|SONG BY SONG NARRATIVE
THE BIG CRUNCH
The Big Crunch is a big fast paced Yngwie style song, it
was born from the initial riff. Derek heard this track first and I
have a distinct feeling it was the song that prompted him to
contact me. He wrote the breathy keyboard intro and on the
phone even described it as an "Yngwie" style intro.
Brian Tichy's monstrous double-bass pedal skills are another
Singularity is a modern techno-metal song
with a drop "D" tuning and a unique melody and
descending riff. Derek decided to double the melody on keyboards
and add his flare throughout the song. Brian's double bass work
makes yet another appearance. Influenced, like so many of my
originals by the great Ronnie Montrose and his "Open
THINKING OUT LOUD
Going for a bit of a Dimeola approach
here. This was born from a three voice Brian Moore guitar. I had
an electric gain sound, acoustic sound, and bass sound going all
at once when this eclectic riff machine was born. Some of the more
difficult and technical riffs on the cd are in this
song. The sitar section in the middle is yet another example
of the three voice Brian Moore guitars.
RUBBER RAT JIVE
A tribute to the worlds most famous
unfamous band, The Good Rats. An amazing Long Island band which
featured a famous song called "Tasty". It's about
musicians who couldn't make the band because they couldn't play
tasty. How do you fill an entire song with melody and guitar
phrases? This song demonstrates how. Like most of these originals
the song played itself, my heart, soul and fingers were shown the
way. Nothing pre-conceived, this song happened in real time.
YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE
A gut wrenching slow melodic guitar
instrumental. You can't play fast all the time, progressive rock
musicians love playing slow and melodic. This song is from deep
down, influenced by players like Steve Vai, Santana, and Ronnie
Montrose, and Yngwie Malmsteen, who all frequently
demonstrate what it means to play slow and melodic. I play the
piano part on this track, and I purposely highlighted the rhythm
guitar parts on the chorus.
A deep "drop C" tuning on this
mainstream style progressive guitar rocker. This is a demo version
where Derek and I try trading on the melody. My original written
version had the guitar playing the melody, not sure how the final
version will end up, but enjoy this demo version. Inspired by
Kings X and Satriani.
Here is the most famous of the lost demos.
This was the writing phase version, we were in the middle of
writing when the folder was deleted and accidentally lost. We
tried to re-record but it just did not come out anything like the
original. The trading solos at the end were fun, and this one
will not be re-released so this demo is the only remaining copy. A
demo of a truly lost moment in time and performance.
WINDOWS IN TIME
Windows in time is the very theme of the
lost demos. Each time you write a song, that particular guitar,
that amp, those settings, that mood captures a moment in time.
When you want to go back and master or re-record that song, often
it is very hard to duplicate. This song captures an emotion that
was running through me at that time. I've played more polished
newer versions, but there is some special essence in the original
that is very hard to capture.
This is the only "Live" track on
the cd, done in one take. This take was recorded in real time
while I was writing the song. I had a chance to fly out to Vegas and
California to jam with my buddy Joey Fulco. He's the first
bassist, and was in the first real band I was in at age 16. Played
my first live gig with him. During the California trip he handed
me his Martin guitar and I just followed his song list. Most of
the songs I didn't even know but just playing behind his
performance was effortless. The action was a bit high and gave my
fingers a good workout and I really enjoyed the gig. The memories
of the sunset in the mountain desert and playing that acoustic
inspired me to write this when I got home.
Trevor Rabin's solo album, Can't Look
Away, is the inspiration for this song. When that cd came out I
could not listen to anything else for months. I was hooked on his
writing and his production values. While in Morrisound studios I
was talking with Jim Morris and discussing Trevor's solo album.
Jim once said to me, "Frank, you could record an album like
that". Very inspiring words for sure, Jim thank you for that
vote of confidence. .
When I listened to Ronnie Montrose's album
"Open Fire" as a teen I had vowed to someday record an
album like that. Now I have realized that dream. Thank you for