Thanks for being in my corner
Between a lull in NYC tourism, excessive summer heat, Parks Department bureaucracy, or even the rain associated with Hurricane Ian… it’s been very weird out there on “The Hill”. On the few occasions we actually made it to “The Hill” in 2022, the crowds have been about 75% of those we’re used to. But there also seems to be a pall, a strange “mood” hanging over the people since the arrival of pandemics and Trumpism. In all my 31 years as “That Guitar Man from Central Park”, this has been the most challenging season financially.
So as I make the transition from a Life as a singer/songwriter to a career as a playwright I wanna THANK each and every one of you who shows up for the music and the smiles.
And I’m going to ask for your help… one mo’ time before we all get together at “The Something’th Annual Year End Concert”!
A LOT of us are hurting financially, especially my fellow artists. Things have been rough. That’s certainly true for me. I never “worry”. I’ve been living this extraordinary Life for over 30 years and I’m still here!!!
BUT… if you’re doing okay and would like to help me get through the end of this year, through the rentals of rehearsals spaces, through the expenses that come with producing a major concert… and through the expenses of everyday living in NYC, I’m gonna do a little drive to make up for a devastatingly lean year in Central Park.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO HELP
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I’ll see you LIVE online this Wednesday and then in-person this coming Saturday. (Weather permitting)
Thanks for being in the audience
Last year we took a run at a magnificent theatrical experiment and a lot of were a part of it… maybe the most important part. The audience. I assembled a cast of Tony Award winners, veteran actors, exciting newcomers… just incredible artists to do a LIVE online reading of this audacious script. (Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton, Jillian Louis, Teresa Reynolds, Jamal Thomas, David Andino, Paul Olson — stage directions read by Gretchen Cryer)
Looks like this play has found a few Creative champions to move it to Broadway, probably early next year. It will be my first on Broadway and kick the door open for a few other plays and musicals. I’ll keep you posted.
(I have a feeling this script will also make a wonderful, small, powerful film.)
Before that, during the height of the pandemic, we enjoyed a LIVE reading of my newest play “GREEN ROOM”.
Many of you know I’ve been making a transition from a Life as a songwriter to a career as a playwright. I feels like the time is right to sit in the dark with you guys and allow my characters to help hasten the day that “religion” becomes a memory for the human race. A percentage of my work is always dedicated to that goal… but I have my own fun way of making that a reality one day.
WHAT A RIDE!
“It’s Just Us”
Hey listen! We’re still hangin’ out LIVE twice a week. On Wednesdays, we go LIVE at 4:00 (eastern). On Saturdays we stream LIVE from Central Park, starting at 3:30. And we always stream LIVE from my studio in The Heights on the days we’re not at “The Hill”.
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As a completely independent artist, I had to figure out a way to make a living with the online gigs. So if you wanna help out, you can throw as much or as little as you want at “It’s Just Us”!
We started doing it at the onset of the pandemic, but it’s so much fun and we’ve made so many wonderful friends that we’re gonna keep it going. COME JOIN US!
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Last time we were at “The Hill” in Central Park we enJoyed another “typically amazing” afternoon of music and laughs, thoughts and feelings and… Love.
THERE ARE A TON OF PHOTOS FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE!
We did a special LIVE stream of “It’s Just Us” from “The Hill”. It was great to see people hanging with us LIVE from Florida, Maine, North Carolina, The UK, The Netherlands…
Quick aside — I’m still living this Life with open arms and Love, but ZERO tolerance for people who voted for or continue to support the abomination that is TRUMPISM. As my song says, “I hope they feel like joining us someday.” But until that day, the rest of us have work to do!!!
Y’know, even as I make the transition from singer/songwriter to a career as a playwright, I still have a LOT of music to share with you guys! So we’ll keep doing these online gigs. So in the meantime, if you would like to become a patron, click on that banner up there.
We sing together. We dance together. And we don’t even hafta leave our homes. Fun people from New York City, California, West Virginia, Maine, Missouri, Indiana, Long Island, The Netherlands, The UK, Spain, Estonia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Las Vegas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland…
WE ALL CREATE TOGETHER
Over the course of the past 2+ years we started to Create music videos together… to help keep us sane and connected. Here’s one of the most recent videos that a bunch of you jumped in on.
CLICK TO WATCH: https://youtu.be/IK0slIasdJ4
Even though our entire season in Central Park was canceled in 2020 and shortened in ’21… we’re making some new and exciting things happen in 2023.
No kidding. Last summer was an abbreviated and very weird season in Central Park, but it was another year I had the privilege of being “That Guitar Man from Central Park”. I wanna sincerely thank every single one of you who showed up, even for one day out there at “The Hill” You make me feel like the luckiest man alive. Here are a whole bunch of photos from our 2019 season.
JUST A FEW MOMENTS
Incredible. I love this town!!! I’m such a lucky man!
Every week we turn the path into a dance floor.
I’m still consistently amazed. Every time… just blown away by what I get to do with a guitar on my shoulder.
Music, laughs, stories, thoughts, feelings…
I WANNA SAY “THANK YOU” TO EVERYONE WHO HELPS MAKE MY LIFE AS AN ARTIST AS WONDERFUL AS IT IS. NOW…
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Thanks so much for hangin’ out.