The New Era Project

The New Era - Live at February's 7/26/1986

 

Big time flashback here - 'The New Era' band performing at February's - A nightclub in Amityville, (or Elmont) Long Island - back in 1986 no less!

Still experimenting with this, (and figuring it out), but the video that I moved to the 2nd page here now, seems to be Chapter 1. Each chapter seems to be about 13 minutes long. I will post the other video chapters to section 2 of this blog post. You would just need to click 'Read More' to view them. Each individual chapter seems to contain a different section of the complete performance. Sort of like when you watch a show or movie on a DVD. Wow, this should be interesting. Haven't seen this myself, in quite some time. The individual videos seem to take a couple of moments to load once you click the play button.

Also, it appears that the videos have to be viewed with the Internet Explorer browser, instead of Google Chrome for instance, because they seem to work off of the Adobe Flash Player - which Chrome no longer uses. For example, you may be able to view the video here on the first page of this blog post, but when you click-on 'Read More' to view the other videos, you may notice that you cannot view them in Google Chrome for some reason - possibly because they are grouped together? I don't know. So, that's why I mention viewing the videos using Internet Explorer...

The lineup here is: Dennis Marques on Drums, Frank Orlando on Bass, Bob Goodwin on Guitar, and myself on Guitar, and Lead Vocals...

Note/Update: Have since figured-out how to convert the DVD (.vob file extension) to another format - that I could use to paste the individual chapters together and post to YouTube - which I have now embedded here on the main page of this blog post. Of course, YouTube videos are viewable in most browsers - without any problems...

The New Era - It Wasn't Time

 

By the way, can anyone guess the name of the entry for the picture of the contestant who won the best Halloween costume for 2009, and probably the best Halloween costume of all time in the history of the world - hands down?

Can you guess? No? The picture's right there, towards the beginning of the video. Ya know, the one who looks like a dead person chompin' at the bit - for some reason? Still can't guess? Why the entry was called of course: "HEAD OF THE TABLE"!!! Duh. Sorry, you can't have the privilege and wonderful experience (like I had) of working there.

"Na, na, na, na, na." (Only kidding). In fact, here's the actual picture...

Oh my God. Almost forgot about this one. What a trip. "They're creepy and their kooky, nefarious and spooky, their altogether hookey..." And I guarantee, they're going to know that I posted this. (It's always the way). Oh yea, this may be good. (I also noticed that this picture is much clearer and well-defined in the Google Chrome browser then in Internet Explorer for some reason). Enough said. Except...

Customer: "Hey can you point me to the manager who is supposed to be overseeing the modification of my loan - before my house goes into freakin' foreclosure? I know there's allot of government money out there that is supposed to be allocated for this - to help distressed homeowners like myself, who now find that their property is underwater and are in financial distress because of the great recession." Employee: "Yes maam, I understand, she is right over there." Customer: "Ahhh!!! Oh my God, the Addams Family is servicing my loan. Somebody shoot me!" Employee: "Now maam, calm down. Ya know that they can't let you leave now, right? You've seen and know too much. Customer: "Nooo!!! I know there has got to be some normal, decent people here. I've talked to at least one of them over the phone. What did you do to them?" Employee: "Maam, you don't want to know." Customer: "Wait a minute, what about Dodd-Frank? Why isn't Congress, or the FBI for that matter, doing anything about this? Surely, this must have at least been exposed in one of Michael Moore's movies?" Employee: "Well maam, you do know that we have some serious problems on both the right and the left in this country, don't you? And how deliberately slow people here are to understand and do the right thing. No? As far as Congress, Dodd-Frank, and the FBI, well your kiddin' right?" Customer: "No, I am not. Not everyone is bought, apathetic, or deliberately stupid. That's always the negatively cynical attitude of a criminal, and what they bank on, (no pun intended) isn't it?" Employee: "Well maam, you know what us sociopath, white-collar, career criminals like to always say: 'We'll see'." Customer: "Oh my God, our country and government is creating monsters!" Employee: "I know. Woahahaha..."

Just having some fun with this. You kinda' just sometimes have to man...

All kidding aside, and on a much more serious note though, (with all things considered, and not to get on a soapbox here), my strong belief (and I know what I am talking about when I say this), is that the American people (if they really want change, like those of us who are truly honest and law-abiding individuals), are definitely going to have to vote in more Progressive candidates to Congress - who are for public funding of political candidates, and who support an amendment to the constitution - to remove the dirty money from politics. (And that is an amendment that is probably going to have to be added to the voting booth and ratified by the states, instead of going through Washington - which is already way too addicted to the lobbyist and dark corporate funding, for the most part anyway. As is unfortunately, much of our media). Just sayin' man. It DEFINITELY makes the most sense when you really think about it - and a strong foundation for REAL change, and removing all the corruption. And then, we can have REAL debates about the REAL issues, and REALLY do something about them. (Instead of things like "the pot calling the kettle black"). So, there definitely are solutions. (And in all fairness to guys like Michael Moore, who I do like, he is at least one of those who has been saying this himself for years). Take it for what its worth...

I think this is better then Watergate. In fact, I think this is THE REAL story of the century. But nobody does the right thing. (Or practically nobody). It's incredible. Never ceases to blow my mind. But that's me. (And that's why we have the problems we have). Too deep.

Enough said...

One last thing though. I shouldn't even have to mention this, but just in case, (and to prevent any misunderstanding), I noticed that the date of my Twitter and YouTube post of the 'It Wasn't Time' music video seems to oddly coincide with the date of the passing of Barbara Bush. This was definitely not intentional, but just an odd coincidence. I don't know much about her, but I think Ms. Bush seemed to be a decent person. Strange coincidence for sure - because of the strange picture that I included in the video (and posted above), which was in reference to the lyrics. But ya know, that whole situation (and that strange humor in relation to this, at the mortgage servicing company that I worked at, at the time) did have a really dark feel to it, to begin with. And that was exactly my point, and at least part of the reason for my commentary in this blog post. But yea, the two things are TOTALLY coincidental. Unfortunately coincidental, for that matter. But I just thought about it, and just wanted to make sure, as I said, that there is no misunderstanding. I would NEVER (deliberately, or maliciously) ever do something like that. Just happens to be the date that I finished the video, and just wanted to post it when I had completed it; mostly for entertainment purposes, if nothing else...

The New Era Playlist on Spotify...

The New Era - Lift Me Up

 

"Correction does much, but encouragement does more." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The New Era - A Broken Path

 

The Wayfarer, perceiving the pathway to truth, was struck with astonishment, that it was thickly grown with weeds. "Ha," he said, "I see that none has passed here in a long time." "Well," he mumbled at last, "doubtless there are other roads." -Stephen Crane

The New Era - I Want To Wish You a Merry Christmas!

 

From, 'The New Era' EP - 'And Then, Winter Came...'

This was one of the first tracks that I recorded on my home Porta Studio - that I was just beginning to learn, and experiment with, back in Walkersville, Maryland - and a track which (of course) eventually wound up on the album. I originally wrote this particular song however, when I was around 17 yrs old. Long time ago. It pretty much wrote itself, just fooling around on the guitar one day. (Pretty simple lyrics, as it stands right now anyway). Still remember those family gatherings during the holidays though, and all the great food, friends, and fun, that somewhat influenced the tune. Sorta' like 'a little ditty', as they say, that I really didn't take too seriously...

But anyway, the line in the Middle 8: "Dawn will bring the angels..", etc. was actually inspired by a friend some time later... 

The New Era - The Long, Lonely Road...

 

It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the place you arrive at, that matters in the end...

Since I had first written and somewhat hastily recorded this song several years ago, I had wanted to remix the track in some way, as I was not completely satisfied with the initial version. This revised version, is at least an attempt at that...
The song itself, is sort of like written in a Jazz/Ballad format, but with orchestrations and musical influence, that has a Beatles/Pop song feel to it; with some other chord changes, (and even some folk song influence), and sounds, that (I think) also kinda like brings it into the Indie/Crossover realm in some way...

The New Era - Near Me (Remix)

 

"The stars are in your eyes, the moon is in your lips. The sun is in your skin. It makes you glow, just like an angel.. Are you there through it all, to catch me when i fall? Are you there, waiting with me, no matter where?"   

                                            (Veronica Mendoza) 

The 'Near Me' track is a song that I inadvertently wrote and recorded in a key that really stretched the limits of my own vocal range, and was definitely a challenge to record. The other track in this video, (that I started to write during my last days in Maryland), is still currently a work in progress. The 'Near Me' track itself, was actually finished while I was temporarily staying in a hotel, using my Porta-Studio, while waiting to move to another apartment within the same complex in Raleigh, as I mention in the video. (Which was actually the 2nd time I stayed in a hotel before moving to this particular apartment complex). Hence, that part in the lyrics: "Going home, oh yes, I'm going home..."

Also, much of the lyrical imagery in the 'Near Me' track is based on the 'Tao Te Ching.' For example, the verse in the Chorus with the lyrics: "It's got to be near me, It's got to be there. Just like the wind blows, someway, somewhere." In other words, what is the meaning of 'It' in: "It's got to be near me" for example? Exactly. That's part of the mystery. I don't even freakin' understand it! For the most part anyway...

Note: There is also something that I just recently learned regarding uploading audio files to YouTube and all, believe it or not. Is that, it is better to use WAV rather then MP3 audio files, as a WAV file, (even though much larger in size then the MP3), is of a much better sound quality, from what I understand. (Which may explain some other things as well). I discovered this, by doing some research on my own, when I noticed a really significant difference in sound quality, (which I never really thought about much before), when I listened (with headphones on) to the 'Near Me' track on my CD Player for instance, and compared that to the sound of the YouTube video of the song, which thus prompted me to do some research as to the possible reason why. So far, all the music videos of my songs, (including this one), that I have uploaded to YouTube, have been in an MP3 audio file format conversion of the track. Ya' learn something new everyday, I guess. Although, I realize that this may only be part of the reason for the difference in sound quality, (regarding listening to the track on YouTube vs CD), I would assume right now anyway... 

9/11 Bombshell? Mystery "Vault 7" Tweets Update!

 

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."  Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Shakespeare

And, The Next Chapter Continues...

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