The love of his life inspires Pacifico's latest CD
Published 12:41 pm, Friday, June 24, 2011
Ask any married couple and they may tell you that their relationship is complex and certainly has its ups and downs. However, the intimate details of a couple's everyday life are often kept behind closed doors.
But that's not the case for singer/songwriter P.J. Pacifico. In his third full-length album, "Outlet," Norwalk's Pacifico poignantly reflects on a 10-year courtship that eventually led to his recent marriage to Sheila Teed.
A CD release party for "Outlet" is scheduled for June 30 at Stage One at Fairfield Theatre Company, where his previous three shows sold out quickly.
This month Pacifico is on the road, traveling up and down the north and southeastern corridor promoting "Outlet."
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Referring to the new CD as "the married album," Pacifico said that he's always written songs that reflect what's going on in his life. In "Outlet," he reveals being torn between wanting to be with his new bride and building his music career by traveling to gigs that take him as far away as Florida, Georgia and Alabama for weeks at a time. Pacifico often plays at Tennessee's renowned Bluebird Cafe, too.
"I just put my feelings out there," Pacifico said. "I write from the heart and it's important to me that people understand that `what you hear is what you get.' "
"Outlet's" first track -- "Fold Up Your Heart" -- was written after one of the couple's breakups. He said that the chorus conveys a close friend's advice about "folding up your heart" and putting the relationship on the shelf for awhile so they could cool off and sort through their feelings.
The song "Home With Me" and "As Soon As I Can" are love songs that express Pacifico's appreciation to his new wife, though.
"After being together for 10 years and finally getting married, I wanted to express some of our life in a universal form," Pacifico said.
Pacifico pointed out that, at one time during the last 10 years, Teed tried to travel with him as he performed on the road. She was quickly bored, though, he said.
"It's not as glamorous as you might think," Pacifico said. "I spend five hours in a car, then I basically get out and go to work."
Pacifico said driving to and from each performance is "the work part." However, once he arrives, he immediately moves into performance mode and often goes straight from car to the stage. Pacifico said he likes spending time driving throughout the country in his car with the window open, singing, composing new songs and organizing his playlist.
"This is my alone time," Pacifico said.
Pacifico is grateful to have good friends sprinkled throughout the United States who regularly offer him a place to stay overnight so he rarely stays in hotels.
"It's because of them that I am able to do what I do," Pacifico said.
When Pacifico is back home in Norwalk, he often brings his acoustic music to three local venues: Burger Bar in South Norwalk on Monday and Sunday nights, from 5 to 7 p.m.; The Little Pub in Ridgefield, Mondays, from 8 to 10 p.m., and The Goose in Darien on Thursday nights, beginning at 9:30 p.m.
"This is a great way to hone your craft and continue to keep yourself out there," Pacifico explained. Though Pacifico has a full band that he plays with for performances at larger venues, such as at the Fairfield Theatre Company and Westport's outdoor stage Levitt Pavilion in July, he said that 90 percent of the time he performs solo.
Pacifico's foray into music began at age 11 with drum lessons from John Cutrone at the Norwalk Music School. His childhood memories are filled with music, though. Pacifico vividly recalls his mother, who is a member of the Sweet Adelaide's Choir, rehearsing four-part harmony in the family's kitchen.
During high school he sang with Norwalk High School's musical ensembles and performed in its annual Candlelight Concerts.
However, it wasn't until he received an acoustic guitar for graduation, and learned a few chords, that Pacifico began composing songs.
"I caught the bug then," Pacifico said.
He attended the University of Hartford and graduated with a degree in acting. Around this time, Pacifico and his best friend, Craig Newman, also of Norwalk, formed a duo that sang music in the style of the musical group, Simon and Garfunkel.
"We thought we were Simon and Garfunkel," he said. "No, we literally thought we were Simon and Garfunkel. He was tall and had fair hair and I was short and dark." For eight years, the two musicians acquired a large following, he said, as they toured the East Coast.
Pacifico continues to attract a following as he evolves as a musician.
Released by Viper Records, Pacifico said that he was excited to hear that "Outlet," debuted at 158 out of the top 200 albums.
"It's great that we're already seeing chart action," he stated.
"Outlet" is available on all of the online music sites, such as Apple's iTunes and Amazon.
In addition to his Fairfield Theatre Company performance, Pacifico's upcoming shows include:
Friday: Brennan's Shebeen, Bridgeport, 10 p.m.
July 1: Bobby Q's, Westport, 9 p.m.
Jul 10: Bayley Beach (Full band -- CD release party), Rowayton, 6 p.m.
July 15: Bobby Q's, Westport, 9 p.m.
July 29: Darien Summer Nights Concert Series (TRIO SHOW), 6 p.m.
Aug. 12: Bobby Q's, Westport, 9 p.m.
Aug. 19: The Levitt Pavilion (Full band), Westport, 8 p.m.
For a complete list of his upcoming performances, go to www.pjpacifico.com.