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Song Story #1 - Future Dream

Posted on February 27, 2011

Every song has a story. The 9 songs on Looking Glass are no exception. This is the first installment of a blog series to talk about how each of them came about.

Future Dream was a highly experimental song for me. The music sort of came rushing out one day as a complete verse/chorus construct, but I had no idea what it was going to be about. Most songwriters will tell you that they often sing meaningless lyrics, sometimes just gibberish, in order to pin down a melody, and then go back and work on it later. (Not all songs begin this way for me, but it is pretty common.) I recorded the first demo with some humming and mutterings like this just to capture it, and then kind of forgot about it.

Then one morning I woke up from the most incredible dream I've ever had.

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While You're Busy Making Other Plans

Posted on November 28, 2010

Well, Looking Glass is finally "on the shelves", so I thought it would be a good time to explain how this happened. Which involves a little bit of personal history.

For some reason, it seems as though I've been groping for a musical identity my entire career. When I started out, I had read a lot about Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac, and I had this unstoppable wanderlust. I wanted to write songs about this kind of personal spiritual journey and sing them in cafeterias all over the country. So I did. It was cool, but I was young, undisciplined, and broke.

After studying jazz guitar in LA, then moving to NYC in the 80s, I decided I needed to combine R&B pop songwriting with kick-ass lead guitar playing - maybe I thought I was going to be the white Prince or something, I don't know. It mutated into synth-heavy new wave dance pop with socially conscious lyrics about government corruption and warmongering. Oddly enough, it didn't become wildly popular in the Reagan years.

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CD Release!

Posted on November 14, 2010
Well, it's finally imminent.  With the masters and artwork for Looking Glass in the hands of the manufacturing plant, the presses are rolling and the finished product will be delivered very soon.  We will have it available from all of your favorite shopping venues by December 7th - just in time for Christmas!  Have a listen to the two song samples and let me know what you think!

Technical Difficulties

Posted on September 19, 2010

Apologies to the throngs of fans waiting or the imminent release of Looking Glass, only to see nothing after August has come and gone. Lesson learned - mastering can take a lot longer than what one plans for. Technical difficulties, many of them a natural part of the process, have caused an inevitable delay to the release date. I believe we are very close, and will announce the date only when I am 100% certain of its viability. You can expect to hear some previews on this web site very soon.

In a somewhat bizarre twist of events, the latest technical hurdle pits my meek little acoustic guitar against the mighty Metallica in testing the threshold of one of the top brand limiters around. Guess who's winning? Yup - my acoustic. Somehow harmonics are blowing past the headroom of the box, and I've become a test-bench case at the limiter's manufacturing plant. Maybe their next generation hardware will be advertised as "We can handle Tom Getter Slack without a sweat!".

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Posted on August 15, 2010

hobby: an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation

Recently, CD Baby head Tony Van Veen was forced to defend his artists from the slur that "a sizable percentage can be termed 'hobbyists'". I find this term annoying as someone who has tried to work as hard as I can to create good music within the time and energy constraints inherent in (so far) not being able to make a living at it.

One can argue that 'not being able to' amounts to 'not trying hard enough'. A life course, particularly one that involves the two words "music" and "business", can't be explained away that easily. Things can fall into place very easily for some who don't try very hard, and success can elude some of the most talented and hard-working artists. If greatness automatically equates to fame and fortune, why did Stephen Foster, the pioneer of modern songwriting, die penniless?

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