Category Archives: Music

Nice to hear

Every once in awhile I get an email from someone who would like to use the music I wrote for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since I have yet to get around to publishing it or making a quality recording, I always tell the person they’re free to use it as long as they credit me in the program and send me a copy for my collection. I recently got this email back from the last person to put on a show with my music:

Dear Mr. Punaro,

Our play was an extraordinary success, unified greatly by your music!

The Bergomask brought down the house. The students take the music to parties and dance it at every opportunity. You have given us all great joy.

Ha! I can’t imagine a bunch of kids dancing to my Bergomask dance at parties, but I suspect they’re pretty young. What a great note to get, though!

The end of BNL as we know it

From the Barenaked Ladies official website:

By mutual agreement, Steven Page will be parting company with the remaining members of Barenaked Ladies. Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart will continue recording and touring together as Barenaked Ladies. Steven Page will pursue solo projects including theatrical opportunities while the band enters the studio in April 2009, and hits the road in the fall.

Page says “These guys are my brothers. We’ve grown up together over the past twenty years. I love them and wish them all the best in the future.”

The band also wish Steven well in all of his endeavors. Ed Robertson says: “It’s the start of a new chapter for all of us. Here’s to the future!”

Everyone is looking forward to making new music and thanks their fans for their support.

It’s sad. In my opinion, Steve’s songs were much better than Ed’s, although I’m really liking Kevin Hearn’s stuff. It remains to be seen whether the remains of BNL will be able to hold it together, and hold our interest.

That’s not right

Man, I love Rock Band, but come on – I paid about $200 for my REAL Stratocaster!

They’re exactly what you think they are: actual Fender Squire axes turned into Rock Band 2 controllers, with the size, heft, and weight you’d expect from dad’s electric guitar. Of special note was the Precision Bass controller, which has a dual flipper and thumb rest to allow fast pickers to do their thing Entwistle-style. They are also wireless, will come with a foot pedal for overdrive, and the guitar controller will have a whammy bar, of course. Unfortunately, Mad Katz didn’t add the optical sensor for display calibration, but we’ll forgive them for now. Look for these for $199 in Q1 2009 for both Xbox 360 and PS3.

Excuse me – Dad’s electric guitar? Not quite yet.

via Engadget

Music video!

I’ve never had a music video before, and this is probably as close as I’ll ever get. Big thanks to Chris Byrd for posting his video from the Apriori art show held at the Terminal in early 2006, using a piece I wrote as background music. That piece was the Bergomask Dance, from a suite of pieces I wrote for the RIT Player’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here’s a little known fact – that music has since been used in several other performances of that play… including one by the Rep College in England. So I can call myself an internationally renowned composer and get away with it. 😉

Here’s the video: