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SAL PIAMONTE HOCKEY FACT #3: SHADOWING THE SMURFS…(MARTIN ST. LOUIS & ERIC PERRIN)

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Yes folks…you read that right!…As promised, here is another SP hockey fact for you!!!…

SAL PIAMONTE HOCKEY FACT #3:

Well…when I was thinking what fact I would add here for my third installment of SP Hockey Facts, I decided to share an old junior story when I was playing defense for the Smiths Falls Bears Jr. A Hockey Team of the CJHL.  After watching and reading about the hockey highlights of last nights games, I watched as Tampa Bay honoured former captain Vinny LeCavalier before the Philadephia-Tampa game.  As i watched, I couldn’t help but feel that much of Vinny’s success was also as a result of the significant contributions of NHL superstar Marty St. Louis…and so, in honour of him, I shall make him the focus of my latest fact!

…it was a cold winter day in Hawkesbury, and my team, the Bears, were playing against the Hawks.  Those games were always tight and intense, and the style and pace of the games we played against each other changed dramatically from their larger and more spacious ice surface, to ours, which was the old barn-home to permanent residents, “Whiskey Row,” and a slew of other long time Smiths Falls fixtures.  When we played the Hawkes in their rink, my job was to be out on the ice every time the “Smurf” line, as they were affectionately referred to, was on.  Let me explain…Hawkesbury’s uniforms were blue, and both Martin St. Louis & his linemate and best buddy, Eric Perrin, were not the tallest, but very sturdy, speedy, and persistent players who buzzed all over the ice, every single shift.  As my game was more offensive and built around my skating, the coaches wanted me out against the Smurfs, and let me tell you…that was no easy task.  I mean, I thought I was already logging a lot of ice time, but try matching up against those guys for 60 minutes…TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!!…even on my most rested days, they would still manage to find themselves on the scorecard, whether they won or lost…and all in all, when those games ended, I never once thought of “The Smurfs” in happy terms!!!…from my best recollection, those 2 were always 1-2 in league scoring…

For those of you who are fans of St. Louis & Perrin, childhood friends who, from what I heard, played together on the same line since they learned how to skate, you’d be amazed to know that they both ended up at the University of Vermont, where again, they lit up the league while playing on the same line….unbelievable!…Now, many years later, and my CJHL career far behind me, I brag about those memories to my boys in the Sarsfield Oldtimers Hockey League in Navan, Ontario…where, as you can imagine, I get razzed for clinging on to & talking about “the good ol’ days” after my Beer league hockey losses….which, I am told, I am doing to compensate for my lack of production!!! haha

More hockey facts comin’ up and thanks to everyone for supporting my hockey song, “LAY IT ON THE LINE!”…PLZ KEEP IT UP AND CONTINUE TO SHARE WITH ANYONE….AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!

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MORE TO COME!!!

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Sal Piamonte True Hockey Fact #2: Coach & former Detroit Red Wings and the Air Canada Cup!!!

Well folks…as promised, I have a whole lot of facts and hockey stories to share!…so with no further delay, here is the Sal Piamonte Hockey Fact #2:

SAL PIAMONTE HOCKEY FACT #2:

Well…as many young Canadian teenagers aspiring to be NHL Hockey players, I unfortunately, did not have my “growth spurt” until I was 21 yrs old!!!…This meant, that all throughout my minor hockey days, from PeeWee up until Midget, I was not exactly the biggest kid on the team…but I had plenty of heart, hockey sense/skills, speed, and determination. Just as I was turning 16 years of age, I was offered a walk-on tryout with the Smiths Falls Bears Jr. A Team of the CJHL…I remember being in camp in the small but passionate town of Arnprior, Ontario, and low and behold, as a defenseman sizing up at 5’10 and 160 lbs soaking wet, I made it as the 7th defenseman on the squad.  I played a few exhibition games, but after the second one, the coach called me to let me know that he was going to send me back down to midget so that I could get some actual playing time instead of riding the bench as a young rookie for the Bears…reluctantly, I attended the Nepean Raiders AA Midget tryouts where I wowed at training camp, but in a weird twist of fate, my rights were suddenly dealt to the South Ottawa Warriors in the same league….which, as it turned out, hosted the Air Canada Cup that year!…So off to South Ottawa I went, and had a great time…honing my skills, and having the amazing opportunity to perform for former NHL’er and long time Detroit Red Wings Tim Higgins, and Chicago Blackhawks alum Ted Boland…

Under Coach Higgins, I grew as a more complete hockey player, and as a young man…and as a result, I was drafted in the 4th round of the CJHL Draft that spring by none other than the Smiths Falls Bears, where I went on to play the next 3 seasons, almost breaking the goal scoring record for a Smiths Falls defenseman in my second season, tallying 16 goals as a blueliner!!!

But…probably the most memorable thing I remember from Coach Higgins, was not just the amazing stories he would tell us about Peter Klima, Bob Probert, and his NHL days…my most memorable moment would come following a game in South Ottawa, where it is safe to say that I probably played one of the worst games of my life.  After the game, I was dejected, frustrated, and was hanging my head in the room when suddenly, the door busted wide open, and it was coach Higgins:

“Piamonte!!!” he yelled…..I perked up, scared for the reaming I thought I was about to receive….”There are a billion people living in China, and not one of them cares how shitty you played tonight!”…

…and then he walked back outside, teaching me one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned so far in my life….

DON’T LET ONE BAD DAY GET YOU DOWN!!!….KEEP FIGHTING, AND COME BACK STRONGER!!! ;)

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT PEEPS & PLEASE KEEP LISTENING, LIKING, VOTING, AND SHARING!!!

TO VOTE, GO TO: SAL PIAMONTE CBC ARTIST PAGE

Stay Tuned for the SP Hockey Fact #3….

As you support our hockey song “Lay It On The Line,” for CBC’s #SongQuest Competition, consider some TRUE SAL PIAMONTE HOCKEY FACTS!!!…STARTING WITH #1:

HEY EVERYONE!!!…Seeing as this IS somewhat of a hockey competition regarding CBC Music’s #SongQuest competition in search of the next great hockey song in Canada, I figured I’d start pulling out some old hockey stats…and facts about myself!!!!….I’ll share some newer ones every few days…starting with this one here (note: stats are in NO particular order):

SAL PIAMONTE TRUE HOCKEY FACT #1: When I was playing PeeWee ‘AA’ hockey for the Nepean Raiders, I had the honour of playing one of the most coveted PeeWee tournaments around-in Quebec City, and even got to play on the Quebec Nordiques’ Colisee ice….my shining moment that tournament came when I scored on a slapper from the left hand side of the ice, practically on the goal line, hitting just inside the far post!!! Not only is this crowning moment on video, but the next day I had a chance to attend a Quebec Nordique’s practice, where I was lucky enough to meet the players, and even convinced Hall of Famer Michel Goulet, and forward Mike Eagles, to both give me their sticks!!!!….which I still have to this day!!!…unfortunately, we lost out in overtime in the semi-finals….some guy by the name of Mike Peca scored the winning goal!!!

I’ve got plenty of facts to come folks!!!…but in the meantime, I hope that you keep supporting and voting for my song, “Lay It On The Line,” every day from now until December 11!!! WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!!!!

STAY TUNED FOR SP HOCKEY FACT #2!!!

 

LYRICS TO “LAY IT ON THE LINE, ” GETTING GREAT REVIEWS & SUPPORT ON CBC MUSIC’S SONGQUEST HOCKEY SONG COMPETITION!!!

VOTE FOR "LAY IT ON THE LINE" TO BE CANADA'S NEXT GREAT HOCKEY SONG FOR CBC MUSIC'S SONGQUEST COMPETITION!!!

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FRIENDS!!!….FANS!!!!….AND HOCKEY FANATICS!!!…

FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HOCKEY PLAYIN’ HEARTS…THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR SONG, “LAY IT ON THE LINE,” IN CBC MUSIC’S SONGQUEST COMPETITION…WE HOPE THAT OUR SONG BECOMES THE NEXT GREAT HOCKEY SONG IN CANADA…BUT WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!!!

FROM NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 11TH, WE NEED YOU ALL TO LISTEN, LIKE, VOTE, AND SHARE OUR LINK SO THAT WE CAN CATCH THE ATTENTION OF THE CBC MUSIC JUDGES!!!…THERE ARE CLOSE TO 1000 SUBMISSIONS OR MORE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WITH ALL THAT TALENT TO BE HEARD, WE NEED OUR FANS TO GET US BUZZZZZZZINNNNNNGGGG!!!!!!

TO VOTE, PLEASE GO TO: SAL PIAMONTE CBC ARTIST PAGE

FOR YOUR INTEREST, WE’VE INCLUDED THE LYRICS BELOW!!!……SO YOU CAN SING EM’ LOUD & PROUD AS YOU LISTEN TO THE SONG!!!!

#YOUALLRAWKKK!!!!

 

LAY IT ON THE LINE

Words & Music by Sal Piamonte

2013 GFEI

 

Fate, is what you create,

Live for the chase, don’t hesitate to make you great,

Stand at the gates, in the house that you make,

Defend what is yours and claim your stake…

 

We got the night, we run this town…

We’ve got the final say…

We got the fight, we love this town,

No one’s ever gonna take that away…

 

So lay it on the line, leave your fears behind,

Put your trust in me I’ve got your back if you’ve got mine…

So suck up all your pride, with the courage of a lion,

Let’s not have regrets let’s make this count we’ve got this time…

 

Payin’ the price, make a sacrifice,

Getting what you want ain’t always nice,

When you overcome, you’ll know that you’ve won,

Take a good look around you didn’t do it alone…

 

We got the night, we run this town…

We’ve got the final say…

We got the fight, we love this town,

No one’s ever gonna take that away…

 

So lay it on the line, leave your fears behind,

Put your trust in me I’ve got your back if you’ve got mine…

So suck up all your pride, with the courage of a lion,

Let’s not have regrets let’s make this count we’ve got this time…

 

Ooooohhhhhhh……..

 

We got the night, we run this town…

We’ve got the final say…

We got the fight, we love this town,

No one’s ever gonna take that away…

x 2

 

Ooooohhhhhhh……..

 

So lay it on the line, leave your fears behind,

Put your trust in me I’ve got your back if you’ve got mine…

So suck up all your pride, with the courage of a lion,

Let’s not have regrets let’s make this count we’ve got this time…

 

 

VOTING FOR CBC MUSIC’S SONGQUEST BEGINS TONIGHT AT 6 PM EST AND WE NEED YOUR VOTES FROM NOW UNTIL DEC 11!!!

Hey friends! THANKS TO ALLLLL OF YOU WHO HAVE LISTENED TO OUR SONG “LAY IT ON THE LINE,” LIKED IT, sent us great props,…and who have VOTED FOR IT!!!

Seeing as voting has now begun, and there are close to 1000 song submissions from across the nation, we need YOU to help us get the #cbcmusic’s judges attention, as well as pumping up our vote, likes, and listens so that we can make the Top 50 in the first round of voting!!!

We hope that we can continue to count on your amazing support so that we can win the #songquest search for the next great hockey song in Canada!!!

Please visit our CBC ARTIST PAGE at: http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Sal-Piamonte

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!

The SP GANG!!!

LAST MINUTE INSPIRATION LEADS TO LESS THAN 7 HRS SLEEP IN 3 DAYS AS “LAY IT ON THE LINE” IS BORN & READY FOR SUBMISSION TO CBC’S SONGQUEST IN THE HOPES OF BECOMING CANADA’S NEXT GREAT HOCKEY SONG!!!

Hey folks!…Sal here!!!….a little tired…no wait…DELIRIOUSLY tired but totally inspired and excited to present you all…and hopefully the entire nation, our new song titled “Lay It On The Line,” for submission to CBC’s SongQuest who are searching for the next great hockey song…

To be perfectly honest, I had been wanting to write a song for this for a good month or so…but with my crazy schedule, gloomy ottawa weather, and my body generally running on fumes…I almost didn’t do this at all…THEN, low and behold, late Wednesday afternoon, after a really shitty day, feeling frustrated and down…I decided to kick myself in the ass, grabbed my guitar, and started messing with this little idea I had had for this song….just a simple riff, maybe half a chorus with no lyrics- just melody…Anyways, playing my guitar was the perfect therapy, and for those of you who have ever been to or seen my studio, you’ll know that it feels like a little treehouse…truly a space that removes you from the everyday world and lets you feel like you are floating somewhere in space….anywhere but in the land of reality!!!….so I fired up my computer, turned on the speakers, opened a template, turned on my mic, and listened to the sweet sounds of my 12 string Takamine acoustic pump through my Rockit6 speakers….within minutes, I realized that the only thing that was going to get me out of my funk was to bear down, get comfortable, and prepare myself for what would be 4 days of no sleep, a shit load of writing and tracking, and a song that not only lifted my spirits, but will hopefully lift yours as well.  Who knows why inspiration strikes when it does, but as fate would have it, all the pieces of the puzzle that I needed to get this song completed were in the right place…Once I  began to piece the song together, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get everything written, let alone recorded. Once I figured out my song structure, and tempo, I didn’t waste any time tracking…..acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, vocals…..I felt like a mad scientist mixing chemical formulas and then editing/reworking things until I felt that they were right…4 PM turned into 4 AM in the blink of an eye, and my studio began smelling like a guy who hasn’t left in 4 days…all in the name of inspiration….or maybe revelation!!! …by Thursday I had been editing my takes, changing lyrics, eating left over Hallowe’en candy at a feverish pace, and dreaming about CBC cutting montages of the Greatest Game in the World-HOCKEY-to my song…I always know when I am onto something great musically when the visuals start flooding my brain…it’s what drives me to keep going.

It also doesn’t hurt that before I ever chose to chase a musical dream, I had aspirations to play professional hockey…and all in all, had a pretty decent run…played competitive hockey in Nepean for the ‘AA’ Raiders coming up, and as I was turning 16, was offered tryouts by a few teams in the CJHL.  As a small but heady 16 year old in the Smiths Falls Bears Jr A camp, I held my own, making the team but then getting sent back down to midget so that I could get more playing time.  I returned from that camp, tried out for the Nepean ‘AA’ midget team, but then  had my rights bought by South Ottawa that year, which was awesome as we hosted the Air Canada Cup. Even cooler was the fact that Detroit Red Wings alumni Tim Higgins was my coach, and Chicago Blackhawks alum Ted Boland was the assistant. I had an awesome time, and at the end of that year, I got drafted in the 4th round by the Smiths Falls Bears , where I went on to play 3 years, almost breaking the goal scoring record for defensemen in my second year, entertaining scholarship offers from a number of Tier 1 and tier 2 schools, until I landed at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, where I played for a few years with some incredible hockey players, before choosing to pursue music.  A few offers to play pro in Europe tempted a trip to Italy but at that point in time, my love for music was greater than anything else, and I chose to follow my heart, converting that innate hockey drive I developed as a young Canadian kid playing street hockey and wanting to be the next Wayne Gretzky or Bobby Orr, into a quest to chase a musical dream and to create positive change in the world with my music….funny how things come full circle I guess….So here I am, a little older, a little wiser, a few hockey beer leagues later, yet still filled with passion as I am  now vying to win the prize for the next big hockey song….the sport I love and that has ruled my heart and spirit for most of my life….If I have to be honest, although it would be nice to win and to be recognized by the CBC, I truly feel that this song was meant more for me at this point in my life than anything else….the struggle, the battle, the need to overcome the down times when the world tries to beat you down…the perseverance in the face of adversity and believing that one can change the world and create their own destiny if they truly believe in their heart that they can do it.

Friday hits and I realize I’m going to have to track drums….WTF!!!…Drums?!?…in a rock song?!?!?….lol….and so it begins…my usual foray into convincing my bros in the band to “free up some time” and to “do something great” that will change the world…”Is the song ready? Do you have a mix? Are we tracking instruments after? When is the song due?”…are just a few of the questions that my drummer Matt Babineau asked me, to which I replied “no the song is not ready yet, I might have a rough mix ready before you come to the studio…maybe not, no we are not tracking instruments after, I’m doing them first, and the song is due in a few days”…lol….and then I realize that I need gang/group vocals…and so Friday night, I message a bunch of my friends, last minute of course,  to see if they could come to the recording studio for midnight on Saturday…the next day…luring them using my typical Canadian charm…..FREE BEER!!!!….Luckily for me, I have a network of amazing friends who not only rose to the occasion, but did so on practically NO NOTICE, and never once complained. My girl Angie, Kim of The Red Rails, his wife Josee of Torn Beloved (two great Ottawa bands), Karen, Samantha, Matt, Mike, and more importantly, my friends Christine & Steve, who, despite losing a close friend earlier that day, still arrived in good spirits and sang their hearts out….what can I say…it is moments like these where I truly feel lucky and blessed to have such amazing people in my life…it’s the power of community that pulls together and lets one know that many hearts can truly beat as one…So Saturday and night comes and goes off without a hitch, and we have a total blast doing it…nevermind that I am so tired that I can’t even notice it anymore…the energy and vibe of everyone singing the words to the song erases any notion of fatigue, and it is during these moments that I realize that the song is not just a hockey song…it is a PEOPLE song…a song we can all sing with pride, a song we can all sing to help lift our spirits….

It is now 9:18 PM on Sunday night, and as I am sitting on a weathered but comfortable recliner in my studio, struggling with the stale smell of coffee, crumpled subway and candy wrappers, watching my girlfriend sleep on my studio couch while my brother and guitarist in my band, Mike Goyette, works on the mix…this has not stopped since Wednesday, yet fatigue has left the building, and I realize that I am exactly where I want to be, doing exactly the thing that I want to be doing and love, surrounded with positive energy and the people that I love. !!!…we are so close, and the mix is really coming to life…by the end of tonight we’ll have our first mix done, catch a few hours of sleep (hopefully), and then tweak it again tomorrow before sending it off to my brother Corey MacFadyen in St. Catherines for mastering tomorrow or early Tuesday…once we have the final mix, I’ll be uploading the song to my cbc site at: http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Sal-Piamonte , and we’ll be asking all of you to listen to it and vote the hell out of it from November 23rd until December 11th…so the way it works is this:

As mentioned, public voting goes from Nov 23rd until Dec 11th, and on Dec 14th, results are posted to reveal the Top 50 songs.  Songs are rated on the following criteria: 1-Public voting results, 2-track plays, 3-adds to CBC music playlists, 4-likes on CBC music, and 5-judging criteria.

Then, out of the Top 50, the Judging Panel will select the top 10 songs based on all of the above criteria.

Finally, out of the Top 10, a public vote will determine the Winning Song.

Seems impossible with so much talent in Canada…but as I sit here, knowing that sleep will continue to elude me for another solid day…knowing that this studio is not going to be smelling any better anytime soon…and knowing that hundreds of hours of putting this thing together might not guarantee anything at all…I realize one more thing..that it did in fact guarantee one thing…it guarantees that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE…even this!

Hope you’ll help us spread the love for this song by letting the good folks at the CBC that you want this to be the next great HOCKEY SONG!!!

Have a great night everyone…and remember…..”KEEP YER’ STICK ON THE ICE!!!” ;)

Much love and positivity to all!!!

Sal!