by Aaron Von Cello
1. I Used To Be An Orchestra Player - Been there, but it wasnt my dream. Its difficult but liberating to strive to reach your true potential. (A great video song.)
2. Cello Man - A song about the mythical cellist who taught me how to play. (You dont think I came up with all of this on my own do you?)
3. Anthem/Cello Players Rap - Rappers express anger about the deal society gives them. When I was a struggling musician I felt a lot of anger too, Yet by turning my anger into humor, I was able to survive. So, to all the struggling musicians of every type: keep the faith!
4. Lost In Cyberspace - My feelings when first having to deal with the internet. The end chorus is from Bachs Cantata, Sleepers Awake.
5. Leading Me On - An artist struggles with inspiration, running to the shelter of an ordinary life, but is lead back to his destined path as if by an angel. If Bach were alive and writing pop songs perhaps they would sound like this. (Inspired by Bach's Cantata # 54.)
6. Brother John - This true story of a homeless accordionist is based on Schubert's"The Organ Grinder" from Die Winterreise, which has a repeating melodic figure, symbolizing an organ grinder playing in the winter. "Brother John" presents a modern parallel of tragedy.
7. Bach To The Future - I hope the old master smiles from the world beyond as he hears his great Air enter the space age.
8. Holes In The Sky - What do you think it means?
9. Jump On That Train - Written during a trip through the south, its your invitation to jump aboard the Von Cello express. The train has just left the station. Come on, enjoy the ride!
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The CD Story: An Interview
New Sounds Magazine (NSM): Is it true that every single note on your CD was played, sung or midied there by you?
Aaron Von Cello (AVC): Midied there, I like that. Well I guess the truth had to come out eventually. All the vocals, the cello, guitar and bass lines were performed live by me and I also laid down all of the midi tracks which include the drum, string, wind and sound effects lines.
NSM: You must have had some production help.
AVC: Actually I did all of the recording alone in my home studio with my Mac G3 using Logic Audio sequencing software. I started the year unable to even turn on a computer and now Im using the most advanced audio/midi software available. It was time consuming at first, but I believe this knowledge will be helpful when I make a CD for a record label because Ill understand the engineering process. After all, theres more to making a record than just playing your instrument. I did have some help in the mixing stage, mostly to get some other ears involved.
NSM: Its highly unusual for an artist to play all the parts on a CD, and quite impressive. Did you do this to impress people or do you see yourself as a new type of modern day soloist?
AVC: To be honest, I want people to know that I have many talents, but ultimately, I see Von Cello as a band. Mostly, I want people to be able to hear my pure vision of these pieces at this time. As other musicians and producers get involved, Im sure things will develop differently, as well they should, to reflect the talents of all who participate.
NSM: You say a band. Do you plan to take your act on the road?
AVC: Most definitely. Ive been performing since I was 4 and playing professionally since my early teens. To me music is a live thing. Communicating with people is the great thrill. One thing about playing classical music always bothered me; the audience must behave. Im not satisfied until theyre dancing, singing and screaming.
NSM: And you believe people will scream over a cellist?
AVC: Its happened to me many times! To tell you the truth, I wont be satisfied until kids are lining up at music stores to buy electric cellos like they used to do to buy guitars. When I used to talk this way, a few years back, people thought I was a dreamer. Perhaps Its time for them to wake up!
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