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Better than Lester?  I don't thester!

From the moment you see the captivating "page turn" effect adorning the cover of Lester Koshiol's much-anticipated solo debut, "Shades of Blue," you know you're in for a treat!  He kicks off the record in style--"This Ain't No Love Song," he declares, and boy if it ain't!  Listen to the way he delivers the word "eggs"--you will cry.  Other highlights include the majestic "A Different Day," which dares to defy almost all the laws of musicality and rhythm over the course of its 4:20 (hidden message there, Les?); "Gimme Some Rock N Roll" (like he needs anymore!); and the Christmassy "Homeward Bound" (in which "early" is rhymed with "tourney" NO I'M NOT KIDDING).  The uncontested masterpiece here, though, is "Memories Remain."  Friends, music gets no better than this.  The obscenely fantastic chord changes, the Elvis Costello-in-traction vocal performance, the vaguely Martin Luther King-referencing lyrics...Buy this!  Somebody!

Castronaut - Itunes Store (Nov 19, 2007)

Garageband Records


I really love this song. Seriously, it makes me very very happy in the bottom of my soul. The production is excellent for what is obviously not a professional studio production. I can't tell you how refreshing it is to hear independent music that can be produced and distributed by artists themselves. The vocals are reminds me of elvis costello in his prime. Excellent track. Highly recommended. P.S. I love the keyboard solo! what resourcefulness!


 VERY UPLIFTING SOUND!!!!! 1. The melody of this song was good and cheerful, 2. The arrangement was really cool, 3. The mix was pretty good and had a nice tune! The vocals were "SUBERB", but the mic seemed to be a little louder than the music. Nice song!


I would love my radio station to play this! The christmas songs are done for the year, but I'm drawn back to the spirit. Very bold attempt, not many attempt a christmas song but it seems some do and succeed. I'd comment on the vocals, lyrics, and production, but there's no need. If you want a great christmas song, this is it!


I have such deep appreciation for what you are doing here. The mixing of orchestra and synthesizers, I absolutely love it. A ballsy beginning, with complexity introduced. This sounds like it could be score music to next favorite film. Congrats.


lol, wow!! Dude, you could totally sell this song to a cartoonist, I can see it now...I mean the piano, and bass line totally fits the toon to something like the simpsons or something down those lines...and the way you are singing this song as though you are holding your nose...dude totally rocks!!!!! try and sell this song to like the WB/Disney..Go For iT!!! Good Job.

St. Cloud Times


Whether he's making music with his band, One Nite Stand, or on his own, Lester Koshiol of St. Cloud likes to express himself through song. He dropped off a copy of the song, "Making Time," from his solo project, "Shades of Blue," with Up Next a couple of months ago and was kind enough to answer a few questions.

Tell us about "Making Time," the song that readers can download at

"I wrote the song, "Making Time," to express how frustrated I was to have so many things to do, and not enough time to spend with someone who needed me. I entered it in the 9th Billboard Song Contest in 2000, and it got a good critique, although it didn't win the big prize. At the time I really wanted to write a hit song, and I had read a lot on the subject, but it takes a lot of work, from lyrics, instrumentation and recording to marketing. On this song, I not only wrote the song, but played all the tracks myself and mixed it in my basement. It didn't turn out too bad, but it is a pretty simple song basically."

How did you pick your band's name?

"Sometimes we play for one night, or sometimes two nights, and we've been known to play for six nights, although it is a part-time gig."

What inspires you to write music?

"Sometimes it's because I'm not hearing the music I want to hear. Sometimes it's because I have something to say or something to express, and putting it to music is the best way to say it. Or maybe I just want to share a feeling of mine."

How would you describe your music?

"It's like a trip back to the 60's and 70's. We do a lot of covers, including Elvis, Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Loggins & Messina, The Band, Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, The Doors, Lynyrd Skynard, B.B. King, Jefferson Airplane and Steppenwolf, to name a few. Sometimes we play our originals."

Why do you make music?

"I make music because I can feel the music, and I want other people to feel it, too. Although a lot of times music is just background, which is unfortunate, because I feel it all the time, and it's not realistic to enjoy music all the time. There are so many other things to do."