First a note about the above graphic: In literature, there are great works of art by Hemingway, Steinbeck, and the ilk, that are condensed by hacks into bite-size pieces called "Cliff-notes." Slomo created an incredible website that I have done a "Cliff-notes" version of recreating. However, just like the great works, the original is always better. So, please go to Trish's site and explore the great work that Slomo has created.
I first heard about Trish Monaco through her journal here in J-land. I never listened to her Monday music entries because it takes too long to download on dial-up. Thenin December, she was going to be performing live. It was a great opportunity for me to finally hear her music. Alas, it was a busy time for me. I was finishing up the semester at school, moving to new digs, and going on a trip to Texas. All of this was occurring within one week's time! As such, I would have to miss her gig. However, J-land did not let her down and showed its support in many ways. One of which, was that Amused went to the show and even took pictures for Trish to share with us.
When Trish Monaco launched her website, I was in the middle of my vacation and promised I would order her CD when I returned to California. Like usual, time escaped me and I didn't get around to ordering the CD until late January. After receiving and listening to her CD, I was floored by the talent of this woman. Then along came the announcement of another gig for Ms. Monaco. I was determined that this one I would not miss.
Trish was scheduled to perform two songs in a variety show at The M Bar in Hollywood. It was a benefit performance to raise money for a group of comedic performers, called "Tomboys in Fishnets" who need to raise capital to produce their next show. I'm always open to supporting the artistic endeavors of those trying to stake their claim on fortune and fame. Being Los Angeles, there are lots of them out there.
Wednesday arrived. I went to Kevin's after work to change into an appropriate rock-head outfit. You know the type: tight black jeans, and body-hugging top, with a little black jacket to boot. We arrived at the M Bar early so we could grab a bite to eat and I could chill out after a treacherous day at work by sipping on an Apple Martini. Trish arrived a short time later. I introduced her to Kevin and she went off to do her thing. Having dated a musician before, I knew the best thing I could do for Trish was to stay out of her way and not lurk around expecting her to entertain me. After all, I was there to support her, not the other way around. It was her night and what a great night it was!
The M Bar is a little hole in the wall bar/restaurant. It's really quite romantic in an old Hollywood kind of way. There are mirrors and red, velvet curtains lining the walls. The stage is surrounded by tables and on the outer ring are big luxurious red cushy booths. Kevin and I found a table and proceeded to enjoy the ambience and good food before the show started.
As we finished eating, the show began. Two singers performed before Trish took the stage. Then Trish's time in the spotlight arrived. Her first song was one I hadn't heard on her CD. As such, I was quite thrilled to hear something new. Trish then began singing what I thought was another song that I had not heard, when in actuality it was only an intro into her song, "Walls of Pain." The intro she sang, I later found out was taken from the Blackeyed Peas' song, "Where is the Love." I had heard it before but Trish's rendition was so heartfelt and raw that I didn't recognize it. I leaned over to Kevin and said, "This is going to sound really cheesy and stupid, but I've got goose-bumps." He said, "Oh my God, so do I!"
In a journal entry of Trish's from December, she wrote: "I always get the feeling I need to rush through my set so everyone can get on with the things in their lives that they'd rather be doing. As if they're all held captive in the audience." Not having heard her music yet, I replied to that entry with this comment: "There's a difference between being held captive and being captivated." Now, I can back that statement up by experience. Her performance had Kevin and I captivated from start to finish. I believe she received the most applause and cheers for the night. I know I was hooting and hollering with hopes that she would perform an encore. Unfortunately, since there were so many more acts to follow, we were left with only a tease of two songs. The rest of the night was good too and you can read more about it in Trish's journal entry. But, don't leave me just yet. There's more that I have to say.
Breaking into showbiz is tough!!! People who don't live out here think it's easy to be discovered. The old saying, "It's not what you know, but who you know" couldn't be truer than in Los Angeles. The music industry has gotten even tougher. They don't care how talented you are any more. It's all about whether you have a bottled bubble-gum image that they can sell. Most performers aren't even all that talented musically. Someone else writes their songs. They lip-sink to studio tracks that are dubbed over with all kinds of tricks and doo-dahs. The truly talented go unnoticed. Trish is one of those truly talented individuals. I'm not saying that someday she won't be recognized but I think that the voice of the people should be heard, that "we the people" should do something about it, that Trish Monaco should be heard on the airwaves and not have to wait another ten years to have it happen.
You're probably thinking: "What can I do about it? I've bought her teaser CD. I'm a nobody. I don't know anyone in the record industry." Well, I believe word of mouth is powerful!!! And, the internet has increased that power exponentially. This is my suggestion and I hope you'll take me up on this. If you haven't bought her teaser CD yet, go now to her website and buy it. It's only $7 and worth every penny. In this day and age, $7 is practically nothing. I spend more in one pop at Starbucks on something that will last me maybe a half-hour, while music will last as long as the CD stands up to my wear and tear, which is much much longer than a half hour. For those of you who have already purchased her CD, go now and buy another one. Give the CD to a friend and ask that if they enjoy it to pay you back by purchasing another CD and to pass that CD along to a friend with the same request attached.
Trish didn't put me up to this. I must confess I am selfishly motivated in my request. The sale of the teaser CD is a means for Trish to raise the necessary funds to complete the recording of her full CD. I want to hear more of Trish's tunes. I want her to be able to finish. I want everyone to hear what a great talented songwriter and singer she is. I want the voice of the people to drown out the music marketing execs who think they know what people want by putting our music into nice, neat little packages. Now go...