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Adding to e-mail newsletter - October 30, 2006

You can sign up for my e-mailed newsletter about once a month about my gigs and musical adventures. I'm always happy when people add their names to my e-mail newletter list, but in terms of avoiding my own spam, I'll delete added e-mails that don't have at least a first name and town; just feels like inviting spam otherwise, like some spammer signs up only to spam me after they get my newsletter. I also like guestbook entries, but there's the occasional spam there, too, which gets deleted.

Five2 - October 29, 2006

Saw Five2 at Felica's Atomic Lounge tonight, all dolled up for Halloween, but the get-ups would work at glossier gigs, very glam, not scary. They sounded wonderful, as usual. Gotta love those lush girl harmonies. Singer Annie Burns of the Burns Sisters was there listening, too.

Another new song's up - October 26, 2006

Another new song's up here, and more at Again, David Sale produced this upcoming EP.

Gigs and new song posted - October 21, 2006

Three gigs three nights in a row after being busy on the new EP, now mastered. Hear "Scary," a revamped song, posted here and at myspace. There'll be others up soon. ...Lots of music biz stuff to do now. Thursday it was a benefit for Israeli war victims at The Nines in Ithaca, played with Matt Robbins, fun; last night I played in Watkins Glen and met this guy who'd won a 2-bedroom cabin on Seneca Lake in a poker game and saw my old friend, Todd Stratton, a fabulous musician who taught me a ton about songwriting and guitar. Tonight, I'll soon leave for Cortland for Lawlerpalooza, a benefit for musician Jimmy Lawler's medical expenses. Those shows to raise money for medical expenses are rather an indictment on the impoverished health care system in the US, or lack thereof. I'm happy to play, but too bad it's so dire for so many people.

Mastered - October 19, 2006

Look for some all-new groovy, tail-wagging melodic pop songs to get stuck in your head. Tracks produced by David Sale were mastered yesterday by Alex Perialis at Pyramid Studio. (David played multiple instruments, co-wrote some lyrics, and Linda co-produced one song, sang and played baritone uke and guitar.) Some of these tunes will be posted really soon, maybe today, here and at soon. The new CD packaging is in the works. David continues to get rave reviews for his recent work producing Katharine Whalen's (formerly of Squirrel Nut Zippers) latest CD, "Dirty Little Secret," a raucous, sultry pop music party.

Recording - September 28, 2006

Suffice it to say that my old acquaintance Dave Sale/Camus ( is a pro and an artist, Mr. Creative. Working with him as a producer is a privilege. I am learning so much. This is intense. I understand intensity. I do not want to say anything more too soon and jinx it. We're immersed in this at the moment, though with sane breaks to cook and eat. I called my first CD "Good Luck Child," and it got better reviews than I ever would have expected, gratefully, and it has a certain sweetness. I am way lucky to be continuing to learn and grow musically. That's the thing I care about most (with some human exceptions), music.

See Swati in NYC - September 22, 2006

Mark McKenna, manager for Swati, sent some info below. I have been lucky enough to see her play live and shared a gig once, too. She is an amazing guitarist, runs effects
through acoustic-electrics, plays in beautiful, odd tunings, and she's really a virtuoso. She totally rocks, and can be delicate, too. Her songs are compelling and sometimes funny. A musician/journalist friend said she was the first musician to make his blood boil in 10 years. The 1-hour show has no cover.You might be interested in listening to her online: and But there's nothing like seeing her live.
Mark wrote:
Friends and family, I'm not one to ask favors, but this IS one I'll ask.
Next Wednesday, Sept 27th at 7 PM, Swati is doing an important show at the Living Room, 154 Ludlow St. in NY If you've never heard her, do yourself a favor and go; there is no one like her on the music scene today. Please do your best to make it down and/or tell a friend too. We need a great turnout and it?s early so you'll still have time to make dinner and other engagements.
Thanks for your support.
Mark Mark McKenna
Allaire Studios
486 Pitcairn Rd.
Shokan, NY 12481
Check out Mark's beautiful studio at

Dam Show, Austin, Pa. - September 8, 2006

Here's an e-newsletter of Sept. 9 sent in the wee hours of the morning:

I have a Dam Show I hadn't planned on. I hope you
are as compulsive about checking e-mail as I am. The promoter just called me; I'd been on the schedule, but they'd forgotten to call. I'm really happy to do this,
this weekend:

2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10
The Dam Show, Route 872, near Austin, PA

This is Potter County, and they call it "God's Country." It is just beautiful, wooded and hilly. This two-day music and light festival at the former Austin Dam site starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. I'm honored to be among the other performers, Red
Headed Stepchild -- -- and can't wait to hear
them live; Kathryn Koch is just a happening singer. And there's a 93-year old belter, somewhat local there, named Brother Dietz; I asked my parents, ever the
music critics, and they said he's really entertaining, has a fun band, so hope I can arrive soon enough to see him. Among many others, Buddhahood from Rochester, and
Steve Quelet ( a darn good songwriter and his duo partner
songwriter and sweet harmony singer Eppie Bailey) and Larry Herstritt,, a film orchestrator and songwriter who ended up back in
his hometown of Coudersport, PA, by way of LA and Nashville; I met this talented man
at a show where we both played last year. You've heard many of his songs including "I Just Fall in Love Again," an Anne Murray hit.

Thank you, thank you to you many lovelies who came out in big numbers to the Music
on the Lawn Concert in Wellsville, NY, that Matt Robbins and I played recently. It
was special, so fun and great to see so many people.

More on the dam:

Concerts, yay - September 4, 2006

Matt and I had fun concerts Aug. 23 and 24, one at a new series, the lovely little Ellis Hollow Community Center near Ithaca, and the next night in my hometown, Wellsville, NY, the Music on the Lawn in front of the huge gorgeous brick library there. Both audiences were great listeners, right there with us, and the Wellsville audience was large and eager for CDs. Downtown Wellsville looked better than I remembered it, buildings painted, some pride. It's a nice town, not all demolished by big boxes. I loved going back to my hometown to play. It was a wonderful night, our original music, lots of people, good feelings. We had fun. It has been fun to play with Matt lately. We've been playing together a while now, takes less thinking, more easy. He is way interesting with the piano, and his vocal harmonies are so fine, too. I am glad for this duo thing. Solo has its own charm, but two voices and harmonies and two instruments, makes it more interesting.

Consider a house concert - July 6, 2006

Check out this resource:
You could host your one of your favorite performers, maybe me.

E-mail me, or post your interest in the guestbook.

Dave Sale (Camus) resurfaces - June 23, 2006

Dave Sale, a wonderful musician I know, didn't really disappear, only went away from Ithaca. In this small world, I got this friend request from him today at myspace, and we e-mailed. It is great to see and hear him doing really well. He's in the band Library of Souls and just produced, with the coolest creativity -- jazz, hip hop, Latin, pop, folk, just zany polished, for Katharine Whalen, who had been singing 20s, then 40s jazz. It's a work of art, at least the part I heard. And it's even better to learn that someone I would run into on the Commons and the Rongo around Ithaca is back out in the world and doing well. Listen to Dave's "Wildest Dreams" and other songs:
Dave is really a rock star.

Saturday's gig - June 19, 2006

I was honored to open for Dulcie Taylor and Steve Key and then sit around the circle at Songwriters' Roundtable in Genesee, Pa. Steve Quelet organizes these nights.

Dulcie and Steve Key and Steve Quelet write excellent songs. Steve Quelet was joined by his music partner Eppie Bailey, and having seen her once before, I remain just taken by her sweet country voice and how much she enhances the music with her harmonies.

Dulcie writes really great songs, full of depth, plays guitar really well, sings well and interestingly. I felt like I met Joni Mitchell or something. Wow, and she was so nice. She plays a dulcimer as well as guitar.

Steve Key writes very funny songs (I had to love the one about coupling and threesomes etc., hilarious, even with my parents sitting next to me), writes pointed political songs (and I agree with him) and sweet songs, too.

I am listening to Dulcie's 2002 CD Diamonds and Glass, beautiful. She was great live and solo, but this is another treat to hear her music produced with a tight band sound and lovely harmonies. Pop, with a little twang, gorgeous.

The song I felt attached to initially, from listening at her web site, "I Have a Ring" is playing now. I loved getting to hear her live.

The setting for these concerts is special, people come from an hour away to listen. It's a listening room. People really listen and love music. I'll be back there for an outdoor jam fest in a month. Yay. The place, Genesee Environmental Center, was a ski resort and restaurant, very rural, and my dad's band used to play there on weekends. He said he remembers packing the place. He had a country singer and a jazz sax player/English professor from LA, so did this country-rock-jazz thing. Maybe partly that influenced me, so connected to jazz and the most Appalachian roots stuff.'


Check these out:

Listen to this - June 19, 2006

LIsten to this, Sephideh Vahidi. It is so beautiful:  

Gig tonight - June 15, 2006

Tonight opened for the Red Stick Ramblers, a very happening touring band based in Baton Rouge. They play some fine swing tunes along with Cajun, and got to dance because I ran into my friend who's a major dance instructor, so it was very sweet.

Matt sang like he has never sung with me tonight, singing bass lines as well as horn. The boy can really, really sing; there is a Bobby McFerrin thing, no exaggeration. We were experimenting with free jazz in our last rehearsal. See where this all leads... Check out the new photos of me and Matt. Listen to Matt at He's going to be famous, if he wants that.

Tommy Emmanuel - June 15, 2006

Saw Tommy Emmanuel, the best guitarist I have ever seen, and I thought I knew some really fine guitarists. Do not miss any chances to see him live. He's also a drummer and uses his guitar as a drum at times and about every other way it can be used. He is a virtuoso, and a good singer, too. What a treat.

Ithaca Festival - June 3, 2006

Matt and I had a fun gig at Ithaca Festival last night and will be back to the same place, at Aurora Street Pavilion, Thursday, June 15, 7-9 p.m. for a the Downtown Ithaca concert series.

I heard from Richard Andersson, who said his band, The SwampCats were rocking to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 200 last night night, too. He plays with Taz, a great blues player I've heard of again and again.

Five2 played before us on the same stage, as usual those 3-part woman harmonies, just gorgeous, backed up with a standup bass and Rich DePaolo on guitar. Great.

Cold and hot - May 29, 2006

In one of my last gigs, it was so cold, I wrote about the kindly sound guy and promoter putting a little heater in front of me on stage.

It was sweltering at a cafe gig only weeks later, hot as hell and pouring down rain outside. It's feeling like summer, humid, my strings are dead, and wonder if that's part of it.

I shared the gig with Swati in Ithaca. She is so amazingly good, just made of music, creates so much sound out of one guitar, loop pedal and other effects. Her songs are really well-written, insightful and the music, at turns, delicate and ferocious. She is a really good guitar player. See

Rambling Jack Elliott - May 10, 2006

I was thinking more about this. I was warming up for my early morning gig, and cold Saturday at the LiveStock Cowboy Jamboree. (11 a.m. is like the middle of the night for me, though I would stay up and play at 6 a.m. if I thought people would listen). I warmed my hands on a stove next to Jack Elliott. I usually do fine once I'm on stage. I can be a little nervous before I go on, and I was cold, and there I was focusing on a little warmup, hearing tidbits of conversion, "and then Kristrofferson..." and "...Woody," and I'm a little more relaxed and a little more nervous all at once, and I did my strange, slow little version of "Oh Susanna," think Stephen Foster was an ironic, talented, sad, vivid, great American songwriter, some say the first impoverished yet pop-star songwriter, and I realize, even before I switched from the slower, sad Americana finger-picked aspect of my version into the jazz I add at the end -- wow, they are listening. the conversation stopped. Sheriff Jim Wilson, a real character period and a character of a Texas performer was there, and as I wrote in another post, Jack's manager Marie Damron, (and she is just so lovely and nice), and I realize this, they're quiet. I was completely honored to be there and yet at home. I'm completely honored to play for anyone, and that was just a warmup. The show was fun, too, portable electric heater and all.

After, I met the lovely young singer Lisa Gould, too, have an excellent feeling about her music, know her brother, David, so I look forward to more. I trust my excellent feelings.

Crow Marley,, and her wonderful nice son, a finely attuned bassist, and her partner, Ellen, came, because she was playing midafternoon.

The night before at the cowboy fest, I'd gotten to see friends Patti Witten,, and Annie Burns and and Rich DePaolo Ithaca is full of talented musicians.

Wild leeks - May 10, 2006

Maybe this blog is part foodie, though mostly music. Wild leeks grow on my relatives' property in western, NY, Allegany County, and they are the most delicious addition to most any dish. I gathered some a few weeks ago, planted some in my yard, froze some and am cooking some in a pasta sauce tonight with onions, garlic (likely redundant), hot sauces, ground turkey breast, Shiitake mushrooms and tomatoes. Oh, forgot oregano and will add fresh basil when it's done. Wild leeks are nothing like domestic varieties. They have a high note almost like cayenne and combine the best of the very freshest garlic and scallions. They are awesome. I've used them in black bean recipes (the wonderful soup recipe, very first recipe in "Moosewood Cooks at Home," a great book because everything gets done in 30 minutes or less, key for busy folks like me who want good food. I just can't be cooking all day.)

I often feel so busy with music and the rest that I wish people would just bring me food, but it wouldn't be this good. Lots of days, I'm just lucky to eat moderately healthy.

No more bacon since that last post. I am a bit embarrassed considering that the lovely talented musician Ember Swift was nominated one of the sexiest vegetarians, and I know some vegan activists and really respect them. And I go eat bacon on occasion.

Wild leeks are better.

Swati - May 9, 2006

Swati and I share a show Friday, May 27 at Juna's Cafe, 146 The Commons, in Ithaca. Can't wait. She is an amazing guitar player (like a metronome is built into her and a sense of fluidity/dynamics instilled as well) and really sensitive and scary songwriter, and a sweet singer. You should not miss her. I'll be playing, too, and you might just like all the new stuff I'm doing. I can't stand boring myself, so I'm always working on new things.

Montage Grille, Rochester - May 9, 2006

Glad to have played at Montage Grille in Rochester Saturday. Met Brock, Brock's brother and Tim.

Scott Regan was kind enough to play my music on the NPR station WXXI/WRUR, and that's why some people came out for th gig. Some of my fans/friends heard, too. Yay. Scott was so nice to me! I do not expect music biz or radio people to be nice; I figure they are too besieged with demands. I feel lucky if they will even consider my music. Scott was extra nice.

I met Rambling Jack Elliott - May 9, 2006

Lucky me. I met and heard Rambling Jack Elliott, no longer a young man, and still a pro, played old blues stuff, plays guitar well, even on a cold night. I have to say I was doubly charmed by his road manager, Ms. Marie Damron -- what a really nice woman, organized, kind, on.

I played at this little cowboy festival, "Livestock" Cowboy Jamoree. The name changed about three times in the planning, but Alicia Dale did a fabulous job organizing her first festival near Ithaca to benefit the Red Cross. I was honored to play -- info: The sound guy was so great. He and Alicia put a tiny electric heater in front of me, to warm my numb hands this recent rainy Saturday morning. I could not believe I could pull off playing, numb as my hands were, but it went fine, sounded fine, I think, and Jack Elliott was there.

I also met the kindly Sheriff Jim Wilson, cowboy singer from Alpine, Texas, and he sweetly bestowed career advice and support. Having lived kind of briefly in Texas and a little less briefly in Oklahoma in the past, I love Texans and Oklahomans, even if they don't like each other.

They would hear my non-western accent and say, "Where you from?"

I can play with 4 fingers again. Yay. - April 29, 2006

I will have stitches out tomorrow or Monday. I can play with the injured finger again. Yay. I actually learned more about economy in playing, 2 and 3 fingered chords and got a bit more intimate with the fingerboard. My guitar teacher called me Django. I did not feel like Django. I usually have "beginner's mind," but this could have been rough. I now have two gigs May 6, early at the "LiveStock" Cowboy Gathering near Ithaca to benefit the Red Cross, and at Montage Grill in Rochester from 6-9 p.m.

Cut my finger, learning to play with 3 fingers - April 21, 2006

I am a serious about playing guitar, play multiple times a day. Last night I cut my left index finger while chopping onions with a new knife. Despite a $150 "co-pay" per visit to Convenient Care, something told me not to mess w/ it. The Dr. took it seriously, 3 stitches and a splint, antibiotics, even.
My next gig is a big one for me, Montage Grill in Rochester, which brings in all these great artists, May 6, less than 2 weeks. I could not keep from playing, had previously toyed with slide, got more serious, and also figured out what I can play with 3 fingers, can't do major bar chords, but strangely, can get through the Cole Porter tune "Night and Day," even my moody classical/jazz intro, but this is a little scary. Matt, pianist, duo mate, will probably end up doing more. I can play my new weird roots rock version of "Hound Dog" using 3 fingers in a dropped D tuning and slide, and it feels like that will be happening. But I have hours of songs to work out and only 3 fingers on my left hand. Wish me luck here. I can't type so well, either.

Billy Joel, Neil Young, day jobs and heart - March 31, 2006

I am usually quieter about my nighttime day job as an editor for the Ithaca Journal and am maybe playing too much into the mystique of being a professional musician (reality is, lots of us need day jobs). My first job out of college was as a music writer/critic for a daily newspaper; then my day job was counseling. I'm happily back at journalism (though way busy at music), usually behind the scenes, editing, planning and doing some page design, am even on the editorial board (they cannot say
it's all corporate media; for one among others, I am a liberal and a rocker). This little item crossed my desk late the other night, so in short succession, like days of old when I wrote reviews on deadline, I wrote a little music story. My cohorts surprised me and put it on page 1 yesterday when I was off seeing songwriter Peter
Karp (clever, literate lyrics) at Dinosaur Bar-B-Q in Syracuse.

Anyway, I wrote the story of a guy who has Muscular Dystrophy whose nurse/friend orchestrated a
meeting with his hero, Billy Joel. I remember just loving Billy Joel as a kid, how his really solid songs, I believe (among many others) sunk into me and inform my own songwriting (along with Cole Porter and the Gershwins and the list goes on). It reminded me how important songwriting can be, how music affects our lives. I don't think it was just the mystique of meeting a celebrity; this guy who got to meet Billy, Brent Larsen, who lives in Lansing, NY, near Ithaca, had been really passionate about Billy Joel's songs. The fame, I figure, had to have come out of heart; people like Brent get that, heart.

After today, you might have to search the Journal website for the story; search
under Billy Joel.

For another note on heart and wonderful songwriting, I just saw the concert film, "Neil Young Heart of Gold" at the movie theater in my neighborhood. In "This Old Guitar," about Hank Williams' old guitar, the lyrics go, "This old guitar ain't mine to keep,/ Just taking care of it now." Powerful. I think about that all the time, that there's only so much time to be in this body, making music, and it's so important, at least to me.

By the way, I regular cover Neil Young's "Comes a Time" in a dropped D tuning, do a rock version. I have done Neil's "Already One," a lovely song about having a baby, and "Lotta Love."

Besides the muggle life of music biz tax returns nagging at me, and the joy of lots of new original songs, new interpretations of jazz and rock tunes and recording plans, check out my calendar dates, and come see me live.
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