Let me get my gig info out of the way first!
Tonight 5/22 I’m at Whitman and Bloom with Casey, and Sunday (5/25) we’re at Jazz Brunch at the Red Lion. At both gigs we invite singers and horn players to sit in, so come on out and eat and drink and listen to music and sing if ya want to!
Have you read Eric Randall’s New Yorker article? My son Dylan is featured and it’s a hysterical story. Dylan has changed reality! Check it out: How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark! #brazilianaardvark
I mentioned last blog that my wife’s book, A Gazillion Little Bits, has come out and a few days ago I added the music to her book trailer! Give it a watch. It’s a minute long.
So the Brevis household has been buzzing. We had Lynne Newman in this week recording her new Forgiveness CD, and I’ve been working with different singers, and recording and writing with Casey and doing Claudia’s book trailer, and in the middle of everything we’ve had construction on our second little bathroom…the bathroom we haven’t used in years because the last landlord shut the water off because of a leak, and after that it just became a black abyss for all things we didn’t want to deal with. Got a keyboard case? Throw it in the bathroom. Cat carriers. Toss them in. And the bathroom smelled funky and was a little disgusting….
BUT this week I can officially say the bathroom is——almost done! So next time you stop by and need to pee. Ask to see it!
And before I head out, happy birthday to my father-in-law, Mike!
Kindle and Paperback available on Amazon
Been a long time since I’ve done my blog. Everything gets so busy — I mean life and all — but I miss writing it down. Writing it down reminds me that I’m doing more than sitting on the couch eating Good & Plenty (which I love) and waiting for Game of Thrones to come on (which I also love).
Now that Casey (my son) is home off the road we have been gigging and writing and recording full time. The Stingers are rocking with my other son Dylan (bassplayer) helping me co-lead these events, which is so much fun. I used to have to shmooze around and now Dylan does the shmoozing! I’ve always said about Dylan, “He could talk a dog off of a meat truck.”
In other news: My good friend Ann from the Red Lion now co-owns and manages this amazing restaurant on 3rd Avenue called Whitman and Bloom! Casey and I are playing there every week in her cool Downstairs piano room, trading off every song we know for 5 or 6 hours a night.
This week we’ll be there Wednesday and Thursday, 5/14 & 5/15. Wednesday is Casey’s birthday, so everyone come on down. The cocktail and food menu is great and we’re bringing a big cake for you all! And as always, you singers can sit in and we make it a big open mic kinda party!
Now the big news for the Brevis family is that Claudia (my Wife) has published her novel, A GAZILLION LITTLE BITS and you can order a kindle version or paperback at Amazon!
It’s a post-apocalyptic New York City in the year 2256 and this book is just the 1st in a series -so everyone pick up a copy! Read it, review it on amazon & spread it around. She is the real brains behind this Brevis organization, and this book is so smart and inventive! And how do you like that cover art? Super-multi-talented Sam Tsui contributed the gorgeous art and design to the project and there’s a map inside that he created as well!
Can u tell i’m proud of my family?
Well, that’s the wrap up. The Stingers are at the Red Lion tomorrow night 5/13 10pm, so come on down and party on Bleecker Street.
There are many gigs and happenings on the horizon so stay tuned.
April 7th, 2013
Baby Workout has been my closing theme song for over 20 years so it’s fitting I pick it for today’s final song of this yearlong blog! Yes, today is the last cover song of the year for me.
Claudia and I decided to do this song a day blog and no matter what was happening in each day I would have to perform a song that had relevance to that day in music history. Now I thought that would be fine. Then Claudia thought it would be cool if I wore a different shirt every day. Okay, she found me 365 different shirts. (Anybody need a shirt?) then she thought it would be unique and give each video a slightly different look to have something new on the music stand each day. Okay 365 different chachkes or music or sumpthin on the music stand.
We did a song in every hotel we were in, in the backyard, the bedroom, the Poconos, in the car with the Stingers, with special guests. You got to read my ramblings about my teenage life in Brooklyn, my friends, my family, my gigging career, what I was working on presently, my dates with my wife, what we were eating. I talked about my boys (who are my pride and joy) I talked about my teachers and my favorite singers and musicians.
So, in summation, I’m a pretty happy guy with a great family and I get to play music every day of my life. I’m healthy and everyone right now around me is healthy, and I really feel we were put in this world to be happy and have fun doing what we love with whom we love!
So, thanks for listening!
Come back next Sunday when we start our next project here! A weekly original song! Every Sunday!
Not sure if i can do the shirt thing anymore. In fact, I think i might wear 1 shirt for the entire year 🙂
more next week!
March 5, 1963 Patsy Cline dies in an airplane crash in Tennessee.
My mom loves Crazy. We’ll have to play this for her at her 90th birthday party.
Yes, we are gearing up for her big return to NY and on April 21 we will celebrate! She’s spending her real birthday, March 27th, in Vegas. She is really at home in that town. I’m surprised we never moved there as kids. We got that gambling gene in the family and as i was growing up there was so much talk about Vegas i imagined it was the holy land.
A lot of songs have been named Crazy but this is the most famous one, written by Willie Nelson, a Patsy Cline classic.
I’ll be at the Red Lion tomorrow night, Wed the 6th from 7-10pm. Doing Skip Brevis Band, and I’ll be doing some Willie & the Swagga material. Come on by and check it out if you’re local. We always have a good time on Bleecker Street! It gets CRAZY!
February 26, 2002 : John Fogerty performs at the multi-venue Los Angeles charity benefit Four Concerts for Artists’ Rights. (via songfacts.com)
I had headphones on just about all day working on a hundred and ten different projects and came up for air only to play John Fogerty’s One Hundred and Ten in the Shade. He’s one of my favorites so I didn’t mind the break and I did get to play a little guitar, but mostly today I was busy busy and working my brain.
Claudia put food in front of me and I ate it and if she needed to tell me or ask me anything she had to wave her arms and dance around in front of me to get my attention and then repeat everything a couple of times. She’s used to it. She’s a very good dancer.
I like being busy, and then I like being done so I can relax with the family!