Creating this record has been a very long, personal adventure now spanning five years. It was back in 2009 that I decided I was ready to commit to the massive challenge of engineering my first solo record. To create something pure, for better or worse, free from artistic compromise of any kind. But it takes a village to raise a child and this child knew nothing of computers, let alone how to produce a polished record. My good friend Trevor Parscal not only gave me the encouragement I needed, but even more practical...his old apple computer equipped with recording software.
...And so it began.
(Note: my laptop containing all of this music was stolen out of my home the day after I finished mixing the final track...but I was extraordinarily fortunate to get it back just a few hours after it was stolen. After all those years of work, It came so close to never happening.)
So, I would like to thank the people who helped bring this record into fruition.
To my Mother and Father,
You have supported my musical endeavors from the time I pressed my first piano keys. My father, whom (unbeknownst to my grandparents and mom) let me cash in one or two college bonds so to pay for my first bass guitar when i was 16 and needed it to start a band. But more importantly, in doing so, sending the message that he had my back, and believed in what I was trying to do. (That bass guitar is used on this very record.)
Thanks to my mother, who tolerated me setting up a makeshift recording studio in the living room (when I was forced to move back home for what was then, the first time) and then also in my sisters old bedroom. (for what was then, the second time returning home.) And for all of the love a mother could give to her 20-something, anxiety stricken, musically obsessed son, who wasn't always in the sunniest of moods.
Thank for your vast computer knowledge you patiently shared with me, and always replying to my countless texts and calls, at all hours of the day and night, to answer my seemingly endless line of technical questions. This Record would not exist without your friendship.
Apart from a long list of other unrelated gratitudes...I'd like to thank you for loaning me your computer speakers when I could not yet afford proper studio monitors...For listening to my hundreds of revisions and remixes of songs. For bringing a piano into your home, just for me to play...for all of your patience, and all of your love, I am forever grateful.
Thank you for all of your hard work making and maintaining my website, for helping me "acquire" the very programs I used when making the record, and for loaning me that beautiful guitar that I used in so many recordings.
Thank you for letting me use your devilishly angelic voice on so many songs...and for never shying away from the provocative lyrics I made you sing.
Thank you for lending me all your various talents over the years, whether vocally, instrumentally, or visually. And for always being an objective ear, letting me purge grandiose, manic ideas onto you. Our conversations always leave me feeling more enthusiastic.
Thank you for dusting off the old trumpet for me and laying down that triumphant part. Also for recording my piano song in monterey. (Didn't know at the time, that little piece would make an appearance on the record but it worked out well.)
Thank you for the exceptional work on my music videos, and for your patience, creativity, and generosity. You helped bring my visions to life, and helped make some of my wildest dreams come true.
Danny Casentini and Robbie Kimzey,
Thank you for spending that day with me in your rehearsal room recording drum parts. Even though the recording that day did not make it into the album, that performance heavily inspired what would end up being the final version.
And finally, to all of the characters that have come into my life, who've inspired music and given me such rich memories, thank you.
...wherever you are.
released October 31, 2014
All music and lyrics written, performed, and engineered by Michael Musumeci except where noted.
Mastered by Scott Goodrich at NuTone studios.
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