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My Music
I have always been in love with music. I generally lean toward folk, alternative, grunge, ska, and some heavier stuff as well. I enjoy music with words the most, as that I love to sing along. But purely instrumental music is great too. Insofar as what I play myself is concerned, I write for what I am feeling. As such many of my songs are about relationships bewteen people, and the plight of life. This page will provide you with some links to my favorite artists, and tell a little about why. And then you can check out my music, if you dare. I love making it, but its really not 'all that'. Hahah.

Bands/Artists/Musicians I thoroughly enjoy:

The Indigo Girls - Nick's most favorite band of all time The Indigo Girls My former friend, Danielle, first made me aware of the IGs. This was in high school. I didn't know much about them at the time, other than hearing thier only hit single, "Closer To Fine". I admit that I didn't really have any opinion on them whatsoever, but I wanted to like them because she loved them so. And whether it was through that connection, or the connection it has brought me to with so many other very influential people in my life - or just the fact that they sing from the heart, and their words speak to me... they have become my most favorite band of all time. I have seen them live approximately 30 times, and I am always blown away. I even have Amy Ray's autograph that I waited in line with Kate and Chelsea for. My dream is to have the Tree House Charlatans open up for them, so I can hang with these two amazing women who have changed my life.
Tool - Nick's other most favorite band of all time! Tool When I tell people that my two most favorite bands are the Indigo Girls and Tool, they often look at me like I have two heads. The truth is that I like Tool for the very same reason that I like the IGs. Maynard writes very serious and thoughtful lyrics that mean something to me. Granted, they are considerably more dark than the folky lyrics of the girls. But its not just some screamo band where the lyrics take a back seat to the "music". The musical quality is second to none, and they have such driving rhythms and complexity that its hard not to love.
Leonard Cohen - Has been one of Nic's most favorute musicians of all time, since he heard the soundtrack to Pump Up The Volume Leonard Cohen I first heard Leonard Cohen in the movie "Pump Up The Volume" - a movie which seemed to mirror my life and what I was feeling at the time. I fell in love with "Everybody Knows" and "If It Be Your Will" because they spoke to my cynical side of youth - confused and ready to give myself to the darkness of life. I got the soundtrack, but it was Concrete Blonde who sang "Everybody Knows"... and it wasn't until my mom's friend, Burnadette helped me to discover the truth... and lead me to LC. The rest is history... his music became the soundtrack to my life and many of the amazing adventures I have had throughout the years. I was so incredibly fortunate to get to see him last year, finally, for the first time. My closest friends were there with me and it was an incredible show. I will never forget it.
Bob Dylan - A musical influence to just about everyone on the planet - and certainly one of Nick's Bob Dylan How can you not love Bob Dylan? He has so many songs that are so introspective, its hard to not relate in some way. "Tangled Up In Blue" and the "Hurricane" have special places in my heart as that they defined amazing times in my life. But, there are many other songs that really move me too. I've seen Mr. Dylan play about 5 times and he always makes me smile. He is also the only musician who I have seen with my whole family. Granted, the woman sitting next to us had a seizure and kind of ruined the moment, but she's alright, and the show went on. Probably traumatized my poor little sister though ;)
The Cure - a band introduced to Nick by Danielle - which then became the soundtrack to our friendship The Cure "Pictures of You" is probably my most favorite song of all time. It holds so much meaning to me that I can't even begin to describe it. The Cure was also one of Danielle's favorite bands, and so they always remind me of her - which puts me in a trance-like state anyways. But they have such solid, kind of depressing songs that mean so much if you just listen. Brilliant stuff.
Ani DiFranco - Just an amazing musicican and lyricist who Nick loves Ani DiFranco I have listened to Ani for many years, but it wasn't until recently that I really fell in love with her music. Her lyrical composition is amazing. BUt the way she can wail away on a guitar is just mezmorizing. The combination of both makes for some really incredible music that I like more every time I hear it.
Pink Floyd - A college soundtrack of Nick's Pink Floyd I kind of missed the whole era of Pink Floyd. But for many reasons, they were a HUGE part of my freshman year at UMass. "The Division Bell" marked just about every day and rings out in my head as the defining soundtrack to those years. So many great memories are associated with them. I admit that I really didn't get too far into their older stuf until later in life, but it was a realization that was worth the wait.
Pearl Jam - became famous at a specific point in Nick's life, and became a staple of his music collection Pearl Jam When Pearl Jam first came out, they were an instant success... I loved "Ten", their first album. Who didn't? But then more and more albums came out. Their musical style has changed over the years - and though it sometimes took some listening to fully apprciate their new style, it was always good in the end. I recently started listening to "Ten" again... and I gotta tell ya... that album never gets old. They were so raw and fierce then. That album is probably my most favorite album of all time. If not, at least its in the top 3. Gotta get their new one... and fall in love with that too.

Friend's Bands & Music
I am currently in the process of compiling all of the recordings known to man of all of my fiends' bands and music. Once it is ready, I will unleash it upon the world. Check back to see and hear...

The Tree House Charlatans - Nick's band The Tree House Charlatans This is "my" band. "My" because its really not. I am just an addition, and one who does not particularly play in it. I am just the sound guy. But I do other things too. We are an ecclectic group of musicians - a Didgeridoo, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, banjo and some killer hand-drumming which amounts to what we lovingly call "Didgeridoograss". We are young band, but are moving up - playing out and getting a name for ourselves. Stay tuned!
The Big Ol' Dirty Bucket - The best funk band in New England... and probably the world! Big Ol' Dirty Bucket BODB is a wildly popular funk band on the North Shore. It also happens to be populated with a few of my good friends. These guys (and girl) are going places. Their music is so moving, you can't help but dance to it. If you have never seen them live, you really should! You are missing out.
  Liquid Plaid Plaid is a now-defunct band which consisted of a couple of close friends from high school. I was their biggest groupie (though KtK would contest this). They were rising in the ranks of local bands, and then things went south. But their music still holds a very special place in my heart. You can see some of their performances on my YouTube page...
  My Trick Knee Though many of the folks who were in My Trick Knee would probably protest this sentiment now, this was one of the most amzing bands I have ever had the good fortune to be friends with. It was definitely a different sound with flutes, hand drumming and female vocals. Not your average college band. They had a good run, but were young and ambitious... and eventually broke up. Tragedy. I have their last show on video, and there were many tears. Its really touching.
  Socks Malone A couple of my good friends who were in My Trick Knee went on to establish Socks Malone with Rob and Cassie. Oh, Cassie. Her voice destroyed me. Their song, "Every Hour" puts me in a place I can't describe. I have often put it on, full volume, to help me relax and center myself. The 'studio' version has some amazing guitar from Rob, and just incredible instrumentation in general. In fact... I think I am going to go and listen to that right now...
  The Tymes  
  Corn Husky  

My Music
I pretty much only play my guitar when I make music. But I have a bass, hand drums, an electric guitar, a uke, and various other instruments I could play too. Its just that I am most comfortable on my guitar - which is really saying something - cuz I'm really not all that comfortable on it at all. But its fun, and I enjoy it. I have included my two 'music videos' below for your entertainment (watch out MTV!). Otherwise, many of these songs are VERY old, and are one what I consider to be my 'first album', and haven't been sung since. But I do still write songs from time to time, and sometimes come up with something cool - which I will share, if I do. I'm currently working on a song called "260-Some-Odd Days", so we'll see if I get that done someday...

Origin Song Name Description
Inward Inertia Cover #2 1. Intro A quick little intro to my first album. Just kind of spoken word
Inward Inertia Cover #2 2. UNspoken Word This was originally written as a poem for this girl, Christine, who I had met through a friend (Jess) at the Amherst Brewing Company. She was actually Jess' roommate. I was so blown away by this girl... I can still remember it. But we were peripheral friends at best, and apparently, she had a boyfriend elsewhere and she was moving soon. It was more or less destined to never be, yet I longed for it more than usual. By some random coincidence, I ended up driving Jess home one night - so she didn't have to drive drunk - and ended up having to crash at her place. The coincidence wasn't that - and in fact, Christine was gone for the weekend. The coincidence was that Jess deemed the best place for me to sleep was in Christine's bed, which happened to be made up almost exactly how my own was... same pillows, and the exact same blue fleece blanket... It was like I was at home. Which made it all that much more surreal and awesome. She disappeared soon thereafter and I have not seen her since. Too bad. for me.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 3. I'll Find You Dreams. Sweet dreams are made of these... but really, who am I to disagree? Wish I wrote that line... no, this is about, well, Pearl. Its really about the dreams I would have of her - nothing perverted or anything - but of how I would find her at night, even though we lived so far apart. It is also kind of a re-telling of how she came to be in my life. She has always had this almost etherial position in my mind, not quite real, but real enough that she lives in my most vivid and happy dreams. This was also my first official foray into using an electric guitar for backup.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 4. Icarus Icarus is the most recent song that I have written. I REALLY like it. It employs many more allusions and references than my other songs, but I think its mostly because I wrote my first ever bass-line for this song and really dig it. This song is also about Pearl, but was written at a moment when I had lost sight of the goal, and when I had felt betrayed by her and her love. I was down on my luck and feeling like I had been tossed to the wind, after everything I had done. It felt like I had gotten too close, and as a result of my haste, I suffered the consequences of it and was now wrapped up in emotional turmoil, that had really brought on myself. It basically says it how I feel it - that I would give her anything and everything, but even I have my break points and will fall to my death if I am totally disregarded.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 5. First Hellos & Final Good-byes This is a song I wrote about the last interaction I had with my very dear friend, Danielle. She and I were nearly inseperable in high school. I loved her with everything I had. She meant so much to me - so much more than just a normal friend. We had so many great adventures together, but then one day - after I had been away at college for a couple of years - our epic friendship just ended. I don't know what it was that had happened, just that she made it very clear to me that all bets were off. Being someone who doesn't give up so easily on love and friendship, I stopped by her work one day when I was home. We didn't exchange words, only glances. I ended up leaving her a long letter on her car which asked why such a great friendship had to end like that... which was answered by the police a few hours later. She had asked them to call me and tell me to never make contact with her again. And I didn't, give for one final attempt, 12 years later when she showed up on Facebook. I figured that if she was putting herself out there, that that gave me at least some "in". But my attempt was rejected without even the slightest explanation as to why. So I was left with only one way to get my sorrow out - write a song about it.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 6. I Was Wrong After experiening the same kind of loss after break-ups with girls, I decided to write a song about how it was obviously a mistake on my part for having trusted them and how, despite the hurt it brought with their betrayal, that I still wanted to be friends with them. This is a going theme in my life, yet nearly none of the girls in question have had enough gaul to attempt friendship. Only the strong have survived, girls like Justine and Melissa - and therefore, this song is TOTALLY NOT about them. Its about everyone else that, well... I was apparently wrong about.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 7. The Grind - part 1 I never got a around to finishing this series, though two other parts were planned out. The Grind is about exactly that... the daily grind. MY daily grind. I wanted to express a day in my life through music... mostly techno-style music as that my days are mostly chaotic and well-orchestrated. I also give a little hats-off to the Matrix in this song, and a reference to one of our favorite lines from that movie. And it also features my old Subaru and it's infamous valve-lifter problem. But it was what was happening at that point in my life, at least for the morning. I do still plan on doing an "afternoon" and a "night"... so many ideas, so little time.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 8. Better Friends Better Friends is about a relationship that wasn't my own. And I wrote it from the girl's point of view. Granted, I embellished the details a bit for the sake of the story, but the overall point was there and I think it describes the situation well. I can't remember if I played that for either of the people involved - seeing as I am still friends with both of them - but I think I would like to at some point. The message of the song though, is that - as I believe - to make any relationship successful, you need to be friends as well as lovers. And generally speaking, if you dont establish that early on, it only becomes harder and harder to do so as teh relationship progresses, and sadly, is usually the demise of the relationship. This is one of the songs that I wrote for the Indigo Girls to play, if only because I would love to hear it sung by a woman - and could easily be adapted to be about a woman as well... :)
Inward Inertia Cover #2 9. The Fortune Teller I'm not entirely sure where I was in life when I wrote this. I think I was probably trying to find myself and having people try to tell me who I was, like, as in, tell me who they wanted me to be. I have never subscribed to a mentality where anyone but me tells me who I should be, and so it is a relatively foreign concept to me that people can be lead like that. But, at the same time, I know that only focusing on youself makes for a shallow and distant person. This song is really just a story about how I have defined myself, though "I" don't appear as the focus of the song. It's kind of just a song with a moral to it.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 10. Follow Me Yeah, this is that other gay song that I wrote for Chelsea. I wrote it after hanging out with her for the first time - alone - and it makes references to that day and things we talked about. I really liked her and despite the problems we had, it was a fun relationship that I do definitely miss from time to time. This was my promise to her that I would take care of her should she choose to stay with me. But, like I say, it's gay and is WAY too long.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 11. ResponsiBULL We all have responsibilities in our lives. Things we need to take care of, places we need to go, jobs, school, and generally living. I wrote this song admist a small period when I had virtually none of these. I was kind of living in a bubble, out in Sunderland. It was a weird mix between no responsibility and the most responsibility ever - meaning that while I lacked the everyday responsibilities, I had others that were more obscure, like the need to find some normal ones. I dunno... it's hard to explain. But this is my first "Rap" song ever, and it was my way of breaking away from the norm and trying something else. It addresses my life as it was, as others tried to help me define it, outcomes that would never happen and the final conclusions that I drew once I had thought it all through. It's interesting. I won't say that it's a good song... I wrote and recorded it in one afternoon... but it's at least different.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 12. Day at a Time I wrote this song amidst some problems I was having with Chelsea. It's REALLY gay. I admit it. Only slightly more gay than "Follow Me" - the other song I wrote for her. But all throughout our relationship, she always expected me to know the answers to everything. And try as I might, I am certainly not perfect, nor do I (or can I) know all teh answers to all things... It was a real problem for us because she wouldn't even attempt to come up with an answer herself and it eventually destroyed us. But I wrote this song after one particularly revealing argument which she basically spelled it all out for me - that she was unable to face things because she was scared of being hurt. I understand that sentiment, though I don't subscribe to it myself. I think everyone understands that though, we all just have our different ways of dealing with it. And that's what this song is about. How to deal with the prospect of making the wrong choice and being hurt by it, one day at a time...
Inward Inertia Cover #2 13. Social Blasphemy I used to live in this house that used to be part of a nightclub called the Vertex (and Katina's). We had old payphones and urinals in the basement. It was a huge, but pretty much totally disgusting house. It was situated right on route 9, the main throughway for the Pioneer Valley, and right across the street from the former "Dead Mall", a tombstone engraver, a liquor store, and a Burger King. My bedroom window boasted a nearly perfect view of these establishments and my computer (where I do my recording) was set up facing that window. All day and night long, I would sit there watching countless hoards of people drive by and started to realize the monotony and herd-mentality of people on the whole. I had been listening to Leonard Cohen for quite some time at that point, so my musical tastes followed suit, and so this song is a very dark stab into an ideal where people have forgotten themselves and instead pay hommage to "their neon gods". It's short, but - I think - to the point.
Inward Inertia Cover #2 14. Old Dog, New Tricks When I wrote this riff, it became my most favorite of all time... most likely because I haven't written really any others. It is the basis for my song, "I Was Wrong", but has been just a jam tune for me to try new things and practice others. It's nothing special, and in all reality, I could probably destroy it now, again, with all that I have learned since I recorded THIS version. But anyways, here it is, in all it's splory and glendor.


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