…This is what Tom Moran told me when asked if he had ever wanted to quit music, and what kept him going. People always tell us to follow our dreams, but so many of us cannot follow our dreams, because we have no idea what they are. Tom knows exactly what he wants, and how to go about it.
Tom Moran is the greatest songwriter you have never heard of. Born and raised on Long Island, he studied at Nassau Community College’s Studio Tech program before shipping off to New York City to start his music career. It’s a story that’s not unfamiliar to a lot of us artistic types. For all of us, who are at different phases in our artistic journeys, it was interesting for me to get to talk to someone who was really mired in “the struggle.” I have been on this path for a few years, but am still really in the early stages. Tom has been at it for much longer, and is in that “darkest before the dawn” stage. Tom has been involved in multiple projects and bands; he payed his dues on the Brooklyn scene, and is back on Long Island. His story is a long one, but for the sake of time, after all of that, he has gotten his band back together.
The Tom Moran Band, works as a vehicle to showcase Moran’s music. While nobody can take anything away from his guitar playing, or singing, he started out as a songwriter first, and in some ways, maintains that. When listening, one can surmise that he was heavily influenced by the music of a bygone era. He recounts listening to music his parents played, and wanting so badly to create something like that. His music has the sounds of Bob Dylan, and some of The Beatles’ simpler stuff, but focused through the modern lens of the “indie” sound, with a good heaping of folk attitude. There are some interesting things going on in his recordings, which I can only attribute to his schooling in the studio – the faint sounds of a glockenspiel, the multitasked guitars, and I think I can detect….vibes, or maybe a rhodes in the back somewhere in some of his tunes. While I don’t always have the greatest amount of appreciation for the ‘singer-songwriter’ I will say that Tom knows what he’s doing…which is more than I can say for a lot of these guitar-toting, poetry-spouting sillies walking around. I apologize; my inner conservatory music snob came out. Anyway, If I am at the beginning of my journey, Tom is at the part just before he gets discovered. Just remember, you saw it here first kids.
The Tom Moran Band will be performing at SPARKBOOM‘s 2014 KICKOFF EVENT – “Beards, Bards and BOOM” on Saturday, June 21st, at The Walt Whitman Birthplace. For more info, visit sparkboom.org. RSVP to our FB event here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Moe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.