Wrote this, played it for Rus and we said “SO John Lennon”! I said “let’s do it as a Beatle production.” I asked Rus and Greg Stoffa his cousin to cut the basic track with Scott Rouba on drums and we cut it one weekend when a ton of family was around. After adding some other instruments we had everyone there come down in the studio and sing the chorus. My grandchildren Katie and Ryan Gallagher and nephew Christian Mammarella-Pietrafetta (age 6, 3 and 3 respectively at that time) can be hear prominently on the sing-a-long tracks. I had taught them the song on previous visits playing it and singing it together so that they could join right in with the adults and get it right away. Rus’s idea to add the fake horns in the bridge is fantastic (so Sergeant Pepper!)! I have kidded that if Paul McCartney were ever to hear this song, he would pick up his phone and say “Get my lawyer on the line!” Anyway, it is our homage to the greatest band ever. Hope
you like the CD insert, thanks Jeff Otto of Boris Garcia for the idea!
Most recently written and most focused on at the end of this CD. I ended up adding everyone to my original demo (keeping only my keyboards) and polishing it up quite nicely I think. I love the atmosphere it creates now. Carla makes her 3rd appearance on as many of my CDs. (Check out the full long version! Available only here on the website.)
On the day we cut “All About Love”, “Since I” and “Every Day” Rus started to play this bass line between cutting the other tracks. He did a ref vocal calling out changes for what became the chorus and Greg and Scott nailed it. I fixed little things with ProTools then added more guitars (GO CHUCK) that great clav (wow John) and real horns! (Big thanks to Matt, Walt and Nick and Ron Kerber for introducing me to them) The intro clav thing was so cool that I could hardly believe it! Silva and Rus tear it up! Can you believe this was only the first time she ever really recorded in a studio!?! Oh yeah, and I was the one who “has a fever and the only cure is… MORE COWBELL!”
I wrote this one with Chuck McCrory. I had the changes and no melody. He wrote the melody and I then wrote the words. Producing this was a great deal of fun. The vibe is so sexy, and the solo is so strong, thanks Chuck. Also thanks to my sexy sirens singing in the back Cheryl Coveleski (who added some extra “flavor” too) and Rachel Sutcliff (who by the way was a member of Patti Labelle’s choir on the national TV show “Clash of the Choirs”!
Rock on! I had the nerve to sing this one but wow, how about the band?!? Jim Eyles appears for the first time on my stuff on lead guitar! Rock on! Pam helped me write the words in the bridge, she is so cool! Thanks to Tom (Mr. Perfection) Basmajian for getting my vocal done right!
One of the first tracks completed for this disc. At one of my jams I had complained to Liz that I was blocked writing lyrics but was not having trouble with the music lately and she said. “I have some lyrics that I wrote” and began to repeat them. I heard the rhythm in the words immediately and said write them down and get them to me. A couple weeks later I played her the song as it is written here and she loved it and we went about making the version you hear here.
Joe Mammarella, my brother-in-law came to me and said “I have these words I wrote that I always thought would make a nice song”. I said, “Let me see them” and this is the result. I had to have his sister Sue sing it (her 3rd appearance too). I thought it would end up sounding kind of country but after Chuck added the lead guitar well that was that!
Chuck says, “This reminds me of a Frank Lloyd Wright song…” Angela Falco is my favorite composer. Here I have once again have had the privilege to co-write a song with her. Someone asked me (maybe her) where did this song come from? I have said that it is about something that happened to me almost 33 years ago. Chuck of course meant to say Andrew Lloyd Webber but it came out as quoted above and cracked us all up. Jack Klotz making his 3rd CD appearance also, just blows me away with his soprano acoustic guitar!
Me, bassing with Boris! What a dream come true! I wrote the song one weekend when I was home sick with the flu. I could not write any verses but the music and the chorus was finished. I gave a copy to Jeff when I came back to work and threw it on his desk and said, “I’m sick and tired of this, you finish it!” He did. His first version included a literal lyric about “that’s what I get for swapping spit with you” I remember, but the week before his great band Boris Garcia came to the Vinyl Room to record, (btw most of the guys said that they wanted to live there) Jeff rewrote the verses to what we have here today (better for a pop market, I guess ☺). I can not tell you how happy and proud that I am to have Jeff and Boris Garcia on this disc. Thanks guys and come back anytime!
In my monthly jams I would listen to Chuck and others do some classic blues tunes and I said to myself, “I want to write a blues song to do at the jams”. So I wrote this one. Chuck kills it, of course, and his lead guitar was recorded live with the track no overdubs. Jim played his heart out on harp and my primary reader from my Penn Masters degree, Tom Schoenemann, is on drums. It also features a rare Roycee Martin appearance. Come back and play more, guys! Anytime!
This one I played for Rus because I was considering not including it and he said, “It has a great feel and is a good tune” so we did it on that day we cut 4 tracks (and Greg and Rus wrote a bridge right then and there but I cut it out later, oh well). I am glad now that it is here Angela said after doing that flute part that she had not played in a little while but that it was like riding a bike…. Man if only I had such gifts! Speaking of gifts, how about those vocals! Dan’s first time (also on “Every Time I…”) on one of my CDs and Carla, Oh my God! She sang on 3 tunes in one night and wow! As good as she is on the other 2 this one blew me away in fact her backgrounds made the track feel entirely different, wow!
What can I say? 6 lead guitars at once, screams from the pits of hell, and all the frustration and anxiety I could cathartically put in here. Believe it or not, I had to mix it 5 times to get it where I wanted it!
This is an instrumental that I wrote and performed and then was convinced by my son Rus to include. Thanks to T. J. Jacoby for his help on the fade/edit. I offered it to Eve Okupniak (btw they have Franey blood in them too!) of GOSONOIO to use in a short film… maybe someday…
Recorded and mixed by Jim Gallagher at The Vinyl Room in Moorestown NJ.
All vocals by Carla Benson recorded by Adam Benson
TRACKS 2, 10 & 13
Exquisitely Mastered by Peter Humphreys at Masterworks Philadelphia, PA
Songs published by Palmina in Paradise Publications, BMI
Songs Published by Palmina in Paradise Publications and Hey Pook Music, BMI
Songs Published by Palmina in Paradise Publications and Porchwerk Music ASCAP
Boris Garcia appears courtesy of Porchwerk Music
Angela Falco appears courtesy of Hey Pook! Music
Jack Klotz appears courtesy of invinceable entertainment
Mike Bilinski appears courtesy of Halfyourpublishing Music AKA MCB Entertainment
Art design by Anita Wong Thanks to Judy McAnulla and Eve Okupniak for the Photoshop help.
Photo by Art Stoppe
All my love and thanks to my always supportive wife, Pam Mammarella Love and huge thanks to my wonderful and talented son Rustin for all his valuable and creative input to my music always.
Special thanks to Jeff Otto and Chuck McCrory for their friendship, contributions and patience throughout this project.
This album is dedicated to the memory of one of my dearest and oldest friends who taught me to play the guitar, Carroll Adam Cobbs Jr.
“All About Love” is dedicated to Ryan Allan Gallagher.
“Nightfall” is dedicated to GOSONOIO.
Demo for commercial consideration only. Not for resale or release.
TRACK 1 & 3
TRACK 2, 10 & 13
TRACK 4 & 8
TRACK 5 (Lead vocal produced and recorded by Tom Basmajian) and amateur screams on 14
TRACK 6 & 7
TRACK 10 & 13
Jeff Otto Featuring Boris Garcia AKA UC&TAV
Mike Bilinski (Professional screams)
Ryan Gallagher, Katie Gallagher and Christian Mammarella-Pietrafitta, John Stoffa, Barbara Stoffa, Lady Jane Gallagher, Vicki Gallagher, Rustin Gallagher, Fran Mammarella, Chris Pietrafitta, Pam Mammarella, Angela Rose Mammarella, Sue Mammarella & Wayne Urffer
Jim Becker, Sue Mammarella & Mary Mammarella also on 1 doing J, P, G & R style second background vocals on final choruses
Jim Gallagher, Pam Mammarella, Sue Mammarella and Jessie Mammarella (giggles on 3)
TRACK 2, 3 & 5
Mike Bilinski and Jenifer Dragon: on Pirate background vocals in fade
TRACK 6 & 7
Silva & April Iorio
Gene Smith & Jim Gallagher (bass), Featuring Boris Garcia AKA UC&TAV
TRACK 1, 2, 3, 5 & 13 Bass guitar, 1 twelve string electric guitar, keyboards, 2 lead guitars