'Nothing' is a mid-tempo rocker featuring Sherman-Godfrey’s distinctive, melodic slide playing against a taut, dual-guitar-driven track. 'Sparks' is a joyous, Who-like explosion of drums and bass under layers of ringing and wrenching guitars.
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Astoria, NY (PRWEB) May 7, 2010
“Nothing” b/w “Sparks” is the second in a series of six “virtual vinyl” singles scheduled for release in 2010 by Jay Sherman-Godfrey and available for download exclusively at jayshermangodfrey.com.
For their second single of the year, Jay Sherman-Godfrey and his band serve up another helping of engaging pop rock. “Nothing” explores the promise – and peril – of a life dedicated to performing. “I think anyone still making music in their 40s thinks about how different the view from the stage can become. When you’re 20 you just put it out there. Later on, you think more about reaching the audience,” he says. “There’s a line in the song: ‘It’s hard to keep it up from entrance to exit,’ that pretty much sums it up. But it’s not about giving in; it’s about perseverance, which is really the core of what performing and writing is to me.”
“Sparks,” is a foil of pure joy to the the worldliness of “Nothing.” The spark in question is inspiration, infatuation, creation – all the things that, as the song sums up in its last line, make it “great to be alive.”
The new single features Jeremy Chatzky (Ronnie Spector, Laura Cantrell, Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions) on bass, Nancy Polstein (Star City, Cheri Knight) on drums, Chris Erickson (Matt Keating, Florence Dore) on second guitar, and Cheri Leone (Trouble Dolls, Mark Bacino) on backing vocals.
Fully embracing the virtual vinyl concept, each single in the series features a proper “A” and “B” side and lovingly detailed sleeve and label art work by designer Mark Paul. The songs were produced, recorded, and mixed by Sherman-Godfrey at Able Mobile HQ and Chatzkill Studio, and mastered by Paul Gold/Salt Mastering.
Jay Sherman-Godfrey has enjoyed a long and varied musical career in and around New York City. He produced Laura Cantrell’s acclaimed first two CDs, Not The Trembling Kind and When the Roses Bloom Again, and has recorded and performed with They Might Be Giants, Tandy, Amy Rigby, Michael Shelley, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, and Mojo Nixon, among many others. In the early 1980s, he co-founded the seminal NYC country-rock band World Famous Blue Jays with singer and songwriting partner Jeremy Tepper. He operates Able Mobile Recording Lab in a space shared with Joe McGinty’s Carousel Vintage Keyboard Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
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