Symphony Hall Tickets – December 27, 2012

Symphony Hall Tickets – December 27, 2012

December 27, 2012
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Gang,

Sorry to bug you again so soon, but Symphony Hall just told me that some blocks of seats for tomorrow night’s “sold out” show have just been released by the camera crew, and they’ve been put up at the box office. These will go quickly – wanted you to be the first to know.

And a reminder: if you can’t be there, there’s a FREE, high-def video webcast, live only, 8PM tomorrow night.
A link to the webcast is at tomrush.com or you can go directly:
https://new.livestream.com/TomRush/symphonyhall

Happy New Year!

All the best,

ryan schmidt

Tom Rush

PS. I meant to put this in the last newsletter, but forgot. For those of you still interested in year-end gift giving, Nicholas Kristoff has some great ideas:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/opinion/kristof-gifts-that-change-lives.html?_r=0

Symphony Hall, A New Song & Happy Holidays – December 23, 2012

Symphony Hall, A New Song & Happy Holidays – December 23, 2012

 

12_sym_poster.jpgGang,

There’s a nice piece in the Sunday Boston Globe on the upcoming Symphony Hall show.

We’re sold out, but there are some seats being held by the Hall that will be released today or tomorrow, so it’s worth checking with the box office.

For those that can’t make it, there will be a live webcast (live only – 8:00PM Eastern, Friday 12/28 – no archive, no reruns). You can link to it at TomRush.com. If you’re following me on Twitter [@tomrushmusic], I’ll be sending out a reminder at around 7:30 PM Eastern.

And here are the lyrics to a song I’m writing for the occasion. It’s a sea-chantey kind of thing. (I figure since I can’t seem to get a handle on this modern music, I might as well go the other way, back in time.)

The best of Holidays to you all, and the Happiest New Year ever!

All the best,

ryan schmidt

Tom Rush

ONE MORE TIME AROUND THE SUN
Words and music by Tom Rush © 2012
Written for Symphony Hall 12/28/2012

Once more, boys, around the sun,
We’ll sail the breeze that blows,
And pray these winds will bring us safely home.
And one more dance before we’re done,
If the ladies will allow,
If the ladies will allow we’ll dance ’til dawn.

One more time around the sun, it’s steady as she goes,
One more time, we’ll sail the breeze that blows.

When I was a younger man
A woman took my heart,
Stole my heart, ran off to New Orleans.
But a heart that’s ne’er been broken, boys,
Is a heart that’s never loved,
And a sadder thing this world has never seen.

One more time around the sun, it’s steady as she goes,
One more time, we’ll sail the breeze that blows.

The longest nights, the darkest days,
There’s ice upon the rail,
Haul away, we’re bound for better weather.
Let’s make merry while we may,
Though the winter winds may wail,
Let’s raise a glass and dance this dance together.

One more time around the sun, it’s steady as she goes,
One more time, we’ll sail the breeze that blows.

Let’s raise a glass to them that’s gone,
Wish ’em fare thee well,
Wish ’em summer winds to fill their sails.
There’s a feather on the water, boys,
Then a wing upon the wind,
And where they’ve gone there ain’t no one can tell.
One more time around the sun, it’s steady as she goes,
ne more time, we’ll sail the breeze that blows.

So let’s haul down to Boston town,
Where the ladies all are fair,
The lights are bright, the band will play ’til dawn.
So bend your backs and haul away,
Oh, life is but a dream,
And merrily we row along.

One more time around the sun, it’s steady as she goes,
One more time, we’ll sail the breeze that blows.

Now the year is done, a new one comes,
One more time around the sun,
We can ever know what lies in store.
So let’s go spinning one more time,
Twirlin’ round the floor,
Here’s to one more year, and many more.

One more time around the sun, it’s steady as she goes,
One more time, we’ll sail the breeze that blows,
One more time, we’ll sail the breeze that blows.

Symphony Hall Concert, Kickstarter & The Mouse – November 25, 2012

Symphony Hall Concert, Kickstarter & The Mouse – November 25, 2012

November 25, 2012

12_sym_poster.jpgSo! It appears that our Kickstarter campaign to fund the Symphony Hall show on December 28th was the 5th most successful music campaign they’ve ever done – not bad for the first time out! Amanda Palmer holds the number one slot but she’s cute, which I regard as a form of cheating. She also appears naked a lot, and I refuse to lower myself to cheap tricks like that. I have standards!Gang,

I have, however, seriously considered charging everybody an extra $20 to keep my clothes ON. This could work! A fellow at my school made a good deal of money by NOT chewing the head off a live mouse. It went like this: he announced that if everybody gave him $5 he was willing to chew the head off a live mouse. (This was, mind you, when $5 was $5, or at least $3.75.)

When he had the money in hand he produced his pet mouse and stuck its head in his mouth. As he began to chew, its little legs and tail thrashed about frantically and everybody in the audience blanched and cried “Ewww” in unison. He then announced that, for an additional $5 apiece, he would cease and desist, otherwise he would resume gnawing. The soggy-headed mouse looked at us imploringly. He cleared about $50 and the mouse lived to put on another show. Quite a team!

Speaking of Symphony Hall, the show on the 28th of December is going on sale tomorrow, Monday, November 26th, by phone (888-266-1200 or 617-266-1200, M-F: 10-6pm, Sat. 12-6pm ) or on the web (http://www.bso.org/Performance/Listing – it may take a day or two for it to appear on their website.) It won’t be advertised until sometime next week, so you have a head start. Not many table seats left, good seats still open in the balconies. If you’re a Kickstarter supporter your tickets should be mailed out to you this week. Also, the CDs being reissued for this event are being manufactured as I write this and should ship to the Kickstarter folks well in time for Christmas.

All the best,

ryan schmidt

Tom Rush

PS. I just got a notice from MacKenzie & Marr Guitars that they’re having a rather astounding Cyber Monday sale on the Tom Rush Signature guitar – check it out! (Note: this is not the Naked Lady guitar, but still a lovely instrument.)

Quote of the Month: Sorry, I couldn’t find a quote relating to chewing the head off a live mouse. And I looked hard!

What's wrong with America

Anthem for the 47% “What’s Wrong With America”

Rolling Stone Magazine has outed Tom with a leaked video:

 In a hilarious response to Mitt Romney’s hidden camera 47% video, folksinger Tom Rush released a clip of him singing the delightfully sarcastic “What’s Wrong with America” at a mock fundraiser. “I am shocked and mortified,” Rush wrote on his website. “I was at a fundraiser, simply making some off-the-cuff remarks to a few of the high rollers, trying to explain my position on the state of the country. Well, it was captured by a hidden camera – the scallywags have no shame! I was being perhaps a bit too candid and now the whole thing’s been posted on YouTube. Very embarrassing! I probably could have expressed myself better, but there you have it.”

 

Caught by Hidden Camera! – October 1, 2012

Caught by Hidden Camera! – October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

Hidden Camera footage
Hidden Camera footage

I’m off to the West Coast next week – it’s been a while. I’m looking forward to seeing my friends out there, and refreshing my frequent flier portfolio.Well, I am shocked and mortified, and hope you will be too. I was at a fundraiser, simply making some off-the-cuff remarks to a few of the high rollers, trying to explain my position on the state of the country. Well, it was captured by a hidden camera – the scallywags have no shame! I was being perhaps a bit too candid and now the whole thing’s been posted on YouTube. Very embarrassing! I probably could have expressed myself better, but there you have it. We just have to hope it doesn’t “go viral,” as the kids say. (I probably could have forged a link between the Club 47 and the 47%, but it didn’t occur to me until later.)

If you can’t attend, … you know the rest.

Enjoy the Fall!

ryan schmidt

Tom Rush

P. S. – I’m still working on firming up the list of guest artists for the Symphony Hall show on December 28th. As soon as that’s done – by mid-October, I hope – we’ll have tickets on sale at the Symphony box office, and the Kickstarter supporters will be notified. Thanks for your patience!

Quotes of the month: “A fool and his money are soon elected.”- Will Rogers

Also, “Anyone in the world wanting to understand American music could well start right here”- Pete Seeger, speaking of “Bossmen: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters,” by Jim Rooney, now back in “print” as an e-book on Kindle at Amazon, Nook at Barnes & Noble and as an Apple iBook.

Growing Old Gracefully – September 21, 2012

Growing Old Gracefully – September 21, 2012

September 21, 2012

Tom tries out a new hearing aid.
Tom tries out a new hearing aid.

I’ve been studying what Old People do with the idea that I could learn from their example, so that I could fit in better, but problems keep cropping up. I don’t get golf, for instance (what’s up with those little waterfalls and windmills, anyway?), and shuffleboard is just plain boring. Napping, on the other hand, seems to be something for which I have natural talent, as I’ve discussed in a previous missive, and telling the same story over and over again is something that I’ve never seen a problem with, so perhaps there’s hope. I will report back from time to time on my progress.

Speaking of the perspective of age, the upcoming show at Passim on Sunday (the third and final installment in the series on my 50 years on stage – each one has dealt with a certain time period) will be on Modern Times and will focus mainly on the last 10 years or so, road stories and material from the “Trolling for Owls” and “What I Know” CDs. I’ll also be introducing a new song, written by my buddy Josh Brackett. It’s called “The Poor Have Too Much Money,” and could easily change the course of the upcoming election. (The documentary crew that will be shooting the show will try to get a YouTube clip out of this one, so here’s your chance to go viral, if that’s something that appeals to you.)

 

Tom at Passim
Tom at Passim

 

I’ll also be introducing you to a youngster I think has a lot of talent, Ms. Hayley Reardon. Be there if you can. If you can’t, be there virtually via ConcertWindow.com. If you’re on my Twitter list I’ll be sending out a reminder-tweet about an hour before the show goes up at 7:00 PM.

Enjoy the Fall!

ryan schmidt

Tom Rush

Quote of the month: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”- Mark Twain; and, “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” – Kurt Vonnegut