Sunday, September 17, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS THE CADLEYS WITH PERRY CLEAVELAND AND JOHN DANKS

Hey Folks,

This blog started out giving you posts of the songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music for my original songs. As with many things, it has gone in new directions. So, if you just started reading my post and are interested in my original material, here is a link to mySongwriter Notes.

On Thursday, 9/21, The Cadleys, along with Perry Cleaveland (mandolin) and John Danks (bass) will be our guests in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. In addition to being outstanding writers, singers, and players, these folks are a lot of fun! Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”New York Hills”
”The Hawk”
”The Way It’s Always Been”
”Don’t You Never Trust a Woman If She Don’t Like Dogs”
”The Only Thing Missing Is You”

Want to know more about The Cadleys? Check them out right here.
The Cadleys
Want to know more about Perry Cleaveland? Check him out right here.
Perry Cleaveland

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created five CDs, one for each of our five seasons. Each CD contains songs of the performers who appeared during that season. The requested donation for each CD is $10, and the proceeds go to the performers who are playing on the night of the donation. The CDs have gotten good reviews, and we hope they get passed around to let others know about the great talent we have appearing at this venue.

The concerts take place on the first and third Thursdays of every month in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. To learn more about Buffalo Bill’s, check out their site right here:
Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom

Here is a link to videos of performers playing in the Side Room. The videos will give you a feel of how much fun we have at each show. Check them out!

Hope you can join us!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Upcoming Shows:

Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary, October 5
Tom Whitmore, October 19
Loren Barrigar, November 2
John Dady, November 16
Kerry Regan, December 7
Michael George, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henri, December 21
Gordon Munding and Genesee Johnny, January 4
John Carter, January 18
Fred Vine, Lynn Pigage, and Alex Vine, February 1
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Elaine Verstraete, and Perry Cleaveland), February 15
Brian Ayers and Mike Nelson, March 1
Connie Deming, March 15
Warren Paul, April 5
Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland, April 19
Scott Regan, May 3
Jeff Riales, Mike Wittek, and Dana Fine, May 17
The Healing Committee (Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch, and Tim Pitcher), June 7
Ben and Rita Proctor (members of Crooked North), June 21
Joe Rickard (AKA Joemama), July 5
The Michael Yacci Trio (Mike Yacci, Bryan Maslin, and Paul Yacci), July 19
Steve Piper, August 2
The Brothers Blue, August 16
Paulsen and Baker with Tim Chaapel, September 6

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HISTORY OF "LAST MAN STANDING"

Similar to John Prine’s “Hello in There,” in tone, mood, and theme, “last Man Standing” depicts an aging WWII veteran listening to songs that take him back to significant moments in his life.

How did “Last Man Standing” come to fruition? Well, in June of 2010, my mother died suddenly from complications caused by a massive stroke. This devastating event broke my father’s heart, and he has still not recovered from it. I doubt he ever will. Since my mother’s death, I have spoken to my father at least once a day on the phone, and now that he lives here in Canandaigua, NY, I visit with him every day. Despite his intense loneliness and indifference towards life, he does the best he can to keep going, and I admire him for this. Listening to his favorite oldies of the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s often fills up his afternoons with great memories of his life.

He shared many of these memories with me, and most of them focused on some of the great times he had with my mother and their best friends, Tom and Marge Tynan and Phil and Dot Breithaupt. The “six pack,” as I often called them, did a myriad of things together. Parties, picnics, dances, and trips filled up their nearly fifty year friendship. In the late 1990s, the “six pack” began to empty, and with the death of Phil Breithaupt a couple of years ago, my father became the last bottle in the pack. Since Phil’s death, he has expressed to me several times that his bottle is empty, and whenever God is ready, he’s ready to join the other empties.

Along with his stories about his times with my mother and their friends, he also told me stories about his time in the Marines during WWII. He never spoke of the war before this, and most of his generation did not speak of it either. I learned about his experiences in the war in the Pacific, and he described the awful night he was severely wounded and nearly killed on Okinawa. I discovered that most of his friends from the military were also gone, and he was ready to join them, too.

Like many people who are my father’s age, he is the “last man standing” in his group. That phrase entered my mind one day, and I started playing around with some words that eventually became the chorus of the song. Using military imagery, the chorus depicts a soldier who wants to die, but he will not leave this earth until he fulfills his purpose.

After getting the chorus together, I had to develop a setting and story to support it. As with most of my songs, when they are ready to come out, they do, and this one was ready, and it flowed out like a waterfall. The setting is my father sitting in an easy chair listening to his favorite oldies. As he listens, the songs take him through the events of his life from his war years to the death of his wife. I knew it was a keeper instantly, and now all it needed was a melody and some chords.

To enhance the tone, mood, and theme of this sensitive ballad, it was essential to keep the chord progression simple and the tempo slow. So, that’s just what Siobhan and I did with her bass, my guitar, harmonica and vocal. After we put the song together, we went over to record the basic tracks with Rich Cooley, a neighborhood friend. Following this, we brought in two fine musicians, Perry Cleaveland and Bob Spadafora, to add some finishing touches. Perry with his mandolin and fiddle and Bob with his acoustic guitar created some awesome sounds. Along with their instruments, they added some terrific backup harmonies to the chorus. We could not have asked for more. In the final mix, Siobhan and I decided to leave the harmonica out because we had too many other great sounds we wanted to include. Hope you enjoy the download, and I hope it becomes part of your permanent playlist!

If you want to get a feel for the song before you download it, we have a video of us playing the basic tracks on YouTube. Here is a link to our YouTube Channel:
Practicing “Last Man Standing”

If you liked what you heard on our YouTube Channel, here’s a link to where you can download it and add it to your playlist:
CD Baby Download Page for “Last Man Standing”

Saturday, September 2, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS PAULSEN AND BAKER WITH TIM CHAAPEL

Hey Folks,

This blog started out giving you posts of the songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music for my original songs. As with many things, it has gone in new directions. So, if you just started reading my post and are interested in my original material, here is a link to mySongwriter Notes.

On Thursday, 9/7, John Paulsen, Keith Baker, and Tim Chaapel will be our guests in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. For over forty years John and Keith have entertained thousands with terrific renditions of a wide variety of cover tunes, but in this show, they will be showcasing their original material, a real treat. These guys are a lot of fun! Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Sunday Afternoon”
”This Song”
”It’s All Right”
”Consumer Blues”
”The Circle”

Want to know more about John and Keith?
Paulsen and Baker Band

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created five CDs, one for each of our five seasons. Each CD contains songs of the performers who appeared during that season. The requested donation for each CD is $10, and the proceeds go to the performers who are playing on the night of the donation. The CDs have gotten good reviews, and we hope they get passed around to let others know about the great talent we have appearing at this venue.

The concerts take place on the first and third Thursdays of every month in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. To learn more about Buffalo Bill’s, check out their site right here:
Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom

Here is a link to videos of performers playing in the Side Room. The videos will give you a feel of how much fun we have at each show. Check them out!

Hope you can join us!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Upcoming Shows:

The Cadleys with Perry cleaveland and John Danks, September 21
Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary, October 5
Tom Whitmore, October 19
Loren Barrigar, November 2
John Dady, November 16
Kerry Regan, December 7
Michael George, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henri, December 21
Gordon Munding and Genesee Johnny, January 4
John Carter, January 18
Fred Vine, Lynn Pigage, and Alex Vine, February 1
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Elaine Verstraete, and Perry Cleaveland), February 15
Brian Ayers and Mike Nelson, March 1
Connie Deming, March 15
Warren Paul, April 5
Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland, April 19
Scott Regan, May 3
Jeff Riales, Mike Wittek, and Dana Fine, May 17
The Healing Committee (Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch, and Tim Pitcher), June 7
Ben and Rita Proctor (members of Crooked North), June 21
Joe Rickard (AKA Joemama), July 5
The Michael Yacci Trio (Mike Yacci, Bryan Maslin, and Paul Yacci), July 19
Steve Piper, August 2
The Brothers Blue, August 16

Friday, August 25, 2017

HISTORY OF "WHEN YOU WERE CUTE AND I HAD ALL MY HAIR"

An upbeat country/folk song, “When You Were Cute and I Had All My Hair” depicts a middle-aged man talking to his wife about the wonderful life they have had with their four beautiful children. Now that the children are gone and they are empty nesters, he is still deeply in love with her as if it were the first day they met.

How did “When You Were Cute and I Had All My Hair” come to fruition? In 2,000, Siobhan and I were playing at Fiddler’s Green, an Irish bar in Rochester, NY. Jim and Margie Hastings were there for dinner for the first time because they won a gift certificate to the restaurant. They stayed for the entire show, and we got to chatting with them for quite some time when the show was over. We connected and a friendship was born. At subsequent shows at Fiddler’s Green, Jim and Margie brought their four children, Pat, Kenny, Katie, and Dan, and it did not take long before we became part of the family.

As the years rolled on, Jim, Margie, and the kids continued to support our music at a wide variety of venues. One night, we were scheduled to play at Borders, a bookstore in Henrietta, NY. Jim, Margie, and their youngest son, Dan, came to see us, and when they got to the bookstore, we sadly informed them we had been double-booked. The five of us decided to hang out together at another restaurant, and since Dan was with us and only ten years old, we Chose Chuckie Cheese so that he would have something to do while the adults chatted.

As Jim, Margie, Siobhan, and I chatted listening to the sounds of children playing games at Chuckie Cheese, Jim reminded Margie of some special event that occurred for them back before they were married. Margie could not recall this event, and Jim made several attempts to stimulate her memory. After failing several times, Jim, in total frustration, humorously said, “It was back when you were cute, and I had all my hair.”

For some reason, Jim’s statement, “When you were cute, and I had all my hair,” became imprinted in my mind. I played around with it for several years, and finally Jim’s statement became the last line of a somewhat catchy chorus that depicts a man enjoying an evening by the fire with his wife after many years of a happy marriage.

After getting the chorus together, I had to develop a setting and story to support it. As with most of my songs, when they are ready to come out, they do, and this one was ready, and it flowed out within a day. The setting is merely a three verse ballad of Jim and margie’s life together with their four children. I knew it was a keeper instantly, and now all it needed was a melody and some chords.

To enhance the tone, mood, and theme of this Humorously charming upbeat ballad, it was essential to keep the chord progression simple and the tempo fast. So, that’s just what Siobhan and I did with her bass, my guitar, harmonica and vocal. After we put the song together, we went over to record the basic tracks with Rich Cooley, a neighborhood friend. Following this, we brought in two fine musicians, Perry Cleaveland and Bob Spadafora, to add some finishing touches. Perry with his mandolin and fiddle created some awesome sounds, and both Perry and Bob added some terrific backup harmonies to the chorus. We could not have asked for more. In the final mix, Siobhan and I decided to only use the harmonica in the introduction because we had too many other great sounds we wanted to include. Hope you enjoy the download, and I hope it becomes part of your permanent playlist!

If you want to get a feel for the song before you download it, we have a video of us playing the basic tracks on YouTube. Here is a link to our YouTube Channel:
Practicing “When You Were Cute and I Had All My Hair”

If you liked what you heard on our YouTube Channel, here’s a link to where you can download it and add it to your playlist:
CD Baby Download Page for “When You Were Cute and I Had All My Hair”



Saturday, August 12, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS STEVE PIPER

Hey Folks,

This blog started out giving you posts of the songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music for my original songs. As with many things, it has gone in new directions. So, if you just started reading my post and are interested in my original material, here is a link to mySongwriter Notes.

On Thursday, 8/17, Steve Piper will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. If you have never seen Steve , you are in for some great original music. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”See These Days Unwind”
”There’s No Easy Way Out”
”The Song the Blackbird Sings”
”It Never Gets Old”
”This House”

Want to know more about Steve Piper?
Steve Piper’s Web Site

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created five CDs, one for each of our five seasons. Each CD contains songs of the performers who appeared during that season. The requested donation for each CD is $10, and the proceeds go to the performers who are playing on the night of the donation. The CDs have gotten good reviews, and we hope they get passed around to let others know about the great talent we have appearing at this venue.

The concerts take place on the first and third Thursdays of every month in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. To learn more about Buffalo Bill’s, check out their site right here:
Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom

Here is a link to videos of performers playing in the Side Room. The videos will give you a feel of how much fun we have at each show. Check them out!

Hope you can join us!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Upcoming Shows:

Paulsen Baker and Chaapel, September 7
The Cadleys, September 21
Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary, October 5
Tom Whitmore, October 19
Loren Barrigar, November 2
John Dady, November 16
Kerry Regan, December 7
Michael George, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henri, December 21
Gordon Munding and Genesee Johnny, January 4
John Carter, January 18
Fred Vine, Lynn Pigage, and Alex Vine, February 1
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Elaine Verstraete, and Perry Cleaveland), February 15
Brian Ayers and Mike Nelson, March 1
Connie Deming, March 15
Warren Paul, April 5
Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland, April 19
Scott Regan, May 3
Jeff Riales, Mike Wittek, and Dana Fine, May 17
The Healing Committee (Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch, and Tim Pitcher), June 7
Ben and Rita Proctor (members of Crooked North), June 21
Joe Rickard (AKA Joemama), July 5
The Michael Yacci Trio (Mike Yacci, Bryan Maslin, and Paul Yacci), July 19
The Brothers Blue, August 16

Saturday, July 29, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS THE BROTHERS BLUE

Hey Folks,

This blog started out giving you posts of the songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music for my original songs. As with many things, it has gone in new directions. So, if you just started reading my post and are interested in my original material, here is a link to mySongwriter Notes.

On Thursday, 8/3, The Brothers Blue (Benny, Matthew, andCharlie) will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. If you have never seen the trio, you are in for some great original music. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”I Am a Soldier”
”Ain’t No More Cane”
”Canadice Lake”
”Buffalo (Goin’ Back)”
”Foggy Mountain Top”

Want to know more about The Brothers Blue?
The Brothers Blue FB Page

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created five CDs, one for each of our four seasons. Each CD contains songs of the performers who appeared during that season. The requested donation for each CD is $10, and the proceeds go to the performers who are playing on the night of the donation. The CDs have gotten good reviews, and we hope they get passed around to let others know about the great talent we have appearing at this venue.

The concerts take place on the first and third Thursdays of every month in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. To learn more about Buffalo Bill’s, check out their site right here:
Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom

Here is a link to videos of performers playing in the Side Room. The videos will give you a feel of how much fun we have at each show. Check them out!

Hope you can join us!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Upcoming Shows:

Steve Piper, August 17
Paulsen Baker and Chaapel, September 7
The Cadleys, September 21
Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary, October 5
Tom Whitmore, October 19
Loren Barrigar, November 2
John Dady, November 16
Kerry Regan, December 7
Michael George, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henri, December 21
Gordon Munding, January 4
John Carter, January 18
Fred Vine, Lynn Pigage, and Alex Vine, February 1
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Elaine Verstraete, and Perry Cleaveland), February 15
Brian Ayers and Mike Nelson, March 1
Connie Deming, March 15
Warren Paul, April 5
Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland, April 19
Scott Regan, May 3
Jeff Riales, Mike Wittek, and Dana Fine, May 17
The Healing Committee (Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch, and Tim Pitcher), June 7
Ben and Rita Proctor (members of Crooked North), June 21
Joe Rickard (AKA Joemama), July 5
The Michael Yacci Trio (Mike Yacci, Bryan Maslin, and Paul Yacci), July 19

Sunday, July 23, 2017

THE FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE

Only played three songs this weekend, but Oh what a treat it was! I met Katie Hastings and her family when she was thirteen. She is thirty now, and over the years Siobhan and I have become quite close to her family and her. About a month ago, she emailed me and asked Siobhan and me to play the father/daughter dance at her wedding. When she went off to college, her father secretly left behind in her dorm room a copy of the lyrics to “Forever Young.” She decided this would be their father/daughter dance. However, instead of a recording of Bob Dylan or Rod Stewart, she wanted to surprise her dad by having Siobhan and me play the song for them. Well, her surprise worked. Jim, her dad, not known for displaying his emotions, was blown away, and I was glad Siobhan and I were able to be the catalysts. Originally scheduled to only play “Forever Young,” we were asked to come back later in the evening to play two of our songs, favorites of the Hastings family. Jim and Margie, Katie’s parents, were celebrating their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary the next day; so, we played “Seasons with You,” one of Margie’s favorites. We followed it up with “When You Were Cute and I Had All My Hair,” a history of the Hastings family, and probably a history of many contemporary families in America. Much thanks to Katie and Matt for including us in their special day!

In reflecting, we will probably never play a father/daughter dance again, but it got me to thinking about all the various ways we have brought joy to the lives of people through music. We are so grateful to be able to do this, and we hope we can continue to do it for a long time. We are also grateful for all the wonderful friends we have met through music. Thanks for being in our lives. You’re the best!