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jaybird
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 12:50 pm Reply with quote

Hey folks,

Sorry if I have entered this tome in the wrong thread!
If a moderator wishes to move this to a more appropriate
thread, by all means, do it.


We've joined UBW.com and are having loads of
fun watching the charts and checking out all
of the "unsigned" talent out there.

Things in the music business certainly have changed
since we, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions,
first recorded Destiny Road.

Why we are just getting our music out there after
we played for so many years in the Los Angeles area
its a long story. We'll spare you.

We are all 50 something players and all but me, the
genesis of this project, have played professionally
during the hay day of rock 'n roll. An example is Tommy Mars,
the keyboard player with Frank Zappa and the Mothers
of Invention, or Jerry Manfredi who was Andy Gibb's (RIP)
music director and bassist. Jethro our drummer played
with Sly and the Family Stone and countless others. I have
had the fortune to play with these guys for years as my
band. I guess this has elevated my playing and more
importantly the joy of "playing in the moment" with truly
gifted musicians.

As for my history I was there at the stage at Devonshire
Downs in the SF Valley when Hendrix played (not well
unfortunately for me at that time). I saw Cream, Tull
and the first iteration of AC/DC. I was there for Rod Stewart
with Ron Wood and watched Danny Elfman with The mystic
knights of the Oingo Boingo play at "The Troubadour". I saw
Elton John's first performance in Los Angeles and of course
watched Jimmy page and John Bonham, John Paul Jones and
of course Robert Plant blow the music scene away in the
early ‘70’s. I was there.

Once The Manic Emotions hit the scene we played at the
Mint, Madam Wong's, and other local clubs. We played
in the same circuit as Robben Ford and the Blue Lin and
many other of my favorite groups. As I write this I remember
seeing Steve Morse with the Dixie Dreggs or Eric Johnson
playing “The Cliffs of Dover” in real time. These guys
profoundly affected me forever.

My only point is that I was there, up close and personal,
and it affected me as a song writer, performer and player.
Being there, I guess, was different than hearing this stuff
after these artists quit playing.

What we have all collectively seen up close and personal
from the birth of Rock 'n Roll, through payola, the 80's
and now the emergence of the Internet music communities
is . . . well like a trip down Destiny Road Shocked

We suppose most of you that we put in our station are
from a different generation than us. We are inspired
by the creativity and thoughtful efforts in the Alt Rock
and the blues genres. We love to see true musicians,
skillful song writers and performers polishing their art
can keep the faith in what appears to be a dying
industry from the commercial POV.

Well, we're still out here and though we are well into our
elder careers there is nothing more satisfying than getting
together and just playing. We've been together for over
15 Years and when we get the chance to play - well we
all are in the moment and the world, for those brief
moments in our hectic lives - stops.

Check us out. We'd love to hear from the younger generation Wink

http://www.musicianmp3.com/artist/GaryDranowandtheManicEmotions/

Rock On!

Gary Dranow and the Manic Emotions
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 8:02 pm Reply with quote

jaybird,

It's great to have you here!!!

It sounds like you've had a really interesting background and some great experience. I hope I'm still as involved with music when i'm 50-something!!!! (20 more years, Wink )

I'm gonna check out your music!!!!

Take care,
Ron
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Posted: Fri May 27, 2005 11:46 pm Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, jaybird.
Well in 20 years I'll be 50 something, and like the boss says, hope I'm still making music then, too.
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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 6:01 am Reply with quote

From one old rocker to you others, it's good to have good company. Cool
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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 8:16 am Reply with quote

I checked out 'kisses'. Not my cup of tea, but Respect to the pedigree.
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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 4:58 pm Reply with quote

Soulfish wrote:
I checked out 'kisses'. Not my cup of tea, but Respect to the pedigree.


Yeah, not mine either. I much prefer "Mellow Drama,
Something About U and Destiny Road" (more from a
song writer and guitar player POV) Thanks for the listen!!
Have checked your stuff out as well, good stuff Wink

We all appreciate making us old codgers feel welcome!! And
of course to Mittins - we probably both creak a bit, eh?

Thanks to those who posted so far!! : Very Happy

ps;. probably a unobservant question, how do you get
those cool "live stats" in your signatures?? Embarassed
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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 6:15 pm Reply with quote

Hi jaybird.

Welcome to the Unsigned Band Web!! It's awesome to have you all here.

Those "cool "live stats" in your signatures" is called a dynamic signature. It is a feature for our Standard and Pro Premium members. And seeing that you fall within this category, you are more than welcome to a dynamic sig. I'll get one created ASAP.

Take Care!!!

Shannon
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 6:34 am Reply with quote

Shannon gets on that stuff like a hobo on a ham sandwich!!
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 6:42 am Reply with quote

Jaybird , Checked out 'mellow Dreama" I really liked the bussy bass line in there. Good job. Cool
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 7:36 am Reply with quote

mittins wrote:
Jaybird , Checked out 'mellow Dreama" I really liked the bussy bass line in there. Good job. Cool


Thanks!! Dang woman! I just added your stuff to my
"radio". Give me a link so I can check out your background,
very pro, great lyrics and vocals Wink

On the bass is Jerry Manfredi (as with all my boyz) a player's
player. Plays very melodic bass lines which is part
of what I believe takes our music from the mundane to
something a bit more interesting to listen to Laughing

"Hopin for another day, so lightning can strike me...twice.."

Check out " Made it Another Day" - similar sentiments,

"I don't know why things get so complicated for this Ordinary Man . . .
Sometimes I just want to slip away, then I wake up and realize I
made it another day" Laughing
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 7:56 am Reply with quote

mittins wrote:
Shannon gets on that stuff like a hobo on a ham sandwich!!


Indeed! I also got an email from Shannon and
expressed my gratitude profusely
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 10:52 am Reply with quote

Jaybird, that dang woman would be Witcheru.my wife. I'm the bassplayer , mittins Confused . Hell of a name for a bass player. don't ya' think? Wink And thank you for your comments regarding our music.
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 10:58 am Reply with quote

mittins wrote:
Jaybird, that dang woman would be Witcheru.my wife. I'm the bassplayer , mittins Confused . Hell of a name for a bass player. don't ya' think? Wink And thank you for your comments regarding our music.


Ah yeah Laughing My wife, the PH. D. just goes ski racing with me
and tolerates my rants on the Golf Course. Lucky for us she
doesn't play
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 5:59 pm Reply with quote

I am building our "Station" by listening to other UBW artists
and selecting what the group has voted on. We are
going through this thing systematically and, yes, slowly
but if you're up there, we have listened to your music and
you've got our

We will be adding more as we have time to collectively
listen, agree, argue, vote and update the station.

Feel free to add us to yours if you feel so inclined

Oh yeah, and Mittins or Shannon, what's this map deal Question
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 7:14 pm Reply with quote

It's a really cool feature on the "home" page under the on line stats list. Click on view map and see where we all live!! Wink
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