Mike Errico, “Count to Ten”

Mike Errico, “Count to Ten”

Lilting and lovely…You’ll wanna go there, we promise. – Guitar World I pass in too little time Too fast you slip from my mind I cast you here and I see you shine Over and over again Over and over I count to ten Blink and I see you then Hiding like spies among desperate lives Til we meet again Lightning in luminous beams Lost kings and exiled queens Waiting in the garden of only a dream I want you I need you I miss you “Count To Ten” written by Mike Errico, Angie Pollock (Sky Blue Coupe De Ville Music, ASCAP/ Angie Pollock) Mike Errico: Vocals, guitars, percussion Matt Beck: Guitars Ethan Eubanks: Drums Jeff Hill: Bass Angie Pollock: Backing vocals Andrew Sherman: String arrangements Rob Moose (violin), Hiroki Taguchi (viola), Garo Yellin (cello) Cover art by Angela Errico “I wanted it to feel like you’ve walked into a fantastical place that you can’t quite pin down.” (Interview, originally published in Guitar World): The “Count to Ten” video feels like you’re walking in a dream. How was that vibe created? Thanks. The minute the song was done, I noticed that it had something special, so doing a video was a natural next step. I shot the footage using the 8mm app on my iPhone. I’ve done that once before, for an acoustic guitar version of Tom Waits’ “Johnsburg, Illinois,” which is the same record, Wander Away, and I just really love the mood those old timey filters provide. The whole record has that lush, otherworldly vibe, to me. Where did you shoot? Well, that’s kinda funny, because we...
Mike Errico Holiday Show: Dec. 19th, Joe’s Pub

Mike Errico Holiday Show: Dec. 19th, Joe’s Pub

TIX ON SALE NOW: http://joespub.publictheater.org/en/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/2014/M/Mike-Errico-Holiday-Show/?SiteTheme=JoesPub Related show Artist: Mike Errico Date: 12/19/14 Time: 7:00pm Venue: Joe’s Pub City: New York , NY Address: 425 Lafayette Street Venue phone: 212.967.7555 Country: United States Admission: $20 Box office: 212.967.7555 Notes: The Mike Errico Holiday Show is a highlight in a year that has been filled with them. While maintaining a career as a recording artist and producer for TV and film, he has been teaching at Yale University and NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music, where his guests have included Amanda Palmer, Benny Blanco, Jonathan Coulton, Ryan Miller, and others. In keeping with a long-standing Holiday Show tradition, Mike will distribute gifts, known as “Holiday Omens.” (For a full explanation, click here: http://www.errico.com/dear-mike-what-are-holiday-omens/) Recipients will be invited to interpret the Omen’s personal significance in the coming year. Hilarious, poignant or cautionary, they have proven to be alarmingly accurate. Add to Google Calendar | Download...
My Top Tracks (Source: Soundexchange)

My Top Tracks (Source: Soundexchange)

Soundexchange reports arrived, and while you’re bullish on vein-opening despair (“Run”), you’re digging the new stuff even more (“Waving Goodbye”), which made me high-five myself. Special thank you for unearthing one of my personal favorites, “Better Here,” a deep cut that took a long time and a lot of patience to bring to...
April Issue of Guitar World: Mike Errico on Percussive Acoustic Guitar Playing

April Issue of Guitar World: Mike Errico on Percussive Acoustic Guitar Playing

In the April, 2014 issue of Guitar World, I explain my percussive acoustic guitar playing techniques and how they can inspire songwriting. The article has transcriptions of the grooves for “Springtime” and “1000 Miles,” and the web site features bonus video content. I had a great time writing it and filming with the GW crew. It’s on newsstands now, or available at the Guitar World Online Store. “Beat It: A Guide to the Inspired Techniques of Percussive Acoustic Guitar Playing” Bonus video content from the...
New Song, “The People You Never Really Trusted”

New Song, “The People You Never Really Trusted”

I had a great time being part of The Acoustic Guitar Project, in which participants are given a guitar, a mic, and a week to write a song. This is what happened. The song is done (I’m already thinking of revisions, of course), and the guitar is signed and passed onward. Thanks Matt Beck for handing it to me, and good luck to Osei Essed this coming week… “The People You Never Really Trusted” (first draft) © Mike Errico Did you know You tell a lot and never show You talk too fast and listen slow Did you know Are you mad The shiny things you never had It’s a drug, and it’s easy to go bad Are you mad And I wonder how you ever got so angry The gratitude you missed with your swinging wild fist You’ll take my time enough to finally blame me For the moment we first kissed and I wound up on your list Of the people you never really trusted Do you care The cage you’re in is made of air And nothing real is really fair Do you care And I wonder how we ever get so blinded By what we think we need, what it looks like to succeed But do you even want to be reminded That no matter what the speed, you’re not close to breaking free From the people you never really trusted Line ‘em up against the wall And tell everybody else for once and for all You know your secret’s safe with someone new If only you could hold on to the strength you need...
Teaching at NYU, New Writing, Guitar Lessons, and More

Teaching at NYU, New Writing, Guitar Lessons, and More

Teaching Songwriting at NYU’s Clive Davis School of the Recording Arts Break out the violet cardigan sweaters: After a successful semester at Yale, I will be teaching songwriting at NYU’s Clive Davis School of the Recording Arts this fall. We’ll be focusing on the establishment of a personal songwriting voice, and oh, we will write. And write. Can’t wait. New Writing: “The Art of Songwriting and the Business of Survival” I just published an essay for Medium about my experience as a songwriting professor at Yale and NYU. It features “Still Beautiful to Me,” a great song and video by Caitlin Pequignot, one of my students. Mike Errico Guitar Lessons Now On YouTube Guitar players: Here are some videos that explain the techniques I use on songs like “Springtime,” “1000 Miles,” “Johnsburg, Illinois,” and many others. There are some cool electric guitar licks in different styles, too. Enjoy them, and see if they spark something in your own playing. Deluxe Editions of the Mike Errico Catalog. Pay What You Want. Thanks to your generosity, this experiment has been a success, so let’s keep going: you can pay what you want for new, deluxe editions of my recordings. This includes demos, remixes, extended versions, unreleased tracks and more. $.99? $10? $55.32? It’s your call. But, to reiterate, your generosity makes it possible for me to keep doing what I do and bringing it to you. As always, the official site updates regularly with any news/changes: http://www.errico.com. More Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Bandcamp || iTunes Tallboy 7, Inc. Box 20463 NY NY...
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