The Human Element Stone Pony 08.19.1986

hyoid-lie Once upon a time, there was a Jersey shore band called The Human Element. Born in a garage in Keyport, NJ — or at least the seed was planted that day – a group of friends met to audition a guitar player and vocalist. The sounds were very garage, white boy reggae, ska, post punk, in nature. And the vibe felt good. A young man by the name of Joe Streno strapped on his gray Strat Elite and started to play the chord changes…Continue Reading “The Human Element @ The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ – 08.19.1986”

Joe @ Hoover Hootenanny 5 Featured Image

Did I dream it? Did it really happen? Already? Yes, The Hoover Hootenanny 5 – The Last Hoot has come & gone! Sadly, all good things DO come to an end. Harumph! Though it has come and gone, it certainly was one to remember! I’ve been in attendance for all five of the Hoover Hootenannies and this was certainly the earliest. June 21st was a brilliantly sunny and not too warm Saturday. By the 5:00 PM start time, the temp cooled down even more, to the point…Continue Reading “joMusic: Hoover Hootenanny 5 – The Last Hoot”

Constance

When I start a piece of new original music, sometimes the chords and melody come first. Sometimes the hook comes first. With this song, I’m not sure how it developed.This new music is not so new. I wrote it years ago in 2002. I have a feeling the chords and the picking pattern on the high e-string were the start of it all. Did I write it for my song circle? Duh … I don’t know. What I do know is I love the story….Continue Reading “joMusic: Constance”

No Place Like

I’ve lived in the “Emerald City” for over sixteen years now. Even saw the Scooter and the Big Man. Here. Of all places! And maybe Dorothy has always been right … “There’s no place like home.” I’ve clicked my heals together so many times. All I have to show for it? Worn out orthotics and flat-ass feet! But I’m not here to complain. Really! The best thing? I got some new original music out of it all. Woo hoo! I’ve had occasion to do a…Continue Reading “joMusic: No Place Like …”

Romeo x3

It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been preparing for the second coming. Jesus! No … not that one! The second coming of the Hoover Hootenanny. I’ve taken to recording new original music to help me learn lyrics. I figured I could record the songs, then put them on my iPhone & “sing along” in the car, the shower, while making breakfast … you get the idea. I even bought myself a new/used Alessis MultiMix8 USB 2.0 / 8 channel mixing board. This way I…Continue Reading “joMusic: Romeo”

jojoTronic And The Sample Mafia

Sometimes creative play is the result of having a new toy, or a new tool. In this case it was a new tool. Flash back several years ago. Apple has released the first version of iLife. That suite of apps included a game changer by the name of Garage Band. Before that time a “Garage Band” was a group of “yoots” flailing on guitars and making analog noise in the garage. Apple just made the Garage … digital. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say…Continue Reading “joMusic: jojoTronic And The Sample Mafia”

THE Poster

Here are very raw demos of songs I wrote and recorded with my fellow members of the Human Element. Hope you enjoy! The Human Element Music Freedom was the opening song of every gig we played. It always got folks attention! This version is an over produced demo version I recorded in my Bond Street, Asbury Park, NJ recording studio. It was originally recorded on my Akai 1212 12-track recorder. Demos were always mixed down to cassette tape …so we could listen to this stuff…Continue Reading “joMusic: The Human Element”

As some of you may have noticed … there’s a new menu item added to my blog. If you look at the very top menus above you will see a new menu item named “joMusic“. This is a search that will pull up all posts pertaining and containing my own music. I’ve been a musician for a good part of my life. You may have read my previous post about my old band “The Human Element“. In that article I said I’d eventually post some…Continue Reading “joMusic”

The Human Element

“In the beginning the gods created the Pony (or the Poney to some) … they saw it was good. Maker and breaker of many a hopeful lot. Time passed and many a legend was born and sent out into the world to make good. Some did. Some didn’t. But time is a funny thing …. ha! Just when you expect just another R&B clone, fate deals you a joker. Enter … “The Human Element.” Why the Pony? And why such a place for their very…Continue Reading “The Human Element”