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by Frank Grimaldi

Frank Grimaldi's music runs the gamut of pop music. Utilizing both electronic and live production he musically incorporates Folk, New-Wave and rock music spanning many decades from the 60's to now.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. City Walls
4:46 $0.99
2. The Right Thing
3:34 $0.99
3. Bad Habits
3:26 $0.99
4. Blueprint
3:25 $0.99
5. One Night Kiss
4:13 $0.99
6. Paris Is A Lonely Town
3:35 $0.99
7. Faggotry Personified
3:54 $0.99
8. Love Is Not The Same (What Am I Doing In this Bed?)
3:50 $0.99
9. Incident On Hicks Street ( I Went Away)
3:33 $0.99
10. Everywhere I Go (There I AM)
3:48 $0.99
11. The Same Mistake
3:41 $0.99
12. Shut Up & Listen
1:08 $0.99
13. Fighting In My Sleep
3:17 $0.99
14. Our One Saving Grace
4:10 $0.99
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Ran Waite "OutWords"

A creative second CD that needs to be heard!
I had been anxiously awaiting Frank Grimaldi's new CD. I loved "Walking Backward" and expected something even greater to come from Frank's next CD. He didn't disappoint me! "Balance" is a collection of songs about personal experiences and relationships. This CD is an expression of human experiences (whether the experiences were positive or negative). Frank and Barry Goldstein have crafted a CD of musically and lyrically enjoyable songs, using elements like trombone solos, all-star back-up singers and MIDI programming. The musical styles on these songs rang from electronic to pop to rock, there is even a rap solo in one song. I love the entire CD, but keep returning to the song "Faggotry Personfied"—one of the best OUT songs ever written and a song that I immediately identified with!

Jed Ryan, PM Entertainment Magazine


The first thing you pick up when you listen to Frank Grimaldi's new CD, "Balance", is his voice. This native New Yorker has a distinctively baritone voice that's smooth, soulful, rich, hearty, lusty, and full of life. But just because his voice is strong and powerful, it doesn't mean that Frank can't express a vast array of emotions. And it doesn't mean-- as we hear throughout "Balance"-- that Grimaldi can't occasionally sound vulnerable or sensitive; or express a boyish, wide-eyed innocence about life and love. Frank displays the range of his gifted "voix" immediately in the opening tracks, exuding the same passion whether the subject is life in the big city or the more intimate aspects of love and sex. The first track on "Balance", "City Walls", is a high-energy, passionate, loving anthem to the Gay Apple: Although "the G word" is never mentioned, the song perfectly captures the spirit of gay pride and self-acceptance better than so many of the other tracks that we've adopted as gay pride classics: "I’ve learned to relax here, I don’t question who I am; I love who I chose to love, and no one seems to care; I have many friends here, the most common thread we share; We left our past behind, To find ourselves living somewhere". Track 2, "The Right Thing", uses Grimaldi's voice to perfect effect with a mellow, soft, feverishly romantic track that evokes the funk-and-soul smooth grooves of the '70's (Think Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" or Barry White's "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe"). To put it another way, it's a perfect bedroom song. Other love songs on the CD ("One Night Kiss", "Blueprint") utilize that same romanticism yet experiment with different musical styles.

Aside from Frank's voice and his intensely personal lyrics (more about that later..), the 14 tracks on "Balance" can't be classified into a single genre. Touches of many musical styles exist on the CD. Grimaldi describes his music as "alternative pop", and he counts Bowie, The Beatles, Robert Plant, and U2 as influences. Frank has said, "'Blueprint' is definitely 'alternative', and 'Everywhere I Go' is more 'New-Agey'." "Bad Habits" is described by Frank as "a blues song that I decided to "funk up' a little." He does this courtesy of some musical creative touches and some bold lyrics: "I met him in the men’s room, He spot me for the blow; He said, 'Bro you owe me interest'; How was I to know? My mind was on over-drive, I could not even think; It had been 3 long days, and I hadn’t slept a wink... Bad habits, give me false sense of pride; (and) I will be paying for this, until the day I die." While the subject matter is unambiguous, many listeners will may see the streetwise lyrics of "Bad Habits" as open to interpretation for many other vices, including (but not limited to!) hazardous sexual adventures and getting into bad relationships over and over again. "Love Is Not the Same (What Am I Doing In This Bed?)" has a reggae sound, and its catchy, upbeat feel makes it an audience favorite when Grimaldi performs the song live. "Blueprint", which is arguably the most overtly biographical song on the CD, utilizes his background-- a man raised in an Italian-American, female-dominated Brooklyn home-- to create an earnest and moving love song-- a romantic plea for understanding from a potential lover: "Where is the blueprint, that tells me how to live with you? Where is the blueprint, that tells me what to do?" Grimaldi puts his own unique spin on "Paris Is a Lonely Town", a Harold Arlen song which appeared in the animated film "Gay Purr-ee". Although the song is (obviously) about Paris, the loneliness expressed in the lyrics reminded Grimaldi-- and no doubt, many others-- of certain aspects of life in New York, which is why Grimaldi chose to re-work it. The original "Paris Is A Lonely Town" was written in triplets, but Frank changed it to "four time" and injected some unique musical touches. The result is a new interpretation of the song that's less torchy showtune and more a modern urban story about alienation in the big city-- whether it's Gay Gotham or Gay Purr-ee. Grimaldi attributes the music's exceptionally polished sound on "Balance" to Barry Goldstein, credited on the CD with, among other things, "engineering and mixing". "Barry is a perfectionist." states Grimaldi. "We went over everything with a fine-tooth comb." The result is that Frank Grimaldi doesn't waste a single note or lyric on his second CD. On "One Night Kiss" ("We met on holiday, under a moonlit sky over Montreal; I could feel the summer breeze..."), inspired by a real-life encounter ("He was 19, I was 36..." Grimaldi recalls), so vividly re-creates the scenario which Grimaldi sings of, that for a few minutes the listener really feels like they're in Montreal that night too.

It doesn't take long to realize that "Balance" is an intensely biographical CD. "But wait...", you may be saying. "Isn't everything an artist writes 'personal' in some way?" Well, yes...and, no. Too many times, up-and-coming artists will choose to put their music's (1) accessibility to the audience, and (2) "commerical" potential, before their own self-expression. It often takes years of self-discovery and introspection to really write music from the heart. What Frank has done-- no doubt, thanks in part to the experience of being a performer in New York since the '80's-- is create an intensely personal CD. A CD which, I might add, that is instantly accessibly to the listener, and worthy of mass commercial success-- if only so-called mainstream radio stations, shall we say, "had the balls." The message that Frank conveys frequently through his music is that he's too experienced to play the fool, but too young and free-spirited to keep from taking risks-- a theme that is so well-conveyed in Track 11, "Same Mistake". The CD is not always pretty. "Incident on Hicks Street" (I Went Away)" recounts a real-life childhood trauma-- and although Frank uses some trippy special effects to mitigate the impact of the subject matter, the meaning is pretty unambiguous... perhaps suggesting that the goal of "Balance" is Frank Grimaldi's personal catharsis as well as to entertain the listener. Importantly, "Balance" explores the perspective of a guy who came out-- and lived as a NYC gay guy-- in the '80s (Grimaldi will say that he is "one year older than Madonna"!) This is a perspective that, sadly, we don't often hear too much about, at least music-wise. Grimaldi states that the majority of "Balance" was written between 2000 to 2002, and was inspired partially by the events on by September 11th as well and partially by the loss of many of the parental figures in his life. "When the people around you start dying, then you start to think about your own life." A real treat comes with "Faggotry Personified", with rap segments by JGWMC (Jewish Gay White MC) soce the elemental wizard. Frank's bold but mannered style, and soce's infamous in-your-face persona form an interesting contrast for any listener who believes that the gay community should "take back" the F-word (The other F-word...) Yet, although they have different musical styles, these guys are similar in at least one aspect: You won't catch either Frank Grimaldi or soce singing pretty little "coming out" songs or generic, pre-fab pop tunes with ambiguous pronouns. This is gay music with no apologies!

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