Monday, December 10, 2018

There Are No More Solo Appearances



Some thoughts over coffee.

Hello. You’re looking fantastic today.

I bootlegged breakfast with my Grandpa. I am listening to September 10th’s breakfast while I eat December 10th’s. Grandpa’s wife has just entered the kitchen to tell us that she sees no storm clouds, despite the approach of Hurricane Florence.

Grandpa is pushing ninety, but he’s got a young wife. She walks several miles a day without breaking a sweat. She is 2 SLY 4 U.

Grandpa’s friend comes in and tells us about the gold coins he found down in Corolla after the previous hurricane. Sly looks at him with suspicious eyes.

While I play my forty-ninth melodic blues groove of the morning on my smooth-as-butter Martin guitar, Grandpa says, “the locals drive the beach road.”


Route 12

Thursday, November 29, 2018

"It's A Very Shakey Deal"

this is a silly song that I wrote last night. it was still in my head this morning, so I asked my friends Max Ostrich and Randy Sleeze to add some backing vocals to it. "It's A Very Shakey Deal."

it has a swear word in it, so make sure to not play it at the Lame People Convention.

it's a very shakey world
it's a very shakey deal
so hand my credit card
right to Uncle Neil

Saturday, November 24, 2018

"How Did You Do That, Mr. Joe?" (debut performance) (live at 1867 Sanctuary)

Today is Dad's first posthumous birthday. Two days ago, we did a tribute concert for him in a nineteenth-century church in Ewing, New Jersey.

While my sister beamed each song's specially chosen photo onto the church wall, we performed about thirty songs, including about eleven that I wrote this year about Dad and some of the people he loved. I was joined by some of the best singers and instrumentalists in the area. Jenny Cat on grand piano, Frank Burk on violin and backing vocals, Nick Crocker on guitar and backing vocals, and Righteous Jolly, James Feichthaler, Pam Crescenzo, and Nelson "JJ" McGarvey as my special guest vocalists.

Mr. Joe and Dad liked each other a lot. They are both among my invisible audience members. I just wrote this song a few days ago and wasn't planning to play it at Songs For Dad until I noticed that my Mr. Joe's daughter was in the audience.

In one of the verses, I sing about the moment that my late, great girlfriend Marcella and I happened upon Mr. Joe and Auntie Donna on a street corner in New Hope. Big changes were coming for all involved, but my lyric zeroes in on this perfect moment. Mr. Joe was happy to see me happy with my very Italian girlfriend.

out on the corner
Love Saves The Day
me with my love
you with the same

Thanks to Bob and Helen at 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center for everything, and thanks to Nick Crocker for recording everything.

"Dead Flowers" (with Righteous Jolly) (The Rolling Stones cover) (live at 1867 Sanctuary)

Today is Dad's first posthumous birthday. Two days ago, we did a tribute concert for him in a nineteenth-century church in Ewing, New Jersey.

While my sister beamed each song's specially chosen photo onto the church wall, we performed about thirty songs, including about eleven that I wrote this year about Dad and some of the people he loved. I was joined by some of the best singers and instrumentalists in the area. Jenny Cat on grand piano, Frank Burk on violin and backing vocals, Nick Crocker on guitar and backing vocals, and Righteous Jolly, James Feichthaler, Pam Crescenzo, and Nelson "JJ" McGarvey as my special guest vocalists.

Righteous and I have sung together in restaurants, churches, parks, basements, hospice rooms, theaters, bars, gymnasiums... A better singer than me, and with 7.6 times more personality, being on-stage with this gifted shapeshfiter is like floating on a cloud. Here's The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers."

Thanks to Bob and Helen at 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center for everything, and thanks to Nick Crocker for recording everything.

"Stories We Could Tell" (John Sebastian cover) (live at 1867 Sanctuary)

Today is Dad's first posthumous birthday. Two days ago, we did a tribute concert for him in a nineteenth-century church in Ewing, New Jersey.

While my sister beamed each song's specially chosen photo onto the church wall, we performed about thirty songs, including about eleven that I wrote this year about Dad and some of the people he loved. I was joined by some of the best singers and instrumentalists in the area. Jenny Cat on grand piano, Frank Burk on violin and backing vocals, Nick Crocker on guitar and backing vocals, and Righteous Jolly, James Feichthaler, Pam Crescenzo, and Nelson "JJ" McGarvey as my special guest vocalists.

Thanks to Bob and Helen at 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center for everything, and thanks to Nick Crocker for recording everything.