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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!

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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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

Detroit, Michigan – 11/14/13

Who
Sundays in Cass Park with our Friends Fundraiser
When
Thursday, November 14, 2013
6:30pm - All Ages
Where
2068 Michigan Ave.

Detroit, Michigan, USA 48216

Gaelic League Irish American Club of Detroit

Other Info
A group of folks go twice a month to help feed forgotten workers in Cass Park in Detroit. The bi-monthly events are coordinated and run by Jim Rehberg, who believes in walking the walk for his fellow workers. Jim has been bankrolling this enterprise almost entirely himself - it’s time to give him some help.

We are having a fundraiser on Thursday, November 14th, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, at the Gaelic League Irish American Club of Detroit. Jim & the gang will provide a complete spaghetti dinner.

Performers are Steve Deasy, Black Hat, Bruce (jbruce38) Liles, Joe Kidd, and Cello Bella.

We have some wonderful raffle prizes; the raffle will be held at 9pm.

We're asking for a $15 donation, but give what you can; nobody will be turned away. More updates coming soon. Please share widely.
Hosts
Hosted by Maryanne Dunmire, Barbara Ingalls

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Ferndale, MI – 10/11/13

Who
Roy Zimmerman – Funny Songs and Bad Advice
When
Friday, October 11, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
2207 Pinecrest Drive

Ferndale, MI, USA 48220
Other Info
Come see our new digs, and dig the show! Email me at stevedeasy@hotmail.com or call 248-990-5268 for information, address and directions and/or to RSVP
ROY ZIMMERMAN'S "FUNNY SONGS AND BAD ADVICE"
Roy Zimmerman’s new show “Funny Songs and Bad Advice” contains plenty of both. In thirteen albums over twenty years, Roy Zimmerman 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. Zimmerman’s YouTube videos have amassed over seven million views. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. The world is full of funny songs, but Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable.

YouTube links:

“The Faucet’s on Fire!” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFD72ECm_CM
“I’m In” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCA6nqC7B20
“To Be a Liberal” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3qgiNPVpSM
“Creation Science 101” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIwiPsgRrOs
“Hope, Struggle and Change” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je6y2kFoPs8

Steve Deasy singing Roy's "Building for the Future" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l92Yk-6ncwA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUkPR2S2rOs6AUZ6b5SnLy9A

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