Monday, October 15, 2018

Songs For Dad - November 24

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome singer-songwriter Greg McGarvey to his first performance in the 1867 Sanctuary in a program giving thanks for his late father Scott by performing a selection of songs by The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, Neil Young, and from his own acclaimed songbook.

Friday, October 12, 2018

"All You Need Is Love" (live at Newtown Theatre)

thanks to Matt Dorsey for his excellent performance but also for this video of the ensemble ending the night with "All You Need Is Love." as you can hear, Newtown was in good voice that night.

Greg McGarvey sings The Beatles for Dad at Newtown Theatre

Here is the set that I played at Newtown Theatre last night. Five songs by The Beatles, the last being a dedication to my late dad Scott. I've wanted to play this room since we did the premiere of Gina Andreoli's film Gemini Rising here ten years ago. Everybody at the theater (theatre) was so kind. Thanks for such a great reception, Bucks County!

Thanks, especially, for giving Dad a round of applause.

video by Dr. Nicky

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

"No Grays And Blues" (office version)

On Sunday, I’m going back to the studio to record the ballads from the ‘Count The Colors (For Marcella)’ album. All those songs mean a lot to me, but this one is especially profound as Marcella wrote all the words.

It started with a letter that she wrote me and arranged to have mailed to me after she died. A few of the lines resonated with me so strongly that I knew I needed to turn them into music.

There are lines from text messages she sent me, too, including a poem she wrote after our first date, and a reference to the illustration and phrase that she left on a walking bridge in the forest at our favorite park. “Cancer can kill you or it can awaken your soul to a life you never knew existed.”

What a beautiful gal she was. Here is one of my tributes, “No Grays And Blues.”

Love and be loved.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

"Something So Beautiful" (bathroom version)

Gone today for four years, I present a song that I sing for Marcella at almost every gig I do. It’s called “Something So Beautiful” and it will be on the ‘Count The Colors (For Marcella)’ album.

Another thing I can tell you is that the shower curtain is from Target. Nice, right? Always makes me want cookies and cream ice cream.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

"Cleansed In Waves" (bedroom version)

New shirt, new glasses, new notebook, and new song. It’s all black except the song... although the song’s main character DOES wear a lot of black.

I hope you like my new song, “Cleansed In Waves.” I wrote it today. Thanks to my friend Marianna for making this song an intercontinental journey.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

I invite you

I saw the prettiest face the other day at Goat Hill. the way her eyes change when she smiles and the colors that the sun reveals in them. like her paintings, no matter how close you look, there’s more to see. she is steady like those big cliffs that overlook my favorite towns and the river between them. don’t let them tell you she’s not a rock chick. I kissed her on one just the other day.

we watched the July 4th fireworks popping off the Maine coast from the ocean ten miles away. I couldn’t take the picture so she painted what we saw.

this brilliant cascade of notes burst out and I imagined a psychedelic bouquet, hyperblooming in a cartoon-in-real-life vase. an aggressive kiss from my guitar to my Celestion Blue speaker. times like this when chance intervenes. I prepared well for the job, but the moment itself was the genius. I breathe well around that kind of air.

I said to my good friend: you and me have drank some of the same water. cosmically and otherwise. he smiled and agreed.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

"Here In The Future" (live in New Hope with Jenny Cat)

here in the future, I'm still on this ride
and I feel you reach out to me from the other side

video by KaosMusicPromotions
written by Greg McGarvey
from Count The Colors (For Marcella)

Friday, April 27, 2018

"Delilah" (Tom Jones cover) (with Righteous Jolly and Kwamee Geez) (excerpt)

"Terri & J.R. (Gammy & JJ)" (live at Manny Brown's)

I wrote this tune about my grandparents this week and debuted it at my neighborhood bar.

I recall the carefree moments of kid adrenaline and family love, running around their yard in Dunellen, New Jersey. I wasn't allowed to touch JJ's guitar, but, as a photo that's famous within our family proves, I did.

When I turned eighteen, they restored that old Gibson and gave it to me. I wrote some tunes like "Future Tense" and "If It Helps You Dream..." on it.

My mom often feels that they are somewhere in the vicinity, checking on my dad during his ongoing time of need. They're free to fly, and fly they do. Thanks, guys. Love you!

did you ever meet Terri and J.R.? she played the fiddle, he played guitar.

Terri and J.R. stayed together for life like John and June. like old people used to.

back in them old days when the phone stayed on the wall and we weren’t always on call.

did you ever meet Terri and J.R.? now they’re free to fly and fly they do

mashed potatoes and Camel cigarettes. the smell of the laundry vent. country music station and fresh-cut grass. running round the yard. under the clothesline. everything was fine. Terri and J.R. were always nearby.

Terri and J.R. I called ‘em Gammy and JJ ‘cause I don’t talk too good.

they’re right down the road, right near where I live. you can visit anytime.

they told me I can't touch that old Gibson guitar, but if I bide my time, maybe it'll be mine!

sometimes I go and sing their favorite tunes. in crazy times like this, I do imagine that they’d know what to do.

"Blueberry Hill" (Fats Domino cover) (live with Righteous Jolly and Kwame Geez)

"Blueberry Hill" (Fats Domino cover) (live with Righteous Jolly and Kwame Geez)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

"Mrs. Tyler" (For Stella Tyler) (live at Newtown Book & Record Exchange)

This is, I imagine, the debut of this song that I wrote in 2007. In it, I imagine spending an Indian Summer day with the late, great sculptor Stella Tyler. Her old property - now split between Tyler State Park and Bucks County Community College - is one of my life's great spiritual recharging stations.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

Just Show Up

JANUARY 17 - “I feel actually quite lucky!” a posh English toddler announces while sliding into the chair beside me. Accents like this only surround me when I leave the apartment. Although it would be pretty interesting to get up for a 4 AM pee and hear a little English ghost child talking to me. “A li-uhl much wah-taw then?”