Michael is a Boston-based songwriter with two recordings to his credit: 1994's 'The Weather Prophet'; a 10-song cassette that featured his haunting lyrics in an intimate, folky setting, and the new 10-song CD 'The Projection Room', featuring sharper, focused songs that walk the tightrope between pure pop and folk. Michael wanted to flex his arranging and producing muscles on 'The Projection Room', and the result is a more diverse but cohesive showcase of his writing, vocal arrangements, and production sensibilities. Michael's music has always been lyric-based; his influences include some of the most talented wordsmiths in music today: Joni Mitchell, Sting, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Neil Finn. Musically he has absorbed everything under the pop music sun; On 'The Projection Room' you'll hear shades of 80s pop, jazz, synthesizers and acoustic fingerpicking, sampled drum loops, overdriven guitar, and above all, melodies. All of Michael's songs start their life as an acoustic song - words, melody, chord changes, and with that tried and true basis, the musical 'frosting' is added later. Many of the themes of the songs deal with self-analysis and introspection, but on the new CD there is also the fictional femme fatale in 'The Truth About Sunday', the spiritually charged 'What Will Be' and 'Ascension Day', and the cinematic allegory of the title track. This CD will have you humming along after one listen, with more depth under the surface than most.
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