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What Does Heaven Mean To You? Send Us Your Video!

Belinda & January Fairy - photo by Abe Perlstein

7 Seconds in Heaven. You know, like the party game, only shorter.

We’re starting work on the next Bubbles in the Think Tank record about records for Record Store Day, “7 Inches in Heaven.” Once again we’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the manufacturing the record and we’re looking for videos from our friends and listeners that we may use in our Kickstarter video.

We want you to send us a 7-second long video of what heaven means to you. Make it simple or elaborate: just you talking, various shots edited together, voiceover or talking head, serious or fun, just as long as it’s made with love.

Email your video to heaven@bittt.me

Hopefully we’ll use it in our Kickstarter video and you can show off to all your friends!

Think of it as our little mutual slice of heaven.

xo

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See Me, Hear Me – Do You Feel Me?

20131203_135426I’m hitting the road for a few days with the Chandler Travis Three-O. We’re playing The Dogwood in Beacon, NY on Wednesday 12/4, The Stoltz Listening Room at The Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD on Thursday 12/5, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday 12/6, and Musica in Hudson, NY on Saturday 12/7. The last of those is part of Hudson’s annual Winter Walk celebration, which I guess includes events all over town. You can get details over on the Dates page at ChandlerTravis.com

But gee whiz, that’s not all!

Today all four of us swung by the WCAI Cape & Islands Radio studio to record an episode of their show “The Point”.  Host Mindy Todd interviewed us and played some tracks from Three-O & Philharmonic albums and then we played a few songs live in the studio, which will be edited into the show when it airs this Thursday (12/5).  The station runs the show at 9am and 7pm Eastern and then post an archive of it on their website.  So be sure to listen when you have a chance!

And speaking of listening … if you can’t make it to Saratoga Springs, NY to see us at Caffe Lena on Friday December 6, you should consider watching the live webstream of the show that will be available on the Concert Window website.  We’re playing the show with the great Steve Shook and the Three-O is doing double-duty that night – we will be Steve’s backing group.  If that weren’t enough, we plan to pepper the show with some of our holiday tunes, so it should be a pretty cool night.  Sadly, Concert Window does not archive the show, so you’re going to have to watch it live or not at all.

Happy viewing – let me know if you end up listening to the Cape & Islands show or watching the Caffe Lena show – it’ll be nice to know you’re out there!

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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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Pete LaBonne Performing Live 4 Hours Away? Road Trip!

Pete LaBonne outside the River Street Beat Shop, Troy NYLast Saturday Berke swung by my house at about 7am and we headed out to Troy, NY to see the one-of-a-kind Pete LaBonne play an extremely rare gig at Jimmy Barrett’s fabulous River Street Beat Shop in Troy, NY.  We were both home by 10pm.  Zip in, zip out.

I believe Pete may have played a show in Rochester, NY earlier this year. Other than that, I’m pretty sure his last few shows were those we did together last year at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs and Valentine’s in Albany. The opportunity to see Pete play a full show, as long as he wanted, without having to worry about getting off the stage for the next act, was just too great for us to pass up.

We were not disappointed.

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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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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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A Record About Records!

I am the Associate Producer (ie “Musician Wrangler”) on a new project being put together by my friends Belinda & January Fairy over at Bubbles in the Think Tank.  We have started the below Kickstarter campaign to try and raise the funds for the project.

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