Archive | January, 2013

Steve’s first album

19 Jan

Steve has recorded his first album and his older brother John is working on distribution.

A little history:  Steve is our youngest – born in October of 1977, Stephen Austin Bresnik was born right here in Escondido. We call him Steve. He started playing the guitar about twenty-five years ago. He also played the drums and the bass.  He was not academically comfortable, so he didn’t do well in academic subjects. He marched to a different drummer and is a true artist. Music is his first love and if you love to do something, you’ll become very good at it.  He’s very good at making music.

In keeping with the Escondido theme, he recorded this album at a recording studio right here in the old section of Escondido. He booked five days and spent eight to nine hours a day producing his art.  His high-school buddy Adam Hammill was his technical advisor. He has a degree in recording arts from the University of Southern California and he knows his stuff. So, between Steve’s music and Adam’s technical skills you will hear some first class rock and roll, unless it’s called something else these days.  I have a hard time defining the various musical genres.  Mine was easy… 50s style jazz piano. But, I’m not exactly sure what style Steve is playing.

At any rate — as you know, I’ve been playing a contemporary style of piano music since 1955 and I worked with professionals in the music business for nine years. And, I’ve been listening to music with a critical ear for about sixty years. So, I fancy myself a bit of an expert regarding the degree of professional skill required to produce good musical selections.  After listening to Steve’s album a few times, I would say that it is at a very high level of musicality… in other words… it’s fantastic.

Steve wrote the music, wrote the lyrics, did the arranging, sang, played the various guitar voices and played the bass lines. That’s a lot of stuff for one guy to do well. The fact that he does it well suggests to me that he is destined for success in the music business. The old saying “after twenty years of hard work, he became an overnight success” may apply to Steve — I think it will.

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Steve and Adam in the recording studio - December 28, 2012

Steve (left) and Adam in the recording studio – December 28, 2012

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For his live performance work he has put together a group of musicians who live here in town. Adam on drums, Tom Henry on bass and Chris Miller on guitar. Steve will also play guitar and sing.

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John, Steve and Adam checking out the retro guitar amp

John, Steve and Adam checking out the retro guitar amp

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This evening the live band performed at a friend’s home in Moreno Valley – that’s about an hour north of here. This will be their first performance in a public setting and I expect the first of many. Adam has some good connections; Johnny (in Brooklyn) has connections and I have a few. So, between the three of us, we hope to see EARDRUM GLUTTONY become a working band. A video guy took footage of their performance this evening, so a video will be forthcoming on YouTube.

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Steve and John having a good laugh...

Steve and John having a good laugh…

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So, where’s the music?  Here it is:  http://www.eardrumgluttony.com. The site was designed and produced by brother John – photos taken by Steve’s cousin Sandra Smullen. Steve is going to use the stage name “Steve Austin” which is a great name and also happens to be his middle name.

So, as Steve Lawrence sang to Eydie Gorme many years ago… “This could be the start of something big”….  yes, it could be.

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"... what up next...?"

I think I’ll change that to a Gm7-5

All for now…

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brez

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