Talking how the music video for “Worry” was made. Footage coming soon. In the meantime, watch the “Worry” video (link below) and while you’re there, please subscribe / like / share. Please. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI9zZ6l0CTs #worryvideo #tizzy #valemmich
I just found this on my computer. It's a radio broadcast from 2007. Apparently listeners voted on what song they wanted to hear and my fans (you) made me look good. My song "This Ship's Going Down" got the most votes ever recorded and as a result this radio station in NJ started playing my song regularly. Listening to this made me smile for so many reasons. I listened to this station a ton when I was growing up (106.3FM) and getting to hear my song on it was a thrill. At the time, I had recently parted ways with Epic Records and was in the process of trying to rebuild my career from the ground up with the independent release of a new album called Sunlight Searchparty. To release this new music that I felt was the truest version of me and to have you guys back me up with love and support (and votes). Wow. Thank you. Take a listen: https://soundcloud.com/valemmich/grock-radio-broadcast-2007
I contributed an unreleased song called "Chelsea" to the new Rock Against Hate compilation. I recorded it in 2014 and planned to include it on my album The Good Names Are Taken. A $10 donation gets you my song plus 39 others. All money made from Rock Against Hate Vol. 3 goes directly to Kids In Need Of Defense (KIND). KIND helps protect the basic human rights of refugee and immigrant children in the United States, many of whom come to escape violence and persecution. Hear "Chelsea" at the link below: https://rahkind.bandcamp.com/track/chelsea
I am (clearly) not a drummer. But I played drums all over my new album Tizzy. When you know the sound you’re looking for, it’s sometimes easiest to just do it yourself—poorly. This tune is called “Take It All To Heart”. . Jason Kronick played proper drums on three tunes on Tizzy. And this kit above was left behind by my longtime drummer Eric Micali when he moved to Florida (Do you want these drums back, Eric? Too late 😉).
How about an all request Facebook Live show? Name one song that you'd like me to play. Any song from my catalog. I'll try to honor all requests. A full song list can be found at valemmich.com/music One song per person. Date to be announced. https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3142043124/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/track=797518902/transparent=true/
Here's a new interpretation of my song "Tenderest" from last week's show. I enjoy how we do it live and hope you do, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgPXvN1Nwiw&list=PLom5AV3zIKYwbdQ-zrtbzK9oPjl26OpNg&index=4&t=0s
Greetings from New Zealand. I’m here for the Auckland Writers Festival to talk about DEH & The Reminders & to hopefully meet Jeff Tweedy. I may post more than usual while I’m here because I’m alone & I’m doing what alone people do, reaching out into the void. Or, if I lose my mojo & crawl into a hole—because “every time I leave my girl(s) I always get so sad”—this could be my last post. But I’ve got hope that it’ll be unabashed sharing like normal folk do. P. S. That’s the Sky Tower behind me.
Here's a solo acoustic rendition of "Every Time I Leave The Girl." If you live nearby, come to the show tomorrow and hear us do it as a band. Unfortunately, my daughter won't be there, but there will be another female guest to sing along with me. Show is Friday, May 10 at FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge in Jersey City, NJ with the Milwaukees and Adam Streicher. Don't miss it!
Couldn't be there Saturday night? You're in luck! My loyal documentarian Jenny Tate captured a bunch of songs on video. Here's a song from Tizzy called "Take It All To Heart." There are also old cuts like "Shock" and "High Noon" on this same YouTube playlist. Check 'em out! Thanks to everyone who made it out. You made me feel special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMl09lasa1s&list=PLom5AV3zIKYxskDP9nDVxzemO1_-mRkJw&index=7
First, thanks for all the kind responses to yesterday's post. ❤️ Here's more personal talk. A revealing radio interview I did yesterday with an old friend. I also perform acoustic renditions of 3 tunes from Tizzy: "Take It All To Heart"; "24 Hour Blues Cycle"; and "Every Time I Leave My Girl." If you're in the tri-state area in the northeastern U.S., come see my band and I at THE SAINT in Asbury Park, NJ this Saturday, May 4. It's an early show. Doors at 7:15. We'll be on at 9. Love you.
I'll be on WBJB today at 3pm EST talking and performing acoustic renditions of songs on the new album, Tizzy. Heart beat and all. Listen online: http://wbjb.org/home.php/listen/
I rarely get personal on social media unless it's related to my art and provides a way for people to relate to it. I don't feel comfortable sharing. But... For the last six months, I feel my heart beating in my stomach. I've been to a bunch of doctors. I've gotten blood work. I was seen by a gastroenterologist. The cardiologist, after a series of extensive tests, said there's nothing wrong with my heart (probably). But the beating won't go away. I referred to Google and it led to a panic attack that put me in the hospital. That's what Google does: it tells you you're dying. (They said I was okay, don't worry about me!) It's not a rapid heart beat. They are not palpitations. It's my normal resting heartbeat, except I feel it in my stomach...very, very strongly. An aggressive thumping. If you watch my stomach, you see it rising and falling. I don't feel it 24 hours a day, but randomly each day. It's impossible to ignore and it increases my already high anxiety. Is this what people do on social media--reach out to other people? I don't like reaching out. I like hiding in a hole and letting my art do the talking. I feel embarrassed because I know people out there have serious illnesses and I don't want to be someone who's overreacting to nothing. Respectfully, I'm just asking a question: Has anyone ever had experience with this sort of thing? Please don't tell me I'm dying. I'd rather it be a surprise.
Anxiety has been the main nemesis of my life and it's only grown stronger as the world has gotten crazier. I used to feel like I had nothing to lose. Now I have everything. I worry for my children. My wife. My family. My friends. The animals. The planet. The future. I worry for you and me. My friend and frequent musical collaborator Rob Fitzgerald helped me create a visual representation for what goes on in my body and mind when sucked into the tornado of anxiety. He directed the video for my song "Worry" off my latest album Tizzy. It's a slow and quick unraveling. It's flickering madness. It's existential who-the-fuck-is-steering-this. It's crawling into the fetal position.
Two Upcoming Shows in May All right. Here's the reality. I don't play live much these days. For those in the NY area, don't miss these shows! Saturday, May 4 at THE SAINT | Asbury Park, NJ Friday, May 10 at FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge | Jersey City, NJ Hear old classics plus songs from Tizzy. Here's what music journalist Jim Testa had to say about my new album. "Singer/songwriter/actor/author Val Emmich wrote and recorded his latest album after dealing with a year-long battle with anxiety and depression. He says it's his most personal album yet, which is quite a statement for someone who's released nine albums and seven EP's, including two titled "Autobio," Parts I and II. As a friend and fan of this guy for over 20 years, I find Tizzy more than lives to that promise, striking some seriously dark chords. Emmich has always been an emotional singer and songwriter; that's why his fans have bonded to him. His songs and the way he sings them engender feelings of trust and honesty, and Tizzy doubles down on those virtues, often reflecting a poisonous self-loathing that surely lay at the root of his emotional turmoil. But there are some beautiful love songs here too, including one sung with his young daughter about how much it hurts to leave her behind for tours. The ringer here though is "24 Hour Blues Cycle," a rare topical, political song from Val that invokes the spirit of Phil Ochs. Val Emmich qualifies as that rare performer who not only continues to impress me, but surprise me as well."