Holiday Cheers!

Holiday Cheers!

Gang,
I hope you all survived Thanksgiving (and avoided talking politics with Uncle Stan), and Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. It’s been a busy week! But now you can relax because all your holiday preparations are done, right? Right? Well, OK, neither are mine.

A couple of helpful hints: TomRush.com; is always a great place to look for smaller gifts (the new album, Voices, in particular).

AND, for a larger gift for that guitar player on your list, Mackenzie & Marr is having a spectacular sale on the (https://www.macmarr.com/store/tom-rush-naked-lady) guitar right now — 40% off. I may have to buy a couple myself!.

 

Also, if you’re still feeling charitable after Giving Tuesday, there are so many good causes these days, because there’s so much need! A couple of my favorites are Heifer International, based on the premise that animals — a cow, a goat, chickens, rabbits — can make a critical difference in a struggling family’s life. And APOPO, which trains Gambian Pouched Rats to locate derelict landmines in old war zones. You can have a rat named after whomever you like. (We gave one to Jim Braude at WGBH Radio — there is now a pouched rat named Jim Braude doing lifesaving work out there!)

Shows:

I’m girding my loins for the last shows of the year, a bit of a Marathon — seven concerts in ten days. I can handle it; after all, I’m young and strong. The fabulous Matt Nakoa will be along on all of these, playing breathtaking keyboards, singing soaring harmonies — and helping with the driving. Here we go:

Full listing

Feel free to forward this to anyone you think might like to attend one of these shows — a good time guaranteed!

If I don’t get back to you before the end of the year I want to thank you very sincerely for your support and stamina. You make it possible for me to do what I love to do — make music for you! And many, many thanks to Team Tom —Andrea, Katy, Marilyn and all the crew at Skyline Music; Rob Stegman who keeps the webstore neat and tidy; my boy, Ben Rush, who designed and runs the esthetically-delightful yet highly-functional TomRush.com website; Ryan Schmidt who pitches in to help with assorted web projects; and, of course, my family, who tolerate all this foolishness!

All the best,


Tom Rush

 

Quote of the month:

“I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.” –– Henny Youngman

New album campaign launches!! – April 7, 2017

New album campaign launches!! – April 7, 2017

Gang,

Tom Rush here. I’m getting in touch because over the years you’ve helped me and my extended musical family to put together some really wonderful projects. Together we celebrated my 50th year on stage at Boston’s Symphony Hall and completed the film Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you may have already heard, but I’ve got a new project on the burner that I hope you’ll find compelling.

I’ve got almost enough self-penned songs assembled to make an entire album. This has never happened before! (I’ve always done a mix of my own and other people’s songs, mainly because I’m lazy and don’t get around to writing as much as I know I should.) The muse has been visiting a lot over the past couple of years, and I’ve been trying the songs on audiences who were very enthusiastic about them. So I’ve taken the leap and booked studio time in Nashville in early May.

So here’s where I need your help. In olden times, the Big Record Company would front the costs of recording in exchange for a lien on your soul and at least one kidney. Nowadays, thanks to the magic of the interwebs, an artist can go directly to the audience and, basically, pre-sell the CD (and a fabulous array of other stuff), not cede control over the process to a bunch of guys in suits, and retain control of soul and internal organs.

Pledge Music is the platform of choice these days, and our page is the aforementioned PledgeMusic.com/TomRush. We had a lot of fun putting together the list of enticements (the new music, of course, but also rare/collectable stuff, stuff that makes sense, and some stuff that is just plain stupid). Check it out!

And don’t forget to peruse the list of upcoming gigs below—coming to shows is the other best way to support an artist!

 

Happy Spring (if it ever gets here),


Tom Rush

 

 

The Happy Bug – July 16, 2014

The Happy Bug – July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

Why is it that all our viruses and bacteria make us sick and miserable? I know, of course, that at any given moment we each happily coexist with some 5 pounds of benign bacteria who are either helping us out or just along for the ride. But my question is: why hasn’t good old Mother Nature come up with a bug that makes us feel good with no downside? It would be very adaptive, as they say in biological circles. Everybody would want to catch that infection; that particular bacterium would be very much in demand, a superstar among single-celled organisms.

Tom with Uke and Sherlock, 1951

Now, individually these little one-celled or no-celled organisms (or whatever describes a virus, which isn’t even technically alive) aren’t very smart because, you see, they have no brains. But collectively they can be fiendishly clever, outsmarting entire pharmaceutical conglomerates staffed with geniuses. Phalanxes of doctors are helpless battling with these little demons, who are way too small to even see. Now, I know they don’t subscribe to my newsletter and most of them can’t even read (the bacteria, not the doctors), so I’m jut putting this idea out there, hoping that it might somehow get through:It could be argued, of course, that yeast already occupy that niche and have us working for them simply by providing bread and alcohol—a simpler but arguably more cost-effective version of the bread and circuses that the Roman emperors employed to keep the masses in line. But I still think there is room for a bacterium delirium that would simply make us feel better instead of worse. Making us sick would seem like a really dumb survival strategy—the unwelcome houseguest gambit. If you want to be invited to stick around you bring presents and make yourself useful. But most of these little buggers bring garbage and make unreasonable demands.

Mother Nature, if you’re listening, I think a feel-good bug would be a big hit, and I’d like you to send me some as soon as they’re ready.

Coming Up:

Tomorrow night, Thursday July 17th: Natick, MA, Center for the Arts Natick (TCAN for short).
Friday the 18th: The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (the Kate for short)
Saturday the 19th: back to TCAN (see above)
Monday the 21st: Music on the River, Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT. FREE SHOW outdoors at 6:30 (with an indoor backup location in case of rain).

Come if you can, if not send a friend. Summer’s happening – let’s have some fun!

All the best,


Tom Rush

Tom Rush

Quote of the month:

“A sad soul can kill you quicker, much quicker, than any germ.”

–– Henry David Thoreau