There's a Way (CD)
Wouldn't Want It Any Other Way (CD)
I Love The Company (CD)
Common Ground
The People on the Hill
Crazy On The Same Day
It's Just Us (Live)
Talk Louder (single)
   
 
 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Welcome to all of you checking in from different parts of the country and different parts of the world.

CRAZY, CRAZY DAY LAST SATURDAY! (But it turned into something kinda cool..)


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AND BECAUSE THOSE 2 PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE AS CRAZY AS ME...
WE'VE GOT THE PHOTOS TO PROVE IT.

I was fully expecting one of those "Golden Days". New strings on the guitar. A few new songs to share. The weather was perfect. The Sun was shining. A gentle breeze was blowing. There was a 15% chance of precipitation according to The National Weather Service. So I showed up at "the Hill" around 12:30. I was just beginning to set up the equipment when the sky suddenly turned darker. I looked downtown and the sky looked kinda ominous. So I got right on The Weather Channel app and checked out the current radar. There was a thunder cell that just sprang up over the midtown area and was intensifying as it moved uptown toward Central Park. I swear we could see it pouring rain at the south end of the park and suddenly the buildings in the distance were hidden in driving rain. We could actually see the front moving across the south side of The Lake towards us, so we hustled and moved all the equipment under the huge trees to wait it out.

But this was just not happenin'.

The tree served as cover for about 15 minutes. But in about a half hour of driving rain, we were soaked. There was nowhere to go and noting to do. From contacting other people we learned that the Sun was shining in The Village. We heard that not a drop of rain was falling as close as 104th and West end Avenue. But in Central Park... at "The Hill"... we were stuck in a deluge and it kept getting worse.

After over an hour of driving rain... I called it a "rain out" on Facebook LIVE. The equipment was drenched. The sound blanket I use for the generator was saturated. so, when the clouds finally parted and the blazing Sun returned around 3:00, we just spread all the stuff out to dry as much as possible before packing up to head home.

That's when... people started to arrive. first a couple of guys who said they had been at :?the Hill" before but had traveled all the way from Austria. They said that hangin' out with us was always the best part of New York City for them. Then another guy named Paul arrived with friends he had brought with him to share music and laughs... from about 150 miles away. Then more and more people showed up with the same kinds of stories. Finally I just said, "Y'know what? Fuck it! Let's just set up one dry speaker for me to sit on... and we'll see what happens."

Well... turned into a very different, kinda special, very intimate kind of hang.

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We're all set with the paperwork to head back out to the park next Saturday. Check back and I'll let you know if we're gonna stream it LIVE to the rest of the country and the rest of the world again. For me... this week is gonna be another fascinating week. I'm gonna hit the gym today and then get right back to work on my newest script. (But at the same time, I'm gonna speak with a few people about a new play that has me really excited... "The Green Room".)

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WE'LL MAKE MORE MEMORIES ALL SEASON, OKAY? You can see a lot more photos from this summer sent in by David Hayase and Sean Friedman in "The Archive".

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OH AND LISTEN!!!

Gotta get this out there again! Part of my job! Here's a song I ran passed you guys in concert a while back. Just feels kind of necessary to post it again and again these days. (Share it everywhere, okay?)

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CONNECT WITH ME ON FACEBOOK, OKAY?
Send me a friend request and I'll accept it.

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Y'know? On April 1 we got together at Symphony Space on Broadway to celebrate a quarter century of this very cool, under-the-radar thing we've been doing in the middle of the greatest city on Earth. At that concert, I rolled out the latest version of a crowd favorite.

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But I'm working on the next concert video as you're reading this. So I will have it here soon. Keep checking back. It's hard for me to believe sometimes, but one-day-at-a-time... one-song-at-a-time... I've been "That Guitar Man from Central Park" for a quarter century, an entire generation. And here we go again.

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AND... what a night we had to celebrate Year 25!

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I also finally got around to editing the first batch of photos from the gig. (Thanks to both Sean Friedman and David Hayase... and everyone who posted or sent their own photos of the night.)

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If you're new around here, just check out some really fun video from other times we've gotten together over the years.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF "THROW BACK"!

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GOING WAY BACK... WITH THE WHOLE BAND!

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Now, I've been going through some significant changes in my Life... and working on some pretty wonderful projects. I moved to a new apartment in a new neighborhood in Manhattan. I wrote a new one-act play, I'm sitting on top of another that is starting to generate real interest... and I'm still pushing the new musical "Possibility Junkie". I think we've really got something wonderful on our hands. Here's a little taste.

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Listen, most of you live in or around New York City but I know a lot of you are new around here. And a lot of you are checking in from different parts of the country and different parts of the world. A lot of you guys showed up after the newest video from the December concert hit YouTube and Twitter. Well, I update this page almost everyday. Still, you can hit the ARCHIVE here at the site. And all around the internet you can find stuff if you Google "David Ippolito" or "That Guitar Man" or...

OR on YouTube: thatguitarman

OR on Twitter: @thatguitarman

There's always a lot cool stuff goin' on someplace. Keep checking back.

Gotta keep focusing on the beauty in this world. The ugliness will always be there. Let's all keep trying to move a little closer to the Light every day. I have work to do. The tools of my work are music and the written word. We all have different ways of feeding the beauty and starving the ugly. I hope we all get use them during our next lap around the Sun. I hope we all feel a part of One world in 2015.

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D'oh... and FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER

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Oh BTW - if you're looking for videos...

HEAD OVER TO THE NEWLY DESIGNED YOUTUBE CHANNEL!!!

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AND - if you want to email me personally about anything, SEND ME A MESSAGE HERE, okay?

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Like I always say... I know a lot of you are checking in from different parts of the country and different parts of the world. For the newcomers who have NO idea what it is we do in the Central Park...

Check out the brand new Photo Gallery for this year.

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Listen... I really do update this page almost every day so bookmark it and check back often, okay?

There are a whole bunch of photos from some of our weekends in last year's Photo Gallery too.


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Here are a couple of different fun galleries to check out.

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HAVE FUN TODAY!!!!!! (And be cool to each other, okay?)

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Thanks for everything.

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PEACE





     



All outdoor events are weather permitting! Stop by the website before you go if it is questionable.

Central Park Schedule
Saturdays
Starts around 12:30 and ends when the sun goes over the Hudson.
Please check the website to insure that David is playing!

David is available for private parties and events. Please call (646) 504-7275 for fees and availability.



A note from filmmaker Dean Love...

As you may know I am producing a documentary about "That Guitar Man from Central Park". I would like to ask all David's fans out there to write me and tell me any stories you may have about David and his playing in Central Park and how it has affected you or what it has meant to you. I've already heard some great stories, but I know there are more that I haven't heard. So if you got a story to tell about David and his music, please briefly write it out and send it to stories@thatguitarman.com. I will be contacting people from the stories submitted to interview them for possible inclusion in the film. Thank you and I look forward to seeing everyone on the hill this summer.
- Dean

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