Friday, May 11, 2018

LYRICISTS IN THE LOFT PRESENTS RITA AND BEN PROCTOR FROM THE CROOKED NORTH

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 Sunday, 5/20, Rita and Ben Proctor of Crooked North will be our guests as we continue our new venue, Lyricists in the Loft, in the Quiote (upstairs) of Rio Tomatlan. Perry Cleaveland, who recorded on THE CROOKED NORTH, the group's first CD, will be sitting in on a few tunes. In addition to being outstanding writers, singers, and players, Ben and Rita are a lot of fun! Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
"Blackest Crow"
"Hop High My Lulu Gal"
Want to know more about Rita and Ben and The Crooked North? Check them out right here.
The Crooked North
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 six CDs, one for each of our six seasons that were held in The Side Room of Buffalo Bill’s. 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 day of the donation. Since the performers who played in Buffalo Bill’s Side Room will now be playing in The Loft at Rio Tomatlan, the CDs will give you a good feel for what to expect in the upcoming shows.


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 had at each show., and I hope the fun will continue at Rio Tomatlan. Check them out!

Hope you can join us!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Upcoming Shows:
Da vines (Fred and Alex Vine), June 3
Steve Piper (ofWatkins and the Rapiers), June 17
Joe Rickard (AKA, Jomama), July 15
Paulsen Baker and Chaapel, August 19
The Cadleys (with Perry Cleaveland and John Danks), September 2
The Brothers Blue, September 16
Jack Jones (with Kendall Paul Wilt and Fran Cary), October 7

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS JEFF RIALES

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, 5/17, Jeff Riales will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. Jeff will be joined by Mike Wittek (mandolin/guitar) and Dana Fine (Bass). Jeff is the “real deal” when it comes to original country music. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Blow That Whistle Loud”
”Don’t Go Drinkin’ on an Empty Heart”
”I Am Old Glory”
”Mama Waved at Elvis”
”The Ticket”

Want to know more about Jeff?
”Bio”

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created six CDs, one for each of our six 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

Friday, April 27, 2018

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS SCOTT REGAN

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, 5/3, Scott Regan, the voice of WRUR’s “Open Tunings,” will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. As well as being an excellent radio host, Scott is a terrific singer/songwriter. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Autumn Moon”
”Elevator Man in the Woods”
”Just One Drum”
”Peace Like Dust”
”Time Enough at Last”

Want to know more about Scott and his band, Watkins and the Rapiers?
”Watkins and the Rapiers”

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created six CDs, one for each of our six 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:

Jeff Riales, May 17

Friday, April 13, 2018

LYRICISTS IN THE LOFT PRESENTS THE CADLEYS

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 Sunday, 4/22, The Cadleys, along with Perry Cleaveland (mandolin) and John Danks (bass) will be our guests at the opening of our new venue, Lyricists in the Loft, in the upstairs of Rio Tomatlan. 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 six CDs, one for each of our six seasons that were held in The Side Room of Buffalo Bill’s. 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 day of the donation. Since the performers who played in Buffalo Bill’s Side Room will now be playing in The Loft at Rio Tomatlan, the CDs will give you a good feel for what to expect in the upcoming shows.


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 had at each show., and I hope the fun will continue at Rio Tomatlan. Check them out!

Hope you can join us!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Stay tuned for upcoming shows at this venue!

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS PAUL SWIATEK AND PERRY CLEAVELAND

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, 4/19, Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. As well as being great songwriters, These two are also terrific players of folk, Country, bluegrass, etc. Take a look at these videos, and you’ll see what I mean:
”Nihilist Blues”
”Am I Here Now”
”Breezy Point Long Island Fire”
”Sell the Banjo Dad”
”Mr. Sutter’s Lament”

Want to know more about Paul?
Paul Swiatek

Want to know more about Perry?
Perry Cleaveland

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created six CDs, one for each of our six 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:
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
The Cadleys with Perry Cleaveland and John Dancks, September 20
Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary (Stid Hill Stompers), October 4
Tom Whitmore of Watkins and the Rapiers, October 18
Benjo (Ben Haravitch and Joe Dady), November 1
John Dady, November 15
Kerry Regan of Watkins and the Rapiers, December 6
Whorlwood (Michael George, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henrie), December 20
Brian Burley and Big Blue House, January 17
Da Vines (Fred and Alex Vine), February 7
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henrie), February 21
Brian Ayers, Chad Ayers, and Mike Nelson, March 7
Connie Deming, March 21
Warren Paul, April 4

Monday, April 9, 2018

THE BALLAD OF BRUCE WEAVER

“The Ballad of Bruce Weaver”: A sensitive folk Americana song, “The Ballad of Bruce Weaver” depicts a conversation between a truck driver and singer/songwriter. Their talk leads to a very simple but profound awareness.

How did “The Ballad of Bruce Weaver” come to fruition? Well, back in 1976, I played guitar and sang songs at The Whipple Tree, a bar and restaurant in Shortsville, NY. Now, it is called Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom. In 1990, my partner, Siobhan McGuire, and I started playing there, and in 2012, we started hosting a concert series there, Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room.

At the time I met Bruce Weaver, the Whipple Tree was owned by Joe and Dorothy Pietropaolo. Dorothy was a guidance counselor at Canandaigua Academy, the high school where I taught English. Every Friday after work, I’d grab my guitar and equipment, and head over to play at Joe and Dorothy’s place for the evening. On one of these nights, I met Bruce, and our first conversation eventually resulted in a song.

Before I get into the nature of my conversation with Bruce, I feel it is necessary to give you a sense of the man. Bruce was a “good ol’ boy.” He worked and played hard. He drank too much, was way too boisterous, and scared those who were unable to identify the redeeming qualities that lay deep beneath his rough exterior. If he were still alive, he would have changed the channel whenever Hillary appeared on TV. If he had dated your mother, sister, or daughter, you probably would have been very uncomfortable. If you were a dog, senior citizen, or handicapped, he would have treated you like royalty. If you were in a fox hole or a barroom brawl, he was the guy you would have wanted to have beside you. I could go on with more details, but I think this little description gives you a fairly good idea of what Bruce was like.

On the night I met Bruce, he was engaged in his usual Friday night behavior. He sat at the bar pounding beers and talking with the patrons. Occasionally, he drifted over to the pool table to shoot a game or two with one of his friends. As the beer intake increased, Bruce, his friends, and many of the other patrons began responding to my songs. The music started to generate hand clapping, foot stomping, singing and hoots, all desired objectives of any musician. When Bruce, the most energetic of the group, stomped his feet so hard that it set off the reverb chamber in my amplifier, I knew it was time for a break.

On my break, I headed over to the bar to grab a beer and visit with some of the patrons. Bruce happened to be sitting on the bar stool next to me, and as I sipped my beer, we struck up a conversation. After he told me a few stories about his life on the road as a trucker, he asked me if I made a decent living gigging in the bars. When I told him I played music for fun and a little extra money, and teaching English was my day job, he got a little uncomfortable. I immediately sensed that Bruce and school went together about as well as oil and water. He proceeded to verify this by telling me about his horrific experiences with education. He concluded his tales by expressing his regret for not having graduated from high school. While I knew I had to get back to playing my tunes, I did not want to leave him feeling as he did. Before I left him, I pointed out that, even though I had a great deal of education under my belt, it would be very interesting and entertaining to watch me try to drive his rig. His chuckle indicated he understood what I meant, and as he shook my hand, he told me to keep spreading this idea to kids because the world would be a lot better if we all knew how important we were to each other.

The following day, while sitting in my little studio apartment in Canandaigua, I thought about my brief meeting with Bruce. My thoughts drifted back to my college days when I studied the transcendental writers of the nineteenth century. More specifically, I thought about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, “The Over-Soul.” The gist of this writing is the universe is one soul, and we are all little parts who are interdependent upon each other. Since my conversation with Bruce confirmed Emerson’s point, the theme for “The Ballad of Bruce Weaver” was born.

In this song, I reconstruct the story of my meeting with Bruce. When Bruce delivers his point in the final verse, he becomes a very simple version of Emerson because he, like Emerson, sees the beauty and importance of every being. The chorus, a description of Bruce’s life, contrasts greatly with the life of the narrator. This difference only helps to reinforce and accent Emerson’s theme of interdependence.

Today, over forty years later, some nights I’ll sit at the bar at Buffalo Bill’s and think about Bruce. Whenever Bruce comes into my mind, I think he’s reminding me to keep spreading that idea that we talked about so many years ago. Quite often, I quietly promise him that I will.

Because of the nature of the topic of the song, I chose a sensitive delivery. With a guitar, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and bass, John and Joe Dady help me create an atmosphere that cleverly enhances the intimacy Bruce and the narrator share during their conversation. Lyrically, it lacks the sophistication of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, and many of the twentieth century beat poets, but I like its simplicity, and I hope you do, too.

I dedicated this song to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson, along with many other transcendental writers, helped me at a time in my life when my esteem was very low. His writings encouraged me to recognize the value I brought to the world, and as I became more and more aware of my own worth, I got better and better at seeing the importance and beauty of everyone and everything around me. Seeking to identify and appreciate the value and magnificence of others has made my life more satisfying and complete. Thanks for the tip, Ralph!

I recorded this song in 1993 at The Garage, a little studio in Rochester, New York. The Garage was owned and operated by John and Joe Dady, two quintessential musicians. When you record with them, you can always count on great coffee, good stories, and an aching stomach from laughing. I highly recommend John and Joe if you are interested in recording.

Well, there you have it. The song is #4 on my Home Town album. You can stream it on Spotify, iTunes, or Amazon. (If you have Amazon Prime, the Amazon link will be available to you.) Hope you have time to check out the song, and I hope it finds a place on your playlist!

The Ballad of Bruce Weaver on Spotify

The Ballad of Bruce Weaver on Apple iTunes

The Ballad of Bruce Weaver on Amazon

Friday, March 30, 2018

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS WARREN PAUL

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, 4/5, Warren Paul will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. Warren has been around the Rochester scene for quite some time, and he is one of its finest singer/songwriters. Take a look at the videos listed below, and you’ll see what I mean!
”A Pokey Moonshine Night”
”Adirondack Shack”
”Family Dollar”
”The Barbeque Café Jingle”
”The Journey”

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created six CDs, one for each of our six 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:

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
The Cadleys with Perry Cleaveland and John Dancks, September 20
Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary (Stid Hill Stompers), October 4
Tom Whitmore of Watkins and the Rapiers, October 18
Benjo (Ben Haravitch and Joe Dady), November 1
John Dady, November 15
Kerry Regan of Watkins and the Rapiers, December 6
Whorlwood (Michael George, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henrie), December 20
Brian Burley and Big Blue House, January 17
Da Vines (Fred and Alex Vine), February 7
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henrie), February 21
Brian Ayers, Chad Ayers, and Mike Nelson, March 7
Connie Deming, March 21
Warren Paul, April 4