I say this all the time... but I really feel like the luckiest man alive most of the time. This past Saturday we did it again. I got to put a guitar on my shoulder and look out at a few thousand shining faces. I got to share another afternoon of music and laughs, stories and thought and feelings with my fellow New Yorkers and people from all across the country and different parts of the world. It's a very cool and kinda unique thing I've been doing for an entire generation.
On Saturday, it was another remarkable day. 5 and ahlaf hours of music and laughs. We had 3 young ladies I called "The Cousins" jump in on the classic song "American Pie" and they sang every word. Our friend Frankie jumped in on a couple of songs. We had a surprise guest when Rob from London shared a song, and another wedding couple shared their first dance with us. But for me, one of my favorite parts of the afternoon was when the incredible Christine Lavin shared a song she wrote which was inspired by something that happened right there in "The Hill" a while back. David Hayase and Sean Friedman were both out there with their camera again, capturing moments.
Here are just a few photos from this past Saturday.
Now, I've been gong through some significant changes in my Life... and working on some pretty wonderful projects. I'm moving to a new apartment in a new neighborhood in Manhattan. I'm re-writing a holiday script I created over 15 years ago. I just write a new dramatic one-act play and I'm still pushing the new musical "Possibility Junkie". I think we've really got something wonderful o our hands. Here's a little taste.
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OH!!! At the beginning of the summer I was lucky enough to be part of the very first Global Family Reunion
. At that gig, I shared a stage with legendary songwriter Paul Williams, and partied on the main stage with Sister Sledge, and then did a set of my own. It was very, very cool.
Here's a moment from that gig.
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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.
Oh listen... nobody is more disappointed or heart-broken than me that there will be no video this year from "The Something'th Annual Year End Concert". But trust me, we had a blast... again. Actually we had people travel from Maryland and Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, just so they could be in town for this gig. (A couple from Europe actually told they scheduled their trip to the Big Apple around this concert!)
So very cool.
Here are the first photos from this year's gig.
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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.
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 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