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When: Thursday, January 16
Doors: 7 pm
Tickets and further information available here.
Show is 21+.
Ah… finally, autumn is upon us. Root vegetables, a chill in the air, reds, rust, oranges, yellows…and of course, new ideas. (Let’s hope!!) Summer dresses into the back of the closet, but what to wear? Haha! Shop? Nah… too much to do. I remember when my son was about 1 year old, we’d go for long walks when all of the Halloween decorations were being put up. He loved the fake spider webs. Those lovely, innocent days – years. Now it’s the grind of homework, and the occasional “time out”… just for the fun of it! Can any of you relate to this?
Just finished lyrics for a cheeky new song, and soon to record a vocal. It’ll be a fun song to play live. I’m also looking for a venue to play in L.A. So sad about Witzend – about Jeb. That was a great place to play, and I may still try to play there if they keep the club opened. I played in New York last week at SubCulture, which was a fantastic, intimate venue, and where my good friends, Larry Saltzman and Renee` Goldsberry sat in. (They were wonderful!) I stayed an extra day in N.Y. and saw The Book of Mormon! Yee Haa!!! Wo. Pretty over-the-top, but very cathartic.
As you may have noticed, I’m posting a lot of the songs from Ally McBeal on SoundCloud, as I’ve gotten so many requests over the years to hear the songs in their entirety. Because they’re only for streaming, and not downloading, I can finally do this. I really hope you enjoy going back in time and listening to these songs! It was an era where all of the musicians were playing together – nothing was programmed, and we recorded onto 2 inch tape (not pro-tools), so some of the vocals are out of tune, and we edited in the old school way. We did do overdubs, so it wasn’t all live, but the spirit was captured by the 5 of us playing together… nothing like it. I often chose takes for songs based on the live vocal that expressed the emotion of the song, rather than the perfect drum performance (much to the chagrin of various drummers, but hey, it worked!) The first year was mostly Val McCallum on guitars, Jim Hanson (with whom I still play now), Jeff Young on keyboards, as well as myself on piano much of the time, and Andy Kamman on drums. From around the second year on, we had Pete Thomas on drums, Davey Faragher on bass and often Neil Larson on keyboards, as well as Jeff and myself. The whole first year, Val, Jeff, Jim and I, and sometimes the great Lynn Davis would sing the background parts. At some point, David K. added the 3 wonderful back-up singers in the bar… Sy Smith, Renee Goldsberry and Vatrina King, all of whom have wonderful singing, songwriting and acting careers in movies, in television, and on Broadway. Carmen Carter sometimes joined us as well… how lucky we were to have a budget for all of these tremendous talents! I’ll keep the songs coming, and please send your requests… FaceBook is the best way for me to get these, and I’ll try to find the songs you like!
I have some new recipes I’d like to share… will work on getting those to paper (computer) soon. One has lentils, caramelized onions, mint, sun dried tomatoes (which I can live without), some sort of vinegar… excellent! Now, about that cooking show… I actually pitched a cooking show where I suddenly break out in song, and all of the songs are about food – with titles like “Mix it Up”, and “Stir it, Mama” – any takers? “Spoon it in…” This is what I do when I’m not actually writing songs that are viable for a record. Read a great book – The Hummingbird’s Daughter, by Urrea. Such vivid characters… you’d have to be into magical realism a bit, and folklore. I liked it much better than 100 Years of Solitude, but it could have just been my mood. And the sequel is fantastic as well.
I feel like I’m writing a letter to a friend, only I’m not asking how my friend is. How are you? People? What’s new? What are you reading? Cooking? Thinking? I don’t really feel like writing about politics at the moment… too frustrating, but let’s all keep connecting, staying positive, smiling at each other, letting each other turn in front of us in traffic – being generous, breathing, appreciating our health, and the moment, our families, in whatever form they may take.
Have a great October, and hope to see some of you soon on the road! (This is the first time I don’t have any shows booked – just need the time to finish this record!)
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Mine was nice… just stayed in town, which is sometimes easier and more relaxing than hopping on another plane.
I’m sitting here with my web designer putting up a new website. We’ll be tweaking it for a few days, but it’s going to be much more updated, so I’m really excited about it.
We just booked a few tour dates, which you can see in the touring section, and we’re about to book more, so keep checking. Also, as many of you have noticed, I’ve been posting some songs to download for free. I’ll be putting up new live tunes, as well as the catalog from It’s Good Eve and demos from the 80′s!
The writing is still going well, though I took off a few weeks during the holidays. We’re discussing the possibility of a European tour in the fall… which is wonderful incentive to finish this album!
As you may have noticed, I’m tweeting now and then, but I’m apparently not a very good Twitter-er. I’ll work on that! Haha!
Please send me your favorite recipes on my FaceBook page, if you have a chance… I need new flavors. I made this wonderful 3 bean and vegetable stew with yams, served over rice… wow. See recipe below…
3 Bean Stew (I mean 4 bean stew… make that 12 bean stew – I mean only 12 actual beans, not 12 kinds of beans… haha!) with vegetables.
Chop a red onion (or a purple onion, as my friend points out), sautee in a sauce pan in some olive oil on a low heat until soft. Add a couple of minced fresh garlic cloves, then some minced Jalepeno, if you like spicy food, and sautee for a couple of minutes. Add water to 3/4 full, and bring to a boil. Sort and rinse the beans (you can also sort and rinse the night before, and soak overnight) – I used black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans and French lentils. I think I used about 1/4 cup of each.
When the beans are mostly cooked (about an hour?) you can add the vegetables… potatoes, carrots, yams, zuccini, etc., add salt and pepper, add Jalepenos, if you like it spicy, and cook this mixture.
Meanwhile make your brown rice, or whatever you like…
When potatoes and root vegetables are soft, add lots of Black Kale, Swiss Chard, or any leafy dark green vegetable… you’re almost done now… just check for salt, and boil until stew is very thick. Toward the end, I add a handful of chopped, fresh cilantro (coriander).
Serve over rice, with a dash of hot sauce and if you like, a spoonful of sour cream, and slice some avocados to lay on top.
Yum!! Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to send me some recipes!
See you on the road!