A couple years ago, on my birthday, I was having the feelings that a lot of people have each year as they get older. I was still working at my day job, driving a delivery van early in the morning, when I heard some violin playing I recognized but couldn’t place as they went to break on NPR’s Morning Edition. After a moment, I realized it was this solo. It cheered me up considerably to know that, as I delivered stuff in my van, people around the country were listening to a bit of my playing.
“Back in the Zone” by Michael Brandmeier and Mark Croft
I recorded a song at Smart Studios with Michael Brandmeier a couple years ago called “Back in the Zone.” It’s a great tune that he co-wrote with Mark Croft. This recording has been used a number of times now on the NBC show “The Voice.”
Here’s a bit of violining:
This song was very fun to record and is one of my favorites to play live. Guitars? We don’t need no stinkin’ guitars.
Jon sings. This is a quick-and-dirty demo done in our bass player’s living room around two mics. Raw and honest.
Working with these guys on what quickly became a platinum record was great fun. Karl Lavine (cello) and I recorded many takes of each part to create this faux string section.
I turned 20 when I was at Berklee and came back to Madison soon after. When I got back, this band needed a fiddle player. It was perfect timing and great fun. I worked with them for a few years and have this great recording to remember it by.
OK, I don’t play much guitar, but I wanted to include this solo of mine. Rock on.