Welcome to the Corona Virus twilight zone. A new virus multiplies in China, takes off halfway around the world and as of tomorrow, shuts down all non-essential businesses in Massachusetts. I am still working as my work is considered essential (and it is!) but as we all spend more time at home, some remarkable creativity has burst forth from artists and musicians on Facebook, You Tube and increasingly all over the web. So I encourage everyone to support your local musicians playing in living rooms and virtual concert spaces everywhere. Those supporting themselves with their music will face daunting challenges during this time. And we all need to give each other love!
It's FAWM (February Album Writing Month) time. Come visit my new creations at http://www.fawm.org/mikegtz. Featuring my latest co-creation with my potential new songwriting and performing partner, Beth Gray and some other unique originals.
Happy new year, everyone. During the past three months, I was part of something called The Great Cover Song Challenge: Covering Local Artists. Another musician, Kristina Looney covered one of my songs, Life Is Beautiful/Bicycles to Somalia and I covered the song Crumbs by Tony Brown and the Duende Project with the help of Beth Gray. The song project made the cover of Worcester Magazine and here is the story: https://tinyurl.com/thhucmf.
Our cover of Crumbs is here: https://michaelgutierrez-may.bandcamp.com/track/crumbs
Here is my podcast with Aaron Tornberg at the Hearing Room in Lowell. He did a nice job of putting the fragments of my interview
back together again and I thank him for the inherent respect shown to me as a working professional and a songwriter; https://tinyurl.com/rhkhyk8
I have been offered my first podcast interview with Aaron Tornberg at the Hearing Room in Lowell as part of his Woodshed Podcast series. We will be taping the interview on Saturday, November 30th from 1-2:30pm. I think the interview is broadcast the following Monday.Thanks to Aaron and the Listening Room for their continued support of local artistsI
I talked with my album producer Stephen Martin yesterday and we will begin work on the Drifting To The Right album after the beginning of the new year. I am hoping to record at Ultrasound Studios in Hanover and complete within six months time. I may also do an Indiegogo fundraiser for this album so stay tuned for that.
My new single Rammellzee for the songwriting showcase Songwriters' Mind is now up on this site. The debut performance will be this Wednesday, October 23rd at Starlite in Southbridge, Mass. as part of a showcase of original songwriting based on original prompts from all the participating songwriters. Gonna be fun, starts at 7:30 pm.
Summer is winding down but except for my car engine dying on me three weeks ago, it's been a really good summer filled with a lot of great music of all kinds. Meeting Cliff Goodwin yesterday in Pawtucket was particularly impressive but other new musician friends such as Jennifer Teftt, Olivia Frances, Evie Joy and the FAWMStock campers including my traveling buddy Sean Ryder made this summer a memorable one.
So I and others are now getting ready for the Bob Fitzgerald Tribute Show at Mediator Stage in Providence,RI on Thursday, September 5th. Most of the musician friends I have met at Mediator including its impressario Don Tassone will be involved and if you can come, you should come. The show starts at 7pm (or so), Bob was the soul of Mediator and is greatly missed.
I have tenative plans for a new album which would be called Drifting To The Right and I have lined up Stephen Martin to be my album producer. The car setback may keep me from realizing this for awhile but if there is progress, I will keep everyone posted here.
First off: I'm seeing the Rolling Stones tonight at Foxboro Stadium! Diane and I are both super-excited. My challenge song for Mick and company is As Tears Go By!
I'm back to being pretty active with my music. Last night I discovered some of my earlier songs from 2010 and listening to them again, I realized these songs were a different side of me, more sentimental, more LOVE SONGS and just different music that was going on with me at that time. So I decided to throw together an album of these songs and throw it up on Bandcamp, my favorite listening platform for my albums. The album is titled If You Love and the link for this collection is https://michaelgutierrez-may.bandcamp.com/album/if-you-love.
Enjoy the listen if you can came by and feedback please is welcome. By the way, my next album is ready to move out of the planning stage to setting up recording hows and wheres.
FAWM madness is over. So many nice and thoughtful songs just everywhere. Some pretty and provocative Electronice. My collabs are different this year and I wrote more of my own songs. I definitely came up with some keepers I will do more with. Here is the link to this year's page: https://fawm.org/fawmers/mikegtz/
FAWM is up and running and my first two songs are up on site. Everyone is off to a great start. The link to my FAWM page for the songs is https://fawm.org/fawmers/mikegtz/.
And yes, Go Patriots. After tonight, they will need to call Tom Brady sixfinger.
Happy new year, everyone. 2019 is starting out quiet for me, which is fine. Hoping it will be a good year. This is the year I turn 64 (will you still need me, will you still feed me...). I will be starting this year out the way I have done for the past 12 years and participating in the 14 songs in 28 days challenge known as February Album Writing Month at Fawm.org. Participants all over the world join in and while it is mostly English-speaking, it is not exclusively so. It's a great bubble bath for creativity and I have made many nice friends over the world by being part of this.
Another worldwide community of musicians online is Drooble.com which is managed by a metal guitarist named Melina Krumova and a group of friends from Bulgaria. The software has its problems -I think they could use help there, But I like the idea and people there. I think more people should know about it. My friend Colette O'Connor led me to Drooble and I thank her.
One booking: May 30th at Mediator Stage in Providence as a feature. Looking to get to a couple of the Boston and Cambridge open mikes and do some features this year. Also hoping for a couple songwriter showcases. This year's theme is Open To Opportunity!
I am posting publicly my collaboration project with Peter Watkinson and Marie Tueje from 2009, Sunday Afternoon 5pm for the first time in the hopes of making it onto some streaming playlists. I have always been very proud of this and it really was a happy accident. I posted lyrics, couldn't think of music for them and then the lyrics were found by Marie Tueje and Peter Watkinson who were paired for a collaboration through February Album Writing Month that year. The result was this incredible song. This is the link through Bandcamp but it is now also on Soundcloud and will be distributed through CD Baby in the near future.
And here is the Spotify link for the song:
A great opportunity came across my path earlier this week. I was contacted by Evangeline Joy (Evie Joy) from New York City to be one of her supporting acts this coming Friday 9/21 at the Beatnik's Club in Worcester. I hadn't met her before, I looked her up and I jumped at the chance: she's really quite good! Look her up at www.eviejoymusic.com for more information. We will also be joined by ukulele aficionado Amazing Dick who will open up the night. We are on between 9pm-12 midnight. Beatnik's is at 433 Park Street not far from Clark University.
In October, I will be returning to The Hearing Room in Lowell to be part of a singer-songwriter benefit performance Sunday October 14th between 2-5pm. Colette O'Connor among others will be joining me there and it should be crazy fun. The benefit cover is $10 and the Hearing Room is at www.hearingroom.net.
More good news on the way for later this Fall...
The Porchfest and the Social Networking site: On September 8th as noted on my Calendar, I will be participating in the Hull Porchfest which is happening in Hull, Mass (of course) from 12 noon-6pm. I'll be one of hundreds of musicians participating. I will be performing at 31 Waltham Street from 4-5pm. In the footsteps of my musician friend Colette O'Connor, I am also working today to build my profile on Drooble (drooble.com), which is intending to be a social networking site for musicians and seems to be off to a decent start. Three songs are now up on site: Air, You Can't Take My Carrot and Once There Was Paragon, all of which I will be playing for the porchfest.
I have decided to jump into the Catch The Moon 8-Day Sync Songwriting Challenge. Today is Day 2 and I'm off and running, picking a theme, a target for pitching, putting together a playlist of songs on this theme and finding an accountability partner, who is Amy Goloby Dullum (at www.amygoloby.com). The 8-Day Group is a closed group but information about Catch The Moon and its intrepid founder, Cathy Heller can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/CatchTheMoonMusic/.
Everyone on the site it seems has an Instagram account and so I have decided to resurrect my dormant account and try and do a few things with it. You can find me there under michaelgutierrezmay.
Quiet month. The Virtual House Concert with myself and PJ Rogue (Paul Rogoshewski) on May 6th went very well and we have had 337 views of the concert on the website to date. We may do another Concert in July, maybe with a third special guest. You can find the video of our concert on the Facebook website at https://www.facebook.com/Virtual-House-Concert-Live-153337988630662/. It's a little over an hour so sit back and take it all in if you have time.
I am unable to take place in the Musicians Without Borders solstice concert on Thursday, June 21st at Ultrasound Studios in Hanover this year, due to being out of town visiting family in Virginia. I will also miss participating in the Masssachusetts Walking Tour concerts this year, for the same reason. They will be up and around the Connecticut River this year and they are both walking and canoeing on the river as part of their tour. The link to the Facebook page for this tour is https://www.facebook.com/MAWalkingTour/.
On June 26th, the finals of the Padavano Place Singer/Songwriter contest in Worcester will take place and it should be a great night with $1000 going to the winner. I participated in week #3 and my friend Sean Ryder participated in three contest nights, just missing out on winning on the third night. The winner on my night, Elizabeth Munger is a musician to watch, sort of like an up and coming Ani DeFranco. A great cross section of contestants from Worcester and the greater Boston area have been participants and if you can come out on a Tuesday night in June to see the competition, do so.
The group All Types of Kinds from Long Island, NY promotes fellow artists in each of their weekly newsletters. Since you will only get the occasional email from me, I will use my monthly music news update to make a recommendation for you. This month, the recommended artist is the Adam Ezra Group from Boston and their 2017 release, Hurricane Wind. You can find them at https://www.adamezra.com/. Go check out the ATOK guys too at https://www.reverbnation.com/alltypesofkinds. They have been nice enough to sign up as my fans,too.
A month's worth of gigs has come and gone and I am in a quiet spell for the moment. March 2018 was probably my busiest month yet as a performer: two songwriter showcases in Lowell and Putnam, Ct. , one shared night at Brooklyn Coffee and Tea in Providence and an open mike feature at Coffee Coffee in Salem,NH.
My next project will be filming a virtual house concert with my friend PJ Rogue at Bob Crownfield's home in Plymouth. Paul and I had something of a warmup for this at my end of summer party last year when we traded songs in front of 10-15 house guests. This will be broadcast on Facebook Live and I am confident that Paul and I will put on a good show. The show will go for 45 minutes and is tenatively scheduled for Sunday, May 6th.
On June 21st, I will be part of the Musicians Without Borders day at Ultrasound Studios in Hanover from 7pm until probably midnight. Coordinated by my friend Colette O'Connor, who has been getting all kinds of well-deserved recognition lately (https://www.coletteoconnor.net/) , we will each perform two song sets. It's good to see music stepping its toe into the world of social activism and justice.
I am continuing with my monthly songwriters' group in Putnam, Ct. on the first Saturday of every month from 1-4 pm at Victoria Station Cafe. If you are interested in joining, leave a message on Facebook with the Quiet Corner Songwriters Group, which is coordinated by Kala Farnham.
I'm on a playlist, I'm on a playlist (jumps around goofily) !
And a really good playlist, too! Compiled by Cameron Cotham of the band Front and Turner, my song You Don't Know My World is featured with 21 other songs from people I mostly didn't know before,but are doing some really nice musical things. The ones I knew about were Carlin Tripp and The Promise Is Hope. So here is the playlist link-go listen: https://open.spotify.com/user/1247982988/playlist/5BSVmRWyiB0GsKFSedroWV
Happy 2018! Finally!
it's been a tough year. I can report that the album release event at Catbird Cafe on 12/27 went well despite the cold weather. I was onstage with Eric "Snake' Guiiiksen (my album producer), Stephen Martin, Raianne Richards and Colette O'Connor. We went through most of the songs on the album and had a great time. Snake recorded the session and once he gets it to me, I will release the audio here or possibly on Soundcloud so you can hear it too,
The new year started for me with a visit to Quiet Corner Songwriting Group in Putnam, Ct. which is my new monthly home for trying out new songs. Last Saturday's session was packed with 15 artists and I expect that this group will continue to be active for the rest of 2018. At the beginning of February, I will return to the February Album Writing Month site (year 11) and work on 14 songs in 28 days alongside collaborators all across the nation and all across the world.
March and April take me to Putnam, CT, Lowell, MA and Salem, NH all for the first time. In Putnam, I will be one of the performers for the Quiet Corner Songwriters Showcase organized by Kala Farnham. The Lowell and Salem venues are organized by Aaron Tornberg who was good enough to invite me to do first a songwriter showcase and then an open mike feature. Beyond then into the rest of 2018, I'm not sure what I will be doing. Three goals I have are to play at a festival, play at Club Passim and also play somewhere on the North Shore or in Western Mass. I also want to win some kind of recognition as a songwriter so I'll be entering a few contests here and there.
I did a Spotify playlist for myself and other songwriters I know (and also a couple I only encountered for the first time while putting the playlist together) under the theme You Don't Know My World. The link for the Spotify playlist is here: https://open.spotify.com/user/mikegtz/playlist/3lNy2lSCJPLCgGNMrrdhNS
Some exciting news-the new album has been getting airplay!
Artie Martello in New York has two shows: Mostly Folk during the week and Power Folk on Sundays as part of a series called Blues and Roots Radio (web address:www.bluesandrootsradio.com). During October and November, Artie included my song "Air" on his Mostly Folk show and included "You Can't Take My Carrot" on the Power Folk show. Artie has also played Neponset RIver Murder Ballad on the Mostly Folk Anniversary Show in November and May, 1970 on the Power Folk show. As a result of this show, I am networking with other musicians across the country and also getting to know better some other New England artists. Artie is being a great supporter of the songs on my album and more songs may be included in future shows.
Nick Noble at WICN-FM in Worcester, Mass has been a stalwart supporter of folk and acoustic music in Central Massachusetts and I was part of a WICN-FM radio show fundraiser this past Summer. This coming week, Nick is featuring a couple of my songs on his Folk Tradition show on Thursday Night and the theme of the show is Nothing But New Songs. So far Nick has played my Once There Was Paragon song and more songs may be getting play in the new year.
The Open Mike feature at Mediator Stage with Eric "Snake" Gulliksen on OCtober 26th went very well and Don Tassone posted some great pictures and a couple videos of my appearance there. See my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mgtzmusic to see it for yourselves.
Coming up in December: the album release party at Catbird Cafe!