Mr. Max’s Message 9/10

MR. MAX’S MESSAGE – September 2010 WHY DO WE GO TO WAR? CD RELEASE & THE NOISE 30th ANNIVERSARY PARTY The CD release party for Why Do We Go to War? is becoming a reality. Willie “Loco” Alexander and Barbara Koen are opening for me on Saturday, September 18, at the Blackburn Performing Arts in Gloucester. This show is also being billed as the first Noise 30th Anniversary Party. I say “first” because we are planning to have one each … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message 7/10

MR. MAX’S MESSAGE – July 2010   WHY DO WE GO TO WAR? The response is already coming in from the review of Why Do We Go to War? that was published in the summer double issue of the Noise. Marc “Doc” Levy, a Vietnam vet, was asked by a friend of mine to review my CD. I have never met Marc and after reading the review I’m not sure if Marc would ever want to meet me. The review … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message 6/10

MR. MAX’S MESSAGE – JUNE 2010 CARM’S ROAST 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 … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message 5/10

MR. MAX’S MESSAGE – MAY 2010 WHY DO WE GO TO WAR? By the time this is published I will have the CD Why Do We Go To War? in my hands. I went with Ken Cmar at Wonderdrug for the manufacturing of the disc. He has a brand spankin’ new CD duplicator and he’s spreading the word that his new hi-tech diskinator (my term, not his) does a higher quality job than the older ones. I’m already getting the … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message 4/10

MR. MAX’S MESSAGE – APRIL 2010 WHY DO WE GO TO WAR? I’m finishing up Why Do We Go to War?—a collection of war-related songs. I’ve added the subtitle "A Moral Dilemma" because that’s the main thrust of the subject covered. “How can we ignore Thou Shalt Not Kill?” is the moral response to the question of going to war. The sequencing and mastering of the songs are being done with Jason Duguay at Project Sound. Jason has been a … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message 3/10

MR. MAX’S MESSAGE – MARCH 2010 WHY DO WE GO TO WAR I’m still working the recordings for Why Do We Go To War?, a collection of war-related songs I’ve been writing and performing for the past three years. There are just a couple more songs left to record with Jason Duguay at Project Sound. This week I worked on a collage-type piece (“Why War? Reprise”) which, besides including parts of other songs from the collection, also pays homage to … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message 2/10

MR. MAX’S MESSAGE – FEBRUARY 2010 WHY DO WE GO TO WAR Why Do We Go to War?, the collection of songs I’ve been writing and performing for the past three years, is shaping up into a fully recorded project. There are just a few more songs to record with Jason Duguay at Project Sound. This collection is theatrical, stemming from my work with Boston Rock Opera. More than once my dad advised me to combine rock and opera—though he … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message 12/09

RECORDING I’m still really enjoying recording at Project Sound with Jason Duguay. I’m finding that my strong point is singing all the harmonies. The hardest part is the final mixing when we want to get everything in its place and sounding great. Jason and I work well as a team and the songs keep coming out fantastic. I mentioned last month that I was having trouble with “Forgive Me”—the song really jelled after a little slicing and dicing—it maybe the … Read More >>