working with different singers, and recording and writing with Casey and doing Claudia’s book trailer, and in the middle of everything we’ve had construction on our second little bathroom…the bathroom we haven’t used in years because the last landlord shut the water off because of a leak, and after that it just became a black abyss for all things we didn’t want to deal with. Got a keyboard case? Throw it in the bathroom. Cat carriers. Toss them in. And the bathroom smelled funky and was a little disgusting….

BUT this week I can officially say the bathroom is——almost done! So next time you stop by and need to pee. Ask to see it!

And before I head out, happy birthday to my father-in-law, Mike!

more soon.

I’m baaaackkkkkk……

Kindle and Paperback available on Amazon

Kindle and Paperback available on Amazon

Hi y’all!

Been a long time since I’ve done my blog. Everything gets so busy — I mean life and all — but I miss writing it down. Writing it down reminds me that I’m doing more than sitting on the couch eating Good & Plenty (which I love) and waiting for Game of Thrones to come on (which I also love).

Now that Casey (my son) is home off the road we have been gigging and writing and recording full time. The Stingers are rocking with my other son Dylan (bassplayer) helping me co-lead these events, which is so much fun. I used to have to shmooze around and now Dylan does the shmoozing! I’ve always said about Dylan, “He could talk a dog off of a meat truck.”

In other news: My good friend Ann from the Red Lion now co-owns and manages this amazing restaurant on 3rd Avenue called Whitman and Bloom! Casey and I are playing there every week in her cool Downstairs piano room, trading off every song we know for 5 or 6 hours a night.

This week we’ll be there Wednesday and Thursday, 5/14 & 5/15. Wednesday is Casey’s birthday, so everyone come on down. The cocktail and food menu is great and we’re bringing a big cake for you all! And as always, you singers can sit in and we make it a big open mic kinda party!

Now the big news for the Brevis family is that Claudia (my Wife) has published her novel, A GAZILLION LITTLE BITS and you can order a kindle version or paperback at Amazon!

It’s a post-apocalyptic New York City in the year 2256 and this book is just the 1st in a series -so everyone pick up a copy! Read it, review it on amazon & spread it around. She is the real brains behind this Brevis organization, and this book is so smart and inventive! And how do you like that cover art? Super-multi-talented Sam Tsui contributed the gorgeous art and design to the project and there’s a map inside that he created as well!

Can u tell i’m proud of my family?

Well, that’s the wrap up. The Stingers are at the Red Lion tomorrow night 5/13 10pm, so come on down and party on Bleecker Street.

There are many gigs and happenings on the horizon so stay tuned.

Color Me, Heaven, & You Get to Me (originals)

Carla, Katie & Casey

It was much easier when I was doing a song every day for a year to keep up.  Now that I’m delivering one original song every Sunday, well let’s just say it hasn’t been every Sunday! I’ve been AWOL, so here are 3 songs to make up for the last 2 weeks I’ve missed.  It’s August, it’s been hot, I’ve been busy and to tell you the truth last Sunday i just forgot!

These 3 songs were written music first. Actually, groove first, then melody and then lyrics.

My son Casey is back in NYC and we have been working on his recordings, and he sang at my gig Friday night in the Hamptons.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that Katie Couric ran up and hugged him as he sang and Paul McCartney gave him a thumbs up!

Pretty great night.  Sir Paul grabbed the mic from one of my singers and sang Let the Good Times Roll with us!

More next week!  Summer’s coming to a quick close and we got big plans for September!

 

Crack the Nut (original)

dingmans ferry, pa

Claudia wrote Crack the Nut back in the 80′s and I recorded a demo with her before we were even married I think. We spent the week in the Poconos and in the closet Claudia has boxes of of all her old songs and journals and I had been thinking of this song for a while and thought it would be a good New Orleans Piano jam, so we found the old demo which had a calypso groove.  Then I went back and listened to old Professor Longhair songs like Tipitina and Big Chief and put that New Orleans flavor on Crack the Nut!

I’ll be playing this song in every Willie & the Swagga performance.  The problem with this style of piano playing is that you need 88 keys or a real piano — it doesn’t read so well on the portable keyboards. But i will make a jam out it nonetheless.

We’re back in the city.  Already missing our week in the country.  A week that saw us buy 4 rocking chairs, white christmas lights for our screened in porch, a new deadbolt and a few screen repair kits.  Yes, I repaired screens, thank you very much!  We also swam in our lake, visited a couple of waterfalls, went to a rodeo, ate pizza a few times, went to our favorite restaurant (the one with the 70′s decor that depresses Casey so we never go there with him), picked blueberries, took walks, danced, read, wrote, practiced, napped and rocked in our new chairs.

business as usual tomorrow but we’ll be back in Pennsylvania just as soon as we can.

more next week!

Perfect (original) and Goodbye (original)

keys

Sorry I missed my original song a week last week!  (didja miss me?)  Life got in the way so this week I did 2 songs to catch up!!

Sometimes I wait for inspiration  to write a song but sometimes I need a reason to write.

The song PERFECT started off as an idea for my — at the time —  10 year old artist Elle Winter!  She needed a song that she could learn on piano so I came up with a simple piano part and gave it to Claudia who created the most beautiful melody and lyric! Just listened to Elle’s original recording and she sang it wonderfully!  She should re-record it in her “older” voice.  She’s become a really relaxed and sophisticated singer and I’m so proud of her.

Now the song GOODBYE came about when I wanted to wrote a pop melody using common tone modulation — if anyone wants to know what that is, it’s when you use the same melody note then change the key!

So I wrote the melody first then I had some lyrics that sucked so of course gave it over Claudia and she fixed a bunch and there it was!

Tomorrow we’re off to the beach and then Tuesday or Wednesday we’re heading to PA for some lake time!  Is it hot enough for ya?

more next week!  (ps – my piano clinic for Monday 7/22 is cancelled.  I will reschedule shortly!)