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LargeFM | Corey Hart and Coori Francis

Confirmed: Skeleton Crew will participate in their first band interview of 2010 this Friday, July 30, 2010. The interview begins at 7 pm sharp on internet radio powerhouse Large FM! Skeleton Crew will be the guests of DJ Corey “Hack” King and DJ Coori “Ferrari” Francis.

The band will discuss their Star Search experience, Beyonce, the collapse of their record label, Intersound, just when the band was talking off, their resurgence in 2009 with the recording and release of Faith, solo projects and Skeletal plans for the future.

Tune in and listen to all the antics at http://www.largefm.com/! We’re slated for 15 minutes of on-air time, maybe more if Bogdon is on a roll!

This is a worldwide internet radio event so tell all your friends in Prague, Barcelona, Kingston, Okinawa, Cologne, St. Petersburg…

Welcome to The Palace of Auburn Hills Concert Series! Each week we will be uploading a different song from that performance. This week’s Skeleton Crew® song is “Trumpeting Soul.”

It’s fitting we had the opportunity to perform “Trumpeting Soul” on the Palace stage as the idea for the music was first introduced there. Skeleton Crew® had the honor of performing the national anthem at several Detroit Pistons games. It was backstage at one of the anthem performances that Scott first played me the idea he had for the opening guitar line. I had had the title “Trumpeting Soul” running through my head for some time and the moment Scott played me the opening guitar line I said: “that’s trumpeting soul!”

The song deals with coming to terms with the loss of a loved one; in this case the passing of my father a few years earlier. His death to this day weighs heavily on my conscience as it was the result of an accident I felt to blame. I am forever grateful to have hugged my father the night before the accident and told him directly that I loved him. ~William

Thought you might like reading the lyrics so here they are:

trumpeting soul

no never mind i never needed to tell you i want you
i’d sooner die than believe in the weakness of fools
all my life i’ve waited…it’s true
to realize i never needed no one more than you
a hand for the helpless to help tie my shoes

listen to me (hush my darling)
hear the word, speak the truth (don’t you cry)
there’s somebody up there (keep your head up)
smilin’ down on me and you (high…)
baby i (like), maybe i’d (to), like to know (know)
the trumpeting soul

i had in mind a little faith in this trial and error world
you might have been sorry for leaving so soon
take your time don’t hurry…this through
i’d rather die than be left all alone without you
a sign for the silent and a sun dripping life

hold on to something (hush my darling)
the key that we hold (don’t you cry)
it sounds just like music (keep your head up)
and it feels good as gold (high…)
maybe i (take), maybe i’ll (con), take control (trol)
of the trumpeting soul

a symbol of hope we don’t dare let go

cry if you need to (hush my darling)
said the calm before the storm (don’t you cry)
and know that i love you (keep your head up)
as you walk through that door (high…)
Gabriel! (blow), Gabriel! (your), come blow your horn (horn)
you’re the trumpeting soul

Word & Music by Skeleton Crew® | ©Skeleton Crew Music (ASCAP)

The recording sessions for “Faith,” Skeleton Crew’s contribution to the Christmas in Detroit 3 project, began on 09/09/09. There was a palpable energy and vibe in the air that was felt by everyone involved.

We had the pleasure of working with Grammy Award winning record producer, Mark Pastoria, and Pastor Henry Covington who brought in the choir we incorporated for backing vocals on the  “Faith” recording. Pastor Henry is featured in Mitch Albom’s new book, “Have a Little Faith.” The choir was both inspirational and perfect for this song; they weren’t professional singers, but a group made up of diverse individuals who in some way or another ran into varying degrees of hard luck in their lives. These beautiful individuals, with the help of Pastor Henry and others, have managed to turn their lives around for the better. They have gone on to help and inspire others.

It was during the subsequent recording session to record this choir of hope that we had the pleasure of enjoying a break from recording to talk to one of the choir members. During our conversation about the overall recording experience, the topic returned to the song “Faith” and its meaning.

It was at this moment that the individual we were speaking with offered to share a story that moved us deeply and one we will never forget. The choir member revealed that there was a time in the not-so-distant past where they had slept in a cardboard box outside of the very recording studio in which we were working.

This candid individual lived to party and often frequented Lola’s, the nightclub that occupied the first floor of the building that housed Harmony Park Studios, located in the newly revitalized Harmonie Park area of Detroit. This person eventually dug down deep for the courage and pulled themselves up and got their life moving in a positive direction through the help of people like Pastor Henry and others.

Then came the point in our conversation where this individual told us that they were about to leave the mission that helped them get their life in order and where they worked helping others. This person did not share with us whether they were leaving to become the denizen of despair they fought so hard to conquer or if they were leaving to pursue other opportunities.

It was at the time the choir member was about to announce their departure from the mission when Brian, the talented choir director, handed this person the lyrics to our song, “Faith.” They had not heard a note of the music nor had they ever heard of the band Skeleton Crew before. The choir member told us that immediately after reading the lyrics they were so moved they changed their mind and decided right then and there not to leave. The lyrics moved this person so much they felt this was their reason to stay on at the mission and continue helping others. Speechless and holding back tears we thanked this individual for sharing their very personal story with us.

The reward for writing and recording “Faith” has exceeded even our greatest expectations. To have a song like “Faith” or something you’ve created affect someone so much to the point it alters their life course and steers them in a positive direction is priceless and worth every effort in its production.

Skeleton Crew would like to thank Brian and Mark Pastoria for generously inviting us to participate in this incredible musical journey. We would also like to thank our engineer Alan and everyone at Harmonie Park Studios for making this one of the most memorable recording experiences of our career. Here’s to working together again soon and Merry Christmas to all!

peace & love ~Skeleton Crew®

PS: Help the homeless in Detroit and enjoy some great music by purchasing Christmas in Detroit 3 at http://www.christmasindetroit.org.

Our heroes are taking their loss on Star Search in stride. Here we find them relaxing in the lobby of the Orlando Airport Hotel. Doing what they do best and what they will always do: play music. Njoy!

P.S. Fear not. This may be the official end of the Star Search Revisited Series, but it’s not the end totally. There will be more fun behind-the-scenes video and antics to come in the not-so-distant-future. We won’t leave you hanging too long!

peace&love~Skeleton Crew®

From the pen of Bogdon Vasquaf:

This is our finale after appearing on Star Search for 7 weeks, enjoying 3 weeks all expenses paid in Disney World Florida. We played our music by the pool, in bars and restaurants, on the streets in and out of Disney World, on the main stage in Pleasure Island, we played our music while standing in lines, in the rain, for strangers, in the green room with a little boy named Justin Timberlake, on stage against a little girl named Beyonce, taught our songs to a singer named Beth Hart, and had more fun than i ever had with music and friends… This is the moment after everything was done, we earned the title as “non winners” and relaxed as we waited for our flight home… (our conga drums were actually seat-belted in first class seats!!!!!!!!)

Greetings boys and girls of all ages! Well, if it’s Tuesday it must be: “Star Search Revisited” night! So gather up the brood and the appropriate munchies and libations and cuddle up to your nearest computer monitor. Go ahead…we’ll wait.

Episode Two finds our heroes competing against the reigning vocal/musical group champion, “My Brutha’s Keepa.” In order to get to this point, we had to compete against another contender, “The Petals,” for the chance to go up against the champs, which you saw last week in Episode One.

These two performances where actually filmed on the same day: one in the morning, break for lunch, then one in the afternoon. We decided to perform “We Ought To Know Better,”  the same song for this performance as we did in the first just in case we made it further in the competition to insure we had enough material for subsequent shows.