Happy New Year everyone, and I hope you all had a Merry Christmas.
Remember the TEDx show I played at in Oct., for which I promised you videos and an unplugged version of a yet to be released Falling Edge song? Well, they’ve finally been released. Hope you enjoy them:
Crippled by Fear was selected as an Epic for All Time in December at Raven Radio. You may remember that Minstrel in the Corner was also selected in May of last year. And, on the new album front, I’ve been busy practicing and working out final arrangements of the songs, and have recorded the keyboard parts on one of the tracks. As mentioned previously, Rob Kovar will be joining me on this album on drums, and we’ll be beginning to record drum tracks next week.
Earlier this week I completed all the writing and arranging for the last of the songs that will appear on the new album, and have started into all the practicing that’s going to be necessary to do the recording. I’m also happy to announce that drummer Rob Kovar, with whom I’ve been jamming over the past few months, will be playing on this record, and hopes to begin recording in the next few weeks.
The TEDx show went well, with a big turnout and an awesome crowd. The entire event was captured on video, and we’re still awaiting its appearance on You Tube. I’ll be sure to post here when it shows up.
You may remember that a year or so ago at this time, I was on the 2015 Cruise to the Edge, where I had the opportunity to play some great prog songs with other like minded musicians. I’ve posted a handful of new photos from that event on the Photos page if you want to check them out.
Chris Rupert of Falling Edge
World Premiere of new Falling Edge song live at TEDx
Due to an unexpected shoulder injury, Steve Kubica is unable to perform at TEDx Chatham-Kent 2016 this Thursday. Since I got the news I’ve been scrambling to come up with a solution, and to make up for Steve’s absence, I’ve decided to premiere a new, unrecorded Falling Edge song. This song is so new that I just finished the lyrics in the last week, and am still in the process of finishing the arrangement. I have every confidence that this song will be ready to go for Thursday, and am looking forward to sharing some new material in a live setting. I apologize for Steve’s absence, and hope to see you there.
Thought I’d take a break from working on demos to get everyone updated on what’s been going on lately. I’ve spent the last few weeks finishing up the lyrics for the last song, and after completing them, I went back over all the material I have for this album, and realized that one of the songs still needed more lyrics, so I’ve been working and re-working them as well. In the process of going through the other songs, I decided to work on finalizing the original demos that I recorded so that everything would be ready to go when I start recording, which hopefully will be soon.
In performance news, I’ll be teaming up with former Falling Edge keyboard player Steve Kubica for a rare live appearance at the Tedx Chatham-Kent conference at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham on Oct. 20, 2016. As you may know, the TedTalks series involves people giving talks on various contemporary issues which last a maximum of 18 minutes. Steve and I are tentatively booked for the 3:50 slot, and although we (probably thankfully) won’t be talking for 18 minutes, we will be playing a couple of Falling Edge songs with a few minutes to spare to grace the audience with some gems of wisdom from a musical perspective. Tickets are still available, but are 60% sold at last report, so if you plan on going, don’t delay. More information including location and ticket sales can be found at the Tedx Chatham-Kent website. Hope to see you there.