The Salem News -
Ross Livermore sees himself as an optimistic person, and his new solo CD, “To Life,” is a reflection of the glass-half-full philosophy.
Livermore’s sanguine disposition is evident in “Spaces in Between,” the second tune on his five-song EP, one of the first he wrote as a solo artist.
“(‘Spaces in Between’) is really about being around friends and people that care about you,” said Livermore, 24, of Peabody, who added he was brought up to see the bright side of life.
Similarly, the title track is meant to be uplifting. He calls each verse a significant snapshot in time: a father and his son playing in the park; a young couple expecting a child; a single mother and her daughter; all toasting “… to life happily ever after.”
“The most important moments are sometimes the smallest moments in your life,” said Livermore, who tries to make a difference through his art.
“It seems like the world (has gone) downhill in the last few years, and I try to help people out through music, as cheesy as it sounds,” he said.
He recorded “To Life” in the home studio of Jesse Ciarmataro, who plays organ, Wurlitzer piano and bass on the CD. Paul Dumas of Peabody plays drums on the CD and is in Livermore’s band, along with Max Spaderna, a Peabody native, on bass, and lead guitarist Brad Garone and saxophonist John Bosquet, both of Lowell.
Spaderna, Dumas and Livermore are all former members of Brake for Moose, a band they started in Peabody High School.
Livermore works at Victoria Station in Salem as a waiter, which he calls a stereotypical job for a musician. He hopes to go on tour soon.
“Life’s short, and you have to make the best you can out of it,” he said.
The band will play Oliver’s at The Cask and Flagon in Boston on Thursday, March 12, and Dodge Street Bar and Grill in Salem on Saturday, April 11.
Staff writer Larry Claflin Jr. writes his “Music Notes” column regularly. He can be reached at email@example.com.