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Sunday, July 28, 2019 - Road Trippin' - Nashville & Muscle Shoals

 I just got back from a fabulous road trip to Nashville and Muscle Shoals. Hopefully you're following Saturday's Radio on Facebook and Instagram and have already seen the photos I posted. You can read a bit more about the trip on our NewsBlog.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - Debuted Three New Songs at Harrisonburg, VA Open Mic

Went “over the mountain” - those Blue Ridge Mountains in John Denver’s “Country Roads” - to Harrisonburg, VA to play the weekly open mic at Ruby’s Lounge. It’s always fun to play these events. You see such a variety of performers and, to be honest, such a variety of talent levels. 

Since I’ve just finished some songs up, I decided to test them out. I’ve never played all brand-new songs before. The trickiest part was, since they’re not totally committed to memory, reading the lyrics and chord changes while playing. I have a better sense of what Bob Dylan meant when he wrote, “I’ll know my song well before I start singing.” It’s much easier when things are locked in. But it was fine, it was fun, and they went over well. 

Titles and subject matter? “Children” which is about, yes, children. More specifically, it sort of traces a brother and sister’s lives as they grow up. “Rosalyn” is a breakup song inspired by Nick Hornby’s “Juliet, Naked” (both book and film versions). “Keep the Faith” is a sort of stream-of-conscious number about keeping going in the face of adversity. I was tempted to change the title since it seems a little run-of-the-mill, but right after having these thoughts I heard from a friend I hadn’t talked to in a long time. Out of the blue and not knowing I was wrestling with this song title, he told me to “keep the faith”. I’ll take it as a sign. 

Heading to Nashville next week for Summer NAMM. I always look forward to the annual NAMM show and catching up with friends. Following that, I’m going to check out Muscle Shoals for the first time. I’ll probably post several pics on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to check in there for updates of my travels. 

Talk to you soon.

Rob C.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - Video From The Bridge, Charlottesville 6/26/19

The videos from last week's open mic at The Bridge in Charlottesville, VA, are up on YouTube. Thanks to Patsy for putting on the monthly events, to Thomas Haynes for shooting, and to everyone for coming out, listening, sharing, and performing. 

I chose to play my 12-string this time and played "The Love That She Makes" and "When I See the Light." Here ya go: 

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Charlottesville Open Mic & Keelan Donovan House Show

Played The Bridge Arts Collective's monthly open mic on Wednesday night. It's always great hearing the stories, poetry, and music that people contribute, and it's a very appreciative and engaged audience. Decided to play my 12-string for a change of pace. It was a pretty full house so I was only able to play two songs - "The Love That She Makes" and "When I See the Light". There should be videos on YouTube in the next few days. 

In other news, I've always loved the idea of House Concerts, both as a musician and as a music fan. Last night I had the pleasure to see and hear Keelan Donovan at the Chilton House in Richmond, VA. Rob and Angi consistently host fantastic shows. If you're in the area you should check them out. I've posted a few pics on the Saturday's Radio Instagram page - the link should be over to the side. 

Monday, June 24, 2019 - New Live YouTube Playlists

I just created two new playlists on YouTube to showcase some some-acoustic live work I've done over the past few years. One is a compilation of open mic performances from The Bridge Progressive Arts Center in Charlottesville, while the other is a playlist of the 7 episode Cottage Sessions series I did back in 2015. 

Here ya go: 

Thanks, as always, for tuning in. 

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