From wiaiwya’s 7777777 series.
Download the song at wiaiwya.bandcamp.com/track/dont-go-crazy-before-i-do
Written by Jeff Mellin (© Sweet Red Onion Publishing, BMI)
Jeff Mellin – Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Jenny Dee – Lead Vocal
Abbie Barrett – Background Vocals
Tim Gearan – Rickenbacker 12-String Guitar
Ed Valauskas – Bass, Tremolo Guitar, Background Vocals
Andy Plaisted – Drums
Phil Aiken – Piano, Farfisa Organ
Eric Salt - Percussion, Piano
Produced by Ed Valauskas
Recorded and Mixed by Jon Lupfer
Assisted by Sean Cahalin
Recorded at Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA
Video by John Soares (photography) & Jeff Mellin (editing)
*** Official Selection Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2012 ***
Fantasy about the memories sewn into the fabric of a worse-for-the-wear cotillion gown. Features the aerial acrobatics of Xan Kaplan, choreographed to the song 'The Shabby Dress' performed by Jeff Mellin. For "Chorus Vs. Solos: A Tribute to Charlie Chesterman," an album benefiting American singer-songwriter Charlie Chesterman, who is battling cancer.
Notes on the song: "Scruffy the Cat was, basically, the band my high school garage band wanted to be. So you can imagine how I felt when I first met Charlie way back in the early ‘90s. He was friendly, disarming, genuinely interested, and even kind enough to give me some positive (and honest) feedback on the recordings The Eddies were working on at the time. And if that wasn’t thrill enough, he then sent me the rough mixes of what would become ‘From The Book of Flames’ and asked me (me!) for my (my!) feedback. This was of course long before emails and mp3s and comments-on-a-link, and it meant something. It was a generous, outstretched hand. I’ve still got the hand-scrawled note and cassette with scribbled label somewhere.
I’m sure I tried to play it cool (and probably even responded with some dumb suggestions), but the fact of the matter is that his tape was great, and it was clear that songs like “The Shabby Dress” were classics-to-be, and I couldn’t believe I was lucky enough to hear them before everyone else.
Since then, I’ve been luckier still to play on bills with him, share space on vinyl with him, work on the artwork for his records, and, on occasion, borrow his band. And more than once, he’s agreed to participate in our hare-brained schemes.
Thank you Charlie. Get well soon." --Jeff Mellin
Xan Kaplan: Aerial choreography and acrobatics
Eric Deeble: Key Trapeze & Silk Rigging Grip
Michele Lempa: Location Scout, Casting, Trapeze & Silk Rigging Grip
Henry Siem: Assistant Trapeze & Silk Rigging Grip
Costume consultation: Yvonne McCarey, Karin Tyburczy
Assisting Editor/Director: John Soares
Produced by Yvonne McCarey & Jeff Mellin
Written, Photographed, Edited, & Directed by Jeff Mellin
from Chorus vs. Solos: A Tribute to Charlie Chesterman, track released 01 December 2011
Written by Charles E. Chesterman (Big Sloppy Kiss Music, BMI)
Recorded and performed by Jeff Mellin
* Official Selection: 4th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival *
* Official Selection: 3rd Annual New York City Independent Film Festival*
Starring Niki Luparelli.
From the album "Three On A Match" by Carlill, Mellin & Toad on Stereorrific Recordings.
Directed by Jeff Mellin & John Soares. A Soamel Pictures Release.
By John Soares (johnsoares.com) & Jeff Mellin (jeffmellin.com). Starring Sofia Baliakhova as the Elf, Joe Doherty as Santa. Lori Arnold: Card wrangling and general assistance; Direction & Photography: John Soares; Direction & Editing: Jeff Mellin.
“Every Year” written & performed by Jeff Mellin (Sweet Red Onion Publishing BMI) from the holiday album “Christmastime, Approximately: Transatlantic Pop Christmas, Vol. 2” available from Where It’s At Is Where You Are (wiaiwya.com).
Thanks to: Joanne Caggiano, Steven Caggiano, Angela & Tori Caggiano, John Jervis, Kara Mears, Yvonne McCarey, Susan Soares, Ziza & Racer Soares.
©MMX 2010 John Soares & Jeff Mellin. All rights reserved. Full Stereorrific Quality. Apologies to D.A. Pennebaker & Bob Dylan.
CHRISTMASTIME, APPROXIMATELY features tracks by Action Biker • Betty and the Werewolves • The Birthday Girl vs. Alexander’s Festival Hall • DJ Downfall • The Ei8ht • Eux Autres • Hexicon • Hillary and the Democrats • The Hillfields • Hong Kong in the 60s • Howard Hughes & David Tattersall • Jeff Mellin • The Social Interaction Foundation (aka Help Stamp Out Loneliness) • Sool • The Understudies • The Vatican Cellars • Gregory Webster • The Weisstronauts • The Werewandas • World of Fox
Written & Directed by John Soares & Jeff Mellin. Starring Lindsay Lee Chase.
Song performed by Jeff Mellin
w/ John Clarke (Sool, Legendary Motorbikes)
Joel Mellin (Miss Mary, the Oscillators)
Doug Yule (Red Dog, Velvet Underground)
& featuring Stephanie Goodman & Helen King of Shrag.
Produced by Jeff with Pete Weiss & Joel Mellin.
From wiaiwya 7777777 series.
Video from the EP "Love Is Made Of Sky," from Stereorrific Recordings. Song performed by Jeff Mellin with John Clarke (Sool, Legendary Motorbikes), Joel Mellin (Miss Mary, the Oscillators) & Doug Yule (Red Dog, Velvet Underground), and featuring Nichole Ferree (Orange Nichole). Produced by Jeff with Pete Weiss & Joel Mellin.