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MASSIMO RETURNS HOME. NEW ALBUM NEARS COMPLETION
"Where's the new album?", you ask. "When's it coming out?" "Why is it taking so long?" "What's up with the band?" "Wasn't that you I saw on the corner with a squeegee babbling to yourself?"
First let me say it's good to be back home again and welcome to all of you new to my newsletter; glad to have you aboard. I have survived numerous storms/floods, mountain biking accidents (old women and mini-vans don't mix), parrot attacks, computer seizures, and various automotive catastrophes to record this album, but it's finally done. The recording, that is. Now there's mixing, mastering, designing the insert, forming a band etc., etc., etc. Seriously, it's enough to make someone take up a safer, less stressful career like professional cliff diving or lion taming. Maybe I'll join the bomb squad. "Delays, delays; you're killing days..." Anyway, expect a Precious Seconds CD release party sometime in June. Watch your mail for invitations. In the meantime...
(list of upcoming shows)
It's true what they say, "There's no place like New York", and there isn't. All of Orlando seems about as big as Greenwich Village. Yes, the weather is nice, but it's like living in one big retirement village. Anything you attempt to do becomes an exercise in patience. Life is pretty boring there, but beer is cheap. Tiny lizards are everywhere. There's an anti-Yankee, redneck, Joe Shotgun, Johnny Pickup Truck quality woven into everything that I found a little unnerving with signs like "WE DON'T CARE HOW THEY DO IT UP NORTH" posted behind the bar. Otherwise, the nightlife is good. The warm weather ensures women aren't too heavily dressed.
Attended an acoustic showcase at the city's best venue, the Sapphire. Met Janis Ian when she played there. Local musicians were very supportive ("Hi" Von Ra, Roger Docking, Tribe). Gigging in the area was cool ("Hi" everyone at Scruffy Murphy's), not as high pressure (a lot of people are from out of town and on vacation).
The abundance of pawnshops adds an air of desperation to the place. Seeing the shuttle lift off first hand was awe-inspiring. Drove my car on the beach in Daytona. Now that's a town. Even when it's not Spring Break season. You always feel like you're on the set of Baywatch. But I digress. Orlando was a nice place to visit, but my home is here in the Garden State.
LET'S GET DIGITAL
I now have an outpost on the net - Mmassimo@aol.com. I invite you all to email me and let me know what your addresses are. While I will still send the PERSPECTIVE via snail mail, those of you with a computer can get it in electronic form. Also, all my latest concert information is now listed on MusiCal, concerts.calendar.com (no www). As always, you can still get gig info on the MM Hotline (new area code) 732-906-9891. Either way, please keep in touch. I'd love to hear from you.
We are always looking for submissions for the newsletter. If you've got something interesting you'd like to share, send it to Mmassimo@aol.com for inclusion in a future issue.
Here are past issues of The Ride when it was known as the Perspective.
Each newsletter is also available as a PDF file for downloading
and can be opened with the free version of Adobe Acrobat.
Download PDF file Issue 1.2
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