Below Me

Greg & Brian

Sometimes life introduces you to people who just, well, make you realize that a smackdown may be all that will work. When you know you're taking the high road, and they're all below you, it's a beautiful, freeing thing.

When your "competition" brings a water pistol to a chainsaw fight, and wears their self-righteous arrogance as a lovely mask over both of their faces, sometimes all we can do is cry OR sing this long very loudly, and then go off dancing on our merry little ways.

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Under the Mattress

Greg Vadimsky

An atmospheric song based on stories shared from a friend, about her grandmother living through the days of "the old IRA" in the Irish Republic. Young men were regularly hidden creatively so that they wouldn't be conscripted into the military.

Greg moves into brand new musical territory: Irish instruments and multiple time signatures help weave a tale about freedom and families protecting themselves from political oppression.

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So-Lo

Greg Vadimsky

Getting away to a private island to take time and breathe... in the dark there's a lighthouse near!

This non-album single is the first studio recording since Summer Of Storms, and promises a new direction in Greg's autobiographical writing. A reggae beat is overlaid with some non-reggae-type instruments and an inventive pop melody. You may indeed play with fire till you learn, but that friendly lighthouse in the dark is calling out for your heart, my dear.

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Once Upon a Time in December (Live)

Greg Vadimsky

Inspired by the loss of John Lennon in December of 1980, this song was one of the first recorded in the studio by Greg after beginning his solo career. It is a huge fan favorite, and usually played near the end of his concert performances.

Once Upon a Time in December was originally recorded in 1986 at Hummingbird Recordings in Melbourne, Florida - Greg's hometown and the place of birth of Jim Morrison of The Doors. Another cryptic connection: Morrison's birthday and the date of John Lennon's death are both December 8. This song is a fond salute to the history of The Beatles, the sweet innocence of a much purer time, and a requiem for the loss of John at a tragically young age. As Greg experienced it, "The radio broadcast is received, and now the Very Last Christmas Eve"........

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Greg & Brian's Demented Christmas

Greg & Brian

Central Florida's favorite duo whips up a heapin' helpin' of home-cooked hysteria for the holidays! Subject matter includes: creepy street people, bisexual reindeer, swingers, crass commercialism, thinly veiled innuendo, medicinal products, and balls.

Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando will never be the same. With this album, it has been visited upon by bisexual (and inter-species-curious) reindeer, swingers with a fetish for fluids, crass commercialism for fun and profit, pounding rhythms of chimney sweeping festive trunks, clouds of glowing inspiration, ladder-climbing elves with a penchant for debauchery, litterboxes, fruitcakes, STDs, provocatively outrageous claims, self-abuse, and warm furry lovin' critters.

Greg & Brian and their management apologize in advance for any harm possibly to result.

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Summer of Storms

Greg Vadimsky

A life that began with a backwards birth is chronicled in a haunting and honest collection of songs combined with nature's soundscapes.

It's all in the plan of attack, not giving one moment of slack. See your shadow on my wall, growing longer, standing tall. I believe in the trees outside my window, here on Shady Lane they're all my friends. Lady of Grey, are you lost, are you lonely? I feel it calling me, the gull with no place to land, the soul of a mariner thrown one too many times on the sand. This year, this life, running on, they seem to be the same - so many tears for those I've loved. She looks so eagerly to nights like this, a little one on one of perfect bliss. Daydream, running from the soul's scream. I didn't mean it, it seemed a fatal error, but every day it, it gets a little rarer. Like every good beginning, there's a promise from afar, and I face a famous portrait as she hangs above the bar. The evil postman and his grin are coming up the garden path again.....
These are the opening lines of each of the songs from this, the artist's 6th solo album and 8th original music album overall.

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Electric Friend

Greg Vadimsky

She comes home. Alone again. She knows her true lover is waiting for her, always ready to give. In the dark, he'll glow!!!

The second single from the album "SUMMER OF STORMS". Greg moves into a ska-based arrangement to tell the tale of a lonely, hard-working woman who knows the meaning of a good "relax". She looks so eagerly to nights like this. The infectious groove of ELECTRIC FRIEND features drums, percussion, piano, organ, bass, guitar, trombone, electric piano, and vocals all performed by our eclectic fiend and author of all of these wonderful worlds of wacky....G.R.V.

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The Night Has Come

Greg Vadimsky

THE NIGHT HAS COME sees Greg moving into a new explorative surround style of recording, and immerses the listener into the mix of instruments, vocals, and special effects. It is the first single to be released from the album "Summer Of Storms".

THE NIGHT HAS COME features Greg playing every instrument and performing every vocal. This very personal song deals with love and loss, understanding of one's own behavior in relationships, and reminiscence. A wistful look at times more innocent. The haunting vocals that interweave with the verse and chorus sound like a female spirit filtered through the gauze of time. What is she saying???..........THE NIGHT HAS COME (c)2000, 2017 Greg Vadimsky The night has come, I'm all alone, so here I go again No holding on to something gone, no waiting on a friend Maybe I've been blind to what was good Suddenly I'm in your neighborhood Acting in our passion play, stayed in bed on Saturday Thought I saw the things in you I'd need Loved you just as much as I could bleed Blinded by your smile then, walk a lonely mile again The night has come, our time is done, you're on the run again The chill is gone, and summer's on, I'm not a pawn for then Maybe it's the next time I get home Feathering the nest to where I've flown You never knew the man I am, wounded in your battle plan Watched you breathing softly in your sleep, and wondered how much longer we would keep Now I know I had been right Dream of someone new tonight The night has come, I'm not alone, so skip your stone again No hanging on to someone wrong No more what-could-have-been No waiting on a friend And here I go again (Greg Vadimsky: piano, vocals, fretless bass, timpani, congas, windchimes, drums, vocoder, thunder, acoustic/electric guitar, synthesizers)

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Tango Palace: The Complete Remasters

Tango Palace

The romantic fun of a TANGO meets the dark confines of a PALACE in this Jekyll and Hyde debut album.

The core members of Melbourne, Florida's TANGO PALACE were GREG VADIMSKY on keyboards/vocals, BRIAN ARNOLD on drums/vocals, and GARRETT VADIMSKY on guitars/vocals. For their debut, self-titled 10-song album, they were joined by ROBERT FARRELL on bass, and their later years and follow-up 4-song EP featured BRIAN "LOW-B" MACKIE on bass/vocals. This remastered collection is organized to feature the newer 4 songs first, followed by the original 10 songs. The first four tracks were recorded at Orlando's Transcontinental Studios, while the latter 10 were done at Merritt Island's LNG Recording Productions. All songs were produced by the band, though engineering work included themselves as well as Niels Kastor (at Transcontinental) and Lonnie Griffis (at LNG). These recordings resulted in thousands of CD sales in the Central Florida area, and work for the band at esteemed venues such as Walt Disney World, along with a U.S. tour.

Track by track:
COLD WORLD is Greg's coming-to-terms lyric about the loss of his wife. RIGHT HERE, co-written by Garrett (or Gary as the others called him) and his wife Lori, describes renewed love and faith in their relationship. NEWS OF THE WEEK focuses on serious world changes that were in the news, including September 11, 2001 and the loss of George Harrison - its main vocal is performed by Brian, with all of the others contributing their voices in specific places. CHANGE is Gary's song about the paths his life was diverging on as the band matured, the sales grew, and he was preparing to start a family.

GUIDE YOU AWAY is a last-chance love letter from Greg that didn't succeed. IT'S TIME, co-written by Greg, Brian, and Garrett, focuses on a relationship that is nearing its unfortunate end. FOR YOU is an older song by Greg, with an eerie omnipresent lyric. SOMETHING IN YOUR SMILE sounds as if it belongs in a Broadway show, perhaps set in the Louisiana bayou country, but is an ode to infatuation. BARNACLE is the name given to an ardent admirer of Greg's, who didn't seem to understand that the feeling wasn't mutual. ANGELS, a regional hit, is a mythic piece about powerful energies that learn something from a "simple" pair of lovers. I WOULDN'T HAVE YOU pulls out all the dynamic darkness of Greg's tortures, and is a painful, acute pleading for peace. TAKE COVER! is actually the oldest song in the collection, beginning in the early 1980s and being written for Greg and Garrett's band "SPECTRE", but with different lyrics. In this newer incarnation and sung by Brian, it is the comic book detective story of a young couple on the run from trouble. STEPS TO NOWHERE, another huge regional favorite, combines three mini-tales of love - one a chance encounter, the second an unobtainable crush, and the third a love that didn't remain. THE CLOUDS WILL BREAK rounds out the set, as the lyric is self-encouraging, about staying the course and not losing belief, no matter what happens.

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Colours of Mind

Greg Vadimsky

Greg's second collection of demo recordings, ranging from Bo Diddley rhythms to progressive rock to music hall.

This album was mostly recorded at Greg's home studio, but also features one song from John Foley's Hummingbird Recordings and two from Jay Barrows' Crystal Myth Productions. "Every Night Every Hour Every Day" ponders the distance between society and our elected officials, set over a Bo Diddley styled rhythm section. "The Nearing" is a brassy, bluesy song about futures that arise from previous actions. "The First Time" looks at a possibly taboo relationship, or is it simply the way that so many couples feel that it's "them against the world"? Considering one's own uniqueness as divine or maligned is at the heart of the rocking "A Different Drummer". A card game between the Devil, Jack the Ripper, Adolf Hitler, and one of the Husseins inspires "Good Intentions", as its players try to rationalize their behaviors. This moves smoothly into a cable car rumbling past a late night piano bar for "Just Like The Night", a sincerely beautiful true love song. "Harvest Moon" changes up everything, about an entity who has decided upon a plan of revenge. Old-fashioned music hall stylings decorate "This Secret Star", a playful romp about an Earthbound misfit and her dreams of returning "home". Wistful longings for a lost past are swept into a classic waltz entitled "Old Song". The looking back seems to continue, as "Schoolgirls" playfully recalls teenage fascinations during high school, but this turns into a different, and much sadder approach with the instrumental "Magic", which is bound to its melodic companion, "Yesterdays, Not Long Ago". The feeling of lost youth passes by, however, with the album ending in upbeat Beatle-inspired pop, as the song called "Valentine". Overall, this is a wide-ranging and extremely creative collection of work. Musicians on this album, aside from Greg playing nearly every type of instrument, included Flip Dahlenburg (guitars, mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Steve Hauss (bass), Kyle Tague (drums), David Mack (guitar), Tom Willett (bass), John Foley (kazoo, vocals), and Scott Jecmen (kazoo).

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As Deep as Desire

Greg Vadimsky

Psychedelic progressive plantation frustration English Irish soldier husband lover father romancer, with just a hint of lust.

This is the second chronological collection of Greg's studio and home demos, and features many of his post-Spectre compositions that were somewhat during the reign of his backing band, The Dark, and before he began Tango Palace. All songs were written by Greg alone, except for Lead Me There, which began with a guitar riff by his brother Gary, during the Spectre days, and then grew out of lyrics by Rick (Collins) Gangraw. Together, he and Rick transmogrified the song with mostly Greg's chords and melody, into the only composition to bear the names of these three writers. The first two tracks were recorded at Hummingbird in Melbourne, while the rest were done at Greg's home studio. So Many People is from 1987, Lead Me There is from 1990, and the rest are all from 1991. The order of these songs is loosely based on a chronology of his life and the people in it, and that's all he's going to say on the subject.

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