The Holiday Motherlode

The Holiday Motherlode

Greetings Poetry Lovers, Look, I don’t know how this happened. You book a gig. Someone else calls and you book another gig. You’re asked “Would you like to play at such and such?” and you say “That sounds like fun!” and then, you look up and realize: “Holy Crap, I’ve got way too much going on.” So, here it is, the motherlode of all promotional emails. A lot of cool stuff in way too short a time period. Remember, it’ll take you a lot less time to read this than it took me to write it: GIGS: This coming Thursday (12.13.01), I’ll be at La Tazza 108 in Philadelphia for the SoundLab series. Sounds cool, but I’m going on at midnight, so you’ll have to wake me up and tell me how I was. Then, 2 big nights of 4 WAY STREET. Friday (12.14.01), we visit Gotham at the Sidewalk Cafe. Never before has the Sidewalk’s humble PA system used so many of it’s channels at once. Then, Saturday (12.15.01) we return to the Point in Bryn Mawr, PA, where it all began for us one very long year ago. Then, I go back to NYC on the following Monday (12.17.01) to play at The Bitter End for the NY Songwriter’s Showcase. That means I’ll be able to rest in between each of the 3 or 4 tunes I’ll play that night and listen to other overworked singer/songwriters. Then, 2 Thursdays from now (12.20.01), I will host a very special night of music at the Tin Angel, celebrating the music and life of George Harrison. Small payback for the lifetime of joy I’ve received from the man. Then, I collapse. OTHER STUFF: But, there’s, um, other stuff, too (I get a kickback for comma usage). WXPN TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2001: So, I’ve been told that my humble contribution to the world of recorded sound, ‘Fidelity is the Enemy’, is one of the records you can vote for in XPN’s year end poll. I’m not really comfortable saying “vote for me”, so I’m just going to do a series of negative campaign ads on the other candidates (i.e. “Jeb Loy Nicols: can we really trust him to do what’s right for New Jersey?” or “Bjork: She’s unAmerican”. perhaps Tori Amos: “She’s Nuts!”). Okay, if you liked my record: www.xpn.org . and ‘IT’S ABOUT CHRISTMAS’ HOLIDAY CD: Dean Sciarra put together this holiday cd. My contribution is a recreation of my favorite Christmas record as a kid, ‘The Chipmunk Song.’ I tried to get it as close to my copy of the 45 as possible, including speeding the whole thing up a bit, cuz my 45 player really plays at about 49rpm. There’s no earthly reason why anyone would make a recording like this, but that’s pretty much the driving principle behind most of my career. For a laugh, go to www.mp3.com/station/itsaboutchristmas . The Recap: ***** Thursday, 12.13.01 10p La Tazza 108 108 Chestnut Street : Philadelphia, PA 215.922.7322 $5 ($4 w/ flyer) The SoundLab with The Alfred James Band and DJ Lorne (I go on around midnight) ***** Friday, 12.14.01 9p Sidewalk Cafe 94 Ave. “A” (6th St. and Ave. A) : NYC 212.473.7373 4 WAY STREET ***** Saturday, 12.15.01 9p The Point 880 W. Lancaster Ave. : Bryn Mawr, PA 610.527.0988 www.atthepoint.com 4 WAY STREET Advance tix available at the Point or on the web at www.ticketweb.com ***** Monday, 12.17.01 8p The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street : NYC 212.673.7373 www.bitterend.com/ NY Songwriter’s Circle (This show will be webcast on The Bitter End’s website.) ***** Thursday, 12.20.01 8:30p Benefit Tribute for George Harrison Tin Angel 20 S. 2nd Street : Philadelphia, PA 215.928.0770 www.tinangel.com/ A night to celebrate the music and life of George Harrison. Way too many folks to mention. ***** WXPN TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2001 You can vote at: www.xpn.org If you feel it, I’d love for you to cast some votes for ‘Fidelity is the Enemy.’ ***** ‘It’s About Christmas’ Holiday CD Includes my recreation of ‘Christmas Don’t Be Late (The Chipmunk Song)’ and a host of more normal holiday songs by others. Hear it, buy it at: www.mp3.com/stations/itsaboutchristmas ***** That’s all (why would you possibly want more?). Have a great holiday season. Peace, Jim

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