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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:

Karen Brandow, Presente!

Charlie King, Steve Deasy and Karen Brandow at Great Labor Arts Exchange, Detroit, 2010
Charlie King, Steve Deasy and Karen Brandow at Great Labor Arts Exchange, Detroit, 2010

Karen Brandow died last night.  I share with you the words of her partner Charlie King, which express how many of us feel in this moment.

Rest in peace, Karen Brandow (1954-2014)

Charlie’s prayer:

GD bless Karen. Thank you for the gift of her life and welcome her home. Comfort those of us who have loved her. Stir up her spirit in our midst so that the good she left undone may be done by us. Karen Brandow, Presente!

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

Steve Deasy Sings “Courage” by Bob Blue

 

Courage

by Bob Blue

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.

website: http://www.bobblue.org/

Music 2 Life 2010/2011 CD Released

Photo by Sally Farr

The Music 2 Life 2010/2011 CD is out and sure to be hitting folk radio soon. The song features all the finalist songs from this years Music 2 Life contest including Steve’s song “People Once Were Welcome Here” and songs by 10 other excellent artists: Sofia Echegaray, Emily Kurn, Steve Chizmadia, Mitch Barrett, Amy Dixon-Kolar, Ric Taylor, Vanessa Torres, Brian Claflin, Kathleen Pemble, and David Ippolito. The judges in this year’s contest were Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Baby Jay, Josh White Jr., Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kathy Mattea, Judy Collins, Paul Winter, Christine Lavin, and Amy Carol Webb. The CD is produced by Liz Sunde and Noel Paul Stookey, who also run public domain foundation which sponsors the contest and CD.

For more information please visit www.music2life.org