Saturday, March 30, 2013

Off Stage With Meyer and McGuire

Hey Folks,

As always, hope you are all doing well! If you have some time for reading, viewing and listening, here's what I have for you this month.

Well, here is a first for Siobhan and me. We're going to be on the radio on April 3 at 10 AM. The name of the show is "Open Tunings," and it is hosted by Scott Regan. Scott's show was named the best show in Rochester for 2012, a well-deserved honor.

Along with playing a few songs, and promoting some of our upcoming shows in Rochester, Siobhan and I will be talking with Scott about the concert series we host at Buffalo Bill's in Shortsville, NY. With that said, I want to warn you ahead of time. I met Scott for the first time when he did a show for us at Buffalo Bill's about six months ago. (By the way, Scott is a great songwriter who has a great feel for irony and a tremendous ability to present the truth with an uncanny sense of humor. Check him out!) Anyway, after his show, we hit it off, and started jawing easily about anything and everything. So, while we have a tentative plan for his show, we just might end up discussing the outcome for the Red Sox and Yankees in the upcoming 2013 season.

On April 3, if you are near a radio and in the Rochester area, tune into WRUR 88.5 FM at 10 AM. If you are not in the Rochester area, here is a link where you can stream the show from the internet. When you get to this page, you want the player for "Open Tunings" (WRUR 88.5, Different Radio). Hope you can tune in! If you miss us, check out "Open Tunings" when you get a chance! It's on Monday thru Friday from 9 AM to Noon. You won't be disappointed.

The "Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room" concerts at Buffalo Bill's in Shortsville, NY, seem to get better and better each month. The concerts are on the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 PM. In my last post, I played you a video of Jim Clare playing his song, "Jumpin Sam Patch." In this post, we have a video of Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz doing their song "'Til September." With the sensitive sounds of Steve's acoustic guitar and Perry Cleaveland's violin, Leslie and Steve's exquisitely blended voices present a beautiful song Leslie wrote about waiting for the fall, one of her favorite times of the year. Here is the video. Hope you enjoy it, and I hope it encourages you to check out this venue. We have some great songwriters in this area, and if you like original music, you owe it to yourself to experience some of these artists. Stay tuned for more videos of other songwriters we have showcased.

Since I am on the topic of the songwriters' series, I want to thank Connie Deming for the awesome show she did for us in March. It was Connie's first time in the side room, and we can't wait to have her back! On April 18, we are having Steve Piper back for another show. Since his first concert in the side room, about a year ago, I've gotten to know him a little more, and I can't say enough good things about him. He is a crazy, sensitive guy who tells bad jokes, writes awesome songs, and plays phenomenal guitar. He has been on numerous recordings, and when he is not playing a gig, you'll find him hosting the open mic at The Flipside, a local bar in Rochester. Here is Steve at last year's performance doing his song, "This House," one of my favorites. You can learn more about him right here! Hope you can join us on April 18!

Since songwriting seems to be the main focus of this post, here is a link to "The Road Less Traveled," one of my original songs. You can read about the development of the song, check out the lyrics, and listen to the song. If you like the song, you can download the MP3 at the iTunes Store right here. If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you may have seen this one already. If this is a new song for you, I hope you enjoy it!

For those of you who have stumbled upon this post accidentally and have no knowledge about Meyer and McGuire, here is a link to our web site. Hope you enjoy learning about us!

Well, once again, it's time for me to stop babbling. I often go walking at night, and much to the chagrin of Siobhan, I am a daydreamer who should be paying a little more attention to my surroundings. Many of you pass through my thoughts, sometimes for a fleeting moment and other times longer. I want to thank you for being in my thoughts. You have contributed to my life much more than you will ever know. So, see you on the streets somewhere!

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