2 years after Superstorm Sandy destroyed the offices and studios of Bald Freak Music, I have come all the way back.Â Today, I’m closing the book on that chapter of my life – the floods, the failed romances, the unfulfilled destinies – with the release of The Last Q*Ball Album.
It’s out now on iTunes.Â You can also pick it up at www.lastqball.com for $6.66 thru Halloween.Â It’s coming soon to Amazon.com – and yes, there will be a physical release in late November for all you hardcore, old school fans.
Q*Ball has been a 12 year journey and – from the bottom of my heart – I want to thank all of my fans, friends, and especially all the amazing musicians who contributed to this often frustrating musical odyssey, and the 4 albums that came with it.
I’m glad it’s over.Â I’m glad it happened.Â More music coming soon.indie rock, new music, Q*Ball, Ron Scalzo, the last qball album
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On October 29th, 2012, Tropical Storm Sandy sent a tidal wave to my home in New York City. The entire house was flooded, my music production studio and home office were destroyed, along with most everything inside of it – all CDs and merchandise from Q*BALL, RETURN TO EARTH, THE HEAD SET; all my gear, my memorabilia, my furniture, my history. It’s all gone.
I am still in business, and all our artists’ music is still available digitally thru iTunes, Amazon, and all other digital retail outlets. I am documenting the experience as I attempt to rebuild, relocate, and refocus my life, no less the focus of my business and my musical endeavors.
It’s all up on The Bald Freak Blog. I hope you will read about my journey.
And I hope you continue to take the journey with me….hurricane, Q*Ball, Return To Earth, Sandy, The Head Set, tropical storm
Busy summer.Â Working on a new Q*Ball album, most likely my last.Â Ten years of disappointing mediocrity is enough, y’know?Â Thinking of releasing it exclusively on vinyl….making up 100 copies for the hardcore fans, pretending it’s 1977 and this is the only way you can consume my music, then calling it a day.Â Running the New York City Marathon in November.Â Been training since February.Â Follow my progress and the soundtrack to my runs on Facebook.Â Raising money for the talented Rosie’s Theater Kids.Â Please donate for this great cause – I’ve gotta raise 3K by November or these kids are gonna eat my brain!Â Click the image below to save me!
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All proceeds from our merch store in 2012 – including CDs & t-shirts from Q*Ball, Return To Earth, Swashbuckle, & The Head Set – will be donated to The American Cancer Society. We’ve discounted prices on all CDs and shirts to as low as $4.99!Â Support our bands, check out some awesome (halfway decent) music and help find a cure.
Visit our SHOP now to do your part!american cancer society, Q*Ball, Return To Earth, swashbuckle, The Head Set
Q*Ball covers âAlmost Paradiseâ from the âFootlooseâ soundtrack, available for free download via the link below at Soundcloud.Â The original version was sung by Mike Reno & Ann Wilson, aka the guy with the headband in Loverboy and the fat chick from Heart.Â It was written by the guy who brought you one of the gayest songs ever – âHungry Eyes,â Mr. Eric Carmen.
Q - âMy cousin performed in a church community performance of âFootlooseâ this past summer and the only redeeming thing I got out of that besides some free Twizzlers was a reminder that âAlmost Paradiseâ was a pretty dramatic, catchy tune.Â It’s a quintessential 80s power ballad and after watching it 450 times on YouTube so I could learn the chord progressions, I must admit, it’s powerful.Â Considering my fondness for 80s cheeze and Kevin Bacon, and my desire to learn to play songs by ear on the piano, I thought itâd be cool to record my own spin on the song.Â My version probably sucks, but hey, you get what you pay for.Â It was cool to learn how to play it.â
Q*Ball memorably covered 80s hits “Whip It” (Devo), “Maniac” (Michael Sembello) and “Take On Me” (A-Ha) back when he played shows and people cared.Â This is Q*Ball’s first foray into self-producing in his home studio and he apologizes for that.Â This is now the second song Q*Ball can play by ear on the piano in its entirety, after “Frosty The Snowman.”Â Q*Ball is currently working on Kermit The Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”
Performers:Â Q*Ball â Upright piano, keytar, MicroKorg, loops, vocals, slightly dodgy backing vocals.Â Recorded using ProTools LE 8.Â Inspired by SK and CB.Â âAlmost Paradiseâ is written by Eric Carmen & Dean Pitchford.Â Copyright Sony/ATV Melody Publishing LLC (BMI).Â All rights reserved.Almost Paradise, Eric Carmen, Footloose, Q*Ball