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Originally from Pittsfield MA in Berkshire County, Paul began his musical career at an early age. Retelling a story from his mother, Paul explains that at three years old she took him for a walk through their Lenox MA neighborhood and walked by a flower bed. His mother, a college professor, pointed to some roses […]

I had a music program in every school I went to. But I was only in one. Not because I wasn’t interested, but because there was never any specific urging for people to take music. Math, science, social studies, gym? No getting around those. But our schools didn’t value music so much. Did I mention […]

The Critics Company is a young group of Nigerian filmmakers that have impressed the likes of Hollywood producers and directors. When the group got started they had very little to work with but they utilized what they did have and the end results were some phenomenal sci-fi short films. I (Rob Smittix) have been a […]

A group of youngsters from Nigeria have been making short sci-fi films and it has caught the attention of hollywood. Our very own Rob Smittix has had the honor to talk to some of the individuals involved in the Critics Company, which will surely soon be a household name!

We were settling into life in the city pretty well by now when Paul’s mother died. After Paul’s father had died, we had moved back east to be closer to our families and had gotten to know Cathy pretty well. She and I’d had a rough beginning. She was an alcoholic and, when I was […]

Sax-O-Claus and Josh the Elf came to Nanola Sunday night to present their latest “present” to friends, family, and special guests; “Mrs. Claus”. Yes, Mrs. Claus (played by Kimberly Slater) was present handing out winter and holiday face masks to guests entering the heated tent. It is she, who inspires Sax-O-Claus to be the best […]

Now, the band was starting to gel. Andy, Paul and I all wrote songs. Paul and I generally wrote together, but sometimes one or the other of us would bring a completed song, then came the editing. The arrangements always happened collaboratively. When we first started writing, we made the decision to copyright everything as […]

When I was hired at Hilton Music to teach piano, I decided to work as many hours as I could to try to get ahead a little financially. We were living in section-8 housing, so we were surviving, but that was all. Of course, the more money we made, the higher was our rent, but […]

Turf ‘N’ Turf is the extremely unique audio/visual project of Kevin Vaill. Vaill’s goal is to create a long-lasting impression with his impressive one-man show that features waves of guitar that are as imposing as his aesthetic. Not only does Vaill play guitar from his home-made Blues Brothers inspired “Noise Machine,” but he also provides […]

Music is hard to kill. No; it’s impossible to kill. As long as a person can slap their thigh in any time signature, any beat, there’s music, and the potential for more. Music, all art really, is special in that it is the companion of history – it tells the story history can’t. Matthew Pryce […]


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