Today I have some VERY exciting news! I'm excited to unveil to the world a song/music video almost a year in the making. In 2014, Christina Carlucci and I were planning on doing a New York City cabaret. We brought our Andy Collopy on board to music direct it, and started brainstorming what exactly we wanted to do. The one thing Christina wanted, was to sing "Let it Go" from Disney's Frozen. As we were brainstorming how to put it in our show but have it be unique and different than any of the other covers of the song, I mentioned offhandedly that the song had always reminded me of "I'm Blue, Skies" by Cheyenne Jackson, off his pop cd I'm Blue, Skies. Quickly we realized that we should do a mashup of the two songs, since they were lyrically and thematically so similar. We hired my good friend and composer extraordinaire Chris LaRosa to arrange it for us.
Well then Christina booked work on a Disney cruise ship, and we had to cancel the cabaret. However we were stuck with this incredible arrangement and not sure what to do with it. I called my childhood friend (and composer/guitarist extraordinaire) Marcus Bagala to see if he had access to a recording studio, and of course, he had incredible equipment set up in his home studio in Astoria. Christina and I sat down, and decided we would studio record the track, and we'd film the session to make into a music video. My friend Garrett Kafchinski was brought along to record and direct the video for us, and then Greg LaRosa (Chris' brother, and drum savant) was brought in to play the Cajon on the track, and Kate Marley was brought in to make us look pretty with her Makeup intelligence. One night in March 2014, we gathered in Marcus' apartment and over quite a few beers and pizzas, we recorded the track.
At this point it seemed to be smooth sailing, and then of course, life got in the way. Marcus started working for a couple major television shows, and the final mix of the audio was put on the back burner. Garrett started working on some major film projects and didn't have time to edit the footage for us. Christina was on a cruise ship, and I was working in upstate New York, and the whole project got put on hold.
This winter I decided to change all that, and forced myself upon Marcus to finish editing the audio (I bribed him with beer). I got the footage from Garrett, taught myself Final Cut Pro X (an unnecessarily confusing program), and began editing the project together myself.
Well here it is, it's finished, complete, kaput, done-zo. Check out our video below, and if you like what you hear, leave us a comment/share it with the world! If you would like to download the track, it's available for free on SoundCloud.com!
I've been a bad blogger, and 2015 is the year I try to fix that. I also say that every year, so we'll see if that actually works this time. However some exciting developments have been going on in my life! Since last time I wrote, I wrapped my first feature film (Night of the Living Deb) as a Stunt Coordinator, I took part in a production of Damn Yankees at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and I played my first romantic lead role since high school in White Christmas at the new Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville, Kentucky! Now I'm in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin at The Fireside taking part in the ensemble of The Wizard of Oz and understudying the scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion!
Night of the Living Deb, however, is why I'm writing now. Our behind the scenes footage guru David Meiklejohn put up some footage from week two of four from our shoot in June which features a lot of the work I got to do, including my featured zombie role! Check out the video below, and stay tuned for release information, it's gonna be an awesome movie and I can't wait to share it with you guys!
All my love,
Photo by Danny Bristoll
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