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 info about my modest, but comfortable facilities
The MUSIC page has a variety of music I have produced and recorded
“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.”
The STORIES page has a memoir, a short story or two, and few quotes
Last summer I was approached by Steve Rossi (aka Mr. Knick Knack) and his manager, Kathy, to produce the first full-length album of his 15 year career. After seeing what Steve is all about and seeing how ambitious and talented he is, I decided to sign on full-time with him. I tell him he’s the Bono of family music.
“Rocket Ride to the Little House” was demanding so much of my time that I decided to move my studio from Arlington back 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.
Now that “Rocket Ride” is in the can, I am still playing with Mr Knick Knack and waiting for the album’s release and national promotion. I’m very interested in new playing opportunities and I’m looking for my next production project.
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.
“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.
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.
NEW EXIT 10 songs recently released- “the Way I Love You”, “Run Johnny Run” and “Brand New Wine”.
“Rocket Ride to the Little House” is currently being sold at shows and is awaiting national release in the Spring.
Here it is! The cover of the new Mr. Knick Knack album.
The album has been printed, pressed and in all ways manufactured, but it isn’t out yet, but hopefully will be soon.
Steve Rossi (Mr. Knick Knack!) brought his best shot to these sessions, which were originally supposed to be an EP, but morphed into a season-spanning album project. This is the most involved production project I have ever attempted.
Other than Steve’s lead and harmony vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar I play all the instruments you hear; basically I agreed to act as Steve’s “band”, as he wanted a band but doesn’t have a band. I also added a string section to two songs (something I very much enjoy doing). I wrote and sang many backing vocals parts also. Wrote guitar themes and burned out all the leads.
All-in-all much fun was had. It will very interesting to see what happens with this record. I will update soon.
Below are three albums I have produced. Please go to the MUSIC page to listen to selections from these records and from other artists I have worked with.
If anyone is interested in seeing me play electric (and sing a lot of backup) I am playing regular gigs with Mr. Knick Knack. The best of these would be at WHITLOW’S in Arlington VA every Friday morning at 10:45. Hey, its a family show and I gotta say I love the hours.
MUSIC VIDEO- a PSA I produced (and shot and edited) can be seen here. The song is “Take Me Home” written and sung by Lizz Mercier who, I believe, has more talent than any one person rightfully should have. I produced and play guitar.