Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Interview on Arts Alive!


is where you can listen to my interview with the wonderful Flo Hayle!

Rick and Marilyn Band @ Hudson Underground



YES! This Saturday Rick and I will be at Hudson Underground with our friends Mike Pagnani and Peter Tenerowicz! We are planning to ROCK IT!!! There are a bunch of things happening in the world right now, and we will sing some songs about them! INCLUDING my new song, NO WAR. Can you guess what THAT one is about? LOL. Join us. 7pm.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

December NEWS!



Happy Thanksgiving! We truly give thanks to all our friends, fans and family!

Rick and Marilyn have a busy week coming up! And we are writing to let you know about all the happenings!

Sunday, December 1, at 7am EST, tune into 98.5 The Cat for an interview that Marilyn had with Flo Hayle for her show, 'Arts Alive'. You can also catch it on iHeartRadio. We talked about music as a healer, songwriting and getting started in music. We hope you join us!

Then from 2 - 5pm on Sunday, find us in Sheffield, Mass at Race Brook Lodge, singing holiday songs at the Barnspace Holiday Market. After fun at the Market, finish with dinner at the Stagecoach Inn!

NEXT, we return to The Chatham Berry Farm Cidery, quickly becoming a favorite venue both for performing and watching our friends play! Friday, December 6, 6-9pm. There will also be a food truck, great cider, wonderful beers, friendly folks and fire with FREE Smores. How can you beat that? We hope to see many of you there, relaxing after Thanksgiving and before the rest of the holidays set in.

And finally, Rick and Marilyn will happily entertain you while you are shopping the Hudson Winter Market, 11-1pm, December 7th.  601 Union Street.

FINALLY..... SAVE THE DATE!  Rick and Marilyn BAND will be playing at the Hudson Underground (134 Warren Street, Hudson) on January 18, our first show of the New Year!

Have a great set of holidays, and see you in 2020!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

SONG ESSAYS: GONE

Hello! It has been a while, I guess. Rick and Marilyn have been SO BUSY this summer with all kinds of gigs, and we want to thank you for coming out and listening and being a part of what we love so MUCH to do... Make music, and make you SMILE!

This is the second in a series of essays that I am writing about the songs on 'What's on my Mind'.

The song GONE is one that I really wish I didn't write. And, to warn, this may trigger bad things for you if you have been traumatized by a drug overdose in a loved one. It's ok to just trash this note.

As I hope you have heard by now, there is a serious crisis going on with so many people dying of heroin and other opioid overdoses. Just this past week, we had, in the tiny community that I live in, *7* ODs in about 36 hrs, and one was fatal. This is with constant education in the streets, free Narcan kits, other harm reduction strategies, and a peer to peer counseling team on-call all the time. If you have a drug problem and want help, you can go to a local police force and they will connect you with rehab right away. Or go to the ED and talk with a peer to peer counselor. We have some hope now, and we keep trying, but people continue to get hooked and continue to OD.

This story happened before all that was in place. I was working in my office when there was a commotion outside my door, with a couple of young men getting put in an empty room and a co-worker summoned to the room. The next thing I heard was the blood-curdling cry of terror from a mother being told her son just overdosed on heroin, NO NO NO NO, over and over and over and over. Those screams live forever in my mind. Along with sitting with my grieving friend a few years back, who had just lost two sons to drugs 6 months apart. And hearing story after story of mothers who tried to help and found that addiction was one thing they had no help for.

The song GONE is a tribute to those mothers. If you know someone who uses drugs, make sure you know about Narcan, and the help to be found from the police and the ED so that you can direct them there when they are ready to come back in.

Peace to all of you who read this. Hug someone who may need it today. 

TO LISTEN TO GONE, CLICK 

HERE

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Blue Love

I have been asked many times about what prompted many of the songs on 'What's on my Mind'. Here is another essay....

BLUE LOVE
Lately, I have been involved with several conversations, mostly with creative women, about the goal of having a RELATIONSHIP. Yes, many of us wonder about the societal expectation that a woman must have a partner, or they can not be a complete, whole, woman. And... many of us also are thinking.... no, we do not.

I live alone. I choose to. I have lived with others, but it never fails that I am required to give up my own interests because of my partner. People so much want to be together with a partner to share life, and in my experience, ‘together’ has frequently meant leaving mySELF behind. I have been told more than once that I love music more than the person I was ‘committed’ to, and that was even before I became a musician!

The end product of music is shared with people, including your life partner, when you are ready to share it out. But there is also a lot of time alone in the woodshed before that, learning how to use your instruments. A lot of people can’t seem to handle the facts:  a musician needs to practice (that same song, endlessly), spend time away (gigging for example), write (Don’t interrupt!) and spend long hours with other people to rehearse (no, that doesn't mean I am in love with one of them). Sometimes, I am sure it feels like being a second fiddle (pun intended). It requires a lot of trust. And finally, I have to admit, musicians overall don’t have a great reputation for fidelity.

BUT- even when we are, love can turn blue.