Play Me, I’m Yours – Pianos on the Streets in NYC

In early July, the ambitious “Play Me, I’m Yours” public art project placed 60 pianos in parks and other public places throughout New York City and invited anyone to come up and play. I managed to get my hands on these pianos about 4 or 5 times, and each time, it was nothing short of magical. My favorite spot was the piano at the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, which was placed right on the waterfront and offered the player a breathtaking view of the East River and the New York City skyline.

I managed to take a few pictures of other people playing the piano, and also wound up on camera in a couple videos.

This first one’s from Time.com, and I make a brief appearance at the 3:50 mark playing “Hey Jude”:

I get some more camera time in this second one; you can see me playing “New York, New York” and saying a few words at around the 3 minute mark:

Lastly, here are pictures that I took in City Hall Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Grand Army Plaza:




New Music: Ke$ha Sings the Blues

This track dropped a few weeks ago on Overthinking It, but I wanted to make sure it got proper coverage on my blog as well.

Put simply, it’s the unholy love child of throw-away pop star Ke$ha and blues legend Muddy Waters:

Listen to it here:

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Full disclosure: all instrumental sounds came from a prepackaged GarageBand backing track. But I take full credit/blame for the singing.

Apparently, I Have a Hit Single On My Hands

award_platinum_mediumPotential hit single, I should add. According to uPlaya.com, a site which uses a computer algorithm to determine the likelihood a given song could be a hit, my original song “Sugar Mommy” scored an 8.5 out of 10, good enough for a “Platinum Auddy” award!

A Platinum Auddy™ denotes clear mathematical hit potential. The underlying musical patterns of this song are similar to songs that have been hits for a long time.

Clearly, this by itself will not send the record companies to my door, but it’s nice to get some recognition, even if it’s in a cold, calculated, algorithmic kind of way.

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A Platinum Auddy™ denotes clear mathematical hit potential. The underlying musical patterns of this song are similar to songs that have been hits for a long time.