Valet Confidential

Find out what I've been keeping under my hat

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Meeting “Van”

photo by Rich Borden

photo by Rich Borden

This one is long over-due.  Back at the end of August we took the Philharmonette on the road to the Hudson Valley in New York for shows at two of our favorite venues out that way, the Peint O’Gwrw Tafran, a Welsh tavern in Chatham, and Musica, a musical instrument store in Hudson.

Our good friends Denise & Rich setup the shows so that we could meet a very special man, George D Brantley, who was in the area for about a week.  George recorded two singles with his brother Billy back in 1968 under the name “Van & Titus” – George was “Van”/Billy was “Titus”.  One of the four songs they released is a fantastic number called “Cry Baby Cry”, which came to Chandler’s attention by way of Christine Ohlman, “The Beehive Queen”, who found the record in a yard sale (or thrift store or something like that) and re-recorded the song as a duet with Dion on her album “The Deep End“.  We’ve been performing the song off & on for several years now, and I just love singing it.

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Ice Cream Man

The Jonathan Richman song.

I love it.

A whole lot.

Way way back, probably 20 years or so ago, I heard DJ Greg Reibman play it on his WMBR radio “Rockin’ With Greg” (one of my favorite Boston radio shows of all time). At the end of the song Greg came on the air and said “well, I got 4 calls from people who loved the song and 4 from people who hated it, so let’s play it again!” And then the song played again.

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Somehow I’ve become a record company exec

I’m the Associate Producer and Artist Wrangler for the second annual Record about Records for Record Store Day to be produced by the ever-embiggening staff over at Bubbles in the Think Tank.  This year’s edition is “Eponymously Entitled” and we just started taking advance orders for the record over at love.bubblesinthethinktank.com

That’s right … “record” … real vinyl … 7 inches of it, in fact.  Last year we made a purple record, “The Petite 7 Inch Record.”  This year we did something completely different.  We made a clear record.

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Singing with Ray Mason

Just weeks after getting a chance to sing with the fabulous Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby at a house party concert in Woods Hole (they asked me to sing some harmony vocals on “Goin’ Back” to close the evening’s entertainment), I got to sing with another great songwriter & performer, Ray Mason.  My friend Belinda of Bubbles in the Think Tank captured us on video:

If you get a chance to see any of these fabulous performers in concert or buy their albums … DO IT!

Oh, and please invite me along.

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The luckiest fan in the world

Ever since I found out that Tom Ardolino died, about 1am Friday night/Saturday morning, I’ve been trying to come up with words that convey my appreciation and love for the man.

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Now You

One of my favorite shows of 2010 was a performance by Tin Hat at the Wellfleet Library.

“BLEW. ME. AWAY.” was what I wrote about the show. I am sure I am not the only one in the audience who felt that way.

Then, at the Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade, Tin Hat violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt and her husband Mattias Bossi performed a couple of numbers under the name “Now You”. Carla sang and played violin and some crazy norwegian viking boat or something like that, Mattias played percussion and piano, and they both made animal noises. They were charming, funny, weird and wonderful. Again, many of us in the audience were awestruck.

Well I’m happy to be able to help spread the word that Now You will be performing a full show at the Cape Cod Museum of Art on Sunday, February 6, starting at 2:30pm. Tickets are available in advance from the museum and online.

This is bound to be a fantastic show, and it’s early enough for you football fans that you should be able to catch both it and the Super Bowl.

You really must go.

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LISTS

It’s a new year and everyone and their cousin is making a list. Or two. Or more. Do we really need another from me?

Well, my friend Todd Remley tagged me on his “Top 15” list on Facebook, and my friend Belinda, at Bubbles in the Think Tank has her list and talked to me about mine, so I guess there are two people in this world who care.
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