Music was always something that Tom Lillo took a serious interest in. His first guitar was a Sears Silvertone, which he still owns. When Lillo was in his twenties he decided to stray from the standard career path he'd chosen as a consulting acoustical engineer. He felt he needed a change, feeling death was near without a change. He decided to pursue the life of a working musician. He would work at writing songs for six to eight hours a day. Striving to find the correct lyrics to blend with the music ever so constant in his mind. After ten years of producing and engineering other artists, Lillo decided to focus on his debut album, Blue Eyed Mystic. He describes the adventure as an incredible emotional high, having studio musicians putting their energies into his project and taking it all very serious. Even though he was paying them for their efforts, they went way beyond the call of duty. The hardest part of the overall production, was the fact that Lillo felt under constant scrutiny, exposing his very soul with each composition. He felt that the recording was very important in establishing a new confidence in his own ability as a singer, songwriter, performer, and musician. Tom Lillo teamed up with producer David Miner, who had worked with Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, and Pierce Pettis, to cut Blue Eyed Mystic in 1999. Lillo released the album on his own label, Insurrection Records in Malibu, CA. The studio musicians who performed on the album were assembled from a group of friends with credits ranging from country superstar, Dwight Yoakam, to the legendary Frank Sinatra. Lillo took great pleasure in including Jason Wade, of Lifehouse, as a guest vocalist on the album. Lillo states that anyone can make up words and melodies, but the good stuff is a gift. He hopes that people think of his material as the good stuff. Lillo in 2001 continued to work on more music for future release and continued to perform in and around the Los Angeles, CA, area.
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