jwgh: (Van Halen)
I decided to go out and do some guitar playing on the street tonight. This is mainly because Chris and I are playing at Nick-a-Nees on Thursday for the first time in almost a month, and Chris wants to broach the idea of having another New Year's Eve show soon, and so we want to have as many people come to the show as possible. So I headed over to Thayer Street, put out my guitar case, tacked a poster for Thursday's show to it, threw a couple of dollars in, and started playing.

I ended up playing maybe an hour and a half, during which time I was largely ignored -- I think this was by far my least successful stab at busking yet. People largely ignored me, but at one point, as I was singing 'Tear My Stillhouse Down', I noticed a guy in maybe his sixties or so eyeing me, and he wandered over between verses and said, "All your songs are sad. Is that Appalachian music?" "Well," I said, "this song is by Gillian Welch, who's from California, but she's listened to a lot of that kind of music." "That's what it sounds like," he said. "It's sad. People around here don't like that kind of music." I smiled and he wandered a little ways down the road, towards the guy who was selling popcorn.

I played some more songs and then had a little trouble thinking of what to do next, so there was a pause in the music. The same guy was still hanging out by the popcorn vendor, who at this point was breaking down his rig. "You play a lot of sad songs," he said to me, and the vendor nodded, smiled, and said, "Yes, very sad." The guy came over to me again and said, "There are other musicians who play around here. Have you seen them?" I nodded. "They play happy music, more upbeat, like jazz," he said. "The people here like that kind of music. Or, you know, the young people, they like that crazy rock stuff." "Uh-huh," I said. "You know, they dress up in those weird clothes -- they call it 'goth', you know? A lot of that stuff is from the Devil. You know, the original goths were Pagans. Do you believe in the Devil?" "Um, no, I'm not really religious," I said. "Well, you don't have to be religious -- you can not be religious and still believe, you might still know that the devil exists," he said. I pondered this distinction for a moment, and I said, "Well, then, I guess I don't believe in the Devil."

This didn't bother him, fortunately. "Where do you think all the trouble in the world came from? All the bad things that happen? We all come from Adam and Eve, by the way -- we're not descended from monkeys, we're from real people. They were in the garden, and then the snake ... you know how if someone has bad parents it causes trouble for them? It's the same thing, we come from Adam and Eve and that's why there's trouble. A lot of the things in the Bible are true.

He continued. "You must have some Christians in your family, if you go back. Grandparents, great-grandparents ..." "Sure, my mother's family is all Catholic," I said. "But the next generation always wants to do something different," he said, "You look at all the kids around here." There was a pause, and I said, "Yeah, but what are you gonna do?" "Yeah, it's fine as long as you don't take it too far," he said, and then he looked a little sad. "Some of them take it too far. You look at these kids ... a lot of them are all loaded up from drugs." "Yes, you don't want to take it too far," I agreed.

There might have been more, but that's about all I remember. He wandered off to talk to the popcorn salesman again, and I resisted the urge to play 'You're the Tea in My Teacup' and instead played the least sad song I could think of off the top of my head, which was 'C-H-I-C-K-E-N'.

Home again

Sep. 14th, 2007 10:18 pm
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although I haven't finished getting all of my stuff out of the car yet.

It was a good vacation -- a pretty big house on the ocean. For a lot of the week it was just me, my mother, my aunt Ann, and her husband Mike -- but Mike was out fishing a lot so really it was just the three of us a lot of the time. (Mom's partner Frank also was there some of the time, and my sister and her family were there a couple of days.) This left lots of reading time, but also time to chat, play cribbage, go into town, etc. ...

Image000.jpgImage000.jpgI should have gone swimming but didn't, although I did do variable levels of wading. The house was right up on the water, so when it was high tide the water was literally about ten feet away from the deck. (The beach and sea bed had a very shallow slope, so when the tide was out the water was much farther away -- these two pictures should give you an idea of the difference.)

The house was roomy but seemed to be stocked largely with stuff left by people who had stayed there previously, leading to some odd lacunae. For instance, there were lots of nice plates of all sizes but no normal-sized bowls. There were many cooking utensils, but no measuring cups or measuring spoons. (I brought stuff to make a raspberry pie, including a pie plate and pie server since I thought they might not have those, but didn't think to bring stuff for measuring. The result was not the greatest pie ever, although it was still quite edible.)

The house is rented through tomorrow but I had a show to play in tonight, so after playing games of Cribbage against my mother and my aunt (I won both games) I loaded up the car and headed out to Tiverton, RI, where my show was. I had a hamburger and some blueberry pie, then met [livejournal.com profile] plant_geek, [livejournal.com profile] katrinkles, and [livejournal.com profile] katrinkles's fiancé Greg.

The show was for the Singing Out Against Hunger benefit and was at Evelyn's Drive-In, a clam shack in Tiverton. I was the third act, which I think was good, because by then the crowd had built up some. It's a little weird playing in a restaurant setting -- pretty much everyone is eating, a lot of people are talking to each other, and it can be hard to tell how much attention anyone's paying. But I did my 45 minute set and some people expressed their appreciation afterwards so I think it went OK. (The two songs that got the most reaction, I think, were Sam & The Sham's "Little Red Riding Hood" and Cheryl Wheeler's "Potato".)

Right now I am pretty exhausted, so I guess I will unpack my car and either go to bed, watch a movie and knit, or goof around on the Internet some more. Actually, I suppose I should make that a poll.
[Poll #1055571]
Tomorrow (Saturday) I'm playing at the Soutside Community Land Trust Annual Hoedown, and after that I plan to head back to Evelyn's in Tiverton to see Chris Monti play. I'm hoping we will get there early enough that I will see some of the earlier acts -- Chris Rosenquest is on at 6:45 pm, then the intriguingly named 'Barbara the Dancing Spirit Belly Dance' at 7:30, and the Chris Monti Acoustic Band rounds out the night from 8 to 9 -- but we will see. (I would offer rides to people interested in checking it out but unfortunately I think I will be too busy tomorrow to go and get people.)

No plans yet for Sunday, so that may be a day to recover from my week of relaxing.
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(sorry people who are my myspace friends and who are also on my mailing list -- you're kind of getting spammed by me today)

As some of you might know, I have a couple of CDs I put together called Imaginary Internet Man and Plastic and Thread. They are basically random collections of whatever original songs I'd recorded when I put the CD together. This gives them (particularly Imaginary Internet Man) an eclecticism that I sort of like, but I've come to realize that they aren't really suitable for use as demos to give to club owners and the like -- there are lots of songs on them that I would be very unlikely to ever play live.

So last weekend I recorded some songs, added a few older songs that I thought were appropriate, and put together a demo.

- listen to Jake's demo -

(Note that clicking on that link will open up a flash player that will immediately start playing the recordings.)

I'm pretty happy with it! Now to start sending it out ...

The songs on the demo are:

1. I Believe To My Soul (composed by Ray Charles)
2. That'll Never Happen No More (composed by Blind Willie McTell)
3. Railroad Bill (composed by Andy Breckman)
4. A Dozen Lovely Roses (composed by Jacob Haller)
5. Barstow (composed by Jay Farrar)
6. You're the Tea in my Teacup (composed by Jacob Haller)
7. Caldonia (composed by Fleecie Moore)
8. Hybrid Car Blues (composed by Jacob Haller)
9. Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head (composed by Jacob Haller)
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The Woonsocket Fine Arts Fest went OK. There weren't a whole lot of people, which is what I get for requesting the 10 am to noon slot, but I didn't run out of material (which I was a little concerned about), I got one request (for 'Ring of Fire'; I asked if it would be OK if I did 'I Walk The Line' instead, and was told that was fine), and as I was packing up a woman shouted "I liked the song about the potatoes!" Then I drove up to Newburyport where I hung out with people and watched Morris dancing. (I have a couple of short video clips on my phone, but my phone also claims that they are slightly too large to transfer off of my phone. This is a feature of my phone that I do not much care for.) Now I am home and am a little twitchy from having been in a car so much today, plus lots of tiredness, plus lots of caffeine. Maybe I will go to sleep soon.

But there is no better time to do a little planning then while I am teetering near incoherence, so let's get to it.

- I've decided that the random collection of recordings that I've accumulated doesn't constitute a demo, or at least it doesn't constitute a good demo. This week, I'd like to go through my repetoire, pick out 10-15 songs that I want to be on the demo, evaluate whatever recordings I have of those songs, and decide which need to be recorded or rerecorded. Then on the 26th (if I don't have time sooner) I want to have a little recording session in my apartment, do whatever recording is needed, and put the demo out. (Whatever new recordings are made will also get put out on the podcast.)

- The next show I have scheduled is in a couple of weeks. It's the Empire Revue, where I'll play one or two songs. Right now I'm thinking I'll do 'You're the Tea in my Teacup' and the new song, 'A Dozen Lovely Roses', but I'm also thinking of bringing the accordion and doing 'Avocados and Beer'. We will see.

- The week after that is the Songwriters in the Round show. I need to write a song about 'Absolute Zero', so ... need to continue thinking about that. I definitely want to do 'Avocadoes and Beer' at this show, so should make sure to practice the accordion plenty between now and then. Maybe also do 'Photo Album' since I wrote that for the last Songwriters in the Round show, and maybe the new 'A Dozen Lovely Roses' song? I will continue to think about it. (According to my myspace blog, the last time I did Songwriters in the Round I played 'You're the Tea in my Teacup', 'Hybrid Car Blues', 'Photo Album' (of course), and 'Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head', so I don't want to repeat more than one of those.)

- The Killdevils are playing at the Southside Community Land Trust's annual hoedown on Saturday September 15 (this is the next Killdevils show); I need to pull together the information about this so I can post it on the relevant websites. Have sent email to Chris about this.

- Need to figure out North Carolina trip and buy tickets. [livejournal.com profile] cgoldfish, will you be around for a phone call about this tomorrow (Monday) after work?

- Need to find more information for trip to Nashville.

Yes, that should all keep me busy for a while, I think.
jwgh: (Van Halen)
As some of you might now, I've been booked to play at RISA's Songwriters in the Round show next month, on Sunday September 9 at 7 pm.

Part of the deal is that each month the audience picks a theme for the next month's show, and then the four singer-songwriters who play at that show have to write a song based on that theme. The songwriters who performed tonight had to write a song about "Too Many Hats", for instance.

So tonight I got to find out what theme I have to write about. It is: Absolute Zero. (It beat out "Dumb Blonds", "The History of my Feet", and "Too Many Shoes".) One of the people I was at AS220 with tonight asked me, "What is absolute zero exactly?" I said, "Oh, I think it's, uh, -273.15 degrees Celsius. It's the lowest possible temperature, the temperature at which all motion ceases." Now that I am home I can check my facts before posting nonsense to Livejournal ... huh, guess those high school physics classes stuck with me.

So, we will see what I do with that. I keep thinking of the Sonny Boy Williamson II song "Nine Below Zero", which is about getting kicked out of your house by your girlfriend in the middle of winter when it is nine below, but this theme is pretty far beyond that level.

(Also, Ryan Fitzsimmons, who normally hosts the show, is going to miss next month's, which is too bad, but Frank Martyn is going to guest-host for him. I like Frank a lot, so that is cool.)


Jul. 15th, 2007 12:00 pm
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After putting together my guitar stuff and hooking up the battery to my car, I stopped by the post office and then headed over to AS220 around noon. It looked like I was going to just be in the way there, so, as I was hungry, I went out to forage for food; most of the vendors weren't set up yet, so I ended up having a muffin to tide me over.

Then back to AS220, where Keith Munslow told me that I'd be doing two songs, the second with Hannah Devine taped to a pole stage left. All right then. I asked Keith if I could play his piano on the second song, and he said sure.

Then I went downstairs to the ready room, where I partook of this delightful assortment of Snickers, M&Ms, roasted peanuts, pretzels, and Twizzlers:

While the bowl was being filled, someone said, "Won't the M&Ms melt and get over everything?", so I reminded them of the M&Ms slogan.

Next, it was showtime. I was the first act:

a blurry picture of page one of the schedule )

so I decided to do Photo Album, my song of childhood and Satanism. I was more nervous than I expected, but I think this added a little extra punch to my singing; anyway, it seemed to go over pretty well.

I wasn't going to be on again until towards the end of the show:

a blurry picture of page 2 of the schedule )

so I decided to go through the other room of AS220 (where the bar is) and maybe go into the entrance to catch a few of the other acts. However, while doing this, I ran into [livejournal.com profile] christychristy, who had hoped to catch my performance (d'oh!). So instead I wandered around the outside parts of FOO Fest with her for a little while, getting a cheeseburger at the Crazy Burger stand, examining the anarchist book fair, etc. Then we returned to Empire Revue in time to hear Hannah sing a song, Sarah Reiter describe going to see Motorhead, and Sonny Roelle do solo versions of a few of his band The Sentimental Favorites's songs.

For my second song I did Hybrid Car. It was a little strange sonicly; Keith doesn't have a monitor set up for himself, and while the vocals go through the sound system the keyboard just goes through an amp which is right behind him, so I couldn't hear myself sing very well and the piano was really loud. The rest of the Superchief Trio joined in after the first verse, but honestly I'm not sure how it sounded. But, again, it seemed to go over pretty well, and Keith complimented me on the song afterwards, so that was nice!

After that I decided I wanted to get away from the Foo Fest crowds for a bit, so I went home and took a nap. Then, when I got up, I conceived of a plan: take all my accumulated change to a Coinstar station (it turned out that I had accumulated about $130 in quarters, dimes, nickles, and pennies), then go down to Thayer Street with my guitar and do some busking -- the first time I've done this since I got my permit to do so about a year ago.

I think I had probably played for about 20 minutes before anyone dropped anything in the guitar case (a dollar bill), but things picked up a bit after that. Probably the cutest thing was when a little boy, maybe 10 years old, dropped a quarter in, then ran away, then returned with (I assume) his younger sister a couple of minutes later, at which point he dropped in another quarter and she dropped in a penny. Anyway, after playing for about an hour (and getting about $5.51) I was thinking of wrapping things up when I got a phone call from my sister -- she and her family were returning from spending a couple of days at the beach and were going to be passing through Providence in about twenty minutes, and did I want to get together for dinner? I said sure, so I busked some more until they got there (accumulating a total of $10.51 -- although I think the wind might have blown a dollar away -- but anyway). I then packed up and we went to Antonio's Pizza for dinner, then Ben & Jerry's for dessert. They seem to be doing well; they took Ezra to see his first movie in the theater recently and he did pretty well. (They saw Ratatouille.)

After that, they headed back to Worcester and I went to Nick-a-Nees, where I caught about an hour of Paul Geremia's first set before heading home and going to bed.
jwgh: (Van Halen)
have been pretty busy! I have a little lunch break time now, though, so here's a quick description of what's been going on.

Wednesday I went to a show at AS220. Performing there were Providence musical acts The Superchief Trio and The Sentimental Favorites, plus out-of-towner Corn'Mo, who played accordion and keyboard and whose stage manner reminded me a little of [livejournal.com profile] manfire.

Thursday I had a Killdevils show at Nick-a-Nees. Chris and I performed six songs for the first time: 'Barstow', 'Route 66', 'Big River', 'San Francisco Bay Blues', 'Down in the Dumps', and 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken?'. They all went quite well!

Also on this day I got an email from John Fuzek (head of RISA) asking me if I still planned to volunteer to help out at the sustainable living festival on Saturday. I responded saying that I was. He then responded and told me to bring my guitar, as one of the scheduled performers (Mark Cutler) had cancelled. OK!

Friday there was a potluck at [livejournal.com profile] chaos_are_me's new apartment.

While I was cooking up some pasta to take to the potluck my cell phone ring and it was Erminio Pinque, who as it turns out founded and runs Big Nazo, who is a little difficult to describe but is a kind of puppet troupe which is a Providence institution. They play at parties and parades and such, and they have a couple of musicians (a clarinetist and an accordion player) who perform with them in costume. The problem is that these musicians can't always make all the shows that Big Nazo gets booked for. Keith Munslow (of the Superchief Trio) told Erminiio that I play accordion, so Erminio was wondering if I might be interested in doing this sort of thing sometime ... ?

So I'm going to go over and do an audition for him at some point (at a date and time yet to be specified).

After that conversation, I headed over to the potluck and met [livejournal.com profile] chaos_are_me roommates, who probably now think of me as the guy who sings 'Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head' and 'Cock-Sucking Son of a Bitch', which I guess is fair enough; I am that guy.

I will pause and note that this made three days in a row that I didn't get to bed before 1 am.

Saturday I had volunteered to help out at the Apeiron Sustainable Living Festival in Coventry. I was told to get there at 10 am, but I figured it wouldn't be a bad idea to get there earlier in case I was needed, so I got up at 7 am, packed up all my stuff, drove down at 8 am, got there at 9 am, helped set up a tent for 45 minutes, then helped out at the RISA music tent. It was, of course, pouring, and things were pretty chaotic; by the time the music started, at around 1 am, half of the ground under the tent was covered by a large puddle that was probably three or four inches deep in spots. But it was fun anyway, and I did get to play the guitar, trading songs with Josie Crosby for probably an hour or so. (Josie was wearing rubber galoshes, while my feet were clad in sandals and mud.) The last act of the day (Erica Wheeler) was moved to the main stage, so we got to break everything down early, which I took as an opportunity to go home, as I was pretty tired.

I got home and decided that I would draw myself a bath, take care of a couple of little things, take the bath, call some people, and then either go to bed or (if I felt up to it) go out and do something social. In the event, I drew the bath, decided to lie down for a couple of minutes, and then slept for twelve hours. So, there it is.

Sunday I had practice with CMonti and then went to Massachusetts to visit my father. We had a nice dinner and played some guitar, and then I headed back home.

And that's about it.
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I ran into Keith Munslow at AS220 tonight and he booked me to play in the Empire Revue for May 6. Unexpected! Neat! I think I'll play 'Kitting Knitting Blues', but feel free to lobby for something else (keeping in mind that last time I did 'Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head' and 'Photo Album').

Also! I think I'm going to go by White Electric during my lunch break tomorrow to drop off a poster, so if you're interested in meeting me for lunch in that general area (basically at White Electric itself, or Taquiera Pacifica, or Trinity Brewhouse, or Cuban Revolution) let me know. I'll have to be back by 2 pm but other than that I should be pretty flexible.
jwgh: (piano)
Here's how Frank Martyn (who's organizing Saturday's show) describes the lineup:
also this sat
OKAY--- AT brewed awakenings --- Ian Fitzgerald, probably the most accomplished and talented young songwriter working the area (splitting boston/providence now). Also, hear the very entertaining Jake Haller. He sounds like-- um --Livingston Taylor? Mose Allison? and Tom Lehrer? Packed into a Prius singing road trip songs? Or maybe just like himself . . .
Sort of a mini-review.
jwgh: (Van Halen)
I just checked, and the show I played earlier tonight is still online, so if you missed it and want to give it a listen you can do so by going here: http://www.downcitysignal.com/listen.cgi?brooklynct

I'm not sure how long it will be there; I think maybe until Wednesday but I can't guarantee that. I'm the first performer.

Keith Munslow was also there; he was there to record Serena Andrews, one of the other performers, and he also recorded my set, so maybe when I get my hands on that I'll see which recording sounds better, divide that recording up into tracks, and put them up somewhere. We shall see.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] christychristy, [livejournal.com profile] 0n_the_rox, [livejournal.com profile] plant_geek, Mandy, Mike, and Spike for coming to the show!
jwgh: (Van Halen)
ilyAIMY (which it turns out stands for 'i love you And I Miss You') updated their blog) and said:
Last night we played Ryan Fitsimmons' singer/songwriter showcase at AS220 in Providence and then stuck around for their open mic. The showcase had a great cross section of performers, with Ryan keeping his head down on one side of the stage (we've seen him play for REAL now, and though he played hard and sung out, we know now what he can REALLY do when he's play a Ryan show and not just playing host), Allison Calory (God knows if I'm spelling that right) singing sweet, fingerpicked tunes, and Jacob Holler performing bizarre country-esque tunes about a father being so proud of his budding Satanist daughter and drawling out fantasies about killer robots eating people's heads.

It was cool.

I must admit, I myself waxed poetic for a bit about Transformers. I even wore my Decepticon shirt to reprefuckingsent. Megatron wouldn't eat your brain, he would stomp you into jelly.

They also posted this picture (taken by Rob of ilyAIMY during the show:


jwgh: (Van Halen)
The show yesterday went well. My material was well received, including the new song, which I was worried would creep people out, but everyone laughed.

I talked a little to Allysen Callery before the show started. She was quite nice, and I enjoyed her music also. (Somewhat unusually, she plays a nylon-string guitar.) I asked her if she had done one of the 'Songwriters in the Round' events before. She said that she had done three, and that something about it tended to make her write about things that she normally would never write about -- often intensely personal things. She expressed hope that I had written something funny to offset this.

Which, actually -- I had brought along the lyrics on a piece of paper so I wouldn't have to worry about remembering them. (Performing a new song in public always kind of freaks me out.) While I was singing the second verse, I noticed that the guy sitting to my left, Rob Hinkal of ilyAIMEY, was raptly reading the lyrics sheet, so I broke off to tell him, "Hey, there's no reading ahead! That's not how this works!" and he looked away, abashed. He told me afterwards that he noticed there was a big word at the beginning of the first line ("Hey, darling, won't you please put down that old Necronomicon?"), so he looked ahead to see what the song was about, and then the next verse was about goat sacrifice, and it was around then that I called him out, so he was just as happy that I had done that. Ryan Fitzsimmons declared it the most evil country music song he'd ever heard, which, OK, fair enough. (Although is it a country song? I guess I will have to record it sometime soon so you can judge for yourself.)

A half-dozen of my friends turned up, which was very nice and made me happy.
This all (mostly) ties in with topic #2 of this post:

There is stuff happening at the open mike on Wednesday January 17 at Tazza Caffe this week: ilyAIMEY is one of the featured acts (they were good on Sunday), Chris Monti and his bass player Nick Pagano are going to be open miking to promote their show the next day, and I'll be open miking also.

So if anyone wants to join me at Tazza, my old offer of A FREE DRINK for anyone who comes to an open mike to see me play still holds.

Tazza's address is 250 Westminster Street in downtown Providence. The open mike generally starts around quarter to 9 pm. I will angle to get an earlyish slot (before the featured acts, which start at 9:30 pm and go to 10:30 pm generally).
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This is the second in a series of posts that are in response to some questions from [livejournal.com profile] palmitas268. This one deals with where I like to play.

answer )
jwgh: (Van Halen)
This is the second in a series of posts that are in response to some questions from [livejournal.com profile] palmitas268. This one deals with how I select my music.

answer behind a cut )
jwgh: (Van Halen)
[livejournal.com profile] palmitas268 asked me some questions about my musical career, and the response is turning out to be pretty long, so I'm going to split it into parts and post it to my livejournal over the course of the day. The first question is about my influences and inspirations.

my response )
jwgh: (Van Halen)
Today at 1 pm I go to a hearing at City Hall, at the end of which I should have a piece of paper entitling me to play the guitar and accordion on the streets of Providence.
jwgh: (Van Halen)
The show went well. I was nervous, as usual. Mark & Beverly Davis, who [livejournal.com profile] katylady74 knows, were very good and very nice, and told me they enjoyed my set.

Did anyone manage to listen to it over the Internet? I brought my laptop with me in hopes that I would be able to record the Internet stream of it, but I couldn't figure out how to get it to work.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] crazyanimallady and [livejournal.com profile] elhortez for coming to the show.

set list )

John Fuzek encouraged me to sign up for some shows at Brewed Awakenings in Wakefield, but having looked at a map I think I will give this a miss, unless someone feels like making a pitch for me doing this. These shows are on Saturdays from 8 to 10 pm.
jwgh: (Van Halen)
I joined the Rhode Island Songwriter's Association last week, and today I decided to write to them and give them my website and other information and ask if there are any shows coming up that I can play at. About ten minutes later John Fuzek replied asking who I was and what I did, and after I provided that information he asked me if I could play a show this coming Friday. Which I can. So:

When: Friday, September 15, 8-10 pm
Where: The Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue, Providence [directions]
What: I will trade half-hour sets with two other artists/groups, probably John Fuzek himself and Mark and Beverly Davis.

It will be a free show. I believe it will also be broadcast live over the web, maybe; if so I will post information about that. Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House is a nice little place, so I hope some of you can come check it out. (They don't have much in the way of food, so have dinner first.)

In unrelated news, I recorded a strange Johnny Cash parody using lyrics provided by [livejournal.com profile] elsibeth, me, and [livejournal.com profile] advorpt in this discussion. (This is, of course, completely different from my other weird Johnny Cash takeoff, which [livejournal.com profile] urbeatle provided the lyrics for.)
jwgh: (Van Halen)
I went to the Tazza open mike tonight, which was fun. This was the fourth time I went there, but it was the first time I remembered to bring CDs to sell, so that was good.

I went on first and, because there were a lot of people who wanted to play, the open mike started a little earlier than expected, around twenty to nine. The result was that [livejournal.com profile] chaos_are_me missed my first song (I got to play two songs) and [livejournal.com profile] plant_geek missed my entire performance, which was a shame. But we all stuck around and chatted and listened to the acts that followed. One interesting act was a duo; one played a badly out of tune guitar while the other sang sea chanteys. They were spirited enough that the crowd sang along, which is an impressive thing at an open mike!

I ended up selling two CDs, one to [livejournal.com profile] plant_geek and one to a complete stranger who we managed to confuse quite badly. (The CDs each have a different label and the labels are designed by different people, one of whom is [livejournal.com profile] chaos_are_me, and we may not have done the greatest job explaining this to him.) I wonder what he will make of the CD? Hopefully he will like it.

I ended up playing an original song, 'Lady Luck', and an Irish tune, 'Mick McGuire'. Actually, I went to the trouble of reconstructing the songs I have played at this open mike the four times I"ve been there, so I may as well reproduce it here:

First time: That'll Never Happen No More (by Blind Willie McTell), Big Road Blues (by Tommy Johnson)
Second time: Leaving Home (by Charlie Poole), Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (by Pete Seeger)
Third time: Hybrid Car, Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head (both originals)
Fourth time: Lady Luck (original), Mick McGuire (?traditional?)

As promised, I bought drinks for both [livejournal.com profile] plant_geek and [livejournal.com profile] chaos_are_me. Plus some bread pudding for myself.

I think the next time I go will be on Wednesday June 28 (so I can promote the Killdevils show that's happening the next day).


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