MP3 Andy Monaco - MAYBE
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11 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Folk Rock, POP: Folky Pop
MAYBE- the album
Andy Monaco, an icon in Zion, releases his newest and biggest CD to date.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, Mose Allison,
Jose Feliciano and many others, this veteran of several decades of rock and roll,
The music is original and upbeat. Big drums, horn sections and pretty girls in short skirts singing background vocals. Test drive this âDeloreanâ of singer-songwriters.
Youâll see the reason for so much excitement in this new release. Starting with âStrong Dog Bluesâ, and next to âMaybeâ, the title track, the difference between Andy and âthe othersâ will be apparent. This guy is an original.
Here; let him speak for himselfâ¦
Well, this has been an album long in the makingâ¦
MAYBE started production in January â06, and arrived Sept. â06.
Nine months. What a coincidence!
For the uninitiated, albums start with songs recorded as simple as can be. Scratch tracks, usually (for us), guitar and vocal. Copies are passed out to musicians, charts are made, revised and remade, and rehearsals put together. More changes, more charts, more revisionsâ¦.
In the case of MAYBE, we recorded bass guitar, drums, electric guitar and piano simultaneously.
I wanted the âliveâ feel that ensemble playing gives you. We did add the congas, cello and horn
sections at a later date. We then âscratchâ the guitar and vocal tracks, and re-record them to the now finished ensemble. Not so tricky in the hands of expert recording engineers. Thank you Herc (see credits).
Each of the songs on this album, as they were written and performed, had personalities that needed to be respected. As âproducerâ, it is required for me to hear these parts beforehand (in my head) and develop and approve the parts that these most capable musicians presented.
Just for the record, in the real world, being the producer is more than a full time task. (ftt)
Being the âsongwriterâ is a ftt.
Being the ânameâ talent is a ftt.
Being the bandleader is a ftt.
Running a âstraightâ business (to finance the project) is a ftt.
Breaking up with your girlfriend (True Love)
is a major ftt.
Healing is a ftt.
And here we are. Album in hand, reviews starting to flow in.
Band is rehearsed, gigs booked and its a new and rosey world.
I do hope that you enjoy this album. Please notice that there isnât much music like this out there.
I (jokingly) say that there might be a good reason for that (smile). This is real music straight from the heart. A place we have all been to before. Please enjoy the visit.
Andy trance-talk on âMaybeâ
Because itâs a labor of love, it was unearned.
Something like this should be done, so I do it.
If there was no result other than the record and the process, that would be sufficient.
Thatâs all I want.
Iâm exposing myself, but sharing the playful, delightful interesting facets in an honest way. Thereâs not a lot of people doing that. Iâm kind of dated on one hand and novel on the other.
I love the surprises in terms of the greatness and prowess of todayâs technology, the complexity of dealing with people as a producer. How remarkable it is when you get somebody to pull something out of nothing.
I always keep in mind that none of this existed. You can make something out of nothing. That's the joy.
A garden of 11 tunes. Every time one was weak, Iâd nurture it. The midwife, the custodial parent. Maybe is an adolescent.
The creating is the joy.
Some of it is in the performance, which takes more time, more skills. This is the cakewalk.
Iâm proud of this work. Proud of the songs. The performances. Proud of the ideas that were dished to me (like a lateral football pass).
For me to say âIâm a geniusâ misses the point. The gift is that when I set the table, they show up. That makes me special. I have a really good antenna.
What stands out?
Every song is riddled with emotions.
Thatâs it. The strength of that emotion is kind of jarring.
Andy manifesting some of his emotional extremes.
The concept of Maybe is choice.
The choice to record an album. To write, select words. Melody.
Everything. Everything, everything, everything is choice.
The Maybe icon reflects that we are our choices.
A power that helps us choose.
Deeper than the event. Longer than the event. If you pick the right advisor, it will be a good decision.
Itâs a beacon. Itâs not like you need to be awfully smart to see the light. Like bugs seeing ultraviolet. The proper path is brighter.
You donât have to weigh the issues. The lights are already on that one.
Itâs instinctive AND itâs a conscious decision.
Sometimes youâve got to stand at the âYâ and wait.
When the choice is not intuitively clear, you have to deliberate.
You look for the signs.
Curious to see whatâs inside. An incongruity between the cover and the work and the emotions These are resonant emotions that you canât live even a short life without.
And these are normal feelings. The explanation and relating thatâ¦
although not poetic, thereâs imagery in a left handed way as it conjures images of people, places, events.
Itâs like green as far as the eye can see. It brings out the best in people who are listening.
Itâs the commonality. It is said in a novel way. Weâve moved on and we can cherish this and be inspired by it and carry a new awareness.
Thereâs a Spring aspect to this. The Maybe metaphor implies a hard decision made. You just donât live a viable life in Maybe.
Bust a move.
Maybe represents a beginning and the ending all together.
One fork is the end and one is the start. You choose the one and youâve unchosen the other.
Thereâs some vitality to the path taken. And the demise of the one not taken.
Life is good. Eat your dessert whenever you want.
Everyone is an artist. You will be fine.
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