Springfed Writers & Music Series
Thursday, March 28, 2013
7:00pm - All Ages
Birmingham Unitarian Church (map)
38651 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA 48304
Thursday, March 28, 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb
Writers: Maureen Dunphy, Joy Gaines-Friedler, J. Gabriel Gates,Hilary Harper, Zilka Joseph, Nancy Owen Nelson, Joe Ponepinto, Lucinda Sabino, Kristine Uyeda, Carolyn Walker.
Songwriter: Steve Deasy
Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Light refreshments/cookies will be served. $5 donation.
A small thing once happened at school That brought up a question for me, And somehow it brought me to see The price that I pay to be cool. Diane is a girl that I know. She's strange, like she doesn't belong. I don't mean to say that that's wrong. We don't like to be with her, though. And so, when we all made a plan To have this big party at Sue's, Most kids in the school got the news, But no one invited Diane. The thing about Taft Junior High Is, secrets don't last very long. I acted like nothing was wrong When I saw Diane start to cry. I know you may think that I'm cruel. It doesn't make me very proud. I just went along with the crowd. It's sad, but you have to in school. You can't pick the friends you prefer. You fit in as well as you can. I couldn't be friends with Diane, 'Cause then they would treat me like her. In one class at Taft Junior High, We study what people have done With gas chamber, bomber, and gun In Auschwitz, Japan, and My Lai. I don't understand all I learn. Sometimes I just sit there and cry. The whole world stood idly by To watch as the innocent burn. Like robots obeying some rule. Atrocities done by the mob. All innocent, doing their job. And what was it for? Was it cool? The world was aware of this Hell, But how many cried out in shame? What heroes, and who was to blame? A story that no one dared tell.
I promise to do what I can To not let it happen again. To care for all women and men. I'll start by inviting Diane.
About Bob Blue
Bob Blue (July 31, 1948 – March 17, 2006), a native of Huntington, NY and a resident of Massachusetts, was a teacher and songwriter. His most well-known song, The Ballad of Erica Levine, was occasionally performed by Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary.
Bob was a member of the band “The Nice Jewish Boys” and one of the founders of the Children’s Music Network.
There is a photo of Bob and a recording of Bob in the Children’s Music Network Blog at http://www.cmnonline.org/magic-penny/2004-bob-blue.htm
Songs that Bob wrote include “I Did It Their Way”, which is a parody of the horrors of academic life sung to the tune of “I Did It My Way”.
Bob suffered from multiple sclerosis in the last years of his life, and died from it in his home at Amherst, Massachusetts in 2006.
Let Me Make Peace Concert Celebrates Citizens for Peace 9th Anniversary
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7:00pm - All Ages
Unity of Livonia (map)
28660 5 MILE RD
LIVONIA, MI, USA 48154-3824
Steve Deasy “Let Me Make Peace” Concert Celebrates the 9th Anniversary of the Citizens for Peace
The public is invited to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the Citizens for Peace and enjoy the “Let Me Make Peace” Concert with songwriter, musician and performer Steve Deasy on Tuesday, November 13th at Unity of Livonia at 7 p.m.
Steve plays guitar, piano and harmonic and will entertain the audience with thought provoking, inspiring and funny original songs. It will be a fun celebration of nine years of working to help create a culture of peace.
The Citizens for Peace will present their first Compassionate Citizen Award honoring
Caroline and Jerry Trout. When Caroline’s cousin and her husband were killed in an accident, they left five children including a toddler. Caroline and Jerry adopted all five children to add to their family of two children. At Jerry Trout’s recent funeral service, their now adult children expressed their love, gratitude and admiration for both of their parents, showing that compassionate action is like a boomerang – it comes back to the sender. Telling stories of local heroes like Caroline and Jerry will hopefully inspire all of us to act compassionately in our own lives.
Following the concert, the celebration will end with participants enjoying an anniversary cake. All are welcome. For more information call Colleen at 734-425-0079 or go to www.citizensforpeace11.blogspot.com
Roy Zimmerman wsg Steve Deasy at A2 Friends Wed Oct 10, 2012 7PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7:00pm - All Ages
Ann Arbor Friend’s Meeting House (map)
1420 Hill St.
Ann Arbor, MI, USA 48104
I hope this finds you well. It's election season again and my friend Roy Zimmerman is crossing the country again with his special brand of humor, which really is like the Daily Show Guitar Tour. Truth be told, in these crazy time Roy and the Daily Show are among the things that keep me sane and at least able to laugh at the insanity. I know this is short notice, but it always is with me and Roy, and I hope you will come, or at least tolerate the nagging calls I will be making to many of you to make sure that you do.
Roy Zimmerman has driven 25,000 miles this year, fulfilling a “campaign promise” to perform his satirical songs in all fifty states. He brings his live show, “Roy Zimmerman: Hope, Struggle and Change” to Ann Arbor Wednesday, October 10 at 7 pm for a performance at the Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill Street. Admission is $15 or pay what you can.
Also performing is Steve Deasy.
“Hope, Struggle and Change” is a ninety minute juggernaut of funny songs and comic commentary on presidential politics, the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party, abstinence, Creationism and same sex marriage with a healthy dose of Lefty rabble rousing thrown in. Think “Daily Show with a guitar.”
Sing Out! Magazine sums it up nicely: “Zimmerman is a guy on the left skewering folks on the right with rapier-sharp lyrics ... underneath the caustic satire is a man who is surprisingly optimistic.”
In thirteen albums over twenty years, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Zimmerman’s YouTube videos have amassed over seven million views, and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
Zimmerman traveled this year with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby. Did they make good on his fifty-state pledge? “Mission Accomplished," he says. "We made it to the Contiguous 48 and the Continental 49." What about Hawaii? "Omission Accomplished," he winks.
Roy’s songs take aim at politics, of course; there’s a post-hypnotic suggestion to “ Vote Republican,” an exuberant paean to “Real America,” a tone deaf “Song of Mitt Romney.” There are social targets as well; a lesson in “Creation Science 101,” a lambasting of the “Defenders of Marriage” who oppose same-sex unions, a "Sing-Along Second Amendment."
In the show’s title song, Roy wears his heart on his Left sleeve. “Hope and Change is what you voted for,” he sings, “...but you know the slogan always needed just one more word: Hope, Struggle and Change.”
In every state Roy and Melanie have visited they’ve written a new verse to their song, “Vote Republican” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ege_RBhh37A), each one taking a different satirical slant on the GOP agenda. In the version recorded in Hyde Park, NV, for instance, Roy sits down with the statues of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and teaches them how to save a faltering economy in words taken directly from Mitt Romney’s website (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyJ0ORtLlfs).
“Satire’s harder to write now than it used to be,” Zimmerman maintains. “Absurdity has lapped Reality. Ann Romney tells us to unzip her husband and let out the ‘real Mitt’ and I wonder, how do you write something funnier than that?”
The Los Angeles Times says, “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”
Tom Lehrer himself says, “I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just ‘rhyne.’”
Joni Mitchell says, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.”
Steve Deasy grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Detroit, Michigan. He comes from a family of Irish musicians, actors and rabble rousers, including cousin Matt Malloy who plays flute for The Chieftains, and great-grandfather Cornelius Crossen who they ran out of Johnstown, Pa. for organizing mine workers. An award winning songwriter, Steve’s songs have been recognized by the Public Domain Foundation and the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest. His song, “People Once Were Welcome Here” was named a top ten song for social change for 2010-2011 by music2life.org. Says activist musician Si Kahn, “Steve, thank you for your truly wonderful craft as a songwriter and for your fine spirit in friendship and solidarity.”
RENEW AMERICA EXPO
Saturday, June 9, 2012
2:05pm - All Ages
UFCW Hall (map)
876 Horace Brown Drive
Madison Heights, MI, USA 48071
The event goes from 10:00 a. m. - 6:00 p. m. Steve will perform about 2:05 to 2:20.
$5,000 IN RAFFLE PRIZES !
You will receive your ‘FREE’ Raffle Ticket upon entrance. This allows you five chances to win $1,000 !
Brought to you by:
Michigan State AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Council
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012
10:00 a. m. - 6:00 p. m.
‘FREE’ - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
UFCW Hall, 876 Horace Brown Drive Madison Heights
* Vendor Market Place * Educational * * Food/Beverage Available *
* Raffles * Giveaways * Fun For All Ages ! *
Steve Deasy Live at Royal Oak Farmer's Market
Saturday, June 9, 2012
10:00am - All Ages
Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 East 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, Michigan, USA 48067
The Farmers Market is located in the Civic Center at the corner of 11 Mile Road and Troy Street, across from the Library and adjacent to the 44th District Court. The Royal Oak Farmers Market provides one of the premium farm market venues in southeast Michigan. Farm producers sell from an enclosed building, with ample parking, on Friday during the farm season (May through Christmas) and Saturday all year 'round. During growing season farmers are only allowed to sell what they grow.
From 10AM to 12PM