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Joe Paulino

April 7, 2010

Joe’s an old friend. We met some 25 years ago, in the midst of our burgeoning careers in advertising. Truth be told, Joe’s burgeoned considerably more than mine, as he went on to become a very successful voice and onscreen actor. I stayed the course as a creative director, and eventually decided to become a commercial director. Over the years, we’d see each other at industry events and occasionally, on the set or in the studio. But about three years ago, we connected through our mutual love of music. Joe worked diligently to become a very good drummer, and along the way, built a recording studio in the back of his palatial home in the Sausalito hills. Monday night my buddy Brandon Butrick and I went over there to record a couple of tunes for Brandon’s upcoming album, including Ellington’s “Mood Indigo,” and one of mine, entitled “What’s Your Deal? (Are You For Real?).” Studio P features a lovely Yamaha grand piano that’s a pleasure to play. As it happened, the bass player didn’t show, so instead of a trio, it was up to Joe and me to make it work by ourselves. And somehow we did. I was reminded once again that only by listening deeply to each other, can musicians manage to commune on a higher level. Nothing we recorded that night will scare the likes of Herbie Hancock, et al, but Joe and I made music that night that felt good. And that’s really the point, isn’t it?

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  1. April 8, 2010 2:51 pm

    Absolutely – that is the point…..and how cool is that – Sounds like it was a great evening!

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