Good morning, friends-at-safe-social-distance—
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, though the last thing I’m thinking about right now is green beer or other such joyful foolishness. (I think there is one Guinness left in the fridge—hoorah for later!)
I hope this finds you, and finds you well. Pearl and I stayed up late last night and watched the Miles Davis documentary on Netflix, after I got through loading a bunch of music gear into the dining room, to begin setting up for my live stream Stageit show, coming up TOMORROW NIGHT (Wednesday, 3/18, at 7:30 p.m. Central Time. Here’s the link:
I’ve never used this streaming platform before, and like others, it has its irritating quirks. And please keep this in mind—if you do plan on watching, try to go there in advance (like, today) and set up an account, etc. There are some hoops to jump through before getting to the real joy of virtual musical togetherness! You do need to secure a ticket, but it is “pay what you want.” And, just asking—would it be good to add another show? Either directly after the first one, or later on? (I’m thinking of my friends outside the states, for the latter option.) Let me know your thoughts. We’ve all got some time to think these days, it seems.
The dog is taking this quarantine thing very seriously—she’s STILL ASLEEP, snoring loudly on the far end of the sofa from me. There is a kind of sweet permission amidst all the current fear and distance—you can entertain many options you wouldn’t otherwise consider on a weekday/workday morning. It’s raining and gray here in Nashville, so the weather’s not much of a distraction; we might see the sun again . . . on Saturday.
If you missed my brief recent appearance in Rolling Stone (more correctly: at rollingstone.com), here’s a link:
I was asked to write about my feelings about the current situation, for those of us who live literally in a “gig economy”—not only how I feel about it, but how I feel about the streaming alternative. For now, it’s pretty much the only way to safely get the music out there in a live fashion. Anyway, I said what I said in more fluent fashion there in RS, than here this morning on first cup of coffee.
If you’re going to tune in to the show, you’re welcome to submit requests; just email me: email@example.com. I’ll do my best, though there is a time limit to the Stageit shows: 30 minutes, then an allowance for a 20-minute “encore.” If it’s okay with you, I think I’ll just blow through the grand finale at minute 30 and keep on plowing. I have other thoughts too, about this whole streaming option–will keep you posted.
A couple of my friends here in Nashville have recently posted videos of them playing songs live that I’ve had a hand in writing; here’s a link to a video of Jon Byrd doing one we wrote together that neither one of us has recorded yet, though I can really hear Jon singing this on a record. Video starts a few lines into the first verse. Working title: “Her Only One”:
(I don’t know what the privacy settings are for that post, so you may or may not be able to see it . . .)
And here’s my sometime gospel-singing duet partner Luella, singing a version of “My Heart’s Not In It,” a song I wrote with my longtime collaborator and friend Gwil Owen, that I recorded for the Burning album. Her voice really works great on this one, I think. (While you’re there on YouTube, you should subscribe to her channel!) This is one of the best things about writing songs–hearing other people (especially those who can sing rings around you, ha ha) perform yours.
Hope to “see you” tomorrow evening–and I’m sure I’ll be doing more of these online shows, experimenting with different platforms, etc. Thanks so much for your interest in, and support of, what I do.
Greetings, my fellow citizens–
What a strange time it is to be alive, but better alive than otherwise, far as we know. Stress, anxiety, a proliferation of disinformation (but we’re used to that by now), well, it’s just a bucket of fun out there, friends. I’m perfectly fine staying close to the house for a while–and unless I’m driving 80 mph down a highway en route to a gig, it’s what I do most of the time anyway. Since there are so many closures/cancellations of public gatherings, I thought it would be most appropriate to throw a show online–from my house. So, PLEASE join me next Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30pm CST, right here:
This will be my first time to use the Stageit platform, since Concert Window went down a few months back. So there’ll likely be a learning curve for all of us, though perhaps some of you have already participated in a Stageit show. I am determined this time around to get things sounding better, with the help of some new gear, and several days to get the bugs worked clean outta there! There is no set ticket price for this show; it is a “pay what you want” sorta deal. Plus there will be the opportunity to put tips in the virtual hat, and rewards for being the high tipper. I’m still working on those rewards . . . this is all moving very quickly, folks. I’ll provide additional details as they develop. I did notice that the maximum show time is 30 minutes(!?!); that will be difficult for me to stick to, so there may very well be at least one more show that same day. Again, I’ll let you know as I figure it out. If you’ve participated in a Stageit show, either as a performer or attendee, and have any suggestions, please send them my way: firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course, your requests are welcome, too. I’m going to play one or two new songs, and who knows what else. I plan on having fun–and it’ll be more fun with you out there in Internetland, joining me, albeit from a distance.
Paul Burch: You know, I tend to concern myself with how my actions affect the so-called reality in which I live; I don’t think so much about how my presence in other people’s dreams plays out. But I was very interested in reading the story behind my friend Paul Burch‘s new project in American Songwriter magazine:
Wow, PB, glad I could help out! (You’ll understand it all, once you read the first paragraph.)
More coming soon–please be smart out there, and wash those hands. And wash those hands. Hopefully this thing will be over, or at least lessen in intensity, very soon.
I’ll keep this brief, for obvious reasons: Most of you have likely heard by now that we had a tornado rip through our city last night; we escaped damage/injury here at my house, as the storm passed about a mile south of us, destroying several businesses and homes in its path. There are still a […]
Thanks to all of you who so kindly took a moment out of your busy lives to wish me a happy birthday yesterday; for the last few years I’ve had the great fortune of landing here in Florida, playing the 30A Songwriters Festival, on “the day”–though of course I would love to celebrate with my […]