Documentation . . .

 

 

 

 

. . . of an afternoon well spent.

 

 

 

 

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The Ditty . . .

 

. . . abides. . .

On your mark get set

Disconnect that internet

Every girl and boy

Breathing in the joy

Not a care at last

Sit outside and bask

In rays of summer's bliss

 

Crabs and fish and shells

Feel your tensions melt

Fries and pizza pie

Smiles won't be denied

Everything is cool

in 2 1 8 4 2

Feel the sparkle in your eyes

 

Catch a wave and ride

Cars and motorbikes

Bikini babes in the sand

Vibin' to rockin' bands

Ocean City

 

From Memorial to Labor Day

We beckon you to play

To a boardwalk beat

Miles and miles of beach

Your memories to take

Currents dance and sway

leave your footprints in the sand

 

Fireworks at night

Give your love a kiss

Sail and fish the sea

Here life is a beach

in Ocean City

 

Now is the time that's right

For you only live once

Time does drag when it's all work and no fun

The ocean gateway calls you

Sport your shorts and shades

It's so divine to dine at life's buffet

It's almost heaven and

There's so much more we can say

 

Catch a wave and ride

Cool cars and motorbikes

Bikinis on the sand

Dance to rockin' bands

Ocean City

 

 

 

 

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Remix

 

Remixed . . .

. . . Ocean City Ditty . . .




Ocean City Ditty

Remix, July 2017 by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak)




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Logo

 

Another Jon Considine-conceived OHO logo, this time on a box he generously built to house and transport Mark O'Connor's Arp Odyssey synth circa 1974-77. This is what it looked like 20 years later. Sadly, it is no more. Still, we like this photo--says something about "persistence."

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Fathers & Guitars

 

 

Sneak . . .

 

 

 

. . . peek . . .

 

 

OHO's 'Bleeding The 5th', a work-in-progress with special guest musicians Barry Lee Reichart and Spencer Jozwiak.

 




Bleeding The Fifth

Work-In-Progress by OHO. OHO is Jay Graboski, David M. Reeve & Ray Jozwiak

 

 

 

 

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Bill and Rightness

 


. . . and 'Rightness' . . .

 

 

 

right·ness

ˈrītnəs/

noun

 

  1. 1.

    the quality or state of being morally good, justified, or acceptable.

     

    "they argue for the moral rightness of overthrowing the leader by force"

     

  2. 2.

    the quality or state of being true or correct as a fact.

     

    "they are convinced of the rightness of their theories"

     

 

 

 

OHO puts some finishing touches on Jay's new composition Ring In The Rightness, March 10 at Bratt productions with Bill at the helm.  Take a peek . . .



Ring In The Rightness

bv OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak)

 

 

Awards

 

Congratulations . . .

Congratulation! Your album, or an album that you were affiliated with, Words Do Not Reach (the Instrumentals), has been nominated in this year's Just Plain Folks Music Awards! If you missed it, you can find your name in Albums and/or Songs (check both) at this link:

http://www.jpfolks.com/2017awards.php

Please feel free to ask me or JPF any questions you have on FB at @justplainfolks or to our Founder Brian Whitney directly. I'm a fellow JPF Awards nominee volunteering to track down folks like yourself.
2017 Song Nominees - Just Plain Folks




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(from https://www.facebook.com/ohomusic)

OHO's instrumental version of "Scared Money (Don't Win)" from their all instrumental album, Where Words Do Not Reach, is a nominee for Best Instrumental Rock Song for this year's JPF Awards (Just Plain Folks). And this song, one of the finalists culled from 17,400 albums and 240,000 songs.Not the Grammies...but something. http://www.jpfolks.com/2017awards.php?

 

 

Scared Money (Don't Win)

by OHO

from Where Words Do Not Reach

 

 

 

 

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Rightness

 

for Rightness . . .

 

 

A Grail?

 

A Damsel in distress?

 

The King?

 

The Queen?

 

 

NO.  just Rightness.

Let it Ring!

 

 

 

 

 

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Playback

 

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Jay Graboski

Playback in the Bratt Studio control room.

 

Woodsheddin'

 

Johnny's woodsheddin'...in stereo. The Godin "Montreal" is rare in that it sports TV Jones pups, giving it that Gretsch sound; & I love it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genes

 

That's Uncle John (Frono) Glagola on the bass. Looks like we get the music gene from Mom and the drinking gene from Dad...a perfect storm.

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Attire

 
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Jay Graboski
5 hrs · 

Although there's no accounting for taste, this pic of 00's star Vitamin C is my defense to all the critics of the OHO performance attire (that the drummer, BTW, refuses to don). Check out the color scheme and pattern of her blouse. Yeah, & she's pretty hot too. So...THERE!

 

What's Goin' On

 
Jay Graboski to OHO
23 hrs · 

What's goin' on? A flurry of activity with the team doing a lot of independent work on a number of tunes both old and brand new. "S/he who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without." -Goethe

 

 

It's Good . . .

 

. . . to be loved . . .

 

"Just following up on the GREAT music you all did for us at PV last fall, and wondering if I could talk you into doing another two this year: June 2 and October 7?

PLEEEEEEEESE!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspirational

 

Hi Jay / Ray / David –
I’m not sure this email will still reach you, but I just wanted to say thanks for the care package you sent back in November. 
 The CDs are beautiful and the music is wild.

I mostly wanted to just acknowledge the insanely hard act of completing these projects, and wish you renewed inspiration and energy in 2017 in a world where music is increasingly devalued, fragmented and marginalized.

As someone who mostly ignores these facts and keeps practicing, performing, playing, recording and releasing CDs, I resonate with your work.

Now, best wishes as we continue into the new year,
-Steve (Ball)

PS – beautiful work, all around:

 

Resolve

 

 

 "One of the glories of songwriting is that you never know what's coming next. . . please keep doing what you are doing and filling the world with song.”

-Loralyn Coles, MASC Director &

  Scott Elliott, MASC Assistant Director

 

". . . (I) wanted to just acknowledge the insanely hard act of completing these projects, and wish you renewed inspiration and energy in 2017 in a world where music is increasingly devalued, fragmented and marginalized.  . . As someone who mostly ignores these facts and keeps practicing, performing, playing, recording and releasing CDs, I resonate with your work. "

-'Steve B.' (an OHO friend & fan)

 

"Never give up, never surrender."

―Commander Peter Quincy Taggart (of Galaxy Quest)

 

"Precisely what we intend. . . "

-Ray Jozwiak

 

Thin Air

 

 

When I woke up today I had all that I want

Everything that I did brought desired results

How could this be? All the rules have been changed

In the pool where I drowned I am swimming again.

 

But of course I am wrong.  How could I understand

When my society tells me how tall I stand?

Then I take it inside and wait for life’s kiss

Which is sure to arrive ‘cause I’m riding my bliss.

 

What did I do? The world holds me up

Invisible hands grant the nourishing cup

Have I found a way that has always been there?

It seems to me it came out of thin air.

 

The child waking up brings the old crone to tears

Pushing through my disguise see the tips of my ears

How could this be all the rules have been changed

In the pool where I drowned I am swimming again.

 

When I blindly reach out to what I cannot see

Grace reappears and it rescues me

I’m not what I feel, I’m not what you think

I’m only what is and what isn’t in sync.

 

 

 

 

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Wanna Hear?

 
OHO
Published by Ray Jozwiak · Just now · 
. . . hear? . . . 

December 9, 2016 @12:11PM

Ray, David & Jay off to The Bratt Studio this evening to work on David's "All There Is," an ambitious romp in 5/4 (chorus in 4/4). Years in the making, we inch closer to the finish line.


December 9, 2016 @ 10:57PM

The fruits of tonight's labor...

 

 

All There Is

by OHO by David Reeve, Jay Graboski & Ray Jozwiak(All Rights Reserved)

 

 

Plunge Live by OHO

 
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How Is Where We Go

 

How . . .


Waited all these nights for the day to come
Nevermore will I ever suck my thumb
Imaginary pains from my misery
Merely phantoms peopling my fantasy
I believe again in everything good
Though my body feels its decrepitude

How is where we go.
Where is how we go.

Severing the strings of the puppeteer
No longer victimized by the petty fears
Swinging round the pole of infinity
Now I am “in the know”

How is where we go, where we go.
Where is how we go, how we go.
How is where we go, where we go.
Where is how we go, how we go.

Cupid hurled his dart; aim was true, hit its mark.
I know that I will never be the same.
Writes across my soul in a secret, sacred code,
Pouring cream so sweet into my tea
Chiming bells ring. See this living take wing.

My identity’s been revealed to me.
I am in accord with my mystery.
How is where we go, where we go.
Where is how we go, how we go.
How is where we go, where we go.
Where is how we go, how we go.
 

Battle of the Garages

 
OHO shared Jay Graboski's post.
Published by Jay Graboski · 15 hrs · 
'From the archive of OHO drummer, David Reeve.'
'Photo by Jon Considine'
'From the CD booklet. 2nd from top right: the Jigsaw Scene's Dennis Davison.'
Jay Graboski added 3 new photos.
15 hrs · 

TBT: 1993 CD version of Volume 1 of "Battle of the Garages," originally released as a 12" vinyl LP in 1980 on Greg Shaw's VOXX Records; it features Paul Rieger's (United States of Existence) basement recording of Dark Side's "In the Dark." Replete with electric sitar and backwards guitar riffs, here's what the late Mr. Shaw wrote (in a communique, the original of which can be found in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library Archives): "Okay, you win. Try as I may, I just can't seem to find anything to criticize about 'In the Dark'. It's great and I'd like to use it. Rather than a single, I think it belongs on the Voxx compilation album. I'm enclosing a contract, pretty much the same thing you signed for Waves. (Did you see the review where the OHO cut was picked as the best on the album?!) Return it with the master tape, and we're in business. Best of luck with the various projects you're doing. I'm looking forward to the Dark Side album. I do want us to carry it. Best wishes, Greg Shaw" (08.18.80) There was even a 10 city "The Voxx Psychedelic Summer Tour '81" to promote this underground classic although David, Mark and I had left the band by then to form Food For Worms, the bass player carried on to perform the Baltimore leg of the tour at The Marble Bar (w/Slikee Boys, Wombats & The Hypstrz) on August 8-9.

 

It Needs A Haircut

 

Jay Graboski https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tipHZN0Grd0

Band: Food For Worms Year:1983 Title: IT NEEDS A HAIRCUT! David Reeve / Mark…
 

More On Rocktronics

 

Billboard's Recommended LP's (pop): OHO--Rocktronics, Clean Cuts CC 5001. Producers: Ty Ford, Jack Heyrman (EP). Mid-Atlantic quintet offers art rock with updated synthesizer accents. Seven tracks are given laudable production polish. (Billboard, July 7, 1984)
"Working with OHO through the Rocktronics project was one of those quantum leaps in my engineer/producer experience. I don't remember how they found me, but I've always been involved with local music. That was back in my days of working for radio stations. I was the in-house producer for 98 Rock; producing the station's compilations of local music. We had a good relationship with Sheffield Studios in Phoenix , MD. Sheffield's Chief Engineer, Bill Mueller, who engineered half of Rocktronics, taught a recording engineering course that later evolved into the full blown school that Sheffield has become. I had taken that first course to add to the broadcast engineering I already knew. We were a very good match then and we continue to keep in touch today. 
"OHO was very potent then; good ideas and a powerful performing ability. They were edgy and about as non-pop as you could be. So much so that after we finished the cuts for side one (yes, this was long ago enough that we were releasing on vinyl) I said I thought we needed some songs that were more consonant, prettier, maybe a ballad. Gyro and Mark came in with "Where Are We Now". Jay Graboski came in with "Diane" (lyrics co-written with co-producer, Jack Heyrman) and Gyro crooned them, but still with that quirky edge. Side two became side one because I thought those songs were more accessible. I guess they agreed.
"Rocktronics is a two-headed beastie for another reason. The first side we recorded at Sheffield in Phoenix , MD. Because everyone in OHO had been at it for some time, we didn't waste a lot of time tracking. Regardless, the money added up and before we went on to side two, they had found Steve Carr, who eventually became the bass player for the group. I recall being apprehensive about recording in a basement studio with someone I didn't know. I think I said, "OK, let's try one song. If it sucks, we need to find another solution." While it lacked the space, microphone choice and SSL console, Steve's ability to get the most out of what he had filled in the gaps and I was satisfied, so we finished recording at Steve's studio, Hit & Run, near Gaithersburg . That was in 1984. I'm still in Baltimore. Bette, my current wife, is the best!" -Ty Ford (02.17.10) (More about Ty, his interests and services at www.TyFord.com)
From the "one's man trash is another man's treasure" category: while speaking to SSA co-worker Roy F. on a 2nd floor hallway of the Security West low rise building in Woodlawn, MD sometime during the beginning years of the last decade, something vaguely familiar caught my eye, half-buried in a pile of detritus located in a wheeled canvas trash cart. 
Our agency (SSA) would periodically encourage employees to clear out their accumulated, unnecessary and insensitive "trash" by conveniently placing these bins in nearby corridors. This was before the agency went "paperless" and periodically this impedimenta became cloying. 
Roy often spoke of the itemized groceries he planned to pick up on his way home after his shift and, as interesting as this was, my eyes (and attention) soon began to wander, peering over his shoulder into one of these bins where the sheen of shrink-wrap had reflected in a gleam one of that hallway's fluorescent lights. I spontaneously reached behind him (my aim was true) & grabbed the thin 12"x12" square object, gingerly pulling it out of the stack of heavy papers where it was pinned. Voila, I held an intact, un-opened, mint copy of OHO's 1984 vinyl EP Rocktronics in my hands (the original title suggested was Nu-Rocktronics but this was whittled down by the producers to just Rocktronics). A fortunate event, I clearly remember experiencing that rare "Eureka!" sensation as, at that time, I didn't have a copy in the archives. 
It took me many years to understand that only a few of my SSA co-workers had any interest in our musical endeavors and apparently here was an instance where someone had either been gifted the record OR was one of the generous people who agreed to participate in one of my more adventurous experimental promotional schemes. 
Soon after the record's initial release and local distribution I would taxi a different person each day during the lunch break to the nearby Woodlawn, MD Record & Tape Collectors store, drop him/her off (while I waited outside with the engine running) to ask the sales clerk to fetch that customer a copy of our new record. S/he would buy it and we were able to create the fleeting illusion that this title was a popular one. 
This tactic actually worked for a while as when I would saunter into the store at the end of the month the store manager would boast of how OHO's Rocktronics EP had outsold virtually every other major release for the month of August 1984 at this specific outlet. Who knows what kind of swell might have occurred had the remaining band members done likewise in their respective neighborhoods/territories? 
Soon the pool of prospective buyers evaporated and business returned to the norm. It was likely that I gave some of these records away and perhaps to people who, while politely feigning interest to my face but having no intention of ever listening to the record, forgot about it after perhaps shoving it in the bottom of one of their desk drawers where 18 years later s/he ran across it during this "clear-out," and then tossed it into this very dumpster, subsequently homing its way back into my possession. This speculation is just another bittersweet "boomerang" experience, one of a familiar variety as regards the circuitous routes that some of our musical product journeyed over the years. 
Artist: OHO 
Release date: June 1984 
Label info: Clean Cuts Records (CC 5001) 
Question: Please speak to how the Food For Worms song, "It Needs a Haircut" led to the band being signed by Baltimore-based Clean Cuts Records. Wasn't "Haircut" featured on a 98 Rock (local FM radio station WIYY) compilation LP as a result of that station's "Basement Tapes" competition? 
David (Reeve) was THE MAN during this epoch of the band in many different ways. & I would declare that, were it not for his songwriting and insistence that we make a video, the Rocktronics EP would likely NOT have ever materialized. This is one of the many reasons why we chose "Is That What You Said?" to represent OHO Mach II in this KZMU-FM program, as a tribute to his incessant work on behalf of the band/music. It is also probably my favorite song on the record with it's snappily paced, positive and jangly sounding vibe. Gyro wrote the lyric and I did contribute a bit of music to the middle instrumental section but overall this is David's "baby" and attests to his significant song-writing talent. "Is That What You Said?" ends side one of this EP with a winning groove. 
This version of OHO was really the Food for Worms band of 1983 agreeing (one member reluctantly) to a name change at the producers' behest and to cooperate with them from start to finish for perhaps the first time ever to this extent in our history. 
Mid-80's OHO lasted for just a few months from Spring until the Fall of 1984 when the bassist and keyboard player left the band--Gyro, David & I joined with keyboardist Scott Dallas and added another guitarist/vocalist in the person of Michael Barth, but this abortive arrangement did not last, with rehearsals ending 6 months later in early 1985. 
We were always angling for ways to attract outside help. This sometimes involved the relinquishing of some control over the content. Recording songs and releasing independent product is a very expensive enterprise and, aside from a couple of notable exceptions (this being one, another when OHO was signed in 1990 to Sky Records--receiving an $8000 advance) often results in a financially losing proposition, no matter how positively the music is received. Scanning the horizon for random opportunities to fly by, the former (of the aforementioned) occurred in 1982 when we answered a solicitation by local FM radio station 98 Rock for local bands to submit material for consideration for an upcoming, station sponsored, compilation LP of local artists, The 98 Rock Album. 
"It Needs a Haircut," built around a catchy David Reeve instrumental hook/riff and based on a true story overheard by another band member about a corpse that required the attention of a hair stylist, was our contribution to this LP. "Haircut" made the final cut as the closer for the album's music program and every song received a substantial amount of airplay on 98 Rock, WIYY-FM, and for a significant period of time. 
The record therefore also subsequently received extensive local promotion from the station and the concomitant distribution. There was an elaborate release party held for all the involved bands at the old Hammerjacks club in south Baltimore where I remember having a great time, cavorting and tossing back a few (there was an "open" bar) with our peers in the then local music scene. 
All this was during the MTV "music video" heyday and David insisted that our band invest in making a video. Bratt Studio engineer, Bill Pratt, had received some national exposure on that cable network with a video by his band at the time, The Gents. Finalists in the MTV "Basement Tape" competition, the Gents were bold enough to have had their ambitious video shot on film stock with its classy "look", easily making it to the last round of the competition. 
We hired a video producer, picked a tune ("Haircut" of course--it was under 3 minutes--less filming and editing time/expense), created a storyboard and rented some costumes and cheap props. The most expensive prop we purchased for $80 from an undertaker who had converted a coffin-like cadaver transporter into a more convincing coffin substitute by staining it and affixing budget line casket handles. (We eventually gave this to Trixy & The Testones guitarist, Kraig Krixer, who somewhat coveted it and upon delivery to his home put it to practical use for towel and linen storage.) The whole enterprise came to just over a grand in costs, but the response rewarded our investment in spades. 
Always on the lookout for (especially local) music industry-related types who might help us, I had recently read a piece about Clean Cuts Records in the Sunday Sunpaper's Parade (?) magazine and was determined that we finagle a meeting. We found the label contact info, made an appointment to talk to Mr. Jack Heyrman and armed with a VHS of our video and the 98 Rock LP we made our presentation. 
The details of our meeting are now foggy but I have listened to and have held the actual record in my hands. So we must assume success. It was kind of a "we'll meet you 1/2 way" deal as I remember we paid (or partially paid) for the recording sessions (engineered by Bill Mueller) at Sheffield Studios, having in 1978 relocated from Timonium (where OHO recorded both Vitamin OHO, Dream of the Ridiculous Band, the studio cuts one finds on Ecce OHO & Dark Side's Wholesale Diamonds EP) to the Jarrettsville MD area, where under the direction of Ty Ford (who was entrusted by WIYY with the supervision of recording/collating all the songs that were included on the 98 Rock compilation LP) we re-recorded "It Needs a Haircut," this time with Gyro singing the lead (our demo featured the vocals of the keyboard player--this version can be found on The Ultimate Diet, the Food for Worms anthology). 
So at this point of convergence (the music, the band, the video, the comp LP, the airplay, the producers, the record company, et al) the project was already underway: a perfect storm. I remember the producers being present at many of our Woodlawn rehearsals (there was the quaffing of beverage and the occasional barbecue) sharing their obvious enthusiasm for the project with the band. The pair were very much "hands on" in the process of making this record. 
We recorded side two at Sheffield ("Infomania," "Detached," "Still Life" and "Haircut") then switched to Steve Carr's Hit & Run Recording in Rockville, MD where we recorded the songs featured on side one of the EP: "Where Are We Now?" "Diane" and "Is That What You Said?". We wrapped these recordings up in the Fall of 1983 and I remember we had a TV in the vocal booth so we could follow the Baltimore Orioles progress as they pummeled Philadelphia in the last baseball World Series our home team has won or played in since. 
Also of some significance was the re-introduction of female backing singers, their first appearance since Patsy Shock harmonized with me in 1975 on "Maiden Voyage"ce OHO). Karen Parr (who still does session work for Bill Pratt) & Tracy Tiernan (daughter of the late Tim Buckley's sometime keyboardist, Mark Tiernan) were enlisted to pad and/or answer Gyro's lead vocalizing and can be heard on at least 5 of the EP's 7 tracks...nice touch. 
From Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back liner notes: "I have always believed that artists are a lot more creative if you tell them what they can't do. It's...fun to explore ways of getting around the rules." While we were not actually told what to do per se & there were no specifically articulated "rules" as I remember, the underlying intent was for our team to make a "commercial" record that remained true to the band's intrinsic nature/sound. 
Decisions were made more or less "by committee" with the producers gently steering us creatively and having final approval. We softened the signature, direct, biting and acerbic wit our projects were usually known for in favor of a more subtle irony (e.g. "Still Life" & "It Needs a Haircut") and adopted a "middle way" approach that was still humorous and engaging. (The name change issue and departure of one of our key players was touched upon in the "What's Up?" diary entry for April 2009 should anyone care to revisit this.) 
This record was based on compromise and cooperation as with any successful "team" approach. I think together we made a very good sounding record (one we would have unlikely made on our own) and OHO definitely benefited by agreeing to work with the experienced Ty Ford & Clean Cuts Records with its established promotional network, financial reserves and the savvy expertise of label owner, Jack Heyrman, who had produced a Grammy-nominated album earlier in the decade. Jack had also released a pair of acclaimed LP's by Dr. John among others. He was also no stranger to humor as is evidenced by the Clean Cuts released 12" Bruce Springstone single also recorded at Steve Carr's Hit & Run Recording a year or so prior to our arrival there. 
Unlike most of our dealings with independent record labels over the years (the relatively useless legal relics of agreement filling an overstuffed folder in our archives), the Clean Cuts contract was effectuated verbally. The tunes were published by Jack's Erikanian Music (named after his daughter) and if the record sold perhaps we'd make another. This did not happen but making Rocktronics spanned a 2 year time period and we participated in everything from composing the music to licking the stamps when sending out the promo copies, one of these BTW I recently purchased on line. The cover has yellowed but the disc is in excellent condition. The lower right hand corner had been trimmed indicating it to be a promotional copy. This was confirmed when inside the sleeve I found our promo one-sheet signed by Gyro that reads: 
"MAY 23, 1984 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
CLEAN CUTS RECORDS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THE NEW OHO LP, ENTITLED ROCKTRONICS... 
THE RELEASE OF ROCKTRONICS MARKS THE FIRST ENTRY OF CLEAN CUTS INTO THE ROCK AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELDS, ASIDE FROM AN EARLIER FLIRTATION WITH THOSE MEDIUMS ON THE BRUCE SPRINGSTONE NOVELTY RECORD. 
OHO'S SEVEN SONG, $6.98 LIST MINI-LP WAS PRODUCED BY TY FORD AND JACK HEYRMAN. ALL COMPOSITIONS ARE BY OHO. 
OHO'S FIRST VIDEO, "IT NEEDS A HAIRCUT", IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM CLEAN CUTS, AND A SECOND VIDEO IS IN THE PLANNING STAGES. 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT LORI LANDON. TOM STITLER OR JACK HEYRMAN AT CLEAN CUTS." (this specific announcement was personalized in his own cursive handwriting with this message: "Hope you like it, Gyro") 
Having had some prior dealings with independent record exec, Greg Shaw, his Bomp! label/fanzine and Voxx Records in the late 70's (Waves Volume II) and early 80's respectively (Battle of the Garages), we had some experience with these types of loosely constructed business agreements. Bomp's Suzy Shaw writes on page 150 of BOMP! SAVING THE WORLD ONE RECORD AT A TIME: "As far as Greg was concerned, business was a serious inconvenience. He had very important work to do, having everything to do with the creative process and nothing to do with money. The endless forms and legal matters that piled on his desk were generally ignored, and phone calls and letters were easily dismissed." 
Assuming we were among the lucky ones, I located a photocopy of a Bank of America Bomp Records, Inc. check dated 12.12.81 made out to me representing $63.80 in royalties for the 09.80, 03.81 & 09.81 business quarters. Despite rumors of many of Greg's checks bouncing we were able to cash this one. And that was about it as far as any further royalty payment from Bomp/Voxx Records. 
It is notable that in 1989 our music attorney, E. Scott Johnson, Esq., when petitioning ASCAP and BMI for any unpaid royalties that may have accrued in the interim, nothing showed up. I remember Scott being a bit surprised at this as Greg's publisher was Bug Music, a fairly prestigious LA based music publishing company. What's the expression? "Fake it till you make it?" Well, we have addressed the topic of the futility of expecting to be paid. 
Still, it's difficult for me to accept that Greg "has flown from this earth" and, royalties or no royalties, the independent music world has not been quite the same since his passing in 2004. I saved all the correspondence with Greg (spanning the period 1978-1981; there was a final letter from him in 1994--that I cannot find--after I had updated him with everything that we had recorded since '81, with emphasis on the then-current Lunar Merchant live-to-digital-2-track recordings). These 15 letters, some filling up to two pages with his text (Greg was primarily a writer) on psychedelic yellow BOMP! stationary, are preserved & archived in a small binder. Greg Shaw championed "the garage" as THEE sacred space for the creation of the quality raw & independent rock/pop music that often originates there. 
Jack then petitioned a famous, internationally published, music journalist to write the Rocktronics liner notes and here they are: 
"OHO? Aha! That's a name that rings bells. Baltimore's answer to Pink Floyd (never mind what the question was), an American underground rock icon, a band that came out of nowhere playing music the chroniclers swore was years ahead of its time. That was much after the fact, though, because most of the praise arrived too late to save OHO from becoming yet another counter-cultural memory. Was the band disappointed, resentful? Nobody ever said so, but it wasn't long before the force realigned itself and the band's Dark Side emerged. Once again, the lads made the right moves at the wrong time, and while their contemporaries headed out to the garage to fulfill the promise of punk, the Dark Side were but rumors in their own time, legends in their own room. Fortunately, like Luke Skywalker, the force was too strong within them for the Dark Side to remain dominant. That chapter of the band's history was soon dead and buried, mere Food for Worms, and the OHO saga remained deep underground. 
"Now OHO is back, but don't expect them to simply raise the flag on Okinawa and proceed as before. This isn't resurrection but rebirth, with new songs, a new sound, a new approach. Bright and tuneful, the selections here arrive right on time, hitting the basics of contemporary pop, but adding just enough of a twist to grab your attention and hold it. Rather than go to glitz, OHO sneaks around the musical conventions that have mummified so many others, unleashing sliders where you'd expect curve balls, fast balls where you'd expect change-ups. Part of it's their sense of humor--who else would write a hi-tech hymn like "Infomania" as a synth-pop polka?--part of it their unerring humanity. Mark, Mike, Dave and Jay manage to play even the most precise rhythm vamps without coming off like the latest-generation Bowie clone. 
"''Where Are We Now?' asks the record, and the answer is in the grooves in more ways than one. OHO isn't just back, but on its way out of the underground. They've been ahead of their time for too long; for OHO, the time is now, and this record offers seven good reasons why."--J.D. Considine 
"The cover of the album, by the way, was done by New York transplant Andrea Schamis, a graphic artist who could not make the bash (06.16.84 LP release party at The Marble Bar) because she was up in the Big Apple discussing the terms of her book 'A Closer Look,' which is due to be published soon."--Laura Charles, The Sun, Sunday June 24, 1984. (Husband Larry Charles later went on to be a successful Hollywood producer--e.g. HBO's Entourage series.) 
This was a beautiful package with that high-gloss import finish, great cover art, flattering liner notes and great music mastered carefully on quality virgin vinyl. We were all very satisfied and proud when we finally received our own copies. 
OHO's EP garnered some positive record reviews. Ken Tucker, in his The Village Voice "PAZZ & JOP" Product Report (basically a numerical rating system from -10 to +10) gave Rocktronics a solid 8, his highest mark in this June 5, 1984 (0L.XXIX, NO. 17) edition, tying with Jerry Lee Lewis and beating out releases by Johnny Winter (5), Steve Perry (5), Alan Parsons Project (3), George Jones (1), Roger waters (-1), Ultravox (-4) and Joe Jackson's Body and Soul (-3). 
"OHO blends in new wave sensibilities to a deftly textured backdrop. OHO has assembled an above-average package. Best stuff: "Where Are We Now?", "Diane," "Infomania," and "It Needs a Haircut." --Patrick Gilbert (Detroit Monitor, 06.28.84) 
"Very snappy electronic group that does have solid chops and a good feel with dazzling hooks. Unique EP with a lot on the ball that should sell through beyond the terminally hip level and actually come to grips with popular acclaim." 
--Midwest Record Recap; May, 1984 (Vol. 7, #13) 
From the Baltimore City Paper (date unknown): "OHO, who came to fame with Okinawa, a record that still sounds ahead of its time, are together again on a new seven song mini-LP on Clean Cuts Records. At the record release party, Mark O'Connor (kb), Jay Graboski (guitar), Gyro (vocals), Mike Kearney (bass) and Dave Reeve (drums) will treat you to future hits like "Infomania." 10 pm Marble Bar, 306 W. Franklin St., 727-5336." 
NOT having been afforded sufficient run through time for even a coarse adjustment of our rather complicated stage set up (we had a quartet of synthesizers/keyboards, a drum machine & 3 vocalists aside from the guitar, bass, drums and assorted acoustic percussion to establish & balance audio levels), our sound had necessarily then to be tweaked by the sound engineer "on the fly" during the first songs of OHO's "white" set (all members dressed in white--diametrically opposed to our 2nd or "black" set with all members being dressed in black garb). This he did successfully and, under the circumstances, quickly. Nevertheless we somehow managed to present ourselves and our music favorably. 
OHO's EP release party was held at Baltimore's The Marble Bar (venue manager Leslie Anderson even provided us with a dressing room upstairs in The Congress Hotel). It was very well attended with complimentary promo OHO and "Rocktronics" buttons being handed out (courtesy of Clean Cuts Records), a guest list of notables, stage props created by our friend and artist Connell Byrne, and all video taped by Jeffrey Albaugh (I think). Aside from an initial and lengthy obfuscating overload of "fog" from David's cleverly constructed, home-made smoke machine (basically an oil drum filled with dry ice and an exhaust fan), it went off without a hitch and all had a wonderful time. 
"The album release party at The Marble Bar on June 16, 1984 was a smash. The album 'Rocktronics' was performed by the group Oho, and members of the band and friends all gathered to toast its release. On hand was producer, John Heyrman, who was, crablings, nominated for a Grammy a few years back for a Phil Woods album he produced." --Laura Charles, The Sun (06.24.84) 
By Spring 1985 the carriage reverted back to being a pumpkin and reduced to a duo, David and I began yet again. 
We stay in touch with Ty. Aside from agreeing to pen a pair of germane paragraphs to kick off this month's "What's Up?" diary, he graciously attended our CD release party in March '08 for Bricolage and remains active in a variety of musical endeavors, not the least of which is running his own music/video production studio. 
I last spoke to Jack Heyrman (Clean Cuts continues to thrive, having successfully branched out into all sorts of related business areas) in the early to mid "aughts" when he mused of releasing a compilation CD featuring choice tunes from the entire Clean Cuts catalog/history. "Where Are We Now?" was to represent OHO on the proposed package. He was preserving his catalog at that time by baking the master tapes, converting analog tracks to digital files. Clean Cuts later generously provided us with CDR copies of the Rocktronics digital transfer & we are currently able to enjoy and share this music in perhaps its highest quality version to date. CC has seen to it that this music is available at CDbaby.com "

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Burning

 


. . . Grey







Do you mean you were just lying there?



Out of reach of anyone who cares



They have bound you with their loving arms



In the distance I still hear you sound the alarm







Can you see yourself more clearly now?



As if you stepped out of a cloud



Beginning when it seems to end



Above below merging







Your mind doesn't feel



Your fingers don't think



Your eyes do not touch



While the heartbeat goes skipping away







It's now and then you're living



While you wait start the giving



Prove it it's always there



Burning grey without its flare







Obligated but one hand is tied



Constant chattering within your mind



How to leave it no one cares



To hear the silly language spoken there







There's a love that empties its own veins



As they spend they fill up again



The flow traffics through eternity



Carries on in all purity







Now you feel and you think



You see and you touch



With a matrix that springs from your heart



To your hands through your head



Burning grey




 


(Burning Grey performed by OHO at Pleasant Valley Golf Club, 

 


October 2016;  

 


Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak)

 






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Up To What?

 

What has OHO been up to? In the studio we're working on tunes for our follow up to 2015's "Where Words Do Not Reach" release, the working title being, "Gazebo." Scheduled for a 2018 drop (depending on whether or not David decides to do something, read that as "anything," in his Blue Ball Road Studio to catch up), this looks to be another compendium of older and new tracks spanning the band's 40+ year career(?), more than a few having been rearranged and re-recorded by our current line up.

On the back burner is the "Ahora!" 40+ minute suite. Basic tracks have been recorded (beginning in 2009) and each year we try to add something new.

2016 has found Jay musing about dialogue (Sprechstimme) the band might include a la the The Moody Blues' "Days of Future Past" and Procol Harum's "In Held Twas I' from their 2nd album, "Shine On Brightly." We coaxed Mr. Ty Ford to do this for us using edited copy Jay had submitted to be considered for next year's scheduled "Guitar Craft" box set (DGM). At first he suggested an Englishman, but I told Ty this concept might be pretentious enough w/o sending it over the top with a British accent. He finally agreed and the final rendition exceeded our expectations. As the suite is currently divided into 3 sections, we may preface each "movement" with a paragraph of dialogue appropriate to that specific section. Ty also had this to key about his experience reading/recording this copy: 
"Jay,
I’m so glad you liked it! It was a true joy for me. I’ve never had richer copy to bring to voice. Thanks so much for thinking of me for this. 
Perhaps when you’re closer to releasing the final mixed piece, you’d allow me to post just the voice over as an example of my work with a link to whatever you decide to make available.
Regards,
Ty
PS: I gave an online class to 4-5 union VO people last night. think they would consider your words a real treat. How do you feel about allowing me to forward your words so that they might also revel in them?

 

Walpurgisnacht

 

 

Walpurgisnacht? A gathering of witches. Alfred Kubin woodcut used for "Ecce OHO!" CD release (1998, Little Wing of Refugees--LW 3053 EXP) “A witch’s nature is nothing more than exaggerated femininity carried to illicitly stimulating extremes…And so it can happen that the name and nature of the divine are merged in the monstrous, with bitch and mistress becoming one, for we are dealing after all with the arch-bitch, 'Our Gracious Lady Bitch.'”—Thomas Mann (Joseph and His Brothers, page 999) Happy Halloween!

In fairy tales and in Halloween lore "the witch represents the dark side of the great earth goddess. In our country, the cult of earth goddesses has practically vanished, the positive aspects of the mother archetype integrated into the Virgin Mary, while the negative and destructive, the death side, has been repressed into the subconscious...the evil of the subconscious in a certain form. They generally intrigue, poison, kill, or eat people, or they slander them so they quarrel with each other. These are the main activities of mythological witches, and of human witches as well." -Marie Louise Von Franz "Individuation in Fairy tales." Misogyny? This is about RESPECT (Fear of the Lordess). In my own experience I endured a 5 year ordeal with a witch, after which I have heard, she retired her broom...no shit.

 

Best Unsigned Band

 

(Originally posted April 5, 2014)

When it all began for OHO (Mach III version, 1985-2008): "IN THE SPOTLIGHT-OHO" Gentleman George Ches, Maryland Musician, 1985) "It happens that Musician Magazine is having a contest to find the best unsigned band in the USA.  OHO submitted 'Change In the Wind.'  OHO was among the 4 winners  chosen and was the 1st song picked.  This netted the band $6595 in JBL sound equipment.  Wow!  A grand prize winner will then be chosen for an all-expenses paid trip to Chicago to open for Adrian Belew's Bears at this year's NAMM convention on June 14, 1985."

 

Shredding . . .

 

Jay Shredding it at Johnny's with OHO

OHO, Live at Johnny's May 2016

 

Coconut Times

 

Coming soon to The Coconut Times: this article by Barbara Borys:

I recently stopped into Bourbon Street on the Beach, a local restaurant and schmoozing bar, to treat my daughter to an order of chargrilled oysters. We were pleasantly surprised by the early evening entertainment of singer, songwriter Jay Graboski, also known as “Just Jay”.

Jay’s style was easy his repertoire was varied. It spanned multiple generations of memorable, familiar favorites as well as a variety of impressive originals. Jay was happy to be sharing one of his CDs with listeners. He gave me a copy of “The MD CD” which includes the OHO hit “Ocean City Ditty”, a song that will resonate with anyone that has vacationed on this four and a half square mile resort island.

I sat with Jay during his break and talked with him about his long career in music which he says keeps him “engaged and enthusiastic about life.” His bursts of creativity span a half century. He is critically acclaimed, and was named as one of the top 100 CDs by CD Review magazine in 1990. His talent has afforded him the opportunity to open for acts such as “Cheap Trick”.

Despite his obvious talent, he says he has never quite made it, definitely a "close but no cigar" kind of enterprise. “We didn’t make it,” he says casually and with no regrets. In fact, he continues to write and is currently working on a rock opera or “suite” as he called it. It is titled “Ahora!” which is Spanish for “now.”

Jay calls “Ahora” a “stream of consciousness expose of what it might mean to be present”, in the moment. Although it is still evolving, it is currently divided into segments: beginning, middle, end. The middle section includes a ballad about the murder of an abatement crew member in downtown Washington, DC. and is based on a true story. Jay says that the lyrics are the most difficult part of the project. “One practically has to be a something of a poet.” He says, however, that he has a notebook full of lyrics that “reveal themselves at odd intervals over time.” Perfectly strung together words, I think, that he has collected over time and taps into when needed. Like random screws, nails, springs and miscellaneous other hardware that my father collected over time, some to be eventually used, others to be discarded as useless.

Jay has composed much of the music OHO performs though he says the arrangements are a group effort and the songs are usually credited to the band. “We share the credit and, who knows, maybe one day...the royalties,” says Jay.

Jay and the OHO trio will be performing at Bourbon Street On the Beach during happy hour (3 - 7) on Friday, July 8th. “Just Jay” will be at Bourbon Street during happy hour on Sundays throughout the summer. The Jay and Ray duo, two of the three members of OHO, can be enjoyed at Johnny’s Pizza & Pub on Saturday, August 13 at 9 pm. Come and enjoy any or all of these engagements. Say hello to Jay and enjoy some spirit boosting, ear pleasing and often foot tapping music while sipping a cocktail, relaxing, and relishing the beauty of summer in Ocean City.""

 

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Always A Treat

 

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Always a treat.

2011 music video featuring 1974 vintage OHO music tracks overdubbed in 2008 with the lead vocals and the acoustic guitarism of El Sledge, (Matt Graboski). "T...
 

Our Own Way

 

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We are down to our last 330 or so MD/CD's. Soon (like probably this weekend) we will be turning over 300 of them to Mike Prestas whose family operates a number of shops on the Boardwalk and elsewhere in Ocean City, MD; with the intention that they be on offer to vacationers there during the remainder of Spring & on into Summer (still attempting to get the "Ocean City Ditty" to catch on). There has been NO response from any media in either the Baltimore area or throughout Worcester County. This is becoming more and more the case, at least as far as we know. We have experienced the mildly disappointing truth that "prophets are not accepted in their own country." The heartening news is that the music is moving fast into the hands of the anonymous denizens of the state which the music celebrates; & who we trust are blasting the tunes out in their vehicles, from boom boxes, blue tooth speakers and traditional, amped up, high-wattage stereo systems. We will make our own way.

 

MI-5 BASS

 

Dusting off my MI-5 bass for tomorrow's AM session at Blue Ball Road Studio near Stewartstown, PA. Basic tracking for Ray's "Blood Brother."

OHO's photo.
 

Guitar of the Month

 

"Hi Jay!
Thanks for submitting your guitar for consideration. Good news! Your guitar has been chosen as our Reader Guitar of the Month. We will publish the image of the guitar with your story in our June print issue. That's the gist!

In addition to this guitar being uniquely cool, we're all about telling stories. You were very prepared with your guitar's backstory, so we should have everything we need in regards to specs. If you want to provide anything else unique or worth noting, please feel free to do so. I think we have everything we need, but I wanted to let you know we've chosen you so you can make any additions if you wish.
Thanks so much for your interest and for reading Premier Guitar!
Cheers, Tessa"

I purchased a modestly priced Seagull Model S6+ Tobacco Burst during the summer of 1997 as a backup acoustic guitar. A piezo was installed, it was then gifted to our teenage son who put this axe through its paces before returning it to me in the early 00's. Psychologically bifurcated (I am a 12 string aficionado on the one hand, and work-shy when it comes to tuning on the other), I engaged the services of then local luthier, John Thurston (the "T" of K&T Guitars, 1980's), to convert this Seagull into an 8 string guitar. This would give me the jangle of a 12 string guitar, the facility of a 6 string on the high and low ends while reducing tuning by roughly 33 1/3%. Tuning keys were replaced with mandolin-style tuners, 4 in a row on each side; and John cleverly inserted 2 very short metal poles in front of the peg holes at the 3rd and 4th string position to facilitate string separation while using the existing holes to accommodate both the "G" and "D" octave strings. 2 slots were filed into the nut and voila...John delivered me my "new" 8 string and at a very reasonable cost.

Artist Connell P. Byrne (pbase.com/connellart) was then commissioned to paint it; the only stipulation? It's theme be a sea-based with the goddess Aphrodite somewhere depicted on the body (my spouse and I had recently purchased a mobile home near the beach in Ocean City, MD). Here are photos of how Connell transformed this guitar into a functional work of art: Aphrodite presents herself in her "Metropolis"/C3PO guise, surfing on her shell as she rides the back of a crimson octopus; a fish in the Japanese style (the food of Venus, "Friday I'm In Love," and all the rest of the mythological inter-connection) a Hippocampus and Nautilus are featured on the front with dolphins swimming around the sides; and Poseidon's trident points the middle way (in the position of equipoise) on the headstock. This stick is 100% hand-painted, then sealed for protection. I also replaced the string pegs with brass abalone-inlayed ones and inserted a decorative carved sound hole cover (suggesting undersea foliage, likely in the Indian Ocean). The final touch was attaching a Tsunami-themed strap, embroidered in a matching blue/orange color scheme.

As you can see, I do perform (and record) with these guitars. I play them through a Radial Pre-Z into a Bose PA, and if their tones have been compromised by these modifications, darn if I can tell. They sound great, satisfy my expectations and never fail to elicit interest from audients: one satisfying experiment in acoustic guitar modification, and with very little risk.

'Unbridled dynamics of the unconscious world.'
'Another Connellized, beach-themed Larrivee guitar, played here in its natural habitat.'
 

Vitamin OHO

 

Just finished my first ever listen of Oho's Vitamin Oho. I'm wondering what happened for the album to sit in the vaults 16 years before seeing the light of day. Great local prog release from 1991 (though recorded in 74-75). I've been sitting on this for a few weeks and now I'm wondering what took me so long to listen to it. Highly recommended to any fans of '70s prog rock. If Okinawa is anywhere near as good as this, I must seek it out now.

Something else caught my eye while going over the liner notes was this stamp saying it is No. 3 of a limited first edition of 500. 
Jay, do you know anything about this numbered stamp?

David Harris's photo.
 
Jay Graboski The stamp is to suggest this lp's collectibility, especially as there were only 500 made. Why 16 years? Perhaps the music protects itself from casual interest but reveals itself to those who persist. "Okinawa" is a different teapot of mackerel, being generally much less serious, & more Zappa/Beefhart-esque. You may want to seek out Little Wing's "Ecce OHO" CD (1998) featuring 44 minutes of "vitamin-era" out-takes, live recordings and never-before released 4 track "basement" tapes from the 74-75 years.
 

Just Jay at The Food Show

 

Just Jay @ the "Food Show" in the OC Convention Center with Barry's crew from Bourbon Street On the Beach. Lucky I had a rucksack stuffed with MD CD's as there were a number of Radio Station booths at the event. (On my walk to the convention center I stopped by Seacrets' 98.1 offices, only to find them abandoned--guessing staff to be at the show, I stuffed a bunch of CD's in the station in box.) Some of Barry's MOJO must have rubbed off as the guys at the 98.1 booth initially took 5. Then I would walk around the hall only to find them "disappeared" upon my return. This time they took 10, which disappeared equally as fast; then after another circuitous route back to the booth...this time, 20; they too were gone by the time I completed my next circuit. This went on until the show closed. I'm attributing this to David Pugh's stellar graphics, the CD's Maryland-themed tunes, AND the "Includes the hit: Ocean City Ditty" stickers (LOL) as our CD's were among the only ones being picked up. Upstairs, I just sat on one of the pillars(?) at the hall exit/entrance, and among the people who approached to declare I had "the best seat in the house," were people from Radio stations whose booths were on the 2nd floor where I was able to make my "pitch" to them. It was like "magic," they came up to me (was it the beachy shoes a couple of the chicks were checking out or was it the OHO hat I was sporting?). Then, the next day, I was talking to Tim (doing repairs on the mobile home behind ours), whose daughter books acts for The Jetty on Kent Island. I gave him a CD and our card. News at 11:00. Thank you, Mr. Reichart (by way of Priscilla and Charlie), for inviting me.

 

Another Johnny . . .

 

On the banner. . . David Reeve, Johnny (yeah, that's my effin' name) Cochran and Jay (Johnny P.) Graboski working on a bass track for Plunge, to be includedon the forthcoming, tentatively titled 'Male Pattern Radness'.

Plunge
OHO duo at Bourbon Street On The Beach (OC, Maryland) June 2015

 

 

The MD/CD (MD musicians' music compilation) Is Here

 

The MD/CD has arrived. So, if you want your complimentary (FREE) copy this weekend, CD's are available at Trax On Wax on Frederick Road in Catonsville (just ask Jeff for it) and at The Archive on Main Street in Ellicott City. Ocean City residents may stop by Bourbon Street On the Beach (116th St. & Coastal Hwy. in Ocean City) this Sunday (March 6th) when Just Jay will perform his solo acoustic version of OHO's "Ocean City Ditty." Music begins at around 4:00 PM (Happy Hour food and drink specials on offer as always); and he will have free copies to give away there as well. Support local music!

 

 

 

 

The MD CD . . .

 

Coming soon to a record store near you....The MD/CD

 

 

 

 

How . . .

 

. . .  Is Where We Go . . .

 

 

. . . another can't-get-it-out-of-your-head-composition by Jay Graboski.  With Jay, David Reeve, Ray Jozwiak (OHO) and Bill Pratt in the studio last Friday.  Good people, good fun . . . good music!

 

 

 

How Is Where We Go

by Jay Graboski with OHO and some additional musical friends (with Bill Pratt on vocals, keys and assorted wisdom)

 

 

 

 

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The Ocean City Ditty Video is now on YouTube

 

 

So Much. . .

 

 

(from Jay Graboski at https://www.facebook.com/ohomusic/?fref=nf)

". . . So much in the works for the next OHO album: tomorrow into The Bratt studio to "fiddle about" with Ray's "3rd Hand Intelligence." In the queue are "Where Is How We Go" (lyrically based on the Guitar Craft aphorism: "Where we're going is how we get there"; "Plunge" (originally recorded by The Weaszels), David's "The One"...and new arrangements of "Your Luck Is Awake" (from "UP") and a 3/4 time version of "Lost & Found" from "Audition." These are in addition to the "Ahora!" suite, Ray's "Blood Brother" and other tunes that are in the process of revealing themselves. So many songs...so little time. . . "

 

 

Where Is How We Go

by Jay Graboski, in progress mix February 2016

 

 

What Do You . . .

 

 

. . . think this song is about? . . .

 

 

Heard somebody say

They overheard you

Just the other day

A simple word

About the way we get along

If only I were sure

Of the semantics

Having doubts 'cause I'm

One hopeless romantic

Could it be

You're slipping away from me

 

What will I do

If what I'm thinking is true

And you want to be

Really free of me

I won't last very long

Very far from your heart

And this third-hand intelligence

Might be the way that it starts.

 

Heard somebody say

They thought they saw you

Walking in their way

You were not alone

They said he didn't look like

Thinking to myself

Must be mistaken

Try not to believe

but still badly shaken

Why would you

Deceive me in things you do

 

So many years

Sharing our laughter and tears

Lasted very long

Maybe I was wrong

Not to ask you

Why you feel

We've drifted apart

And this third-hand intelligence

Might be the way that it starts

 

Are my sources reliable

Wait and see

Wait and see

Is my psyche too pliable

It could be

It could be

 

If somebody said

The sky was falling

Would you believe it's true

And change your direction

From spinning round

When it hits the ground

That's just not true

Any believers are few

When you've seen it all

It could never fall

 

Any more than

I think you could

Tear us apart

And this third-hand intelligence

Might be the way that it starts

 

 

Third Hand Intelligence

by OHO (recorded December 2015 at the 'Compound') OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak

 

 

A Recent Performance

 

. . . Coming . . .

 

 

On your mark get set

Disconnect that internet

Every girl and boy

Breathing in the joy

Not a care at last

Sit outside and bask

In rays of summer's bliss

 

Crabs and fish and shells

Feel your tensions melt

Fries and pizza pie

Smiles won't be denied

Everything is cool

in 2 1 8 4 2

Feel the sparkle in your eyes

 

Catch a wave and ride

Cars and motorbikes

Bikini babes in the sand

Vibin' to rockin' bands

Ocean City

 

From Memorial to Labor Day

We beckon you to play

To a boardwalk beat

Miles and miles of beach

Your memories to take

Currents dance and sway

leave your footprints in the sand

 

Fireworks at night

Give your love a kiss

Sail and fish the sea

Here life is a beach

in Ocean City

 

Now is the time that's right

For you only live once

Time does drag when it's all work and no fun

The ocean gateway calls you

Sport your shorts and shades

It's so divine to dine at life's buffet

It's almost heaven and

There's so much more we can say

 

Catch a wave and ride

Cool cars and motorbikes

Bikinis on the sand

Dance to rockin' bands

Ocean City

 

 

Ocean City Ditty

by OHO, live at Bourbon Street on the Beach, New Year's Eve 2015

(OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak)

 

 

 

Words . . .

 

 

Us:  ". . . here's a short, fun one from the next OHO album (Male Pattern Radness). Begun in 1994 at Steve's, inspired by Joseph Campbell and the movie, The Witches of Eastwick...finalized at Bill's. . ."

 

Them:  ". . . I get a very close Frankincense olfactory reaction….:). . .

 

Us:  ". . . (we'll)  interpret this as being a favorable response. . ."

 

Them:  ". . . I do like it, but wonder if this mix doesn't try a little too hard. . . Yes! A favorable response! Frankincense has an aroma that calls attention to itself. It demands your attention and can not be ignored. Accordingly, this song is very much "in your face.

 

From Wikip: "Boswellia sacra trees are considered unusual for their ability to grow in environments so unforgiving that they sometimes grow out of solid rock. Frankincense is derived from these trees." That, my friend, is determination!. . ."

 

Us:  ". . . Thanks. . ."

 

 

Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

(from the forthcoming, tentatively titled 'Male Pattern Radness' by OHO - Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak with the indispensable Bill Pratt

 

MD/CD Revised Liner Notes

 

Revised liner notes to date for the forthcoming OHO Music's The MD/ CD:

“As I walk down the street all the faces that I meet, I’ve met before. Welcome…” Howard Markman’s point of seeing is the hope-filled nucleus around which the songs of this compilation constellate. A cursory listen to its content and scan of its credits urge this listener to testify to the veracity of his lyrics.

In this cross section of artists operating in the zone of the “in between(s)” (i.e. in proximity to The Mason-Dixon Line), I stand as part of a network of musicians who have intersected variously and often across a fifty year span. Here is a pool of artists who are available to help one another. In dealing with their sonic offerings for over twenty months, I recognize many names and can pinpoint specific and ongoing instances of (mostly) joyful collaboration. If this is true for me, it follows that it is also true to some degree for everyone on our roster. As de facto overseer, the suggestion is that listeners trace the thread of sonic connection from track to track with the understanding that each artist has his/her own version of the story to tell.

These unique perspectives, along with those embodied in the select covers of tunes by songwriters of (perhaps) more renown, contribute to the program’s eclectic range; the only parameters for inclusion being, 1) topics are Maryland-related and, 2) participants sacrifice expectation of pecuniary recompense. Otherwise, the creative field (including its graphical dimension) was wide open. True that the disc is “Baltimore” heavy, but these recordings lined up in the queue; and as CD content is currently limited to 79 minutes, completion (seconds shy of this maximum) was achieved as recordings were received.

Within this 22 song selection, most should find something to enjoy: songs of life in Baltimore, in its neighborhoods, on Maryland waterways, through our history, in the sports teams we rally behind, the seafood our citizens harvest/ingest, where many vacation, our economics, politics, sociology, psychologies, what makes us laugh and even our solitude and found love.

This enterprise began in an instance of speaking-prior-to-thinking (i.e. before the critical mind could interfere with manufactured/stifling excuses). Solicitation through and around our sphere of acquaintance spread by word of mouth and via social media. The generous, collective response? A slow, steady burgeoning momentum that actualized itself as what you now (be)hold; and with little more than an energetic nudge from without. May our album provide listeners as much divinely superfluous pleasure as we experienced in singing its lyrics and sounding its notes. J.P.G. 11/28/15

 

Dear . . .

 

 

. . . Internet Prog Music Radio Person,

I would like to send you OHO's latest album via WeTransfer for airplay.  'Where Words Do Not Reach' is an archival collection of OHO's instrumental works covering the period 1974 through the present. For the more adventuresome listener there is a lot to appreciate here starting with the intense album opening "Board Organ" where furious drumming, off kilter keyboards and fiery guitar run amok in an all-out progressive psychedelic jam. "Nocturnal Recurrence" is another solid track and very heavy on the keyboards while "Albumblatt" is an excellent all acoustic guitar number with impressive fret work from O'Sullivan and serves as a nice reprieve from the previous chaos. "Motion of Motion" is another fine acoustic guitar piece followed by the much heavier "Snow Lady/I Crawled" where the band's eclecticism shows up in the form of wild keyboard sounds and a somewhat darker theme. The band continues its genre hopping with the pop inspired "Aubrey Circle Dance" and the feel good country grooves in Non-Sex Nonsense". The album ends with two new tracks, "Slough of Despond" and "Unique", both having a more refined sound with the latter featuring mostly piano and Graboski's treated guitar chords. Where Words Do Not Reach covers a wide range of styles and sounds, enhanced by the band's eclectic arrangements and tuneful songwriting.  Please visit www.ohomusic.com

 

 

 

Slough of Despond

from Where Words Do Not Reach by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve, Ray Jozwiak and a host of others)

 

 

 

 

 

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Get your copy of OHO's  Where Words Do Not Reach now!


Also, check out the new Ocean City Ditty video at 
https://youtu.be/ZZSd1oe1GcI) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

 

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

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Memories

 

Johnny's first amplifier (This is a vintage 1965 Sears / Silvertone 1484 "Twin Twelve" amplifier. All tube head featuring a pair of 6L6's. With a "piggyback" configuration, the amp head can be fastened into the rear of the cabinet for easy transport). Used exclusively for the Gibson ES-335 electric guitar tones on OHO's "Okinawa" LP.

OHO's photo.
 

More Plunge

 

Spent an hour (10/26/15) at The Bratt Studio while Bad Neighbor, Bill Phelan, sprayed some Rickenbacker 12-string glitter over our in-progress track, "Plunge!" Tasty, jangly riffage for all. This song dates back to 1992, was recorded by The Weaszels in 1996 at OHO alumnus, Steve Carr's Hit & Run Studio (in ROCKville) and is being revived for inclusion in the forthcoming OHO album, Male Pattern Radness. Something has been borrowed from each version for the latest model that should have the flavor of 24 years marinating in its own juices.

 

Latin . . .

 

 

(from http://ashbrook.org/publications/oped-moore-03-latin/)

". . . to say that Latin is dead, though in some sense true, is not a particularly helpful observation when it comes to education. Plato and Cicero and Shakespeare and George Washington and the rest of the Founding Fathers are also dead, but we still study them because they have important things to say about human nature and have shaped our civilization. In a similar way, Latin has influenced the way we get along in the world, namely, by talking and writing to each other. For about a thousand years a vital people in the history of the West, the Romans, spoke and wrote to each other in Latin. After the fall of Rome, Latin remained the language of learning until the end of the seventeenth century. Most learned treatises were written in Latin. Schoolboys in Europe and to a lesser extent in this country studied mostly Latin in school until the end of the nineteenth century. The “Latin Quarter” in Paris is so named because that is what students at the Sorbonne spoke rather than colloquial French. . ."

 

 

Long To Be Latin

OHO duo (Jay Graboski & Ray Jozwiak) live at Bourbon Street on the Beach, September 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

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Fever . . .

 

. . . courtesy of OHO. . .

 

 

(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco)

". . . Disco is a genre of dance music containing elements of funk, soul, pop, and salsa that was most popular in the mid to late 1970s, though it has had brief resurgences. Its initial audiences were club-goers from the gay, African American, Italian American, Latino, and psychedelic communities in New York City and Philadelphia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Disco also was a reaction against both the domination of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music by the counterculture during this period. Women embraced disco as well, and the music eventually expanded to several other marginalized communities of the time. . ."

 

 

I Won't Run Away

Vintage Jay Graboski and David Reeve OHO

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

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Balance

 


 

(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender-specific_and_gender-neutral_pronouns)

A gender-neutral pronoun, by contrast, is a pronoun that is not associated with a particular grammatical or social gender and that does not imply, for instance, male or female. Many English pronouns are gender-neutral, including they (which in certain contexts can also refer to a singular antecedent such as everyone, a person, or the patient).

 

Many of the world's languages do not have gender-specific pronouns. Others, however – particularly those that have a pervasive system of grammatical gender (or have historically had such a system, as with English) – have gender specificity in certain of their pronouns, particularly third-person personal pronouns.

 

Problems of usage arise in languages such as English, in contexts where a person of unspecified or unknown sex or social gender is being referred to but commonly available pronouns (he or she) are gender-specific. In such cases a gender-specific, usually masculine, pronoun is sometimes used with intended gender-neutral meaning; such use of he was also common in English until the middle of the twentieth century but is now controversial. Use of singular they is another common alternative. By using "he" or "she" the speaker may make assumptions about gender identity. Some people express their identities more ambiguously and appearances can be deceptive. Some attempts have been made, by proponents of gender-neutral language, to introduce invented gender-neutral pronouns.

 


She/He

OHO duo (Jay Graboski & Ray Jozwiak) live at Johnny's (Ocean City, MD), September 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

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Back . . .

 

. . . from . . .

 

 

 

(from http://ococean.com/explore-oc/oc-history/)

". . . The sun and surf of Ocean City, Maryland, have been attracting visitors since Algonquian tribes first came to our beaches to fish and sun themselves. Europeans first arrived in 1524 when Giovanni da Verrazano surveyed the east coast of North America. By the 17th century, British colonists had moved north from Virginia and settled in the area. Due to Ocean City's isolation as a barrier island, the town remained a sleepy fishing village until 1875, when the Atlantic Hotel began welcoming visitors. The following year, the railroad bridged Sinepuxent Bay, and a resort was born. In 1878, heroes took up residence. The U.S. Life-Saving Service, an ancestor of today's Coast Guard, established a station here. Their mission: to venture out in stormy seas and rescue shipwreck victims. The second station, built in 1891, is now the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, enshrining Ocean City's history and saluting the brave men who worked here. In 1900, the first boardwalk was constructed. Trimper's Amusements opened shortly after. Unlike today, however, the boardwalk wasn't a year-round fixture. The boards were actually taken up in the winter, and stored until the following spring! . . . "

 

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(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

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Pie

 

 

(from http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/pizza.htm)

". . . Considered a peasant's meal in Italy for centuries, we cannot say who invented the very first pizza pie. Food historians agree that pizza-like dishes, including flatbreads topped with oils, spices, and other toppings, were eaten by many peoples in the Mediterranean, including the Greeks and Egyptians. However, modern pizza has been attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito of Naples. In 1889, Esposito -- who owned a restaurant called the Pizzeria di Pietro -- baked what he called "pizza" especially for the visit of Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. According to legend, this pizza was topped with mozzarella, basil and tomatoes to represent the three colors of the Italian flag, and the style was named for Queen Margherita. . ."

 

 

OHO

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

OHO LIVE AT JOHNNY'S PIZZA

OHO Live at Johnny's - 9:00PM

5601 Coastal Hwy Bayside

Ocean City, MD21842

United States

4105247499

Price: no cover

 

BOURBON STREET ON THE BEACH

Jay Graboski (Sundays) -this week a performance of the OHO Duo (w/Ray Jozwiak) - 7:00PM

Coastal Highway & 116th Street

Ocean City, MD21842

443-664-2896

Price: na

Sunday at 4PM

 

 

She/He

rehearsal recording from August 2015 by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak)

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

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Dates . . .

 

(from wikipedia.com)

Phoenix dactylifera is a flowering plant species in the palm family Arecaceae, cultivated for its edible sweet fruit. Although its place of origin is unknown because of long cultivation, it probably originated from lands around Iraq.

 

 

 

Upcoming OHO DATES:

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

OHO LIVE AT JOHNNY'S

OHO Live at Johnny's - 9:00PM

5601 Coastal Hwy Bayside

Ocean City, MD21842

United States

4105247499

Price: no cover

BOURBON STREET ON THE BEACH

Jay Graboski (Sundays) -this week a performance of the OHO Duo (w/Ray Jozwiak) - 7:00PM

Coastal Highway & 116th Street

Ocean City, MD21842

443-664-2896

Price: na

Sunday 4-7:00PM

 

 

 

Shouts In The Street

rehearsal recording from August 2015 by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak)

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

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Goddesses . . .

 

. . . I have known . . .

 

 

 

(from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/18/awesome-goddesses-mythology_n_6881434.html)

Anat (Ugaritic/Ancient Semitic Mythology)

This ancient Canaanite goddess of love and war . . . An ancient Ugaritic text describes Anat’s revenge against a man who slighted her in no uncertain terms: "Anat seized Mot, the divine son,/ With a sickle she cut him,/ with a winnow she winnows him,/ with fire she scorches him,/ with a mill she crushes him,/ she scatters his flesh in the field to be eaten by birds."

 

Hel (Norse mythology)

Hel, ruler of the eponymous underworld of Norse mythology. (“To go to Hel” meant to die in ancient Norse idiom—nowadays, it means more or less the same thing.) Hel’s role was to lead an army of the dead in a ship made of the fingernails of corpses.

 

Amaterasu (Shinto Faith)

Amaterasu or Amaterasu-ōmikami is one of the major deities in the animistic Shinto religion of Japan; her full name means “Great Divinity Illuminating Heaven.” One of the world’s few female solar deities, a principal myth featuring Amaterasu depicts her conflict with her brother, Susanoo, god of storms and the sea.

 

Tefnut (Ancient Egyptian Mythology)

Tefnut was the ancient Egyptian goddess of moisture, rain and dew. . . she was the mother of the gods of the sky and earth, and grandmother of Egypt’s principal gods, Horus, Isis, Osiris and Set.

 

Princess Liễu Hạnh (Vietnamese Folk Faith)

Princess Liễu Hạnh is a singular figure in Vietnamese myth. One of the Four Immortals, divine beings worshipped by the people of Vietnam’s Red River Delta region, Lieu Hanh was a daughter of the Jade Emperor, a central deity in Taoism and other East Asian theology. Liễu Hạnh was a figure of female emancipation who excelled at poetry and was an embodiment of female power.

 

Ixchel (Mayan Mythology)

Ixchel (or Ix Chel), the ancient Mayan goddess of childbirth and war. Often depicted with jaguar claws or ears, she wears a serpent as her headdress and is also associated with the moon and the traditional Mayan sweatbath. She was so sacred to Maya women that they founded an island sanctuary, still called the Isla de Mujeres, dedicated to worship of Ixchel off the coast of contemporary Cancun.

 

Louhi (Finnish Mythology)Image via Wikimedia Commons

Lovatar is a goddess who takes many forms and has many names, featured in the ancient Finnish epic The Kalevala. Blind daughter of the god of death, Lovatar gave birth to nine diseases (including plague, sterility and cancer).

 

 

Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

OHO rehearsal recording August 2015, OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

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Mr. DJ, PUT THIS CD ON!!

 

What we've been up to is rather tedious, but necessary work; specifically, servicing the independent radio stations worldwide that spin Progressive music albums with OHO's "Where Words Do Not Reach." International postage is high, custom forms to fill out and all for the small chance that OHO music will air. Still, the prime directive is to "get your music into the universe by any means," & so we take the time to verify snail-mail addresses, seeking permission to submit (digitally, where appropriate) and all the rest. "Follow through" is a big part of all this and, of course, there's nothing like holding the disc in one's hand and experiencing the "aesthetic arrest" that often occurs when beholding Connell Byrne's artwork, the final ploy in coaxing DJ's to PUT THIS CD ON.

 

Buckling . . .

 

 

. . . down on this tune (the moral of which is, 'since I don't repeat gossip, you'd better listen close the first time') to 'bring it home' at Johnny's in Ocean City MD on September 12th. . .

 

 

Heard somebody say

They overheard you

Just the other day

A simple word

About the way we get along

If only I were sure

Of the semantics

Having doubts 'cause I'm

One hopeless romantic

Could it be

You're slipping away from me

 

What will I do

If what I'm thinking is true

And you want to be

Really free of me

I won't last very long

Very far from your heart

And this third-hand intelligence

Might be the way that it starts.

 

Heard somebody say

They thought they saw you

Walking in their way

You were not alone

They said he didn't look like

Thinking to myself

Must be mistaken

Try not to believe

but still badly shaken

Why would you

Deceive me in things you do

 

So many years

Sharing our laughter and tears

Lasted very long

Maybe I was wrong

Not to ask you

Why you feel

We've drifted apart

And this third-hand intelligence

Might be the way that it starts

 

Are my sources reliable

Wait and see

Wait and see

Is my psyche too pliable

It could be

It could be

 

If somebody said

The sky was falling

Would you believe it's true

And change your direction

From spinning round

When it hits the ground

That's just not true

Any believers are few

When you've seen it all

It could never fall

 

Any more than

I think you could

Tear us apart

And this third-hand intelligence

Might be the way that it starts

 

 

 

Third-Hand Intelligence

rehearsal recording from August 2015 by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak)

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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Fixing . . .

 

. . . up our performance of Blue Fix . . . 

 

 

To the one with the key can this thing be known

She’s in tune and in time and she sings with tone

Back to the truth of her core

Back where she waits evermore to shine

 

Night of vast silence held in suspense

Hints at the content the sense and tense

There in the beam of her moon

Inspiring just the right loon for tunes

 

Gravitate to the place where no one but you

Believes that it’s holy

Spin around and around until you fall down

Because you’re so dizzy

Spitting into the face of the fate you’d escape

By loving ascension

Older than death closer than breath

Before there were symbols and sounds

 

How to unstick from the fix you’re in?

With your ear to the sky call the voice of the wind

Gathering kernels and seeds

Forming silk furrows where they’ll be sown

Recalling in keenness of mind

A word that is older than thought and time

 

Discovering fire again

In a thunderbolt sent through a pen

Pure word

 

 

Blue Fix

OHO, rehearsal recording August 2015

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

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http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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Heard Somebody . . .

 

 

. . . say, "Play Third-Hand Intelligence"

 

 

Heard somebody say

They overheard you

Just the other day

A simple word

About the way we get along

If only I were sure

Of the semantics

Having doubts 'cause I'm

One hopeless romantic

Could it be

You're slipping away from me

What will I do

If what I'm thinking is true

And you want to be

Really free of me

I won't last very long

Very far from your heart

 

And this third-hand intelligence

Might be the way that it starts.

 

Heard somebody say

They thought they saw you

Walking in their way

You were not alone

They said he didn't look like

Thinking to myself

Must be mistaken

Try not to believe

but still badly shaken

Why would you

Deceive me in things you do

So many years

Sharing our laughter and tears

Lasted very long

Maybe I was wrong

Not to ask you

Why you feel

We've drifted apart

 

And this third-hand intelligence

Might be the way that it starts

 

Are my sources reliable

Wait and see

Wait and see

Is my psyche too pliable

It could be

It could be

 

If somebody said

The sky was falling

Would you believe it's true

And change your direction

From spinning round

When it hits the ground

That's just not true

Any believers are few

When you've seen it all

It could never fall

Any more than

I think you could

Tear us apart

 

And this third-hand intelligence

Might be the way that it starts

 

 

 

Third-Hand Intelligence

OHO rehearsal recording, August 2015

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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Oh Man!!!

 

. . . Finally . . . the Music Store (CDBabay Music Store) is now on Facebook.  Check it out . . . . https://www.facebook.com/ohomusic/app_470868196288052

 

Sunday

 

SUNDAY, Sunday!!! Happy Hour (4:00-700 PM) at Bourbon Street on the Beach (11604 Coastal Hwy. in Ocean City, MD.). Reduced select bev's and app's...yum, yum! OHO's "Just Jay" sings of the joys and laments of the past 1/2 century.

 

Okinawa Revisited

 

The Archive is set to release the original 1974 edition of OHO's "Okinawa" along with "Vitamin OHO" as a 2-LP, 12" vinyl set for (we hope) an October "Record Store Day" release. The challenge is that the producer intends an all-analog process which, while laudatory, also presents a slew of related problems that have been eliminated (kind of like the almost-total eradication of the Polio virus) by the digital revolution. Still, this is intriguing and brings to the fore, memories of the myriad challenges that were negotiated by the team in releasing vinyl in the 70s, 80s and in OHO's case, due to the German Little Wing of Refugee releases of the aforementioned LP's, the 90s as well. You know, questions now arise as rudimentary as, "where do I find a 10 1/2" take-up reel?" "Where do I find "leader" tape?" "What degree of deterioration have the reel-to-reel 1/4", 2-track stereo masters experienced in the 40 years they have spent in my basement?" "Is there a way to decode the Dolby A noise reduction?" & on and on. August (when we begin the process) should be an interesting month. "Making a connection to our experiences and experiencing in the past enables us to continue learning from them." (from Robt. Fripp's on-line diary, 08.21.09)

 

More Okinawa

 

"I'm not joking about my love of 'Okinawa.' It's deep and pervasive. Although I was only 10 when 'Okinawa' was released, it remains one of the fondest memories of my childhood (and always a part of my iPod shuffle to this day). Which may or may not reflect the quality of my upbringing."-Herschel Hoover

OHO's photo.
 

OHO Say . . .

 

Happy 4th of July!!! If in OC this weekend, stop by Bourbon Street on the Beach on Sunday from 4-7 PM (enjoy the happy hour food & drink deals). Just Jay's worked up some new tunes for this one including the first 3.5 minutes of Tull's "Thick as a Brick" and Neil's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" in drop D tuning.

 

Good & Bad

 

If " a good man is not all good; and a bad man is not all bad" then it would follow that a good city is not all good and a "bad" city is not all bad. Beginning with this premise we are quickly approaching the manifestation of what we are calling "The MD/CD." Last night (@ The Bratt Studio in Woodlawn) Foo Man Bill recorded Ray & Jay (piano and acoustic guitar/vocals respectively) as they performed the basic tracks for the OHO version of Randy Newman's "Baltimore." The rost...

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Jay Graboski's photo.
 

Summer. . .

 

 

 

 

On your mark get set

Disconnect that internet

Every girl and boy

Breathing in the joy

Not a care at last

Sit outside and bask

In rays of summer's bliss

 

Crabs and fish and shells

Feel your tensions melt

Fries and pizza pie

Smiles won't be denied

Everything is cool

in 2 1 8 4 2

Feel the sparkle in your eyes

 

Catch a wave and ride

Cars and motorbikes

Bikini babes in the sand

Vibin' to rockin' bands

Ocean City

 

From Memorial to Labor Day

We beckon you to play

To a boardwalk beat

Miles and miles of beach

Your memories to take

Currents dance and sway

leave your footprints in the sand

 

Fireworks at night

Give your love a kiss

Sail and fish the sea

Here life is a beach

in Ocean City

 

Now is the time that's right

For you only live once

Time does drag when it's all work and no fun

The ocean gateway calls you

Sport your shorts and shades

It's so divine to dine at life's buffet

It's almost heaven and

There's so much more we can say

 

Catch a wave and ride

Cool cars and motorbikes

Bikinis on the sand

Dance to rockin' bands

Ocean City

 

 

Ocean City Ditty

OHO(Jay Graboski, David Reeve and Ray Jozwiak) live at Johnny's-Ocean City, MD, June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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Unplugged . . .

 

. . . kind of . . .

 

 

OHO's Jay Graboski and Ray Jozwiak performing Jay's composition entitled 'Plunge' live at Bourbon Street On The Beach in Ocean City (O-C-E-A-N C-I. . . T!Y!) Maryland recently.

 

 

And Yes . . . you've GOTTA eat there!

 

 

 

Plunge

OHO Duo (Jay Graboski and Ray Jozwiak) live at Bourbon Street On the Beach, June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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Triple Play

 

OHO - Triple Play

 

Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:00PM at Elk Run Vineyards, Wine Down Fridays at Elk Run @ Elk Run Vineyards

15113 Liberty Rd., Mount Airy, MD  

800-414-2513

 

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:00PM At Johnny's Pizza & Pub in Ocean City, MD @ Johnny's Pizza & Pub

5601 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842 

410-524-7499

 

Sunday, June 14, 2105, 4:00PM OHO (or most of OHO) @ Bourbon Street On The Beach Coastal Highway & 116th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842 

443-664-2896

 

Check out OHO’s latest release ‘Where Words Do Not Reach’ at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho5

And visit OHO at http://www.ohomusic.com

 

Good Press

 

OK, the OHO "Where Words Do Not Reach" CD's are NOW available for FREE at the following locations: Record & Tape Traders in Towson; Trax On Wax in Catonsville); The Archive (8026 Main St. in Ellicott City); Music-Go-Round in Cockeysville; The Framing Place (above The Green Turtle in Towson); Shock Dr. Record Shop on Harford Road, just north of Taylor Ave; and at Normals Book Store on E. 31st Street in Waverly. Don't let the band down---GO GET EM!!!

 

Godesses. . .

 

. . . and such

 

Round every corner and fade into blue

The Angelus rings, she comes into view

Nine is her number

In nine she is due

She will never fail you

 

Singing creation, look into her eyes

Out of her mouth she is speaking the sky

Circling heaven, higher than high

She in time is movement

 

Why should I move from her world vibration?

Molding this clay into

Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

 

Streaming to rivers, she floats on the sea

Gathers her children who sit on her knee

Showing and telling them where they are free

She is softly speaking

 

Holding the line when she seems unpleasant

Molding this clay into

Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

 

There is no real dilemma

She has her own agenda

Though there's a vulture hovering above our heads

Go on and trust the pattern

Her sun and moon are lanterns

Painting the firmament with stars

 

She is the vision of attention engaged

Breaking the spell of automaton rage

A circuit of heaven, a luminous wave

All is seen before her

 

Why should I move from her world vibration?

Molding this clay into

Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

 

Round every corner and fade into blue

The Angelus rings, she comes into view

Nine is her number

In nine she is due

She will never fail you

 

 

Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

new mix by Bill Pratt, Bratt Studios, performed by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak)

Available April 7, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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Wow

 

Wow, Jay Graboski, on Robert Fripp's label DGM. Not too shabby. Nice Neighborhood.
http://shop.schizoidshop.com/oho---where-words-do-not-reach…

"Where Words Do Not Reach" presents the instrumental music composed and performed by the artistic Baltimore collective of artists and musicians known as OHO; covering the period 1974-2015.
SHOP.SCHIZOIDSHOP.COM

 

 

More Live . . .

 

. . . Out of Thin Air

 

When I woke up today I had all that I want

Everything that I did brought desired results

How could this be? All the rules have been changed

In the pool where I drowned I am swimming again.

 

But of course I am wrong.  How could I understand

When my society tells me how tall I stand?

Then I take it inside and wait for life’s kiss

Which is sure to arrive ‘cause I’m riding my bliss.

 

What did I do? The world holds me up

Invisible hands grant the nourishing cup

Have I found a way that has always been there?

It seems to me it came out of thin air.

 

The child waking up brings the old crone to tears

Pushing through my disguise see the tips of my ears

How could this be all the rules have been changed

In the pool where I drowned I am swimming again.

 

When I blindly reach out to what I cannot see

Grace reappears and it rescues me

I’m not what I feel, I’m not what you think

I’m only what is and what isn’t in sync.

 

 

 

Out of Thin Air

OHO Live at Belisimo's, Finksburg (MD) May 2015

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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Toy Drums

 

1989, on the pedestal @ Nicky D's, Reevus begins his life-long love affair with toy drums.

 

 

Live Limousine

 

. . .  Limousine

OHO Live at Belisimo's, Finksburg (MD) May 2015

 

 

She comes out of the night she wrote every book you've read

Fingering her pearl(s) every bead a lover dead

She wears that feathered hat ends up burning on the bed

Her freedom ring's not cheap the beast the till both must be fed

 

We twins sit on this leather seat this woman this man

One lives the level of her heart the other's gland's in hand

She serves that wicked brew opens minds opens eyes

Holds up the looking glass cracks to cut the shame that binds

 

What is is what is not is too

This emptiness inside includes

The mystery awaiting moving you

To be released and not removed

 

And she runs me down in my limousine

And she picks me up in my limousine

And we drive it home give our breath away

Though I'm left alone no way am I the same

 

The hand extends the fingers eyed they fondle urging every word

You only have what you give up fluxing in the flow

Holding on to what you want will only keep it out of reach

And lock you up inside yourself and block epiphany

 

Read the beat the rhythm takes and gives

The bodies dance in primal play

Forever steps alive into today

Here each word points but does not say

 

And she runs me down in my limousine

And she picks me up in my limousine

And we drive it home give our breath away

Though I'm left alone no way am I the same

 

 

Limousine

OHO Live at Belisimo's, Finksburg (MD) May 2015

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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Pianogonzology - Bellisimo . . .

 

. . . Just Lovely . . .

 

 

OHO Live

 

Baltimore's Own OHO

Opens the "Comedy Night" show this

Saturday, May 2, 2015

 

Belisimo's

 

2900 Baltimore Boulevard

Finksburg, MD 21048

410-245-0507 

Music begins at 7:30 PM

 

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music is now available at - Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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The Plague

 

And who said, "You can't go home again?" That's definitely NOT OHO's experience with transferring 2" tape from the mid-1970s to DVD today. Having been a member of the Baltimore Garage-prog band, OHO, since 1974, we recorded 3 albums from 1974-1976 on 2" tape at both Flite III and Sheffield Studios in the Baltimore, MD area. Anyway, our son, Matt, also a guitarist/singer loved our recording of "The Plague" (based on the Albert Camus novel) and which OHO recorded twice in 1974, once at each of the aforementioned studios; and he was always interested in recording a version of this OHO song. These recordings were rife with the (now) vintage keyboards of that time (i.e. mellotron, clavinet, Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes electric pianos, a Hohner clavinet, RMI electronic piano, Arp Odysset synths and on and on). I was the singer, lyric writer and also added some music to part one of this 2 part epic. Part 2 was composed by our keyboardist at that time and was more or less impossible to figure out musically. The light bulb turned on. We would merely use the existing tracks.

We still had the 2" 16-track masters, which we forwarded to SonicCraft where the technicians there worked their magic and snail-mailed us DVD's of the originals tracks which, by the way, had an annoying timing problem in a transitional passage. We imported the tracks into a DAW, fixed the timing anomaly using current state-of-the-art basement technology, replaced or corrected any out of tune instrumental tracks, cleaned up any extraneous noise, triggered a BUNCH OF COOL DRUM SOUNDS while maintaining THE PERFORMANCES OF THE ORIGINAL BAND, including drums tracks performed by my deceased brother (Matt's uncle Jeff); then Matt augmented existing guitar tracks w/his own take on his acoustic guitar and he replaced my vocal tracks with his own. We remixed it and made a video, the 2nd half of which features Hi 8mm footage of the original OHO band from 1975. We put them together and you may check out the recording and the video at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ9NUB90IDI.

Since then (2011) I have had ALL of these albums transferred at SonicCraft, insuring I'll have something creative to play with during my golden years. This is a fascinating opportunity for those who were savvy enough to save their vintage multi-track tapes. Working with this material revived many long forgotten memories, both positive and negative. It's a great way to assess how rich one's life actually is and reassure oneself that much of our early work was work of quality and stands up to the test of time. This is transcending the space/time continuum. One may now live as a time traveler, at least sonically, and live not only in the present moment, but anywhere in the pastpresenture of one's specific lifespan. There are some limitations; but mankind is well on its way to making H.G. Wells' vision a reality.
-John Graboski (www.OHOMusic.com)

Hi Jay,
Thanks for sending your success story!
How cool is that?!!!
We were very happy to facilitate your time travel!
Cheers,
Kevin Przybylowski
Chief Transfer Engineer
Sonicraft A2DX Lab

Sonicraft A2DX Lab provides the ultimate multitrack analog-to-digital transfer service.
SONICRAFT.COM

 

 

Review-Where Words Do Not Reach

 

Oho — Where Words Do Not Reach
(Oho Music OM64.75, 2015, )

 

 

by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-04-25

Cover artHave to hand it to Baltimore’s Oho, they are definitely one of the most eccentric bands in the annals of prog rock – take any two of their albums and they don’t even sound like the same band. Perhaps that’s due to a very fast evolution during their first few releases, starting with a psychedelic sound (onOkinawa) then quickly moving into a more progressive phase (Vitamin Oho) then continuing to evolve when players changed, members came in from side projects, and releases became more infrequent (although the band has continued to record over the years, many tracks remain unreleased), but through it all their output has been consistently top notch. Here we have an archive of the band’s instrumental material, 19 pieces total, spanning the years 1974 through 2015, featuring four different incarnations of the band, and as one might guess there are many different (and often divergent) styles featured herein. “Board Organ” opens the proceedings, a crazed seven-and-a-half minute romp through psychedelic electric jazz territory with a strong hint of Burnt Weeny era Zappa. It, along with the other first six cuts track the early-era Oho, including some from the never-released 1976 album Dream of the Ridiculous Band like the brilliant guitar acoustic guitar solos “Albumblatt” and “Motion of Motion.” Tracks 7-13 comprise the instrumental tracks for the aborted 1977 Oho House album, just before the band split up temporarily; those seven cuts are really all over the map – jubilant and celebratory, it’s clear the band was trying a lot of new and different things at that point, yet still nailing it every time. Following that we go back to 1976 again with the near 17-minute live stretch-out “Nazi Dog Jam,” a sure sign of the band’s psychedelic roots. The last five cuts here represent the more recent Oho instrumentals, from 1987 to present. Of these two tracks stand out as arguably this disc’s finest moments: 1990’s “Peradam” and 2010’s “Arclight,” twenty years apart, but both essentially guitar based pieces in new standard tuning, the former featuring hammer dulcimer, trumpet, and wordless female vocals, the latter with beautiful violin accompaniment. Two cuts from 2015 are featured – “Slough of Despond” is a brilliant merging of blues and jazz musings in a rock context, but completely original in every way. Where Words Do Not Reachclocks in at around 80 minutes; that’s a lot of music to absorb, but surely worth the effort.

Filed under: Archives , 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Oho

 

Complimentary

 

Baltimore City denizens may now pick up their complimentary (FREE) copies of OHO's "Where Words Do Not Reach" CD(s) at Sound Garden on Thames Street in Fells Point and in Hampden at Celebrated Summer Records, 3616 Falls Road (next to Atomic Books). http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho5

 

Marching

 
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Thud

 

On September 16, 1988 before a team of judges that included Peter Asher, Paul Atkinson (Zombies), Jon Bon Jovi, Walter Becker, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, David Paich, Tom Werman, and Brian Wilson among others, the Yamaha International Souncheck hosted the country’s best unsigned bands in a concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. There were some substantial cash prizes and the winning band went on to Japan for the World Final, the international leg of the competition. OHO played “Breaking Away” and “Til Death Do Us Part,” the songs responsible for their participation in this competition.

The finalists’ performances in front of an audience of 5000 were followed by a Cheap Trick concert. Their incendiary hit “The Flame” was burning up the charts. The evening concluded with a jam session featuring an array of hair-sprayed guest stars, Whitesnake’s Tommy Aldridge, Vivian Campbell, and Rudy Sarzo, as well as Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. 

The big winner was Kevin Gilbert, fronting his band, Giraffe. It is my understanding that his acclaimed album with Toy Matinee, subsequent solo career, and membership in the Tuesday Night Music Club came about as a direct result of his exposure here. One may review partial scans of the event’s program by clicking on the “Soundcheck” hyperlink at Kevin’s official 

 

Okinawa

 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Jason of The Archive (8026 Main Street in Ellicott City) has offered to re-release OHO "Okinawa" on 2 12" vinyl records (a limited pressing of 1500 copies) to celebrate Record Store Day 2015. He has requested the original 1/4" 1/2 track masters and will master this in the "old school" way (this should make the purists happy). I'm going to assume this is alright with surviving OHO alumni and be advised: there are no advances or monies involved; but we will get complimentary copies.This surprise was pretty much out-of the-blue and represents the 5th time Okinawa is released (the 3rd time on vinyl). Jason also wants to review the original art/booklet and the Refugees tin set to arrive at exactly how this momentous recording will be presented to the world...again.

 

OHO Q & A

 

Q - Hi. I live in the southern part of Maryland, right on the border of DC and MD.  I write for local Okinawan interest articles for the Okinawa Times in Okinawa and ever since I found and bought your tin can set album of Okinawa, I have been wondering if you had some personnel connection to the island.  Would you mind telling me your story?  Please excuse me if you were asked the question many times, but I have been unable to find anything,as a mysterious band you are.  Hope to hear from you.

 

A - The band were brainstorming for a title.  We wanted a title where the "OHO" vowel sound also sounded in the title.  The bassist's father was an American soldier who was stationed in Okinawa, and he had a black silk jacket with your island embroidered on it, which we hung in the studio for inspiration.  So, while not totally random, there is only this fabricated connection to the music.  Little Wing of Refugees, a German record label, apparently took its country's status as a Japanese ally more seriously; & so you have all the South Pacific war imagery in their version of the release.    

BTW OHO stands for the 1st initials of the last names of the band's 3 founding members; what does "OHO" mean in Japanese?

 

Where . . .

 

. . . Words Do Not Reach

 

 

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Unique

© Copyright - OHO Music, BMI / Oho Music

-the instrumental, by OHO from "Where Words Do Not Reach"  -

by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak,

 

 

 

 

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

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Writing . . .

 

. . . to you . . . 

 

 

I am writing to introduce (if you are not familiar with us) OHO, a band that has been rocking the mid-Atlantic region (and some scattered parts of the world) for a long, long time.  Also want to inform you that we have dates available for booking and would very much like to perform for your good clientele at your outdoor events in 2015 or even indoor events this winter at _______.

 

Baltimore's own OHO began in the early 70s and has evolved through a number of incarnations from performance  prog rock  innovators to folk-rock, female vocalist-fronted, Fairport Convention-ish ensemble to power-due.  OHO currently performs as a trio playing new and classic OHO originals and a variety of sophisticated covers.  We are making testosterone-propelled music these days, but in the spirit of Odyssesus  strapped to the mast, we have heard the sirens seductively singing our songs and in successfully skirting their perils have survived.  Still electrically creative and emotionally charged, OHO forges onward. 

 

Below are hyperlinks to enable you to hear OHO, the first to a YouTube performance in Baltimore earlier this year and the second to SoundCloud for an audio sampling of songs:

 

 

 

Hope to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2015  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

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In Ocean City . . .

 

 

 

On your mark get set

Disconnect that internet

Every girl and boy

Breathing in the joy

Not a care at last

Sit outside and bask

In rays of summer's bliss

 

Crabs and fish and shells

Feel your tensions melt

Fries and pizza pie

Smiles won't be denied

Everything is cool

in 2 1 8 4 2

Feel the sparkle in your eyes

 

Catch a wave and ride

Cars and motorbikes

Bikini babes in the sand

Vibin' to rockin' bands

Ocean City

 

From Memorial to Labor Day

We beckon you to play

To a boardwalk beat

Miles and miles of beach

Your memories to take

Currents dance and sway

leave your footprints in the sand

 

Fireworks at night

Give your love a kiss

Sail and fish the sea

Here life is a beach

in Ocean City

 

Now is the time that's right

For you only live once

Time does drag when it's all work and no fun

The ocean gateway calls you

Sport your shorts and shades

It's so divine to dine at life's buffet

It's almost heaven and

There's so much more we can say

 

Catch a wave and ride

Cool cars and motorbikes

Bikinis on the sand

Dance to rockin' bands

Ocean City

 

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OHO Live 

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Johnny's Pizza and Pub

9:00PM

5601 Coastal Hwy Bayside

Ocean City, MD21842

USA

410-524-7499

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

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Johnnys . . .

 

. . . we have known . . . 

 

 

Johnny Carson

Johnny Cash

Johnny Mathis

Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Depp

Johnny Unitas

Johnny Hartman

Johnny Otis

Johnny Winter

Johnny Hodges

Johnny Mercer

Johnny Dodds

 

 

OHO Live 

at Johnny's Pizza & Pub 

5601 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, MD 21842 

(410) 524-7499

 

http://johnnyspizzapub.com/ocean-city-md-location

 

 

 

 or go to

https://youtu.be/PaVBAC1J3Ls

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

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Real Time Network On Line Radio Show

 

Jay will be interviewed by Ravyn/DJ, R. Lee Townsend & Steptoe T. Magnificent Tuesday (03.17.15) evening at 9:00 PM on the Real Time Network on-line Radio show. Please tune in if you can. Songs scheduled to be played are Matt Graboski's "Primal Scream" featuring Jay's work as bassist for El Sledge (+); "Porcupine Time" from "GROK, The Anthology 1964-2014; and 4 selections from the new OHO CD, "Where Words Do Not Reach" ("Board Organ edit," "Arclight," "Slough of Despond" and "Aubrey Circle Dance") Fun and games.

The Real Time Radio Network
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Base (Bass) is the place . . .

 

. . . is the place . . .

 

Another step in the fascinating, joyful, and always rewarding creative process.  Thanks to Jay and Bill for guidance and spiritual support.  This track's gonna KILL!

 

 


Unique

© Copyright - OHO Music, BMI / Oho Music

by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak, (work-in-progress)

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

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Last Night

 

Last evening (03/09/15) at The Bratt Studio w/"Foo Man" Bill and OHO's Ray Jozwiak who recorded his bass track to his "Unique," (featured instrumentally on the "Where Words Do Not Reach" CD, OM065.75). We've been working on the vocalized version on and off for a few years now (we will serve no wine before its time). It features the soulful warbling of guest vocalist, Lisa Griffee, and the lovely French Horn playing of Bruce Kovacs. Look forward to its inclusion on our next album, "Male Pattern Radness."

 

Uh Oh!!

 

"Where Words Do Not Reach (the instrumentals)." UPS delivery date was yesterday. Sad to report there are digital anomalies on the last track (so sorry about this Ray but the test disc sounds perfect--we still have it) and on every CD (having sampled one disc from each of the 10 boxes and having played them on 3 different devices including a computer and a boom box. Phone call/email are in. Waiting for a response from Texan manufacturing company as to recourse. We hear the weather in Texas is similar to what we have experienced over the last couple of days. On the upside, trax 1-18 sound perfect, the CD's look great and the posters are beautiful. News at eleven.

'Front cover.
'Back cover.  Band photo by David Norbut at a chance encounter, Fager's Island, OC, MD. March 2014.'

 

 

Longing . . .

 

. . . to be Latin

 

 

We spin on an axis as bold as love round a sun that’s alight with fire

 

It’s true our time is marked by the man in the moon

 

Don’t walk ahead, don’t walk behind, just be my friend and walk by my side

 

It’s real, this life is by in the blink of an eye.

 

 

 

I live and I long to be Latin as beauty rebels against time

 

I live and I long to be Latin

 

The cardinal wish for the scent of the red summer rose.

 

 

 

We have walked the dream palace of yesterday

 

Where myth is truth and the proof’s hearsay

 

Memories disguised by the ways that we wish they could be

 

The drives and input are well defined

 

Lies rolling off dying tongues chill the soul

 

Chained in gold we walk a lifelong line.

 

 

 

I live and I long to be Latin.  I’m waiting to see my own eyes

 

I live and I long to be Latin

 

But what will I wear to the end of the world, my demise?

 

 

 

Upon the chipped dish the rich and pure fare of the love feast, kissing the sky

 

As we hold hands in a ring, the night to morning link

 

Contacts with the light

 

 

 

Be my friend, we can walk side by side

 

Don’t walk ahead you know I won’t walk behind

 

Though we stumble through our fears and tears

 

To the cadence and the tune of the spheres.

 

 

 

I live and I long to be Latin to live the fool and die the sage

 

I reach and intend to be Latin

 

To make vision real in the face of chance and circumstance

 

I live and I long to be Latin to take my stand against routine

 

I live and I long to be Latin

 

Where living at risk means I can see what others don’t see.

 

 

 

Long To Be Latin

© Copyright - OHO Music, BMI / Oho Music

by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak, recorded live at Johnny's Pizza & Pub February 2015

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

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Coming Up

 

Pleased to announce that for our 2 scheduled performances in March (March 21st at Johnny's Pub in OC and/or at the March 29 Fund raiser for Ashton Dean in Canton) we will have (may very likely have) a REAL bass player with us in the person of Legend's Boz Funk. That'll free up Ray's left hand for more frolicking keyboard shenanigans and provide some boss (or is that Boz?) bottom to our ensemble. Matt Graboski is scheduled as a guest to sing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

 

 

Trinity

 

 

(Final version.) "So, too, this Pentecostal Trinity seems to extend the invitation to follow the path of 'pure flame,' as the wick and tallow of our human lives are set ablaze in love to release the imperishable fragrance of our own true selfhood. Not to flinch from the 'holocaust of becoming' constitutes both the great challenge and the great possibility of this triad." page 171, "The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three" by Cynthia Bourgeault

 

Where Words Do No Reach-Artwork

 

"Where Words Do Not Reach (the instrumentals)." Here is the artwork...gonna look NICE.

'Front cover.'
'Back cover.  Band photo by David Norbut at a chance encounter, Fager's Island, OC, MD. March 2014.'
'On-CD art (by Connell P. Byrne, as is the front cover; this composed on an IPad).'
'Tray Card.'
 

Despite . . .

 

'OHO at Johnny's Pub in Ocean City 02/20/15.  Photo by Joan Graboski.  Despite being below 0 degrees, a decent turn out and 3 sets of quality tunes.'

 

 

 

. . . being Cooolllllllddddddd  Outside.  Many warm hearts turned out to see . . . 

 

OHO at Johnny's Pub in Ocean City 02/20/15. Photo by Joan Graboski. A decent turn out and 3 sets of quality tunes.

. . including . . .

 

 

by OHO, live at Johnny's Pizza & Pub, February 20, 2915

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

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Play . . .

 

. . . us a little ditty . . . 

 

ditty

    noun dit·ty \ˈdi-tē\

: a short and simple song

 

Full Definition of DITTY

:  an especially simple and unaffected song

 

Play us a little ditty.

 

 

Origin of DITTY

Middle English ditee, from Anglo-French dité story, song, from past participle of diter to compose, from Latin dictare to dictate, compose

First Known Use: 14th century

 

 

 

OHO Live - 8:00PM
Johnny's Pizza & Pub
5601 Coastal Highway, Bayside
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-524-7499
http://johnnyspizzapub.com/ocean-city-md-location

 

 

 

Ocean City Ditty

by OHO, Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

 Up next: OHO at Johnny's Pub (5601 Coastal Hwy/Ocean City, MD/21842/410-723-5600)

When? 8:00 PM-12:00 AM, Friday February 20, 2015
Chicken calzone is wonderful and enough to feed at least 2, maybe even 3 people.
What to expect? 3 to 4 sets of contemporary rock & pop music ranging from Cole Porter to the Beatles/Stones/Kinks, and onto Fitz & The Tantrums/Weezer/Leonard Cohen and even a smattering of OHO original compositions: definitely an alternative to what one is usually exposed to in this Maryland province. Remember, there's magic at the beach even in the dead of winter..."burning gray, without its flare."

 

 

 

Different . . .

 

. . . or so some say . . . 

Jeff Lindholm - Dirty Linen- ". . . bands that aren't afraid to tackle tough lyrical musings backed by challenging music. . ."

 

Peter Thelen - Expose'- "Energized, jubilant & brilliant in many different ways."

 

Les Reynolds - Indiemusic.com - “OHO’s music makes you want to exclaim the band’s very name!"

 

 

OHO Live - 8:00PM
Johnny's Pizza & Pub
5601 Coastal Highway, Bayside
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-524-7499
http://johnnyspizzapub.com/ocean-city-md-location

 

 

or http://youtu.be/YywEgZHLUvk 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

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Wish You'd Been There . . .

 

 

 

. . . last Saturday at Belisimo's Comedy Night, OHO kicked off the show with musical performances of some original OHO classics, several newer OHO compositions and some sophisticated covers.

 

The hyperlink below will take you to our spirited rendition of Slough of Despond from the show.

 

 

Slough of Despond

OHO live at Belisimo's, February 2015. OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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Where Words Do Not Reach

 

Got a session scheduled at The Bratt Studio tomorrow AM to attempt to complete OHO's “Where Words Do Not Reach” (the instrumentals 1974-2015). Agenda consists of a Frisellian attempt to play the melody for Ray's "Unique" in Eb through a bank of airy/eerie Strymon effects boxes (El Capistan, Flint, Deco + a Jangle Box compressor). That Steinberger 'Demon' Synapse guitar will come in handy for this; I'll just roll back the built-in capo 1 fret and play it as if it was in "E" and enjoy the added haunting benefit of it sounding in that lower register. I can't wait to start giving these CD's away, though that eventuality is perhaps 6-8 weeks off. Here's the tentative line-up of the tunes, for our tens of fans worldwide who may be familiar with some of them (7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18 & 19 never have been released):

1. Board Organ (1974) (7:05)
2. Nocturnal Recurrence (1975) (3:12)
3. Albumblatt (1976) (3:18)
4. Hogshead (Slight Return) (1974) (0:32)
5. Motion of Motion (1976) (1:45)
6. Snow Lady/I Crawled (edit) (1976) (3:38)
7. Aubrey Circle Dance (1977) (4:09)
8. I Could Not See Till I Opened My Eyes (1977) (5:09)
9. House Party (1977) (3:05)
10. Trick or Treat? (1977) (4:01)
11. She Could’ve Been Monroe (1977) (1:29)
12. Dog Lane (1977) (3:30)
13. Non-Sex Nonsense (1977) (2:39)
14. Nazi Dog Jam (1976) (16:45)
15. Scared Money (1987) (2:42)
16. Peradam (1990) (2:35)
17. Arclight (2010) (3:52)
18. Slough of Despond (2015) (4:31)
19. Unique (2015) (4:58)
20. Board Organ (“Foo Man” Bill Pratt 2000 edit) (1:40)

All songs composed and performed by OHO, © 1974-2015

Credits:
Tom Apple (wind chimes 6), John Ariosa (engineering, Sheffield Studio Ltd. 2-6) Larry Bright (drums 1, 20) Steve Carr (bass & engineering @ Hit & Run Studio 15) Bennett Davis (fretless bass 17) J.P. Graboski (bass 16, 18, electric sitar 16, engineering 10, 14, guitars 2, 4, 6-19 voice 6) Jeff Graboski (drums 2, 4, 6) Matt Graboski (guitar 17) Grace Hearn (hammer dulcimer, voice 16) Steve Heck (bass 1-2, 4, 6-14, 20) Ray Jozwiak (keyboards 7, 18-19) Bruce Kovacs (French horn 18-19) Greg Lief (keyboards 15) Gene Meros (sax 18, engineering @ Flite III Studio 1, 20) Tony Montone (engineering 7-9) Mark O’Connor (keyboards 1-2, 4, 6-14, 20) Joseph O’Sullivan (guitars 1-14, 20, violin 2) Bill Phelan (electric 12-string guitar 18) Bill Pratt (engineering @ The Bratt Studio 7-20, keyboards 7, 17, Mojo/Mirage horns 7, trumpet 16, whistling 18) David Reeve (drums, engineering @ Blue Ball Road Studio 17-18, keyboards & whistling 18) Paul Rieger (post-production engineering 9-14) Sue Tice (violin 17) Pete Wulforst (guitar 6) Trent Zeigen (keyboards 15)
Assembled and finalized February 2015 by “Foo Man” Bill Pratt and Jay Graboski at The Bratt Studio, Woodlawn, MD. 
Cover/on-CD illustration: Connell P. Byrne (Connellart@verizon.net)pbase.com/connellart
Photography: Jon Considine, Joan Graboski & David Norbut
OHO logo: Jon Considine
Graphic design by Edna Subialdea
Dedicated to the memory of Jeffrey J. Graboski and Trent Zeigen

 

Music . . .

 

. . . by OHO. . .

 

. . . then COMEDY. . .

 

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Comedy Night at Belisimo's @ Belisimo's

2900 Baltimore Boulevard, Finksburg, MD 21048 (United States) - Map

410-245-0507

Set: 7:30 PM

All Ages 

Tickets: Call 410-245-0507

 

 

 

Out of Thin Air

(OHO rehearsal recording January 30, 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

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Belisimo

 

 

 

 

Comic Belisimo

Looking forward to seeing you guys again. He stage is 8x8. 1 foot high. Adequate for comedy. I'm not sure if sure that's big enough.

Must everyone be on the stage or can 2 of us be on the floor?

On the floor is fine.

Great. David can have the stage w/the PA system. We're VERY compact.



Catch OHO at Belisimo's

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Comedy Night at Belisimo's @ Belisimo's

2900 Baltimore Boulevard, Finksburg, MD 21048 (United States) - Map

410-245-0507

Set: 7:30 PM

All Ages 

Tickets: Call 410-245-0507

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

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Just LIke Being There

 

Just like being there, at Johnny's last Thursday night . . . 

 Johnny, Jay, Tony & Jeff play "Hallelujah" (video by Debbie Pivec)

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Whistling Dixie . . .

 

. . . we are NOT

 

. . . Jay and Bill were hard at work tuning the saxophone track for Slough of Despond, enhancement of which was the raison d'etre for the gathering.  As a damp, cold evening fell upon the small, neat Woodlawn neighborhood, a weather forecast for icy precipitation and a slight apprehension regarding its veracity were among my thoughts upon my arrival.  David appeared shortly thereafter and the work (fun?)/fun (work?) continued. Some subtle and some not-so-subtle revisions, such as adding a whistling melody to the first verse, were administered as we plough through the slough towards completion. . .

 

. . . we may have arrived!  Listen. . .

 

 


Slough of Despond

(by OHO,  Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak with added whistling by Bill & David and new tweaks, pulls, pushes, drags, tunings and other edits at Bill Pratt's Bratt Studio January 23, 2015.)

 

 

 

What do you think?

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

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Spiritual Director . . .

 

. . . guru, creative leader, idea man and driving force of OHO . . .

 

 

. . . will appear . . .

 

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jay Graboski (of OHO) with Special Guest Johnny Hofman @ Johnny's Pizza & Pub

5601 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842 (United States) - Map

(410) 524-7499Set: 5:30 PM

All Ages

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo offering, Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak, featuring original, instrumental piano music will be released April 7, 2014  Just More Music by Ray Jozwiak

(To Access all Ray Jozwiak - Gonzo Piano music you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RayJozwiak)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

 

 

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What's Cooking

 

Here's what we've got goin' on: In addition to our early bird Belisimo show, Ray & I are lobbying for a winter appearance at Johnny's in OC as well as approaching regional wineries for appropriate future afternoon performance opportunities. Still inching our way forward on the next OHO album, "Male Pattern Radness" (just heard from Bill Phelan who's conjuring electric12-string patterns for "Plunge"); assembling an 80 minute instrumental OHO album, "Where Words Do Not Reach" spanning 1974-2015; the tentatively titled "Now Maryland This" comp of songs about Baltimore and the State of Maryland (still waiting for everyone's contributions both sonic and financial); AND Garrett Henritz is opening up the percussive possibilities of OHO's adventurous "Ahora!" suite, 40+ of NST(New Standard Tuning) composed music in 3 parts, each anchored by a strong, traditional ROCK song, having submitted his work on Part 2 just this week. So, we're throwing all this against the wall, waiting to see what sticks. On the back burner is that lingering idea of an OHO box set, having recently received permission from Clean Cuts Records to use whatever we need from the "Rocktronics" EP. Onward!

 

For Sanity's Sake

 
Jay, w/Nancy & Bob (her husband & former OHO manager) Phillips, Easter Saturday at The Chambers, 1991. Bob is connected to a monthly Comedy Club at Belisimo's Restaurant in Finksburg and has graciously booked OHO for the February 7, 2015 show; more at:https://twitter.com/ComicBelisimo/media. Band performs from 7:30-8:15 PM...more comedy beginning 8:30 on. Thank you Mr. Phillips. 

"Then we got a manager. Not only did he book the band, serving as our liaison, but he also maintained our mailing list and published a monthly newsletter of band happenings titled 'The OHO Beat.' Suzie Mudd, the late editor of Maryland Musician, wrote, 'I’d like to tell you about OHO manager, Bob Phillips. This band is very, very lucky. This guy is everything a manager is supposed to be and more. He genuinely adores the band and its music and he believes in it with his heart and soul; someone to believe in what you are doing and someone willing to get involved, bust his ass, and make things happen.' Bob responded, 'Managing can be fun, or it can be a nightmare. Fortunately for me there is OHO.' Dealing with 5 complicated personalities, four of whom were also conflicted and whose actions forced Bob to question if they did, truly, have a common aim, eventually took its toll on this extremely generous and mild-mannered human being. The honeymoon ended soon thereafter. In July 1991 I received his resignation letter that read, 'I am resigning for the sake of my sanity.' Do the math."-Progression Magazine, Issue 45, page 52.
Photo: Jay, w/Nancy & Bob (her husband & former OHO manager) Phillips, Easter Saturday at The Chambers, 1991.  Bob is connected to a monthly Comedy Club at Belisimo's Restaurant in Finksburg and has graciously booked OHO for the February 7, 2015 show; more at: https://twitter.com/ComicBelisimo/media.  Band performs from 7:30-8:15 PM...more comedy beginning 8:30 on.  Thank you Mr. Phillips.
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"The Strange Case of Ms. Hyde & Dr. Jekyll"

 
"The Strange Case of Ms. Hyde & Dr. Jekyll." "We once again dared to go looking for 'the voice,' finding it hiding out in the silver throat of Jane Brody, though she proved to be the most reluctant of all the ladies to convince to give OHO a nod. In fact it took about 7 years and a little cash to motivate her to sing 6 songs for us before she moved to the San Francisco Bay area of California in 2000. 

The Village Voice: “Her flying spirit (is) anchored by a thrilling, strong voice and clear mind. Jane is on a wild pop ride.” 

Her Celtic bent was perfect for the material we were recording, at least as regards her vocal compatibility with our music. She also played keyboards and guitar and was generally very musical, writing and arranging her own songs. Waterboy, Mike Scott, on each of whose 1997 stateside tour dates Jane performed an opening set, referred to Ms. Brody's songs as 'brilliant music from a sexy, sultry, dreamtime...coooool.' Jane was another unusual, colorful personality, spinning out of the OHO singer, revolving door.

The band courted her early on in late 1990. David had (and still has) this habit of approaching strangers and asking them if they sing. We noticed this striking red haired woman at a Don Dixon concert we were attending. He popped the question. His intuition proved to be on target and we engaged her in a conversation. Turned out she was familiar with us. 

We rehearsed. There was great promise. We liked her material and were enthusiastic about integrating it with our own. She met with our attorney. There was this, then that, ad infinitum and ad nauseam. I was looking at my watch and mumbling something about delay and the seemingly endless minutiae that had to be dealt with. We had an answer for every question until there was nothing left for her to ask. It was time to cut the corn. 

Something was holding her back. My hunch was that she was uncompromising concerning her own career. A distraction of this magnitude would cut into her time significantly, requiring her to divert some of her attention from something she was convinced of to something uncertain. Or maybe she could sense disaster ahead, wisely choosing to let the cup pass by. It is a crucifixion, you know. This is my theory, which is mine, which belongs to me. 

Being in OHO was no picnic (just ask ex-manager, Bob Phillips). We were wounded, doubled over in a denied grief. Was the dream really over? This seemed a desperate time for the band. One had to be ready for a robust confrontation at any moment. I’m certain Jane sensed this and I understood her ambivalence, unacceptable as it was to me at the time. But this was not about me. I can imagine how difficult the prospect must have seemed to one appearing to be a gentle soul. 

Of course, I would not let it end there. Jane gave singing lessons and I signed up, incorrectly figuring I could coax her into the band over time. At worst I would be a better vocalist as there was a good chance that I might really have to sing my own songs. Her communication before this was mostly in a politely ambiguous language of sighs. At least now I was hearing her “NO!” loud and clear. I had to be certain, though. She was THAT good. By then Mary O’Connor had joined and I discontinued Jane’s tutelage attending to the challenges of the era that followed. 

Sometimes years will go by before another specific intuition reveals itself as a possible solution to an unresolved problem. If I can, I will finish what I began. When one works in the “pastpresenture,” time is not a big concern. 

Another Guitar Craft aphorism reads, “Let us embrace our mistakes as friends and teachers.” I continue to work in this way, trusting my intuitions. I have been both surprised and disappointed although with few regrets. 

Anyway, before she moved west Jane agreed to sing 6 OHO songs for hire, on a pay as you go basis. This arrangement seemed to work well, very clean. There were no commitment issues and all we really wanted were vocal tracks that we hoped would bring a positive response from the world on some level. I think we achieved that aim. 

OHO’s “It Will Not Be Late” featured Jane’s vocals and the soaring fiddle work of Sue Tice, another talented woman. The band won the Sheffield Studio “Career in the Recording Arts” contest in 2001. This netted the band a trio of wonderful prizes, including hours of 24-track time at Sheffield’s state of the art studio, a slot opening for Joan Jett at the Maryland State Fair, and a quality microphone. We still had our mojo working. Jane is featured on the first 3 songs of 'UP' and on 5 selections on 'Bricolage.'"
Ms. Hyde (or Ursula) (Soul-revealing photography by Jay Graboski)
Dr. Jekyll (or the little mermaid)
 

WTMD OHO Interview

 

Jay: "So Sam, Have you aired the (WTMD 05/15/14) OHO interview? If not, do you intend to air it? Inquiring minds want to know. I won't be hurt if you have changed your mind; but I would be disappointed that what was discussed did not reach the level of interest or entertainment of some of your other guests, the bar having been set rather low, not by you; but by them."

Sam: "Hey Jay, I haven't aired it yet -- my wife and I had our second child a couple months ago and I'm digging out from a mountain of work right now. I do intend to air it -- I'll let you know!"

Jay: "OK, thanks, congratulations and best wishes, double trouble & 2x the fun!!!"

Jay:
 

Bucketful

 

One of our 10 German fans, Rolf Niemeier, with whom I have kept in touch with now since at least 1978 and who wrote a flattering piece about OHO for UK fanzine, "Bucketful of Brains" No. 3, boldly declaring OHO to be the "Best 70s group of all" (I mean, what if he was right? One reason we continue to fight this uphill battle, despite it being so much fun, is to proffer evidence to support such a bold claim and let the listeners decide). Anyway, he requested a copy of the Outrageous' recordings (there are 5 studio tracks that I know of). Outrageous were contemporaries of OHO and we played a number of shows together, usually a blast. I remembered a cassette recording we have of a 02/13/76 concert when OHO shared the billing with Outrageous, playing Stephens auditorium at Towson State University. While preparing Rolf's package I listened to their set and remembered that, at that time, David Reeve (OHO drummer from late 1976 on), although not the Outrageous drummer on the studio recordings (he had already left that band) played drums for this innovative band at this show. David was and still is an awesome drummer and this performance (at the age of 18) clearly evidences this. In 1976 David joined OHO and this resurrected 1977 recording (by Tony Montone, finalized by Foo Man Bill Pratt and provided here for one's listening enjoyment, courtesy of Ray with his sonic acouterments) is one of the first David made with the band, a band on its "last leg," but still viable creatively which I am finding out from dealing with what we thought of at the time to be "abortive" recordings, intended to be on a never-to-materialize 4th OHO studio album, OHO "House."

OHO's photo.

 

 

More House . . .

 

. . . party restoration . . . (with added gonzo piano and synth) . . .

 

 

". . . Somewhat dated but full of JOY, it's interesting that it sounds nothing like Aubrey Circle (more like Aubrey Circle meets Archie Bell & The Drells). So "following the trail of crumbs" (trusting in the process) brought this project to its partial fruition from that band's nugget of inspiration, implanted 30+ years ago. Special thanks to Vince Tuminello who guests on tambourine and especially to Bill Pratt who made manifest all the ideas we had for the tune and SOOOOOO much more. Tangentially related to this is having recently viewed a DVD about Joe Meek ("Telstar"); current musical endeavors (that stretch the imagination to match the long reach of time) are apparently being aerated in the effluvium of his influence. . . "

 

". . . impregnating the muse so she lights up like a small sun in the solar system of our souls. . ."

(from Jay Graboski, OHO)

 

 

House Party At Aubrey Circle

(remix, work-in-progress by OHO)

 

 

 

What do you think?

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OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

 

 

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Get Off . . .

 

.. . . The Floor . . .

 

 

 

At heaven's door we pick the lock

At heaven's door we pick the lock

When all we had to do was knock

Though Alice she rattles her train of chains

The fetters are inward all the same

 

Take a look as you fall

Passing through another wall

Here is where the corn is cut

The wind comes down

Get off the pot

Get off the pot

Get off the pot

 

It's your world the way that you live

Eats the smile right off your face   

You're not in Kansas anymore

I am the sheath I cry for more

 

Biding trends and waves of shock

The turbulence it turns me on

Nonetheless we're born and rocked

By divas, drunks and Barbie dolls

 

I signed up for high-wired acts

If I lose my balance just cut me some slack

I'm holding out for what can be

EMC squared possibility

 

Experience to be alive

The abstract now is literalized

You have dreams and nightmares to explore

Get the goods

Get off the floor

Get off the floor

Get off the floor

 

 

Plunge

composed by John P. Graboski, performed by OHO LIVE at Johnny's Pizza & Pub, Ocean City, MD November 2014 (OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

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http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo release, '2014' of original, instrumental piano music, can be downloaded digitally at:

 

Ray Jozwiak: 2014

 

(or you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rayjozwiak4)

 

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Gohog 45 rpm

 

1975 Gohog Records 7" 45 rpm record release: "Seldom Bought" b/w "Lez Lee" "Professional effort w/catchy keyboards, guitars and strong, likeable, lusty, gloating vocals with the keyboards concentrating on bleating organ crescendos." --Geoffrey Himes (Unicorn Times, October 1978).

1975 Gohog Records 7
 

1975

 

Throwback Thursday 1975(?): One time when Weaszels Birnie, Timmy and Paul couldn't make the gig (a private outdoor party w/an Italian theme off of Frederick Road between Irvington & Catonsville). Wow! Looks like we had 2 (two) drummers but, alas, only one drum KIT (foreshadowing 1996's "Jog Above Glades" recording session at Hit & Run Studio in RAWKville--where we had 2 drummers AND 2 drum sets) and...Nuna on bass. I remember going to the buffet table finding a bowl that appeared to be filled w/pasta bathed in marinara sauce, only to discover that this was to be my first culinary experience with TRIPE!!! This was definitely NOT for me (as one can tell by the face I am making).

Throwback Thursday 1975(?): One time when Weaszels Birnie, Timmy and Paul couldn't make the gig (a private outdoor party w/an Italian theme off of Frederick Road between Irvington & Catonsville).  Wow!  Looks like we had 2 (two) drummers but, alas, only one drum KIT (foreshadowing 1996's
 

OHO and OUTRAGEOUS

 

This was a fun show. Outrageous were GREAT! Who knew then that their drummer (David Reeve) would be OHO's from 1977 on?

OHO's photo.
 

Art

 
"Art is rearranging and grouping mistakes."--Van Vliet
And it is definitely in this spirit that we are intending an all-instrumental OHO album ("Where Words Do Not Reach") spanning the 42 years and various incarnations of the band from 1974-2015. Beginning with "Board Organ" (that's right, the Panther organ in this sonic escapade was actually played with a 2" x 4" wooden board by Mark O'Connor; the unexpurgated version being released only once, July 7, 1995 in Germany, on 800 Little Wing of Refugees' sets of 4 10" vinyl records housed in metal film tins, accompanied by a 30 page booklet and OHO sticker, in Japanese), it looks like 80 minutes of instrumentals that likely include a number of rearranged and regrouped "mistakes." This is an exciting prospect, and one that will be given the requisite attention to make the collection sound as "sweet" as can be. Oh...& it will be given away for FREE.
Photo:
 

Pianogonzology - A Blast . . .

 

 b

. . . from the past . . . and . . .  


(from http://archives.explorebaltimorecounty.com/news/6018220/rotunda-art-gallery-has-wiggle-room-sing-different-tune/ of January 31, 2008)

". . . The Wiggle Room was conceived as a multipurpose space by Nancy Graboski, who bought the Beveled Edge in 1998, when it was a framing shop under the Jones Falls in Woodberry. She added a frame design and gallery space on Falls Road in Mt. Washington "to be more in the public eye," she said. A flash flood in 2004 destroyed both spaces. Graboski then moved the retail space temporarily to the Mt. Washington Village shopping district and the production space to Clipper Mill, where it remains. She moved the retail business to the Rotunda, 711 W. 40th St., in November 2006 and reopened in February 2007. The open mic night at Gallery G is the brainchild of her brother-in-law, Jay Graboski, of Catonsville, a songwriters association member who asked her early last year to let him host an open mic night there. Now, it's a magnet for music lovers and a marketing asset . . ."

 

 

. . . and . . .

 

S/He

Working on bringing back an OHO gem with a new guitar and a new (as opposed to the album recording)lead voice, Mr. Graboski himself. (recorded at the Compound, December 2014)

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

My latest solo release, '2014' of original, instrumental piano music, can be downloaded digitally at:

 

Ray Jozwiak: 2014

 

(or you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rayjozwiak4)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

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Gemini

 

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935) was an influential French chef who defined and standardized the five "mother sauces." But he wasn't content to be a star in his own country. At the age of 44, he began his "conquest of London," bringing his spectacular dining experience to British restaurants. He thought it might be hard to sell his new clientele on frogs' legs, a traditional French dish, so he resorted to trickery. On the menu, he listed it as "Nymphs of the Dawn." According to my reading of the omens, this is an example of the hocus-pocus that will be your specialty in 2015. And I suspect you will get away with it every time as long as your intention is not selfish or manipulative, but rather generous and constructive.

 

When We're Dead

 
Tune in on December 23rd for my four hour expanded edition of the SOUNDTHING Radio Show. Featured (among other local B-more favorites) during this broadcast/webcast will be the music of: 

OHO (I will be opening the show w/their "We'll Be Famous When We're Dead")

Showtime is Tuesday December 23rd at 4PM EST. You can tune/login atwww.kzmu.org to join the festivity. This will be my first and perhaps only four hour show. I hope you can hang out. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners during the show so feel free to call the station or email me at this address. I get a kick out of responding in real time while on the air.

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Photo: Tune in on December 23rd for my four hour expanded edition of the SOUNDTHING Radio Show.  Featured (among other local B-more favorites) during this broadcast/webcast will be the music of: 

OHO (I will be opening the show w/their
 

Riffage

 

Spraying riffage around the control room with engineer, Foo Man Bill Thursday afternoon @ The Bratt Studio.

 

Throwback-Spring of '65

 
Throwback Thursday to the Spring of '65. Dad gifts me my 1st electric guitar, a top-of-the-line, cherry sunburst Harmony H77. I remember opening it upon its arrival at Brunnerdale Seminary High School and the wonderful feeling I had (at age 14) after opening that box. Our Dad was one of those "if you need one, buy ten on sale" kind of guys, so this was extravagant for a young man who experienced the depression era firsthand. He was a self-taught musician too. I remember John Joseph blowing his harmonica out back on Meridene Drive with a cold Natty Boh at his side. The Satellites (Rod Jackson, David Dornseif & myself) performing at the Mateur Hour (what happened to the "A"?) in the Spring of 1965 (we did not win this competition until Junior year,1968). We played the instrumentals: "Wipe Out!" and "Penetration." The administration forced us to change the titles to "Detergent" & "Infiltration" respectively, due to their perceived sexual misinterpretations (a "wipe out" being equivalent to a "rape kit" and well, penetration). Being a "late bloomer," I had NO idea of what they were talking about; just another opportunity for the priests to make something out of nothing. These words, of course, were merely "surfing" jargon. Still...I remember.
 

Imagination . . .

 
Back to The Bratt this AM to mix "P.G.F." (Paleolithic Goddess Figurine") into completion. Basic tracks recorded at Steve Carr's (OHO bassist, Mach III, 1985-2002) Hit & Run Studio in the mid 90's and recently overdubbed at David's Blue Ball Road recording facility, inspired oddly enough, by Cher's character in "The Witches of Eastwick," compelled as she was to mold clay into countless PGF's, necessarily forcing the manifestation of Mr. D (Jack Nicholson). Let the dance begin (again)! "Here is a principal mythological role of the feminine principle. She gives birth to us physically, but she is mother too of our second birth--our birth as spiritual entities. This is the basic meaning of the 'virgin birth' (Merry Christmas!), that our bodies are born naturally, but at a certain time there awakens in us our spiritual nature, which is the higher human nature...In this sphere of the mystery dimension the woman represents the awakener, the giver of birth in that sense." -Joseph Campbell
How do you use your imagination?


Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

by John P. Graboski, performed by OHO - Jay Graboski, David Reeve and Ray Jozwiak and special guest, recording technician and producer Bill Pratt

 

Merriam Webster. . .

 

. . . says . . .

 

 

 

Pa·leo·lith·ic adjective \ˌpā-lē-ə-ˈli-thik, especially British ˌpa-\

: of or relating to the time during the early Stone Age when people made rough tools and weapons out of stone

 

god·dess noun \ˈgä-dəs also ˈgȯ-\

: a female god (sense 2)

: a woman who is greatly loved or admired

 

fig·u·rine noun \ˌfi-g(y)ə-ˈrēn\

: a small figure or model of a person made of wood, plastic, etc.

 

bass noun \ˈbās\

Definition of BASS

1d :  a member of a family of instruments having the lowest range; especially :  double bass  (see bass guitar)

 

tweak verb \ˈtwēk\

: to change (something) slightly in order to improve it : to make small adjustments to (something)

 

 

Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

by OHO - Jay Graboski, David Reeve and Ray Jozwiak (and the latest enhancements executed at BlueBall Studio, Stewartstown, PA)

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html  or at

http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak.  Please Visit http://www.ohomusic.com 

 

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

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"House Party at Aubrey Circle"

 

Walked out of the Bratt studio after 4 1/2 hours w/our "House Party at Aubrey Circle" mix. Well, it's being played on "repeat" as this is being keyed. Somewhat dated but full of JOY, it's interesting that it sounds nothing like Aubrey Circle (more like Aubrey Circle meets Archie Bell & The Drells). So "following the trail of crumbs" (trusting in the process) brought this project to its partial fruition from that band's nugget of inspiration, implanted 30+ years ago. Special thanks to Vince Tuminello who guests on tambourine and especially to Bill Pratt who made manifest all the ideas we had for the tune and SOOOOOO much more. Tangentially related to this is having recently viewed a DVD about Joe Meek ("Telstar"); current musical endeavors (that stretch the imagination to match the long reach of time) are apparently being aerated in the effluvium of his influence. Next up is grabbing my Fernandes, sustainor-pickup-equipped (w/synth access) guitar and a bunch of reverb/delay pedals to fill in the verses with some space-toned bossness (we pray) and lay some radical piping into the "Bloody Finger" distortion unit (use only in a well-ventilated area), intending that one of my "boys" slips passed the entropic goalies, impregnating the muse so she lights up like a small sun in the solar system of our souls.

 

Rocktronics

 

Hi Jay,
Thank you so much for remembering me and sending the new CD. I suspect that by now you’ve probably retired, but whatever the case, I hope all is going splendidly for you.

After years of finding the concept unimaginable, I am becoming chairman of our little company ( which means I’m retiring) on Jan 1st, and hoping for new adventures beyond being a supplier to advertising, cable tv, and the corporations of the world. Never thought the day would come but here it is. 

My admiration for you, and Dave (don’t know Ray but I’ll include him), is never ending. Here’s wishing you continued success with Oho and Grok, (and I actually know what the word means without Google), and may your art prevail forever.

All the best,
-jack 
Jack Heyrman, President 
Clean Cuts Music
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ohomusic

 

Rehearsing . . .

 

 . . . sing along with us now. . .

Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

(rehearsing for the Johnny's gig) by OHO - Jay Graboski, David Reeve and Ray Jozwiak

 

 

Round every corner and fade into blue

The Angelus rings, she comes into view

Nine is her number

In nine she is due

She will never fail you

 

Singing creation, look into her eyes

Out of her mouth she is speaking the sky

Circling heaven, higher than high

She in time is movement

 

Why should I move from her world vibration?

Molding this clay into

Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

 

Streaming to rivers, she floats on the sea

Gathers her children who sit on her knee

Showing and telling them where they are free

She is softly speaking

 

Holding the line when she seems unpleasant

Molding this clay into

Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

 

There is no real dilemma

She has her own agenda

Though there's a vulture hovering above our heads

Go on and trust the pattern

Her sun and moon are lanterns

Painting the firmament with stars

 

She is the vision of attention engaged

Breaking the spell of automaton rage

A circuit of heaven, a luminous wave

All is seen before her

 

Why should I move from her world vibration?

Molding this clay into

Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

 

Round every corner and fade into blue

The Angelus rings, she comes into view

Nine is her number

In nine she is due

She will never fail you

 

 

Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

(rehearsing for the Johnny's gig) by OHO - Jay Graboski, David Reeve and Ray Jozwiak

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pies Etc. . .

 

Pizza, or something very much like it, has been made since the neolithic age. Records of people adding other ingredients to bread to make it more flavorful can be found throughout ancient history. The precursor of pizza was probably the focaccia, a flat bread known to the Romans as "panis focacius", to which toppings were then added. In Sardinia, French and Italian archaeologists have found bread baked over 7,000 years ago. The Ancient Greeks had a flat bread called plakous which was flavored with toppings like herbs, onion, and garlic. Foods similar to flatbreads in other parts of the world include the Indian Paratha, Central and South Asian Naan and Roti, Sardinian Carasau, Spianata, Guttiau, Pistoccu and Finnish Rieska. Also worth note is that throughout Europe there are many similar pies based on the idea of covering flat pastry with cheese, meat, vegetables and seasoning such as the Alsatian Flammkuchen, German Zwiebelkuchen, and French Quiche.

 Johnny’s Pizza, by the way, is extraordinary – beginning with breakfast. Doors open at 8am to showcase a delicious breakfast pizza. Brushed with butter and smothered with eggs, several delectable cheeses and a bevy of optional toppings, it takes pizza to an unexpected level of delicious. The best fast-order cooks in town deliver other selections that include customary choices like bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast and more. Don’t miss the chance for a free mimosa or Bellini.(Sources www.wikipedia.com and http://johnnyspizzapub.com/ocean-city-md-location)

Join OHO Saturday, November 2, 2014 at 8:30PM at Johnny's Pizza and Pub,5601 Coastal Hwy Bayside, Ocean City, MD 21842, Phone:410-524-7499

 

 

In Ocean City

 

 

 

OHO to play at Johnny's Pizza & Pub in O.C. on November 29, 2014. If your in OC on Thanksgiving weekend, be sure to stop by. Admission is free, food is scrumptious, beverage is intoxicating (or not). 5601 Coastal Highway, O.C., MD. 21842 (410.723.5600). There is a rumor circulating that Johnny himself will be jamming with the band that night.

 

In Case You Didn't . . .

 

 . . . know . . .

 

 

(from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_page)

A web page (or webpage) is a web document that is suitable for the World Wide Web and the web browser. A web browser displays a web page on a monitor or mobile device. The web page is what displays, but the term also refers to a computer file, usually written in HTML or comparable markup language. Web browsers coordinate the various web resource elements for the written web page, such as style sheets, scripts and images, to present the web page.

Typical web pages provide hypertext that include a navigation bar or a sidebar menu to other web pages via hyperlinks, often referred to as links. On a network, a web browser can retrieve a web page from a remote web server. On a higher level, the web server may restrict access to only a private network such as a corporate intranet or it provides access to the World Wide Web. On a lower level, the web browser uses the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to make such requests. A static web page is delivered exactly as stored, as web content in the web server's file system, while a dynamic web page is generated by a web application that is driven by server-side software or client-side scripting. Dynamic web pages help the browser (the client) to enhance the web page through user input to the server. . .

 

 

AND ALSO (in case you didn't know). . . OHO has a new website.  Take a look . . .

Ohomusic.com

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak

 

My latest solo release, '2014' of original, instrumental piano music, can be downloaded digitally at:

 

Ray Jozwiak: 2014

 

(or you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rayjozwiak4)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

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Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

 

(Just click on the song title at the end of the lyrics below to hear Paleolithic Goddess Figurine)

 

 

Adding bass  to Paleolithic Goddess Figurine. . . Progress!!!

 

 

Round every corner and fade into blue

The Angelus rings, she comes into view

Nine is her number

In nine she is due

She will never fail you

 

Singing creation, look into her eyes

Out of her mouth she is speaking the sky

Circling heaven, higher than high

She in time is movement

 

Why should I move from her world vibration?

Molding this clay into

Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

 

Streaming to rivers, she floats on the sea

Gathers her children who sit on her knee

Showing and telling them where they are free

She is softly speaking

 

Holding the line when she seems unpleasant

Molding this clay into

Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

 

There is no real dilemma

She has her own agenda

Though there's a vulture hovering above our heads

Go on and trust the pattern

Her sun and moon are lanterns

Painting the firmament with stars

 

She is the vision of attention engaged

Breaking the spell of automaton rage

A circuit of heaven, a luminous wave

All is seen before her

 

Why should I move from her world vibration?

Molding this clay into

Paleolithic Goddess Figurines

 

Round every corner and fade into blue

The Angelus rings, she comes into view

Nine is her number

In nine she is due

She will never fail you

 

 

Paleolithic Goddess Figurine

by OHO - Jay Graboski, David Reeve and Ray Jozwiak

 

 

 

What do you think?

Tell me at

http://www.rayjozwiak.com/guestbook.html 

 

 

OHO's "Ocean City Ditty," the CD single is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/oho4

(and, if you're in town, at Trax On Wax on Frederick Rd. in Catonsville, MD) OHO is Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak

 

My latest solo release, '2014' of original, instrumental piano music, can be downloaded digitally at:

 

Ray Jozwiak: 2014

 

(or you can copy-and-paste this URL directly to

your browser:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rayjozwiak4)

 

Also, be sure to visit:

http://www.rayjozwiak.com

 

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New Day New Page

 

To borrow the title of David's fine tune,  there is indeed something new to which you and I are privy in the fact that I am writing and you are reading this on the NEW, OHOMUSIC website. Take a look around.  Listen to the music.  Check out the photos etc.  Let us know what you think.  We're here FOR YOU, so no comment is too trivial.

As Jay always says,  "OHO and out."

 

Plunge

 

Plunge . . .

At heaven's door we pick the lock
When all we had to do was knock
Though Alice she rattles her train of chains
The fetters are inward all the same

Take a look as you fall
Passing through another wall
Here is where the corn is cut
The wind comes down
Get off the pot
Get off the pot
Get off the pot

It's your world the way that you live
Eats the smile right off your face          
You're not in Kansas anymore
I am the sheath I cry for more

Biding trends and waves of shock
The turbulence it turns me on
Nonetheless we're born and rocked
By divas, drunks and Barbie dolls

I signed up for high-wired acts
If I lose my balance just cut me some slack
I'm holding out for what can be
EMC squared possibility

Experience to be alive
The abstract now is literalized
You have dreams and nightmares to explore
Get the goods
Get off the floor
Get off the floor
Get off the floor


Plunge
[Recorded 10/31/2014 at The 'Bunker', Catonsville, MD, performed by OHO - Jay Graboski, David Reeve and Ray Jozwiak]