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18 July 2020

Peter records Horns onto Dave Casale’s new album!

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As you probably noticed an uncharacteristically lack of activity on the 2020 “Performance Schedule” page of my website, the recent Covid-19 pandemic has seriously impacted (clamped!) my LIVE music gigs (as it has too for EVERY other musician). Fortunately though, throughout this whole ‘shelter in place’ time-period, I have been able to stay musically busy in other ways—with several recording session projects, which has sparked me to remain musically active, interested, & motivated

Peter Writes & Records Horns onto Dave Casale’s New Album!

Dave Casale is a very talented singer / songwriter & guitarist, & an all-around really great guy! I got to know Dave more while he was releasing his 1st album called “Terms of the Surrender” back in 2018. Like most of the artists I get to work with, Dave has a very ‘retro’ sound—easily recognizable as having been heavily influenced by such artists as Elvis Costello, the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, etc. He has a very down-to-earth & comedic personality. He often reminds me of someone like say Drew Carey (even beyond maybe the slight facial expression resemblances)—he’s very likeable, and his humble personality & quirky sense-of-humor really translates well into the clever observations he makes within the lyric lines of his songs. 

As Dave rolled right away into working on his 2nd album (which he titled “Burning the Masterpiece”), he approached me about possibly adding some horns onto 1 of the tunes. I was happy to oblige him, and so “Let the Drinking Begin” happened. If you can imagine the commoner’s ultimate anthem for raising a glass and making a ‘toast to the good life’, this is that song! For it, my horn lines consist basically of 2 trumpets & a flugelhorn. Dave was so pleased with the outcome, that he threw me another tune: “West Texas”—which is likely my favorite of the 3 songs that I wound up working on for him on this album. To me it has a very ‘Tex/Mex-meets-Chuck Berry’ kind of feel—very similar to the typical sound of bands like ‘Los Lobos’: definitely ‘old time’ rock-n-roll, but with some accordion, cajon rhythms, & mariachi style horn lines thrown in to the mix. For that tune, I again played several trumpets & this time, also a trombone..

For the final ‘horn tune’ of the album—“All of My Tears”—Dave was looking for more of a “Stax Records” ‘old school’ kind of sound—on this again original composition of his. This would obviously require some saxophone input injected into my horn lines, and so I recruited the help of a longtime very talented bandmate of mine—Smithtown, Long Island based Frank Miroddi—to achieve that sound. Frank very capably added both the tenor & bari sax parts that I wrote; I again played several trumpet parts as well as a trombone on it. This song was featured ‘on the air’ of a Westchesterbased Local Artist Showcase broadcast, on 107.1FM ‘The Peak’ radio station. One of the immediate observations I had was—that right smack in the middle of EVERYONE ELSE putting out songs that were desperately trying to somehow sound ‘new’, here was Dave’s tune—comfortably & refreshingly just a ‘throw back’ to an ‘older time’—with a very big & fat sound! It was like running into an old long-lost friend again! And it just goes to show that ‘good’ music—is really timeless. ‘Stax Records’ for sure, but also maybe even some ‘Huey Lewis & the News’…

Dave is a busy man—already rolling right into working on a 3rd album!—which sonically, he tells me will likely be a bit more ‘acoustic’ in overall nature. And so I may also wind up having a credit there as well—as he requested I try to find a single (possibly muted) trumpet-line on one of his tune’s for it called “Together”. I’ve already presented him with 3 possible trumpet-line options for it…so we’ll see. 

But so Dave has also introduced me to the music producer he has been working with—Grammy nominated Frank Enea—and I have since already been doing some session-work for him directly as well. Stay tuned for info to follow regarding that collaboration as well.

In the meantime, please see the  “Music–>Sound Clips” header of my website for samples of what I did on these 3 songs for Dave. “Burning the Masterpiece” is available everywhere (Amazon, i-Tunes, Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, etc). 

Congrats to Dave Casale on this, his sophomore release achievement!

-PjB 

7/2020

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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. Falling Free – from Frank Enea & the Crooked Hearts EP “Melting Pop” © 2020. Peter on all horns: trumpets, trombone & horn arrangement // Peter J Blume's Songs
  20. High Tide – from Frank Enea & the Crooked Hearts EP “Melting Pop” © 2020. Peter on all muted trumpets & horn arrangement // Peter J Blume's Songs
  21. 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
  22. Let the Drinking Begin – from Dave Casale’s album “Burning the Masterpiece”, © 2020 (Peter on all Trumpets, Flugelhorn & Horn Arrangement) // Dave Casale - Burning the Masterpiece
  23. All of My Tears – from Dave Casale’s album “Burning the Masterpiece”, © 2020 (Peter on all Trumpets, Trombone & Horn Arrangement) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  24. West Texas – from Dave Casale’s album “Burning the Masterpiece”, © 2020 (Peter on all Trumpets, Trombone, & Horn Arrangement) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. Summertime (Gershwin tune) – Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live 5/2003) (Peter on Trumpet-including solo) // Peter J Blume's Songs
  30. 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
  31. Come Together (Beatles remake) Yuko Uchida & Friends “Soundbridge at the Wainwright House” (live) (Peter on Trumpet) // Peter J Blume's Songs