Saturday, April 7, 2018

Adriatic Coast 2018










Brindisi was our first stop, then it was off to Katakolon..













Booked a tour of a local winery for 12 euros and rode a small 
"train" up the mountain only to find that the winery was closing. There was also only one train back and no guarantee of a seat. 
We had a very nice lunch however, seaside.



 Santorini was next. We toured a volcano on one of the small outer islands and did not make it up top of Santorini proper. Not enough time to ride the donkeys up there. 












 Athens, Greece. The Parthenon. City is a bit gritty. Clearly have been through some hard times. Our guides were more interested in showing all the food in the markets than the historical ruins  lying around all over the place. They said that the Germans had come in during WWII and basically tore down most of the historical buildings in the downtown and replaced them with drab bauhaus stuff. Only a few 17 and 18th century buildings were left standing.


On the way up the hill to the Parthenon. Several theaters.







Under constant renovation. They are splicing in marble quarried from the original quarries. 





One of the markets we spent an inordinate amount of time in.


Street vender. We were told to hang on to our wallets. Lots of pick pockets and well dressed women looking for directions that will steal you blind. 



This young fellow was apparently the son of a gypsy family who kept him out of school to beg on the streets. Our guides were very upset that I had given the kid 20 cents. 


This the pollution damage they were telling us about. The marble turns black and then starts to crumble. 



 Corfu.








Our Ship in the background.


And it was on to Kotor, Montenegro. You are looking down into a medieval city.



 Apparently the narrowest street in Europe is here and I don't think this was it. They said only one person can pass at a time. I believe it's called "Let Him Pass."




 This was taken from the island of Dada, off the coast of Perast. 


Among the many gifts left at this small church for the virgin Mary and child in hopes of sailers returning home from years at sea. 


Seal of Venice, from when they controlled the area. 



 Perast. Very old. 


The small church on Dada island which was man made over the course of 250 years, to honor sailers and the virgin Mary, all because a painting of her-hanging in the church by the way- was found on the rocks hundreds of years ago, and which started healing sick folks in Perast. The altar was built on the original rock and there is a hole behind the altar where you can put your hand in and touch it. When I did, my hand started to buzz like pins and needles, and it ran right down my leg. When I told the tour guide, she asked if I had been bitten by a spider. Onward!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Venice

VENICE,  ITALY 2018
  























What a thrill to make it to Venice, Italy, even if only for a short time. Spent much of it in a boat as you can imagine. Not the gondolas, and there are many, but these beautiful water taxis that look like something out of the 1950s, lot's of wood, well kept, fast. Quite the scene. 


Venice is a very great walking city with bridges everywhere to get you across the water. I cannot imagine what it would be like during high season with the crowds and I'm sure more than a few fall into the canals from over crowded paths.



This is the shot I took of San Marco Square just before I almost fell from the balcony of San Marco Cathedral. I was fortunately grabbed by someone who was standing there at just the right moment. The Cathedral, for the most part, has every step in the place clearly marked with black tape, but the balcony was not marked and all that marble up there looked like a continuos sheet. Oops...



Lots of gondola action.


This guy was checking his cell phone....


Masks were everywhere..for sale..being worn..it was a carnival scene, maybe associated with Easter? Large palm fronds were everywhere too as it was Palm Sunday.


One of Saint Mark's horses..not the original, they are kept inside the Cathedral in a very complete museum of the church. This was also taken from the balcony.


Some graffiti, not as bad as Athens was for sure. 





Here's one of those water taxi's I was mentioning...vintage.




We are off to points south! Brindisi first stop.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

The New Album is done. 
Here's a link to the download site: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelveitch18#.


Here's a link to the new video-shot in Munich: https://youtu.be/nXKFSHxyb68

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The New Album " Veitch Munich" is almost ready!

The cover for "Veitch Munich" by Aeneas Art and Rick Veitch

"Veitch Munich"

New Album-due March 22, 2016

I had the very good fortune to recently live in Munich Germany for about two years. While there, I discovered a thriving songwriter scene and helped organize the first meetings of the Munich Songwriters Group, modeled after the famous Jack Hardy Monday meetings in Greenwich Village. The first results of these two years in Munich is “Veitch Munich” - twelve new songs, written and mostly recorded there. 

I had heard from Judy Collins that she wanted to record my song “Veteran’s Day” for her new album “Bohemian.” In addition to being thrilled at this news, it triggered a songwriting spree that added to my collection about 50 new songs..songs about “days”- holidays, important days, burying days, etc. It became a running joke at the songwriters meetings — what day is he doing next?—enough new material for at least another album—“Veitch Munich 2”

This was originally going to be called “The Best of Many Days” to encompass all those “days” I had written new songs about. But I especially wanted to include my song “White Rose” - originally titled “Fine, Fine Day” so I settled on “Veitch Munich.” Here's a link to White Rose

Ironically, I was in Germany when I heard of Jack Hardy’s passing. The song “One Step Beyond” was written and recorded in true Fast Folk style, it took altogether about a day, and with the exception of adding Kirsti Gholsen’s beautiful backup vocals, it was all recorded in Munich in one take, including the drum machine.

“The Lucky Ones” - also not a “day” song, came about after having read Judy Collin’s new autobiography “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes.”  I had written her an email to say how much her story hit home, especially about the addiction and loss of loved ones. A good friend of mine had just passed away from a battle with Hepatitis C and I shared a bit of that story. She wrote back that “we are the lucky ones.”  The song is part of a trilogy of tunes I wrote for a dear friend and co-writer who also passed away while I was in Germany after a long battle with cancer. “ Fevered Dream” and “Angels Out There” are the other two.

I was very fortunate to have Dan Whitley add some blazing guitar to my song “Happy Fourth of July.” The most political one on this album, too! We flew in his tracks here in the states after I returned. Thank you thank you!

Drumming is all Eric Parker and some, like “Valentine’s Day” were done without me even in the room. It is a song I wrote together with Julie Last ( who also mixed and engineered most of this record) that I think we started before I left, and went through several versions before we found this one. Everything except the drums and bass and Julie’s backups were recorded in Germany. I flew the files over to Coldbrook and viola! Thank you thank you!

“Try Try Try” is not an actual live recording but it does open and close with the crowd from Bagels and Muffins who would come out for the shows I did there. We had some very crowded nights. Hepple Ettlich theater was another regular performance spot where I worked out the kinks in a lot of these songs. Many thanks to the International Songwriter’s Evening for having me! And check out the you-tubes of some of those performances if you get a chance.

I was very fortunate to have some super backup help from Alma Honal on White Rose, and piano by Alex Sebastian on WR too. And Solly Aschkar sings the moving duet with me on “Home Again.” Thank you thank you all!

Bass is mostly Kyle Esposito, when I am not doing a keyboard synth bass line. And Kirsti Gholsen also added her voice to “The First Day.” Thank you thank you!

Footch Fischetti plays the violin on “First Snow” and the rest is pretty much just me. Most of the basic tracks were recorded in Munich using Apple’s Garageband. We then flew the files into Pro Tools at Julie’s Coldbrook Productions Studio. A few of the songs were recorded live, one take, vocal and guitar at Rick Davis’ “Majik Kabin” studio in Ascutney Vermont and we layered everything else on. Thank you thank you!!

The artwork on the cover is by German Artist Aeneas Art with some layout and text added by Rick Veitch. Aeneas gave me the painting after a show in Munich and as I was looking around for art for this cover, I contacted him to ask if it was okay to use. He happily said yes and I sent him “White Rose” to give him some idea what it was going to sound like. He wrote back that his grandfather had actually helped Sophie Scholl and White Rose during the war and that he had founded the White Rose Foundation after the War. It is a very small world indeed. Thank you thank you!!

Without Anne Sutherland, I would not have had the chance to experience so much of Europe, including Russia no less!. And Zoe was there too. What a most amazing trip! Thank you thank you!!!

I kept the blog you are reading right now- a photo journal and my reflections on what we were seeing and experiencing on this glorious trip. The new record is the soundtrack.

And to all my Munich friends, Jens, Yogi, Marko, Ben, Franchesco, Matt, the songwriting group, and of course Alma, Alex, Aeneas and Solly, Danke von der Unterseite meines Herzens. I’ll be back.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Welcome back to VeitchMunich!  Dec. 2015

                                                                    English Garden #7 by Michael Veitch
                                                                                            Along the Canal by Michael Veitch

Much news to get caught up with. First, I am finishing up a recording project of many new songs that I wrote while living on Osterwaldstrasse in Munich. Down the street from where the Rollings Stones converge when they come to Munich. Good vibes. 
It will be called (of course) "VeitchMunich" and will have at least twelve Munich inspired songs with a few in reserve for the next project. 
       Here I am performing with Alma at a lovely cafe in Munich called Bagels and Muffins.

I am very fortunate to have some of Munich's finest musicians on the record, including Solly Aschkar, Alex Sebastian, and of course Alma Honal. Most of the early recording was done in Munich and the finishing touches were added in Ascutney Vermont US and Woodstock NY US. Much help from my engineers Rick Davis at Majik Kabin and Julie Last at Coldbrook Productions. Adding drums and percussion is Eric Parker who has toured with Joe Cocker and Ian Hunter, and my favorite great bassplayer in Woodstock, Kyle Esposito who is also a gifted songwriter.

                                                English Garden #5 by Michael Veitch
                                                                               Neuschwanstein  #1 by Michael Veitch

Still working on the cover art selections-there is a lot to choose from, including some Munich artists who's art I acquired while there.

Most of the material was developed in consort with the Munich Songwriter's Meeting I helped establish, as well as the International Songwriters' Evening concerts held at the Hepple Ettlich. Thanks to all for letting me participate! Very helpful for whipping those songs into some kind of shape.

                                                                    English Garden # 9 by Michael Veitch

Here's a link to the first single from the record-"White Rose"- the story of Sophie Scholls and her comrades in White Rose, heroes in the truest sense of the word.