This weekend we honor our veterans who have bravely allowed us to maintain our freedoms. As songwriters, we don’t take this for granted. Think of Pussy Riot, songwriters jailed in Russia for writing songs critical of the government. Thanks to women and men of our military for fighting for our right to complain about our love life, our government and of course, the weather.
Before a re-cap of last week’s session, a quick heads up. Today, The Stray Cat Gallery is showing my old friend, Barbara Zweig’s and Kit Jones’ beautiful work across the street from The Distillery. You can come to SC^2 and then head across the street to the opening reception (4-7pm). It is a gorgeous exhibit. I spent time there yesterday.Explore the “mysteries” and dilemmas” of nature in the work of Barbara Zweig.
Last week we had a full house and we met Julian Giamo, an interesting new songwriter. I opened with the Dorothy Fields/Cy Coleman hit, “Hey Big Spender,” from the Broadway show, “Sweet Charity,” and then went on to perform a couple of my tunes: “Back Seat Driver” and “Do You Want Me.”
Lucas played some great originals: “Midnight Blue” and “Don’t Have To Ask.”
Brewster and his sister, Stacey sang some great harmonies on “Just LIke You,” “Daisies,” and “Sweet Dreams.”
John Sindorf played and sang his song, “Save Yourself,” playing bass and background tracks.
Then Julian performed several of his original tunes on a beautiful open hole Godin guitar. He’s a sensitive singer and player with a musical range that includes bossa nova and jazzy changes. The songs he performed were “Empty Promises,” “Thanksgiving,” “The Ones Who Are Dreamers,” and “Unstable.” I like his swinging, syncopated style. I assumed he was a fan of James Taylor.
“Who are your fav guitarists?” I asked him.
“Jack Johnson, John Mayer and the Eagles.” I wonder if he’ll go back to JT. It was great to have him and we hope he’ll be back soon.
We ended with a big jam.
After the session, we headed to Morgan McCarthy’s graduation from Cobalt Studio’s set design program. Her work was on display, along with the other 4 grads. Now she’s off to a big career: Chicago, San Francisco and the rest of the theatrical world. We shall miss you, Morgan.
We meet today and next Saturday, June 1. After that, we will most likely, suspend SC^2 for the rest of the month and pick it up again in July. The Distillery is hosting a full day Les Paul tribute on July 15. I shall be out of town, heading to Yale for the writers conference and then to Vegas, baby! Carol and Aldo have offered to lead the session on May 22. If you plan to come for that, please let us know through comments on this blog and we’ll decide if we shall have enough to justify their volunteering. Otherwise, we’ll see you in July.