|Nic poses for photo op with legendary performer Jimmie Rodgers
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Well here we are, September already. Kids back to school…already.
Leaves starting to turn into fall colors ALREADY! By the calendars official decree fall doesn’t really start until the
22nd, the day of the autumnal equinox. But around the Litchfield Hills here the recent mornings have felt a bit
more like October rather than early September. I sure do hope that this little weather faux pas is just an anomaly and not
the measure of things to come. In the Nor’ east the inhabitants here have a limited exposure to all things sun &
fun. It is true that our summers arrive late and leave early, but a frost warning in the higher elevations of the Berkshires
on the 6th of September gives me reason to pause. I suppose that it doesn’t help anything that I am always
pining for more summer days as oppose to fewer. And that no matter how long summer held on I would always allocate for an
even greater number of warm sunny days. I guess it’s true what they say after all, that you can take the boy out of
SoCal, but you can’t take the SoCal out of the boy. And to make matters worse, I still have a few dozen green tomatoes
on my vines that are in need of a couple of more weeks of unfiltered sunshine. Come on summer! Hang in there another 6 weeks…PLEASE!
I am not ready to let go just yet.
On the flip side, these late summer days are exceptionally
beautiful. The days are warm and mild and the sky is a deep azure blue. Cloud wisps dot the sky and the inevitable sunsets
are truly stunning. I am always torn at this time of year. I love it, as the activity on the lake that I work on starts to
quiet down, and she returns her majestic solitudes back to her year round residents. On the other hand, it also signals the
end of my favorite time of year. Cool and gentle breezes from the northern tiers sway the upper boughs and rustles the lower
branches gently rocking my bird feeder and tickling my wind chimes. They shake loose the cobwebs from our distant memories
of winters past and conjure up imagery of snow drifts, ice sickles, and frozen lakes.
Oh late summer you are a bittersweet reminder of all things past, present and future. I do love you regardless of your
cold prophecies, and I will miss you when you have finally left us for good.
“In the depth of
winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus
”We know that in
September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost.” - Henry Rollins
"The air is different today,
the wind sings with a new tone
of changes coming
the harvest gathered
a flower, a nut, some mead, and bread
a candle and a prayer
fruits in thanksgiving
to the grove
and receiving it's blessing
again" - Rhawk, Alban
I took advantage of the numerous outdoor venues offered up by regional towns that have an appreciation for warm summer nights
and live music on the green. I am lucky in that respect. I live in an area that is heavily influenced by the Greenwich Village
folk scene of the 60s and 70s, the lively college folk scene of Amherst and Boston MA, as well as the hearty folk happenings
of Newport RI. This region where I live has never been devoid of any multitude of musical happenings offered up by the city
halls of their respective towns for the benefit of their constituency. Needless to say, in this time of economic hardships,
blessed is the man or woman who can seek out and attend these unheralded events and turn a beautiful summer night into a beautiful
summer memory. Eliza Gilkyson, Amy Helm, Slaid
Cleeves John Gorka and Nora Jane Struthers were just a few
of the top-notch performances that I got to enjoy this summer. A friend of mine took me to a rousing Texas blues man Ray Willie Hubbard show, and I saw a terrific Jazz ensemble made up of the local college music programs’
finest players. Ellis Paul, Lucy Kaplansky and KT
Tunstal round out my list. These are the great performers that I was fortunate enough to bear witness to this summer.
September also never
fails to remind us of the daunting date of 9/11. Every year we are drawn back to the horrific images of that tragic day. And
every year we are reminded that this world possesses cultures so extremely opposed to peace and love and goodwill for the
rest of this planets diverse populations. It is still an emotional journey for the many people here in the U.S and around
the world who lost loved ones on that day twelve years ago. I am always compelled on the anniversary of 9/11 to remember to
pray for those who lost friends and family members that day, and the many days afterwards, as we struggled to bring the perpetrators
of that act of evil to justice. Heavenly Father may this world truly experience the kindness and the
brotherhood that a world filled with peace and love can initiate. Amen.
picture that you see above this article is of me and the incomparable Jimmie Rodgers. I had the
pleasure of meeting him and talking a little music back in April. His songs are the many colored threads that run through
the tapestry of my life. His music is the very first that I took a keen interest in, and for darn good reason. His ability
to hold and deliver a song captivated me when I was a mere lad. If you do not know the story of this true American icon and
treasure, then I suggest that you pick up his autobiography, Dancing
on the Moon, the Jimmie Rodgers Story. His story is
incredible and compelling. It is the actual story of a truly gifted songwriter and singer who’s career is rocketing
towards the rarified air of Presley, Sinatra, and Cash, only to have his momentum halted when he has an unfortunate encounter
with a rogue off-duty Los Angeles police officer. His story is truly unbelievable but every bit factual. If you would
like more information on Jimmie Rodgers and his music and his story, then log onto his web site at - jimmierodgershoneycomb.com
There you will find all of my songs that are
currently in the public domain.
friends continue your pursuits of small venue music events, and let the wonders of sun drenched days and cool fall nights
your hearts and minds and souls. My
prayers are for all of you, always. Pray for Peace on Earth, and Safety
for our Soldiers. And remember....
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