MR. MAX’S MESSAGE
– JUNE 2010
There was something strange about playing
at Carmelita’s Roast. Host Dave Tree called Carm up to the stage and
had her sit in a big comfy chair right at the beginning of the show.
Usually this would happen when the roast portion of the show would start.
So, when I got introduced to play, Carm was already sitting on the stage—and
throughout my half-hour set she sat behind me in total view of the audience.
It was one of those times when I wish I had had eyes behind my head.
I probably would have excused Carm from having to sit in the spotlight
with no one to talk to and the only thing for her to look at was my
butt because the spotlights basically made the audience invisible. But
those situations just happen sometimes. When I play at the Byfield Community
Arts Center (7 Central Street, Byfield, MA) on Saturday, June 12, I
will not have anyone sitting behind me on stage.
WHY DO WE GO TO
The first press has come in since I
started mailing out Why Do We Go to War? to the media. It’s
run in the Georgetown Record
by Sally Applegate. This online version is shorter than the piece that
ran in print.
In July I will publish a review of
my CD in the Noise. Trying to be fair, I found someone totally
detached from the Noise, a friend of a friend of a friend, to
do the review. This impressive writer, Marc Levy, was an infantry medic
during the Vietnam War. That’s all I’ll say for now.
T MAX BIO
As an active musician
since the age of 14, T Max has played on stage with Pete Seeger, Carley
Simon, Gary Cherone, Kate Taylor, Bleu, Peter Moore. He is also known
for publishing the Noise, a fanzine dedicated to New England
music for the past 30 years. The Noise has been recognized
by the Boston Phoenix as one of the most important elements of
Boston’s music scene. The Improper Bostonian
called T Max one of the most influential people in Boston music.
As a founding member
of Boston Rock Opera he performed in Jesus Christ Superstar,
Preservation (the Kinks), Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
(the Beatles), A Quick One (the Who), S.F. Sorrow (the
Pretty Things), and a live performance tribute called Project Eno.
He has now written his own folk-rock opera Why Do We Go to War?
In 15 songs he tells the story of a newlywed couple dealing with the
moral dilemmas that are inherent in war.
Combining his anti-war
stance with music did not suddenly materialize. Back in 1995 he formed
the band Max and released the 10-song CD Ride the Dove, an ode
to peace. Then during the Iraq War, he gathered 44 vocalists and a star-studded
13-piece band to record “End War Now.” The recording rose to #1
on Neil Young’s Living with War chart, a compilation of over
2,800 songs. Sgt. Maxwell’s Peace Chorus, an 11-piece semi-theatrical
ensemble, staged peace shows around the Northeast, and released the
Military EP. They performed at venues ranging from the Middle East
to the Boston Common. Now as a solo artist he recorded the entirety
of Why Do We Go to War? The debut live performance of the entire
CD was held at Northeastern University.
T Max says, “My intent
with this project is to open the eyes of the people who are afraid or
unable to look at the reality of war.” Here are some of the quotes
that helped him shape the sentiment behind Why Do We Go to War?
Nothing will end war unless the people
themselves refuse to go to war. ~ Albert Einstein
He who accepts evil without protesting
against it is really cooperating with it. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Whenever you are confronted with an
opponent. Conquer him with love.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
It is my conviction that killing under
the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. ~ Albert Einstein
War should be made a crime, and those
who instigate it should be punished as criminals. ~ Charles Evans Hughes
(1916 presidential candidate)
I destroy my enemies when I make them
my friends. ~ Abraham Lincoln
The world is a dangerous place, not
because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do
nothing. ~ Albert Einstein
An eye for eye only ends up making
the whole world blind. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Our lives begin to end the day we become
silent about things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
to learn more about
T Max and his projects visit
T Max/the Noise
24 Beverly Drive
Georgetown, MA 01833