Wow… 2008 was a crazy one and a great one!
I feel bad for not having posted anything to my blog in months (since last April), but that should give you an idea of how busy I’ve been. I’ve been away for a good part of this year on tour and business trips to Austin, Europe, Japan and so on and so forth… Many things have happened so, today, I want to take the time to thank all of those who have made my year special, in the hope that I have contributed some good to their 2008 as well.
First and foremost I want to thank my new good friend John Zorn, one of the smartest and most talented composers I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Our collaboration started early this year with his gorgeous album “the Dreamers” and has continued ever since. In 2008 alone I recorded and mixed close to a dozen albums of his. Most importantly though I consider John a dear friend and I look forward to each and every time we get together, whether it’ll be in the studio, live or just for a dinner or a hang. Too bad Tonic is not around anymore, or else I’d know exactly what to do tonight! Dig?
In 2008, through John, I’ve also had the pleasure to work with Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed. Laurie is an incredibly talented performance artist/composer/poet/writer/violinist/inventor/sculptor etc… I’ve always had great respect for her and liked her music and her multi-dimensional approach to the arts. I’ve been on tour with her for a few months and never grew tired of her incredibly beautiful, haunting and thought-provoking live show (now that it’s over, I feel bad for anyone who hasn’t gotten a chance to see it). She always smiles and probably is one of the sweetest and happiest people I know. Recording and touring with her and all the great people in the band and in the crew was a great experience and all the traveling and the special moments shared together (we were in Tel Aviv the day Obama got elected) brought us all closer together. Becoming friends with Laurie and Lou was a treat. We’ve had great times together, on tour and back in NYC (Thanksgiving dinner and all that) and I look forward to spending more time and doing more work with both of them.
Another great artist of 2008 I’ve worked with is Patti LaBelle. Producer Bob Cutarella (whom I worked with on the Les Paul tribute album) hired me to record a duet of Patti and the Israeli singer Liel (also featuring Slash on guitar). Furthermore this year I got to see the reunion of Patti’s group the Labelle at the Apollo Theater on December 19th and 20th, beautifully organized by my promoter friend Massimo Gallotta. A memorable two nights during which the Labelles literally set the Apollo on fire (the first night the sound system just shut off, allegedly due to electrical problems, which is why the show was repeated the following night). I can’t say that I became close friends with Patti or Liel, but nevertheless it was a great experience of 2008. You can also see a video of the recording session here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ8IJliemEo&eurl
Less than seven hours before 2009 and minutes before my good friends in Europe will pop the cork, I want to thank all the people that made my year special. I am looking forward to find them all again in 2009!
My new year’s resolution is to post in my blog more often which, thanks to the people at Effigent (which as of now allow me to post to my blog from my iPhone), will probably actually happen!
I leave this year behind thinking of my best friends. My thoughts in particular go to Barry and his family.
I wish everyone all the best for 2009: much love, health, success, $$$, satisfaction and everything and more of whatever it is you wish for!
See you next year!