Ari Dane

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Head Shots

by Ari Dane

Released 2005
Released 2005
Strong lyrical story lines, humorous to serious, vignettes conveyed by Ari's pleasing baritone voice and supported by imaginative tracks sprinkled with folk/jazz/rock/world/country and electronica set the scene for an entertaining journey.
NOTES
"I never wanted to be a big star...
and look how great it worked out!"
...Author unknown

Just thinking about writing these notes brings to mind a quote from Mel Brooks. When asked during an interview what the most difficult thing was about making a movie, he replied, "Punching all the little holes in the side of the film!"

The fact you're reading this leads me to believe you understand there's a lot of folks in the entertainment business whom neither you nor I have ever seen or heard, who fly beneath the national radar, but nonetheless provide a pleasant surprise when their work is "discovered." I hope you find my CD, "Head Shots" to be one of those pleasant surprises.

Why the title, "Head Shots"? I hear you ask. Well, one day I was flipping through my scrapbook, wandering down memory lane while tracing the events in my career that brought me to the present, when I happened upon a collection of the 8"x10" photographic tools of my trade euphemistically referred to as "head shots."

Ah, the money I'd spent on those glossy little suckers! Not to mention the countless hours of addressing the packages also containing resumes, demos, videos, letters of recommendation and write-ups in preparation for the mad dash to the post office before closing time to send them on their way with a kiss and a prayer to agents, clubs, managers and what-have-you in the hopes of advancing my chosen profession.

Overcoming a wave of nostalgia, I fought back the tears and got over the more than most likely fact that my teen-aged idol years were probably behind me and started chuckling at what looked like a medley of my old haircuts.

Yeah...no question about it...changes...but then I started to flash on the various acts I performed, the songs I sang, the jokes I told, the different scenes, times and places all those photos represented compared to what I was doing now...and it made me smile.

Now, I don't feel this is the appropriate time and place to tell you my whole life story, but I suppose a little background might be in order. Unless, of course, you're really, really, really interested, then you can check out my website, read my two comedic memoirs, find out how I started playing guitar at the age of seven, not because I cared all that much about music at the time but rather because Roy Rogers and Gene Autry played guitar and I wanted to be a cowboy, but ended up really liking to play the guitar and then discovered I could sing and write, too, and was in a lot of bands before I became a folksinger and worked in colleges, coffee houses, resorts and supper clubs before disco killed those scenes, and then I switched to comedy and got around the world on cruise ships, worked for years on main room stages in Las Vegas casinos, opened for bigger names in concerts and theaters, wrote a few screenplays, books, a suitcase full of songs, found my way back to music and finally recorded this CD...or...you could invite me over for dinner and depending on what you're serving I could guarantee to keep you and yours spellbound for the evening...or...OK...maybe not. Tell you what...why don't you just buy this CD called "Head Shots", and that way you'll always be able to turn me off when you've had enough. Wink. Wink.

"So why haven't you released an album, er, CD, till now?" I hear you ask.
The answer is simple: economics. I wasn't signed to a record company, couldn't afford to do it the way I wanted and, as my Daddy was fond of sayin', "Wishin' don't make it so."

Do you have any idea how expensive it is to hire a 24 track studio, engineer, musicians, musical arrangers, pay for the cost of tape and...the list goes on forever...trust me, or do a bit of research, it's a lot...especially if you consider the number of songs and other material I wanted to do. Fortunately, I've lived long enough for technology to come to the rescue.

It may be simplistic, but I've always believed that, in order to work, comedy one-liners and routines, songs, poetry, screenplays, or novels, no matter the theme, must have one thing in common: a clearly defined beginning, middle and end.

Having successfully performed live, at least once, an "un-plugged" version of every song included on this CD, I felt confident in the material. Now, miracle of miracles, for little more than it used to cost to produce one or two songs when hired to create something for the corporate world, it was possible to purchase recording equipment and software enabling me to bring the sounds in my head into the physical plane by playing my midi-guitar, one track and one instrument at a time, into a synthesizer into a computer program, mix it down, record a vocal, burn a CD and, voila!...listen to the clips...magic!

To quote Al Jolson, "You ain't heard nothin' yet!"
Stay tuned for the next project,

Ari Dane