Okay so we tried a few weeks ago... but we were denied the Special Events Permit we need to hang in Central Park on the first beautiful weekend of the season. Then we were washed out completely in an intense rain-out the following week.
TODAY -- I was hoping that we could finally see...
Now it looks like we're gonna hafta wait until next weekend to kick off year #22.
WOW! It's lookin' like both Mother Nature and The Parks Department don't want me to hang with you sweet people in Central Park this year.
This past week I reached out to The Parks Department to ask if we could hang together on either Sunday or Monday if we got rained out... again... today. I figured it wasn't a big deal to switch days because we used to do that all the time and it was always okay. There's nothing else going on out there either day this weekend. Back when our pal Nelson Nicholas was working in Parks Operations, he used let us use a rain-date all the time. And the NYPD always let us use a rain-date. (The NYPD has always loved what we do out there 'cause you guys are so cool.) But Asst. Director of Operations, Nelson Nicholas has left the Parks Department.
So, when I asked earlier this week about switching to either Sunday or Monday this weekend, this was the email I got in return.
So... sorry guys. It's not like I didn't try.
We'll just see what happens weather-wise today. But it ain't lookin' good.
I was planning to head out there to start singing around 1:00 and then just see where the day takes us. In my mind I always imagine an opening day in which the Sun is shining, the air is warm, the breeze is gentle and hundreds of New Yorkers come out to "The Hill" to shake off the long winter. I was hoping that today would be that kind of day! Since we were denied the option of tomorrow or Monday by The Parks Department, we'll just hafta play the hand we're dealt.
Hoping for the best. Maybe I'll see you today. (If not we'll try again next week... June 1.)
Okay, okay just to answer a bunch of questions I'm getting.
THIS SUMMER, PERMITS, MUSIC, AND THANKS...
I know it seems like a late start. But things have been a little tougher with the permit Office for the past few years. Y'see... in the year 2000, Central Park Administrator Doug Blonsky (A really good guy) made a deal that we could hang out there one day a weekend, instead of 2 like we did for the first 8 years. We all kinda got used to that. But then something changed in the way they're doing things in the Permit Office at The Parks Department. (Long story.) I really wish it was different. But listen... I've been "That Guitar Man" for 22 years now, so I don't know what to say. They've got a tough job over there I guess, and we're so, so, so lucky to be able to hang together out there at all. I never ever forget that.
IN FACT - they do such amazing work over there at The Central Park Conservancy that, if you love the park like I do, you might wanna throw a few bucks at them and become a member every year like I do. Naturally, I'm a card-carrying member.
So the best thing I can say is... just make sure to check this website every day to see what's going on, okay? This has already been a fascinating year and I'm feeling that it's gonna be an amazing Summer. It felt like a long winter. It feels like a long time since I've had Aubrey on my shoulder and the Sun on my face. I'm looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces. I'm looking forward to singing with you guys and maybe a few hundred thousand friends from all across the country and all around the world. I'm looking forward to running some brand new songs by you guys and pulling a bunch of classics out of the attic.
And, I'll be keeping you all in the loop about the upcoming musical... "Possibility Junkie"
This brand new musical WILL be done this October!!!
If you've been following the website at all over the past year you know that I have written my first Broadway style musical called "Possibility Junkie". It's being directed by the amazing Gretchen Cryer... (yeah, Jon's mom) ...and we wanna get it on its feet for a 3-week run in October. The idea is that we will then find the right theater people with the BIG money to move it, possibly to Broadway. Here's the thing...
It's gonna take $80,000 to do this show for 3 weeks. Right now, we have already raised 60k of it!!! (Amazing! There are so, so, so many beautiful people who wanna help get something brand new into the world.) I often tell anybody who will listen that I feel like the luckiest man alive. I have had so many beautiful people in my Life support me and my work in so many ways. And this project has been no different. But it is by far the most ambitious and audacious dream I've ever chased.
If YOU think you wanna help in ANY way, if you wanna be a part of it... (Sure - the final 20 grand would be sweet!) ...but if you wanna help in any way, just follow this link to find out what's going on!!!
(And if you need to know more, email me personally RIGHT HERE, okay? We'll talk.)
The reaction for audience members and the emailed comments I'm receiving since we began this journey are amazing. Seems nearly everybody is having a great time and were moved in one way or another. I always say, as artists we're all always guessing. It's really very cool when you feel like you're gettin' it right.
Okay, now it's time for "Unrelated Video Time". (Just for fun.)
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Listen... a lot of you are checking in from different parts of the country and different parts of the world... WELCOME. 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 this year's Photo Gallery.
Check out the gallery.
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For the newcomers who have NO idea what it is we do in the Central Park, here's a little Photo Gallery from last Summer. Very cool.
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 email@example.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