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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2013-08-20 13:25
Subject: Hey look....
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Mood:amusedamused
It's been nearly 4 years since my last LiveJournal entry.

That is all...
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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2009-08-31 21:57
Subject: The Joe Trainor Trio needs your help!!
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Mood:excitedexcited
Hello everyone...it's been too long,


I know I haven't had a chance to speak to you all as much as I like, but I was hoping you'd be willing to come and support a great cause.

As many of you know my daughter, Erin, suffers from Juvenile Diabetes. On Saturday, September 19 we are performing a benefit concert at The Baby Grand Theater to raise money for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Delaware. Tickets are only $15 and all of the proceeds go directly to the charity.

This is a worthwhile cause for me and I really would like to see it succeed. But we're going to need your help.

For those who don't know, The Joe Trainor Trio is me (piano, vocals) with Kevin Niemi on bass (from The Wall and Hedwig), and Mike Doroff on drums (from our touring production of Hedwig). We're an original band and are currently supporting our debut album, "Drive". In addition to songs from this album, we'll be debuting new material, and are planning a few surprises, as well.

Opening the show will be our friends Jill Knapp and Matt Casarino (also from The Wall as well as numerous other productions). And the night is going to be recorded for an upcoming DVD release. How often do you get to be a part of a live album/DVD? While donating money to a great cause? On my birthday?

Some come celebrate with us!! We really hope you all can make it...

For tickets: www.ticketsatthegrand.org/PerformanceDetail.aspx?Perf_no=749

For more information: www.joetrainortrio.com

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Joe
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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2008-09-14 07:26
Subject: Studio Log #4
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So Ray, Shawn and I descended on The Grand Opera House yesterday to begin recording the piano tracks for the album. We used two really great mics to close-mic the strings, and another mic to pick up the vibe in the room.

Now we had set aside 8 hours on Saturday and anther 8 hours on Sunday to get it all done without stressing. But we actually managed to get the whole thing done. We started recording tracks by 2:00 and finished with everything at 10:25. Here's what got done:

Terms
A Face In The Crowd
Dicking Me Around
Red Moon
Right Here
The Rail
Hotel
Cant Believe My Eyes
Drift
Now
Broken Circle
For The Rest Of You

After they transfer the tracks off of the portble gear, we tackle bass parts....weeeeeeeee!

(I can't tell you how hard it is for me to even type right now......my hands are so sore....)
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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2008-09-08 06:40
Subject: Studio Log #3
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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Well, Mike finished up the drum tracks as scheduled. He worked on Right Here, Dicking Me Around, Broken Circle, Now, Can't Believe My Eyes and For The Rest Of You. Everything sounds great. Best drum sound I've ever heard on a project I've been involved with.

This week I'll collect the drum tracks to transfer to the mobile unit, so we can record piano this weekend.

WooHoo....a whole weekend at The Grand..........should be worth it.

More to come...
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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2008-09-07 07:42
Subject: Studio Log #2
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Got into the studio with Mike yesterday. After a couple of hours of Ray and Mike focusing on the overall sound of the set, we finally began cutting tracks.

Tracks completed yesterday:
A Face In The Crowd
Drift
Red Moon
The Rail
Terms

6 to go....we pick up his afternoon.
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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2008-09-03 21:47
Subject: Studio Log # 1
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We kicked off the recording of the JT3 album tonight. Spent the evening with the producer and engineer Ray Gagliardi recording the click tracks and guide tracks for Mike to play to this Saturday. The tentative running order for the album is:

Terms
A Face In The Crowd
Dicking Me Around
Right Here
Red Moon
The Rail
Hotel
Now
Can't Believe My Eyes
Drift
Broken Circle
For The Rest Of You

We sat around listening to various recordings trying to find a direction for the drum sound, but the test will be Saturday when we get in there and start recording them.

I'm looking forward to it. If everything goes well, we'll have it in hand by mid-November.

Yea!
More to come...
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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2008-09-02 06:29
Subject: JT3 @ The Arden Fair
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Location:the couch
Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Music:morning joe
Tags:arden, joe trainor trio, led zepellin, recording
Hey everyone. Just wanted to throw a quick update out there...

We had a great time at The Arden Fair on Saturday. The weather held up and we had a nice, sunny (and hot) day. Technically we were supposed to start at 4:45.....they had hoped we'd start at 4:30....we started at 5:00. Here's the list:

Terms
The Last Polka
For The Rest Of You
Whole Lotta Love
What Is And What Should Never Be
The Lemon Song
Thank You
Heartbreaker
Living Loving Maid
Ramble On
Moby Dick
Bring It On Home
Can't Believe My Eyes

Since we didn't start until 5:00 we didn't have much of a warm-ups set before the Zep (which we had to start by 5:15 in order to get it in by 6).

But I've got to say: From my perspective, it was amazing watching the audience just kick back and enjoy the performance. So many people singing along. Kevin was awesome during The Lemon Song, and Mike's stick-free solo in Moby Dick was really great. And when it was all done, a wonderfully warm reception.

And that's what it's all about.

Had Shawn come out and record the whole thing to multi-track and our friends at Mobius Media brought along 4 Hi-Def video cameras....so there should be a DVD of this available soon.

Next up: LOMA event in downtown Wilmington on November 1 (details to come)

In the meantime: We're recording an album....yea!!!
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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2008-08-10 20:04
Subject: JT3 @ Mojo 13
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Location:home
Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Music:Final Fantasy IX
Tags:arden fair, joe trainor trio, mojo 13
So Friday night we made our appearance at Mojo 13 for the Spark Summer Music Series. Jessica Bratton and Rob Kelesse were in attendance (and Jessica brought me a DVD of our photo shoot which was awesome. We had a pretty good crowd (including some friends from kickball and a pair of Rileys) which always gets us amped up. We played some new stuff and had fun with a couple of covers.

In particular we played a fun version of Under Pressure and brought Shawn up (my brother who sings for Cubane) to cover the Bowie parts. You can check out the last half of that by going to YouTube and searching Joe Trainor Trio (should be the first one to come up...sorry, not good with the whole 'linking' thing).

We had a lot of fun. Sorry if you missed it. Here's the list:

Terms (new song)
A Face In The Crowd
Wicked Little Town
Right Here
Three Is A Magic Number
Red Moon
Come Together
One Angry Dwarf
The Rail
Leave The Biker
Dicking Me Around
Under Pressure (with Shawn)
Can't Believe My Eyes
Prelude/Angry Young Man
Broken Circle
The Last Polka
For The Rest Of You

Next Up: Saturday, August 30th - The Arden Fair (yes, we're doing Led Zeppelin II...do not miss this). 4:30pm.

Arden will be our last gig for a while as we head right into the studio the next weekend to record our debut. We've got something tentatively scheduled for Nov 1st (details to come). See you soon

- joe
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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2008-08-03 07:38
Subject: JT3 @ Unicity
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So yesterday The Joe Trainor Trio participated in the Unicity Festival in Middletown, DE. Over a hundred performing arts acts (from bands, to comedians, theater and dance groups) participated and we were smack dab in the middle of the day.

One of the coolest aspects of the day was that my brothers (Allen & Shawn) were both participating with thier respective groups (Paul Lewis & Cubane). Cubane followed us on the Variety Stage, whereas Paul Lewis played on the main stage opening for The Fixx.

I spent the whole day at the festival and got to see a few bands. In addition to Paul Lewis, Cubane and The Fixx I also checked out Ian Walsh, The Crash Motive, Stefanie Jaye and Three Legged Dog.

Thd tent we performed in (the Variety Stage) started 20 minutes late due to power issues which were resolved by tapping in to the closet streetlight. So, of course, two-thirds of the way through our set....the power dies.

But they fixed it and we finished up our set. When Cubane started...they got 20 seconds into their set before the power died, so at least it wasn't just us.

Here's the set:
Terms (new song)
Dicking Me Around
A Face In The Crowd
Under Pressure
Can't Believe My Eyes
Broken Circle (incomplete due to power failure)
The Last Polka
For The Rest Of You

MVP goes to Mike this week. Mike really messed up his foot a couple of weeks ago and the swelling that ensued was unlike anything I'd ever seen. It's gone back to its usual size and shape, but needless to say, the guy was still hobbling around....and yesterday was the first time he'd played since it happened.

NEXT UP: Friday, August 8th, @ Mojo 13 for the Spark Summer Music Series. Time: TBD

OF NOTE: A reminder that we're headlining the Arden Fair on August 30th. We will be performing a small set of originals before lunching in to all of Led Zeppelin II. We're having this performance video taped so we sincerely hope that you can all make it out. We start at 4:30.

Peace,
trainor
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Don't talk to me about life...
Date: 2008-06-05 08:57
Subject: JT3 to headline The Arden Fair
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Mark August 30th on your calendar everyone, as The Joe Trainor Trio will be headlining the 101st Arden Fair.   Details to follow.

Hope to see everyone there.
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