The New Era - Father Christmas (Reprise) 

A Christmas character of English folklore and myth. Father Christmas is the traditional English name for the personification of Christmas. Although now known as a Christmas gift-bringer, and typically considered to be synonymous with Santa Claus, he was originally part of a much older and unrelated English folkloric tradition. 

The recognizably modern figure of the English Father Christmas developed in the late Victorian period, but Christmas had been personified for centuries before then. 

English folklore consists of the myths and legends of England, including the English region's mythical creatures, traditional recipes, urban legends, and folktales. Father Christmas was therefore, somewhat considered to be, like the embodiment of the spirit of Christmas itself, and in some cultures even became somewhat synonymous with the legend of Saint Nicholas... 

Here is an ambiguous musical tale of a wanderer (leaving familiar surroundings and embarking on a journey) who then becomes lost in the wilderness during the holiday season. Encountering the benevolent Father Christmas along the way, he asks for his help in finding his way back home. A little while later, several other like-minded young wanderers also approach Father Christmas, and ask him for the same favor; which through his miraculous intercession, ultimately brings them all together again, for an emotional reunion in a place that they dreamt of, and which they can now all call home...

Note: This track should now be available on Spotify, Amazon, and iTunes...

The New Era - A Christmas Story (Reprise - Part 2) 

This track is basically in two parts, and several movements: 'A Christmas Story' (which was previously released as a single) is Part 1. 'Father Christmas' is Part 2, and is comprised of a medley, or several movements. What does (possibly) finding your way back home, mean to you? As the main theme of this track can have many connotations, and meanings. All in the spirit (and mystery) of Christmas itself...

Will soon be available on music merchant/streaming sites like Amazon, Apple Music, and Spotify, shortly...

The New Era - I'd Be There (Music Video II) 

This is a song about having one foot in the past, and one foot in the future, with memories of people and events along the way; after arriving in an unusual and unfamiliar place. It did turn out to be like a memory stamp in time though, and even somewhat prophetic (in more ways then one) when Superstorm (Hurricane) Sandy had hit the east coast (as I was in the process of making another significant change in my life) signifying that I was in for one hell of a wild ride! Such unusual and difficult things in one's life (the storms of life) can also make one very introspective, as one attempts to move forward toward one's ultimate destiny; as was part of the theme of 'The Walkersville Sessions' album, and in relation to some of the other previous (Music Video) tracks that I have shared here, based on songs that became somewhat of an expression of that more serious side of this introspection...

For people who may be able to relate, there IS a message here, that I myself am still trying to understand; as the song seemed to have written itself. It was like being a musical medium or somethin'! It just came thru, as I started out, just writing (in a somewhat lyrically abstract way) about daring to find the way in the direction of one's dreams; but also realizing the possibility, that there very well may also be some more difficulties, dangers, and snares along the way; if for no other reason, then in relation to the things that may have led you to the place you currently may be at to begin with...

 

Hmm? Interesting. Another great scene from this somewhat unusual flick...

 

Mmm. While I'm on this, just noticed another somewhat interesting scene from the flick. The movie seems to be strongly influenced, and based on, somethin' like freakin' RIGHT OUT OF 'OPERATION PAPERCLIP'!!! And Project MK ULTRA. Yea, Teddy hated evil people (he was funny that way) and he wound up (as an investigator) in some kind of a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane!!! (He lost his freakin' mind!) Oh, yea. Deep, dark, psychological thriller for sure. I'm like a student of psychology to begin with, and there's so many clues in this flick (about those who seemed to attempt to set him up there, and about the nature of psychological warfare, created by the professional psychopath mind, or minds) its incredible. (Its like an insight, of how the wiring in their brain is like, deliberately all screwed up). Dark ending though (as it is a dark flick to begin with) 'cause they were drugging poor Teddy against his will (and without him knowing it), as everything else seemed to fail. And, murder, is like always the last resort with these guys, when everything else seems to fail. In other words, if they can't sadistically get someone to kill themselves for instance; as Teddy also wanted to expose the whole freakin' thing from the beginning (and they seemed to know it). Holy sh*t...

Here's another pretty interesting scene. Yea, this flick is like, chock full of interesting sh*t. (From the study and analyzation of this particular kind of dark, criminally insane psychology point of view that is. The writer definitely seems to have done his homework). Hey, I think I worked with her!!! Damn. No way! Only kiddin'. (But not really). Inside joke...

This is one of the many scenes that is like something right out of 'Operation Paperclip'! (In Operation Paperclip, The Military Industrial Complex, particularly the CIA, were recruiting Nazis after the war, and bringing them here to the United States! That is, those who sorta like escaped the Nuremberg Trials. Many of these guys were known to have performed horrific medical experiments in the Concentration Camps; hence the grotesque medical experiments that Teddy strongly suspected, as to what was really going on at Shutter Island. It was like an example of the psychology of individuals within the Dark Side of our Government. On steroids! They were criminally insane, overseeing people in a mental hospital, who were criminally insane! The irony is just incredible). And (as indicated in this particular scene) they seemed to be deviously looking into Teddy, as he was looking into them. He knew, that they were in reality, serious head cases. As the real Rachel Salondo said in the cave scene: "You're allot smarter then you look. That is probably not a good thing..."

Fascinating flick, for more reasons then one. I understand it; although I know many people just don't, or really don't want to believe it. Although, many other people may actually know, in a very real way, some of the things that are like going on behind the scenes, and some may have actually and even knowingly been a part of some kind of like: "Government Ops", in some way, if you will! Its deep man. It always is. But its key (in a way) to allot of sh*t...

In fact, the flick came out when I was still living in Maryland (which is the place where I recorded the 'The Walkersville Sessions' album, that the above song is from) and it just blew me away (no pun intended) for more reasons then one. (I will never forget it. Left, like, a deep impression on me). Whew...

 

The New Era - The Broken Heart (Music Video II) 

There is no pain (or sadness) quite as profound as a broken heart. But when you take a vaccine (for instance) that healing vaccine often contains the very thing that caused the sickness in the first place; and then becomes the cure for that particular malady! So, was (mostly) the intent behind the composition of this piece. To be somewhat, like a healing balm. Yet, probably one of the saddest (yet expressive) melodies (and musical compositions) ever written; if I must say so myself...

Of course, the dichotomy (and irony) here, is that you have to have a heart for it to be broken in the first place! Whether its from the loss of a close family member, the loss of a loved one, a close friend (for instance) or the emotional pain one may feel for someone you care about, who you know may be going through a very difficult time...

Somewhat reluctant to get too personal here, but I would like to dedicate this post and music video to my cousin JoAnn therefore; who had lost her mother, father, and husband, all within a period of just several years! (As her mother, my aunt anna, was suffering from cancer, and her father, my uncle pat, was suffering from alzheimer's, before they themselves passed. Extremely sad in itself, and broke my own heart, when I heard about it). I feel your pain...

A few years ago already, but my prayers (along with this music video) still go out to you. God bless (and comfort) you. I will never forget all the memories...

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...

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