ARTIST NAME: Tom Petrone
SONG TITLE: That Kind Of Summer
RELEASE DATE: June 25th, 2021
GENRE: Jazz, Jazz-Pop
Discuss how you get involved in music.
As the youngest of five boys, my four brothers and I would sing harmonies together while washing and drying dishes.
Tell us how you develop the instrumentation for this song.
My songwriting partner and producer Dan Marshall had a basic melody and accompanying lyrics for the chorus. From there I brought it into my studio and created the full instrumentation of the song while sitting at the piano.
Go into detail on how you create your song.
I sit down with a great keyboard player Stuart Waterz and have a basic idea of the melody, lyric, and tempo. We work out the full structure as I sing the melody. Stew somehow finds the right chord to fit usually with very few changes along the way.
Discuss your musical ability.
I have a four-octave range and an excellent memory for recalling melodies. I play guitar very well. I love to write, sing and perform. I live for the live performance where I am probably at my best.
Elaborate on the lyrics of the song.
My co-writer and dear friend world-class author Frank Nappi who has also written five novels write the majority of the lyrics that make up my musical compositions.
Discuss the structure of the song.
A separate intro was created first with jazz piano. Sort of a Nat King Cole beginning… From there we transitioned into a vocal intro. That set up the chorus. You can hear a constant ascending and descending melody line to emulate the movements of the ocean and the feeling of being at the beach. We came back to the chorus and we finished with a soothing outro.
Discuss your performance.
I felt my performance pays true homage to the great. Like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Tony Bennett.
Tell us how you prepare for a show or recording session.
I vocalize for fifteen minutes before I record. Singing arpeggios with major and minor thirds.
Tell us how you coordinate other musicians or how you relate with your producer in bringing the best out of your song.
My producer brings out the best in me by making me aware of a variety of ways of singing a particular word or phrase.
Tell us how you entice the listeners with your music.
Using the best players in the world and just try to convey a beautiful message through my vocal abilities with true conviction.
Discuss how you promote your music.
Via social media YouTube, Facebook, Instagram…
Tell us how you ensure your vocal is in harmony with the instrumentation.
My college professor told me that I have the perfect pitch. Also, over thirty years of vocalizing I’ve developed a profound ability to create a seamless synergy with the musical arrangement.
Tell us how you build your vocal melody.
A beautiful melody comes to me and I have to decide whether it’s the chorus, the intro, or the verse. Once I decide where each melody lies I can build from there. Making the chorus melody the most beautiful and captivating part of the song.
Elaborate on the song.
I feel it is an original melody and a well-written song that depicts the feel of summer and romance.
Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
Tom Petrone is my real name. I grew up on Long Island, which is surrounded by water. I’ve always wanted to write a song about the gorgeous beaches that are around me that give me that feeling of summer.
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The steel gray clouds and unforgiving winter winds that whipped across the barren landscape have fallen silent, giving way to the resplendence of temperate, gentle breezes and sun-soaked beds of rainbow flowers. The birds have roused us gently from our chilly slumber, and we have responded in kind, emerging from our captivity with a renewed sense of hope and happiness. We are reborn, once more, to this celebration of life, our spirits buoyed by the warmer weather, the alluring call of the ocean waves, and the irresistible promise that this is going to be “that kind of summer.”
Tom Petrone, the ultra-talented jazz artist who made quite a splash earlier this year with the release of his much-heralded hit “Fly Again,” builds on his blossoming reputation as one of the most talented jazz vocalists today as he captures the breathless anticipation of sweet summer with his latest song, “That Kind of Summer.” The celebratory ballad, which has already garnered rave reviews, conjures for listeners in hypnotic fashion all the sights, sounds, and smells that make summer by the shore the most wondrous part of the best season of the year.
Petrone’s latest act of creative brilliance features his signature silky vocals that once again play seamlessly off musical arrangements that are both blissful and evocative. The song is in part a homage to the water’s salubrious, life-giving force as well as a classic love song that traces the ocean’s role in opening up one human heart to another. Petrone’s classic sound offers his fans quite a moving listening experience. And that experience is one that is purely soulful, almost religious.
Petrone sings “the waves whisper to me, salty breath pulls me near” and listeners are captivated instantly, transported to some sleepy shoreline as the briny surf washes across their feet and onto the sand. It is here, where the inspirational power of the sea emerges unexpectedly. “The sand and the surf that appeared just the same are now touching my heart and calling your name.” Let the worshipping begin.
“Growing up on Long Island, I spent a lot of time, especially during the summer, down by the ocean,” Petrone mused. “There was just something magical about it. You know? Everything that is wonderful and memorable about summer begins and ends with the beach. I guess you could say that the song is my tribute to summer by the shore and the love and romance it can inspire.”
MP Music House will release “That Kind of Summer” on all streaming platforms on June 11, 2021, ten days before the official start of the summer season.