Newsletter – December 11, 2014 – Conversation with a Squirrel

Newsletter – December 11, 2014 – Conversation with a Squirrel

December 11, 2014

Gang,

I hope the New Englanders among you have survived the nor’easter in style and comfort. Aside from a few leaks in the house we are warm and dry.

But right now there is a red squirrel sitting outside the kitchen window yelling at me. I spend my mornings sitting at the kitchen table, trying to write songs, taking care of this and that, because my office is too piled with stacks of very important documents to be a good work environment.

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So I’m sitting here, lost in thought, trying to figure out what the Muse is trying to tell me, or whether I’m even talking to my Muse. Maybe it’s somebody else’s Muse, whispering to me through the ether. Maybe it’s a wrong number and she’s just trying to order a pizza or something — it’s always so hard to tell. Anyway, this squirrel rouses me from my reverie. He’s sitting on the window ledge, staring at me, looking annoyed and chattering away in a very imperious tone. Seeing that he’s got my attention, he stops his scolding and gives a rather pointed glance toward the birdfeeder. It’s empty. He’s ticked off because the birdfeeder’s empty. He’s accustomed to a better level of service.

I roar at him, giving him my very best “I’m a big hairy monster and I’m going to come out there and gobble you up,” kind of roar. He doesn’t even flinch. I try again, this time actually articulating, “I’m a big hairy monster,” and so forth. He looks at me with this “Give me a break,” kind of look and starts chattering again. “Get lost,” I explained. “You’re a Republican, aren’t you?” he demanded. It sounded like an accusation. Now he was making me mad. “Politics have nothing to do with it,” I said firmly, “this is a bird feeder, not a squirrel feeder. You are a squirrel, not a bird. Case closed.” “I am an American squirrel,” he said haughtily, “900th generation. These birdy friends of yours are mostly aliens. Canadians, for Pete’s sake. Migrants. They’re not even going to stay in the country.”

I was, I admit, somewhat taken aback. “But,” I protested, “they have a long journey. They need my help.” “Ha!” he retorted, “They’re richer than you are. They’re headed for their winter homes in the Caribbean. Do you have a winter home in the Caribbean?” He didn’t wait for an answer. “I didn’t think so. So you’re willing to give handouts to these millionaires who are moving their assets overseas, but not to a hard-working American squirrel who’s down on his luck. Republican!”

“Now you’re making me mad, Red,” I said evenly. “If you don’t back off I’m going to go get the 12 gauge. “Ooooh, the 12 gauge,” he taunted. “A Republican for sure. Arms spending way out of line with your actual needs. A .22 single-shot would be plenty to bully around a poor little innocent squirrel like me, but no, you think you have to impress me with the mighty 12 gauge. Overkill, if you’ll pardon the expression. Deep-seated worries about inadequacy, I’d say.” “Now hold on just a darned minute,” I sputtered, “this is ridiculous. You’re a squirrel. Go get a job – do whatever it is that squirrels do to make a living. You don’t need handouts from me.”


Tom in the studio recording”Voices”
Photo ©2014, Neale Eckstein

He shook his head sadly. “Listen, Tom,” he said, “may I call you Tom? Listen, it was a bad year for pinecones, and the acorns … well, you could call it crop failure. The ecology’s the worst it’s been in generations. I’m not asking for a handout, but I think we should be thinking in terms of a safety net here. Think of it as the rich pitching in to support squirrels, American squirrels, who are less fortunate.”

I asked the Muse if I could get back to her in a few minutes. She said no, she had a bunch of really good ideas but if I was too busy she’d just go give them to Arlo. I shuffled off to get the sunflower seed, thinking that self-loathing in some circumstances is entirely warranted.

I’ve put up another new song on YouTube, just for you, entitled — appropriately enough in this context — “Voices.” I’m very much looking forward to doing this one at Symphony Hall on the 28th with some other voices. This is a secret page – just for folks on the email list.

This will, I hope, be a very romantic evening — candles on the tables, lots of love songs and good company. Bring your honey, bring your buddy. What better holiday gift could there be than an evening of music in one of the world’s premier concert halls? (And don’t forget the newvideo documentary – a perfect companion gift!) Am I being too subtle, I wonder?

Some upcoming radio appearances are listed below. Stay warm, stay dry, and thanks for reading!

All the best,

Tom

Tom Rush

Quote of the month: “You can’t be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit.” – Sarah Jessica Parker

Upcoming radio shows:

Sunday, Dec 14, 6 pm –  New Hampshire Public Radio – Kate McNally’s Folk Show

Tuesday, Dec 16, 1:15 pm – WMBR (Boston) 88.1 fm – Lost and Found with Eli Polansky

Wednesday, Dec 17, 3:30 pm – WBUR (Boston) 90.9 fm

Newsletter – December 5, 2014 – Feeding Deer

Newsletter – December 5, 2014 – Feeding Deer

December 5, 2014

Gang,

At a big box store recently I saw that, along with the usual birdfeeders on display, they had a deer-feeder for sale. It was a large contraption that dispensed kernels of dried corn. “Well, isn’t that sweet?” I thought, skipping over the question of whether we maybe have enough deer already, perhaps even a surfeit by some reckonings. Then, upon closer inspection, I saw that this warm and cuddly contraption was made by the Remington Company, and that the feed bags were from a brand named “Record Rack.” I can tell you – I was disillusioned. Next they’re going to be telling me there is no Santa Claus and trying to sell me reindeer venison!


Tom And Matt Nakoa in the studio recording a “secret” YouTube song – December 3, 2014
Photo ©2014, Neale Eckstein

The Symphony Hall show is moving along well – I’m working with the other artists on possible collaborations. I’ve got some new songs to play for you and, in order to share them with my guests (Red Molly, Grace Kelly and Monica Rizzio) and the house band I went into a studio yesterday and did simple recordings – just me and a young keyboardist named Matt Nakoa, who happened to be in the building and volunteered his services. I’m putting up one of the songs on a secret YouTube page, for your listening pleasure. You can ONLY get there with this link: http://youtu.be/lVDkGd41Oc0. This is a song called “Life Is Fine,” and I can’t wait to hear it with Red Molly’s harmonies and Monica Rizzio’s fiddle!

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In other news, the video documentary is flying off the shelves at TomRush.com – Christmas is just around the corner, after all! We’ve now set up a deal at the Symphony Hall box office so you can buy the DVD there along with tickets to the show.This may, by the way, be the last of these Symphony Hall shows for a while. For reasons having to do with the Hall’s logistics, the 28th is the only date that works. This year it’s a Sunday, but next year it’s a Monday, then a Tuesday, and so forth – so we may be on hiatus for a few years.

And I’m going to be on the radio a bunch in the coming weeks, fanning the flames, beating the drum, sometimes both at once. A list of those appearances is below. A lot of these stations also stream live, so you may well be able to listen in from Topeka, or Barcelona, San Quentin – or wherever you happen to be.

Upcoming shows this weekend:

Friday, 12/5, One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME (guitar wizard Eric Lilljequist will be backing me up, and I’m told a certain Jonathan Edwards might be stopping by).

Saturday, 12/6, The Bull Run in Shirley, MA, my annual get-together with Dean Adrien and the aforementioned Eric Lilljequist.

Sunday, 12/7, The Flying Goose in New London, NH, 2 shows, 3 and 8PM, both sold out, but it might be worth a call. In my experience “Sold Out” is a bit of a squishy concept.

Gotta get back to filling the birdfeeders. Thanks for reading!

All the best,

Tom

Tom Rush

Quote of the month:

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”

–– Ellen DeGeneres

Upcoming radio shows:

Sun Dec 7 – 6pm – New Hampshire Public Radio – Kate McNally’s Folk Show(http://nhpr.org/programs/folk-show)

Tues Dec 9 – 1pm – WUMB 91.9fm with Dave Palmater (http://www.wumb.org)

Thur Dec 111pm – WGBH Boston Public Radio with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan

Newsletter – November 22, 2014 – Symphony Hall, Video Documentary and more!

Newsletter – November 22, 2014 – Symphony Hall, Video Documentary and more!

November 22, 2014

Gang,

In other big news …Click to enlargeIn late breaking news, a list of things that are bad for dogs is making the rounds on the interwebs. Gin is right there near the top. Next to Avocados. So the G&T and guacamole are no longer on the menu, sorry Fido! This of course raises questions: was this study funded by the Bourbon Advisory Board? And it leaves open the issue of whether a dry Pino Grigio would be a better choice to go with kibble and Papaya.

We are hereby announcing a Symphony Hall show at 7:30 PM on Sunday, December 28, just in time to make your holiday shopping list! These shows have been so much fun I just couldn’t NOT do another one. They seem to provide an antidote to, and a refuge from, the frantic tail-chasing that seems to consume us every holiday season. “Not just another thing to be returned to the mall,” as one correspondent wrote, “but an experience to be savored.” People come to have a good time – and they do. The Globe called one of my first shows there, “A magical, precious night,” setting a high bar for me, one I hope I’ve cleared every year since.

This year I’m going to shoulder out more stage time for myself. I have a clutch of new songs, incubated over the summer, hatched and ready to fledge. I’d love to introduce them to you, and I thought Symphony Hall would be the perfect place from which to launch them. A mystical song, a western drama, some love songs – we’ll see how they fly.

I’m putting together an extra-special backup band for the occasion, including the astounding vocal trio Red Molly; Monica Rizzio, front-woman for Tripping Lilly, on fiddle; and the prodigiously-talented Grace Kelly on sax. These artists, besides making me sound better than usual, will step out for a song or two (or three) on their own. My stalwart core band — Joe Mennonna on piano and sax, Paul Guzzone on bass and Marshal Rosenberg on percussion — will of course be on stage with me.

DVD - Tom Rush: No RegretsThe Symphony Hall show will also be the Release Party for the video documentary on me that Todd Kwait and Rob Stegman have been laboring on for the past few years, “Tom Rush- No Regrets.” It’s been shown in various iterations at festivals (it took Best NH Documentary at the NH Film Fest) and screenings around New England, and it’s been tweaked and tucked and is finally final, pressed onto shiny DVDs and ready to go. (It won’t be out in the marketplace until early next year, but you, because you’re special, can get a copy or two online at TomRush.com.

And one more thing: we got a late start announcing the show. I would sure welcome your help if you felt inclined to post any of this on Facebook (or Tumblr – Tweeting is also encouraged) or forward this note on to your buddies. Many thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and be grateful you don’t live in Buffalo!

All the best,

Tom

Tom Rush

Quote of the month:

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”

–– Robert A. Heinlein

 

Newsletter – November 7, 2014 – PROBLEM SOLVED!!

Newsletter – November 7, 2014 – PROBLEM SOLVED!!

November 7, 2014

Gang,

Problem solved! I mentioned in my last missive that I was shrinking at a rate that, if it kept up apace, would have me disappearing altogether in 350 years. Desperation is the mother of invention (or something like that) and I’ve come up with a plan. If I eat copious amounts of chocolate and gain in girth what I’m losing in height, disaster can be averted. I’ve already begun — it seems to be working.

But there’s a new problem (it always works that way, doesn’t it?). Logic dictates that in 350 years, when my height has been squished down to zero, my waistline will necessarily have been squashed out to infinity. (I will not exist at all vertically, but will be infinite in the horizontal plane, which presents the question — can infinity be the same thing as zero?) This may 1) entail the destruction of the observable universe (hey … I’m sorry, OK?), or 2) nobody will even notice. In any event it will make it damned near impossible to get a seat on an airplane.

We all have plenty of time to get ready, so let’s focus on the near future:

The video documentary on yours truly, “Tom Rush — No Regrets,” is almost ready for release. For those of you in the greater Danbury, CT, area, there will be a screening Friday night, the 7th (tonight), at the Palace Theatre (you know it’s a classy joint because they spell it that way). Curtain’s at 8:00PM, but there’s a complimentary wine and cheese reception in the lobby starting at 7:00. Rob Stegman, the co-director and co-producer, and I will be there for a Q&A session after the movie, and maybe a couple of songs. (I’ll do the songs — Rob doesn’t sing as much as he ought to.)

Thursday the 13th it’s back to CT for the Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, a great venue with a LOT of history. Built in 1883 and exquisitely renovated, it’s reputedly haunted by a ghost named Vivian. I always dedicate a song to her, just to be on the safe side. Guitar wizard Adrian Legg is also on the bill and I’m hoping he’ll teach me a couple of licks.

Friday, the 14th will be the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA, (also a very classy joint, the spelling notwithstanding). One of my favorite stops; I only get there every few years, so it will be great to catch up with my Pennsylvania buddies.

And Sunday, the 15th I’ll be back at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, NY, an absolutely stunning piece of architecture that also has great acoustics. (And I’ll get to tell my Unitarian joke!)

And we’re ON for Symphony Hall in Boston, Sunday, December 28 — mark your calendars. I’m not quite ready to announce who my guests will be, but I guarantee a night to remember! (Tickets are not yet available)

Thanks for reading. Get your firewood in, or head south.

All the best,

Tom

Tom Rush

Link of the month: Doctors Without Borders seems to be one organization that’s addressing the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in an effective way. It’s in all our interests to support them every way we can! http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

Newsletter – October 5, 2014 – NUDE PHOTOS STOLEN!!

Newsletter – October 5, 2014 – NUDE PHOTOS STOLEN!!

October 5, 2014

Gang,

I’ve never been one to be left behind by the latest trends in show business. Nude pictures of me were stolen from the Cloud last week!! In this case, however, they were quickly returned along with some crude and rather uncharitable comments. Such is life. (They were taken when I was two, but still ….)

 

In other news, I had a routine doctor’s appointment the other day; the nurse measured me and informed me that I’d shrunk two inches. (In height, for God’s sake. You should be ashamed of yourself!) This was alarming news. Mind you, this is over a 10-year period, but it’s still upsetting. And don’t try to comfort me with talk about my towering intellect. (You were going to say something like that, weren’t you?)

When I was a lad being six feet tall made you a big guy. With kids now it’s on the short side of medium, so I am becoming ever more shrimp-like. But what’s truly alarming is that, according to my calculations, if this trend continues in 350 years I will have disappeared altogether! That’s just not something I can live with.

I will assuage my angst with travel. There’s nothing like being crammed into a hermetically sealed aluminum tube with hundreds of strangers, then hurtled through the stratosphere at near the speed of sound to give you a sense of calm and wellbeing.

Before I tell you about the upcoming gigs, a final note: I’ve been tapped to play at several college and school reunions this coming spring. I’m very much looking forward, because reunion crowds definitely know how to have a good time, and that’s a flow I can go with. If you happen to be on the Entertainment Committee, I’m throwing my hat in the ring!

Next Wednesday, the 8th, I’ll be at the fabulous Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. I’ve played MIM once before and it is truly a GREAT venue (and museum)!

Thursday the 9th will be the always-welcoming Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, one of my favorite West Coast stops.

On Friday the 10th we start getting into new territory: The City Winery, a sparkling new venue in Napa, CA. I’ve played their New York City room and it was fabulous!

Saturday will be the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station, CA. I’ve not been there before, but from the website and the scuttlebutt it is a very happening place.

Last, but far from least, Harlow’s in Sacramento &emdash; another new stop for me, one to which I’m really looking forward.

Thanks for reading. Hope to see you down the road real soon!

All the best,

Tom

Tom Rush

Quote of the month:

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it.”

–– Mark Twain

Newsletter – June 22, 2014 – The Next Diet Fad

Newsletter – June 22, 2014 – The Next Diet Fad

June 22, 2014

Gang,

A fellow recently sent me an email about his aged cat who had stopped eating and was losing weight. The vet told him the problem was dementia. My initial reaction was to feel sorry for the poor beast and its owner. (Actually “owner” is not right. It is truly said that dogs have owners, cats have staff.)

But then the thunderbolt hit. “Eureka!” I cried, “I’m rich!” Fad diets have for the past hundred years been making their promoters obscenely wealthy, at least up to the point where they are discredited and sent to jail, or have to change their names and leave the country. Dementia-Slim™ is in development as I write this and the boys in the lab are working around the clock to find a way of inducing a slenderizing dementia that does not involve getting old, ingesting illegal substances or having a teenage daughter. (It’s rumored that the Don’t-Eat-So-Much diet is surprisingly effective, but it’s never really caught on.)

In other news, we still haven’t settled on a place to settle, but are out and about looking at schools and communities in New England. (We truly appreciate all the generous, insightful responses to my last missive about finding a place, but none turned into a Plan of Action.) Stay tuned!

No Regrets film poster

Coming up:

A Private Party in New York City on Thursday, June 26. (All I’ve been told so far is that “it’s in a restaurant.” I’m hoping they get more specific soon—I seem to recall that Manhattan has several restaurants and it might take a while to find the right one.)

Wolfeboro, NH, Great Waters Music Festival, Friday, June 27th. It’s gonna be great, but it’s sold out—sorry!

And best of all … the video documentary on me that’s been in the works of the past couple of years is finally ready for its coming-out party! (An early cut won Best NH Documentary at the NH Film Fest in Portsmouth last October, but now it’s really, really ready.) If you possibly can come by the Regent Theater in Arlington, MA on Saturday, June 28. The screening’s at 8PM followed by a few songs and a Q&A session with yours truly and the film makers, Todd Kwait and Rob Stegman This should be fun!

And enjoy the first days of Summer!

Tom Rush signature

Tom Rush

Quote of the month: “My mind is a neighborhood I try not to go into alone.” – Anne Lamott

P.S. – I’m on the road for the next few weeks and may not be able to respond to any replies to this. Please forgive me! TR

Newsletter – April 21, 2014 – Network of Spies

Newsletter – April 21, 2014 – Network of Spies

April 21, 2014

Gang,

Sugaring season is just about over here and people are taking down the gear. (My entire crop amounted to about a pint of syrup.) But I spotted the bucket pictured here hung on a local telephone pole. I think the NSA has just gone too far this time!

Speaking of networks of spies, I need to recruit my own personal web — you! Due to a bewildering swirl of circumstances we unexpectedly need to MOVE. I won’t burden you with the details, but there’s a novel in there, or maybe a sit-com. And no, it’s not the Witness Protection Program thing again — they gave up on me some time ago.

The long and the short is that we’re looking for a place to rent for three years, somewhere in the Northeast, on the water (ocean? lake? My bride and child are half-mermaid and need large expanses of H2O to feel at home). And we need a really good high school within commuting distance; public or private, but we favor a Day school over Boarding. The Kid is going into 10th grade, is super-bright (doesn’t get it from me) and needs challenges in a supportive and inspiring environment. She’s into the arts (including the performing arts, God help us!) and humanities, not so much the sports side of things.

And we need to accomplish all this by the end of May. That last is the scary part — we have 5 WEEKS to pull this off! Any and all serious suggestions will be considered. The finder’s fee for a winning entry: a FREE HOUSE CONCERT!!! We’re serious about needing some help here. Start spying!

On the road again this weekend:

Thursday the 24th in North Easton, MA at the Oakes Ames Hall, a very cool old building. Last time sold out, so don’t dawdle.

Friday the 25th at the Players Theater in Peterborough, NH. Always sold out in the past (but I don’t want to jinx it).

Saturday the 26th, a Common Fence concert at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Never been there before, very much looking forward!

Sunday the 27, a benefit concert for WUMB in Boston. A great radio station that just happens to play a lot of our kind of music. SOLD OUT!

Monday the 28, the White River Junction Indie Film Fest is screening “For The Love Of The Music” and Jim Rooney and I will be doing a song or two after the movie, answering questions as long as they’re not to hard, like, “What’s the capital of South Dakota?”

Enjoy the Spring! I’m going to get back to putting things in boxes now.

All the best,

Tom
Tom Rush

Quote of the month:

“If I’d have known how much packing I’d have to do, I’d have run again.”

— Harry S. Truman

Newsletter – April 3, 2014 – The Mysteries of Medical Terminology.

Newsletter – April 3, 2014 – The Mysteries of Medical Terminology.

April 3, 2014

Gang,

I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with “Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” and it got me to wondering about medical terminology. I mean, these guys go to school for decades just so they can get to name conditions like this. If they’re really lucky they may get to have their very own name indelibly associated with some horribly depressing condition!

But are they telling my friend his bowel is grumpy? (And shouldn’t it be plural?) Are they going to be able to restore him to a Cheerful Bowel Condition? (“Sunny Bowel” probably wouldn’t work since that is, after all, “where the sun don’t shine.”) Other candidates might be “Up-Beat,” “Jolly” or “Perky Bowel.” But think about it: if you were a bowel wouldn’t you be grumpy? I mean, given what you’d have to deal with day in, day out? It would be enough to put anybody in a bad mood! I’m just sayin’ … it’s something to think about.

After a blissful month at home with the family I’m off on the road again with a couple of new songs, heading southward.

Friday, April 4th is the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA. 7 PM show.

Saturday, April 5th, the The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. 7:30 PM show.

Sunday, April 6th, the Rams Head, Annapolis, MD. 7:30 PM show.

 

Spring is coming — hang in there!

All the best,

Tom

Tom Rush

Quote of the month: “They certainly give very strange names to diseases.” – Plato

Newsletter – February 16, 2014 – Words You Can’t Say

Newsletter – February 16, 2014 – Words You Can’t Say

February 16, 2014

Gang,

I was recently at a radio station getting ready to do an interview to promote an upcoming show. While I was tuning up, waiting for the show’s host to appear, a young lady came in and handed me a piece of paper. “We’ll need your signature on this before air-time,” she said, and walked out again.

It was the FCC “Language Agreement,” enumerating in excruciating detail all the words you’re not supposed to say on the radio. My first thought was to jauntily tell them, “You missed a couple,” but after a careful reading I honestly could not think of a single vulgarity they’d left out, and I have a pretty good vocabulary. (I’m not bragging or anything, but fifty years on the road with musicians, technicians and teamsters can be very educational.)

A couple of questions were raised by this. What if the person going on the air was as prudish as the FCC apparently thinks the listeners are? Wouldn’t they be too shocked and offended to carry on? And what if the person was underage? Would not the FCC be contributing to the delinquency of a minor, teaching them words they’re not supposed to know (but undoubtedly do)? And what if …

I was pondering these weighty matters when the young lady returned to retrieve the form. I told her I’d left my glasses in the car and asked if she’d please read the page to me. After all, I can’t be expected to sign something if I don’t know what it is, now can I? She looked at the paper, opened her mouth to speak, closed it again, looked at me, looked at the paper. She seemed a bit flushed (perhaps overwhelmed at being so close to a star of my magnitude?), and left the room hurriedly. Apparently it was determined that my signature was not necessary after all because I heard no more about it.

In other news:

The hit kid’s video of the Fish Story Song is now available free-for-nothing on our YouTube channel. (It’s an odd thing – kids love it, grownups love it, but between about 5th and 12th grades there’s a period where they think it’s “too childish.”) If you like it, the actual DVD contains extra stuff: me reading the story of Paul Bunyan and the Grizzly, and the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, along with some very cool drawings by Jocelyn Slack.

And upcoming shows:

Wednesday, February 19th, at the Ark in Ann Arbor – a great room.
Thursday I’ll be at the Folk Alliance gathering in Kansas City – the first time I’ve been able to attend this conference which is becoming a Big Deal in the music world.
Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago – a great organization with music lessons, an outreach program for school kids, on and on.
Saturday I’ll be in Stoughton, WI at the Opera House – never been there before, but I’m told it’s a glorious old theater that the town has lovingly (and expensively) refurbished.

And then at the end of the month/beginning of March:

Thursday, February 27th, Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA – another great old room.
And, finally, on Saturday, March 1st, Town Hall in Woodstock, VT, a place I’ve played many times, and had a great time every time!

Thanks for reading. Stay warm!

All the best,

Tom

Tom Rush

Quote of the month:

“Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”

–– Mark Twain

Newsletter – December 20, 2013 – From the mouth of babes

Newsletter – December 20, 2013 – From the mouth of babes

late December, ‘13
Gang,

Years ago, when he was but a tyke, my boy Benjamin was asked in school to write a short piece about what he would like the world to have for Christmas, and then what he would like for himself. After long and careful thought he said he would like the world to be a beautiful and peaceful place and wanted everybody to love each other and get along without fighting. For himself, on the other hand, he desired the GI Joe Hovercraft fully decked out with rocket launchers, machine guns and flamethrowers. And that, in a nutshell, seems to be the problem. Something to work on in the New Year!

In late-breaking news: Some top-tier seats have just opened up for the Symphony Hall show on Saturday the 28th (Donald Trump can’t make it after all). Several other sections are sold out already. These tickets, of course, are the most tasteful and exciting gifts possible, so don’t dawdle! (If the Box Office can’t mail them out on time, not to worry — they’ll just hold them at the ticket window.)

Club 47 DVD CoverAlso, the video documentary about the original Club 47 and the Cambridge folk scene in the ’60s, “For The Love Of The Music,” has just come out and is available in DVD or Blu Ray. And the very nicely done DVD/CD set recorded at last year’s show, “Tom Rush Celebrates 50 Years of Music,” is by far the most popular item at the web store. (Both fit nicely in stockings!)

It’s time to thank all the folks who have helped me get through the year in style. Mr. Dan Beach runs TomRush.com with a firm and elegant hand, never letting me drift too far from my moorings. Andrea Sabata and all the good people at Skyline Music find me fun gigs to do (sometimes a few too many, but I won’t complain). The troops at Nimbit do a great job of fulfilling orders at the web store. Tim Burke tends the vending table at most of my shows with boundless energy, setting up the most beautiful displays. Todd Kwait and Rob Stegman make great videos of all sorts, including the videos mentioned above, and have provided essential support in mounting this year’s Symphony Hall show. Jim Musselman and Alan Edwards at Appleseed Recordings do a fabulous job at getting the music (and the word) out. And my family. Ah, my family! They haven’t yet kicked me out. (It’s not easy being me, but being related to me can be pure hell!)

And of course you, the Gang, who make all of this possible by supporting my various projects and explorations, some of which actually turn out to have been good ideas. Then there are the others, but we won’t talk about that just now.

Thanks for reading, and have the warmest and happiest of holidays!

All the best,

Tom

Tom Rush

Link of the month: Our favorite holiday music here at the Rush household is the Yule Ties CD from our old Jackson Hole buddies, Loose Ties. Check it out: For an actual CD go to http://tinyurl.com/m3xt7cb and buy direct from the artists. For a download, go to http://tinyurl.com/mcnkpom