Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My NerdCampMI session

Did you attend my NerdCampMI session about creative writing activites and clubs that truly get kids focused on creativity? Wish you'd been there?

Click here for resources I shared via Dropbox.

Friday, July 6, 2018

SILENT EXPLOSION out July 16th!

SILENT EXPLOSION will release on July 16th!

If you missed the boat pledging on Kickstarter, don't despair -- you can preorder the album on CD or in digital form over at Bandcamp and get immediate access to the song "Magnify". CDs will be shipped immediately after they return from the printer.

Stream "Magnify" and preorder SILENT EXPLOSION below...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

I'll be at NerdCampMI!

Hello all!

I'm happy to report that I'll be attending NerdCampMI again this year! I'll be there to sign books, present a few sessions for educators, and learn a bunch of new teaching tricks from other attendees.

I've also updated the EVENTS page with a few Grosso Brothers Band shows, and there will likely be more on the horizon.

On a separate note, SILENT EXPLOSION is about 55% done and should be in the hands of Kickstarter backers within a month or two. Rock on, backers!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Anything You Might've Missed From World Read Aloud!

Hey everyone! I had a blast Skyping with classrooms all over the country this past Thursday for World Read Aloud 2018. Thank you to all the teachers and librarians who invited my virtual self into their classrooms.

Since every Skype is a little different, I wanted to post anything individual classrooms might've missed due to time constraints and technical difficulties.

Below are four videos of things I included in my Skypes -- me reading from I AM DRUMS, reading from a brand new book that is yet to be published, playing drums, and playing guitar. If your students missed any of the moments below, please feel free to share with them however you'd like.

Thank you for inviting me into your classrooms!

An excerpt from I AM DRUMS...



An excerpt from a brand new book...



Me playing the drums...



Me playing the guitar...


Monday, January 22, 2018

The SILENT EXPLOSION Kickstarter is live!

Sound the gong! I've launched a Kickstarter for a new music project!

It's a new rock album called SILENT EXPLOSION, and it's gearing up to be something truly amazing.

Check out what the album is all about, listen to a few samples (the final versions will be amazing if this campaign is successful!), and consider pledging at whatever level is comfortable for you.

VISIT THE SILENT EXPLOSION KICKSTARTER PAGE!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Behind the Soundtrack -- "A Chance to Really Play"

SPOILERS AHEAD: Please note that in order to continue blogging about the I AM DRUMS Soundtrack I will have to step into mild spoiler territory. If you haven't read the book yet, do that now.

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This is the first song I wrote for SONGS FOR SAMANTHA: the I Am Drums Soundtrack.

I didn't know it was going to end up on a book soundtrack when I wrote it, but it's the first one I completed. I have an early recording of it with electronic drums somewhere, and I remember it was a lot slower and moodier. In some ways I really liked that sound for this song, but in the end I realized it was an inherently optimistic song and needed a quicker tempo to give a feeling of forward motion.

No mix is ever perfect, but I can at least appreciate the drum mix on this one because it made each hit feel like a punch in the face (which is an image Sam herself uses earlier in the book).

I had a lot of trouble figuring out what moment it would go with. It was originally titled "Fight Back" and went with the opening scene of Sam getting in trouble for clocking Danny with a mallet, but since Sam eventually learns better ways to deal with Danny it didn't make sense to dedicate a celebratory song to attacking someone with a musical instrument.

It was also briefly titled "Knocking on Pete's Door", but I retitled it to keep the reader guessing as to how she would eventually get the chance to really play.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New song -- "Magnify"

I wasn't going to post this, but then my wife said, "Dude, it sounds like your big number on Broadway, and you're singing it alone on stage with your arms spread apart all dramatically at the end of the show!"

How do I not post it after she tells me that?

Enjoy!