Secrets of Love
The initial cut of 'The Secrets of Love' is an homage to the Beatles with a clever lyric dedicated and inspired by the heart of someone special. The diverse subject matter ranges from teenage self-satisfaction, 'Like a Zombie', to a lust-driven tryst at an old age home on 'Bingo Night' and includes new twists on a variety of highly romantic and titillating themes. The style is richly diverse, fun and imaginative, with a George Martin production feel. The title cut as well as the overall production is a collaboration with legendary comedy writer Martin Olson, writer/songwriter for Rocko's Modern Life, SpongeBob and Disney's Phineas and Ferb. Jeff's first collaborated with Olson on four albums in the mid-70's: 'Idiot's Delight' (1974) touted by Sir George Martin as: 'the best home-recorded disc I have ever heard', also stating that: 'It's a pity there is an ocean between us'. Being the provincially-minded neophytes that they were, neither Jeff nor Martin gleaned that it would be a good idea to arrange a meeting with the great man and fly over to England. 'Bound for Hell' (1975) 'Brain Damage' (1976) 'Miss America' (1977) In 1978, Jeff started the Boston-based band Hot Dates with collaborator Rob Millett and Grant Clark, Sam Simcoe and Mitch Kary, which became a local favorite and placed fifth in the 1979 WBCN Rumble at the Rat. Jeff initially conceived Hot Dates as a musical comedy revue. Collaborating with acclaimed, surreal comedian Steven Wright, Jeff and Hot Dates first performed at an Inman Square club which later became the Ding Ho Comedy Club. Hot Dates had one local hit with the Root-Millett penned, 'Tune Into Me'. Hot Dates later released a self-titled LP recorded on the Boston Skyline label, owned/operated by Wayne Wadhams of Fifth Estate and Candid Camera theme song fame. After Hot Dates ran it's course, Jeff formed a partnership with award-winning Rob Carlson of Barker Gang / Dell Smart fame to form Einstein which released 'Black & White' in 1986. Jeff then 'retired from the music biz' for 12 years to pursue his passion for software development and to raise a family of three (Zachary, Adrienne and Rebecca) with his lovely wife Diane, only recording sporadically with his family in his basement studio. In 1998, Jeff recorded his first solo album, 'The Spirit Of '67', which features drummers Kim Miller and Tom Ruckey, guitarist John Vedoe, bassists Kris Lucander and Zack Root, reed player Zack Chadwick, and his daughters Adrienne Root and Rebecca Root as well as the wonderful engineering of John Little. Jeff and drummer Kim Miller released the quirky 'Ordinary Guise' in November of 2001, which received many glowing reviews and became a popular internet hit with the songs, '21'st Century Girl', 'Dirty Money' and 'Ordinary Girl'. In 2004, Jeff released 'Angst Cretin', which featured the drumming of Kim Miller as well as the talents of Rob Carlson, Rob Millett, Sam Simcoe, Kris Lucander, Tom Ruckey, Zack Root, David Schlier, Mark Fisher and Reuban Bellingham. In 2006 Jeff released 'Kerouac King Kong' which featured the imaginary hits 'FUBAR' and 'My Mary Magdalene Lady'. In 2007, Jeff wrote and produced 'Toadstool of the Realm' which featured the hits, 'Won't You Be My Betty Boop?', 'Vermillion Cotillion', 'The Emporer's New Clothes' and 'The Devil's Interval'. In 2008, Jeff wrote and produced 'The Secrets of Love' with Tom Ruckey, Scot Armstrong, Kim Miller and Rob Carlson, re-kindling a relationship with his first collaborator, Martin Olson on the title cut and several production ideas. Jeff is currently writing material for his upcoming album, 'Hail Freedonia!'. In his Root Cellar studio, Jeff also has also produced albums for many central Massachusetts recording artists including Mark Fisher, Lee Villaire, Nate Smith, Marty Nestor, G.S. Picard, Karl Sharicz, Ashbrook Haynes, Reuban Bellingham, C.N. (aka Carlos Nieves), Little Joe Cook, Peter Szoc, Cooper and Kenneally and many others. The graphics for all of Jeff's albums as well as the albums of many of Jeff's audio production clientele were designed and created by his lovely wife, Diane. Jeff's music might best be described as a highly imaginative and idiosyncratic blend of captivating pop melodies, rock-tinged social commentary and fun, inspired by the work of sixties groups like The Beatles, The Kinks and The Lovin' Spoonful with a little Beck, Cake, and Chuck Berry mixed in. Jeff's plans to produce one album of his own music each year as he continues to enjoy the comraderie and inspiration of fellow musical conspirators and wild-eyed dreamers.