Sugar Covers Madonna and Madonna Place, Ben LaRose Shines on Drums!

Like a Prayer

This one speaks for itself! Quality-wise, what we have here is a minor masterpiece, a redo of a funky song … to make it even funkier! Sugar really rocks the house in North Stonington, CT in this music video!

And to boot, it was a fundraiser for a charity organization known as Madonna Place (more below), held at Jonathan Edwards Winery, a place where you arrive to enter a postcard; like a movie set depicting the beauty of the rolling hills of Southeastern Connecticut. Wine country. A perfect setting.

The boot?

Just happens this song was made famous by “Madonna” herself!

Amazing drum skills, Ben LaRose! Continue reading “Sugar Covers Madonna and Madonna Place, Ben LaRose Shines on Drums!”

Stardust

Stardust

Who’s got two minutes and forty-four seconds to spare? Go!

This song was written in 1927. It was the theme for our AM radio station’s (Westerly, RI) nostalgic music format, many years-ago. Stardust was on my license plate. After all the years, I conceded the MANY varieties of notations of this song weren’t working for me on guitar, so I arranged it myself. I wrote all the chords you see me playing, and when I was done, I remember thinking it was kind of amazing that I didn’t listen to the song once, and I don’t think I’ve heard it in years. It’s just in there, in my brain! Continue reading “Stardust”

Neaky Freat

My Many Personalities!

We’re on a mighty trip!
We never get it right!
But God grades on a curve
You get what you deserve! A song!

By popular demand (not my cat!) I’ll do a Turkey Day share.
This is still in process, and represents my latest project.

It’s called “Neaky Freat.”
It’s about dancing.
I play all the instruments, designed the drums and wrote the tune.
Working on this in iMovie as I migrate to a better interface (DaVinci).
Also getting to know Apple Motion a little better, which is fun!
At this point, I haven’t added the bass guy, some FX and finishing. Continue reading “Neaky Freat”

Just Let Time Go Slow

free poem

Just Let Time Go Slow

You look into my soul
Right in to my eyes
Like a gun you hold
Nothing left to be told

Sometimes I don’t eat
Worry like a lost sheep
Feel so vulnerable
Then you do what you do

I’m in poverty
And you’re peeling away
And I wish you would do it
Do it all day

I’m surrendering now
You know I know how
The connection is easy
Just let time go slow

And the invisible beat
It’s at all of our feet
You look into my heart
While I’m watching the show

It’s a dance party
That goes on for years Continue reading “Just Let Time Go Slow”

Tennessee Whiskey and Its Effect on the iPhone 6 Video Performance, Featuring Malaena and Duke Robillard!

DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal
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DJI OM-5 with iPhone 6

Here we have a fine local group in Connecticut that goes by the name “Malaena.” It’s a six-piece act and you’ll see they have a team of strong vocalists, including a bass player who sounds just like Van Morrison!

This was a casual outing, where I tested a DJI OM-5 gimbal arm that holds an iPhone. As a result, I was shooting this video in 1080p with my iPhone 6, which is actually software upgraded to an iPhone 7.

But that didn’t help!

The video performance of the older iPhones is poor in comparison to the DJI Osmo camera, and the Osmo will go to 4k and do even better. The iPhone footage is grainy, with no color depth Continue reading “Tennessee Whiskey and Its Effect on the iPhone 6 Video Performance, Featuring Malaena and Duke Robillard!”

Video Fix – Malaena (5 Song Set)

This Too Shall Pass!

The Friday night music scene is alive in the Westerly and Stonington area (RI/CT), where a good variety of musical acts are lined up right through the Columbus Day weekend. At Phoenix Dining and Entertainment in Pawcatuck, CT, the 6-piece pop cover band Malaena took the stage and I was there to capture a few songs.

Pentalogy

Buttercup
Play That Funky Music
Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Louie, Louie Continue reading “Video Fix – Malaena (5 Song Set)”

Blog Returns / New Videos

Hacker Party Time!

After a week of downtime caused by an aggressive hacker bot, here I am back in your living room! It’s good to be back!

Here’s the newest four videos I’ve published:

Easton Corbin @ Washington County Fair | Good Time (Cowbells Mashup with Intros)

Easton Corbin @ Richmond, RI | A Girl Like You

Sugar @ Phoenix | Bang Bang

Franklin Brothers Band @ Phoenix | Ain’t Nobody

Please let me know how the viewing is going on your end, Continue reading “Blog Returns / New Videos”

Walking The Dog, Searching For Rufus! Blues Caravan Party in New London Featuring Duke Robillard and Joe Beard

Four New Music Videos Today!

Duke Robillard and Joe Beard took the stage at the Hygienic in New London, Connecticut Saturday night. Joe Beard’s son, Chris, also brought his band for a well-rounded assortment of rock and blues.

The night opened with Chris Leigh. The event was organized by Leigh’s drummer, Bobby Christina. On the technical side of things, during the song “Walking The Dog,” the keyboard player tried to hide under his keyboard, but my tracking skills were invincible!

You can’t hide from me, Rufus! Continue reading “Walking The Dog, Searching For Rufus! Blues Caravan Party in New London Featuring Duke Robillard and Joe Beard”

New London Comes Alive for 9-11; Duke Robillard Graces the Stage at the Hygienic

Chris Beard Band, Joe Beard, Bobby Christina, Duke Robillard, Live on September 11, 2021 at Hygienic Art Park in New London, CT

New Englanders remembered September 11th with a wide variety of parades and special events. Westerly, Rhode Island hosted its annual Summer Pops concert in Wilcox Park, there were parades in many communities, and the music menu was very full of events!

In New London, CT, session drummer Bob Christina hosted “Bobby Christina’s Blues Caravan,” with musical legends Joe Beard and Duke Robillard, at the indoor/outdoor Hygienic Art Park on Bank Street.

Here’s Robillard and Beard, with Christina on drums and Tommy Reed (bass). An Eddie Taylor tune called “Train Fare Home.”

I’ve got more with Duke and Joe. Robillard told me he hand-painted the Epiphone guitar he’s playing; it’s pretty fabulous! He actually does commissions for his artwork painted on guitars!

Overall, a great night to experience the essence of blues performed by the greatest musicians around!

Hygienic Art is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating an enriching cultural experience in the city of New London Connecticut.

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Mark Urso
mark@markursoblog.wpcomstaging.com
@MusicVidNet

Triple Play Sunday! Franklin Brothers Band, Roomful of Blues and Easton Corbin

Triple Play! Three New Music Videos!

A great variety of new 2021 videos for you today! Last night the popular Franklin Brothers Band from New London, CT mixed up some originals, new material and classic pop covers, bringing a very entertaining, well done show to Pawcatuck, CT’s Phoenix nightclub. I’ll have more footage with some nice camera flyarounds in the next few days from this show. For now, here’s a Franklin Brothers original, 100 Days, 100 Nights, featuring Nichelle Rollins on lead vocals, to start today’s musical feast! Continue reading “Triple Play Sunday! Franklin Brothers Band, Roomful of Blues and Easton Corbin”