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The Little Guy Inside (Demo EP)

bexndavemasksIt is with GREAT excitement that I share with you The Brooklyn Players Reading Society’s first ever recordings, The Little Guy Inside (Demo EP)! This project is completely and proudly DIY – Dave and I wrote, performed, recorded and mixed all of the songs, with the exception of “What Obligation” featuring a poem by the incredibly talented P.K. Harmon. Our Band Camp page also features original artwork by the ingenious Letisia Cruz, and a new logo by graphic-design guru Aviva Buivid.

Some of you may have seen us perform with a full band in the past, but due to our pianist moving out of NYC and conflicting schedules with our other bandmates, Dave and I decided to turn BPRS into a duo. We spent the past year and a half rewriting the songs with him on drums and me on organ and vox, and found that this experience really enabled us to get to the heart of our songs. We hope you like them, and if you haven’t already, please say hi to us on Facebook.
Stay tuned for an EP release show, and happy summer!
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The Brooklyn Players Reading Society Updates and Live Pics

IMG_4767Big news on the musical front: The Brooklyn Players Reading Society has become a duo! It seemed like everyone in the band was experiencing some major life changes all at the same time, so Dave and I decided to take a step back and revisit our initial intentions. Why did we write these songs in the first place? What was our original concept? Why are we currently playing these songs? What do we actually want to be doing with our music?

Through stepping back like this, Dave and I remembered that BPRS was founded on the idea of saying something, of using words in various forms to get a message out. We wanted to set these words to music, to use sounds, rhythms, and melodies to highlight our message and stories. While developing our songs with a full band was an amazing and important experience, we realized that our original idea got a bit lost along the way. Rewriting our songs so that they work as a duo and also reflect our mission has taken time, but we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process and feel like we’ve finally gotten to the heart of our music.

Meanwhile, the little guy inside has been growing rapidly, wiggling around and kicking up a storm during practice (dancing along?). I’m curious to play the songs for him once he’s out to see if he recognizes them. He’s certainly heard them enough at this point! But obviously, his arrival means Dave and I will be taking a break from regular practice and gigging while we sort out life with a baby. So, we decided to take full advantage of the time we have now and made our debut as a duo last Sunday, March 22nd at The Sidewalk Cafe, an NYC staple that has supported poetry and spoken word artists for decades now. I was quite nervous beforehand – singing AND playing keys is very different than just singing! But we had a blast and overall felt very good about sharing our musical vision with our friends and new fans. Hope you enjoy the pics, and huge thanks to everyone who came out. If you missed us, don’t worry – we’ve also been busy working on some demo recordings with plans to release them this summer. Stay tuned!

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Photos from RnR VII: A Tribute to the Everyday Things

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Check out Readin’ N Rhythm’s blog for pictures from our recent event at Union Hall, A Tribute to the Everyday Things. Apparently I make some goofy facial expressions when I perform (this pic being a prime example). Meanwhile, Tom Kennedy looks regal, Igor Lumpert looks passionate, and SweetPro looks like they’re having a funky blast. At the very least, I had a blast. Can’t for the next show, coming this fall – stay tuned!

RnR VII: A Tribute to the Everyday Things feat. Thomas E. Kennedy, Sunday, May 18th @ Union Hall

5-18-14 posterDave and my concert series, Readin’ N Rhythm, is extremely excited to return to Union Hall on Sunday, May 18th for A Tribute to the Everyday Things, a matinee show from 3-6 pm featuring award-winning writer Thomas Kennedy (Kerrigan in Copenhagen, In The Company of Angels), an incredibly smart, talented, and funny author gifted with an enchanting, musical reading style. He’ll be performing a track from his recent album, An Introduction, featuring dynamic interpretations of Danish writer Dan Turell’s poems set to music, along with some original poetry and fiction. Copies of his CD will be available for purchase.

The amazing tenor saxophonist Igor Lumpert will also be performing with his band, America I Really Like Your Shoes. One of our favorite New York groups, jazz fusion greats Sweetpro, will close out the afternoon.  For a taste of their style, check out an episode of Louis CK’s TV show Louie – that’s right, they’re his band. RnR house band The Brooklyn Players Reading Society will kick things off with a short set at 3 pm. $5 cover. Get your tickets in advance by clicking here.

Union Hall is located at 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Click here for a map and directions. See you there!

To remain up-to-date on all things Readin’ N Rhythm, find us on Facebook at Readin’ N Rhythm Productions and on Twitter @ReadinNRhythm.

 

The Brooklyn Players Reading Society @ Grand Victory, Thursday, March 20th!

111812My band, The Brooklyn Players Reading Society, will be performing a short set at Grand Victory in Williamsburg this Thursday the 20th at 8:30 pm. PHIMy Love MHZ, and A Bunch of Dead People will also be performing. BPRS is revamped these days (as in, we have songs now!) but don’t worry, some words will still be spoken. Doors at 7, $8 cover.  RSVP on our Facebook Event Page.  See ya there!

RnR Concert Series Returns to Union Hall on Sunday, May 18th feat. Thomas Kennedy!

tomkennedyReadin’ N Rhythm is extremely excited to return to Union Hall on Sunday, May 18th for a matinee show from 3-6 pm. The event features award-winning writer Thomas Kennedy (Kerrigan in Copenhagen, In The Company of Angels), an incredibly smart, talented, and funny author gifted with an enchanting, musical performance style. Expect to hear anything from poetry to essays to fiction; if you’re lucky, you may even hear a sample from his recent album, An Introduction, featuring Kennedy reading Dan Turell’s poems set to music.

House band The Brooklyn Players Reading Society will also be performing, along with one of our favorite New York groups, jazz fusion greats Wu Li. Other musical guests T.B.A. $5 cover.

Union Hall is located at 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Click here for a map and directions.  See you there!

To remain up-to-date on all things Readin’ N Rhythm, find us on Facebook at Readin’ N Rhythm Productions and on Twitter @ReadinNRhythm.

Two Deer Stake Out My Tree

111812 groupFor those of you who haven’t heard me ramble on about my band The Brooklyn Players Reading Society, we’re a four-piece, experimental rock/blues band that blends spoken word and song.  My role as the lead singer isn’t just to sing but to also compose the words to our pieces, which is fun but can sometimes be quite difficult.  A few of our songs are straight-forward blues or rock numbers with a standard verse/chorus structure and easy, rhyming lyrics that weren’t too hard to write.  Most of our pieces, however, challenge the concept of a typical song and required some serious work on the composing and lyric-writing fronts.  To balance out this headiness, we’ve decided to mix up our set with some quick poetry breaks where I read a poem while the band improvises.  This is quite fun and truly captures the spirit of the band.  However, this meant I had to write some poems, which is certainly not my forte.  Before sitting down with a pen and paper, I decided to skim through my hard drive and polish up some old pieces from a poetry class back in grad school.  This one in particular still resonates with me; stay tuned for a demo recording filled with lovely sax sounds, strange drum rhythms, and eerie piano chords. (more…)