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


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. 



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....

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.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Musing from Screendale

There have been several weekends this summer that Rick and I have had several shows. You know, like leave this one to get to the next one, then home asap because you gotta get up and get to another in the morning... and so on. I think we thrive on it. It feels better than it ought!!! LOL

So this weekend, it happened again...

We started Thursday night at a retirement village. Yeah, most of our songs are well-known sing-along type songs there... and then, some folks just nap... and most just listen and rock or tap and then clap when the song ends. They are so appreciative, and I am finding more and more- THAT is why I like to do this. Giving people a good time that they appreciate. Yes.

On Friday, I had to spend a few hours at the place that pays the bills... and then off to a really WONDERFUL tavern, 20 Main, in Au Sable Forks, NY, up in the Adirondack Mtns. We were asked to do a 'Neil Young Tribute'. For many years, Neil Young fans, or Rusties, would gather on a piece of land and play NY music all weekend. We always played at the bar 20 Main on Friday night. Many of the people who were regulars for that weekend are now gone, but many remain... just not enough to make *it* happen. So, we scaled it down and made it a NY Tribute, although we mixed in some originals as well as the usual Rick and Marilyn covers.

What a GREAT time!!! Talk about APPRECIATION!!! A bar crowd that actually LISTENS!!!! LOL!!! What fun! We played well past our advertised stop time, just for the sheer fun we were having. Rick absolutely tore it UP channeling Neil Young, and we kept finding ways to say it again, a little differently... and it ROCKED!

It was a highlight of the summer! A great summer of music, by the way. Rick and Marilyn at all the local Farmers Markets, the Valatie Theater, The Down County Social Club, The Wine and Cheese Festival...

But... there is more! Saturday morning I had to race down home to get ready for the Hillsdale Arts walk, and a gig with my other wonderful partner, Betsi Krisniski! I got there in time to relax, take in some art offerings and food, and make more music! Even the brief storm did not stop us. I simply LOVE singing with Betsi.

And... people came over Saturday night. Betsi and Rick and Mike and more... and YES, more music happened. There were sounds that were SO GOOD, my porch (Screendale) is still vibrating with them.

I am such a lucky woman!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July happenings!!!

Happy summer!! It is SURELY here now.... hot, humid with thunderstorms aplenty!!

Rick and Marilyn just finished an amazing weekend of music, and look forward to another next weekend!!!

We hosted the Open Mic at the Stewart House in Athens on July 4th.... what a wonderful group of people came and played and jammed! Thank you all...
We followed that with playing the Sheffield Farmers Market on Friday and the Millerton Farmers Market on Saturday. Thanks to all who stopped by and said a few words... we very much appreciate it! We often hear that people enjoy our mix of classic folk/rock covers and originals at such venues. Apparently, our set lists are perfect for the folks who like to shop at farmers markets!... and we see those same people at venues like the DCSC (Down County Social Club) at the Race Brook Lodge, downstairs from the Stagecoach Tavern in Sheffield, MA, which we played Saturday evening. It is a wonderfully intimate venue. We feel like we are just jamming for friends we just met when we play there!! FUN!

Now... to tell you what is up next weekend!!! We very much hope to see you at one of these shows!

Friday night brings us to one of our favorite places, The Main Street Public House in Philmont, NY. There is outside seating, the best burgers in the county, and a fantastic variety of local and not-so-local brews on tap!!! AND.... July 12th, 8-10pm, RICK and MARILYN!!! Come and spend some time at this wonderful venue!!! See you there....

Then Saturday, we will be at the Hudson Farmers Market, 10-12. One of the largest markets in the area, come and stock up!!! and listen to music.....
After we pack up there, we will be headed to the Copake Camp Resort for a short set at 2pm.

And then, Sunday, from 1-4pm, you can hear us Under the Tent at Love Apple Farm on 9H. Love Apple Farm has developed in recent years to a place where you can see art, pet animals, grab a (very tasty) bite to eat, followed by Janes ice cream, do your grocery shopping, gift shopping and FRESH fruits and veggie shopping.... AND listen to music!!! Rick and Marilyn will play a rocking show for you, and we surely hope to see you there!!!

I think that catches us up with Rick and Marilyn happenings! If you want a free song of ours that we often play live, A Practiced Speech, sign up for the mailing list over there..........................>>> Come to shows!!! And of course, you have heard the album??? Buy it!! Listen to it above!!