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A song you need to hear

The most recent Saturday I had the opportunity to play and hang with a bunch of Chicago kindie musicians.   Well at the gig I got a copy of Mr. Dave’s recent solo effort not specifically directed at kids and families (we swapped CD’s).  The name of the CD is Crow and Raven and the song I really like is Waiting So Long.  It’s a easy going, laid back love song he wrote to his wife. How do I know this.  There’s a video.  The thing about the video is he shot most of it ON HIS WEDDING DAY!  Seriously?   I know my wife loves me but I don’t know if I would of thrown the “Hey Honey! Is it OK if we shoot a music video during the wedding?”  But his wife agreed  (she looks great!).  The genius of the video is the genuine feel  it gives of two folks in love.  Lyrically speaking of Waiting So Long for the ONE it’s the perfect visual foil for the song (Kudos to Robert Conaway for his camerawork and editing). That combined with a catchy bass, subtle guitar riffs, simple percussion and some really great harmonies the sound becomes greater than it’s components. Which is always very cool.  This is a song you should hear, see and then tell your friends about.  I know I am.  Go support your local independent musician today and buy a copy. Visit the link below.


Songs you might not have heard.

I got a couple  songs for folks to check out this week.

First up is a song by a band that I heard a few years ago called Llama. The song is Too Much To Soon off the CD Close to the Silence.  Starts with a a powerful drum shuffle, clean acoustic accompany and then into the chorus and BAM!  Power chords rock into the refrain. I can hear a banjo plunking down as well.  It’s quite a smart song and totally rocks out. What’s really impressive about this song is they wrote it when they were in high school!  The song did get featured in the movie Swimfan but the CD is well worth a purchase as well.  They did break up in 2003. You can read about the history of the band here on wikipedia.  Have a listen and wonder why this song didn’t get more play as I do


The other is by one of my favorite local bands called Strain Busy Sky. Not only are they friends of mine the music they put out is off the charts. They won the Lucky Strike Band to Band competition and have toured coast to coast with a really strong Chicago following. It’s been awhile since they recorded.   The song I suggest you give a listen is Racing the Sun which was also the title of their last CD.  Have a listen to this great song and wonder as I do how it didn’t get more radio play



Kindie at Lollapalooza and a song I wish I had written.

Hard rocking pop and a lot of fun!

Hard rocking pop and a lot of fun!

I have mentioned in the past that bands in our genre need to  promote each other.  No one band can play all the gigs and no one wants to listen to the same songs on the mp3 player all the time.  That there is plenty of room for everyone and we only help each other spread the word.  Well here’s my part.  If you read this and are attending Lollapalooza be sure to check out  The Not-Its! today on the kidzapalooza stage around 3pm.  They rock as hard as any power pop band I have ever scene and they are one of my daughters favorite bands.  Smart lyrics, tight riffs and great vocals… Go check em out!

1234Peace and Quiet is the song I can’t get out of my head.  It is off of a CD titled 1,2,3,4 by a great guy and musician Kurt Gallagher.  I mentioned Kurt in an earlier blog post about Kindiefest as a regional guy who makes a living playing music.  Well this song is a fine example of his talent.  A easy, laid back, funky shuffle of a song that nails it about a sibling complaing about the other sibling and their noise making ablility.  It’s funny, smart and ironic.  I love when a song captures a part of life like this one does.   I played it when I hosted the Hilltown Family Variety Show but you can also click the album title link and buy it on Amazon or go to iTunes or wherever.  But buy it.  Buy the whole album!  It’s a great song and I wish I had wrote it.