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Q&A: Pandemic Doesn't Stop New Music from NJ Artist Terry McCarthy

Diane Lilli

While some of us have been baking sourdough bread or trying not to eat every bag of Cheetos in New Jersey, musician Terry McCarthy has been busy with his new EP, 'Home'.

The new music features songs with appearances by plenty of Montclair talents and offers a lively and hopeful voice in our grim times. Lord knows we do need it!

As we all wait impatiently for new live music to return to our world, here is an interview with Terry McCarthy.

I asked Terry a few questions about his work during the Pandemic.

DL: How did you manage to create music during the pandemic?

TM: I was able to write enough new songs for a future collection. After that and finishing "Home", I learned songs I had always admired. 

DL: Have you done any virtual appearances?
TM: No I haven't done any virtual performances. Looking forward to the day when we get to play. 
DL: What do you miss most about playing live?
TM: What I miss most about playing live is that excitement just before the first chord of a set is hit. I miss all those beautiful people that come to the shows and bring all that energy! 
DL: How did you work with other musicians over the past year?
TM: Luckily for me all the tracks were recorded at The Temple of Tuneage, by Gerry Griffin, before the pandemic hit. So there were a lot of mixes sent back and forth via email and text.

Check out the new music from TerryMcCarthy at: TerryMcCarthymusic.com


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