The Noted is a five-piece Portland band who write and perform music about love, Life and you.
Daniel Work – Songwriter, piano, synths, guitar, and vocals
Angela Baldino – Vocals, keyboards, and percussion
Jeff Koch – Electric and acoustic guitars
John Dwyer – Bass and vocals
Mike Snyder – Drums and percussion (not performing this night)
A fact of “life” recently is the apparent outpouring of hate on many city streets around the nation, including Portland. A recent press release from The Noted says:
We do love trees, but… “Too Many Trees” was written in response to the senseless, random shootings happening all too often. We hope our song’s reflection on life and ultimate upbeat message of empowerment resonates with all those whose souls are gentle and kind. If this song speaks to you, please share it with your friends and family.
Upon receipt of the song, we started playing it immediately on our radio stream. We also got a chance to video the band playing the song at McMenamins Grand Lodge recently.
It’s high time we took back the streets
it’s past time you realize
and in truth we’re all a bit strange
just maybe we’re lonely
It’s high time we took back the streets
It is time for love
Don’t be afraid
don’t be afraid to give your love away
to show your love
Too many trees filled with sad memories
So many dreams blown away like a leaf
Nowhere to run, no where to hide
Too many trees, maybe too many guns
Please take my hand, and make me laugh
so I can love outside, and be okay with just being me.
Daniel Work of The Noted stopped by this week to chat with Portland Notes about the band’s upcoming all-ages album release show at McMenamin’s Kennedy School on March 24. During the conversation, I was able to get some insight into what creates their seemingly universal appeal that crosses genres and generations. Daniel is an experienced musician, with decades of songwriting and performing to draw from. With The Noted, he feels that they have created a team that works together well, blends a variety of styles, and shares the same passion for sharing their music with audiences through albums and concerts. Finally, Daniel’s expertise and friendliness allows him to connect with music professionals all across the country, creating opportunities for The Noted to reach even more ears and hearts.
Daniel has been working with the West Coast Songwriters for many years, and is currently the volunteer Director for the Portland Chapter. West Coast Songwriters is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to the craft of songwriting, performing and connecting members with industry professionals and other musicians looking to collaborate. Through this organization, Daniel gives back to the music community by helping other songwriters perfect their craft. Through his years of songwriting, Daniel has gained, developed, and taught an appreciation of how to create, craft, and produce high-level professional music. The Noted produces commercial, mainstream songs with a vast level of diversity, and the band is excited to share their new project Not Far Away with the public at an amazing show on March 24!
The album release is a FREE, all-ages event, to be held at the historic McMenamins Kennedy School, in the gymnasium! The Noted strives to keep their music positive and accessible to all. They write with the common threads of good solid pop music with complex undertones, while being dedicated to offering great diversity from song to song, and always staying positive and vibrant in their message. Testimonials on their webpage from audience members prove that The Noted are staying true to their intended goal – making people happy through music! Their songs have aired on over 250 radio stations worldwide, and their debut CD At This Moment, was chosen by ITunes editorial staff to be featured on their main page in 2013.
The Noted’s members, Daniel Work, Jeff Koch, Mike Snyder, John Dwyer, and Angela Baldino all have different musical influences, different backgrounds, and different “day jobs.” But they’ve all consistently had their hands on instruments throughout their lives, and they come together to share their experiences with each other and their audiences. On this new album, each member might have a different favorite song – but they really love to see which songs connect most dramatically with the audience. It’s different at every show, because while all the music is positive and energetic, some messages speak to some audience members in a very direct way. This is intentional – The Noted write songs with intent and purpose.
The idea of a free, all-ages concert is an excellent way to show the band’s wide appeal. Look for The Noted to appear on Portland Radio Project with Kivett Bednar and Nastacia Voisin on Wednesday, March 16. Then, come and see The Noted at their album release show on March 24 In their own words, “inspiring rock about love, life, and you”!