Wednesday, December 29

Happy Holidays! Rudolph! 2011 Tour Dates!

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Jonathan Richman Make-Out Room San Francisco September 2009

Hope everyone is safe and warm and merry and bright.....

A Merry Crew of Jonathan Richman, Mark Eitzel, and Carletta Sue Kay sing for the Boozy at the Make-Out Room's Christmas Craptacular (link)

Listen to Rudolph (mp3 via Bob)


2011 Tour Dates!

Mon 7 Feb Albuquerque NM (Launchpad)
Tue 8 Feb Marfa TX (Marfa Book Company)
Wed 9 Feb Austin TX (Hole in the Wall)
Thu 10 Feb Austin TX (Hole in the Wall)
Fri 11 Feb Austin TX (Continental Club)
Sat 12 Feb Austin TX (Continental Club)
Sun 13 Feb Denton TX (Rubber Gloves)
Tue 15 Feb Springfield MO (Outland Ballroom)
Wed 16 Feb St. Louis MO (Off Broadway)
Thu 17 Feb Huntsville AL (Flying Monkey Arts Center)
Fri 18 Feb Atlanta GA (Highland Inn)
Sat 19 Feb Atlanta GA (Highland Inn)
Sun 20 Feb Tallahassee FL (Club Downunder)
Tue 22 Feb Gainesville FL (Common Grounds)
Thu 24 Feb Asheville NC (Grey Eagle)
Fri 25 Feb Chapel Hill NC (Local 506)
Sat 26 Feb Washington DC (9:30 Club)
Sun 27 Feb Baltimore MD (The 8X10)
Tue 01 Mar Philadelphia PA (First Unitarian Church)
Wed 02 Mar Northampton MA (Pearl Street Nightclub)
Thu 03 Mar Somerville MA (Somerville Theatre)
Fri 04 Mar Rochester NY (Bug Jar)
Sat 05 Mar Buffalo NY (Mohawk Place)
Sun 06 Mar Cleveland OH (Beachland Ballroom)
Tue 08 Mar Pittsburgh PA (Mr. Small's Theatre)
Wed 09 Mar Newport KY (Southgate House)
Thu 10 Mar Ferndale MI (Magic Bag)
Fri 11 Mar Chicago IL (Metro)

Confirm with venue before making travel plans

Wednesday, December 8

The 70s were a crazy time

Happy Hanukkah everyone!

I bring you 1979 Jonathan, in a hilarious ruffled shirt that makes me mourn the fact that I was not alive in the 70s.

And man, the audience is SO QUIET. It almost makes me feel awkward for him.

Monday, December 6

The Lamb (1789) and Jonathan Richman (1978)

Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed,
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?

Little Lamb, I'll tell thee,
Little Lamb, I'll tell thee.
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and He is mild;
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little Lamb, God bless thee!
Little Lamb, God bless thee!

-- William Blake, 1789

'The Lamb' can be sung to the melody of the French folk song 'Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman', used by Mozart in Blake's time (some writers call Blake and Mozart spiritual twins; both were influenced by Freemasonry). It's also known as the melody of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'

British composer John Tavener wrote a beautiful choral setting for 'The Lamb' in 1982. He explains:

The Lamb was written twenty-two years ago for my then 3-year old nephew, Simon. It was composed from seven notes in an afternoon. Blake's child-like vision perhaps explains The Lamb's great popularity in a world that is starved of this precious and sacred dimension in almost every aspect of life.

Listen to John Tavener's 'The Lamb'

'Summer Morning'
, from Rock 'n' Roll With The Modern Lovers (snippet heard at beginning of interview)

Friday, December 3

Help Beth and follow The winding stream

I forward you a message from our friend Beth Harrington whom you can help to finish successfully her new film which is dedicated to the Carter Family and to Johnny Cash:

"Dear Friends,

As some of you already know, in an effort to complete shooting on The Winding Stream, we've recently initiated a crowd-funding effort on a site called Kickstarter. We've been doing well with this and are well on our way to our goal.

Here's the Kickstarter page which includes the opening of the film.

But meanwhile, folks from the new gallery and event space called Art Department (here in SE Portland) have graciously stepped up and offered to host a Kickstarter Party for the project on Friday, December 17. This is very exciting and we're really grateful for this extra, unexpected support.

There will be food and drink and music and clips from the film. And Art Department will make computers available so that attendees who care to make a donation that evening can do so.

We're attaching a flyer with some of the details. More info to follow!

Hope to see you at the party!

Beth Harrington

Follow The Winding Stream

"I kept Jonathan longer than I kept my husband"

From SFGate, Aidin Vaziri interviews Dawn Holliday:

For the past 21 years, Jonathan Richman has played an annual December show in San Francisco to celebrate the birthday of Dawn Holliday, the general manager of Slim's and the Great American Music Hall.

Read more

Wednesday, December 1

Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins: December 2010 Show Dates in California with legendary country singer/songwriter Gail Davies

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Sun 5 Dec San Francisco CA (The Great American Music Hall) with Gail Davies

Mon 6 Dec Goleta CA (Mercury Lounge) with Gail Davies

Tue-Wed 7-8 Dec West Hollywood CA (Troubadour) with Gail Davies

Thu 9 Dec Costa Mesa CA (Detroit Bar) with Gail Davies

If you know more dates please let us know! As always, impressions, stories, reviews and photographs/videos are welcome! Thanks for being the world's most wonderful blog neighborhood!