Aaron on “Broken”

Hello Thrive friends, family and fans, my name is Aaron Borowitz and I play guitar and sing for Thrive. I’d like to take a moment to share some details on our newest song “Broken” which releases April 15 on iTunes.

I’d like to start off by touching base on our saxophonist Scott Schipper. As you may or may not know, we lost our brother Scott on Dec. 28 after a three-year battle with cancer. As sad and devastating as this is, I would like to think of the ways Scott helped Thrive progress as musicians, and his determination helped push the message and vision of this band across the vast amount of people it has. Scott also had more experience with touring bands, so his position in the band was one that was highly respected.

Broken was the last song Scott recorded with us. However, I considered it a blessing every time he would breathe life into his beautiful horn, which I witnessed him purchase from a saxophone dealer in Santa Cruz right down the road from my house.

The day we recorded the song we showed up in high spirits. We were in the middle of a tour, which was going well and En Young (imperial sound recording studio/ROOTS musician records) welcomed us with open arms and good vibes.

The recording process went very smooth. All the parts came together effortlessly, and as I recall, Scott was having a lot of fun tracking his parts. We were tired, yet happy to be making new Thrive music for ourselves as well as our fans.

As we were taking a break and enjoying some silence the neighbor peeks her head over and tells us our van and trailer were being towed. Keep in mind we have a show the next day in Phoenix, Arizona.

Andrew and Matt, on practically zero sleep, handled the entire situation, which was very stressful. Also Hirie was coming into the studio and none of us had ever met outside of emails.

Somehow we finished the song and kept the vibes up while Hirie was in the studio, and at the end of the day everyone was more than happy with the new song.

This new song was inspired by a heartbreak I watched my close friend go through. I never knew how much it would resonate with me given the situation with Scott, but I know he would want us to continue this musical crusade of peace and love. Scotty loved positive music, going hand in hand with his favorite Rebelution song, Good Vibes.

It is not always cherries and blueberries out here in music land, but we continue on this path in hopes of this music reaching and resonating with people who are just like us and desire a positive change for generations to come.

Thank you for your continued support. Thrive is extremely grateful for each and every one of you and we hope you enjoy our new music.

 

Aaron Borowitz – singer/songwriter/guitarist THRIVE

 

 

Tribal Seeds Tour

Driving, playing, driving, playing, more driving and more playing. That’s the name of the game and I would not have it any other way.

The past week we had a chance to hit the road with our homies Tribal Seeds on the first couple stops of their “We Run The Show” tour, and I can honestly say it did not disappoint.

Santa Barbara was the first stop on the tour. This was our first “all ages” show in the area and we were super excited to start the tour off on the right foot. The all ager rager was packed and the crowd went off; I was especially excited to meet some new Thrive fans and hang out with some of the our friends from Iration and Rebelution. Like always our buddy RP threw an awesome after party, which we barely remember, and our friend Squirrel hooked it up with the sleeping arrangements and some peanuts to snack on at his home. The next day really solidified why I call this blog “The Journey”.

Waking up in a haze barely being able to withstand the rays from the Santa Barbara sun, we loaded in the van and were off to Modesto, California. We put the address in the iPhone GPS, opened up a gallon of water to rehydrate and went for the drive of a lifetime. I won’t go into full details but all I will say is 1. Pay attention to the GPS at all times if you are the navigator and 2. Thank you Aaron Borowitz for withstanding the tiring drive. We made it safe to the Fat Cat in Modesto and though the show started at an early hour, Modesto came to party.

We ended the Tribal tour in front of our Bay Area hometown, and it went off with a bang in many ways. We were more than excited to play the Regency Ballroom, the professionalism/quality of the staff and venue is legendary bringing the vibes of all the bands to another level. We were honored to have our friend Eric Rachmany of Rebelution come on stage during our set, and the crowd exploded with enjoyment with the surprise. Like always Tribal crushed it during their set and had Aaron, Kenny, Eric Rachmany and even our tour manager Owen come throw down some rhymes on “Vampire”.

Last week was another week to remember for the Thrive boys and myself. New friends were made while other friendships only grew stronger. I would like to thank Tribal for bringing us out, Squirrel for the floor space, all the Iration and Reb boys for coming to the shows, Rachmany for killing it, Jesse for being Jesse and most importantly YOU the fans that bring the heat at every single show!! See you guys in Tahoe when we play with Iration and, like always, KEEP THRIVING!!!