Scene did not obtain state approval to use current inmates' full names, so last names have been edited out of this letter:
My name is Chuck and I truly enjoyed your recent article on the Music with a Purpose Program at Trumbull Correctional. I can certainly relate to the emotional outpouring from these very talented men. You see I was one of them. Not just a prisoner that could identify with what these men endure day in and day out. Not just an offender who sang in programs like this one. I was the original lead singer for the awesome rock band DRYVETRAYNE!
I cannot remember the exact start date for us. I will say 2006-2007. When Starter (Vincent) wanted to devote serious time to his craft, he and I were introduced and the rest is history. We first started as a classic rock cover band but as we grew as men and friends we decided to venture off into writing original material. This was at the time TCI (Trumbull Correctional Institution) was forming the Music with a Purpose program. I would say that the most significant lineup of DRYVETRAYNE, the core that stayed throughout some minor personnel changes, was Vincent, Joe, Mike, and myself.
With collaboration comes cohesion. Starter was the music man and I was the primary lyricist. Vincent did write lyrics from time to time and I composed some of my own songs. Not to mention that both Joe and Mike contributed in this effort too. That said our signature song was one written by Starter and arranged by the group: it is called "Experience". As the guys shared with you, the family concert was the pinnacle. Another year had passed plus it was another season of new songs and new experiences for us to share. I sang our songs as a member of DRYVETRAYNE for nearly half of my time spent behind those walls. I performed my last show as a member of the group in July of 2011.
I have vivid memories of those days. I listen to the cds from time to time recalling to memory where I was mentally, physically, and spiritually. The design of these types of programs from an administrative stand point is to reward yes ,but also to build confidence in the individual to say if you are productive in this environment you can be as well once you re enter society. I am proof that rehabilitation does work but the burden of this proof is on the individual.
So what have I done with my musical talents since my release? Well since June of this year I am the worship leader for the contemporary services at my local church. I would be remiss in omitting this all important truth that my success, my reward, my joy comes in singing for the Lord. This was the catalyst during my incarceration and He was the inspiration for the words that I put to paper and Starter put to music as members of DRYVETRAYNE.
After releasing the wonderful output of songs recorded for the album Endless Fantasy, Anamanaguchi brought innovation to a new aspect of their music; their live show. Funded by fans via the website Kickstarter, the groundbreaking-composers-slash-tech-wizards custom-designed and built their wildly colorful stage show that they brought to the Beachland Ballroom last night. With several giant monolithic LED poles, two Plexiglas cubes and a host of projections, the guys put on an imaginative stage show that brought life to their chiptune rock and dance tracks. The background projections of anime characters, cats, cans of Four Loko and Deloreans represented a deeper image beneath their music. Anamanaguchi's concert was more than a colorful light show or skillfully crafted yet easily enjoyable pop-rock tunes. They are a musical projection of a generation bombarded with internet memes, early '90s nostalgia and fast-paced information. The crowd, nearly entirely of this generation, responded with a youthful force turning the concert into a blissful celebration of living in the present.
The jazz world lost a fierce promoter this past Monday with the unexpected death of Bobby Jackson, one of the country’s leading jazz authorities and a Cleveland resident. An award-winning jazz broadcaster and educator, Bobby was an intimate of greats like Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and Wayne Shorter. Most recently, he created, wrote, and hosted the syndicated radio program The Roots of Smooth, which he recorded in his westside basement. Prior to that, he was the long-time music director at Cleveland’s WCPN, when that station still favored local jazz programming over NPR talk shows.
Yesterday morning, Justin Timberlake received a Golden Globe nomination for co-writing the Inside Llewyn Davis '60s-pop trifle “Please Mr. Kennedy.” But on Thursday night, the rakish star put on his pop star shoes and performed for well over two-and-a-half hours in front of an ecstatic, party-ready crowd at the Q.
Backed by his current collaborators, the Tennessee Kids—a band featuring four backup vocalists, a horn section, two drummers, two guitarists, keyboardists and noted bassist Alex Blackstone—Timberlake opened the show with the falsetto-heavy gospel-tinged R&B number “Pusher Love Girl.” Wisely, however, he very soon enlisted a bevy of backup dancers (and busted out some lithe moves of his own) for a string of fan-favorites, including “Rock Your Body,” “My Love,” “Like I Love You” and highlight “FutureSex/LoveSound.” The Tennessee Kids especially transformed the latter two songs; instead of a futuristic electro number, “FutureSex/LoveSound” turned into a dark seduction with low horn accents and squealing guitar, while “Like I Love You” was equally creepy by how it equated obsession with romance.
Conservatives and liberals are joining forces to get Yes inducted into the Rock Hall.
Last week, The Washington Post dished up a keen feature on the men and women who make up Voices for Yes, the mostly official backing effort to support the British prog-rock band's ascent to Rock Glory. If you're presently wondering why in the hell this thing even exists, the group has its answer at the ready:
Yes is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed bands in the history of progressive rock. They have also had a profound influence on a wide range of musicians and acts, including groups such as Pearl Jam, Dream Academy, and even Led Zeppelin. And recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Rush claims that Yes’s music not only influenced their work, but also brought them together as a band.
Yes music has always been described as fresh, innovative, intricate, and truly progressive. Their musicians are celebrated as some of the most masterful in the world. Guitarist Steve Howe, for example, was named “Best Overall Guitarist” five years in a row by Guitar Player Magazine.
Many believe YES should have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame many years ago. Now is the time to join the growing voices calling on the voting members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to vote “YES.” Please join them by adding your name to the petition.
Imagine that cross-cameral zeal for something important like immigration reform, universal health care, multilateral diplomacy, or inducting Phish into the Rock Hall.
We'll settle for this shot at political unity. I mean, the people involved with this campaign are obsessed. In fact, the WaPo reporter relays the sights and sounds from a recent conference call among these compatriots; any time Yes is brought up, they ooze into uberfan mode and gush over their shared love for the band. (On any Yes question, [NYU research scientists Steven Sullivan] chimed in with the urgency of a “Jeopardy!” contestant.")
At times, words fail them:
“If you look at the body of work that Yes has done, compared to Deep Purple, I mean, I just ...” [Campaign leader and GOP political strategist John Brabender] left the thought unfinished.
Regardless of your take on the Voices for Yes campaign, the WaPo story is actually a pretty great read. And though we'd all like to see more across-the-aisle cooperation, so to speak, this effort underscores the simple fact that music remains one of those rare factors of unity in this world. Music bends the arc of reality to the point where things start to make sense - if only for a moment - and real joy abounds.
And when those opening notes to "Roundabout" start filtering through your speakers and tickling the nostalgic nodes of your past, you'll have these brave men and women to thank... for something.
After a series of cancellations throughout this past year, Animal Collective finally came to Cleveland. In their first Cleveland appearance since the release of 2012's intense Centipede Hz, the group brought a full arsenal of psychedelic rock to House of Blues last night. The temptation exists to refer to them as an "experimental" rock group but nothing is further from the truth. This is not an experiment; this is the final result of genius. Sporting the full cast of band members (with the aliases Geologist, Panda Bear, Avey Tare and Deakin), AC went wild playing to a sold-out house.
Earlier this week, laid-back singer-songwriter Joe Moorhead brought his band to our office to play a few tracks from his terrific new album, The Tides are Rising. He performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at McCarthy's Downtown as part of the bar's special Toys for Tots benefit concert and party.
Check out previous Scene Sessions with the Promise Hero, Zach, Stephanie Trivison, Diana Chittester, One Day's Notice, Taylor Lamborn, Unsaid Fate, Hey Monea!, Joshua Jesty, Hazard Adams and Dan Bankhurst.