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IN CLOSING

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BB:  If you could play on stage with anyone alive, who would it be?

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John:  Adam Ezra.

Band:  Aaawww.

Band:  (Laughter)

John:  Iím so happy with what Iím doing that I wouldnít want do anything else.  However, if I had the opportunity, James Taylor, Sting.   Rick Braun, jazz trumpet player.

Adam:  Ani.  Ani DiFranco.

Jimmy:  Paul McCartney and John Lennon.  Iím a big Beatles fan.

Adam:  Isnít Paul McCartney writing kind of cheesy stuff these days?

Band:  (Laughter)

Jimmy:  Well you know, back in the good days.  There are so many.  Getty Lee.  Just too many people I would love to play with.

Jeff:  Well, he took McCartney.  But I would pick Bob Dylan.

 

BB:  If you could be in another profession other than your own, what would it be?

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John:  Probably a schoolteacher.  Level doesnít matter.  If I could just have an influence on a kid.

Jeff:  Before I ever did music I use to do acting, theatre, and I would probably have to say that.

Jimmy:  You stole mine.  Yeah, it would definitely have to be something in the arts.  Iíd like to paint I think.  Not houses, but paintings.

Jeff:  You can paint my house.

Band:  (Laughter)

Jimmy:  Iím not very good at it but itís something Iíve often aspired to.  I think you have to die first before you get good, though.

Adam:  I donít know.  An accountant.  An investment banker.  Anything where I have to wear sensible shoes.

Band:  (Laughter)

Adam:  My cousin Shana is up in New Hampshire and sheís making pottery and I always thought that was real cool.

 

BB:  What do you hope to be doing in a few years?  What do you hope the band will have accomplished?

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John:  Exactly what we want to be doing.  Wherever we are that, that is exactly what we want to be doing.  Touring nationally and have the same sort of creative ability that we own right now and maintain that and just continue doing what weíre doing.  Just being able to play in front of as many people as possible.

Adam:  The hardest thing for me is Iím a single guy and I can live in very low standards but these guys have families that theyíre all supporting.  Theyíre trying to make ends meet with a job on the side.  With some of the things that are coming down the line for us, this next year itís gonna beÖ weíre all having discussions right now about what point we drop the day jobs and go on tour.  We have contract negations with a management company in the U.K. right now and weíre talking to management people in New York.  It would be a great thing to be on the road, butÖ I would love to be making a living playing music, but also these guys playing with me and being able to support their families while we do it.  That would make me pretty damn happy.

Jimmy:  Everything he just said.  Iím a firefighter and I love my job.  But absolutely Iíd want to make a living with my first love, which is music.  Thereís nothing IĎd love more than to be on a tour bus with these guys, traveling all around the country, playing for whoever wants to listen.  Thatís what I want to do.  And just to be able to pay the bills doing it.  And if you make a million or twoÖ thatís cool too.

Jeff:  Not to be redundant, but my goal has been the same for the last fifteen years and thatís just to make a living, for myself and my family, playing music. 

 

BB:  What do you hope people will get out of your music?

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John:  I guess that while their listening to have a good time and when they leave to be able to have them recall a song that we played and maybe sing or hum the songs on their way home.  Come out of our shows feeling really good,  and energized, and happy.

Jimmy:  Iíd like the people to get the same emotion out of it that was put into it.  Music is all about emotions and thatís as a songwriter, you put a lot of heart and soul into it.  Whether itís an upbeat happy song or youíre singing something sad, I hope they can feel that same emotion.

Jeff:  For me, when I step up on stage, itís an escape.  The only thing that matters to me right there is the music.  The traffic on 93 doesnít matter.  The bills arenít going to get paid this month, doesnít matter.  Itís like an escape and if we can kind of transfer that to the crowd where they can get an escape by listening to us and enjoying us thenÖ you know, just getting out of their world for a couple of hours at night.  Thatís a positive thing.

Adam:  I kind of react two-fold to the question.  One is as a performer with these guys as part of the band and seeing our music have an effect on people and in the immediate sense they come and experience our music and they get an emotional reaction from it.  Thatís very rewarding to me.  Two, is as a songwriter.  I hear people complain that I try to cram too many lyrics into my songs.  I would love for someday someone to say that you challenged my perspective about something or made me think about something, or maybe influenced the way I thought about music and how you can communicate through music.

 

BB:  Lastly, what advice would you have for aspiring musicians?

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John:  Play what makes you happy.  What really feeds your spirit.  Donít necessarily play whatís the most popular but rather play what really makes you happy.  And practice, practice, practice.  Know your craft, know your music.  Just be prepared.

Adam:  Itís funny but when you asked the question my first reaction was, ďweíre aspiring musicians, arenít we?Ē

Band:  (Laughter)

Adam:  But that brought me around to a good point, which is that you have to set goals.  Feeling that you have set goals and that your not quite there yet.  You want to be doing something with your music.  That equation is always going to be there.  I feel like no matter what we do as a band Iíll always be an aspiring musician, to reach some next goal down the line.  Itís really hard to get caught up in constantly looking towards the future and you can lose perspective on the art and the beauty that you are creating now and the need to keep that in perspective.

Jimmy:  What was the question again?

Band:  (Laughter)

Jimmy:  I would say, musicians or songwriters, just play.  Play everything.  Play what you want to play.  Write what you want to write and donít be afraid to experiment.  And study everybody.  Study your friends.  Study the pros.  Watch other people because thatís how you learn.  Thatís what I do and Iíve been playing since I was in forth grade and Iím still learning.  Be true to the music your playing or to the music you pick.  Be very true to it. 

Jeff:  Do it because you love to do it.  Donít do it for any other reasons.  Not for the money or the fame or to stroke your ego.  And I like what Jimmy said about being true and respecting the art form. 

 

BB: Thanks guys.  Thanks for talking with Boston Beats.

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John:  I donít know if youíre going to put this in, but I think I can speak for the band too when I just say thanks for doing this.  Itís really hard for local bands to get notoriety and to get their name out there and for you guys to take the time to come here and do this, it means a lot.  It really means a lot.  Good luck in your endeavors and we really appreciate it. 


 

Part 1: History of the Band

Part 2: Writing & Recording

Part 3: Playing Out & Boston's Music Scene

Part 4: In Closing

 

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