Monday, November 27, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS KERRY REGAN OF WATKINS AND THE RAPIERS

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, 12/7, Kerry Regan of the renowned group, Watkins and the Rapiers, will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. Kerry, like his band mates, is a master when it comes to using irony in his songs. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Big Man”
”My Mother Never Learned to Drive”
”In the Finger Lakes”
”I Don’t Believe in Santa Clause”
”The War on Christmas Is Over”

Want to know more about Kerry? Check him out right here.
Watkins and the Rapiers 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:

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
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
John Dady, November 15

Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS JOHN DADY OF THE DADY BROTHERS

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, 11/16, John Dady of the renowned duo, The Dady Brothers, will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. John, who, along with brother Joe, should eventually be members of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, is an outstanding singer/songwriter, entertainer, and guitar and mandolin player. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Friends”
”It Used to Be Darker”
”It Will All Work Out”
”Little Stream”
”Old Brown Boots”

Want to know more about John? Check him out right here.
The Dady Brothers’ 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:

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
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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

AUTHOR'S NOTES FOR "JUST ONE" AND LINKS TO YOUTUBE, SPOTIFY, AND CD BABY

An upbeat country pop Americana song, “Just one” depicts a patron who, after having just one drink, unsuccessfully tries to leave a local bar because his friends keep buying him more drinks.

How did “Just One” come to fruition? Well, one summer night in 2008, Siobhan and I were sitting in the Canandaigua Brew Company, a little tavern on Phoenix Street in Canandaigua, NY. Quite often condemned by the righteous, Phoenix Street, also known as Blood Alley, is in the lower socioeconomic area of the city. Despite its problems, I love it and the spirit it generates. It’s a place where it’s hard to tell the sinners from the saints because there is a little bit of both in each soul.

As Siobhan and I sat visiting with our good friend Ray Hackett, the bartender, someone from down the bar yelled, “Hey, Teacher!” The voice came from Terry Beayea, a former student from the late 1970s. “You need to write a tune about folks having just one more,” he said.
“What do you mean,” I replied.
He proceeded to describe a very common situation that often occurs at a bar. When someone is getting ready to leave, the other patrons often encourage him to hang in there for one more. Of course, one more leads to one more and so on…, and before you know it, it’s closing time. Always being open to new ideas, I told him I would give it some thought, and I stashed the concept somewhere in the back of my mind.

Sometime within the next few weeks, the phrase, “just one, just one more,” came back into my mind when I heard someone say it at the bar. I immediately thought of the conversation I had with Terry, and I began to think about his idea more seriously. As I sat at the bar sipping some Jim Beam Black, I envisioned some of the places people go and the things they do after stopping for one after work. Picking up something at a store, grabbing dinner at some restaurant or fast food joint, and heading home to do some work were three ideas that came to me. From there, the words “More” and “Store” created the first half of the chorus, and when I realized “chores” were the jobs done at home, the second half of the chorus quickly fell into place.

From here, it was simple. Each of the verses kept enticing the main character to stay on for one more drink until it was finally closing time, and the episodes in each verse reflected actual events I encountered as a patron of the CBC.

This upbeat party-like song required a driving sound to reflect the festive atmosphere in the bar. 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 electric 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 just use the harmonica to kick off the song, and then we decorated the song with the terrific filler and lead work created by Perry and Bob. Hope you enjoy the song, and I hope it finds a place on your playlist!

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

If you liked what you heard on our YouTube Channel, here’s a link to where you can stream it on Spodify and add it to your playlist (If you are not a Spodify member, you need to become a member and download the Spodify Web Player. It is free.):
Spodify Streaming Page for “Just One”

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 “Just One”


Friday, October 27, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS LOREN BARRIGAR, NOV. 2

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, 11/2, Loren Barrigar of the renowned duo, Loren and Mark, will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. Loren, like Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel, is a guitarist extraordinaire Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Hankerin”
”TE’s Ramble”
”Goin’ Under Over You”
”Time” by John Cadley
”Juice”

Want to know more about Loren and Mark? Check them out right here.
Loren and Mark 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:

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
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

Monday, October 23, 2017

CAN I GET YOU TO TRY TO STREAM YOUR MUSIC?

Hey Folks,

As always, hope everyone is doing well. Been studying music streaming and have learned it is rapidly becoming the most popular way people listen to music. To save you a little time, if you can’t answer yes to the following questions, do not continue reading this post.

Do you enjoy listening to music when you are working on your computer, cleaning your house, exercising, entertaining friends, driving in your car, etc.?
Do you or would you like to have this music streamed right from your computer or mobile device?
Would you like to have total control of your music playlist? (For those who do not know what a playlist is, it’s simply the list of songs you choose to listen to.)
Would you like to be able to create this playlist for free?

If you answered yes, let’s continue. Below is a link to our first playlist for the songwriters who have appeared at our concert series. If you are already a spotify member who stays signed in, you should arrive right on the playlist. Hit play and you should be good to go. If you are not a member, you can sign up easily for free by providing a user name and a password. Here’s the link
Songwriting Sages from Syracuse to South Buffalo

The playlist contains twenty original songs, nineteen from the songwriters who have done shows at our concert series and one of Meyer and McGuire’s.

Now, the fun begins. I do not expect you to like all these songs. From the list, I want you to select the songs you like and move them to “Your Music.” Then, if you want, you can create your own playlist of songs that appeal to you.

Next, I’d appreciate it if you would share this playlist with all your friends and encourage them to select the songs they like. After they select the songs they like, they should share the list with their friends.

Through its algorithms, Spotify looks to see how much a song is being moved to new playlist and how much a song is being played by new listeners. If it sees a song becoming popular on a lower level, it might place it on one of its “editorial playlists.” If a song reaches this level, there’s a good chance it can easily get up to a million streams worldwide. If this happens, it can mean big money for the artist.

Ok, in reality, we are dealing with something you might call a “musical lottery,” but nothing ventured, nothing gained. The worst case scenario is we get to listen to some great songwriters who hail from Syracuse to South Buffalo, and that ain’t bad!

So, remember some key points. Follow the artists you like; save their songs to “Your Music”; share the playlist with your friends. Thanks!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS TOM WHITMORE OF WATKINS AND THE RAPIERS

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, 10/19, Tom Whitmore of Watkins and the Rapiers will be our guests in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. Tom, perhaps the least known of the writers for the group, is, like his bandmates, an extremely sensitive and humorous guy. Tom’s songs, also like his bandmates, definitely reflect his sensitivity and humor. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Baby, It’s a Long Walk Home”
”The Truth”
”Temporary Baby”
”Vacation from God”
”Texting While Driving”

Want to know more about Tom and Watkins and the Rapiers? Check them out right here.
”Watkins and the Rapiers”

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:

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
The Cadleys with Perry Cleaveland and John Dancks, September 20
Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary (Stid Hill Stompers), October 4

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AUTHOR'S NOTES ABOUT "WHEN YOU WERE CUTE AND I HAD ALL MY HAIR" AND LINKS TO YOUTUBE, SPODIFY, AND CD BABY

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 stream or 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 stream it on Spodify and add it to your playlist (If you are not a Spodify member, you need to become a member and download the Spodify Web Player. It is free.):
Spodify Streaming Page for “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”