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Snowing in April

by Gregg Robins

Catchy, humorous and playful, yet reflective and thoughtful on different aspects of life: believing in ourselves, holding to our ideals, finding true love and appreciating it, while journeying from big, snowy cities to beautiful islands in the sun.
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2. The Middle of the Show
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3. Take Those Empty Words
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4. You're Not Far
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5. Where Were You?
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6. How Lucky
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7. Sanibel
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8. Paradise
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9. Believe
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Beautiful melodies, unpretentious but sincere lyrics -- This is a sure-fire recipe for success”
“Truly touches the heart”

Singer-Songwriter Robins Earns Terrific Early Reviews of Upbeat, Free, Downloadable Album of Demos -- ‘Snowing In April’ - A ‘Mid-Life Journey’ from Snowy Cities to Beautiful Islands

Bronx-born singer-songwriter Gregg Robins has earned terrific early reviews for his free, downloadable album of demos, ‘Snowing in April’.
Critics have praised that the collection “truly touches the heart” and features “beautiful melodies, unpretentious but sincere lyrics -- a surefire recipe for success.” The digital release, available now via hiswebsite, http://greggrobins.com/ , sees Robins handling guitar, vocal and saxophone duties, as he crafts an optimistic, surprisingly polished mix of
new songs that mark a shift in his songwriting style, emerging as a more upbeat storyteller (as compared to his critically acclaimed 2011 debut ‘Everything That Matters,’ which was more reflective, and garnered comparisons to such seminal artists as Paul Simon and Cat Stevens.)

Recent coverage here, more details below:
INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MUSIC By Brian Arsenault 4/9/13
http://irom.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/brian
-arsenault-takes-on-a-guitar-tour-of-the-worldthe-
phony-hipness-of-country-muzak-the-tastelessness-of-network-news-and-free-music-from-moscow/

As someone who lives where it sometimes snows in April, how could I pass up Gregg Robins downloadable album of Demos — Snowing in April. And I’m glad I didn’t. Let me go right to the last song which truly touches the heart. “Believe” sings of
a father’s advice to his oldest daughter and what makes it so striking is that Robins sings it with his then 15 year old Casey.
Casey’s voice will never again be exactly as it was when she sang on this recording. She will never again be exactly the same. That is the bittersweetness of growing children and grandchildren. They can’t wait for the next age and parents want to hold on to the current one just a little longer. “Believe in your dreams. They can always come true.” The passage of time pops up a number of times on this warm album from a New Yorker now living in cold Moscow. (Moscow!!?) “The Middle of the Show” isn’t
about a stage show. “Middle age is all the rage.” In “Where Were You?” where Robins is joined on vocal by Remy Sepetoski, at 35 “I knew where I was, where were you?” But the album’s not maudlin about fleeting time. It just urges us to not miss
“How Lucky” we are just to be here. Robins is sometimes a bit off-key singing but he hits mostly right notes writing neat songs. You can listen to the album at Robins” website for free. Must be the old Soviet socialist share the wealth spirit at work, if it ever was.

BLOGCRITICS - 3/20/13 BY JACK GOODSTEIN
http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-gregg-robins-snowing-in/

Back last year when I reviewed singer-songwriter Gregg Robins first album Everything That Matters, I was very
impressed with his simple, often infectious melodies and somewhat less so with his lyrics, which at times
seemed a tad pretentious. Now comes Snowing in April, a new album of demo songs available free on the singer’s website. Robins is still writing beautiful melodies, but this time, at least with most of the tunes, he has managed to shed the pretention. And when he does, he writes some really nice songs. In a podcast interview with Peter Clayton on Totalpicture Radio, Robins explains that the album was meant as a change of pace from the earlier release. The songs were more fun, more playful. They were meant to be “simple songs that stand on their own feet.” He wasn’t interested in elaborate production values—a
little guitar, some saxophone, a little help with the vocals on a couple of tracks, but by and large he let the music speak for itself. He had taken a songwriting course at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, he tells us, and it looks like
one of the lessons he came away with is that less is more. There are a total of eight songs on the album, some fun tunes, some intensely personal, but all served up in a memorable melodic feast. The album begins
with snow in Moscow, Robin’s home base, and moves to sun and fun in the tropics with the upbeat “Sanibel” and, on a more subdued note, “Paradise.” Then there are the more reflective, thoughtful songs. “The Middle of the Show,”
written as Robins reaches the age of 47, shows him coming to terms with where he is the middle of life. “Take Those Empty Words” talks about the need to follow your bliss in spite of what others may tell you.
“Believe” is a bonus track, where Robins is joined by his 15-year-old daughter Casey, written after reconnecting with his children after three years. Then there are less intense but still personal songs, like “Where Were You” and “How
Lucky.” The first is a duet with Remy Sepetoski that he says evokes the Everly Brothers. It talks about finding one's soul mate after missing each other over the years. It has a nostalgic vibe and some nice harmony. “How Lucky” finds a bright
side even in bad health. If, as Robins indicates, this album represents the new direction his music is taking, it is the right direction. Beautiful melodies, unpretentious but sincere lyrics, neither taking a back seat to artifice. This is a sure-fire recipe for success.

THE RECORD-JOURNAL (CT)
By Jim Pasinski – 4/2013
http://jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/cd-reviewgregg-
robins-releases-april.html

CD Review: Gregg Robins Releases "April" Demos
Singer/songwriter Gregg Robins is releasing an album of demos entitled “Snowing In April.” The nine-song release is the follow-up to his acclaimed debut “Everything That Matters” and takes a simpler, but effective approach to his
songs. The album begins with the title-song, “Snowing In April” as he describes his time in Moscow, but can also be related to places in the U.S. as this past winter broke records for snowfall amounts. His Cat Stevens sounding vocals in “Not So Far
Away” gives the already meaningful song extra warmth. Gregg shares the vocal duties with Remy Sepetoski on this lovely duet, but it’s the upbeat “How Lucky” and “Sanibel” that Gregg portrays the fun he has in performing acoustically. The
album contains the beautiful bonus song “Believe,” written in 2011 and features Gregg’s daughter on vocals.
For more information on the latest from Gregg Robins, please visit
greggrobins.com.

Robins was recently interviewed by The Moscow Times:
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/snowstorm-a-cruel-joke-formuscovites-
on-april-fools-day/477737.html

Watch Gregg Robins’ Photo Montage Video for ‘Snowing in April’:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QitsZZcUbc&feature=youtu.be

Robins is also speaking out against gun violence, via his song ‘Not Again’
and this accompanying Op-Ed piece:
https://www.momsrising.org/blog/say-not-again-to-gun-violence-in-america-asong-
and-a-perspective-from-a-dad-abroad/

“Snowing in April” is an upbeat, new chapter on my path as a singer-songwriter. In its simplicity and raw approach it is catchy,
humorous and playful, yet reflective and thoughtful on different aspects of life: believing in and knowing ourselves, holding to
our ideals, finding true love and appreciating how special it is, while journeying from big, snowy cities to beautiful islands in the sun. The collection can be appreciated as two distinct categories, combining reflections about mid-life (with a particular focus on stand-out track 'The Middle of the Show’) with uptempo, Jimmy Buffett-esque songs about city and island life. Listen to Robins discuss the evolution of the project via this Podcast interview: http://bit.ly/YGqC6Q. The LP features eight songs plus an inspiring bonus track sung with Robins’ 15-year-old daughter, Casey. The delightful cover art further conveys the often irreverent approach of this collection, and was designed by Berlin-based comic book artist, Dominik Heilig of Kazmonavt.
Robins is based in Moscow and recorded the LP in Geneva, with Yvan Bing (Phil Collins,) via Bing’s Kitchen Studio. It was mastered by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound, and features vocals by Remy Sepetoski on the duet, ‘Where Were You?’
More about Robins’ critically-acclaimed 2011 debut CD, ‘Everything That Matters’ – With straightforward, emotive lyrics and unexpected instrumentation, Robins crafted a heartfelt debut dedicated to his three daughters, building engaging songs that are direct and conversational in tone, many driven by the pain of a broken marriage, the estrangement from and ultimate reconciliation with his daughters, and the hope of finding new love. There’s an emotional integrity to the music that is reflective of the subject matter, as Robins’ understated delivery is often juxtaposed by lush instrumentation, ranging from strings to klezmer-infused solos to songs that suggest a Native American rhythmic undertone, and more.

Biography:
Gregg Robins’ new demo album, “Snowing in April” is now available. Following on his critically acclaimed debut, Gregg has evolved in his songwriting style and capability, including through coursework at the Berklee College of Music. This underscores Gregg’s core belief that we should never stop learning and growing in life. Gregg launched his debut album, “Everything that Matters,“ at the end of October 2011. The album represents a journey across the spectrum of human emotion and experience: from heartbreak to love, separation to reuniting, to the euphoria of an historic election and the spirit
and saga of soldiers far away. Drawing on a range of musical styles and influences from classical to jazz, and Russian and American folk-rock, Gregg’s songs range from haunting ballads to sing out- loud, clap-along tunes, such as the winning track “If I Could Be There.” While the songs vary musically, the common thread is the lyrics, which are honest, forthright, and hopeful. The album has received critical acclaim, including such favorable comparisons as: “often the melodies remind me of some of the best of early Paul Simon,” and “his song-writing style draws similarities to Cat Stevens.” The track for the soldiers “Heroes,” is described by critics as “masterful, with such heart and passion hard to capture in song.” Critics describe the music as “always smoothly captivating,” with an “infectious honesty.” They write that it is “melodically,
beautifully simple,” and offers “one of the most uncommon of delights – an exploration amongst very familiar landmarks that somehow feels brand new.”

Gregg started out as a classical clarinetist, performing a broad classical repertoire at an early age. As a teenager, he added alto saxophone and ventured beyond the classical stage into jazz improvisation, a passion extended more recently to klezmer, which harks back to his East European roots. These roots have led him to spend decades traveling in and working with Russia.

Gregg is a native of the Bronx, New York, who has traveled a journey from high school dropout to
Oxford Phd. Gregg said recently in an exclusive interview on Melodic.net, “I am passionate about life, my
family and friends, and my experiences living in and traveling around this vastly complex world. My music is both a personal calling and journey and an outlet to articulate my feelings and views on various issues – a highly personal way to share these with others. Although I have been blessed with a life rich in experiences, I define myself more in terms of my passions and values than in terms of my resumé.”

For more information about Gregg Robins, to set an interview, or for a review copy of his album, contact
sethcohenpr@earthlink.net.

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