Seven Guitar Miniatures 2021 (C) Salvatori Productions, Inc.
Well, here it is…Paul Christian’s second album!
…you have your whole life to create the songs that will be featured on your debut release, and then only a year or so to write the new material for your follow-up.
The paradigm shift that occurs for the artist is exactly that…a shift from the unpressured artistic creation of the songs that make up your first album; sometimes poured over for several years of refinement and reflection…to now actually becoming a songwriter.
There is good news to report. Paul has come back to the table with a new notebook chock full of his very own heartfelt slice-of-life Americana/Folk/Country/Rock songs. His new works reveal a steady, authoritative hand on the steering wheel - consistent and confident in his songwriting prowess in a throw down of compelling storytelling, melodies and chorus hooks that are solid as a rock, instantly memorable and timeless.
Some new ground has also been broken as well…there’s a bit of a nod to ‘They Might be Giants’ in a song called “Bicycle Messenger”…and the hauntingly expansive undercurrent in a song called “The Boy” pushes the envelope even further than “Angel of Flies” from American Dream. In addition, there are two very personally introspective and intimate songs that are quite touching, first “The Best Day of my Life” and then “My Little One” – both of which will melt your heart…if you’ve ever found peace after the loss of a parent or have been lucky enough to raise a daughter, respectively.
Salvatori Productions is pleased to join you as fans of Paul Christian’s songwriting journey. We are happy to continue to represent his work and to offer you the opportunity to enjoy his extraordinary songwriting talent.
We are certain that you will be thrilled to weave his new album into the fabric of your life.
PAUL CHRISTIAN That's Everything (Salvatori Productions)
An established guitarist and composer known for his impeccable instrumental approach to neoclassical / avant-prog guitar music, Tom Salvatori is also the owner of his Salvatori Productions music label. Expanding on his label’s repertoire, Tom moves into the pop-rock market with the 2020 album release of That’s Everything, his second release by Chicago-based singer-songwriter Paul Christian. Back in the late 1960s, early ‘70s, the singer-songwriter sound was all the rage and in the spirit of country-rock legends like Buffalo Springfield and Poco, Paul Christian’s music defies genre. Mixing folk, rock and country to great effect, That’s Everything is a do-it-yourself album in the truest sense of the word. Speaking about Paul Christian, the album’s co-producer Tom Salvatori tells mwe3, “Besides being a great songwriter, Paul is a multi-instrumentalist… he performed on all instruments (guitars, bass, drums, keyboards) and as a result, we gave him co-producer credit as well. The only guest appearance on the album is Julie Chatman who performs the female vocal part on track 4 - "Memphis Tonight.” Through the wonders of modern-day studio music magic, Paul sounds like a one-man band and on several of the tracks, he even gets to show off his formidable electric lead guitar chops, case in point being track 9, “The Boy”. Most of these tracks have a deep in thought kind of singer-songwriter approach that ranges from influences such as early 1970s legacy artists Richie Furay and Harry Chapin to modern day vocalists like Marshall Crenshaw and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Featuring memorable songs and first-rate musicianship, That’s Everything strikes a wonderful musical balance and in doing so creates an impressive collection of folk-meets-rock sounds. Robert Silverstein, January, 2021 - Music Web Express mwe3.com - RootsMusicReport.com
Pleased with the review of 'Respite Guitar' in Expose.org, May, 2021. Visit http://expose.org/index.php/articles/display/tom-salvatori-respite-guitar-3.html
Read a review of Respite Guitar and an in-depth interview about Tom Salvatori in e-zine Music Web Express mwe.com: https://mwe3.com/reviews/TomSalvatori2021/
Escape the rattle and hum of your day and disappear with me into the warm and beautiful tones of quiet and pleasant solo guitar featured in the natural surroundings of the morning meadow, by the seaside and in an outdoor field in the evening. Literally :) We've recorded my new guitar pieces as solo guitar works as usual, but after the 7 new tracks are featured, you'll notice a track 8 on this release. It places my new 7 pieces in Natural settings.
So enjoy these new pieces as solo guitar work and then also, as a special bonus, please enjoy them featured in natural settings in track 8!
Track 8 starts out a little dramatic...New York Minutes is placed in the unsettling urban soundscape of the New York City streets, but soon an escape is executed and the rest of the pieces on this album are featured in various natural outdoor settings, making for a very pleasant "escape from New York" :) Quietly enjoy!
Track 08: RESPITE GUITAR IN NATURE SUITE – 28:00 The Story
Have you ever just slipped away – alone – for a special “mental health” day…just you…from dawn to dusk…to breathe in the beauty of nature…to think…to ponder…to ruminate and to recover??
Well, we now have a soundtrack for your special day :)
Follow along as Polly Feeney, our protagonist, navigates her journey, starting with an early morning escape through her unsettling urban cityside clamor, rattle and hum…
Cue - NEW YORK MINUTES
…she clears the turnstiles to initiate her getaway from New York via the subway; and finds herself outside the city, embracing a reconnection with beauty of nature as she strolls through a fragrant and flowery green meadow…
Cue - MORNING GLORIES
…serenaded by the positive energy of bird calls under the watchful warmth of a sun-drenched morning on her way to a seaside retreat.
Once through the meadow and approaching the solitude of the waves lapping at the shoreline, Polly finally stops to relax on the unpopulated beach, enjoying the opportunity to breathe deeply and think clearly again.
Cue - SOLITUDE
She walks along at the side of the sea, which offers ample time and space to ponder life; and to reminisce about events in her life that have mattered most to her…
Cue - REMINISCENCES
…along with ruminating about the deeper remembrance of the dear loved ones who have played key roles in her life…cherishing and celebrating each memory.
Cue - REMEMBRANCES
Polly, continuing in the solitude of her walk, eventually comes across a beach area filled with families and children playing in the sand and sea, which enables her to embrace the positivity of family togetherness and love and allows her to recount a series of affirmations about her own life and plans for her future.
Cue - AFFIRMATIONS
Then, as the day begins to wind down and the sun plans it setting as evening falls, she departs the seaside for the peaceful warmth of a small outdoor cafe nestled in an open field where the nighttime sounds are teeming with life…
Cue - EVENING QUIETUDES
…where she sits back to relax and recover…in the quiet of the night while enjoying a superb glass of wine.
TOM SALVATORI Respite Guitar
I was writing about the fretboard genius of Chicago-based, classical guitarist and composer Tom Salvatori ever since I first heard his CD Late Night Guitar, released way back in 2002, as well as his 2007 album When Evening Falls, recorded with the late U.K. pianist Iris Litchfield and cellist John Catchings, and released on the artist’s label Salvatori Productions. Following a series of album releases that are mentioned below, including a double CD made with the late Ms. Litchfield called Ever Ever On (2010) and a solo album called A Year In The Life (2013), I was lucky to reconnect with Tom again after hearing his 2020 album Respite Guitar. Essentially, a 7-track set mixed and presented in two different ways, Respite Guitar is one of the most impressive and most relaxing sounding solo acoustic guitar albums of 2020. Tom was always influenced by prog-rock guitarists such as Steve Hackett and Steve Howe, and in the spirit of those masters, Respite Guitar is skillfully performed on six-string, nylon string guitar. The key here is that the album takes on a different dynamic when track eight cues up and combines and recreates all seven tracks as one lengthy suite, complete with a variety of sound effects from the big city, (on the lead-off track “New York Minutes”), while then proceeding to recreate the other six tracks of music with a number of mostly meditative nature and ambient sounds. I like the idea that track 8, “Respite Guitar In Nature Suite” combines all seven tracks as one uninterrupted 28-minute piece of music complete with the ambient and nature sounds, all of which really adds a lot to the music. Throughout all the movements of Respite Guitar, Tom keeps the melodic-based guitar ideas at the center of his sound and, played acoustically, each one of these songs is like a classical-based work in its own right. The 7 tracks, followed by the seven-part “Respite Guitar In Nature Suite” combines for a total time of 50 minutes. Any way you view this CD, Respite Guitar is a true masterpiece of creative and very accessible guitar magic from guitarist / composer and producer Tom Salvatori. As mentioned above, Respite Guitar followed a series of other albums by Tom, including a unique, 13+ minute mini album released by Tom in 2017, called Ballad Of Dwight Fry Suite. Arranged by Tom for nylon string guitar, Ballad Of Dwight Fry Suite is actually a tribute to the fabled rock band Alice Cooper, focusing on the songs “Ballad Of Dwight Fry”, “Second Coming” and “Sun Arise”, which are all featured on the 1971 Alice Cooper album Love It To Death. In the spirit of guitar greats like Steve Hackett, Ballad Of Dwight Fry Suite is a remarkable performance that turns Tom’s tribute to a forerunner album of hard rock into a remarkably ear-opening classical guitar suite. Before Respite Guitar and Ballad Of Dwight Fry Suite, in 2016 Tom released Parlour Favorites, an 11-track tribute to his prog-rock guitar heroes including Steve Howe, Steve Hackett, Jan Ackerman and Robert Fripp, who are each covered here with a track apiece (Hackett’s music is featured on two tracks), the Parlour Favorites album is also enhanced by six Tom Salvatori originals. Salvatori completists will also note that Tom released another EP in 2020, a quite humorously titled one at that called, I Like Beer. Essentially four different solo guitar versions, played by Tom, of the famous Miller Brewing Company jingle, which was heard all over television and radio stations for years in praise of their world-renowned beer (“If You’ve Got The Time” – they’ve got the beer), and that was quite popular throughout the 1970s. Tom explains, “Just as having a couple Miller beers can provide a special comfort when it’s time to relax, this project, which was light and very fun indeed, served as a musical elixir of sorts to help balance the darker, spiraling abyss of immersion I experienced during my Alice Cooper Ballad Of Dwight Fry Suite project.” This little one off CD EP also provides clear proof that even classical guitarists like to inject a little humor, and maybe a little beer, into their hard work. Start with any of the above releases, while there are even more albums at Tom’s web site. Long-time fans of Tom Salvatori's original music will enjoy Respite Guitar, which is surely among finest solo guitar albums of 2020. - Robert Silverstein, RootsMusicReport.com and Music Web Express mwe3.com, January, 2021
I LIKE BEER – EP Tom Salvatori – Guitars
Produced, Performed and Arranged by: Tom Salvatori
2020 (c)(p) Salvatori Productions, Inc., ASCAP
Original Composition: William Montague Backer
Published: 1971 (c) Miller Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI
Admittedly, the music featured on this little EP may never bounce off the walls of Carnegie Hall, but the point is obvious; as a matter of fact, I like beer. And like Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, if pressed, I too would proclaim my love for beer in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee. Being that I’m not a judge or hold out any hope for an appointment to the Supreme Court, my affirmation proclamation turned to my classical guitar and an advertising jingle that loomed large in the early 1970’s and has been stuck in my head as an earworm ever since.
Ironically, I attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI during my formative drinking years, and became fiercely loyal to Miller High Life. Miller was produced in a local brewery three miles West of Marquette and their ‘beer tasting’ brewery tours were compellingly persuasive, so I abridged my collegiate studies to weave a love for Miller Beer into the fabric of my life. And apparently, the jingle worked its magic too. True story: I whistle that melody every time I walk into the Beer Cooler at the local liquor store. So, when I chose to pay my guitar respects to the beverage and the brand I love, I started and ended the project with a Miller beer and due reverence.
And just as a having a couple Miller beers can provide a special comfort when it’s time to relax, this project, which was light and very fun indeed, served as a musical elixir of sorts to help balance the darker, spiraling abyss of immersion I experienced during my Alice Cooper ‘Ballad of Dwight Fry Suite’ project.
Quietly Enjoy and…Cheers!
A new collection of quiet and reflective original solo nylon string guitar compositions - featuring Autumn Suitino in A Minor. Music that will be there for you when you embark on your next rainy day mood swing.
Lost Time in Mission Bay
In the Shade 3:14
Bayside Sunset 2:39
As the Wind Reveals 4:12
Autumn Suitino in A Minor 9:03
The Paths Leading Nowhere 2:56
Wide Shot, Rebound 2:09
Original album release in 2006 Brazil by Gustavo Acioli (Buda). 2019 International re-issue by Salvatori Productions, Inc. A musical response to beauty...a confrontation of sorts to beautiful, lyrical melody. Music sold on the streets rather than in the stores. A perfect album of music for when you want to be a contrarian and go against the mainstream conventions.
New Music from Buda (Gustavo Acioli) and the Monks. A delightful dose of World/Rhythm and Blues/Funk/Soul Music with great percussive drive, a warm vocal vibe and fancy guitar riffin' and featuring Buda's signature voice, chord structures, soaring melodies in his easily identifiable composing style along with the lyric writing talents of music collaborator Bronwen K. Roberts.
CD Single Release - Instrumental Nylon String Guitar interpretation of the iconic songs "Second Coming", "Ballad of Dwight Fry" and "Sun Arise" from Alice Cooper's 1971 "Love it to Death" album release
Total Time: 13:29
A handful of the most impressionable pieces of music I enjoyed from my youth - from Alice Cooper's 'Love it to Death' album released in 1971. I always considered Side 2 of the album among the most expressive and wide ranging emotional rock songs at the time and ranked them in my all time favorites.
It was a real pleasure to immerse myself in this body of work over the past several months!
Project started: Nov 26, 2016 Final Mix: January 23, 2017
45 Separate Guitar Parts were recorded to compile this Suite. All Guitar parts and all percussive effects were recorded on my 1972 Hernandis Grade #1 Classical Guitar (which I love to say worked out to be the perfect 'period instrument' for the performance of this suite!)
Actually I must say things got a little creepy late at night trying to musically interpret a little girl's voicing of concern over her father's bout with insanity "Mommy, where's Daddy? He's been gone for so long..." and then again trying to make musical sense out of Alice himself going insane in the Ballad of Dwight Fry...repeatedly screaming "I gotta get out of here." So what started out as a fun idea turned into a lot of hard work just to musically interpret spoken word and screaming; not to mention the perfectly 'out of tune' guitar solo by Glen Buxton which is still, 46 years later, soooo fittingly uncomfortable; so wrong but soooo right, especially when the protagonist of the song (lead singer Alice Cooper), suffering from the nausea of insanity, was musically fitted for a straight jacket and dragged into the residency of an insane asylum.
Salute to Alice Cooper and a tip of the top hat to him and his band with this one. I hope you not only enjoy discovering this piece as an instrumental, but if you're not familiar with the original work, please do seek it out. The songs are iconic and rate as highly recommended on my list of favorites. Thanks for listening!!