Thank you Rose Garden Folk and Kim Moberg for a great acoustic show up in Mansfield, Massachusetts!
Hi Friends, it's that time again. Back in the studio producing a few new songs that we hope to release in the coming months. A true mix of sounds thus far. Two songs in particular that are in the final stages are a tune called "Heaven Only Knows" which is a gospel/country/groove tune featuring Bakithi Kumalo on bass, and "Daddy's Girl," an emotional song about the bond between Father and Daughter. Marc Muller who performed on Bruce Springsteen's "Western Stars" played some lap steel on this tune. More details to come soon. Best, MM
Hello Friends, we are slowly updating this website! It's been a great month with 2 live performances. It is so nice to be back in the real world connecting with real audiences--I have missed this dearly! On October 13th I was invited to perform for the Timothy Hill Children's Ranch in Long Island, NY for their "Black Tie and Boots Gala." This is a great fundraiser event that highlights the great work they do at the ranch. We played a mix of my recent original tunes with a few twangy versions of George Jones' "She Thinks I Still Care" and Prince's "Kiss." Peter Calo joined me on guitar and backing vocals, Pat Falco on Bass, and Chris Marshak on drums .
What a thrill it was to get a call that two of my songs had earned me a finalist spot in a songwriting competition in Massachusetts for the Rose Garden Songwriting Competition. I made the trip via ferry from eastern Long Island up to New England. I had a chance to perform in a beautiful old church for a very appreciate live audience. I was so honored to have been there and even more so to be announced the winner of the competition. I'll be back to perform on March 12. There is a Youtube video here and a Facebook post on the night.
There's nothing like performing in the real world!
Hello Folks, we are preparing for a new website soon. It's been an interesting year! I wish everyone all the best and hope you are doing well during this time. I just had a nice getaway camping/cabin trip to western Massachusetts and Taconic State Park in NY. What a beautiful part of the country! Mount Washington State Forest/Mount Everett/Bash Bish Falls. I'm excited to play some funk/jazz guitar with the great Alex Bugnon on August 28th. I have not been on stage performing jazz/blues for a bit. I am truly excited for this show! I'm also going to be performing Oct.16 in Mansfield, Mass for the Rose Garden Songwriting Competition. I'll be performing my songs "Prayer For You," and "Here and Now" from my latest singer songwriter material. Wishing you all the best, MM
Hello Friends, I hope everyone is well during this time. It's an uncertain time for sure. I hope and pray you and your family are safe and healthy. I've been hunkered down at home and have been working on some new music. At least three of the new songs are about the current time. I hope to start releasing songs very soon. We did release a new video for our song "Tell Me Something Good." It features home videos from people all over NY and the USA. You can watch it below. Take care, and we will post again here very soon.
December 16, 2019
We just released a new video from The Soulful Sundown series called "Hurts Each Time." We have 2 more live videos planned from that night: Prayer For You and Way Down. These live performances were the rare opportunity to get high quality camera filming and studio mixing on the final presentation. Thanks to Adam and Bobby at Penny Visuals and Ben Wisch for the mixing. Stay tuned for the next live video to be released really soon.
The Facebook Band page has been our new platform to release live videos and to do some impromptu Facebook Live Sessions. I'm thoroughly enjoying this process. So many new folks from all over the world have tuned in and have started following the new music. I'm thankful for these connections. Please tune in here for the latest videos.
October 16, 2019
Welcome to the first entry to my "NOW" page. Totally inspired by the great Derek Sivers, founder of CDBABY.COM. I had the great fortune to play some guitar in Derek's group for a few college shows. I was a passenger in a mini van for a long ride and had a chance to absorb a bit of this great soul who vibrates at a high level of optimism and possibility. Today, I am listening to Derek on the Tim Ferris podcast, and was so moved by the idea of a "Now" button on a website. The point is to literally tell folks what is happening now. Thank's Derek for the inspiration once again!
We are planning a new video called "495," a song about the Long Island Expressway or LIE. I drive 30,000 miles a year, and many of these miles are on the LIE. I thought how could i make good use of this time? Write a song about it! Yes! Traffic, famous exits, bad weather, delays, it's all in there. The song was recorded at my studio in eastern Long Island and mixed by Ryan Youman in Nashville, TN. It features Andy Falco on a bluegrassy rhythm acoustic guitar, Pat Falco on bass, Chris Marshak on Drums, Jon Preddice on background vocals, Andy Ellison on pedal steel guitar, Ryan Youmans on tambourine, and yours truly on fingerstyle acoustic and vocals.
About 12 years ago I was driving on the LIE and noticed a fancy Porsche next to me. It was none other than Jerry Seinfeld driving eastbound right next to me. At that moment it was probably the beginning of this song. The seed was planted as I drove next to one of the most well known Long Islanders there is. I said to myself I have to write a song to celebrate my hometown one day. Using the LIE/495, we've finally finished the song. It is due out soon, once we finish the video. Oh yes, we've recently written a letter and had it sent to Jerry Seinfeld's representation with the hopes he'd appear in our video. Fingers crossed on this one :)