Prior to forming Damnation of Adam Blessing, Bill Constable and Jim Quinn made music together as The Society.
Recorded by legendary engineer Ken Hamann at Cleveland Recording back in 1967, the original 1″ 8 track analog master tapes for two previously unreleased songs, “You Girl” and “Lonely”, were recently discovered in the archives at Suma Recording Studios in Painesville, Ohio. Michael Seifert and Dave Shaw restored the original tapes and completed new analog mixes of both songs in Somewhere Recording’s Studio A earlier this year. The new mixes will be released on a limited edition 45!
I’m excited to announce that the first 10 episodes of the new Care Bears animated series Unlock the Magic (Cartoon Network/Boomerang Network) are being released today!
In addition to co-producing, singing backing vocals, playing some additional keyboards, and mixing the theme song for the series (which features lead vocals by Cleveland’s own Chayla Hope), it was my honor and privilege to compose and perform the original music and score for 3 of the 10 episodes that were just released. Additional episodes featuring my original music and score will be released in the next batch.
I want to give a big shout out to Dave Shaw who contributed some killer guitar tracks for some of the cues and to Chayla Hope for crushing the vocals on the theme song like I knew she would! Extra special thanks to my longtime friend, collaborator, and uber-talented composer Dave Padrutt for inviting me to be a part of this amazing project. Dave has written some really great music for this series and, as always, it’s been a pleasure to work and collaborate with him. I also want to congratulate Ryan Wiesbrock on a job well done! Seriously man… I have no idea how you do what you do!
I have to say, looking up at the screen and seeing a Care Bear staring back at me has been nothing short of surreal. It’s some of the most fun and rewarding work I’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute. If you have kids (or if you grew up watching the original Care Bears series) I hope you’ll check it out!
P.S. So far, I’ve managed to sneak three pieces of music that I wrote, performed, and recorded between ages 8 and 13 into the score for this new Care Bears series (all transfered from old 2” multitrack tapes). It’s a gift to my younger self for spending a childhood in the studio instead of going outside and playing like the normal kids.
– Michael Seifert
For anyone interested, the award winning documentary Romeo is Bleeding is now available on Netflix. I scored this film with my friend Jake Fader. The soundtrack album is also available for purchase through iTunes or streaming on Spotify.
You can also check out season 1 of the Netflix Originals series Buddy Thunderstruck, which I contributed a lot of music/score to working with longtime friend and collaborator Dave Padrutt. Shout out to Dave Shaw who played some stupidly awesome guitar on some of these cues. Episode 7, Haters of the Lost Arcade, features a ton of my music, including the cues for the 8-bit video game and some big “Over the Top” style battle scenes. I also played drums on and mixed the theme song for this series.
Just a couple of Netflix suggestions to get you through the weekend now that most of you are done binge watching season 2 of Stranger Things.
– Michael Seifert