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Guy Carawan, Presente!

We mourn the passing of Guy Carawan (July 27, 1927 – May 2, 2015) , American folk musician and musicologist. He served as music director and song leader for the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN, where I met Guy and Candie in May of 2011.

Carawan is famous for introducing the song “We Shall Overcome” to the American Civil Rights Movement, by teaching it to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960.

Those of us who still believe that music and song can make a difference and lift up movements will keep Guy in our hearts.  He showed us all how that can be done.

Guy Carawan, presente!

Steve D.

 

Ferndale, MI – 03/27/15

Who
Jeni and Billy
When
Friday, March 27, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
2207 Pinecrest Drive

Ferndale, MI, USA 48220
Other Info
We are pleased and excited to present Jeni and Billy. I met Jeni and Billy at Highlander Center in New Market, TN.

About JENI & BILLY — Acclaimed “new old music” drawn from country, Appalachian, bluegrass, country blues and folk. Great story telling. Stirring harmonies, absorbing original lyrics and a sparse, engaging sound. Guitar, banjo, harmonica, autoharp.

Check them out at their website - http://jeniandbilly.com

Suggested donation $15, sliding scale 10-20, no one turned away for inability to pay. All donations go to Jeni and Billy.

Space is limited so please RSVP.

Steve Deasy will perform a short set.

Email me at stevedeasy@hotmail.com or call 248-990-5268 for information, address and directions and/or to RSVP

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Jeni and Billy – Fabulous Fasionable Ferndale House Concert – Fri. Mar 27, 2015

We are pleased and excited to present Jeni and Billy.  I met Jeni and Billy at Highlander Center in New Market, TN.

About JENI & BILLY — Acclaimed “new old music” drawn from country, Appalachian, bluegrass, country blues and folk. Great story telling. Stirring harmonies, absorbing original lyrics and a sparse, engaging sound. Guitar, banjo, harmonica, autoharp.

Check them out at their website – http://jeniandbilly.com

Suggested donation $15, sliding scale 10-20, no one turned away for inability to pay.  All donations go to Jeni and Billy.

Space is limited so please RSVP.

Jeni tells a story about going to heaven (Las Vegas):

Note that the intro is longer than the song:

 

Steve Deasy will perform a short set.

Email me at stevedeasy@hotmail.com or call 248-990-5268 for information, address and directions and/or to RSVP

20 Million Things – Recording in Progress

I thought it might be interesting to some of you if I were to make a post and keep adding to it as I progress recording a track for the new CD I am starting today.  You can follow the progress by checking this page regularly.

For the first song, I choose “20 Million Things” written by Lowell George and J. Levy circa 1979.

When I start a recording, I usually know where I am heading.  I usually have a plan.  Plans are subject to change, but you start with a plan. On this track, I will play:

  1. piano (stereo)
  2. acoustic guitar in standard tuning
  3. a second acoustic guitar capo on 5th fret
  4. bass guitar
  5. program a drum track (stereo)
  6. lead vocal
  7. backup vocal (doubled)

I start by creating a project in pro tools, and choosing a tempo.  For this track I chose 60 beats per minute.  Tonight was step one which consists of the piano track and a scratch vocal.  The scratch vocal is rough and just a placeholder for the song.  I do  it in one take and don’t sweat about the quality of it.  This is because I generally find it best to lay down the vocals when the instrument tracks are complete and the song has more energy.  That way the vocals can more closely match the final arrangement.

Audio for Dec 1, 2014:

Ferndale, MI – 10/20/14

Who
Evan Greer in Concert - Monday Night Football NOT - with Steve Deasy
When
Monday, October 20, 2014
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
2207 Pinecrest Drive

Ferndale, MI, USA 48220
Other Info
This is a special Monday night version of the Fabulous Fashionable Ferndale House Concert, which I am calling the Anti-Monday Night Football Edition.

Featured performer will be Evan Greer, a queer social justice focused singer/songwriter, community organizer, and workshop facilitator based in Boston. Evan is flying into Detroit on his way to National Coming Out Week Events at Albion College, and we are thrilled to be able to host Evan on the way.

Check out Evan's site at www.evangreer.org. There are mp3s you can listen and download if you click on "Lyrics and MP3s". At least listen to "Picket Line", "Ya Basta!" but it is all great stuff.

There will be three open mic slots to open the show. I may play a song or two.

Email me at stevedeasy@hotmail.com or call 248-990-5268 for information, address and directions and/or to RSVP or if you are interested in one of the open mic slots.

Arrive anytime after 7pm and we will start around 7:30

Steve D.

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New York, NY – 10/11/14

Who
Steve Deasy / Paul Stein and Filthy Rotten System
When
Saturday, October 11, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
40 East 35th St.
New York, NY, USA 10016

LOCATION:
The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 East 35th St. (between Madison Ave. & Park Ave.)
New York, NY, 10016

TRANSPORTATION:
Take the #6 train to 33rd St.; or the B, D, F, N, Q or R train to 34th Street.
Map

TIMES:
All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays; doors open at 7:30. We do not accept reservations in advance, so come early to be assured of a seat.

ADMISSION:
$18 contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away. If you are a member of Peoples' Voice Cafe, the suggested contribution is $10.

ACCESSIBILITY:
Wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms). For info call 212-787-3903.

Other Info
Filthy Rotten System
The Filthy Rotten System is a folk/rock/protest band grounded in the values of the Catholic Worker Movement, to which many of the members belong. The band plays regularly to support peace and justice for all people. They can be found out front at New York and New Jersey peace vigils, immigrant support marches and rallies, and a variety of events for progressive causes and for individuals who have devoted themselves to serving others. Activists all, the members of the band rock and will move you with their spirited versions of familiar songs and some powerful originals.

Steve Deasy
Steve Deasy is a Pittsburgh born, Detroit based performing songwriter, producer and arranger. His songwriting has been recognized by the Kerrville Music To Life and Great Lakes Songwriting competitions. Steve is a socially conscious writer in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, but with the contemporary musicality of new folk, classic rock, pop, and jazz influences. Add some humorous Steve Goodman-style story songs and you have Steve Deasy:relevant, complex funny and talented.
stevedeasy.com

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Steve Deasy – People’s Voice Cafe in NYC – Oct. 11, 2014

Singer-songwriter Steve Deasy live at Off the Wall Acoustic Coffeehouse
Singer-songwriter Steve Deasy live at Off the Wall Acoustic Coffeehouse

Steve will be playing at Peoples Voice Cafe in NYC on October 11, 2013. You can find out more about the evening here.

Steve is excited to sharing the evening with Paul Stein and Filthy Rotten System. You can find out more information about Paul Stein at wikipedia or at Paul’s website

Health care in the land of the greed.

Despite all the fear mongering some politicians and pundits have been flinging about, I am happy today that the Backwards States of America have taken a step towards nationalized healthcare. I admit, I am as disappointed as anyone about Obamacare, but my disappointment is that it is not single payer, like many civilized countries have. Instead, it is a kind of bastardized “affordable” care, which may have been the only thing possible given the insurance, pharmaceutical, and medical industry lobbies which buy off our government representatives. It was all that could be accomplished in the “land of the greed”.

However, today I am happy, because my adult son, who has not had health care insurance for about 10 years, now has it, and it was indeed affordable. Like many slimy employers in the land of the greed, his would pay the fines for not covering employees until the cost of the fines exceed the cost of the insurance. To them it is a simple business decision. That is what these fine folks (read greedy bastards) think of their employees.

I watched one by one as my children left college and were immediately summarily dismissed from my health insurance and thrust into a jobless economy. People with little resources trying to start out have no insurance, and must work for employers like Walmart that limit employee hours so they don’t have to pay benefits of any kind. I think people wax nostalgic for some long ago time, when employment was full (provided you are white), life wholesome, and you had a job for life with benefits and a pension. This no longer exists, if it ever did. It is just harder to pretend that it does today, even if you believe the US brand of capitalism works.

Since it doesn’t, let’s move toward a living minimum wage and single payer health insurance. That way, even if they “bestshore” the production, folks in the sales and delivery chain can make a decent living with buying power and fuel the economy.