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Yet another cover of an "early years" Becker and Fagen song that I always enjoyed.
Down time in the studio has it's benefits.

JT : Vocals, Guitar, Programming
Joe Gioglio : Electric guitar and solo
Recorded at Suburban Hermit Studios, ...

Words and Music © by Walter Becker ans Donald Fagen
UNIVERSAL-MCA MUSIC PUBLIS OBO UNIVERSAL - MCA MUSIC PUBL

A live, piano-vocal of George Harrison's philosophical song "World Of Stone".
Recorded at Sonic Underground Studios, Stony Brook, NY in 1998.
This can also be found on the Tabacco CD "Dryer Than You'll Ever Be"

Words and Music © 1975 by George Harrison
Published by Wixen Music Publishing

A beautiful, rather obscure ballad written by Brian Wilson. This cover was done in 2013 at Suburban Hermit Studios II. The song always brings up specific memories for me at a time when things were looking bleak. Not much has changed.

Another Zappa record I found hiding in my closet and of course great memories came flooding back to me so I thought I'd share them as well as my musical take on this mid 70's masterpiece.

This video exists for no other reason then I found this vinyl record hiding in a box in my closet and the smell of it brought back great memories. Thought I'd share those memories as well as my astute musical take on this particular Frank Zappa classic from the late 70's.

Words and Music © 1994 by John Tabacco
Recorded at Sonic Underground Studios, Stony Brook, NY

Guitarist Anthony Pomes from the group Mostly Moptop shows us how to re-create the slide guitar solo found on the Beatles' song "For You Blue".

In the afternoon I make one vegetable drink to keep me going through the day. This is how I do it.

For those of you who hate songs over 8 minutes, here's a severe edit of Don McLean's "American Pie".

A little walk through my house in 2013 with music by Tabacco, Dexter and DiMauro from the CD Gateways.
https://johntabacco.bandcamp.com/album/tabacco-dexter-dimauro-gateways

Dream Vacation © 1995 by Dexter, Tabacco and DiMauro
Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC) / Anti-sinister Music

Fragments from a man's mind as he is losing oxygen with a plastic bag over his head chasing and whipping his own absurdity.

Scraps © 1992 by John Tabacco - Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC)

This is the theme song Susan DeVita and I wrote for our radio program (CLAM RADIO). We air live at WUSB studios at the State University of Stony Brook, NY. Listen to us on alternate Thursdays from 9:30am - 11:00am as we spin all types of things that shake up the air waves and on occasion hold interviews with all sorts of talented folk. To listen online go to www.wusb.fm On terrestrial radio check us out at 90.1FM. Can ya dig it? Friend us on facebook if you dare : https://www.facebook.com/pages/CLAM-R...

Official website : http://johntabacco1.wix.com/clam-radio This music is available here for download https://johntabacco.bandcamp.com/trac...
Words, music and performance © 2008 by John Tabacco and Susan DeVita
Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC) / Mr. Chichooli Music (SESAC)

From the CD It Wuz & Still Iz Late Octobra.
Words and Music © 2003 by John Tabacco
Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC)
Available for download at : https://johntabacco.bandcamp.com/trac...

STOP THE WAR (GOTTA GIVE IT UP)

Stop the war
Stop the war right now
Stop the war (gotta give it up)
Stop the war - Stop the war right now
Stop the war (gotta give it up)

Human figures shrouded in a cloud of smoke and fire
I can barely make them out but I can hear them cry
My good conscience tells me that these actions aren’t right
As I watch in disbelief with a bowl of popcorn by my side

Stop the war
Stop the war right now
Stop the war (gotta give it up)
Stop the war - Stop the war right now
Stop the war (gotta give it up)

A land of history straight through the ages
where the cradle of civilization may have bloomed
Is now a pile of dust shattered by a wave of base intentions
As I ponder this so safe inside my room

Stop the war
Stop the war right now
Stop the war (gotta give it up)
Stop the war - Stop the war right now
Stop the war (gotta give it up)

This military jones
This greed for wealth and power is a dead end street
And there’s no turning back
Like many organized religions, this need to have control
Is a sure fire way to keep a war intact and
Cloud all the facts...

Stop the war
Stop the war right now
Stop the war (gotta give it up) etc...

credits
From the CD: It Wuz & Still Iz Late Octobra
JT : Vocals, Programming, Guitar
https://johntabacco.bandcamp.com/track/stop-the-war-gotta-give-it-up

This eleven minute work entitled "Reasonable House Mates" is composed for bassoon, piano, vibes, clarinet and flute. Each instrument is a representation (in my mind) of the five musical house mates I share my living space with. Though each member of the house hold is distinctly different, the group still manages to pull together when disaster strikes i.e. landlord threats, utility bills due, personal social problems etc. The work is loosely made up of six sections. They are: l - (0:00) Reasonable introduction of the five instruments spewing forth the basic theme. ll - (3:44) Bassoon has the floor. lll - (4:56) Cat Spying Hocket. lV - (6:26)) New Age contemplations and let downs, V - (8:30) Back to work realizations (re-cap of basic theme). Vl - (9:12) Emotional crisis, frantic theme variations and superficial happy ending.

Music © 1996 by John Tabacco
Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC)
Composed January 1996 and painstakingly programmed using Studio Vision 1.4 and Sample Cell. Quantizing was not employed.
JT : Painstaking programming
Recorded at Sonic Underground Studios, Stony Brook, NY
Recording medium : Pro Tools™ Mixing console : TAC Scorpion

Here I am testing out the Canon Elf camera with a live version of a song about an asteroid strike. The original recording of which can be found on my CD "Tell Me Why Then!".

Back in 1997 my friend Bob and I were concerned about the possibility of an asteroid or some huge object hitting the planet. Most of the people around us just laughed at our so called doomsday scenario, especially when we suggested the government should try to put some money towards building some type of device that might save us from this kind of disaster. At the very least have an early warning system to catch these rogue objects. 22 years later we are still in the infant stages to thwart these sneaky objects but at least more people are taking this earthly threat seriously.

Words amd Music © 1997 by John Tabacco
Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC)

Sometimes it's the simple things in life...
Waltzing Through The Pinwheel Field Music
Music © 1994 by John Tabacco Re-master 2012

A somewhat hopeful song from the Tabacco CD "Patience, my boy". Also available on the collection "Suburban Hermit" https://johntabacco.bandcamp.com/trac...

Music and Lyrics © by John Tabacco and Susan DeVita
Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC) - Mr. Chichooli Music (SESAC)
Recorded at Suburban Hermit Studios 2, Stony Brook, NY
JT : Lead vocal, acoustic guitar, programming, recording
Susan DeVita : Vocals
Steve Briody : Electric guitars

I always enjoyed this melody. You can put it into different harmonic settings and still retain the essence of the tune. While testing out a new sequencer program I came up with this arrangement. Simultaneously, the TV in the background was broadcasting something about a fairly large asteroid approaching Earth but missing us by a million miles. The potential for disaster is always a second away. Kind of puts things into perspective. Fortunately, music making is a perfect distraction from such possibilities.
This audio for this arrangement can be found here: https://johntabacco.bandcamp.com/album/silent-night-not-for-long

There is a reason why Paul McCartney is the most successful composer in pop music. He knows how to write a great hook. Don't take my word for it. Listen up.

Phil Austin passed away on June 19th. He along with his three brothers formed the Firesign Theatre. They transformed audio comedy into art. Here are a few characters and or voices Phil created in the Firesign Theatre canon. Brilliant stuff and funny.

Two moments of time, related only by my presence in both of them. Who cares? The music is an excerpt from a piece called "Suspended Memories" by Tabacco, Dexter and DiMauro. It can be found on the CD "Gateways" © 1995.

The instrumental "Cry A Jag / Pilloweese" is set to various photographs I've taken over the years using a Canon Powershot SD 1000 camera. The music can be down loaded here : https://johntabacco.bandcamp.com/trac...
Music © 2009 by John Tabacco
Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC)

This live drum piece is made up of two guitar ideas I had lying around for years. The drums were done off the top of my head with a basic concept of form pre-determined. From there I used my typical fill in the pieces kind of approach. Cry A Jag seems to be based on an idea that is a cross between Paul McCartney’s Blackbird guitar part and the bouncy tag that can be found on Steely Dan’s song Turn That Heartbeat Over Again. The second half, Pilloweese is based on a melody and guitar chord sequence I came up with in the early 90’s. Most probably around the time I came up with the guitar part for the Brian Rivera song, Hey Hey Paula. It’s a cross between Frank Zappa’s acoustic rarity Sleep Dirt and some Brian Wilson chords as well. Around 2006 I sang the idea into my laptop and sent it over for Susan DeVita to finish. Although she did play around with the idea, we never pursued it. Instead we focused on more commercial ideas like "Nobody Says Sweetheart Anymore".

JT : Drums, Guitar, Keyboards

I commissioned the brilliant composer Anita Brown to write a big band arrangement of my song "Space In My Heart" found here in it's original version :
https://johntabacco.bandcamp.com/track/space-in-my-heart

This was the first and so far the only full performance I've been able to get with a big band. Warts and all, you can still hear what a beautiful arrangement Ms. Brown came up with.
Many thanks to Tom Manuel and all the fine musicians from the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, NY, for allowing me the opportunity to hear this work. More to come. - JT

Music © 1991 by John Tabacco
Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC)
This arrangement © 2014 by Anita Brown

Singing Lobsters in a fish tank with their claws tied up yearning...
Very silly.

A song off my CD: Suburban Hermit. Just another observation from someone who knows nothing. The minimalist production made it hard to sing to but I enjoyed the challenge. Words and Music © 2011 by John Tabacco
Published by It Iz What It Iz Music (SESAC)

HANGING BY A THREAD

We’re all hanging by a thread but still we weave our lives together
Though some day we will be dead some believe there’s something better
So we go on and play our games
So we fill the closet with campaigns of pointless dogma and refrains
that laugh at us each time the closet opens
But we can take a pill for that

We’re all hanging by a thread but still we weave our lives together
Though some day we will be dead some believe there’s something better
So we go on and make our plans in the scheme of things and then
we tend to worry about the future till it’s over
And all that wasted time was spent for something you could not prevent
But pretty soon they will invent a pill for that

Doesn’t really matter when you take a vow to live your life and see it through
The nature of the universe is moving onward within and without you
This I’m told is truth

We’re all hanging by a thread but still we weave our lives together
Though some day we will be dead some believe there’s something better
So we go on and entertain
Paint the closet
Hide the stain
Just ignore the pain
Keep the closet bolted

That’s why we have a pill for that!

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Videos from some of John Tabacco's compositions.

Tabacco has released many CDs. All of which are interconnected and free wheeling. They can be found here:

www.johntabacco.bandcamp.com