December is here. Long nights, colder weather – time to share a song from warmer days. Welcome to my kitchen!
Please join Mally and me at Emerson Umbrella, Dec. 7, 2009. (See below)
Last week I had the privilege to sing a song on the New England Cable News coffeehouse segment of their Friday morning show. This was a great experience. It certainly gave me a renewed appreciation for professionals who can perform in a live one-take situation amid a flurry of supporting activity. You can view it here (with advertisements).
This Month’s Music:
New Hampshire Wind
© 2009 Tom Smith and Mally Smith.
This was recorded in a hollow-sounding closet where I work, beneath yellow incandescent lights. I am not really that yellow in real life. I am on a never ending quest for quiet places in a life that is otherwise full of joyful noises. (grin)
My daughter Mally and I frequently comment upon each other’s music. It is wonderful to have a constructive and honest exchange with a trusted expert like Mally. While we offer each other feedback, we rarely co-write. So when I lazily strummed these chords in our living room, I was surprised to see Mally reach for her notebook. Perhaps it was our mutual love for rural New Hampshire and our shared experience spending summers on Peabody Hill near Mount Monadnock that came together in this song. It recalls slower and warmer places than our normally busy December workdays.
Every year at this time, I feel a little like I am headed into a dark tunnel. Nights are long. Colors fade to colder earth tones. In my quiet times I let my mind drift to early mornings ” ‘neath a roof made of tin”, listening to the concert outside our little cabin. Surely this song is a romantic view of rural New Hampshire from summer folk who rush back to Boston when (as my friend Kate Chadbourne has written) “wind and rain [has] ripped the last of the yellow and red flags from our trees”. It is surely a different song than one that would be written by the hearty New Hampshire folk. Most of them have to work as hard as that granite mountain.
Wishing you all warm memories to take you though the upcoming winter!
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Dec 7, Monday about 8:30 pm my daughter Mally Smith and I will share an hour at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA. Doors open at 7:30. $5 cover and “pass the hat” offering.
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Featured Non-Profit: Tunefoolery
“Tunefoolery Concert Ensembles from Boston, Massachusetts is a unique and courageous group of over 50 musicians with psychiatric disabilities who play and perform music as a way towards healing and recovery.” – Tunefoolery.org
One year ago this week I released my ‘family friendly’ CD Peace on Peabody Hill to benefit Tunefoolery. Sales exceeded $1200, which was sufficient to send several Tunefoolery musicians to summer music week in Western Massachusetts. This is a photo from last summer. For some, it was the highlight of their entire year. Thank you.
Since then Tunefoolery has found a new space in the South End of Boston, and they are working hard to overcome serious funding cuts from a cash-strapped state government. Please join me in supporting Tunefoolery. Consider a tax deductible contribution or view their wish list if you think you may be able to donate something useful.