The New Era Project

The New Era
12/09/2010
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This is a song about inadvertently arriving in a place you never expected. Somewhat like in the show: "Burn Notice"...

The New Era
12/09/2010
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This is a song that I had originally written back in 1992. The main theme of this song, is to contrast those who may not have your best interests at heart, with those who do. And why, having good people in one's life (who believe in you) is so important. Especially, in times of trouble, and when you find yourself in a very difficult situation, that is not of your own making...

Note: With all these things said however, the lyrics in this song (as with most of the other tracks here) are mostly for the purpose of entertainment. And, more or less, not necessarily personal. Nor, are some of the lyrics to necessarily be taken literally, or verbatim, in many cases. Even though, there may be a certain influence (or inspiration) there, depending on the song, and/or topic. And in some instances, even the particular choice of wording, is to sort of like, make the lyrics flow better, if you will. In certain spots, at least...

Which parts are to be taken literally, and which are not? I'm not sayin'. Call it, pretty much an artist thing...

Lyrics

LIFT ME UP
by Vito Masilotti

I don't know what it means. But I can feel you here. When I am alone, I still feel you near.
So many times I was drowning in the river, and no one pulled me up to shore.

CHORUS   

So lift me up, help me to stand. Lift me up. And don't you know, that I will follow you.
Lift me up. Don't bring me down. Lift me up. And don't you know, that I will always be your friend.
You can know, that I will always be your friend.

When I'm feeling down. I know you are around. And when I seem to fall, you lift me off the ground.
So many times, I've been slandered and deserted, and no one helped me find my way.

CHORUS      

So lift me up, help me to stand. Lift me up. And don't you know, that I will follow you.
Lift me up, don't bring me down. Lift me up. And don't you know, that I will always be your friend.
You can know, that I will always be your friend.

Copyright-2011-Vito Masilotti

The New Era
12/09/2010
Vito Masilotti

Story

           

Lyrics

          

This is a completely new song that pretty much wrote itself. It started with the melody, lyrics, and chord changes to the chorus coming together all at once. And therefore, decided to continue with that particular train of thought and dedicate it to a fellow musician and close friend of mine, by the name of 'John Sullivan', who had pretty much passed-away before his time. It brought back allot of memories of that time in my life, all those years ago; As well as, growing-up, hanging-out, and playing music back on Long Island, when I was a kid, and a young adult...

Note: I had uploaded the original version of this recording during the labor day weekend, being that I wanted to have the song made public, in some way. Before the actual end of summer. (And had therefore, sort of rushed the recording). I have since re-mixed and remastered the track, somewhat; while deleting the previous file. The track that I have uploaded here, is now currently the new version of the song.

And now on the: "And Then, Winter Came" EP...

The New Era
12/06/2011
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This track is pretty much based on my own memories (and dreams) of Christmas, and what many believe to be the real meaning behind the season; As, I also wanted to sort of like evoke images, and a musical feeling, if you will, of the holiday season, during the month of December. (Hence, the title). It therefore, also, sort of like, turned-out to be something of a musical collage', with somewhat of an expansion on the traditional: A-B, A-B-C; verse-chorus, verse-chorus-bridge, style of song-writing...

Note: The picture caption here is also just for entertainment purposes, and to represent the single online. I had never acutally attended this particular church myself. But, being that it was only a couple of blocks from my house in Walkersville, I just happened to take a picture of it after one of the snowstorms that had occurred around the area, during the Blizzard of 2010...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

                             

This is pretty much a positive, fantasy type song with allot of impressionistic, lyrical imagery, and musical colors; Partly inspired, by several books from futurist writer: Ray Kurzweil, entitled: "Fantastic Journey", and; "The Singularity Is Near!" It was written in an attempt to create surreal images of taking an imaginary trip thru time and connecting it to something of an abstract physical journey on the road to one's destiny. Sort of paving the way, if you will. At the same time, using the experience to invite those close friends who I have met along the way (or may meet) and those who are dear to me, to remember the special memories and dreams we shared...Those very same memories and dreams that help fuel the inspiration and insight to hopefully and eventually, despite all the obstacles (and negative experiences along the way) bring me to my final destination - as the ultimate purpose for one's life... A purpose that one could finally (and quite possibly) share with those individuals who may have always believed in you, did the right thing when you needed them to, and remained your true friends to the very end. Being there for them, as well, if they believed in you enough to want you to be... Is that deep, or what?! Too-Deep for me, that's for sure. In fact, I don't even know what I just said. Ahhh! What does this song really mean, anyway?! You know, sometimes I can sort of like relate to a statement by John Lennon, in one of his Rolling Stone interviews, regarding the story behind the writing of the songs to the Double Fantasy album, from what I remember. (Although, I am in no way comparing myself to Lennon, except as an admirer, and a sometimes source of inspiration), where he said something to the effect, that: "I would be sitting at the piano, or playing the guitar, and trying to write something, but nothing seemed to be coming-out." (Sounds like constipation! The way I'm sort of like paraphrasing it from memory, here. Right?) "When, all of a sudden, it's like, where you sort of become like a 'medium', in a way. And, bam! In a flash of inspiration, it just comes. It started with one song. And then, I was writing one song after another. And before I knew it, I had all the songs that I needed for the album. I don't know, if I can actually say that I really wrote it. But there it is..."

For whatever it's worth, I seemed to always be able to relate to that statement myself. As in the case of this particular song, for instance.

In fact, I think I may have channled the spirit of Walt Disney on this one. No, only kidding...

UPDATE/ADDENDUM

Ya' know, it's funny, but there is a line in this song that unintentionally turned-out to be some kind of prophecy in my life, much to my own astonishment, several years later; in relation to the events that transpired around the end of Oct. 2012, during the time when Hurricane Sandy struck the area, and during another very 'significant' (and difficult) event in my life that was happening at the same time. You see, the storm hit the area (and the whole eastern seaboard for that matter), when I was also in the process of moving from Walkersville, MD! It was pretty scary, in more ways then one...

Not sure what it means at this time in my life, if anything, or if it was just some kind of an incredible coincidence. But, it's regarding that line in the song that goes: "a storm rages around me, the wind everywhere. A door closes behind me..." Wow, can't believe it. Sometimes, for obvious reasons, I do think about it though. I mean, it's some coincidence, that's for sure, if nothing else...

There does seem to be allot of that kind of stuff in my life though. But, I'm sure there are others who can probably relate in some way as well...

Oh No!

03:10
Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This is obviously a lyrically unique song, based on a very bizarre (and negative) situation, that I am not going to get into here, except to say that, it is one of the songs from: "The Walkersville Sessions" album, that has a direct bearing on it being somewhat of a 'Theme' album, and all. A song that I sort of like wrote "tongue in cheek", as the saying goes. In somewhat of a parody on lyrics. And turned it into something that one might possibly hear in a Stephen King movie, for example...

Note: The lyrics in this song, as a songwriter often does, is to create lyrical imagery through one's music. And, as an outlet, if you will. (And in this particular case, to maybe even get at the truth in someway. Or, sort of like, "get it off your chest").

The choice of lyrics used here, is definitely not indicative of my feelings toward people, in general. It was kinda' more or less written in the spirit of Billy Joel's scathing song: "No Man's Land". O.k. on steroids!

And lyrically, more like a combination of: No Man's Land - Part 2 and The Eagles - 'Hotel California'...

Basically, it's just one of those type of songs (as was the case with more then several of the tracks on the album), where I already had the music, (such as the chord changes and melody) already written, but just needed some material to write about; Although, the song was originally written some time ago already, but with just a bunch of throw-away type lyrics that I sang, so that we could play the tune live, and sort of like, jam with it...

Actually, I wanted it to sound allot raunchier then it came out sounding in this particular take. (To sort of like, match the lyrics). Like a "Helter Skelter" kind of track, from The Beatles White album, for instance. But, just ended-up leaving it the way it was. And, to be honest, kind of felt a little awkward putting it on the album, and making it public. As was the case with some of the other tracks, as well. But, left it anyway. And decided to take a chance, and attempt to create some type of unique kind of "Theme" album concept, that nobody had ever done before. As, sort of like a musical experience (and experiment), if you will. (Somewhat like a "Concept" album, but different). That's how one learns, really. Where, you sort of like take a chance, and see what happens. (If anything). And then, take it from there...

Basically, I just love to write music, and really enjoy recording; To sort of like, watch the songs develop and take shape, and come alive, if you will. I really get a big kick out of it...

"It's alive I tell you. It's ALIVE!" Woyahahahaaa...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This tune was more or less influenced by a horoscope reading from the Long Island Voice magazine (that I still have till this day), and much to my amazement, as the saying goes, sort of like "hit the nail on the head." And completely "blew me away"; As I tried to make sense of it all. And which, eventually led me to leave the place where I grew up and spent most of my life, regarding a situation that I am not going to get into here. But, maybe you can relate. The following, is a quote from that same horoscope article...

"Are you familiar with the sudden, shocking realization that you are dealing with a moron? A willfully ignorant twit? A person who has deliberately wrapped their brain in insulating layers of stupidity; rendering it impervious to even the most rudimentary forms of logic? Well, if you're not versed in this situation now, by the end of the week you'll have enough material for a doctoral thesis."  

Wow! It's always the way. I somewhat reluctantly mention this rather personal matter, as it is not my intention (or personality) to want to come across as a necessarily cynical person, in the wrong way. For in reality, I am someone who prefers to maintain a good attitude towards people and things, (in general), regardless. I think I am wise enough to know, to at least try not to let certain negative things that may have happened in one's life affect one's dealings with other people, in a negative way.

You know? Like deliberately letting it give you a chip on your shoulder, (or a bad attitude) and all? (I do consider myself to be an excellent judge of character, in the first place. So, I do usually know who I can trust, or not trust, to begin with). But, the reading did kind of leave an impression on me, I have to say; and made me think.

For that was exactly what was going through my mind, when certain events started to take place, and nobody else seemed to get it. Or, want to get it! Or, even want to understand. Or, quite possibly, couldn't even see it! And the time-frame, much to my astonishment, seemed to turn-out to be allot longer then just "by the end of the week." For sure. And, I definately saw the prediction validated more and more, as time went by. And even knew exactly what it was referring to, right then and there. And as I was reading it!

I mean, "what are you gonna' do?" (As the saying goes). It did strike me as pretty incredible, though. And treated it, as kind of like a learning experience, if nothing else. I will have to leave it at that, for now. And yet, even though it somewhat influenced the lyrics to this song, I really never told anybody about it. Because, I sort of knew how sensitive certain people can be, and take it in the wrong way. Even, if true! And, even if it applied to them. (Rather, then take it as constructive criticism, or somethin'). And, how even, some (not so very nice) people could also deliberately twist it in the wrong way. (Whether, you mention it or not, anyway). If they pick up on it. (And sort of like, "jump on the bandwagon", if you will). So, I pretty-much kept it to myself. And, sort of like, mention it here, for the first time. (In a way). But, as I said before, I knew exactly what the prediction and/or reading was referring to. Once again, "what are ya' gonna do?" Oh, well. Such is life. (Sometimes, at least). It's definately a big "ouch" when it happens to you, though. For sure...

True friends are those who will be there for you, when the chips are down. (If they can be, themselves). And that, was part of the learning experience, for me. And, in a real serious way, for that matter; that few people will ever really know, or have the displeasure of having to endure themselves. It also deeply increased my own compassion and understanding for others, who may be going thru similarly unusual circumstances, as well. (Without going into any more detail about it then that). Because, I firsthand, know what it is like. And just "walked a mile in their shoes." Or, maybe even fifty miles! (If, you know what I mean?) The whole experience, being a real "eye-opener", for sure. And in more ways then one... 

Just another somewhat personal revelation, in the creation of a rather personal album, and the reason why I took a chance and chose some of the material, like this song, for instance, to be on this particular album. (Normally, being way more personal then I would ever want to get, in the first place. But took a chance and put it out there, for several reasons). Hence, 'The Walkersville Sessions' CD.

For, all these things also kind of led me to a place, (and a situation) that was sort of like inevitable, in a way. Much to my own astonishment, once again...

Way too serious here. Really hate to get this serious. Not what I am usually about. But, once again, took a chance on putting it out there. As it also turned into a real challenge, that I had to sort of like work out. Once again, way too personal to get into. But maybe, some (really sincere) people will be able to relate, in their own way. As vague as I tried to make this, to prevent getting too personal. Or, leaving myself open to be easily mis-interpreted. (Or, tipping-off the wrong people). Which, of course, can still happen. And, there is really nothing I can do about that. But, I mean it, in relation to minimizing those chances as much as possible, in regards to: "sincere" people, who really want to know the truth...

Basically, as many artists are wont to do, I just tried to create sort of like a story in the form of a "Theme" album. Hence, some of the unique lyrics, and linear notes, in reference to some of the other tracks, as well. And my reason; Or, my reason in my attempt at trying to explain it. To prevent any mis-understanding. For, as one should be able to tell by the style of music. One thing is for sure. It definately is not (hard-core) Heavy Metal. Nor, should it have a dark feel to it, therefore. Because, that is not how I am as a person. And in my own heart and soul. There is light in there. Not darkness. (Or, "evil". In the true sense of the word). The release of the album was an attempt at an indirect revelation and message (of "light") in some of the songs, that I wanted only some (sincerely good) people to get, in somewhat of a veiled manner, if you will. Without, hopefully leaving myself (or them) too wide open, and vulnerable, to "the dark fringe", as some say. (Pretty-much, the only way that I can sort of describe what I mean, right now). O.M.G. Too late, the album's released!

Taking a chance, and putting the album and the songs out there, was also sort of like an experiment, in a way. (As well as, being somewhat therapeutic). But, like most anything else, we're still a work in progress. (I guess). Even, in the sense, sometimes, of seeing what works, and what may not work. Musically, and/or otherwise...

And not to beat a dead horse or anything, but being that much of this album was sort of like written in the style of the Beatles music, and all, I attempted to write some of the lyrics the way John Lennon wrote some of his songs. Which, many of his fans know, can sometimes sound somewhat sharp and admonishing. (Depending on the particular subject he happened to be writing about). But, even though he may have had that side to him, he was also known to be one of the nicest, and most caring people anyone could ever meet. (Even though, he may not have shown it openly). And that, was also reflected in many of his songs, as well. Like: "All You Need Is Love". In contrast to: "Gimme Some Truth", for instance; (during that period in his life when he sort of like had to deal with some type of conspiracy against him that seemed to originate from within the Nixon Administration). For whatever it's worth...

In other words: "You live, and you learn"; as the saying goes. And, I guess, more or less, that is what this particular song is sort of about. While, also trying to put a positive, self-encouraging, spin of hope, on some very dark experiences. And, when I say "dark". I mean, in the sense, of when things may really look "dark" in one's life. And it seems like all hope is gone.

I mean, what else does one have to hold on to? Except, "hope"? And so, this is also sort of like a song of "hope", (in a sort of "sharp", and "admonishing" kind of way), that I hope, (no pun intended), that maybe some other people (who really need it) will also be able to sort of relate to, as well...

And NO ONE has a right to cross that line, and attempt to steal that away from anybody. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure-out the crimes (and psychology) leading up to, and quite often associated with, those who have deliberately attempted to do such things to other people. And what those crimes are usually called. But, I am not going to get into that here. If you want to have "hope" in your heart. (And not "despair"). This song is sort of like, for you. And me...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

    "Go towards the light, honey! Towards the light..."

           (From the movie: "Poltergeist". Get it?)

The main melody and lyrics to this song, were sort of like given to me in this very surreal dream; Which, also (at the same time) while I was having the dream, evoked all kinds of intense memories, and deep feelings. In the dream, I was walking around in the empty house of a very close friend of mine, by the name of Steve; who I had grown up with, and who was one of the first original members of: 'The New Era' Band, back in Lindenhurst, Long Island, all those years ago. The dream was so real, and so intense, that it was like some kind of astral projection, or something, is the best that I can even begin to describe it...

The rest of the song pretty much wrote itself. In fact, Steve had called me around the time that I had, had the dream. Which kind of "blew my mind", in itself! First of all, because we hadn't seen or spoken to each other in quite some time. And, second of all, of course, because of the dream. I didn't even mention it to him, at first. But, after I had hung-up with him, I thought about it for a moment, and then called him right-back, to tell him about the dream. Well, to make a long story short, at that point, he had sadly informed me that his mother (the last remaining parent and family member who had resided in the house) had just recently passed away! 

So, it would be an understatement, to say the least, that what I had told him, and therefore, what he had told me in return, pretty much blew us both away! (As the saying goes). And, gave me goosebumps all over. Leaving me with this very eerie feeling; as I thought about it allot, for at least the first week after I had spoken with my friend Steve.

It also caused me to wonder, as to why I would have such a dream, in the first place...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This song is sort of like a musical collage, originally written about sad feelings that I didn't quite understand, and the emotional pain associated with it - in relation to the separation from someone whom I seemed to have found myself caring about. Actually, several people. One in particular. But way too personal to get into here...

Note: Even though (to be honest) I was a little buzzed on Manischewitz Elderberry Wine when I wrote the tune, I am not normally a heavy drinker. The main purpose of the title in the chorus was basically to use the experience to lend interest, and to draw the listener into the story line. I hope, I at least achieved that much...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This song is also written using somewhat surreal lyrical imagery - about the obstacles and frustrations that one may encounter when attempting to achieve your dreams, goals, and aspirations, while struggling to maintain a positive attitude in the face of  incredibly dire circumstances and very unusual difficulties. And coming to terms with the realization, (as strong as you may be), that you are not going to be able to make it (or do it) alone... And that, help in the face of such unusual odds, would not only be welcomed and appreciated, but a source of great relief; to know that someone actually cares enough to get it!

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This song was sort of unintentionally written in the musical style of Stephen Bishop (with some Genesis influence thrown in) about a rather unusual and puzzling experience that I had, regarding what I felt was a very strong, psychic connection with someone, that  kind of startled me and caught me by surprise. It's like that strange, surreal, eerie, unexplainable, but yet, rather strong impression, about feeling someone, whom you may have met along the way, knowing some personal and significant things about your life, that only you would really know! And visa versa... Which, one would hope, at least, to be a thing that could possibly lead into something positive. Instead of creepy. Yet, something, that pretty much, only they can really, (and truly) validate. Once again, it's always the way...

Note: The image (above) used to represent this track is mostly for entertainment purposes only. Not going to get into how this image can definately be mis-interpreted. There are certain people that I definately trust enough, to want to know where I am and all, and would even love to hear from, and see. (As I sort of like infer, with the lyrics in this song). But, being "a sitting-duck", as the saying goes, (or, as in the case of this picture: "a standing duck"!) or, deliberately putting "a target on my back", (and wanting it to be interpreted in some other crazy way), would definately not be implied with using this particular photo caption...

But, whatever the case may be, this is yet another track, directly related to the "Theme" album concept behind: "The Walkersville Sessions" album...

I just got caught-up, once again, in trying to choose my words carefully with the linear notes here; because of the nature of the album and all. And once again, (because I know that certain things can sometimes be interpreted in the wrong way), I was just trying to avoid giving the wrong impression... 

Got way off topic there, again. Just my way of attempting to describe the picture thing, in relation to the track. Keep in mind, that this, ("The Walkersville Sessions" CD), is a "Theme" album. Much of it, therefore, is related to a certain topic, that not by my own choice, and by its very nature, may be negative. Which, I at least attempt to turn into a positive, if at all possible...

Also, (once again), as with many of the other tracks here, some of the wording in the lyrics are designed to create a story-line, (and to make the lyrics flow better), rather then necessarily being based on my own feelings per se'. I mean, the line in the song which goes: "I have to have her and make her my wife" is totally fabricated. (As incredibly corny and hard on the ears that still sounds to me every time I listen to it, and wish I had taken more time to work on that part of the lyrics, but rather hastily went with the Stephen Bishop, romantic style of writing, in that part of the lyrics anyway - to finish the track and release it with the rest of the album rather quickly, and without too much effort, as I was not sure of how well it was going to be received to begin with). However, it is sort of like something that is kinda' like a dream line never-the-less. In other words, if there was someone who felt the same way, was genuine and authentic, and who had "the power to change my life", would I want to marry her "and make her my wife"? Sure. What decent guy wouldn't? But, that part of the lyrics in the song is really not my style. Kind of like an experiment in a way, once again. (Much of it being somewhat of a psychological experiment to begin with). Like most of the rest of the album. But I have to be honest, I still cringe every time I listen to that part in the song. Enough said, or I will defeat the purpose of the track and releasing the album in the first place...

For example, the story line (and girl) that this song is sorta' like indirectly based on, also has a very serious and bizarre twist to it. As I mentioned on at least one of the other tracks, the area where I lived, (where this song and album was recorded) is where they initially traced the anthrax attacks back in 2001, which I believe was directly related to the 9/11 attacks, and which took place right after that event. I have excellent reason to believe, there were many people in the area who were involved, and that it also may have crossed state lines, regarding the other very serious criminal activities that I believe these same people were involved. And, I also have excellent reason to believe, that the couple that this girl was staying with at that time at least, were directly involved in the anthrax attacks themselves, and were talking crazy sh*t (and lying) to her about me. Which would further lend credence (and which I had heard validated with my own ears), to my strong belief that these whole series of events were a conspiracy, and that the people who were directly (and indirectly) involved were the very same people who were targeting me in some way, and that the whole thing was planned-out to be that way from the very beginning. We are talking VERY sick minds. Although, I don't believe that this girl herself was involved, but the whole matter was extremely strange, to say the least. Now, a person is "presumed innocent until proven guilty," and I haven't mentioned any names here, or implicated anyone by name, but I am sure of it. I just needed that proof that I was right, and that's where this girl came in. And have to admit, that I was kinda' worried about her, (not only because of the very nature of the matter, but other things that I was picking-up on about it that fit the sociopath and extremely disturbing psychological profile of the people involved), but needed her, herself, to do the right thing, or else there was really nothing that I could do. As the ole' saying goes: "you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make them drink." I needed her to have the character, and to be smart enough to sorta' like figure these things out for herself, or as the saying goes: "say, lah, vee!"

So now, the question remains, how high-up does it really go? Who was really ultimately pulling these guys strings? (I believe I know). But, how deep does it really go? Were they working for the government in some capacity? etc. For instance, Washington DC is only about 50 miles away from the place where I lived, and allot of people from the area worked and commuted there. And, I still cannot shake that very disturbing story (among other things), about the FBI at the time announcing that they actually found the passports of the guys who hijacked the planes that smashed into the World Trade Center amid all the rubble at ground zero on that fateful day!!! Yea, right! Or when they were in the area investigating the crime, and it was reported that at least some of them allegedly had said that they just wanted to go home. Just wanted to go home? I don't know man. I just couldn't believe it. People coughing up blood and dropping dead from anthrax in their lungs, not to mention the ones who survived who will never be the same, physically or mentally, and they just wanted to go home! Wow. I remember thinking to myself: "Ya know, if justice is repugnant to you, you are definitely in the wrong line of work!" Absolutely incredible stuff, in more ways then one. Hey man, (I don't care what anyone thinks) but I didn't make this sh*t up! And, I definitely did not do anything to make all the lunatics involved do what they did, or bring it upon myself, in any way, shape, or form. I'm not gonna' say it, but they already did, what all this really means. (As absolutely incredible as that is in itself, with all its implications). I'm just gonna' leave it at that for now. But, (it's shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why) it never ceases to blow my mind. Yet, at some point, one has to just let it go and try to move on. It's just too much for any one person to bear really. (And extremely embarrassing to say the least). But, that's exactly the effect they wanted. "Wheeww..." Beyond mind-boggling. There's got to be a special place in hell for all those who did what they did. Or, who deliberately failed to do the right thing, when it was in their power to do so, and even made the whole matter that much more incredibly malevolent by then actually lying about it!!! There are no words to describe what man is really capable of. That's one thing I learned for sure, if nothing else. And that blew my mind more then anything, in itself. Enough said...

The New Era
08/29/2011
Vito Masilotti

Story

 

This track was indirectly inspired by the recent events in the news, as of late, concerning the story of Caylee Anthony, and the trial of her mother, Casey...

I wrote the song to honor her daughter: Caylee. And, sort of, as a tribute to the memory of this adorable, little child; who was the victim of such a horrible, and presently, unsolved crime... 

Like many other people across the country, (who were fixated on this story and trial being played out in the news) I was moved to compassion for this poor little girl, and what she must have gone thru before she lost her life. It was, needless to say, a monstracity of a crime, and broke my heart when I first learned about it, from the sister of a friend, who I got to know on facebook some time ago already; And therefore, took an interest in the matter, and had pretty much followed the story ever since.
It also made me once again think about the great evil that we (unfortunately) have to deal with in this world, that all too often seems to target and prey on the innocent, the vulnerable, the helpless, and the least among us. May God grant Caylee's soul everlasting serenity and peace. And justice. "It's a lost, broken world..."
Note: I have to say, there were certain very mysterious things that I had experienced, which initially had inspired me to eventually write and finish recording this song, in the first place, that I am not going to get into at this time; Except, to say that, it is sort of related to becoming like a psychic-medium, in a way. (Part of it, I had shared on my facebook profile). I do believe, for whatever reason, there are spirits who have crossed-over, who may be drawn to certain people, in some way. Sort of like, even from the other side, these souls may sense and feel their compassion. And also, quite possibly, for other reasons, as well; If they sense that a certain person, or persons, has the potential, (or ability, if you will) to sort of like, bring them justice, for instance. There are even many unexplained, mysterious stories, in relation to this, that have come down to us over time. Unsolved mystery's, if you will. Things, that certain people have experienced that they just could not quite explain. (Or, "put their finger on"). It is very deep stuff, that even I don't think I fully understand; At this time in my life, anyway...

Lyrics

SONG FOR CAYLEE

by Vito Masilotti

Caylee was only just a little girl; Making her way, through a lost and broken world. Where monsters roam unfurled.

Caylee was born in this fallen world. Caylee was born in a world so broken, it made us want to cry...

CHORUS

They sing a lullaby, like Caylee was alive. For the things that migh have been. A shadow of a girl now in another world, forever and a day. When Caylee went away.

Dancin' slowly on a moonlit night. The ghost of a girl, whose soul will never die. Like a candle still on fire.

The shell of a girl that she wanted to be. The life of a child, that should have been. Someone let the monster in...

CHORUS

Her spirit fly's away, forever and a day. It sails across a bay. And leads her to a door, and then another door. Oh, Caylee's gone away. But who can really say-where hope goes-when it finds its way...

BRIDGE

Oh, can you just see it now? Her friends calling out her name. "Can caylee come out to play?" As they knock upon her door. They want to know where caylee has gone. But caylee's here, no more...

Oh, caylee's gone away. Little caylee's, gone away. Oh, caylee's gone away. Little caylee's gone away. Oh, caylee's gone away. (It's a lost, broken world). Little caylee's gone away. Oh, caylee's gone away. (It's a lost, broken world). Little caylee's gone away...    (repeat & fade)

                                           Copyright-Vito Masilotti-2011

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This song was inspired by a time in my life, some years ago, when I was living at a Boarding House in Amityville, Long Island, and the memories associated with it...
I dedicate this song to my good friend, John Sullivan; (Who had lived upstairs from me, at the house). A musician, singer, and songwriter, who I was instrumental in bringing into the first real professional band that we both played together in as kids; (Way before either of us lived there). A band that became famous at all the High School dances, back in Lindenhurst, Long Island; and someone who passed away before his time. God rest his soul. He was a close friend, that I will never forget...

Zion

04:46
The New Era
12/09/2010
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

Many creative individuals have a dream of that special place, where everything is beautiful and peaceful. Free from violence, war, evil, and lies. And all the other negative stuff that is quite often associated with those bad things, along with the bad people who usually cause them. Where justice and compassion rules. And where decent people can live out their dreams, unhindered. A place that you can call your own, if you will. John Lennon coined a phrase for that imaginary place as: "Nutopia". (You can call it whatever you like). I like to call it: "Zion". Which in reality, actually began with a vision originating with the jewish people, from a long time ago.

Websters definition of 'Zion' is this: "The ideal nation or society envisaged by Judaism. 2: Heaven. 3: Utopia." This song started out with the chords for the chorus composed on the guitar, over ten years ago already! I sort of developed the idea for the tune from there. And finally decided to brush it off (take it from the archives) and finish the song; As well as, make the track public, for all to hear. Hope you enjoy it...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

Lyrically, this high energy rock n' roll type composition, is basically just another "silly" love song, that I had written when I was a kid. The lyrics can pretty much be applied to almost anything, and are sort of generic, that some people may even be able to relate to, one way or another. Or, at least, enjoy some of the lead guitar work. I hope...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Steve Hackett (Stephen Hackett Music, LTD)

Story

          

This piece was recorded with the intention of being an instrumental prelude to the song, "Joan",  for the album release on cdbaby.com - using (what is to the best of my knowledge) a rather traditional classical melody; Arranged, with the purpose of being something of a soundtrack piece, and with the hope of someday writing a concept album about the life of: "Joan of Arc"; who has always been a person of fascination to me. And a historical figure, who I have always felt a great deal of compassion, admiration, and respect for; At least, since first learning about her during my catholic school days, as a kid...

Note: The original recording of this brilliant melody (which I had always thought was some kind of traditional classical melody in the public domain incorporated into the song) may have actually been composed by Steve Hackett himself; The song itself, under copyright with the title: 'The Toast'. Therefore, I have obtained a mechanical license to use this part of the tune, accordingly...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This song was influenced by a book about the life of "Joan of Arc", one of my all time favorite historical figures, and someone who I have always had allot of compassion, admiration, and respect for, (as I mention in the comments about the song: "The Maiden In The Meadow"), since first learning about her during my catholic school days, as a kid...

The idea for composing this song came in the summer of 2006, during a very difficult period in my own life, when I took a chance by visiting and briefly attending a catholic church here in Walkersville, MD, by the name of St. Timothy; Where I most likely got an ironic glimpse into the spirit (and mind) of how certain crazy "religous" individuals can conspire to commit such cruel acts, and even turn against one of their own people!

I wrote and recorded this track, back in July of 2006...

Note: I have to say, the story of "Joan of Arc" is definately, till this day, a profound mystery; Especially, being that she herself had said, that she would sometimes actually hear the voices, and see the spirits, (from those on the other side), of those who were considered to be well-known saints at the time; as well as: Michael, The Archangel! Who, she said, would speak to her directly, and give her instructions. Yet, by all accounts, Joan was considered (except by her enemies, of course), to be a psychologically, very well-balanced, sensible, bright, and even extraordinarily gifted, young woman; who had a great deal of compassion, and love in her heart. Personality traits, that are not ordinarily associated with someone, for example, who has all the characteristics of being a crazy person, and a schizophrenic. (Or, abnormal). Being, that crazy people, especially schizophrenics, are often known to hear voices as well...

But Joan, was noticeably quite different; as documented by those who objectively observed her personality, and character. And in observing her, even found themselves growing quite fond of her, as they came to greatly admire and like her, themselves. Those people, who knew her personally, and who seemed to be extremely impressed by this remarkable young girl. Yet, the "voices" thing, (as well as, how her young life had ended in such a cruel and violent manner), is something that I myself will probably never fully understand. (Even though, from what was written, and seemed to be indicated, in this particular autobiography about her life that I had read, is that, Joan was captured by her enemies, as a result of a series of several unfortunate mistakes that she may have made herself, that sort of like put her in harms way).

I was moved to such compassion for this poor, simple, young peasant girl, that I almost sort of felt compelled to write this song about her life; Musically telling the story, (in a fairy tale-like way), about an extremely fascinating, and incredibly courageous, and even incredibly "heroic", young, french, maiden girl, who freed France from her enemies...

A story of a life, that touched me deep inside my own heart and soul; as I was reading this particular autobiography about this extraordinary young woman, especially, at this certain period in my life...

I mean, she was a saint! The real thing. And, I could see why. (Someone, who this world was not worthy of. So, they murdered her!) Even though, from what I understand, the Catholic Church itself, didn't admit that it had made a grave mistake, until they had finally canonized her as a saint, something like 500 years later! (Burning any 19 yr old girl at the stake is a grave mistake. Sorry, too late!) And, I would think, those bishops, who couldn't even "shine her shoes", and who ultimately condemned her, and burned her at the stake, are probably themselves burning in hell right now! Grave crime, for sure. And against such a rare, beautiful, (and special) young woman, who had her whole life ahead of her. And to actually be put to death, in such a horrible manner, shows how screwed-up religon, and certain so-called "religous" people, can really get. Joan herself, (being wise beyond her years), must have realized, and known that, all too well. So, if certain "religous" people are capable of commiting such grave, sick, crimes (and atrocities) against the innocent. Well then, one only has to look at the history of man itself; to know, what some people are really capable of.

I would think, Joan's very life (and blood) itself, condemns them...

With all these things said, I do think however, the gifts that Joan possessed, if you were to compare her, to say, some modern day person, would not totally be unlike the psychic/medium: "Allison Dubois". (As depicted in the T.V. series: "Medium", for example). And someone, who has supposedly used her own psychic abilities to assist certain individuals within the law enforcement community, here in the States...

Allison, (being a seemingly remarkable woman herself), in her compassion to help the victims, and their families, has worked with some very decent people, in solving some very difficult crimes. And, I would have to say myself, like Joan, she also seems to be a very credible person, as well. But, that is another story. Joan, just happened to be a religous figure. Because, she was a (sincerely) religous person, who just happened to also be a devout Christian, and a member of the Catholic Church. And, who seemed to be more like Jesus, then most. (I guess). And in more ways then one, it would seem. And therefore, considered to be a saint. As well as, by those like me, someone who sort of like restores ones faith in humanity, in some way; As an example, of the best (and most noble) among our species. And, among the best humanity (and God) has to offer.

And (like Jesus), they killed her! Says allot, man. Can't believe it...

Other Facts: From what I understand, I think the little known official Catholic feast day for Joan of Arc is: May 16th. The anniversary of her death is: May 30th. In fact, her actual feast day may even be: May, 30th. There were so many seemingly conflicting things that I came across, in doing my own research about her, while I was reading the particular story of her life, that I was reading. (Which seemed to be one of the better accounts about her). Things, that were even kind of obscure. Her feast day may even be one of them. One thing that is supposed to be a valid sign, that she is the real thing though, (as difficult as it may be to believe, in itself), is one of the main requirements in the Catholic Church as proof of sainthood, after that person's death, is the three confirmed miracles thing. When someone is considered by the Church for sainthood, or canonization, as it is called, for instance; And to be officially declared a saint, worthy of reverence, and the imitation of their virtues, and the invoking of their intercession, the Catholic Church requires verifiable proof from three different individuals, who may have prayed to a particular saint, and that prayer was answered in a miraculous way. Like, someone who recovers from an incurable disease or illness, for example. Things that have no natural, or rational, explanation. Much like Joan's life itself; but are never-the-less, considered irrefutable, and well documented miracles. And, Joan (from the other side), had supposedly passed that test. God bless her soul...

You can also click-on the following links, to view and possibly gain additional information regarding the life of this mysterious, historical, heroine, and saint... 

Wikipedia: Joan of Arc;   Joan of Arc.biography;  New Advent: St. Joan of Arc;  Catholic Online: St. Joan of Arc;  St. Joan of Arc Center; 

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

Basically, just a silly love song, that I had written as a kid and re-recorded years later, because, I felt it had a somewhat interesting hook on the chorus, and some cross-over chord changes that I later found, seemed to lend themselves well to the overdubs; while I was experimenting with some of the somewhat colorful orchestrations...

The chick is pretty-cute too. O.K. She's REALLY cute. Couldn't resist posting it here. Guy thing, I guess...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

This tune was obviously written in the style of a ballad; Evoking images of walking along the beach, taking a stroll in the park, etc., while reminiscing about someone whom you may have felt very strongly about. Yet, someone who may have never even realized the way you really felt about her. And facing, that sad realization, that you may never see that person again. And, the emotional pain associated with those feelings...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

This song was sort of like written in the style of Motown, with some parts being reminiscent of the musical group, "Chicago". Yet, it is also sort of written in the same vein, lyrically, as the song: "Oh No!" Where I take a chance and attempt to describe, for personal reasons, how a certain situation had affected my life, in more ways then one. Especially, in the area of relationships, and the people I care (or cared) about...

Much of the song is based on fact. However, I had to take some liberties with certain wording, in order to finish the song. For example, only so many words rhyme with "together." eg. "Together, forever", etc. I mention this, so as to prevent any mis-understanding, when one comes to that particular passage in the tune, which sort of like needed a fill-in word to match the melody. I mean, there are allot of songs like that. It's kind of no big deal. (However, the negative situation I was attempting to desribe, was!) And whereas, in most normal situations, the average listener would never even give it a second thought. But what "I WAS" attempting to convey, as should come across in other parts of the song, is the fact, that this was not your "run of the mill", "normal" situation. Yet, such is the dilema of the songwriter; Fully aware that there are going to be those individuals who may (even deliberately, want to) read (and twist) the meaning of a song that the songwriter never intended to convey, anyway. And, which may ironically, prove my point, about what the song was sort of initially about, in the first place; Is why I thought this was important to note, as far as in relation to how I am as a person, and what I was really attempting to convey in the lyrics, by sort of like creating an abstract story-line, that was never-the-less based on a real life situation, and experience, that turned out to be pretty weird, and difficult to describe. (Or, even really wanted to describe. But, for some reason, still felt sort of like compelled to write it. And yet, still being at a loss for words). Very difficult to explain. Although, I know what I mean. And, this is getting way too personal. But, I took a chance in putting this song out there as well, to sort of like document the experience, for several reasons. So, this song also turned out to be one of the tunes directly related to the "Theme" album concept of: "The Walkersville Sessions" CD. And, indicative of the unusual profile of the area, around where these events took place. (Hence, the title to the album, itself). Although, I do have to say, that I know there were good people there, as well. Such is the difficulty describing what I was trying to describe. Where I instinctively knew what was going-on, wanted to document it in song, but (once again) had to be somewhat vague (because of the unusual nature of the matter, and really not wanting to come across in a certain way that is really not me). Because, to be quite frank, I still had to live there. It was difficult, man. (And a real challenge). Let's put it that way. And yet, it's sort of like a mystery, in a way...

I will have to leave it at that, for now. But, with all these things said however, I will take a chance and say, that one still has to remember that this is the particular area to where they had traced the anthrax murders! So, "everything is relative". And, I am definately cut from a different cloth. Call me funny that way. Wow!!!

Definitely, like something right out of a Stephen King flick, for sure. Incredible story...

So, consider it like another Steven King song, that probably should have been more like a Heavy Metal track, musically. Let's leave it at that, for now. O.K.? Because, there is really allot more to it, that I definately cannot get into here; That, without intentionally trying to sound condescending, most people couldn't even begin to grasp. Even I found it difficult to believe. Let's put it that way...

But, because of the somewhat unconventional nature of some of the lyrics, I felt the need to at least try to put in some linear notes here, in an attempt to clarify things, so as not to give the wrong impression, and minimize any misunderstanding. And, to not come across in the wrong way, that is really not reflective of me as a person, in some parts of the wording; which are sort of like written in the abstract, to begin with...

That goes for some of the other tracks from "The Walkersville Sessions" album in particular, as well. Other, then writing the usual story behind the recording, where I just happen to put in some linear notes, in the first place. For whatever it's worth. Especially, since I prefer not to get too personal, to begin with...

Note: And of course, as I mention here, and in the linear notes on some of the other tracks, (and as is the case with many of the other songs here) some of the wording in the lyrics may not necessarily be indicative of my own feelings per se', but at certain parts in the song, they were written in such a way as to make them flow better, and to create a story-line...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
2009-01-20
Vito Masilotti

Story

This song is like a lyrical collage, as well as a satirical statement, mostly about the war in Iraq and the incredibly negative state of affairs, that I believe led us there...

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

          

This instrumental piece has a very haunting, sad, yet enchantingly pretty melody, (if I must say so myself), that was inspired by an emotionally painful experience in my own life, and is based around the Grand Piano taking over the main melody line, with a allot of orchestral overtones. Strongly influenced by such impressionist composers as Edvard Grieg, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, Debussy, etc.

Vito Masilotti & The New Era Band Project
01/20/2009
Vito Masilotti

Story

This is basically a song of hope, sort of written in the style of the old negro sprituals, with a little modern Jazz influence thrown in at the end, for good measure...

The "change" that potentially (and hopefully) "has got to come"...

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