MP3 Philip Quintas - Living The Dream
An eclectic blend of Jazz, Folk, Rock and Blues. Everything from solo acoustic guitar to full band arrangements with strings and even a saxophone are used to compliment the carefully crafted songs featured on this singer-songwriters debut album.
15 MP3 Songs in this album (38:14) !
Related styles: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Folk: Jazzy folk, Type: Acoustic
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In 1996, Philip hired the best musicians he knew to back him up on full band arrangements of the songs he’d written over the past 12 years. The drums and bass parts were recorded while he sang and played guitar. The other instruments and voices were recorded individually afterwards. When the instrumental solos were finished, Philip re-recorded his lead vocal parts to get that “live” vibe on the tracks.
One day, early on in the project, Philip told Jervonney (Collier – bass player on 3 tracks) about his goal of playing on the Letterman show. Mr. Collier said that Philip should watch the show that Friday night. A few days later Philip tuned in and…there was Jervonney playing with Bruce Hornsby on Late Night! Recently, when Hornsby was playing the Letterman show with Eric Clapton as special guest, Jervonney Collier was right there with them playing the bass with passionate style, brilliant technique and finesse like he did on Philip’s CD.
The reason you’ll see a highlighted box underneath the credits on the CD insert which says, “I am excited about a new satellite television network…” is because when the CD was being recorded, Philip was an executive in TPN (The Peoples Network). This (now defunct) television network offered personal development shows (24 hours a day 7 days a week) to help people achieve goals in a number of key areas of their lives. The phone numbers are now disconnected so don’t bother trying to call them!
The songs recorded on the “Living The Dream” CD are all originals written by Philip Quintas and are honest stories about a young man’s journey into sobriety and fatherhood.
Feel Like (Lovin’ You Baby) was written about his stormy relationship with his first wife Bella DeSoto. The room she was walking into was an apartment in New York City where they attended a halloween party sometime around 1985. The marriage ended in divorce and a period of mental depression followed which lasted until Philip met Angel 666 Israel at the public access station in Tucson, Arizona.
Angel, the biological mother of his two daughters, is about 9 years younger than him and was the inspiration for “Robbin’ the Cradle” and “I Hear You”. Although he did “make an honest woman out of her” their marriage lasted only about a year. His father-in-law for that brief period of time was Steve Gossman who’s disgust for the hypocracy of Christians (he was raised by two Baptist ministers) and his atypical belief system had his whole family’s last name legally changed to “666 Israel” and had “666″ tatooed on his forehead and the right hand of each of his children. The reasoning behind this had something to do with Revelation 13:18, but Philip didn’t really understand what that was all about, his ignorance of religion (raised by an agnostic and an atheist) gave him freedom to not judge them. Anyway, the song “How Did I Know” is about the story of how Angel’s mom met her common-law husband and a bit about their life up to the time Philip became associated with them.
“Singer of Song” is now “Hallelujah” and “Sweetheart” is now “Oh, My Savior, Oh” because after being saved, Philip set out to express his love for the Lord through song. Since he already had (what he thought were) some perfectly good melodies and chord changes put together, he simply rewrote the lyrics to a few of the songs which you’ll find (the original versions of) on the “Living the Dream” CD.
Probably the most popular of tunes on the disk is “I Like The Way I Look”. This upbeat acoustic pop song was originally an affirmation designed to encourage being in a happy state of mind. First conceived of during a subway ride in Manhattan, Philip used to mentally recite this chorus as he walked around the streets of his hometown back in the mid 80’s. It is the seed for the whole concept of using music to help people achieve a positive mental attitude, which is a major ambition of it’s author.
“Can’t Make Love Without You” is most likely the oldest song in the batch, written in Fredonia, New York when Philip was attending the University of New York. It was there that he decided to pursue songwriting as a career after realizing that it was his passion to work at refining his skills of writing music and lyrics. The song simply illustrates his frustration at not being able to do what he genuinely wanted to when the object of his affection doesn’t share his feelings.
Throughout his life after high school, Philip would occasionally play at open mics and perform his original material. It wasn’t always well received and once the owner of a bar he was playing at told him not to come back because he was “causing the customers to leave”! He had just sung the first section of what was to later become “Don’t Stiff The Bartender” and it’s mixed meter and contrary lyrics might have caused the reaction. Determined to make a good thing out of that unfavorable situation, he wrote the second part and has always been invited back (to open mic night) to play that song because it has become popular with the people working the bar.
“Fallen For You” was written about a specific experience he had outside the apartment of a young woman he met at SUNY Oneonta. This event was when he understood that his building up of an infatuation with the girls he felt attracted to (instead of just getting to know them personally) was the major cause of his failure to become romantically involved with them.
One time a therapist commented, “…it sounds like you don’t have a good relationship with your drugs”, and that concept became the track called “Banging My Head”. It is a “break-up with substance abuse” song.
Singer/guitar player Chris Dansdill (co-founder of the rock band “Coupe DeVille”) once said that a person doesn’t really know they have a problem (with alcohol and/or drug abuse) until they “feel it with their heart” and that was how Philip got the idea for “The Chains That That Tie You Down”.
THE MUSICIANS ON THE RECORDING ARE:
Philip Quintas - Guitar, Vocals
Fran Morel - Backing Vocals
Arthur Miscione - Backing Vocals
Keith Borders - Keyboards
Arturo Rodriguez - Percussion
ON ALL TRACKS WHERE THOSE INSTRUMENTS APPEAR WITH:
George Lugo - Drums on tracks 3, 7,9, 10 & 13
Jervonny Collier - Bass on tracks 1, 7 & 9
Doug Parmenter - Drums on tracks 2, 4 & 15
J. David Muniz - Bass on tracks 3, 4, 10 & 13
Robert Thames - Bass on tracks 2 & 15
Jon Klein - Electric Guitar on tracks 7 & 9
Xavier Marquez - Electric Guitar on tracks 1 & 2
Mike Kuhn - Tenor Sax on track 2
Imo Baird - Accordion on track 7
Arthur Miscione - Shaker on track 6, Guitar on 13, Bass on 5 & 14
Mike McDonald - Drums on track 14
Phil Stevens - Fiddle on track 2, Bass Solo on 3, Lap Steel on 7 & 14, Strings on 13
PRODUCED BY: Philip Quintas with Arthur Miscione and Phil Stevens in Tucson, Arizona.
RECORDED BY: Phil Stevens and then mixed by phil Stevens at Crash Landing Studio, except
track 2 mixed by Darren A. Boswell at Third Planet Studio.
MASTERED BY: Timothy Zick at Cavern Studios, Tucson, Arizona
ORIGINAL COVER PAINTING BY: Bruce "Awi" Stewart at Sonora Luna Studio.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lance Fairchild Photography. GRAPHIC DESIGN BY: Colin Sims at CDS Design.