Mike Zito in his Montville dwelling. Photograph submitted
English playwright William Congreve as soon as wrote that, “Music hath charms to assuage the savage beast.” It most definitely does … and a great deal extra too. The weaving collectively of melodies, lyrics, devices — mingled with the composition of voices joined in concord — can elevate hearts, dampen them, encourage moments of accomplishment (even greatness) and provides trigger to rethink life itself.
Or it might merely carry to us a bundle of pleasure we are able to shake at our leisure and simply chuckle.
For Mike Zito of Montville, a musician of near 30 years, it’s positively the latter.
“You do what you like, and making music is what I like to do,” the sturdy, middle-aged singer-lyricist-composer mentioned throughout a latest interview on the Washington Road Espresso Home in New London — a comfortable place of refuge for a lot of a neighborhood artist.
“I take the craft of composing and performing songs very critically, although I don’t take myself all that critically,” he added with a smile. “My songs are all about of us having a great time whereas listening to them.”
Zito’s extra casual strategy to sharing his music with the general public is clear in a few of his promotional leaflets. Fabricated commentary from the likes of “Rolling Stoned Journal” (‘I nearly favored it.’); “TV Glide” (‘Some of the thrilling issues to occur to music because the invention of the kazoo’); and “New Yuck Occasions” (‘A brand new landmark in mediocrity’), reveals his personal model of appeal and wit.
Although self-deprecating in reflecting on his works, Mike Zito merely needs to convey a lighter air of music that offers us all trigger to really feel a great deal higher from experiencing it.
And why not?
If music can certainly heal and convey on a spell of happiness —possibly even elevate one’s spirits out from a doldrum state — maybe there are occasions when it needn’t function something extra.
“I by no means get political, and I don’t do unhappy love songs both,” mentioned Zito. “My music is supposed to be pure enjoyable. I’m not attempting to alter something in society.”
A lifelong resident of Montville and a graduate of Montville Excessive College some years in the past, Mike Zito started his foray into the realm of constructing music at age 15 by educating himself the way to play the guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and the mandolin — seeing himself as extra a composer of songs than a musician or a singer.
He fashioned a band, the Grand Junction, in 1991, releasing two albums of authentic songs. They performed all through New London County till 2004. Zito’s solo works started in 1994. He launched two dozen albums of predominantly authentic materials, with two extra forthcoming in 2023.
“I’m not excited about publicly performing the works of recognized artists … simply my very own,” he added. “The studio is the place I discover the work most fulfilling. It’s the place the inventive expertise is most gratifying … assembling a chunk, basking in that ‘aha second,’ and understanding you’ve discovered it!”
As for stay performances, Zito enjoys a distinct stage of success that additionally makes the demanding inventive course of solely value it.
“You recognize while you’ve reached your viewers and that, in a way, you’ve ‘bought them,’ simply from their faces displaying a particular curiosity in what your songs are saying.”
He remembers one in all his most gratifying moments as a performer, explaining that an excellent supply of inspiration for him was the legendary ballad singer, the late nice Harry Chapin. “I’ve at all times admired Harry Chapin and particularly the best way he usually spoke to his audiences as a lead-in to sure songs.”
In that very same vein, Zito likes making a observe of together with such intros to his personal songs. And he was capable of hear firsthand, the results of that.
“Throughout an intermission at one in all my reveals, whereas simply exterior the scope of imaginative and prescient of some close by viewers members, I overheard one in all them truly quoting the lyrics from one in all my songs. So I knew I had positively reached him!” beamed Zito. “These individuals had no concept I used to be standing shut by and listening to their dialog. At occasions like that you understand you’ve hit the nail on the top.”
It could be honest to say that the music of Mike Zito might be thought to be a comfortable jaunt by way of the twists and turns of life … and with no expectations for lending an ear to it, aside from to return alongside and luxuriate in a stroll by way of his songs.
“I’d wish to reward a few of my CDs to anybody excited about listening to what my music may need to supply them,” mentioned Zito. (These excited about taking a musical stroll by way of a few of Mike’s perky delights could e-mail him at [email protected] It’s also possible to catch him on the radio, Sunday mornings on WICH AM and on 94.5 FM.
Meantime, when not composing or performing, or on the radio, Mike Zito is busy delving into sports activities, studying up on philosophy and theology, and placing in time working at a neighborhood legislation agency.
A person like this definitely has one thing value saying within the marvelous language of music.
Nick Checker is an creator, playwright and screenwriter who lives in New London.