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Love Songs of a Lunacist
  • Artist: Eric Blackmer
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 884502003987
  • Item #: 1338381X
  • Genre: Folk
  • Release Date: 1/17/2009
  • Rank: 1000000000
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Love Songs of a Lunacist on CD

Love Songs of a Lunacist is worth a listen. You may just like it. Despite the common topical thread this music ranges widely in style and genre- Folk, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Traditional & Modern. Most of these songs came into existence only very recently seemingly of their own volition, born rather than sculpted. Perhaps Euterpe was in the house when Tom Febonio's beautiful song Ballad grew words and became 'In My Dreams', and 'Separation Anxiety' sprang forth in large glistening chunks that strongly belonged together; and then the Muse morphed 'Lady Owen's Delight', a beautiful old English melody, into 'Falling', one of the saddest, but most beautiful of love songs. Four of the songs are instrumental but these too are love songs brimming with emotion and melody. As seems true of much that is important in life, making 'Love Songs of a Lunacist' was a labor of love. This a self produced work and in many ways it is about my journey. For me the creation this CD served as therapy of sorts, helping me process and survive what was going on in my life. Music has been important in my life from the beginning. My father, David Blackmer, founder of dbx, introduced me to Harry Belafonte and Dave Brubeck at a young age. And of course I loved the Beatles, Dylan and Hendrix in High School when I rock and rolled with 'SimonPure' (David Frank, Clarice Taylor, David James and Tom Bruneau), then in 'Velocette' with Dennis Roach, Maury Falkoff,and Tom Parmenter. I eventually got sick of smoky bars and loud rock, I acquired an acoustic guitar, put on medium gauge strings and really learned how to play. I worked for a time with 'Art Attack' who backed up 'Slap Happy' at the Charles Playhouse for 6 months. At UMass Boston, I formed a dulcimer-guitar duo with Lucy Joan Sollogub. Calling ourselves 'Coleus and the Unicorn' we played folk music on the streets, at coffee house and weddings, mostly around Boston and Cambridge, but also in Holland and elsewhere. Marriage and children led us in separate directions but Lucy's influence has stayed with me and always will. I worked for years selling audio equipment EU Wurlitzer, LaSalle Music, Daddy's, Guitar Center, I also have been building recording studios. Fast forward to 1995... My children had grown up enough not to be in my lap every time I tried to play. I moved from Mid-coast Maine to Peterborough, NH to work with my Father at Earthworks Audio selling microphones. I hooked up with Marybeth Hallinan and Chaz Beaulieu and together we formed 'Full Cold Moon'. This association broadened my musical repertoire to include many Celtic tunes, especially O'Carolan, and Febonio, traditional fiddle tunes, and a wide and eclectic variety of instrumental and vocal music. We produced a CD called 'Two Hot Dates'. MB is a great songwriter and singer and her work inspired me to develop my own singer songwriter chops. (http://cdbaby.com/CD/marybethhallinan) Then in 2007 I went through a severe personal crisis. Everything, they say, happens for a reason. Emotional trauma, separation and therapy led to a kind of re-birth. When I came out the other side of my crisis I had started writing songs again and, thanks to my friend Bruce Boege (Limin Music), I was recording them. And the music didn't stop coming. I have most of the material and am well into production of my second CD: 'How I Survived the 00s' (the naughties). Please buy this CD! Thank You! Eric Blackmer PS. I still build studios with Blackmer Sound (http://www.BlackmerSound.com)