Ges Releases Single, An Instant Smash In My Book: "Do What You Can With What You Got"
Updated: 5 days ago
In Massachusetts parlance, what we call this here Mr. Paul Geswell is a bastid.
Yup, that's how it's pronounced and that's how it's spelled: bastid.
It's a cheeky way to give your friend a hard time.
It was a few months ago that I wrote about him. He had written and recorded many, many, many songs in the last 40 years and he had played out at clubs for a while with several bands, and I wanted to write about that particular road he went down.
The dude never pursued airplay or fame. Yet, some of his songs are gold. You can listen to my review of an "album" I cobbled together in tribute of his musical pursuit: "Ges' My Old Friend" Is The Album Of The Year That You Can Only Hear Here."
Ges or "Paulie" as I sometimes call him almost didn't want that story to remain on the Internet. He is humble, and, in a way, the antithesis of Bad Company's "Shooting Star," that song about the classic rock and roll story of stardom, indulgence and death by indulgence.
Now, I'm not trying to say that everyone in the world is going to love Paul Geswell's songs. But I love 'em and I know a lot of other people who love 'em. It's his passion. That story I wrote about him had a ton of reads and many, many, many positive reviews.
Which brings me to my next point and it's an analogy from the world of football. When a Marlboro friend, Kevin Snow, was a place-kicker for Worcester State College, his coach, Jim Girouard, called Jack Bicknell, the coach of the Doug Flutier-led Boston College Eagles, and told him: 'The goal post is only so high and only so wide. If Kevin can be a successful kicker here, he can be a successful kicker there.' And the rest is history. Snow was part of the Cotton Bowl-winning Eagles team in January 1985, shortly after Flutie won the 1984 Heisman Trophy. That team finished No. 4 in the nation -- a mighty high bar for a college that had been mediocre nationally for decades.
Well, of course, I digress. Oh, but I LOOOOVE that story. I was the one who Girouard said those words to when I was a writer for the Marlboro Enterprise, so I was a first-hand witness to that unbelievable lesson in trying to make your way in this world.
If there was one artist I can compare Ges to in style and demeanor, it would be Jack Johnson -- on the mellow and fun (but also serious) side. But Ges is a rock and roller, too. No doubt about that.
My thinking is that ome manager type could come along and work on getting the kid (yes, Ges was two grades younger than me growing up, Class of 1980 MHS) some airplay. There has to be a local station somewhere that would do it. WSRO or some such local station? Somewhere in Hawaii? I know a lot o' people in the radio business here, mostly sports guys though.
And so now, I would like to save the best for last:
I woke up this morning and when I got around to checking the ol' phone, there was a text from Ges. It read, "Hi Nipper (yup, a nickname from a long, long time ago), I will be mailing you the new song single in the next half hour. You'll be the first person to receive it. I will send it to others later today."
Yes, I knew he was out there writing and recording a new song, but I didn't expect it this soon. The "kid" is on fire!!!!
And so, I listened to "Do What You Can With What You Got." My first impression was, no surprise, very, very good. But even more evident was the high quality of the recording and overall polish.
So, as the headline states, it's an instant smash in my book. But that's my subjective opinion. There are a lot 'o judges of music out there.
So go on and listen and reverberate some feedback this way. Here ye go:
Oh and here is my advice to Mr. Paul Geswell, in the form of a song by Jimmy Cliff: