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My Year as a Clown: Behind the Scenes–recording of Chuck’s song

Here’s an interview with Doug and Rob, two awesome musicians that were introduced to me by my pal, Declan O’Rourke. Doug played drums and Rob played bass. Watch this brief video to learn more about them and the track we recorded in Williamsburg two days before Hurricane Sandy struck our area.

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My Year as a Clown Enters the World



Today my book went live on digital book sites all over the world. After seven years of writing, it’s a relief to know that I won’t have to do any more rewriting on this one!

Of course, once you let go, there’s nothing more you can change, and I’m sure at some point, I will revisit something in Clown and say, Jeez, I’d love to tweak that passage one more time.

I’d like to share three comments that came in during the process of publication from three incredible people who have spent their entire life in the arts — one is playwright, novelist and musician. Another is singer, picker and songwriter, the other an editor.

Here’s what they had to say about my novel:

“With MY YEAR AS A CLOWN, Robert Steven Williams has written a terrific novel. He pulls back the curtain on male masculinity — showing us what a guy really goes through when dealing with the difficult mess of his beloved spouse’s infidelity and the ensuing divorce. Williams’ characters give us the real-deal:  a gut wrenching and often humourous look, showing us the everyday horrors of what it’s like to start all over again as one … Read the rest

In Remembrance



To show respect for the families impacted by this devastating tragedy, I won’t be posting anything for a few days.

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The Williamsburg Recording Sessions: Part 2

I spent ten hours in the studio on Friday down in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, finishing up the track for the novel, My Year as a Clown. The story’s protagonist, Chuck Morgan writes a love song for a girl, but doesn’t have the courage to play her the song. Purchasers of the book will be given a code to download a high quality MP3 of the track.

Last month I recorded the basic tracks with Doug Yowell on drums (Duncan Sheik/Suzanne Vega) and Rob Calder, bass (Angus Stone). Declan O’Rourke introduced me to them and studio owner/engineer, Tim Mitchell—Tim’s worked with guys like Springsteen and Sting.

Recording is lots of fun, but its hard work too. It was a tad daunting going into the studio with such great musicians, but part of the reason they are so great is that they are so easy to work with–they also always come up with great parts that serve the song well.

Some of that session was captured by Mark and Carl, a video crew. They’re making a short promotional piece for my website that will be posted soon. There’s lots of extra video bits that will crop up over the next few months … Read the rest