I have always liked Autumn and Halloween especially holds some fond memories for me. When I was 12 years old I purchased two books that made a big impression on me. One book was The Collected Short Stories of Washington Irving (which included The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) and the other was a collection of poems by Edgar Allan Poe.
That October, under the influence of these two books, I decided to become a writer.
First of all, however, I felt that I needed to have the appropriate accoutrements. So I had my mother sew a black cape for me (she refused to include a red satin lining) and I then fashioned a quill writing utensil by sticking the innards of a ball point pen in a hollowed out feather. For some reason I felt these were things were essential to the creative process.
I now could descend into our basement each night and write macabre poetry by candlelight with the proper ambiance. I filled a notebook with what must have been some truly bad pseudo-gothic poetry that October but I had a great time doing it.
After what seemed like a long stretch of time but in reality was probably only two weeks I grew tired of this endeavor. I discovered that it was very hard work trying to find a word to rhyme with “tomb.”
The new album by my quartet East Side (with Clint Hoover, Michael Bissonnette, Matt Senjem) is now complete and is now available.
The CD is called “astoria” and a 100 radio station campaign will commence in September guided by Lisa Reedy Promotions.
There are also a couple of video projects in the works as well and all developments will be posted here at reynold.com as they occur.
The August 29 performance at the 318 Cafe was filmed as part of one of these projects and the first 40 paid admissions received a free CD from my back catalog.