What happens when really rich bankers get stupid and implode the financial system? They lay off folks and odds are one of them will eventually write a music album!
Never one to rush things (and consequently avoid delivering a quality product), Gondo took 35 years to actually grow the balls to write a few songs, record them, and publish them. The album “At The Twilight’s Last Gleaming” is the result. Blending a myriad of influences from blues, folk, rock, and metal, Gondo delivers an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from the angry Dylanesque blues of “When It All Catches Up,” to the laid-back folk-rock of “It Always Goes With You,” to the Mellencamp-Springsteen influenced “Plastic Happiness,” to the progressive rock of “Centurion’s Song.” As Gondo puts it, “There’s a little something on here for everyone.”
Born and raised in Akron, OH, (near Kent State, the musical spawning ground of Joe Walsh) Gondo started out on classical violin through grade school, junior high, and high school. He figured that wasn’t getting him chicks, so started playing football. Still no action. So he switched to guitar. Nothing. So he switched to bass. Zilch.
Eventuallly he focused on academics and athletics as it was paying his way as an offensive guard at a Big East football powerhouse in the early 90’s. Consequently, the music got dropped by the wayside to languish as he built his corporate career as a project manager with several financial firms that have contributed to the mortgage meltdown of 2007–2008. As Gondo states: “I had to write ‘When It All Catches Up’ as penance!”
Along the way, he ended up in West Chicagoland, and ressurected his music career playing in the contemporary services at his church. This allowed him to get his chops back and get thinking about music again.
Along the way, Gondo did manage to get a chick, get married, and have a kid. He wrote “It Always Goes With You” as an expresion of any parent’s fears–that their emotional baggage will end up as scars on their child.
So that’s it. Enjoy.