Upper Middle Class White Boy

Here’s an email I got from a guy that came to see me 30 years ago at The Rat in Boston and got one of my home made mix tapes I was selling. He really liked the song UMCWB — Upper Middle Class White Boy

I recorded it in November, 1988 in Astoria, Queens with Kol Marshall as part of the Java’s Jesus Jam EP project that included my stronger songs written during 85-87. It was my first studio recording ever.

The song did get played on once-hip alternative FM station WFNX-Boston at least twice from what I remember. But with no record label or publicity machine behind it, it didn’t make it into regular rotation. It’s a good song. Anyway, I’m really grateful for Tim to write below and share his Java story which now stretches into a new generation of caffeinated pop fans. 


Upper Middle Class White Boy

Hi Java Jel!

My 15 year old son recently found my copy of “Java’s Jesus Jam” deep in a box where I keep music. 

He showed me the tape that I purchased from one night at the Rathskeller circa ’89. See pictures attached.  My good friend Lorie & I used to take in your show.  Had a blast…

I found your webpage and thought to drop you a note…we liked your music!  The lyrics to both Upper Middle Class White Boy & Kerouac Shack came right back to me. 

My 15 year old (drummer) has his (garage) band working on UMCWB.  
Thanks for the music.  

Java Jel Lives On!

Best Regards,
Tim

Joe Gelsi – Germany 1945

Here’s my dad jamming in Germany with a mandolin he found during his time there in World War II.  Dad and mom always supported my music and paid for piano, guitar and mandolin lessons over the years.

My dad played mandolin all his life, including a trio with Frank LoPinto on guitar and Jack Mace on bass in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and the NY Mandolin Orchestra. He also studied at the famed Mandolin School in Rhode Island and rubbed shoulders with mandolin great David Grissom.

Thanks Dad!