Ever since Superstorm Sandy, an event in which my entire musical and material history was essentially erased, I have thought long and hard about how much I truly care about being an artist, about being in front of a microphone. About taking pride in what I do even when eyes and ears are often focused elsewhere. I guess I know the answer now.
I’ll be working with the talented Matthew Brown at Golden Retriever Studios. I met Matt in Seattle two summers ago – he engineered, mixed, and contributed guitar work to 3 songs on The Last Q*Ball Album.Â It was during these sessions that I decided that music still mattered to me, that I had already decided that I could turn the flood into something positive rather than drown in self-pity and just accept all that loss. Sometimes we waste precious time building an ark when we can swim towards opportunity instead.
The Last Q*Ball Album was recorded at Electrokitty Studios in Seattle and at Thump Studios in Brooklyn.Â Special thanks to my talented friends Daniel G. Harmann, Theodore Pagano and Joseph Milazzo for giving me the boost to bring this album to life.Â The new album will be out in late October and will be Bald Freak’s first new release since Superstorm Sandy destroyed our facilities nearly two years ago.daniel g. harmann, joseph milazzo, Q*Ball, Ron Scalzo, Superstorm Sandy, the last qball album, theodore pagano
After a lot of soul searching, I have decided to release The Last Q*Ball Album, a collection of 8 new songs that I have been working on – most since before Superstorm Sandy – plus 2 previously released tracks.Â The album will be released on iTunes and Amazon through Bald Freak Music in late October.Â A physical CD release will follow.Â This is my first Q*Ball release in 7 years – read more about The Last Q*Ball Album here.new album, Q*Ball, Ron Scalzo, Superstorm Sandy
John Legend visited the morning show to perform his mega-hit “All Of You” and he needed a piano.Â Since my Superstorm Sandy survivor Yamaha P22 upright was on-site, I volunteered it as tribute and the rest is history.Â I also took advantage of the fact that the piano was mic’ed up and invited my little rock star cousins up to the radio station the next day to record some fun songs I wrote for our co-host Danielle Monaro’s birthday.Â Win-win!
Danielle Monaro, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, John Legend, Mayo Song, piano, Ronnie Scalzo, Superstorm Sandy, Yamaha
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Bald Freak Music home offices are being rebuilt while I hunker down in a swag pad in Brooklyn, NY.Â This is an opportunity to rethink how I want to run my business, and where I want to run it.
In the meantime, I have relocated my piano and my surviving gear to a studio in the TriBeCa section of Manhattan.Â I have been dedicating a good chunk of creative time to my blog and to musical and voice-related endeavors on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.Â Check out some of the latest and greatest here.
Meanwhile, those other dummies in Return To Earth have decided they’re ready to start tracking the songs we worked on in late 2011, and we will be recording our third album in the coming months.Â More on that soon! \m/
Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, No More Comedy Albums, Return To Earth, Superstorm Sandy, TJ Taormina