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    Chicago, IL
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    Music, Sports, Fatherhood.
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    Songwriter, musician, sports announcer.
  • Favorite Eric Carmen Album
    Eric Carmen (Arista)
  • Favorite Eric Carmen Song
    Sunrise

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  1. I'm a Loser

    Beyond great!
  2. Raspberries Global Listens

    Yeah, but I play them every day in Chicago. With all the invasive listening my iPhone and Alexa does to me, you'd think that would show up somewhere.
  3. How much is enough?

    Larry, thanks for posting the Stewart song. I know you have been a long time fan of his and always supported his music. Really good song that I was unfamiliar with, but that doesn't surprise me as I will get into below. Yes, you are correct when you asked "don't you still have the urge to get lyrics on paper and notes in place". I think every musician that has even written even one song still gets the urge. I know I do. While I don't sit down every day to write a song, melodies flow through my head (along with all the voices lol), phrases rhyme that I might write down a fragment of in my phone, so I am betting the same thing happens to Eric and every other writer. But, I can't impress enough on everyone the frustration in this day and age of songwriting. There's a famous story from Ringo Starr who said (paraphrasing here) "I wrote a song with Van Dyke Parks and it had a million downloads. We earned $250.00 to share between the two of us. If we had done this in the 60's and it was a million sales, it would have meant a house with a pool in Beverly Hills for each of us." This is why artists like Billy Joel and Roger Daltrey refuse to record new music and openly admit it. They are bitter, and rightly so, about giving it away. That doesn't mean they don't appreciate their fans, they do, but why should they have to go to a record label and get screwed or put it out themselves and lose money because no one is buying records and everyone is streaming now? So, if those guys are not making money, what chance does someone like myself have? It's really quite depressing. People don't understand the time it takes to make an album, the money it takes, the nonsense you have to deal with from fellow musicians to get it done, etc. My CD sales for my most recent album are miserable, but yet my streams, downloads, and various free music sites (YouTube, Soundlcoud, Reverb Nation, etc) are pretty good.) The residuals you get in the mail are laughable, so it makes you bitter, (people won't pay a dollar for a song to support you, but will pay five dollars for an iced coffee) but if you want your music out there, it's what you have to do. It's not how much can you make, but more how little will you lose? I mentioned in my above post how people write you and they say "send me a free CD", so not only am I out the cost, but now I have to pay postage to get it to someone, too? I am thrilled that friends and fans stream my songs, I see all the reports, but again I say "so, you won't support me by paying a buck for a single, but you have no problem adding it to your phone for free?" Eric had even remarked when he was on Facebook that he is not interested in putting out a self promoted record and I don't blame him. Now companies are encouraging artists to not even make a CD, to have downloads on a plug in device or iTunes only and even iTunes is going away because they want you to stream through Apple Music. There is so much great music out there now, like your Stewart tune, but none of it gets played on the radio unless it is hip hop or country. This most recent record of mine pleasantly got a little radio play on some small Midwest stations, but I get way more exposure in Europe than I get in America. They seem to appreciate artists more. Without having a political discussion (PLEASE NO) Eric's new found celebrity on twitter makes me sad because 3/4 of these people don't even know he is a musician and that is unfathomable to me. It's just a sad state of affairs out there right now for songwriters. Can't wait until tomorrow because I might get another ten dollar streaming check!
  4. How much is enough?

    So, here's the thing......when you write music, you put yourself out there. Some people are going to like it, some people are going to resent it, some people are going to hate it, and some people won't even give it a listen. So when someone puts it down, over and over, no matter how great it might be, you can either keep plugging away or go into a cocoon. Eric lead the greatest power pop band of all time, two versions of it, and yet more people didn't "get it" than did. First record has a huge radio hit that we still listen to almost fifty years later, maybe the most perfect 45 of all time, but there are some hard feelings about writing credits between band members. DWSG should have been another smash, but somehow wasn't. Record includes the incredible ICR, which has no chance to be on AM Radio, but should have been the first song of the band pushed on FM. So there is already frustration setting in. Second record IWBWY, Let's Pretend, hits, but nothing else. How is "If You Change Your Mind" not released as an AM single? How are "Drivin' Around" and "Nobody Knows" not massive pop hits? Well, they are getting crucified for the white suits ("locked in image prison" if you will). Are they teen idols or are they rockers? Third album, greatness across the board from all three writers, but no more suits, direction is clearly changing. Eric makes the "itinerant farmers" remark in a national magazine, so obviously lots of unhappiness."Locomotion" idea stolen by Todd Rundgren for record company brothers Grand Funk, who have massive hit with it. Get a spot on Mike Douglas and they do "GATW" from three years ago, awesome, but why not all new tunes?" Dave replaced afterwards, Jim quits. New members on fourth record, Rolling Stone says great things, but tour has some disasters, no sales, fights in the parking lot. It's all blowing up. So, four great records and still very little success, especially monetarily. Who wouldn't be demoralized? BUT>>>>>> Eric moves on to solo career. Fresh start and side one songs 1-4 might be the greatest consecutive four songs on any album (yeah, I said it) but still NO SALES! How is this possible? I saw him three times on this tour and Chicago Tribune columnist Aaron Gold called him "about to be the biggest star in music by the end of this year" after his third Chicago show when he blew The Sweet off the stage. BUT>>>>>>> it doesn't happen. So, Eric moves out of his comfort zone (Ienner gone, great studio players and guests like Burton Cummings, Nigel Olsson, Carl Wilson, etc) fights with Gus Dudgeon delays second record release, losing tons of career momentum off the radio hits of first album. Terrific record and yet it is on cutout bins months later. Third solo with some very un-Eric sounding disco tunes that sound desperate to fit the times, then he burns industry at the end with, "I'm starting to be what they want me to be and i wonder sometimes, what's becoming of me?" People are saying they want more from him, but my God, the man just makes great music after after great music and doesn't get the respect he deserves. So, after a few more great records with no success (Please tell me how "it Hurts Too Much" was not on every radio station in the country?) he disappears until Dirty Dancing, then the greatest American pop songwriter of our generation gets told they want someone else to write his songs????? Where would YOU draw the line? He's been screwed in a band, as a soloist, and now just as a singer, too! 1996 finds riches for him via Celine Dion. Twenty five years too late. Do you blame him for being bitter? Would I like to have ten more Raspberries albums and ten more solo records? OF COURSE, but I feel fortunate we got what we did considering the way he was treated by this industry. He occasionally teases us on Twitter or for awhile on Facebook with talk of him writing, but let him decide when the time is right. I refuse to believe the well is dry, but he has "no motivation to get out of bed" at this point because the only attention he gets is as a Twitter guy. (The other day some one wrote to him, "first I find out you are a musician and now I hear you were in the Raspberries" WHAT????? Where ya been? The man has some loyal fans, I will back him until the day I die, but he has had an unappreciated career as a musician for the most part Why should he come out with new music when people are just going to download it an steal it and have him lose money? Why should the Raspberries have done new songs in 2007 when critics would have ripped them saying the same songs they didn't appreciate in the seventies are now classics and new stuff wouldn't live up to it? People need to appreciate what we have from musicians and support them. I can tell you on a personal note, I get people that write me and say "hey send me your CD. Then, they expect me to buy theirs. It's laughable. You don't go into a restaurant and expect a free meal from the cook, so why should a musician give away his music? Thanks for what you have given us, Eric, and I know what's coming next!
  5. THE BUTCHERING OF ERIC CARMEN SONGS

    Not gonna lie, I have always liked Shaun's version of "Hey Deanie". He was a very underrated artist because of the teen thing he was locked into, though I didn't care for his version of TRNR. I saw Eric on the "Boats" tour back in the day and I remember he did "That's Rock n Roll" but they did a very bluesy slowed down version of it and Eric prefaced it by saying something like "someone else had a big hit with this song I wrote, so we are going to try and do a very different version of it now." I once asked Eric about it and he said he didn't remember changing it up, but if he did, it was probably because he didn't want people to think HE was doing the cover. Wonder if anyone has a bootleg from that tour. Would love to hear it.
  6. Ranking of Cleveland’s top 100 celebrities

    Eric had better hands!
  7. Some info on Wally’s Tattoo

    Love the song "Send A Ship"!
  8. Scott McCarl "Play On" (1997)

    I had a fifty mile trip to work every day when this CD came out and it played just about every morning in my car then. GREAT record and i was fortunate enough to see Scott and Wally play a set to promote it here in Chicago.
  9. WOULD THE RASPBERRIES REUNITE

    Well, I better start saving then!
  10. Who is the biggest jerk in music?

    This past summer, I went to see Mike Love's Beach Boys backing up Ringo Starr. Having seen the "real" (all three Wilsons) Beach Boys many times, this was actually a difficult decision, as I have always been Team Brian, but Brian encouraged fans to attend on his Facebook page, so that was good enough for me. Anyway, they were quite good, although it was kind of like watching a great bar band back up Love. They played an endless opening set and when the show was almost over, Ringo was quite unhappy as he said they were told that there was a curfew at the venue and his set would be cut short! He said "hey how about those Beach Boys? What did they play, seventy maybe eighty songs? Why not a hundred? I had a special guest who was going to join us, but I am now told he fell asleep waiting back at his hotel." (talk was Carlos Santana was in town for a show the next night and was going to join Ringo on this night, which never happened.) Radio Rumors came out that Love was the one extending the opening set and allegedly said backstage "who wants to see a Beatle when you can see the Beach Boys?" Oh........
  11. High Holiday...

    James is still the man after all these years!
  12. What’s wrong with Wally

    Sending love and prayers to the Bryson family.
  13. Eric got slammed on this site

    Things like this really aggravate me. So, so, so easy to hide behind your keyboard when we all know if they ever got the pleasure of meeting him, they would crap their pants. I shake my head when posters bring up the gay talk, too. It's like when they say guys in boy bands are all gay, while those guys have every woman under the sun waiting to meet them. Stop your freaking jealousy and come upstairs out of your parents basement for dinner with mommy! I think Eric has earned the right to do what he wants with his looks, his lifestyle, and his genius musical ability, Let the man alone and learn to appreciate him or shut the hell up!
  14. Frankie Valli

    I bought this album simply because I saw Eric's name on the back in the store. Pretty good album, though.
  15. Frankie Valli

    I enjoy both "Oh What A Night" and obviously, "All BY Myself', but let's be honest, ABM is still getting covered and airplay forty years later and I haven't hear anyone cover "OWAN"
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