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25 March 2014

Peter records horns onto AMERICAN AUTHORS new album!

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American Authors: Oh What A Life –

COVER CD single
Peter J Blume’s trumpets are on the title track of this debut-album!

As you may or may not know, last summer I was hired by a certain high-end recording studio to go in & do some session work on 2 songs for a client of theirs. At the time, I didn’t even know who the artist was that I was adding my
horns to—no surprise there, as I really don’t listen to much of “today’s music”. But as it turns out, the band is called the “American Authors” (formed while at Berklee College of Music, now based out of Brooklyn, signed to Mercury Records) & they are a current Indie-Rock/Pop band that apparently has already had several hits on the radio: their biggest one probably being “Best Day of My Life”–which was used on TV during the last MLB World Series, this past Winter Olympics in Sochi, etc…& Lowes Home Improvement Centers also picked up the song for use in their commercials.

 

Anyway, several months ago I received word from executive-producer Aaron Accetta that my horns were going to be included onto 1 (of the 2) songs, that is going on the album—which just got released earlier this month! The album is called “Oh What a Life”–& I am on the title track. Again, I can’t emphasize to you how much I really don’t like much of today’s music…but I can honestly say that the music on this album, & especially the song I am on (Oh What a Life), is extremely well done & REALLY kicks! Congratulations & much success to Aaron Accetta, his co-producer Shep Goodman, their entire team, & of course, the guys in the band.

 

As this is apparently the band’s 1st actual full length-CD album, ALL of their previous hits are also included on it. So in case anyone is interested, the album (or individual songs) is available on all the major download sites: Amazon, i-Tunes, etc…as well as in CD form.

 

Anyway, thanks for listening!
-Peter j Blume, 3/2014

 

P.S. About the other song that I did NOT make it onto: the song is called “Trouble”. As what may typically happen in the music ‘business’, I came up with an arrangement for it (2 trpts, 2 flugelhorns & 1 trb) , recorded it…& then the powers-at-be changed their minds & the direction they wanted for the song, so they went with a fiddle & a banjo instead. I may know music, but they certainly know more of what ‘sound’ is current! And I take comfort in the fact that at least I lost out to still REAL instruments (& not just some electronic sounding B.S.)!

 

For a sample of the horn arrangement I had done on ‘Trouble’, please visit the SOUND CLIPS section of MY MUSIC tab on my website. With a little guidance from Aaron, I then had come up a theme for my horns—kinda like in the vein of the music you hear in all the old-time ‘Spaghetti Western’ cowboy movies (Aaron Copland, Elmer Bernstein, etc)…but with a little ska or dixie-flavored dirge on the bone in the bridge! I wrote the arrangement (for 2 trpts, 2 flugels & 1 trb), played & recorded all the horns over an mp3 of the master-track (which I self-recorded at my own house), mixed it all down as best I could (it’s just a demo) & got it back to the studio within the deadline of only a few days.

 

To really hear the full panning effect of what I intended, try listening to it in headphones.

 

Thanks again for listening & for your interest!- PjB

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Wunderbar (Rock Ballad) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah”, © 1997 (Peter on Flugelhorn solo, song & Horn Arrangement) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  1. Wunderbar (Rock Ballad) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah”, © 1997 (Peter on Flugelhorn solo, song & Horn Arrangement) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  2. Wunderbar (Rock Ballad) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah”, © 1997 (Peter on Flugelhorn solo, song & Horn Arrangement) – FULL SOLO // Peter J Blume's Songs
  3. Only Wanna Be With You (Hootie & the Blowfish) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 1 Flugelhorn & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  4. Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (CCR–performed by Rod Stewart) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone & 1 Trumpet solo) // Peter J Blume - Peter J Blume's Songs
  5. Alexander’s Dream (Drew Davidsen) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Trpts, 2 Flugelhorns, 1 Trombone & 1 Trpt fill-solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  6. I Don’t Want to Wait (Paula Cole) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone & Trombone fill-solo) // Peter J Blume - Peter J Blume's Songs
  7. Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton–performed by Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 1 Trombone, 2 Flugehorns & Trumpet solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  8. As I Lay Me Down (Sophie B Hawkins) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 3 Flugelhorns, 1 Trombone & Trb solo, & Trpt solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  9. Beautiful in My Eyes (Joshua Kadison) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugelhorns & Flugel solo, & 2 Trombones) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  10. Believe (Do You Believe in Life After Love) (Cher) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 3 Trumpets & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  11. Break Away (Kelly Clarkson) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  12. Everyday (Phil Collins) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugelhorns & 2 Trombones) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  13. Going Coastal (Drew Davidsen) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugehorns, 1 Trombone & Trumpet solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  14. Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan–performed by ‘Babyface’) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 2 Trpts, 1 Trombone & Trb solo, Flugelhorn solos) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  15. Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 3 Flugelhorns & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  16. Kiss Me (Sixpence None the Richer) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 1 Trombone & 2 Trumpets) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  17. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 2 Flugelhorns, 1 Trombone & Trombone fill-solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  18. Let’s Party! (Matt Kiamie & the Guava Lava’s) demo version (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2012; Peter on all horns: 3 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, & Trpt & Trb Solos) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  19. Trouble (something wasn’t right…) (American Authors) demo version (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2013; Peter on all horns: 2 Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns & 1 Trombone) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  20. Things I Wish You Said (Indifferent Matters) demo version (Peter’s Horn Arrangement only © 2018; Peter on all horns: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, & Trombone) // Indifferent Matters - Restless Nights
  21. I Cross My Heart (George Strait) (Peter’s Horn Arrangement ONLY, © 2011; Peter on all horns: 1 Trombone & 2 Flugelhorns) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  22. Ob-la-di, Ob-lad-da (Beatles remake) – from The Spitzbuam’s album “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah” (Peter on Trumpet-including solo, Trombone; song & horn Arrangement–© 2011) *middle horn soli section borrowed from Paul Simon’s song ‘Late in the Evening’–written by Dave Grusin // Peter J Blume's Songs
  23. You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry remake) – from The Spitzbuam; “Sechs, Bier, und Rockin’ Um-Pah” (Peter on Trumpet & horn Arrangement–© 2011) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  24. Summertime (Gershwin tune) – Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live 5/2003) (Peter on Trumpet-including solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  25. Dolphin Dance (Herbie Hancock tune) – Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live 5/2003) (Peter on Trumpet-including solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  26. Come Together (Beatles remake) Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live) (Peter on Trumpet) // Peter J Blume's Songs