New Record, NYC show and Clowning

May 22, 2021

Since April, I’ve been making a new record in LA with producer Adam Lasus and the brilliant band I have out here, Naren Rauch on guitar, Brian Griffin on drums and Whynot Jansveld on bass. I’m really excited about how these songs are sounding and I can’t wait to share them with you! Here’s a picture from the studio. I’m behind that glass door, singing.

(Naren Rauch, Brian Griffin and Whynot Jansveld)

In June, I’ll be back in New York for a visit and will be performing one song at the Bushwick Book Club’s show on June 19th at 3pm. I believe this will be in-person somewhere. More details coming soon!

And for the last 6 months or so, I’ve been dabbling in Clown. This has been one of my favorite pandemic pastimes. My clown troupe, The Highland Park School for Clowns Who Love Food, will be making our debut (apart from a private Zoom baby shower) at Stories Bookstore on June 25th. I’m not sure I like the idea of clowning in public but I’m giving it a shot.

(from left: Couch, Beans, Food, Nipples, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Licorice, our teacher Honey Bear and me, Outside)

My clown name is Outside. On your first day of Clown, our teacher Honey Bear (aka Jet Eveleth) asks you what your favorite thing is and you have to answer immediately, without thinking. Most people said some kind of food. I said ‘Outside’ and I think it fits for a number of reasons. A song (“Outside”) from my upcoming album was inspired by my experiences in the HPSFCWLF.

Also, it’s not a Bozo-type of clowning (that’s just creepy!). It’s more performance-arty. I have yet to come up with a good description of it but there is an element of modern dance and an element of improv. Come to the show to check it out. Or maybe don’t… 🙂

Here is a picture from my acceptance dance video from when I won the Trophy for Clown. It’s a long story…

The Love Hangover 2021

February 17, 2021

I was so happy to participate in this year’s Love Hangover. In normal times, the show happens in multiple cities and people sing duets. I’ve done the New York show many times with Benjamin Cartel and also with founder, Richard Alwyn Fisher.

This year, I covered a beautiful Mary Margaret O’Hara song called The Cry of Man. The lyrics were written by “hobo poet,” Harry Kemp. I filmed it on my phone in my living room (see above high-tech screenshot). I wish I had a better AV situation…There are many illustrious performers in this year’s show including Lloyd Cole, Michael Cerveris and many lovely (and illustrious) friends including Claudia Chopek, Renee LoBue, Verena Wiesendanger, Kendall Meade, Susan Hwang, Dave Derby, Charlie Nieland and of course the hosts Gary Burton and Richard Alwyn Fisher.

You can watch it here until April 1st (and here after April 1st). My song is about 48 minutes into the Blue Chapter (there are 3 chapters, all very good!). It’s free but any donations will go to a  great mental health organization called Sounds of Saving. 

2020

January 7, 2020

Happy New Year!

For my first show of the new decade, I’ve put together a benefit for Musicambia‘s west coast programming on January 13th at Gold-Digger’s in LA. My band will be playing as will talented friends Bird of Youth, We Are the West, Brett Farkas and Deenah Vollmer (reading). Doors open at 7. Everything starts at 7:30. There’s a $10 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds will support Musicambia’s new programming in LA and San Francisco. It just so happens that I am also the Executive Director of Musicambia.
I hope you can make it!

Flyer by Scott MX Turner. Photo taken by me a couple years ago from the Griffith Observatory.

On February 10th, I’m hosting another songwriter & writer night at my favorite bookstore/performance venue in Echo Park, Stories.  Songwriters include Ward White, Elena Dell’Innocenti, Stevie Weinstein-Foner, Adron, Deenah Vollmer (reading), Beth Wawerna and me. It’s free. Hope you can make it!