Tour Wrap-Up

For most of June, 2015 I made a little trip up to the North Coast of Ohio doing a few gigs along the way there and the way back. I decided to stick to playing my original music for the house concerts. It was a good choice. I gave some of my best performances in my life, and got a ton of positive feedback and compliments from people at the shows. I also spent a few days in Maryland working on some new music with my producer, Kevin Johnston, at Orca Sound. Continue reading

Only In My Mind

Passed another demo along to Kevin Johnston, my producer, last night. One of my favorites, “Only In My Mind.” It’s about a guy who likes to imagine that the girl he desires is secretly in love with him. Click through to read the lyrics.  Continue reading

Aiming For the Top

Aiming for the TopWhen I was in 7th grade, I think 12 years old, I lived in Nottingham NH. Essentially the town consists of woods, farms, ranches, and a nice lake called Pawtuckaway. Nearest neighbors were 1/2 a mile down the road.

One day a kid moved in a few houses down named David Wagner. He played the drums and had been playing since he was 7, so he was actually really good. He used to play along to songs like “Fly Like an Eagle.” I was really impressed. I’d sit there banging out the rhythm on his BB gun. I decided I wanted to play guitar. Continue reading

June Tour and New Music Coming Soon

I haven’t been very diligent about keeping up this blog. Mostly because few people actually visit websites these days. Most of the action for a musical artist is on Facebook, ReverbNation, Twitter, etc.

Here’s what’s going on. I released a song called “St. Tropez” on Valentine’s Day which has been getting tons of airplay. I’m working with producer, Kevin Johnston at Orca Sound on a slew of new material some Kid Conch stuff and some of my more serious stuff like “Rodney” and “Sweet Adeline.” Continue reading

My First Publishing Deal

Here’s a sneak peek at the non-Kid Conch stuff that I’m working on. (Lyrics below.) This is the song on which I made a deal for publishing rights recently – my first. Kevin Johnston is working on recording it. (This is just a home demo.) Hope to have it out at the end of the year. This is another Connors & Schettino collaboration. Thanks again to Sheryl Styer for investing in us.

Words and Music by Jimmy Connors and Rick Schettino
© 2014, Connors, Schettino, Styer
All rights reserved. BMI

LYRICS: “Down In the Islands”

Here’s some lyrics to one of the songs I’m working on with producer, Kevin Johnston.

This is another Connors & Schettino collaboration. The song has a kind of a calypso-country groove. The original version of the song that Jimmy came up with was called, “Down By the River.” I changed a bunch of the details and adapted it to my life and experiences.

There are a lot of songs about being down in the islands. This one is about “being down” in the islands. A melancholy guy is down in the islands remembering the good times he had with his ex… Continue reading

Doing the Limbo of Life

Every couple of years I go into a limbo of not knowing where the past is leading me and what the future holds. Each time I go through it I come out with a reinvented life.

Last time I was in a deep limbo was mid-winter of 2012. I had just turned 49 and gone through a breakup. During that time I did a lot of introspection and contemplation. I decided once and for all to work towards making my living in music and wean off selling my time on this planet to someone else.

I went to San Diego for the summer of 2012 to visit friends and family and work on music with one of my collaborators, Jimmy Connors. I came back to St. Pete, FL and started playing and recording full time. I went on a nationwide tour summer of 2013 with plans to spend winter in Key and then tour again in the summer of 2014.

AMI Sunset

A wrench got into the 2014 tour (medical issues) but life handed me a very nice consolation prize – the opportunity to live on one of the top-rated beaches on one of the top-rated islands in the country where I could record and play and sing at the top of my lungs and not disturb or be disturbed - thanks to Pablo and Diana, my good friends and owners of The Sandbox on AMI and this beach cottage I live in.

Once I got rolling here, I decided to dedicate myself more specifically to songwriting as a career and stop pursuing weekly bar gigs which are just another form of selling my precious time on this planet to someone else.1932382_10204240253339280_3101826187131401236_n

I’ve spent the last six months writing and recording demos and waiting for my producer to become available. My current catalog is now in the capable hands of producer, Kevin Johnston.

I also sold partial publishing rights to a song, crossing that barrier from amateur to professional songwriter and providing needed funding for recording. All seems to be going well.

What next?

This limbo phase in the life of a free spirit like mine can be tough on the psyche. It’s confusing and scary to the inner child, and requires blunt self-honesty from the inner adult.

Fortunately, this is actually the best time of year for me to be in limbo. I generally slow down and take it easy between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. I can take that time to relax and reflect on the past and imagine potential futures.

My lease runs out just after the new year begins. I can go anywhere I want in the world. Right now the plan is to spend a couple months in San Diego again visiting friends and family, since I didn’t get there this past summer. After that? God only knows. While I’m there I’ll put some more thought into it and also see which way the wind blows. I’ll most likely come back to Gulf Coast Florida and find a place to settle in for the long term.

The really great thing this time around is that it’s the first limbo in which I’m no longer wondering what to do with my time on Earth. I know what I want to be when I grow up. The only thing I really need to decide on now is where to settle for the long term.

Most likely I will settle down somewhere in Florida and continue to write and perform and tour. And hopefully meet someone special with whom to share this adventure.

People often say, “life is short.” But for me life seems long. I’ve lived in so many places, and met so many people, and had such a variety of relationships and careers, I feel like I’ve forgotten more of my life than most people remember. But I’ll never forget or regret these past couple years of reinvention.

A New Beginning

Lots of changes being made as I cross over into another phase of life…

Thought this would be a good time to ceremoniously tear down my coaching, consulting, and freelance websites and start a blog here on my eponymous domain. I no longer wish to sell anyone on the idea that they should pay me to bring value to their projects. There is only my adventure now.

AMI Sunset

Over the past two years, I’ve been working towards transitioning out of marketing and into making a living full time in music.

Recently I have narrowed that down to making a living as a songwriter/composer/producer and drop the weekly bar gigs which are just another form of selling my time on this planet to someone else.

Within months of making that decision I struck my first publishing rights deal and began my first professionally produced recording project.

I’ve been living on Anna Maria Island for the past six months and Key West the six months before that. I make enough to survive for now working only a few hours a day. I spend the rest of my time writing an making demos and occasionally performing. Life is good today.

Turn the page…

My lease is up beginning of January and I have to move out of the cottage on Anna Maria Island. I have no idea what life holds in store for me.

The future is wide open. The possibilities endless. Again.

Let a new adventure begin. Follow me!