The New Era Project

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...

Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio?

 

Brilliant documentary from an ole' (close) friend from Lindenhurst, Long Island: Lou DiMaggio ; and one of the nicest (and funniest), and smartest guys I had ever known...

You know, it's funny, but I have to say that I agree 100% with the woman who said something to the affect, of when Lou was performing on-stage he looked like John Cusack doing stand-up comedy! I mean, every time I would see Cusack in a movie myself for instance, I would sorta' like be reminded of Lou, because as for me, I really thought the resemblance was nothing short of uncanny...

Time goes by so fast, that it sometimes seems like only yesterday, when we were jamming in my garage and hanging out among our own particular group of friends, going to high school and even eventually attending a newly formed school of the arts called: Five Towns College; and the place where Lou eventually chose to go in the direction of acting and comedy. (And to be honest, I can still remember how disappointed I was at the time, because we would like sometimes talk about our dreams of playing music together professionally and all). And, I can still remember the last time I saw Lou, was when he used to work (part-time) at the Smoke Shop at the Massapequa Mall, and when he told me this was it, he no longer needed to work there anymore, as his agent had got him some pretty impressive gigs lined up... 
Among the things I admired about Lou, was how he just knew what he wanted, (had no fear), and would just go out there and "grab life by the balls!"

If your reading this Lou, love ya' bro. Will never forget ya'. Good stuff man...

And yep, one more thing that I just HAVE to say, is that I cannot mention Louie here, without mentioning his mother; Who has got to be, one of the warmest, nicest, and FUNNIEST (Italian) mother's who EVER lived! She was the absolute best, and will never forget her...

"Our Revolution" - A Movement Whose Time Has Finally Come?

 

Here is a movement that I can strongly believe in and support myself; and an idea and vision founded by Senator Bernie Sanders aptly named: "Our Revolution." 

Let's face it, the paradigm (and politics as usual) in this country has just got to change, or we are not going to survive much longer as a nation. Get involved...

Click-on: 'Read More' to see the video regarding the launch of the movement...

Aaron Swartz - A Story That Deserves To Be Told...

 

Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py, and the social news site Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami.

Swartz's work also focused on civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.

On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after connecting a computer to the MIT network in an unmarked and unlocked closet, and setting it to download academic journal articles systematically from JSTOR using a guest user account issued to him by MIT. Federal prosecutors later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiturerestitution, and supervised release.

He committed suicide while under federal indictment for data-theft, a prosecution that was characterized by his family as being "the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach". Swartz declined a plea bargain under which he would have served six months in federal prison. Two days after the prosecution rejected a counter-offer by Swartz, he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, where he had hanged himself.

In June 2013, Swartz was inducted posthumously into the Internet Hall of Fame.    -Wikipedia                                                                                                             

I learned allot about this incredible young man myself, from this fascinating documentary about his life. Among the things that really took me by surprise, was just how instrumental he was in stopping a really disastrous piece of legislation, that was on the verge of being enacted by Congress called: SOPA. All of us owe him an enormous amount of respect and a debt of gratitude for his efforts on this particular issue alone. (As stopping Piracy was not really what this bill was about). Although, I am sure the ultimate framers of the bill have something else up their sleeve. (Can anyone say: TPP?) But that is another matter...

His death was an incredible tragedy, and needless to say, a tremendous loss to society, and humanity. Even though, I didn't necessarily agree with how he obtained some of the information he obtained, as indicated in the documentary regarding MIT, (and was most likely a very unfortunate mistake), he definitely didn't deserve what some very misguided individuals, (to say the least), tried to do to him.

Because, not only did he seem to be a genius in his own right, but also, a good soul...  

I definitely believe his story deserves (and needs) to be told, and what he inevitably fought (and eventually even gave his life) for, should not be forgotten; but I believe (the spirit of it at least), should be continued, by those who can...

This video made a very serious impression on me, but also made me (and it seems like allot of other people as well), very sad. His death should have never happened, and should have never been caused to begin with...

I Thought Hillary Clinton's Acceptance Speech was Awesome!

 

I was not only VERY surprised, but I have to be honest when I say, that I thought Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, July 28th, was just about the best speech from any major politician (up to this point in time), that I have seen in my lifetime! It ran the whole gamut of all that anyone could ever want in a leader, and it seemed like she took everything she had ever learned in her career as a politician, (and a politician's wife), and as a person, and more recently, during her presidential campaign, and wove it all together into this brilliant mosaic. I thought the speech was incredibly articulate, persuasive, warm, emotional, well spoken, presidential, and right-on the issues. (And personally, I have to say, she even kinda' reminds me of my own mother! In a way). Just sayin'...

In my opinion, at the very least, it was definitely the best speech of her career. In fact, I was so impressed, that I just thought I would post it and share it on my own blog here. And, if she does become President, I guess we still have to see who she picks to be part of her administration and all. (Many, especially among those of us who consider ourselves to be Progressives, are still reeling, and were totally stunned by some of the individuals President Obama chose to be part of his Cabinet for instance). But, I think right now at least, it's time for unity. In my strong opinion, anyway...

I mean, when you look at the alternative, and just judging by Trump's pick for VP, (not to mention everything else that should be quite obvious by now), it definitely does not look good, to say the least, and very well may show where he is REALLY at...

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