A Message about The Discontinuation of the CD Baby Online Retail Store... 

Almost forgot to mention, CD Baby, in addition to recently eliminating their webhost provider services, which I used myself for like over 10 yrs, and who is my current online distributor, has now discontinued their online retail store as well! Although, they still seem to be stongly involved with the distribution side of their business, it still came as a BIG surprise to many people, and artists (including myself, of course) and a HUGE change. The end of another era, I guess; but CD Baby was like the first at their game, and from what I understand, still pretty much the biggest online music distributor out there...

So, although my songs will still be available for download on platforms like Amazon and iTunes, for example, I am still not sure how it is going to work with the physical side of the sales, and the distrution of CD's for instance. (I know allot of Indie artists and musicians must be freaking out over this). Currently looking into several possible options, but ya know, one's life takes precedence; so it may take a little while to figure some things out, and work on that side of it. I did recently set-up an account with Bandcamp, as one alternative, and option that I am currently still working on. (And learning about). But anyway, you can click-on the image above to read the CD Baby announcement regarding this change. And, of course, because the CD Baby store has been discontinued, I had to remove that particular Music Player Store Widget from the website here. Whew, guy's are killin' me...

(Of course, one can still utilize the 'Buy' tab here to locate the tracks for sale; and from what I understand, my current webhost provider has a feature to sell music and merchandise directly from my own website, which I have yet to learn, but I would still have to do much of the fulfillment part of it myself).

Also, the Corona Virus Pandemic scare thing (created by some of our corrupt and insane politicians) that has been going on for months now (along with most arttists and professional musicians) seems to be affecting CD Baby as well, in different ways. Strange times, for sure. No doubt about that...

R.I.P. Uncle Carmine. A Memorial... 

Uncle Carmine (Rotolo) is on the right. Aunt JoAnn (my mother's sister) is on the left. And Skippy, with a shaved midsection at the time, due to an operation from wounds he sustained from a fight with a dog about 10 times his size! (Its a long story). This picture was taken many years ago, when my mother, my sister, and me, were still living in Fairlawn, New Jersey. My father, had very sadly (and very unexpectedly) passed away several months after moving there...

Just received a text message from my sister, that my (former) Uncle Carimine has passed away. He was the one that I mentioned, who came up with the idea for the name of our band: "The New Era" when we were still kids, all those years ago. Rest in peace, Carmine, we will never forget you...

I can still remember, last I spoke with him on the phone, some years ago already (and while I was still living in Maryland) we had discussed and caught up on many things (being that we hadn't spoken to each other in quite some time) and during our conversation, he told me a pretty incredible story, in relation to some kind of potential epiphany in his life. So, in the spirit of that, please say hello to eveyone when you get there, Carmine, and pray for us...

One last thing that I thought worth mentioning, for whatever its worth (and which I just remembered) is that my uncle was also pretty smart (in his own sorta' way) and he mentioned something during the last conversation that I had with him (that I mentioned above) which was a total mind blower, and which REALLY made ME think, anyway; and something I will probably never forget. (And it was during that part of our discussion about the events of 9/11, and that I just happened to be living in the very area where the Feds had traced the source of the 2001 anthrax attacks, and also regarding the fact that I was working within the mortgage industry during that same period, and that I was seeing and hearing some pretty suspicious sh*t). He said, something to the effect, that it seems to him, that there is an organization (or corporation) trying to take over the country! (Among other things). Hmm? Some kind of inside information, or knowledge, that he himself had? Not going to go there, but I sorta like knew EXACTLY what he meant. Whoa. What was said after that bombshell (no pun intended) I am NOT going to share here. Just for the record...

 

Wow. Just remembered that I recently posted the following Music Video to my Twitter account - which is a track about life, and yep, death...

Update - Feb 27th

Yep, just confirmed with my aunt, that Carmine passed away on Feb 24th. The date of this Twitter post! Whoa. I just had that feeling, man...

 

 

Finallly, I would like to share the following music video, in memory of my Uncle Carmine. (As he would get this). Ya see, one of the things that we both had in common, my Uncle and me, is that we both loved music. My uncle had a very large record collection, but he was mostly into musical acts like The Temptations, Earth Wind and Fire, etc. (which I also liked) but he also had a pretty open mind, in a hip sort of way. So when I first had my own musical epiphany and discovered Progressive Rock (which had become quite popular back then) and introduced him to the following group, it like had the same effect on him that it had on me. And like myself, it just blew him away when he first heard it. In fact, my friends and I, would sometimes invite him along with us to a few concerts, and the band 'Yes' was one of those groups (and new acts) that we all really dug ALLOT. The following track that I am going to share here, especially blew our minds at the time. And REALLY impressed my uncle, as well. I dedicate this to you, Carmine. Rest in peace, man...

 

And just revisiting old memories (in a song that I can seriously relate to) of that time in my own life. The house that built me. Yea, says allot...

New Website and Webhost Provider... 

Well, here it is. Had a near nervous breakdown (and nearly lost my mind) scrambling for at least the last several days, to beat the deadline, to work on and clean up all the content that was, and wasn't, transferred over with the migration from my old website to my new webhost provider. Could only do so much, with the limited time available, and knowing, that at a certain point, I would no longer be able to go back and transfer any missing content from my old website anymore (which was around 12:00 midnight yesterday) if I wanted to continue to keep my website online. (Because, at that point, my old webhost provider was scheduled to shut down their servers, and that part of their operation). So, now, after transferring (and working on) as much missing content as I could (that was not automatically transferred over by the new webhost provider) there is still allot of work (and learning) to do...

Note: The best user experience when visiting the website however (on your home computer for example) is to view it, using the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser. For instance, the Music Player does not seem to work in Internet Explorer. The I.E. browser, from what I understand, is pretty much soon to become obsolete anyway...

Pending Webhost Migration... 

The webhost provider that I have been using for the last 11 years has notified its customers that it is closing down that part of its business by the end of this month. (Bad move, if you ask me).

Just had a look at the pending migration to the new webhost provider for the first time, which is not yet finalized for my particular webaddress, and yea, it looks like it is going to take allot of work. I have allot of content that I have posted over the years (as one can currently see here) and from what I can see, with the pending migration, as it looks now, allot of the content has not automatically been tranferred over. (Which is pretty much what I am hearing from some of the other customers who have opted into the migration recommended and partnered with by our current webhost). So it looks like I am going to be scrambling to work on that in the coming days, to beat the deadline, and to continue to keep the domain name for: TheNewEraProject.com online. Quite possibly, even after the migration to the new webhost provider is finalized, there may still be allot of work to do. What a pain in the ass...

Note: This entry was originally posted with my previous webhost provider, as I was scrambling to try my best to painstakingly work on and organize as much as I could with the transition to the new webhost provider (beginning around the date of this post) and which one can now see here, as pretty much the final result of what I was able to ultimately transfer over - within a relatively short period of time, in relation to all the content I had created over the years. Which was ALLOT! This whole process was incredibly time consuming, and stressful, as there was also a considerable learning curve as well...

A Christmas Story - Digital Single Release 

Okay, being that I kinda' got started late working on the 'Christmas Story' track and, of course, because of the narrow window of time in relation to the Christmas holiday season, I decided to go ahead and release the recording of the song in its present form (for now anyway) without any further changes or modifications. You can view the official release (and sale) of the track as a digital single at the CD Baby store  - who is also the (official) online distributor, and current publisher...  
For more information about the track, and to check-out the (rather simple) YouTube music video, see my Blog here. Damn, just realized that I forgot to put my website address in the video. Well, maybe for another time, God willing...  

Note/Update: Since this release, the CD Baby store has since been discontinued. Check-out the 'Buy' tab...

Documenting the 2017 Solar Eclipse at The Research Triangle Park... 

 

Can't believe it's almost 2 yrs now, since the 2017 Solar Eclipse... 

Decided to finally upload a somewhat personal video that I had recorded when I worked at IBM-Seterus at The Research Triangle Park, on Aug 21st, 2017. (Being that I don't work there anymore). This is sorta' like a Video Journal of that event, which interestingly turned out to be, pretty much the beginning of the end of another chapter in my life... 

I have been unable to find the Seterus website anymore, which is why I only referenced the link above, where you can read some of their glowing reviews. Because of that, I am probably going to have to reference my own customer reviews while I worked at the company here: Customer Appreciation Awards for Vito Masilotti... 

Seterus is (or was?) a Mortgage Servicing company, primarily for Fannie Mae loans. Having worked in the Mortgage Servicing Industry for over 10 years, I learned allot. In more ways then one. There IS allot of corruption. No doubt about it. What has been revealed in the news (and on social media) is really only the tip of the iceberg. Believe me. And when you're cut from a differnt cloth and all (just looking for a decent job) it therefore can be quite challenging, to say the least. As it seems to particularly attract a certain kind of individual (if I can be frank) who may really not be on the level. O.K. I'm going to come right out and say it: It has a propensity for attracting Career Criminals! Depending to some extent on the company, and really (as much as I love Real Estate myself) by the very nature of the business itself. Let's face it, and most of us already know (like the financial industry itself) that it's rife with greed, scams, and fraud. Hence, the reason why it often attracts a bad element to begin with. And the corruption often runs deep. (If you know what I mean?) But anyway, never-the-less (to be kind, but honest) I can still remember working at one particular, large mortgage servicing company for example, where many of us knew the derision allot of the homeowners had for the government loan modification program that was initiated by the Obama administration (and how it really fell short, to be kinda' frank) during the housing and foreclosure crisis of 2008 (thru around 2010) while still having to do your job and help them as best as you could under the circumstances, as it really would personally break your heart, hearing some of the stories and the human suffering that many of them were going thru, and where you would really wish you could do more; knowing that in countries like Iceland for instance, they were actually arresting those who were behind the fraud, with the government (thru the protests of its people, who were demanding the prosecution of the criminals involved, including those connected within the government itself) eventually forgiving a huge part of the mortgage debt. In other words, basically bailing out the homeowner (and taxpayer) instead of the big banks! And I am not saying that I think ALL banks are bad either. I'm just not going to go there. There's just too much to it... 

I also have to say (to be quite frank) that I thought that IBM's choice (which has long been known as a computer technology company) to acquire a company like Seterus (which is a mortgage servicing company no less) was rather odd, and was quite surprised when I first found that out; in addition to it becoming such a significant part of its business, and income. Just sayin'...

"Give me control over a nation's currency, and I care not who makes its laws."  -Mayer Amschel Rothschild (Founder of Rothschild Banking Dynasty)

 

One other thing (known to me and at least one other person) is that I thought IBM's choice to name its analytical software: "Watson" (although they say it is named after one of the company's founders) is totally OFF THE CHARTS weird! (And quite possibly even sociopathic). Could be coincidence, and a rather odd one at that (to say the least) with everything considered, possibly in relation to the Seterus business model for instance (I don't know) but something which I am definitely not going to get into here. (Really none of anybody's business anyway). Also, in case anyone is worried about what many of the Democrats and Liberals say (by the way, I am a Democrat myself, because we basically have only two parties to choose from right now to begin with) Seterus was oddly (and I am definitely NOT a racist, but this is a fact) like over 95% black! So there was DEFINITELY no economic disadvantage there. Just sayin' man. And there also definitely seemed to be some favoritism for others who were black as well. (To say the least). Once again, just sayin' man. Not really going to go there. But I mention these things for a reason. (Being an honest Italian American, with the name Vito, I've had my own share of discrimination. Give me a break!) Just acknowledging the hypocrisy there, with allot of people. (And how the American Media often uses this to their advantage, and to divide people, and to divert attention from the real issues that effect everyone, regardless of race, and regardless of those stories that are valid in relation to this never-the-less). Well anyway, just going to share some pictures here from my time there, that I thought were kinda' interesting. Oh, yea. "Memories, like the corner of my mind..."

Oh yea, this is really interesting. The fish on the door that is. (Hmm, inadvertently watching the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC, and she just mentioned the Fish and Wildlife Service!!! I kid you not. Wow). Crazy shit. Anything to do with something in the industry known as: Phishing? Mmm, not really gonna' go there...

Oh, yea. This was REALLY strange (disturbing, troubling, distressing, creepy) and alarmingly subliminal as well. (I know what I mean). But that was the psychological attempt. (Insanity is, what insanity does). The big, mean black chick (and I mean BIG!) sitting to the right of me, all of a sudden, started bringing in a specific cup of cofee everyday, with this particular logo on it. And the strange vicious puke that would sometimes spew out of her mouth was absolutely incredible, and hard to listen to. (And I never even mentioned anything about a girl with red hair to anyone. Ever!) But not going to go there either. (Guys were brutal, man). Wow. Whew. Enough said... 

But, in other words, when certain people (ya know, people you don't trust) seem to know things about your personal life (whether in the past or not) and they are things that you definitley wouldn't volunteer to tell them to begin with (and you know they're lying in the first place) that speaks volumes of something much deeper and sinister; and it should be a no brainer as to why that would be extremely concerning. But way too personal to get into here...

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."  -Thomas Jefferson

Just had to share this here man. Way too funny to pass up. But anyway, this actually seems to be an advertisement for a legitimate outfit. (And possibly even a valid alternative to many of the vultures out there). But don't know much about the organization at this time, so I am really unable to endorse them. Absolutely brilliant commercial though. They definitely, at least get an A+ for that one. All in good fun...

The Answer - Digital Single Release 

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  (The Bible)

Once again, this was also one of the first tracks that I recorded on my home porta-studio, back in Walkersville, Maryland, around November of 2005...

Lydia's Dream - Digital Single Release 

 "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."   -Edgar Allan Poe

This was also one of the first tracks I recorded (and experimented with) on my home Porta-Studio, back in Walkersville, Maryland - that I finally decided to release as a digital single. Once again, click the image to check it out...

The Long, Lonely Road - Remixed Digital Single Re-release 

 

This song turned out to be exactly 4 minutes and 23 seconds long. That's: 4:23. (In other words, if you were to turn the numbers around, it would line up in order as: 2, 3, 4. And the track was officially released on September 23rd. (The number of seconds in the song). Hmm? (I'm sure it's just a coincidence and probably means nothing, but is interesting never-the-less). 

But anyway, you can read about the inspiration behind the song at CD Baby, (the online distributor), by clicking on the image above. As well as, on my blog, here on my website - for some more information regarding the track...

The AMI Radio Interview... 

Did a phone interview with Robert John at AMI Radio today. It will air on Thursday at 6:00pm EST on July 20th, for those who live in the Ana Maria Island, Florida area. However, from what I understand, the interview will also be available for a listen at the Media Rare & Uncut  page on the AMI Radio website. Just click-on the picture above to check it out. Robert is a great guy, and is a really gifted interviewer, I have to say, and very professional. He really knows how to put you at ease and never makes you feel uncomfortable with his questions or comments. I felt like I had known him for years, which is another great quality of a great interviewer. Of course, the fact that he is also from Long Island as well, didn't hurt, and left allot of room for conversation. Great website too. Specifically geared toward the Independent Artist, but with some other really cool and interesting stuff as well. Check it out... 

Update - July 22nd, 2017 

You can now listen to the HTML5 (Mp3) Audio file of the interview right here - at the bottom of this post... 

Update - Jan. 1st, 2020 

I have since, also noticed, that the above referenced links no longer work, as it seems that the radio station has either changed their name, or sadly, no longer exist. In doing some reseach, this is all I could come up with so far: Anna-Maria-Island-Radio Live  But here is the link to their: Twitter account - which as one can see, hasn't been updated in quite some time. So, not exactly sure where these guys really are right now, or what has happened to them, at this point in time...

 

 

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