Welcome to House of Ideas- a production company, a recording studio and a conduit for the expression of creative energies via music, the written word and the visual arts.
The STUDIO page has images of my modest, but comfortable facilities
The STAGE page has a variety of music
The KITCHEN is where I hang out and has contact and credit info.
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“Rise Above“ is the first solo release by John Eggers. On this intensely personal collection of songs, Eggers plays all the instruments with well-crafted agility and sings in a voice that walks across the tightrope of power and tenderness. Uniting all the streams that flow through this creative mind, this album while introspective, is universal in its themes, to the point that we can all find ourselves in his songs. All the layers of this effort hang together seamlessly; no doubt many hours of work were lovingly bestowed on this album, from the layers of acoustic and electric guitars, dulcimer, mandolin, keys and even a turn at string arrangement.
But it is the haunting, dreamlike-quality of John’s lead vocals blended with his own backing vocals, which remind one of personal battles with the inner voices in our own heads. Exploring themes such as love, innocence, alienation and dreams deferred, this album moves beyond introspection and plants a brilliant flag of defiance in the hard ground of existence.
Each time you listen to “Rise Above“, you will hear new things and dream new dreams. This is an exciting, solid effort from a thoughtful and unique musical voice.”
review on helium.com
The LIBRARY has a memoir and a short story or two
Back in July I was approached by Steve Rossi (aka Mr. Knick Knack) and his management to produce his first full-length album. After seeing what Steve is all about and seeing how ambitious and focused he is, I decided to sign on full-time with him.
Since then I have been playing 15 or so dates a month with Mr. Knick Knack and Steve and I have been collaborating on the album. Well say hallelujah because “Rocket Rise to the Little House” is finally in the can!
“Rocket Ride” was demanding so much of my time that I decided to move my studio into the townhouse that I share with Anna in Olney MD. Now that the album is in the can I realize that I never could have given it the attention it needed when I was commuting to Arlington each day
Onward and upward!
EXIT 10’s EP “Demimonde”- Demimonde has been selling slowly but surely and receiving airplay globally. Check out the artwork by Tom Shultz/Creative Attitude below.
“Blues Noir” is the first set of original compositions by Washington DC-based group EXIT 10. In his lyrics, composer Ted Onulak attempts to take the feeling of the blues idiom, creating a personal vision of struggle and redemption. This seasoned group of talented musicians creates sonic metaphors to compliment these thoughts.
Come with EXIT 10 through dark alleys of the mind to find some glimpses of the universal journey.
Ted Onulak- vocals, tenor and soprano sax, flute, harmonica Marcus Esposito- keyboards and electronics Arch Alcantara- electric guitars, bass Scott McKnight- bass, electric guitars Jimi Jones- drums
engineered by Marcus Esposito at SuffRAGEtte mastered by John Eggers at House of Ideas
“Ted Onulak is a sonic metaphor for dancing at a party with a lampshade on your head.”
John Kanzler/Newark Star Ledger
“Demimonde” is the newest release on House of Ideas Records and builds on the international success of “Blues Noir”. “Demimonde” weaves together the collective influences of the band over Ted’s eclectic compositions. “Demimonde” features poetic lyrics (some award winning), tight ensemble playing and scorching hot instrumental work. Strong blues and R&B roots are evident as well as Latin, psychedelic and hard rock.
the Jitters (Dave Goodfriend and Mitch Mitchell) tracked a new EP with Ted and I producing. Check them out at www.thedcjitters.com
What’s going on...
MUSIC VIDEO- Scatterframe Pictures/ Imaginary Shadows Productions in association with House of Ideas have produced a video for “Days of Steel” by the Big Wide Open. Filmed in Pittsburgh, PA (Steel Town USA) you can see it here- http://youtu.be/blPR3P5nRVs
NEW EXIT 10 songs- we have released “the Way I Love You”, “Run Johnny Run” and “Brand New Wine”. T
A music video for Exit 10’s “Lover’s Leap” is in the production stages.