very nice work indeed. Keep up the good work all. It's really quick to paste a message & send e-mails to all the e-mail tagged radio stations on Steve's list. I am sure the upcoming San Diego show on Cox's cable station will give a big boost also. Even CNN maybe.
HOLIDAY HARMONY is a winner for all seasons !
Hi Everyone! Just wanted you to know that I contacted one of my local radio stations in Northeastern PA and spoke with Jeff Gordon. He was very nice and told me that he's a big America fan himself. He is aware of Holiday Harmony and said he would like to get the CD and play it. He also asked me about the Grand Cayman Concert cd. He said that he has seen America several times in concert and met them about five years ago. He told me that they were very nice and signed his Harbor poster. This station plays soft rock and has "Sister Golden Hair" on their playlist every morning. You can e-mail them at MAGIC93@citcomm.com. Happy Holiday Harmony!!!
Nancy ~ Perhaps you're thinking of Randy VanWarmer's 1979 song "Just When I Needed You Most".
Regarding the crow, it was a 'white crow with no indigo glow'. Still in amazement here!
Thanks Nancy for the fine Radio work. I hope everyone can keep up the monmentum, once the stations & listeners get familiar w/HOLIDAY HARMONY, it's one of those AMERICA works that will get played every Holiday season for years to come. As someone said, cut, paste & send ! Fone calls are great also. HOLIDAY HARMONY on the radio !
Hi Everybody ~~ Looks as if we are in for more snow here in PA later today it is calling for Lake Effect snows ~~~ OOOOOOOOOOOoooh Nooooo! Winter has arrived early! It's kinda nice tho, cause it has me wanting to get the House all ready for Christmas.
Hi Cathy ~~ Yes I had a nice Thanksgiving day with my family as well, my kids loved getting together with their cousins too. Too bad you won't be able to make the IUP show, I am definitely looking forward to it. I hope they come to Hershey Park so you can see them, I thought that would be a great place to have the fan get together show.
Hi Jimnak ~~ I too recieved a message from Chris at WRVV saying that to give him a little time to go out and get it. I have good news about my radio staton, I called and talked to DJ Brian yesterday, and he recieved a copy of HH in the mail just the day before, he said he took a quick listen and he liked what he heard, he said he will get them loaded into the computer songlist and I should be hearing them on the radio before I know it here ~~ Yes Yes Yes! :) ~~ I got a couple other email responses, one from a station in North Carolina said that they have it, and that they liked Winter Wonderland alot and have been playing it. ~~ Nice :) In my emails to the radio stations I added some long distance requests, soo I will be anxious to see if any of these are played and heard. All in all the responses are possitive sooo, let's keep on contacting these radio stations and get this Snowball rolling faster and faster!
Hi Lisa Rose~~ Nice you getting to hear this on your news! What a nice living Legacy AMERICA is! Do you have any snow there in NY?
I had CNN headlines on hoping to hear a time when this Front Row show comes on. I did hear them mention to tune in this evening at 6PM to hear Patty Loveless sing some of her songs from her new Christmas cd. Soo I am assuming that this show kinda is in between new segments all throughtout the day Hmmmmm I wonder? ~~ Erin if you have heard anything more definite on this Dec. 7th, would you please let Steve know sooo he can tell us all. I would love to tape this! Thanks soo much! :)
Hi Johnny ~~ This is too much a White Crow ~~ Hmmmm I know we have all white deer here in PA, sooo maybe it is possible you saw a white crow! Neat a new perspective on Black crow with an indigo glow, a white crow with a indigo glow ~~ kinda opalesque ~~~ would be neat to see! Hmmm have you seen it again? Did you have any luck finding the Grand Cayman CD over Turkey day? You are in for a real treat! :)
Hey there Alan ~~ Nice you are enjoying your HH, I hope your Grand Cayman arrives soon!~~~~Hurry Mr. Mailman ~~ Can't you tell Alan is anxious to hear this AWESOME CD! :)
Hey there Red ~~ Hmmmmm I am wondering if we have more snow here in PA than you do there in Colo....... Did you watch the Elvis special with Chris Isaak & Leanne Rimes. I was kinda dissappointed he only sang one of Elvis's songs..... I thought No Doubt with Gwen Stefanni did a great job on Suspicious Minds ~~ Wow that is one great song! I loved watching the Faith Hill special too, and of course her Hubby Tim had a good show on wed. too. He did a nice on Elton John's Tiny Dancer, you know who Tim's Blue Jean Baby is don't you? :) I am still trying to think who sings the other song he did from the 70's too ~~~~ You left me just when I needed you most, Now I needed you more than I needed you before, you walked out the door without saying a word ~~~ too much I can hear this song sooo clear in my head, words and music but I am wondering who sings it, for some reason JD Souther keeps coming into my mind ~~ Is it him who sang this?????? Help me this is Driving Me Mad ;) ~~~
Hey Jimmmmmmmm ~~~ I hope you are still enjoying your Cayman cd.... Nice Huh! ;)
Enjoy the rest of your day all ~~ Nancy :)
~~~~ As the snow is gently falling hang the missletoe you said, A Christmas to Remember lies ahead...... ~~~ inside each box of treasure from a Christmas that's gone by ~~~~ Sing it Dewey, what a nice song :)
Last night, Paul Colby..owner of the Bitter End in New York city was being interviewed on his club and new book about he "Bitter End" ..he was talking about all the legends that played there and mentioned a few..Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie, etc...and "America"...I think he said that he used to pay them $250 a week. He mentioned HWNN..showed a pic..it was all so quick but so exciting. Is it possible that "America" were regulars there????? Damn, where was I?
Nancy, how was your "White Thanksgiving"? My family had a wonderful time and my son and niece had fun playing in the snow too. Hope everyone else enjoyed their holiday. Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to the IUP show in April. It's about a four and a half hour drive from where I live. I'm sure you can't wait to go. Make sure you tell us all about it. It would be nice if they could come to Hershey Park this year. I would really try to make it to a show there. It's still a bit of a drive but not too far. I'm going to contact the park and other places closer to home to see if they will schedule them.
Rather "freak of nature".
...an indigo glow," right? I saw an incredible sight yesterday morning. It was a WHITE crow with a black beak, eyes, and legs!!! I know it was a crow; I'm pretty good at spotting birds having raised homing pigeons for a number of years. I watched this white crow in pure astonishment for about 5 minutes as it would dive in the dumpster behind the local Sonic. Has anyone here ever seen such a thing as a white-colored crow??? All the crows around this part of the country are pure black. I wasn't drunk or stoned, really! I think it was the Michael Jackson of the crow world that I saw. I'd really like to know if there are white crows in other parts of the US (or the world) or did I see a freak of natural???
a message back from Chris Tyler 97.3 Harrisburg Pennsylvania:
I have to go out and get it... Give me a few days!
Greg, I don't believe the concert was videotaped (only the audio was recorded) so I doubt that there will be a DVD.
Here's a message from Shelly at 95.5 KKMJ-FM in Austin Texas. jimnak
Majic 95.5 KKMJ-FM email@example.com
If I had the Cd I would! I never got a copy from their record company!
From: JIMNAK@aol.com [mailto:JIMNAK@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 6:34 PM
Subject: HOLIDAY HARMONY by AMERICA
Come on you folks. Please play something from AMERICA's new Christmas release HOLIDAY HARMONY. It is really fabulous, has some new songs & some old classics, all Holiday songs. AMERICA is an enduring group, have toured continously since 1972; 21 albums later. thank you ! jim.
jimnak--thanks for your response to my question about the escondido gigs. nancy--yes, i received my hh & cayman cd's this week & now have two more reasons to be thankful. favorite cayman song is windwave!!
Does anyone know if there might be a DVD spin off to the Cayman concert???
Thanks to all who joined in last night! the group listen was fun . Maybe we can try to listen to Holiday Harmony next week? Let me know.
A Happy and safe Thanksgiving to all.
I would LOVE to chat, but CANT! The Cayman CD is so good; wish I could join ya!
I am going in! Anyone care to join me?
John ~ Exactly!
Sorry 'bout the double post. I took the day off work to listen to this, as soon as I saw it delivered. Its TRUE, Nancy, I did!
I keep on listening to this CD; only been in my possesion for an hour or so, but I cant stop playing it! I much prefer it to HH,but its all personal taste, I know. Hearin' RIVERSIDE as I type; reminds me so much of being front row in Auckland this year. SANDMAN, though, has to be my favourite; I can hear as it was from the first album, when the guys were, well, boys, and now done so superbly. Not to say it wasnt done well then.The first version is the best, to me; this is a real close second. And,I know I was one of the more sceptical ones, if indeed we even have a right to be so about these guys, about the inclusion of Pigeon Song, but, hell, its just gorgeous. This is AMERICA the way it was supposed to be.
I keep on listening to this CD; only been in my possesion for an hour or so, but I cant stop playing it! I much prefer it to HH,but its all personal taste, I know. Hearin' RIVERSIDE as I type; reminds me so much of being front row in Auckland this year. SANDMAN, though, has to be my favourite; I can hear as it was from the first album, when the guys were, well, boys, and now done so superbly. Not to say it wasnt done well then.The first version is the best, to me; this is a real close second. And,I know I was one of the more sceptical ones, if indeed we even have a right to be so about these guys, about the inclusion of Pigeon Song, but, hell, its just gorgeous. This is AMERICA the way it was supposed to be.
Super duper Cayman. Listen to SANDMAN, really fine acoustic guitar playing by GERRY & DEWEY.
By the way keep those e-mails & fone calls to stations rolling, we are close to some break-thru's here. Keep in mind when you communicate that it is usually the station Program director who decides what actually gets played, of course heavily influenced by people's requests & the DJ's thoughts. HOLIDAY HARMONY is a gem !
Well, another day gone by and still no CD. Tried calling Melody Blvd again today and finally got a human being on the phone. In fact, it was actually Scott Sosobee himself. He said he isn't sure where my CD is, but he will send out another one on Friday when the new shipment comes in. The original 300 are sold out. I guess I know for sure that mine won't be autographed, but I will still be very glad to give a listen. Reading all the posts from you all is making me very green with envy!
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Me Again ~~
Hi Robyn a group listen sounds good to me, what time will you be doing this about?
Hey there Jimmmmmmmmmm ;) I knew You were going to love it! Wow!Keep on enjoying it! Talk to you real soon! :)
Thanks Steve for this info. from Rhino. My radio station was asking me if there was a place where they could download an mp3 version, Brian had gone to the Rhino site to see if there were any of the songs available there. I will be sure and call him on friday (if he is working) and give him your email address so he can get these instructions from you... Yes Yes Yes.... Chances are real good I will be hearing these songs played on the radio here real soon! I am just wondering tho, why they aren't allowing Winter Holidays to be one of these requested songs ~~ That's kinda sad! I requested that song in some of my emails to the radio stations here in the East.
Okay gotta go again, still lots to do! Nancy :)
It's wonderful, isn't it? Anyone want to make that a group listen tonight? let me know. I will probably listen to it anyway while chatting! See you after 7 Pacific!
Nancy, you have been asking if Ive heard the Cayman CD yet. Well, I saw the postie deliver it about 20 minutes ago, and Im on track four. And its AWESOME! Incredible! The original unplugged! These songs dont need a backing band.Its not a continuous concert though, is it? I wonder why the whole show wasnt recorded straight through. Ah well, its so good, who cares?
I received permission from Morey Management to send "Winter Wonderland", "White Christmas", "A Christmas to Remember", and "Christmas In California" to any radio stations that request it. Rhino has serviced the CDs to "reporting" stations which means that they are large enough to report their spins to the trades. It is only a segment of radio stations that determine the charts that we all see. Most likely the stations that say they don't have the CD means that they are not a reporting station and therefore Rhino didn't have them on their radio list. If you contact a station that says they don't have the CD and they would like to download an MP3 version of those songs, have them contact me at AmericaSL@byu.net and I'll give them downloading instructions. --SteveL
Hi Everybody, I am like a crazy person here today, we got 6 inches of snow last night, it looks oooh soo nice!
Wow Gerry what a Nice Baby Blue Eyes Skyyyyyyyy ~~ I love it for sure..... I want to wish You & Dewey & your families along with Willie, Woodsy, & Brad & Families a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day, and may you be stuffed with lots of Love Happiness, Health and Turkey and all the trimmings too, and I can't forget my favorite part ~~ The Pumpkin Pie ~~ YUM YUM! :)
Thanks Red for your posts ~~ Interesting news regarding Jackson Browne & Jack Tempchin ~~ WOW! and tooooooo much your Happy Thanksgiving list!!!!! See ya at live chat tonight! :)
Hey Howie ~~ I'm not sure if I know this Alice song... Tooo much Robyn! too much!
Nice Winter Holiday's being heard at Macy's :) I have gotten some positive responses to my emails regarding the radio stations.... :)
Well Happy Thanksgiving Everyone ~~ Wishing lots of Blessings for all of You! Seee ya, Nancy :)
~~~~ Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go, the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh over the new fallen snow, Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go, Hurray for the fun, is the Turkey done! and now for the Pumpkin Pieeeeeee ~~~~~ :)
You Overdid It At Thanksgiving If...
You spilled more food on you than the local soup kitchen dispenses.
Paramedics bring in the Jaws of Life to pry you out of
Your after dinner moans are loud enough to signal Dr. Kevorkian.
The "Gravy Boat" your wife set out was a real 14' boat!
The potatoes you used set off another famine in Ireland.
You get grass stains on your butt after a walk, but never
Your "Big Elvis Super-Belt" won't even go around your waist.
You receive a Sumo Wrestler application in your e-mail.
You set off 3 earthquake seismographs on your morning
Pricking your finger for cholesterol screening only yielded gravy.
You have 5 TV sets side-by-side to catch all the football games.
A guest quotes a Biblical passage from "The Feeding of
That rash on your stomach turns out to be steering
Your wife wears a life jacket at night in your water bed.
Representatives from the Butterball Hall of Fame
You consider gluttony as your patriotic duty.
It looks like the left-overs are going to last until Christmas.
Hi Steve and Robyn..and the rest of ya's..
Great shot from the window! I love Vegas, but a new Harrah's just opened in Cherokee (near my home-away-from-home...the Smoky Mountains) and my sock is almost full. Some of you I met in Reno may remember my sock...Jimnak, Erin, Mags..
Anyway, I got a "window" picture, taken from Atlanta! Now, when and why were they in Atlanta?? Geez..they could have stopped by..lol..
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am cooking for family and a few orphaned friends and an orphan cat that we named CAT. Took him to the vet..shots, neuter, etc..and $$$ later I decided that I better adopt him. Ronnie reasoned that "it would have cost a lot more if had to actually BUY the cat"..yah right..like I would actually BUY a cat..sorry cat-lovers.
I hope God continues to bless our family as well as yours. Gobble Gobble!!
Nice shot as always.
Hey they're playing in Vegas but when are they PLAYING VEGAS??? Fans who might want to have a gathering want to know!
See you all tonite in the chat room!
Gerry is in Las Vegas, Nevada today (America's playground). Click here to see the fantastic view from his hotel window. I'm guessing that the photo was taken from Mandalay Bay hotel. It's quite a view!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! If you're driving to Grandma's house, drive safely!
Johnny, this was one of those moments where we wish we had taken the idea and run with it because Dewey is holding a little spinning top. He had just made it and was showing Dan and Gerry how it works. As they were on a farm at the time, Dewey called his little invention a Hay Blade. Unfortunately it didn't catch on. A few decades later someone unearthed his creation, changed the name to Bey Blade, made a tv show out of it, marketed it like crazy and made millions and millions. And Dewey was forced to spend his days making incredible music. Lucky us.
from the "You know you're getting old when.. "files
I went into my local Virgin Megastore and when I could not find a copy of "Alice's Resturant" asked the girl at the counter, who had asked if I had found everything I was looking for. I said "I was looking for 'Alice's Resturant'?" she said " OH is it around here somewhere?" ARGH!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving all.
America fan, Louise, was shopping at Macy's in California last night when she heard "Winter Holidays" coming over the loud speakers. As she put it, "Christmas is on!"
Another reminder, lest we forget, that the words and music that have been the backdrop to our loves and losses, our celebrations and sad remembrances, our hopes, dreams and fears, come to us from a place awash in smarm. Don't know how Gerry and Dewey put up with it all these years, but I'm glad they did. By the same token, I can understand fully why Dan Peek lives on an island.
Just want to wish everyone a great and safe Thanksgiving.
A great tradition will be repeated tomorrown on 104.3 here in NYC.
For the past 20 somewhat years, this station ALWAYS plays Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." My Thanksgiving can't be complete unless I hear this song. If you have never heard this, you're missing
a part of folk history. The movie is even stranger.
So when you're with your or friends family just about to eat some turkey, sing a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and people will think you're nuts..
"You Can Get Anything You Want At Alice's Restaurant, walk right in
it's around the back, just about a mile from the Railroad track,
you can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnt!!
And get everyone to join in and sing, you'll make Arlo proud.
By the way, he'll be performing right around the corner from me
here in NYC at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, 11/30/02. Another great
person to see in concert!
Regards and peace, Howard L
Red ~ That makes me feel a whole lot better! :0)
This quiz requires you to go to eBay item #925554093. What is it that Dewey is holding that the trio is looking at?
Songwriters settle Eagles royalty suit
Reuters, 11.22.02, 6:15 PM ET
LOS ANGELES, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Singer Jackson Browne and two fellow songwriters for the Eagles can "take it easy," after settling a lawsuit over their earnings from one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.
Browne, J.D. Souther and Jack Tempchin claimed that the publishing arm of Warner Music owed them millions of dollars in royalties from the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" package, which included several songs the three helped write.
Plaintiffs' lawyer Larry Iser said on Friday that an agreement resolving the dispute had been reached, but as is typical in such cases, details of the settlement were kept confidential. Lawyers for Warner could not immediately be reached for comment.
Browne, Souther and Tempchin filed suit in February in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing Warner-Chappell Music, a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc. (nyse: AOL - news - people), of underpaying them for such hits as "Take It Easy" and "Already Gone."
The three songwriters claimed that Warner Bros. Music, the predecessor to Warner-Chappell, licensed the songs to sister record label Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch under a "sweetheart deal" for use on the Eagles' 1976 mega-selling greatest-hits collection.
Under that deal, the "mechanical royalty" -- paid to songwriters each time a song is played -- was set at fixed rate of 2.4 cents per song rather than under a formula that would allow it to rise with inflation over time, the suit said. As a result, the plaintiffs claimed lost royalties in excess of $10 million in more than 25 years since the album's release.
The album, which remains a hallmark of classic rock stations, was the first ever certified platinum and became one of the few LPs ever to cross the U.S. sales threshold of 20 million copies.
The three plaintiffs earned songwriting credits on a total of four of the album's 10 tracks. Browne, who became a major recording star in his own right, co-wrote the hit "Take It Easy" with the Eagles' Glenn Frey. Tempchin wrote "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and shared credits for "Already Gone." Souther collaborated with Frey and Don Henley on "Best of My Love."
Copyright 2002, Reuters News Service
Hi Everyone ~~ Yes it is late here ~~ I am all wound up about this HH happenings & I just had to post before heading to my dreams!
Yes Vic,DaveB,Cindy,Robyn,Kevin(RhinoRadioRep)S& Jimnak~~~~ It is a great feeling getting the word out to all of the radio stations about this great HH cd..... but I am getting a little frustrated too ~~ with Rhino, I agree with you DaveB & KevinS ~~ why hasn't any copies of this been sent to radio stations to lots of radio stations all over the states.... When I called my DJ ~ Brian Wolfe, he too said to me, who put out this CD for them ~ was it Rhino, and that they aren't doing a very good job promoting this. He said that he had heard of this HH, and he had checked Rhino's site to see if any of the songs were available to download, he then said that he would like to play these songs on the radio, but their budget doesn't allow them to go out and buy cds. Yes Vic,he to said he had Hark the Herald Angels on the current Christmas song playlist.~~ I have emailed other radio stations here in PA, but I will be honest with you ~~ I haven't heard a reply of any kind from any of them, that kinda tells me that they haven't heard of this cd nor do they have it. Could it be it was only promoted out in Calif ? My sister got this CD too and she works at a local hospital, well she took her cd in to play at work, and she said it was attracting lots of attention, like people stopping by her office and saying what christmas cd is this.... and she told them AMERICA and then they wanted to know where to get it...... Soooo my point here is ~~ if we get this HH CD to as many radio stations that we can, sooo many more people will hear these songs and then sales will sky rocket and SUCCEESS! I too like Robyn am willing to address envelopes, write promotion notes to stuff with the cds to get them to radio stations everywhere...... Come on Rhino we are willing to help out this way, sooo how about helping us out by giving some of these copies up for promotional efforts!
Regarding which song to promote off of this ~~ why can't any of them be played, in my emails I requested Winter Holidays for here in my part of the states and Christmas in Calif. for out in the western states, and of course I had to request Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas...... Yes Johnny I agree with you about Dewey on White Christmas, this one is sooo nice too! I also mention in my emails how Gerry, Dewey & Andrew Gold have managed to add a nice touch of AMERICA magic to these traditional songs ~~ making them soo unique! ~~ And Johnny ~~ I am glad to see you are getting the Grand Cayman cd too, you will not be disappointed, you will be in AMERICA Heaven for sure! And Yes I too will say to all those that haven't got HH or Grand Cayman yet ~~~ Hurry get it, what are you waiting for!
Hi Cathy ~~ sooo you are from PA too, it is nice to see more fans are from my area ~~ sooo do you think you will try and make it to the IUP show on April 1st, 2003 in Indiana, Pa????? My son goes to college there and it is about a 40 minute drive for me to get there, sooo I will definitely be there for sure! Wow that is only 4 months away! Yes Yes Yes! :)
Oooh Red eeeeee ooooooak ~~ You do have a good point there about the Austin City Limits show, I too think this would be a good show for Gerry & Dewey to do. The setting is nice and everyone that I have watched perform there always says how they have enjoyed playing there. Hey maybe that would be a good show for the fan get together. ~~~ Hmmmmm Erin from Morey Management ~~ what do you think about this, does it sound like a good show to look into? ~~~~ And Red, wow Chris Isaak sure does have some nice songs, I love his voice, and now that you mentioned Roy Orbison, I can see that in some of his songs, I always did think he had Elvis's sound down pretty good. I only got to see alittle bit of Jackson Browne's show ~~ I am hoping to catch it another time. I didn't see Robert Plant's show tho..... Thanks sooo much for bringing a Smile to my day, with the lyrics you posted, this is one great song by Celine Dion, she sure sings it ooooh sooo nice! Oooh ~~ You are too much, thinking I can afford to have the Merry Maid service come to my place ~~ Hahahahah! in my dreams maybe!!!!
Well time to call it a night for me ~~ Good night all Nancio :)
~~Didododododidodododododidiodo Lying in my bed, thoughts in my head, visions of you, but I can't get through the nightttttt, so I pick up the phone, I know you're home, you're playing with my heart and you know that it just ain't righttttt, it's just a game of Love, loveeee love, and even though it's hard Baby,I can never give you up, you're the one I'm dreamin of, I can't live without your love tonighttttt, and it's you that I adore, you're the one that I live for insideeeeeee of Youuuuuu, I'm Dreamin, sooo I got in the car, but I didn't get far, cause the radio played every song that I sang with youuuuuuuuu ~~~ Oooh sing it Celine ~~~ Sorry for getting carried away here, but this is one great song of hers...... Nice ;) :)
Dave B., Nancy, and Cathy R.; Thanks for your efforts in contacting the Tucson radio station. I called and talked to DJ, Tom Lang, tonight. He was very interested in the info I had to give him about "HH". HE asked about the lable, and what were some of the songs on the CD. Then he said, that he had just played one of AMERICA'S Christmas songs. I thought, GREAT! Then he told me, that it was "Hark The Herald Angels Sing". Oh well, it is an AMERICA rendition. He was genuinely interested though. Said he would look into it, and see if they had the new "HH" CD. I'll give him a call tomorrow night. Once again, for any one who is interested in sending an e-mail, the radio station is, COOL 97.1 KWFM, Tucson, Arizona. They are playing all Christmas music, NOW, through Christmas day, and are encouraging listeners to call in requests, and, or, to E-MAIL requests. I've never actually seen a grass roots swell, take off the way this has. This is something special. Happy to be a part of it.
Yes, Nancy, I did get your e-mail. Thanks! I'll get back to you soon.
I have many automatic replies from the radio stations thanking me for being a listener - I think it's time to pick up the phones
I mailed WRCH in Hartford a copy of the CD - I may ruffle a feather or two but come on not only Rhino but how about the Morey group getting about 100+ CD's and overnighting them with a nice little formed up note promoting California and Wonderland to all these stations - PLEASE. I vote California by far but I like them all and whatever makes it I'll take it. I wanted jet boy blue when today's the day came out but... well that's another story - 100 CD's at a discounted rate I'm sure and some mailing costs - please what's that three maybe five grand. take an extra percent off of the tickets from their next next concert
Johnny, I also noticed the conga drums in the photo and I kept waiting to hear them on one of the songs, but I never did. As far as I can tell, there is absolutely no percussion. Just two guitars, one piano, and two voices.
At your request:
Click here to see a VERY LARGE version of the CD front cover
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They'll remain on the Chat Folder for about a week.
Hi Vic! I e-mailed the Tucson station you mentioned. I'll have to get busy with more e-mails and phone calls. Nancy, I'm from Northeastern PA. They're calling for three to six inches of snow here too by tomorrow. Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I think Dewey's vocals on "White Christmas" are incredible. You can really hear how much feeling he puts into it. Give it a close listen. As well, Gerry does a wonderful job on "Christmas In California," doesn't he? Whatever song is selected to be promoted nationally (if so) will be great! Certainly one of the songs from "HH" will be a big hit this Christmas. The CD's too good not to.
For those few here who don't have "HH" yet, you're in for a real treat! What are you waiting for??? :0)
Haven't been able to get the "GC" CD locally, but hopefully I can while having turkey in Albuquerque. It's nice knowing there's an America CD available yet to be heard. I really look forward to hearing "Baby It's Up To You" and "Pigeon Song". Has anyone found "GC" in any of the music stores or is it only available via the online shops at this time?
While on the subject of the "GC" CD, I see a set of conga drums in one of the photos that Steve posted from the CD. Does anyone know if they were used on any of the songs? There's no mention of anyone playing them in the liner notes, I believe.
Howie ~ It's very nice of you to offer the Ecuador concert video!
Ever since I got HH, I can't stop listening to it! I have mentioned at least a couple of times before that Dan Fogelberg's "The First Christmas Morning" was my favorite Christmas CD. Well, now I have to say that HH is in a tie for first place. You can't really compare the two because the music is so different. If I'm in the mood for more traditional Christmas music - it's DF for sure. But for more upbeat, contemporary music HH wins hands down. I now have 2 favorite Chgristmas CDs. Thank you Dewey & Gerry for the wonderful Christmas gift to all us fans!
On a sadder note, I am still awaiting my Cayman Islands CD. It was ordered on the 12th, credit card was billed the 14th (most companies don't charge your card until the order is ready to ship) and still no CD!!! Apparently Melody Blvd doesn't have online order tracking. Apparently they don't answer e-mails or return phone calls, either. The longer I wait, the more my hope wanes that I will get an autographed copy.
And as far as the Equador video is concerned, Howard is right - it is excellent! If you don't already have this gem, you owe it to yourself to get it!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Nice of you to volunteer to stuff envelopes Kevin. I'd be happy to stuff too! Hey I'm serious here! Let me know.
I've e-mailed about 2/3rds of the stations so far (I'll get to the rest of them later tonight). Suprisingly, a number of people have responded. Most of those, favorably. What surprised me most is how many these radio people had no idea America had a new Christmas CD out. Which led me to one question: Is Rhino doing anything on its own to promote this within the radio industry? Or are we basically the sales force?
That question aside, one person from station in Kansas City said she'd talk to her Rhino rep next week to get a copy of it. A couple other stations said they'd be interested if they had a copy of it. (Note to Rhino: mail the CD to stations. Steve L has done you the favor of compiling the names of these stations for you. Hey, I'll even volunteer to stuff the envelopes. Get back to me on this.)
This thing might just work. I really think people are excited about playing something from this CD.
A station in LA e-mailed me that they have already added Winter Wonderland to their playlist.
Kevin "Rhino Radio Rep" S.
I vote to push Winter Wonderland. I would rather hear Christmas in Calfornia.....but to give the boys the proper push...I think letting non-fan types hear something they are familiar with.....may help. Good Wishes, Gerry
Is there any chance of you posting the Cayman album shots in
1024 x 768 format... I'm sure most would love the palm tree Island
and "America" logo as a desktop wallpaper... any chance?
Just a note to wish all of you out there a happy Thanksgiving! I'm afraid they'll cancel school tomorrow, (as a storm approaches the northeast tonight,) and that will end my chances of posting tomorrow! This is storm number three here in New England! Guess we're gearing up for a real old-fashioned winter!
To Gerry and Dewey: Enjoy your well deserved time off! Hope to see you in 2003!
Keep up the good work all ! HOLIDAY HARMONY will see daylight on the radio if we all continue our efforts. isn't speed dial amazing ?
isn't e-mail amazing ? the power of the people.
the power of AMERICA !
Over the past few days I've had the pleasure of watching some great artists on Austin City Limits. Those would be, Chris Isaak, Jackson Browne and Robert Plant. Was equally impressed with all three, and generally surprised at Chris Isaak. Reminded me of an early Elvis playing to the crowd. His voice reminded me of Roy Orbison, too. Anyway, I thought what a wonderful venue this would be for America. It's outdoors in Austin, Texas, and seats about 450 people. Management for America should look into booking the gang on this show. All 3 of these acts seemed to thoroughly enjoy playing for and to the crowd.
Nancio, a person of your importance shouldn't have to clean house anymore. That's what husbands are for. With your newfound wealth, Merry Maids might work!
Is only 17 degrees here in Denver right now! Nellybelle did not want to take me for a ride today. The heater came in handy 2day.
Nice to see someone took pix at the Clear Lake, Iowa concert, but were all the same looking. Need different angles and poses. Maybe they didn't have the heat on in the Surf Ballroom.
I was afraid to let you in here
Now I have learned love can't be made in fear
The walls begin to tumble down
And I can't even see the ground
I'm falling into you
This dream could come true
And it feels so good falling into you
Falling like a leaf, falling like a star
Finding a belief, falling where you are
Catch me, don't let me drop!
Love me, don't ever stop!
So close your eyes and let me kiss you
And while you sleep I will miss you
Hello everyone, and in advance I hope you all have a wonderful and pleasant Thanksgiving. I was driving home from work yesterday, and was getting ready to play my "Grand Cayman" cd. Which is 'extrodinary'!!! As I turned on the radio to 97.3 The River (Harrisburg, PA), America was playing. Of course I waited to hit play on my cd. At the end of the song, the dj was happy to announce that America has just released its first holiday cd. I have made contact with this radio station but was so pleased to hear they were happy to pass the information along to other America fans. What a lovely surprise! The power of communication. Hopefully, we will be able to hear a few songs from yet another masterpiece! Have a great day everyone!
There has been some discussion about which song from Holiday Harmony we should be pushing. "Christmas In California" seems to be a favorite of the fans here. I haven't heard that Rhino is going to push any particular song but I did receive a message from Dewey about this subject. He said that KOST-FM 103.5 picked 12 songs from all the new releases, and "Winter Wonderland" is one of them. So we could use the request line to push that one from the L.A. area.
HEY MARK where were you sitting? I was over on Woodsy's side of the stage ( Even though I was FIRST IN LINE and had made my RESEVATIONS in AUGUST, I was told the good seats were all reserved for VIP's!!!!!!) I think they were talking about full concerts rather than performing just a few tunes.
Moser I didn't get any pictures! I hope someone did!
Hi Everybody :) I still am surrounded by all of my great AMERICA music ~~ Sooooo Nice for sure! :)
Hey Vic ~~ Let us know if you hear your radio station playing any of our requests Ok???? I sent a long distance request, sooo I am hoping your DJ will play it for me. I hope you got my email regarding the dvd question you asked me in your post.
Hi DaveB ~~ Good ideas copying and pasting, I have been doing that too with a part of my email message and then I try to personalize the other part geared toward their radio station, I sure am hoping I get them curious enough about this great CD if they aren't aware of it or don't have a copy of it. I am hoping to get some replies back from some of them. I hope when I head to the Mall to do my Christmas Shopping I will be singing along to my favorite HH songs while doing this, it will make me feel right at home! :)
Hi there CJ ~~ Alright! Keep that Holiday Harmony playing at your store.....
Thanks Jimnak for the info on the Escondido shows.... I am hoping that this will show up on one of my satellite channels... Will you please let us know how many of the Calif radio stations are playing the HH songs too, soo we have an Idea if our messages are getting this Snowball rollin? Hey Mark (windwave) did you get your HH or Cayman CD yet? We haven't heard from you for a while.
Cheers Margaret ~~ Wow! Enjoy this great CD, isn't it AWESOME! Listening to it kinda makes you feel like you are right there on this island taking in all of these great songs!
Ooooh Jimmmmmm(bob) ~~~ Hoping to hear from you soon, about your Cayman CD! :)
Hi Kevin ~~ I agree about Baby It's Up to You on the Cayman CD, it sounds ooooh sooo good. I just got my Highway box set last week and it is sooo neat to hear this great song done on there too. I could never grow tired of hearing it.
Nice hearing from you Moser ~~ I'm glad you survived your weekend with the in-laws, nice sharing your HH with them ~~ Makes for some Holiday memories for sure!
Oooh Red ~~ How is Nelleybelle handling the snow there in Denver? I guess we are in for a snow event tomorrow here (if it comes to be) they are calling for 2 to 6 inches by wed. morning. Sooo I guess it will be a White Thanksgiving here!
Thanks again Steve L for the great job on the radio station list.... I am loving checking out all of these sites and sending an email to them.... I will call too! This is kinda fun! :)
Oooh DanC ~~~ You must beeeee oooh sooo busy, where have you been, I am still here waiting to hear about the James Taylor show you went to. Did you recieve your HH or Cayman cds yet? Take those headphones off long enough to let us hear something from you ~~ Ok? :)
Have a good day all, keep on contacting those radio dj's, this is gonna be a great Christmas! Nancy :) Dewey & Gerry are singing Silver Bells, this song always gives me the chills..... ring-a-ling, hear them ring, soon it will be Christmas dayyyyyy, soooon it will be Christmas Day....... Nice :) And Guess what is playing now, yes you got it right Gerry is singing Christmas in Calif..... ~~~ Make no mistake its here, holiday fun, good cheer, It's Christmas time in California wooo hooo ~~~ sing it Gerry ~~ what a great song Yes Yes Yes ~~~~ it Christmas time for sure in California :) :) :)
Along with Brad's Harbor video offer, I would like to offer & share this fantastic America 1998 Ecuador Concert on video to everyone that doesn't have this. In the past year or two, I have shared this with some people. I have a first generation copy. The tape is a good 2 hours: Concert and interview at end. Quality (video & audio) is excellent. Please email me for details.
The version of this on the Cayman Concert CD is so great, words cannot describe it. Or at least no words I know can.
I'm delighted to report that our autographed CD has arrived safely in Australia and is providing us with listening pleasure. Thanks Gerry and Dewey for another treat in a year that, for us, has been filled with numerous America memorable moments.
Cut and paste away, but if we have a station, or stations that are saying, "we are playing all Christmas music now, e-mail us your requests", why not focus on those stations, as well?
AMERICA is expected to play 6 songs, at least that is the current plan. 3 from HOLIDAY HARMONY, 3 AMERICA classics. This show is televised over Cox communications, so there is no predicting what segments will actually air. However if you attend, of course you will see the complete show. I am sure GERRY meant that Ventura was the last conventional (full AMERICA set) show of the year. GERRY & DEWEY I am sure will put on a splendid performance of their new Holiday songs & their golden gems. Call & e-mail the radio stations on Steve's growing list. Go HOLIDAY HARMONY !
does anyone know anything about these gigs? at the agoura hills gig last friday g & d said that it was their last gig of the year, but according to steve they are also scheduled on 12/5 & 12/6 in escondido, ca. they are scheduled with 5 or 6 other groups so i'm guessing their part will be pretty short. does anyone know anything about the escondido gigs? thanks.
excellent idea. E-mail raining down can have a very positive impact. CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA is a gem. At the KOST 103.5 Los Angeles the program director now has HOLIDAY HARMONY, but they will not commit yet to playing it. I will continue some gentle fone calls, daily. Let's give em' heck for HOLIDAY HARMONY !
Second thought I am going to stay up and email every station tonight
I cut and pasted this "I would love to hear the new song from the new America Holiday CD" CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA - I love it and I'm pretty sure you will too - Thank you
Christmas in California has my vote. It will show everyone America is live and well and when they buy the CD they can see what they are still capable of when it comes to other new stuff and old classics. I'm email that radio station right after this post
Been playing HH at my second job for 2 weeks now - a garden center now focused strictly on the holiday season (you know, christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, etc.) - I told the Boss if he was gonna make me me put up with this stuff so early that I would be requiring my own tunes - he bought it!!! Seeing that the charts - R & R, Billboard (and others) focus on a song from an album, has it been actually decided which one will be the official release?? Mediabase and Rate The Music are also good indicators for rise (and fall) for singles and apparently a driving force for R & R and Billboard. Pumping the whole album is just plain fun but if we're gonna chart something, what will it be?? Gerry? Dewey?
Chris - Cleveland
Howdy, Just back from a weekend with the in-laws in Massachusetts. I'm glad to say we all survived being together throughout the weekend without any scars--either physical or emotional. Just kidding. They're usually a fun bunch. In fact, I may have talked a few into heading to Mohegan Sun for the July shows. That's just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road for them. I played Holiday Harmony for them and they were able to pick out the Horse and Tin Man references. Not bad. Two of the out-laws have gone to the dark side of music--country music. It's good to know they haven't forgetten the real stuff from before they crossed over. Hopefully it's just a phase they're going through. Talk of George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Tim McGraw has me concerned though. I think it may be a while yet before they return to the fold. That's okay, I'll be waiting.
I love the new World Tour graphic. Great job Dave and Steve.
Cool to hear that Joe Beckley is now performing on stage. Thanks for the report Robyn. Wish I could have been there. Send pics soon, please.
For anyone who would like to make an immediate impact, COOL 97.1 KWFM, in Tucson, is currently playing all Christmas music, from now through Christmas day. They are encouraging listeners to call in, and, or, make e-mail requests. I think it would be great if they received 100 or so requests for, let's say, "Christmas In California", within the next 24 hours. The link is located under, Tucson, Az., under the radio station list, on the home page.
-HI, I can't post on the folder due to an Att and mircosoft problem,
However, America is playing at Gulfstream Park on Jan 18. they went
on sale at 10:am....by the time i got thru by phone I was told I got
the last ticket. Could some one ask the folder if anyone else is
going to that show and if they would like to meet up before the show
to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to meet the florida
fans or any that may be attending that show. thanks.
Go man go. Rain down on the radio stations to play HOLIDAY HARMONY. It will get a foothold & then we will hear it on the radio for years to come, each holiday season. Then a new record deal for AMERICA & presto a new CD ! Yes indeed keep those fones ringing & e-mails clicking to the DJ's. In early December, GERRY & DEWEY will perform about 3 songs from HOLIDAY HARMONY for Cox communications. You can always program your speed dila on your wireless mobile fone & then zap messages while you are driving, if the spirit moves you. WINTER HOLIDAYS, a keeper for sure. CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA a keeper for sure. HOLIDAY HARMONY a keeper for sure.
All I can say is everyone must be taking some r & r. Only one message on this folder all day? Wow. Off to put HH on the player.
I went out to the R&R website radioandrecords.com and the increased air play songs are basically all Christmas. Let's keep ringing those phones and filling up those mailboxes. - Really like Frosty too
Steve.... Great job with the clips! I don't know how you do it...but thank you. I agree with your favorites....it was a wnerful gift to capture songs never/rarely perfomed live. This Cauman CD has immediately become my favorite America of all-time. The acoustic really gets it for me. Thanks again for keeping us all plugged-in! Regards, Gerry (not that Gerry)
Hi Everybody ~~ We woke up to a White Layer of Snow this morning here in PA.... The kids were sooo excited, they just had to go out and enjoy it!
Hi SteveL ~~ Wow ~~ What a list of radio stations to contact, we should have the air waves humming with these AMERICA HH songs real soon now, if not alreay ( Sooo nice daisyjane64 to see that you were lucky enough to hear it playing already ~~ I bet you were smiling and singing right along with it! Nice :)~~~ Steve you did such a great job getting this list all together.... I checked out my radio station and it is neat how you have the link right here to click on to go directly to their sight. It is mostly Brian Wolfe I talk with, he is on from 10 am to 3 pm and sometimes does mornings on the weekends. I sure hope we peek his curiosity enough on this, so he does find a way to play these great songs on his show.... I agree Jimnak, let't get this snowball rolling.... it should be lots of FUN! Hey DaveB ~~ I will give your radio a call to request hh too, I like how you worked on him to play Young Moon ~~ WOW! that is one Nice song for sure!
Hi Robyn ~~ Are you still floating around out there in Sunny Calif ? Sounds as if this was a Great ending show for this Awesome Tour! Sorry to hear you didn't get to talk with Erin. It sure is a great feeling telling other people about how good these 2 new CD's are, knowing that they will go and check it out for themselves. I imagine this was a Taste of Honey, for Gerry & Dewey & the Band playing at this show, knowing that they were surrounded by family & friends right there in their own backyard (sooo to speak). This show would be a great one to have a Fan Get Together at! Robyn thanks for your review and keep on enjoying the AMERICA High after effects..... :)
Thanks Steve ~~ for the link to this Thumbs Up interview for Jeff Larson's Fragile Sunrise cd.... I agree with all that this Goldmine writer has to say about this cd of Nice Gems. Oooh how it would be sooo nice to hear Jeff's songs playing on the radio for sure, I would love to hear any of them on the radio, they all are good. Great Job Jeff! Hey Jeff Brink are you still enjoyiny your Jeff Larson's cds, how have you been? We haven't heard from you in awhile. Take care!
Oooh Cindy ~~~ your cayman cd getting scratched ~~OUCH that hurts! Sorry!
Welcome George ~~ Hmmmm Maybe they were all sold out of HH at the Walmart you were at! Now thats another perspective on this. Nice :)
Safe traveling Jason!
Hi Gen & Jimmmmmmm (bob) ~~ Has the mailman delivered your Grand Cayman Cd yet????? :)
Enjoy your weekend everyone! Nancy :)
~~~~ Ooooooh the weather outside is frightful, the fire inside's sooo delightful, but since we've no place to gooooo let it snow, let it snow, let it snooooooow ~~~~~ Winter Holidays are coming sooon ~~ sooo nice! Thanks Gerry & Dewey :)
Now that the Holiday Harmony radio contact list is complete I've had time to get back to The Grand Cayman Concert soundclips which I finished this morning. Simply go to The Grand Cayman Concert web page and click on the "blue notes" icon behind the title of each song to listen to a soundclip of that song. Those of you who haven't received your CD yet, should really enjoy this. I think my favorites are still "Baby It's Up To You", "Wind Wave", "Pigeon Song", and "All My Life".
It looks like I late with this stations info that I can add that Joe Hann is the station manager and he makes the calls. He is usually on between 3-7 PM. He has told me that phone calls are more influential. Actually he told me that myself and someone else bugged him for Young Moon and he finally put that on the stations playlist for about four weeks. I am pushing for the CD but I think that California could really be a hit although i know WW is recognizable for the HWNN approach.
Radio airplay seems to be starting. Keep fone calling, e-mailing, cajoling the radio stations off of Steve's Radio airplay list, don't have to wait until Thanksgiving. It can snowball, swirl & explode in a frenzy for HOLIDAY HARMONY. Then in due time, another AMERICA CD of new songs.
Well, we are back from seeing what Gerry said, delightedly, was the last show of 2002. All I can say is I do not know how they do it! They were wonderful as usual. They were loose, very playful in an energetic set. I did not write down the songs, but the highlight for me was hearing the tribute to George Harrison. The lowlights? Misssing talking to Erin Edwards. Erin I know you were very busy, maybe next time! And guys if you need someone to run the follow spot, Alan (my dh) and I both volunteer! They NEVER seem to get Woodsy’s solos! We don’t need Dewey to cue us.
We shared a table with six other people, all of whom were very nice and made for lively dinner conversation. We quickly determined that I had been to the most shows and we talked about the band and the two new cd’s ( I believe that a few people purchased the Cayman cd on my recommendation. May I say again how wonderful I think it is? The sound is amazing, so clean and crisp! Kudos again to Hank!!!!) We spoke briefly to Matt who was his usual friendly self. ( Note: Matt is looking for photos of the HWNN encore, so anyone who got decent shots, please email him via his webpage at www.mattbeckley.com.) Also, Gerry introduced a “new band in the Human Nature stable , Adam Planet” whose members include none other than Joe Beckley! I watched Joe play during the encore. The kid has it down. He has an ease on stage that belies his age. Look out! Even though he wasn’t plugged in you could see that he was playing well.
We had a wonderful night. I just wish I could have gotten my Holiday Harmony cd signed! Oh well next time maybe!
Well sort of. Actually Goldmine Magazine had a nice review of Fragile Sunrise which you can read on Jeff's web site at www.new-surf.com/jefflarson/. Way to go Jeff!
I was in WalMart tonight in Janesville, WI, a city just south of Madison. They had an enormous supply of Christmas CDs which I scoured for Holiday Harmony. I knew if I found it the CD it would find commercial success, but I didn't. However, its importance to me and the rest of America's fans is all that matters.
I'll have to get myself a new Holiday CD. While putting it in my computer it got stuck. I finally managed to play it and while Gerry was singing "Baby It's Up to You" it went bezerk. Evidently I scratched it. OUCH! What a bummer. I'll have to be more careful in the future. Johnny, I checked out that ebay item you mentioned. It's a very nice picture of Gerry and Dewey.
While I was in 2 different CVS pharmacies today I heard White Christmas and Christmas In California.I was so glad and surprised to hear them! Lisa
Agoura Hills is tonite! Anyone else going?
I hope you enjoy your holidays, Jason!
Bangkok ----> means "City of Angels" in Thai according to the "Survivor" show last night.
Gee thanks a lot Steve, what a tremendous amount of work that you & AMERICA's supporters have done. This list can live on & be used to make radio requests on any new AMERICA release. The station KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles is playing xmas music almost 100% now, so they are good one's to make HOLIDAY HARMONY requests to right now. Of course it doesn't hurt to begin the campaign w/other stations any time now.
REQUEST HOLIDAY HARMONY ! CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA, WINTER HOLIDAYS, any of the songs ! thanks all.
Nancy, I am jealous. I am such a long way off from having a DVD set-up, as you have. If I might be so bold, as to ask, what did this set-up, set you back? What prompted you to go the DVD route? I know that you are in America Heaven. :) Enjoy!
Off on my hols for 2 weeks to Thailand. Speak to you all soon.
I just finished adding a BUNCH of new radio stations to the Holiday Harmony Radio Contact list. I've been working on it for much of the day and there are now over 100 stations on the list. I still have more to add but this latest batch came from Chris in Cleveland. I hope to have the rest of the stations that have been sent to me added this weekend so that they'll be ready before Thanksgiving next week. That's when we'll want to start flooding the stations with requests.
By the way, I haven't forgotten about the Cayman soundclips but they have taken a back seat to the radio list because I wanted to get it done before Thanksgiving. I have the WAVE files ready to convert to RealAudio and I might get that done this weekend as well. If I only had a clone....
Does anyone know how many copies of this CD were produced?
Mo and Lisa ~ May I recommend to you eBay item #923097847. If of interest, good luck and enjoy!
(Go Nancy Go!!!)
Hi Everybody ~~ I have been Smiling for the last 2 hours.... I got my DVD player all hooked up and working just right. My hubby even sat and watched my AMERICA in Concert DVD with me, WOW the Surround Digital sound on this is complete Heaven for sure. I enjoyed watching this for the 2nd time, Sooo nice getting to watch it again.... Anyone who hasn't got this DVD yet, I say Hurry and get it. I loved getting to hear Gerry sing The Last Unicorn and of course he always melts me when he sings Daisy Jane ~~ Nice :) and From a Moving Train too and all of the songs, sooo Neat hearing Dewey sing Pages, Three Roses (melts me everytime for sure), Wheels are turning. Sooooo I am thinking the Hubby may finally understand my love for this great music. He even got the hair raising chills from hearing these songs and how great this sounds.... I then put in my Grand Cayman cd and DOUBLE WOW ~~~ Riverside immediately filled the whole house up, I could walk back the hall to the bedrooms and still hear it as nice and clear as here in the room..... I cried when Gerry sang All My Life..... wow sooo nice, and guess what he is singing to me right this very minute..... Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and I can't wait to have my living room all decked out for the Holidays and to play this late at night with all of the lights off except for the lights from the tree...... Talk about Melt Me !!! WOOOOO I will love it for sure.... WOW I just have to say it again, it is sooo nice being on this great AMERICA High...... I want this all my Life...... Thanks Gerry & Dewey ~~~ Sooo Much! :) Next up will be Jeff Larson's Fragile Sunrise and then hopefully my Highway Box set arrives in the mail today, it didn't come yesterday :( Oooh well I took advantage of the beautiful day here and did lots of stuff needed down outside...... Thanks everyone for reading this! I know I probably sound like a broken record at times!
Alright Alan ~~ Great news, I bet you are on an AMERICA High toooooo! :)
Hi Kristal ~~ Sooo let us know how you liked getting to hear this great CD Okay????
Hi Steve L ~~ Thanks for posting the tv stations for the Carols by Candlelight and the 2003 Concert list soo far..... Soo I guess it is official the IUP show has been changed to April 1st.... that is my sister's birthday...... I will definitely be there for sure..... I see they are heading to Mentor, Ohio the following day, that isn't that far from here, sooo hopefully they will have some time before or after the show for autographs & pics..... I Hope Sooooooo! My Hubby looked at me while we were watching the dvd and said, Now just take a look at how comfortable of guys Gerry & Dewey are and you had your big chance getting to talk to Dewey, (he stopped right by our table, gave me a chance to say something to him and I FROZE like a BIG DUMMY) ooooooh nooooo, I can't let that happen again, no sir reeeeee! :) Heyyyy Gerry is singing Christmas In Calif...... wowoowowowowowoowowowowowoowowoowowow! I am smiling from ear to ear.... I contacted my dj yesterday, and had a chat with him about HH & Grand Cayman, they haven't recieved any copy of any of the songs on here, and their budget doesn't allow them to go out and buy the CD's, soooo he was wondering if there was anywhere here on the net he could download some of the songs, He said he would gladly play them..... I am calling him back with the exact web address for him to take a listen to both the HH & Grand Cayman clips..... He said he appreciated hearing from Me...... He ended saying, he hopes to be able to give this some air play and I said Yes I hope soooo too, I sure do want to hear it playing on the radio..... :) This has to workout somehow, I just know that if both of these were to be played here in my little corner of the world that this would get sales sales sales......... :)
Just wanted to say Nice chatting at the live chat last night..... Thanks Everyone! :) Nice seeing you some Steve O ~~~ :) thanks again for sending Steve the David Cassidy songs for us to download..... :)
Dewey is singing Winterwonderland...... the holidays are here to fill our hearts with lots of love and cheer, winter holidays are coming, it's that time of year..... Ooooh I just have to hear this song Played here in Pa. on the radio, I just have tooooooooo! Such a great song..... I told my dj, that this cd has 3 brand new songs on it and that they nicely added their Magical AMERICA sound in with the traditional holiday songs...... I said Oooooh You just gotta give this a listen, it is well worth it for sure...... I even told him my Highway Box set was coming.... He should know by now how excited I am about all of this...... :)
Okay I know I am getting carried away here, Sorry, my fingers just want to type type type :) I can't help it....... LOL!
Have a great day all, Nutty Non stop Nancy :)
~~~but he waved goodbye saying don't you cry I'll be back again someday....... :)
glad you like them moser and yes it is a very good picture of Gerry! Lisa
DJ64, I just checked out your pics from Topsfield MA, 2000. All I have to say is I love the pic of you and our man, Gerry. That turleneck and leather jacket is one heck of a good look for him. Hubba, hubba!! Made my day, (or middle of the night as it were), thanks.
Drive to Louisville & see AMERICA w/an orchestra ! That is rather unique & not a common sight. DAISY JANE w/a live orchestra.
I, along with their wives, will NEVER get to see them! I live in North Carolina..........
Sorry John, Mine was signed -1. Guess I got you beat.
Just got the Holiday Harmony CD yesterday and I've already listened to it 3 times! And I'm definitely a "get out the Christmas CDs the day after Thanksgiving and put 'em away the day after Christmas" kind of guy. My family thinks I have flipped my lid. The whole CD is great, but I especially love the 3 new tunes, the way they incorporated elements of "Tin Man" into "White Christmas" and the Beatlesque version of "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Also, ending w/ the more traditional Christmas Hymns "Silent Night" and "The First Noel" was a nice touch.
I am also anxiously awaiting the Cayman Islands CD. I know I said in an earlier post that I was waiting to see if I would get it for Christmas, but when I heard about the autographed copies, I couldn't wait. I just hope I wasn't too late, but see from the recent posts that some are still arriving w/ autographs, so there's still hope. It will be great either way, I'm sure.
Here is a list of the current 2003 concerts for America. I'll get them posted on the Concerts web page as soon as possible. As always, these concerts are subject to change and I'm sure that more will be added as time goes on. It's good to see that they'll be visiting their loyal fans in Central America.
1/10/03 Bay St. Louis, MO / Casino Magic
1/11/03 Louisville, KY / Palace Theatre (w/ the Louisville Orchestra)
1/12/03 Tiffin, OH / The Ritz Theatre
1/16/03 Bow, WA / Skagit Valley Casino Pacific Showroom
1/25/03 Hallandale, FL / Gulfstream Park
2/12/03 Guatemala City, Guatemala
2/13/03 Tegucigalpa, Honduras
2/14/03 San Salvador, El Salvador
2/16/03 Panama City, Panama / Atlapa Convention Center/ Las Islas
3/22/03 Tacoma, WA / Emerald Queen Casino
3/24/03 Calgary, Alberta Canada / Jack Singer Concert Hall
3/25/03 Edmonton, Alberta Canada / Jubilee
4/1/03 Indiana, PA / Fisher Auditorium, IUP Campus
4/2/03 Mentor, OH / Mentor Performing Arts Center
4/4/03 Orillia, Ont. CN / Casino Rama
4/5/03 Orillia, Ont. CN / Casino Rama
6/7/03 Agoura Hills, CA / Canyon Club
6/8/03 San Diego, CA / Humphrey's
6/9/03 Scottsdale, AZ / Casino Arizona
6/12/03 Tower, MN / Fortune Bay Casino
7/4/03 Fredrick, MD /Baker Park
7/5/03 Uncasville, CT / Mohegan Sun Casino
7/6/03 Uncasville, CT / Mohegan Sun Casino
7/31/03 Belmont, MI / Cannonsburg Ski Area
8/1/03 Belmont, MI / Cannonsburg Ski Area
8/3/03 Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada / Little River Rockfest Amphitheatre
Finally, the UPS man delivered my "Cayman Island" cd today!! I just can't wait until I get home to listen to it. Unfortunately, it was not autographed. But that is ok, it will be extra special to chat with Gerry and Dewey and see them sign it. Have a great day everyone~~ I know it will be a good one for me! :0)
Here is a partial list of the markets that will air "Carols By Candlelight" (sent to me by Erin Edwards). As she gets more, she'll send them to me and I'll post them here.
San Diego County, CA
Orange County, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Hampton Roads, VA
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Baton Rouge, LA
Oklahoma City, OK
You can also go to their website, http://www.kost1035.com and click on 'Listen Live'.
For those of us not in the LA area, you can listen to KOST on your Windows Media Player. Click on the Radio Tuner and do a search on 'KOST'.
I was wondering...does anybody know...
I've seen lots of catalogs lately with packages of "Bob Hope TV Specials" from the past. Has anybody checked into whether one of these "might" contain the America appearance...the one with the locker room skit?
Johnny, mine is now 1/100. (I took out my Sharpie and just added it).
you can e-mail KOST 103.5 at email@example.com
STARTING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2002 KOST 103.5 AND "LOVESONGS ON THE COAST" WILL BE PLAYING CONTINUOUS HOLIDAY MUSIC UNTIL IMMEDIATELY AFTER DECEMBER 25, 2002.
We have received your dedication/request!
Dedications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
If your dedication is selected, you will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail or phone call indicating the time and date your dedication is scheduled to air. If you do not receive a confirmation letter, you dedication was not selected for broadcast.
John ~ You made me chuckle out loud! That was a good one.
Too bad the signed CDs weren't numbered. That would have been really cool to see who rec'd which one.
Mine just came today and it say "to Bones, thanks for listening, Love Gerry and Dewey" Wow.
(it is one of the autographed ones which is very cool. Unfortunately I have been stuck in Parent/teacher conferences and haven't been able to listen to it yet. AAAGH!)
Got home tonight from my job at the music store and found the Grand Cayman CD waiting for me. I felt like a little boy on Christmas morning holding the biggest wrapped gift box, and thinking to myself, "Please be autographed". Low and behold it was. I put it on the CD player and let the music flow. It was as if Gerry and Dewey were in the living room with me. The only thing missing to make this a great day is Holiday Harmony. I am still waiting for the copy from my store (It's only available as an import up here in the Great White North).
Thanks guys for such a great concert CD. Any DVD of it in the future? LOL.
Johnny, I agree with what Kevin has to say, about his preference for "The Grand Cayman Concert" CD, over the "Holiday Harmony" CD. I own both, and love both, however, with the dominant acoustic guitar format, along with Gerry's piano, combined with the two part harmonies, I have to give the edge to the Live Cayman CD. The harmonizing on "Baby It's Up To You", is one of the high points, of the CD, for me. My three favorites, I think, are:
2) "Wind Wave"
3) "Baby It's Up To You"
Vic, I'll have to watch out for those "gremlins".
Cathy, don't sweat the double posts. It happens to everyone from time to time. It's the work of those pesky, "double post gremlins". They lurk here on the chat folder and make their presence known from time to time. :)
I haven't heard anything about the 2003 tour with the exception of the early concerts that I have already posted on the concerts web page. On a related note, I'm trying to come up with a name for the 2003 tour and one of the ideas I'm toying with is "America's 2003 World Tour". I wrote to Erin Edwards a few weeks ago asking her if she knew anything about next year's tour and whether or not the guys would be going overseas. So far she hasn't responded to that request so I don't know. If I find out anything, I'll be sure to post it here.
I know it's probably a little premature & exhausting in asking... but
is the band planning on touring OS much in 2003'? or is home base more on the agenda...
Reason why I ask is that in OZ we've just recently had several big names, such as Paul McCartney etc,, cancel their tours due to security issues within various countrys. Why, I don't know... as most beleive we're probably one of the lesser higher profile countrys than for example, Europe or the US.
Do you beleive that this will be a major issue in 2003'with many other bands??? (open for comment)....thanks
I'm not sure how I did it, but I double posted. Sorry.
Steve Orchard sent me some classic David Cassidy songs which feature Gerry and/or Dewey so I could share them with you. Here is some information about the songs along with links to MP3 versions of the songs. Just click on the song titles to listen and/or download the MP3 version of each song. They will remain available for about a week.
Get It Up For Love (from "The Higher They Climb The Harder Fall") - Gerry on background vocals (with Richie Furay and Carl Wilson)
Damned If This Ain't Love (from "Home Is Where The Heart Is") - Gerry and Dewey on background vocals (along with David Cassidy)
On Fire (from "Home Is Where The Heart Is") - Gerry and Dewey on background vocals (along with David Cassidy)
Take This Heart (from "Home Is Where The Heart Is") - written by Cassidy and Beckley, Cassidy and Beckley on vocals, Gerry on acoustic guitar, Gerry on background vocals (along with David Cassidy and Bruce Johnston)
Gettin' It In The Street (from "Gettin' It In The Street") - written by Cassidy and Beckley, Gerry on piano
Cruise To Harlem (from "Gettin' It In The Street") - written by Cassidy, Beckley, and Wilson; Gerry on piano, Gerry on background vocals (along with David Cassidy and Jay Gruska)
I'll Have To Go Away (Saying Goodbye) (from "Gettin' It In The Street") - Gerry on background vocals (along with David Cassidy and Jay Gruska)
Note: Gerry Beckley and David Cassidy produced the last 3 songs from "Gettin' It In The Street"
Hi Johnny, Vic, Cindy, Nancy and everyone else. Thank you for making me feel so welcome. It's nice to be a part of this America family of fans. Beth & Moser - I can relate to what you are going through because I have been in a similar situation with my mother and mother-in-law. My mother was diagnosed with cancer eleven years ago and I am very blessed to still have her. She has been fine now for almost that whole time. Sadly though, I did lose my mother-in-law. My husband and I lived with her and she treated me like her own daughter. I miss her. I know how hard it is and will keep both of you and your families in my thoughts and prayers. Beth, I'm glad that Gerry and Dewey helped to lift you up through such difficult times. They certainly have a way of doing that. I love them very much.
Hi Johnny, Vic, Cindy, Nancy and everyone else. Thank you for making me feel so welcome. It's nice to be a part of this America family of fans. Beth & Moser - I can relate to what you are going through because I have been in a similar situation with my mother and mother-in-law. My mother was diagnosed with cancer eleven years ago and I am very blessed to still have her. She has been fine now for almost that whole time. Sadly though, I did lose my mother-in-law. My husband and I lived with her and she treated me like her own daughter. I miss her. I know how hard it is and will keep both of you and your families in my thoughts and prayers. Beth, I'm glad that Gerry and Dewey helped to lift you up through such difficult times. They certainly have a way of doing that. I love them very much.
Howdy, Leaky. Glad to see you weren't deleted!
Just testing...havnt posted in a while and wanted to see if my user ID has been deleted from the data base.....
Glad to hear about the new releases...and hope every one is doin fine !
"I never found the time
To see things quite through
I never found the time
To give them to you
If living don't come easy
Don't stop your own voice
'Cause the worst part of living
Is havin' no choice" (Peek, 1971)
In case anyone is interested in getting a copy of the Heard CD in time for Christmas, I'm making it available for the next few weeks at the old rate of $15. For more info, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LA based station KOST 103.5 has already started playing xmas songs. The morning DJ's Mark & Kim said they are happy to hear that AMERICA has a new CD out. They have promised to obtain a copy for a listen. Feel free to call 1-800-929-5678 & request HOLIDAY HARMONY. The ground swirl begins behind HOLIDAY HARMONY. The station plays lots of AMERICA.
Did you happen to catch a glimpse of the Full Moon and to take in any of the Meteor shower earlier this morning ?
My 11 year old son and I watched it from 3:30 to 4:00 am and it was great. The clouds started rolling in as we were watching but they held off long enough for us to see the spectacular light show.
Hi there Steve L ~~ Hmmmm I was wondering the HH TV & Press coverage that Gerry & Dewey were in Atlanta for ~~ Could it have anything to do with the special that will air on CNN Front Row on Dec. 7th?
It could, but I don't know for sure. When Gerry sent me that last photo I asked him why he was in Atlanta because there weren't any concerts scheduled for that day. He was the one that told me about the press coverage but he didn't give any details. If I find out anything more, I'll be sure to post it here.
Hi Everybody~~ Did you happen to catch a glimpse of the Full Moon and to take in any of the Meteor shower earlier this morning ?
Hi there Beth ~ Nice to hear from you, I hope all will be well for your Mom & Family! Keep on enjoying this great CD ~~ It is nice how AMERICA's music can add a Taste of Honey too everyday life!
Welcome to you too Cathy ~~ Nice to hear from you too, like Cindy I too was new to this chat folder posting when I first posted, I am sure you will come to enjoy it, it is a very comfortable atmosphere here and I Love Posting ~~~ I guess you all can tell that by my Loooooonnnnng Posts! LOL!
Hi there Steve L ~~ Hmmmm I was wondering the HH TV & Press coverage that Gerry & Dewey were in Atlanta for ~~ Could it have anything to do with the special that will air on CNN Front Row on Dec. 7th? I looked through my satellite tv listings book and can't seem to find a time when this show airs. Thanks for posting the Atlanta Pic, WOW! I have never been to Atlanta, it sure is ALL City isn't it! Gerry & Dewey ~ I hope you guys are enjoying doing all of these press coverages for this great HH CD. I'm sure your time and effort will pay off.
Ooooh Johnny ~~ You wanted to hear some comparison views on HH & Grand Cayman ~~ well, they are both AWESOME in their own ways..... I know you have the HH, but I feel you would Love the Cayman CD just as well, too me it is like getting to be with Gerry & Dewey and the Magical Roots of where all this great music began. The songs on here are their older ones, but hearing them done accoustically like this, is Breathtaking, the sound is soooo crisp and clear, just like you are right there taking it all in. Nice :) I may come across Greedy here, but I would love to hear sooo many more of their songs done like this. I am Enjoying it sooo much! I am glad to have both of these and I feel they are both equally worth getting. ~~~~~ I like your posting the lyrics to "Town & Country" ~~ that is too much, could be you have something there with this..... A nice perspective on thinking back to these early days when they lived in Dirt Pit Manor. It is neat getting to know all of this history!
Hi Jason ~~ Thanks for the update, I was too thinking like Johnny, in checking into where all the Land deeds and tax info would be kept, we call this place a Court House ~~ not sure what you would call it.... Hmmmm is there any kind of Historian or historical museum there, maybe someone that works there would be able to help you out.... I am sure the newspaper coverage will open some more doors for you, it may take some time tho.
Hi Robyn ~~ Glad to hear yours arrived and is signed, I would love to be able to take a ride along the coast out there in Calif. and take in this great CD while doing this.
Oh Nina ~~ I really feel for you, holding out to see if you get this for a Christmas gift from your brother..... I sure hope they get this for you..... You will love it, it is Pure Heaven and worth the wait, for sure.
JoeB & howardlee ~~ Sorry to hear yours weren't signed, that is a bummer! Hey bring it to the next show you see of theirs and get it signed in Person that is better yet. I agree with you Joe B about Jeff Larsons CD's some really great music there and would make a unique gift. I was listening to my Frangile Sunrise on friday for the 2nd time in a row, when my son came from school and had the mail with him, and I was sooooo happy to find my Cayman cd there in the mail..... Yes Yes Yes!
Hey there RichM ~~ Yes the 3 new songs on HH are brand new stuff from Gerry & Dewey and I feel just the start of more to come from them.... I still will treasure them making this Cayman concert into this CD for us, because this was a unique experience and sooooo Cool to hear these songs done this way. I love getting to hear To Each His Own, & All My Life, and I agree with Kevin S ~~ Pigeon song sounds great on here, I at first thought why couldn't they have picked another one of their songs.... but upon hearing it, I got a smile and my face and sang right along with Dewey. I love the way all of the songs come to life on this CD, it just gave me a rush of emotions.... I have listened to it everyday now, and I pick up new little things each time I listen to it..... Let's all join in on saying Gerry Dewey Gerry Dewey Gerry Dewey ~~~ Thanks sooo much to both of YOU! :)
Hey there DanC ~~ I am still here waiting to hear all about the James T show..... and whether you got your new CD yet toooooo. Can you hear meeeeeeee? :)
Oooh Jimmmmmmm (bob) ~~~ I can't wait to hear what you think of this CD ~~~~ I am sure you will Love it! The Mailman should be delivering my Highway Box Set to me tomorrow, I am soooo looking forward to hearing all of it..... WOW!!!!! I am soo loving being on this AMERICA High!
Hey there Moser ~~ I bet you are loving this AMERICA High too! :)
Hey Red ~~~ Is Nelleybelle all loaded up and ready for the day???? :)
Have a great day all, Nancy :)
~~~ Three Roses were bought with youuuu in mind, three roses were bought with you in mind ~~ I've gotta stop and see what I'm all about,stop and feel what I want, I gotta stop and see what I want, stop and see what I want with youuuuuuuu ~~~~~ OOOh sing it Dewey ~~ how I Love this song!
Johnny, you can't compare the two. While I really enjoy hearing the three new songs on Holdiay Harmony and America's special take on other Christmas classics, it's freshing to hear America almost like it was from the beginning. Stripped back, honest, pure. Simple and stunning. Just their instruments and their voices doing all the heavy lifting. Less is always more. I hope it inspires them to get back to the basics.
Besides, I really can't break out Holiday Harmony for another week or so, then after December 25th I have to put it back on the shelf for another 11 months. The Cayman Concert I can hear again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. Tomorrow too.
Beth, I can relate to what you are going through as my dad was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in March. He is also undergoing chemo in an investigative study. So far the results have been good but the side effects are sometimes very debilitating. We'll keep you and your family in our prayers.
My copy of the Grand Cayman Concert arrived today - signed!! Thanks, guys. You have no idea how much you brightened a pretty bleak day. CD sounds Beautiful!!! I sure needed a little happiness today.
One month ago, my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is being treated with aggressive chemotherapy, if this is effective, we will have her with us for another year. If not, it will be much shorter. I cannot describe how heartbreaking this is for my family. Our prayers are being heard, she has no pain. Early indicators are the chemo is working. But still....oh how this hurts.
My son is sitting 10 days in the county jail for theft. He has been granted Huber release, so I am putting 140 miles on a day taking him to and from, from and to.
This has been a pretty rough time. Sure lifted me up seeing Gerry & Dewey's autographs, and listening to the excellent tunes!! Thanks, again, you'll never know how much that means.
Thanks Johnny! I'll try not to be so shy in the future. I am definitely a newborn at this chat folder thing, and who better to chat with than "America" fans!
Thanks Vic! I am a closet lurker no more. I love reading the posts and my favorite thing is Gerry's View From The Hotel Window. Those pics are truly amusing.
Tonight I removed several hundred Chat Folder user ID's. Anyone who hasn't posted at least one message this year had their user ID deleted. That includes anyone who has registered recently but hasn't posted anything yet. Of course, you can always quickly register again if you need/want to post something. The Chat Folder system runs faster when there aren't a lot of unused user ID's hanging around so I clean them up periodically.
Jas and I have been corresponding about his search for Dirt Pit Manor for several months now. I don't think he would mind my quoting him. At least, I hope not.
Jas said, "He [the television repairman/installer] also recalls that the front door was to the left of the front of the property, and as you entered the kitchen was to the right. The TV he says was in the left hand room which I think may have been Dewey's room? He never saw any back rooms."
Jason's message has me thinking that even if there weren't remote controls back then, maybe Dew wished there were. Maybe the kitchen was in a direct eyeshot line to his "room" (which may have been the "living room" where he slept) and he ate or drank in the kitchen while watching the color TV. Maybe his nostalgic memories prompted him to write these lines:
"When I got home I sat in the kitchen
And turned the television on
The news wasn't good so I didn't listen
I started clickin' around
Thinkin' of the TOWN and the COUNTRY..."
Food for thought!?!
(Thanks Rich for posting your opinion on "HH" vs. "GC".)
If I had to choose one, I would go with Holiday Harmony. The three original songs are very good (Christmas in California especially) and Dewey's cover of White Christmas is great. The rest of the CD is good as well. The Cayman CD has its moments, but it doesn't have any post 1980 material (as I recall), which is a bit of a let down for me.
I do wonder this: For those that have both CDs, which is more impressive? Since I don't have the Cayman CD, I am curious to know how they compare. I do realize they're entirely different, but maybe still some of you can enlighten some of us who have only the Christmas CD at this time. Anyone care to voice their opinion???
Unfortunately, it's not America's Cayman CD but rather JD Souther's "Black Rose" released in 1976. It contains "Faithless Love" made famous by Linda Ronstadt as many of you may remember. The words to the song are printed in the CD leaflet. I had alway thought the lyrics to the song were "Faithless love/Like a river flows/Like raindrops falling/On a broken bowl". Instead of "broken bowl" it's really "broken rose". Maybe I'm the only one who mis-heard it all these years. Also, Andrew Gold is credited with playing the piano, electric and acoustic guitars, as well as, singing background voices on a number of songs. As I've mentioned before, I think Dewey, Souther, and Andrew Gold would be an awesome trio much like Gerry was with Robert Lamm and Carl Wilson.
Jas ~ Indeed, maybe the land registry would be the way to go IF Dan, Dewey, or Gerry could remember the name of their landlord. At least a last name would be a good point to start, I'd think.
I don't have a snail-mail address for Gerry or Dewey but I would assume that you could get a letter to them by sending it to their agency, The Morey Management Group. The address is on The Grand Cayman Concert CD. If you don't have the CD YET, click here to go to the photos of the CD and you can get the address there. --SteveL
does anyone know where to mail a letter to America?
Yipee, the topper of a prety nice day ( I got to go for a drive along the coast on an absolutly picture perfect California day) sneaking a covert listen here at my desk. I am impressed with how clean it sounds. Fabulous! ( oh and mine is signed too!)
got mine today! very disappointed - no autographs.. looking forward to listening to it when i get home from work this eve...
FYI - Gerry and Dewey are in Atlanta getting some TV press coverage to help promote the Holiday Harmony CD.
I've spoken to the guy that visited Dirt Pit to install (not fix) their TV. He remembers it because it was a colour model and most other people in the early 70s could only afford a black and white. (That's rock n roll for ya).
He also remembers it because the house (Dirt Pit) was just that - a Pit! I suppose the combination of mod con TV against ramshackle house stuck out.
Unfortunately his memory goes to jelly after that as he believed the the location is not in the village that the Band say it is, but the neighbouring village where I in fact now live. I'll check it out but I'm sure he's wrong. Dan's memories where so clear and highlighted several local features that I'm sure its were they state.
I've had one other call from a local old timer who I'm sure called more for a chat than to offer information. He's thinking about it some though and may get back to me. He did however give me the name of a local photographer who might just have some local shots which could help.
This is all new to me and someone out there may have some experience in this sort of thing. If anyone has any ideas as how I should proceed I'd be grateful. I thought about land registery records but I think the band only rented the house and therefore would only appear if they were owners. If anyone can think of any other likely source of offical form of enquiry please let me know.
Hope you all enjoyed the articles. Apologises for the god damned awful photo. My wife thought I looked lile a convict.
Gerry is in Atlanta, Georgia today. Click here to see the view from his hotel window (this is an awesome bonus panorama view).
Hi all! I am very jealous, indeed! I opted to NOT order the new Cayman CD, and am waiting to (hopefully) receive it for Christmas from big brother or little sister. I've been a good girl, so if my siblings fail me, maybe Santa will drop a copy down my chimney!
Still...it's going to be an awful L-O-N-G wait until December 25th!
P.S. By the way, Bones, I've tried to email you a few times...but I think both our addresses have changed since we last communicated? Just wanted you to know about July 5 & 6 at Mohegun? You can get my new address through SteveL, I think. Hope all is well.
Goanna (and Everyone) ~ It had been a long time since I pulled out the Doobie Brothers' "Minute By Minute" album, but I did the other day and I had forgotten about their "unique" photo on that album sleeve. Let's just say it's a large "roll of bread" with one end lit.
Cindy ~ I didn't mean to omit welcoming you...so "Welcome!" The same to SteveW who I think has been here before and to "GerryBeckley(the other Gerry)" and to anyone else not mentioned who's new here.
I got really excited when I saw it....I did......I did ***LMAO***
Hey You people,
I must REALLY suck. I believe I'm the only one NOT to get an autographed CD. Congrats to those who did.
P.S. Erin - is it "Christmas In California" or "White Christmas" that should be requested?
P.P.S. Along with the Cayman and HH discs, Jeff Larson CD's make swell holiday gifts to discerning musical fans with excellent taste.
Must be "coming out day" for lurkers. Now that you're "out of the closet", Cathy and Cindy, don't go back. Welcome.
Hi Cathy....I'm a lurker, too. And a fan since the '70's. This chat room thing is totally new to me. I love reading about my favorite singers. They are simply the best.
Click here to see the second newspaper article about Jason's hunt for Dirt Pit Manor. This one was on the front page and was circulated in a free newspaper to over 52,000 homes in the local area. Good luck Jason!
Hi Nancy, thanks for the welcome. I've been reading the posts since September...I'm not very chatty, (probably just shy). But I LOVE reading the posts every day. And I LOVE Dewey and Gerry.
Hearing "Pigeon Song" was worth everything. I can't tell you how awesome this CD is.
And, Jason, that was really a wonderful article.
Question: What's much better than a Big Doob?
Answer: Big DewB!
<<...it's actually a bread roll...>>
LOL!!!!! Good one, Goanna! Ya had me goin' there for a second. But, are you absolutely positive??? :0)
I've just had a look at the 45 singles covers posted on the site from Japan...
The "Right Before Your Eyes" cover shot has what appears to be a delicious bag of groceries...???#&^ strange art for a cover...
What's more interresting is what's in the bag... The biggest doob I've even seen!!! right on!!! no,,, it's actually a bread roll... :(
Welcome aboard, CathyR!
HowardLee ~ According to Dave of post #25022, his two Cayman CDs were unsigned.
<<Nancy and Moser, I would also join you in chanting, GERRY, GERRY, GERRY!>>
On behalf of the male fans here ~ DO WE, DO WE, DO WE LOVE DEWEY? Sho' do!!!
still waiting for my cd here in chgo burbs. reading all these posts i wonder if ALL the cds got autographed?? seems like eveyone has been getting signed cds!!
I just want to say hello to everyone. I have been lurking also for a while and have never posted a message before. I have loved America since the 70's and have seen them three times in concert, most recently at the NY State Fair in Syracuse this year. What a fantastic show. I am so excited that my copy of the Grand Cayman Concert CD was autographed too. THANK YOU GERRY AND DEWEY FOR THIS GREAT CD!!! I love it. Also thank you for Holiday Harmony. What wonderful early Christmas presents. Also to Steve Lowry thank you for such a great place to visit and share our love for this great band. Nancy and Moser, I would also join you in chanting, GERRY, GERRY, GERRY!
Jas ~ Like Nancy, I really enjoyed your "Dirt Pit Manor" article. Congrats on getting it printed in the newspaper. I, too, look forward to any additional responses you receive. Wish I were there with you. We'd have a grand time tracking down the house together!
Nancy ~ Cool about what ErinE said about the show "Front Row". Look forward to knowing when it will be airing.
Erin ~ Would greatly appreciate knowing when D&G's appearance on the "Singers & Songwriters" show (recorded at the Ryman) will air, if you know.
Nancy ~ I don't have the Cayman CD. I was only joking about receiving one autographed with two X's. Wish I did have it whether autographed or not. Everyone's post regarding it sure has me looking forward to getting my copy. I'm still enjoying "Holiday Harmony" though.
Alan ~ Yes, I think I would scare Dewey and Gerry with all the memorabilia that I wish I had their signature on, but actually I'd probably select the "Highway" booklet that his Dan's autograph on the front cover if I had to select only one thing.
Everyone ~ I thought I recorded an hour-long performance of Jackson Browne on "Austin City Limits" last night. When I went to view it this afternoon, I had accidently recorded wrestling instead. No Jackson Browne...only D'Lo Brown <---- a wrestler. The bright side ----> It wasn't an hour long show of America that I missed.
Hi there Everybody ~~ Well we here in PA had lots and lots of much needed rain yesterday, and were spared the mixed precipitation here in my little corner of the world....we may get snow later on this evening, but as far as the snow storm I guess it was one of those could have been storms! ~~ We'll see! I am still here enjoying this magnificent Grand Cayman CD. My Hubby thinks I have gone Overboard for sure! :)
Hi Jason ~~ I really enjoyed your newspaper article on Dirt Pit Manor, this brings us a glimpse of those early days when all of this MAGIC began. Thanks for sharing this with us and I hope the man who went to repair their tv there at Dirt Pit, helps you out with some new info to add to this History of AMERICA. I will look forward to hearing more on this Neat story.
Hi Dave ~~ You wanted to know if Erin Edwards had anything to say about pushing airplay for the HH cd, well she said that Gerry & Dewey had just that day did Radio talk shows all morning long, she did say how many, but I can't remember the exact amount sooo I will just play it safe and say that they were very busy doing this. She also told us that on Dec. 7th Gerry & Dewey will be on a CNN Headline Special (the show is called Front Row) there will be an interview and they will perform one of the songs from the HH album..... She wasn't sure of the exact time then, soooo Erin if you by chance read this could you let us all know the time that this will air that day. She had mentioned the Grand Cayman CD saying that the first 300 were signed and on their way to melodyblvd.com for shipping... We bombarded here with oooh soo many questions and as usual she was great, she answered as many of them as she could. Thanks again Erin, we enjoy talking with you, even tho we get carried away in the chat room at times, thanks to that "Bad Boy Red" ;) ~~~~~ Yes Dave I too will be calling the radio stations requesting they play the HH songs. It will be great to hear them on the radio.
Thanks Gerry for the Pic of (I am assuming this is AMERICA's bus) this awesome bus ~~WOW! What a nice way to travel for sure, I also love the puffy patchwork of white clouds through the bare trees, it looks ooh soo neat. ~~~~ Thanks again for signing these Cayman CD's ~~this means alot to Me ~~ a Nice treasured keepsake, you are singing All My Life in my headphones right this moment and I agree Gerry Beckley (not that Gerry Beckley)& Bruce ~~ that this is one great song and this is my first hearing it like this too and oooh sooo worth the wait, absolutely beautiful. ~~~there was a time, when I just thought that I would lose my mind, you came along and then the sun did shine ~~~ I want this all my life, I've wanted this all my life ~~~~ WOW~~~ Sing it Gerry! :) To Each His Own is Awesome too! :)
Hi there Jimmmmmm :) ~~~ I am looking soo forward to hearing your thoughts on this great CD, some really nice accoustic music here for sure.....
Hi Michael ~~ I loved reading that Your Wife was singing all the songs to HH outloud while hearing it at Walmart, now I could handle shopping doing that too, it would make spending all that money oooh soo bearable......
Ciao Bruno, Welcome Cindy ! Nice Linda ~~ You coming out of lurkdom to share your thoughts with us about the cayman cd, Keep on enjoying this great music... and come and join it posting soon ~~ Okay?
Hey out there in the Desert Vic ~~ Wasn't it just awesome hearing this! It gave me a rush of soooo many emotions......too! Keep on enjoying it.... Gerry is singing Only in Your Heart now ~~ Hey there Mary ~~ this is your favorite song, did you get your new cd yet, I know you will love it too. :)
Well DanC ~~~ Did you get your new CD in the mail yet?? It will sound great on your new sound system for sure.... Oooh my inquiring mind is wondering about the James Taylor Concert You took in last night with the Mrs. ~~ How about letting us know about this ~~ Okay??? :) I turned on Austin City Limits on PBS last night expecting to hear Gordon Lightfoot, but much to my surprise, it was Jackson Browne that was on and I missed the first half of it.... I have 2 PBS stations ~~ 1 from New York that I get on the satellite, and then on our other little tv, I get our local PBS soooo I am hoping that tonight I can tape Jackson on my PBS!!!!! He sounded really good, he was singing Alive in the East when I tuned in, the other songs must have been from his new CD because they weren't familiar to me at all, there was one that was a long rockin song tho, and he had a young girl singing backup on this, she had a nice voice..... Hmmmm ~~ I am wondering now when will Gordon Lightfoot be on there..... OOoooh I forgot to mention that Erin also mentioned to me in the live chat that the IUP Show has been changed from April 11th to April 2nd...... this is a wed. night, but I will still be there for sure!
Hi Gen ~~~ Just wondering if you will be recieving your Grand Cayman soon !! Wait till you get to hear this, it is soooo Great!
Hi SteveL, Brad, Johnny ~~ Hope you guys are all enjoying listening to this cd, Steve L ~~ HWNN is on now and I just smiled recalling you getting to join them at the show and getting to do the ZZTop move.... Soooo COOL!
Hey there Misbehavin RED ~~ I hope you are having an enjoyable day, knowing how well Iowa's College team did this season..... I know you are smilin about this..... Hey ~~ will you be getting this CD? You gotta get it and HH, for sure..... Tell the Wife to check at KMart to see if HH is there, and tell her to have the Electronics dept. play it, it is sure to boost the shopping morale there for sure..... :) :) ~~~ Hmmmm I wonder if Tony will pull this off today and win the Winston Cup!!!! I would have loved to see Mark Martin win it.... or even my RUSTY RUSTY RUSTY ~~ (Sorry I just couldn't control myself there ~~ LOL!
Enjoy the rest of the day all~~ See ya, Nancy :)
~~~~ Accoustic Heaven playing here now Riverside is on ~~~~~ Living on the riverside, taking it all in my stride, living on the riverside I'm taking life like a big long ride ~~~~~~~ Sing it Gerry & Dewey :) :) :) dodoododododododododododoodododoododdodododoodod
Ummmm,I thought LA was the capitol of the world!? Just joking.... Im sittin here in NZ waitin for my Cayman CD. Wont be long.....
The new CD has arrived in the capitol of the world, New York City! My autographed Grand Cayman CD arrived today and I just listened to it. Thank you Gerry and Dewey! I have never been lucky enough to hear "All My Life" live but this is almost as good! It's fascinating to hear these "stripped down" versions. I guess "Magic" wasn't as easy to pull off acoustic. Hey I like Steve W's idea of more of this acoustic stuff. How about a multi CD boxed set of EVERY America song re-recorded "unplugged"? I'll order the first one! OK it's not exactly "Unplugged" if the keyboard is plugged in- so Gerry can play a REAL piano!!!
Click here to see the newspaper article that Jason talked about. Good job Jason!
Steve L., as far as I can tell, besides Dewey, Gerry and the band, no one has made a bigger impact on fans,(especially the die hard ones)than you, with the great job that you do, with the "America Chat Folder". We all know that it is a labor of love for you. I am just happy, for you, that Gerry and Dewey recognize it also.
Thanks Vic. That's very kind. I'm just glad that I can do something to help out with the technical skills that I've been blessed with. Gerry and Dewey know music and I know computers.
You're correct Johnny that the answer is "no". I don't have any way of telling who is currently logged on because there's no such thing as logging on. It's just a matter of posting or reading.
Gerry is in Mason City, Iowa today. Click here to see the view from his hotel window.
EUROPE (FANS) expect AMERICA (DEWEY+GERRY+BAND)
Ciao Genevieve Johnny Steve
Ouch, Red Oak. That really hurts. I hope nobody from my church reads your post. As far as using my pharmacy education, thanks for the comment. You sound just like my mother. Funny thing is neither you nor she paid for it so why do you care?
Pretty impressive title there Mo. Do u provide for after hours meetings? Also, are Curley and Larry your assistants. Nice to see you putting your pharmacy training to good use on the parishioners. Just kiddin MO, great Bio, one of the best. Like your choice of organ music(Lonely People) on your newsletter pages. Do you have an organ grinder, too? At least you aren't Catholic, then I could have opened another can of worms.
Just had to share this,
While my wife was doing some early Christmas shopping at the local Wal Mart here in New Jersey,what was blaring over the sound system? None other than the Holiday Harmony CD. They played the whole CD as she shopped (singing out loud).
For those of us who were away - I'm just wondering what Erin had to say about our push for the Christmas radio play and if anyone else (them or Rhino) are plugging it and I recieved two Cayman CD's (bought one for my nephew also) that were unsigned. I will have the Hartford, CT stations and emails next week to post.
I absolutely love tis live recording. It is wonderful that the boys put out two new CD's in a month! My favorite on the live Cayman CD has t be All My Life..... Baby it's Up to You ain't bad either. On he Christmas CD....I love Winter Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Christmas in California. Great stuff A onderful erly Christmas Gift. Gerry (the other Gerry)
oh yeah, I forgot to mention.
I've already had a phone message last night from some chap that said he visited Dirt Pit to fix their TV! I'll be ringing him later today to get more details.
You may remember me mentioning my search for Dirt Pit Manor which just happened to be in the neighbouring village to where I live and is actually the place I grew up in.
Well, although I've been searching for a year I've had no luck and therefore thought about seeing if the local paper could help. I therefore wrote an article which both Gerry & Dan looked at a approved with minor changes.
The good news is that the local paper loved the idea and featured it in this weekend's paper. I've sent Steve a scan of the article which he will post for all to see soon. Apologises now for my ugly mug.
Unfortunately, the paper made some changes to the article and removed all mention of the 3 websites (Offical America/Fan/Dan's)which i'm annoyed about.
Here's the article as I wrote it for you all to see.
A VILLAGE WITH NO NAME - CHIPPERFIELD’S ROCK N ROLL PAST
In January 1972 “A Horse With No Name” rode high in the UK charts finally reaching no. 3. The band responsible for this ever popular song were named AMERICA and like their name and West Coast acoustic sound, many would assume that they originated from the United States. It should therefore come as some surprise that the 3 lads that made up AMERICA, (Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley & Dan Peek) all went to school in Bushey, Watford and later lived together in a house in Chipperfield.
Sons of US servicemen, they lived near the air base in West Ruislip, busing to school each day to Central High College in Bushey, where they met and, discovering a mutual love of music, formed AMERICA. Gigs followed all over London where they supported the likes of THE WHO, PINK FLOYD and ELTON JOHN, which culminated with them signing a record deal with Warner Brothers.
During this early period of their career Warners decided they needed to hone their skills and develop their song writing and so, paying them a small weekly retainer, the band found accommodation in a one storey converted “cow man’s shed” which they affectionately called “DIRT PIT MANOR”. The whereabouts of this house had seemed lost in history, with the only recorded references mentioning a village in North London. It therefore recently came as quite a surprise to learn from their web site that the village in question was Chipperfield, which also happens to be the place of my birth and childhood home.
Armed with this new knowledge I went in search but quickly became disillusioned with how big Chipperfield actually is. I had one clue: AMERICA’s Greatest Hits LP HISTORY featured a line drawing of “DIRT PIT MANOR” on the inner lyric sheet. Again I went in search, but with no definitive photograph and no way of knowing how accurate the drawing was I reached a dead end.
Help came from an unexpected source; the band themselves. I e-mailed their web site not expecting a reply but only a few days later received a mail from Dan Peek who, with a surprising detailed account, pinpointed the house to the Bucks Hill area of Chipperfield. This is how he recalls Chipperfield in his serialisation “The America Story”
“…A more idyllic English setting would be hard to imagine. The Village was minute with a church, a greengrocer, a butcher, a baker and a pub (the Two Brewers) loosely arranged around a large wooded common. Our tiny little wood framed house was actually a converted cowman’s shed. Cosmetically it was fine, but there was virtually no hot water, no insulation from the bitter English cold and the whole place was less than 700 square feet. But I think I was happier there than I’ve ever been, in many ways.”
Gerry’s recollections are more specific to the property:
“… I remember a driveway of sorts on the right side that seemed long enough to hold Dan’s grey Minivan and my red Mini. Dew, I think, had a grey Morris Minor which, for some reason, I picture parked on the street.
“I’m quite clear on the layout of the house. As you’d face the front, the kitchen would be to the left and Dew’s, the smaller of the two bedrooms, was front right. Behind the kitchen was the living room (and next to it) the other bedroom that Dan & I shared. The (History) picture was taken from the back (of the house)”.
Their tenure in Chipperfield paid off and their self titled debut album was recorded in London and released in 1971. Although pleased with the results Warners couldn’t see a hit single and so asked the band to come up with one more song. That song, penned and sung by Dewey Bunnell was “A Horse With No Name”. An international hit, it went on to become a No. 1 in the States as did the album and spawned another US top ten hit with Gerry’s “I Need You”.
It was at this time that the band undertook a promotional US tour and although they returned to the UK and Chipperfield, decided shortly after to relocate to the States where they have been based ever since.
Although success in the UK waned, AMERICA were one of the most successful US bands in the 70’s, notching up a further 6 Top 10 hits and one more No. 1 with Gerry’s “Sister Golden Hair”. Many of their albums were produced by “5th Beatle” George Martin.
Still together today (minus Dan Peek, who pursued a solo career in the late 70s), AMERICA still tour and record.
Despite the band’s help and recollections I still have been unable to locate “DIRT PIT MANOR” and would therefore appreciate some help. Does anyone recall 3 American teenagers living in Chipperfield between 1969 and 1972 on the Buck Hill Road? In particular can anyone confirm the location of DIRT PIT MANOR if it still exists. It would also be great to find any old photographs of the house as I believe the band sadly have no visual record of this era of their lives. Also personal recollections and memories would be greatly appreciated.
Although AMERICA left England over 30 years ago they haven’t forgotten their roots as Dan Peek recently recalled when describing the origins of his hit single “Don’t Cross The River”:
“… I wrote that song sitting in the warm comfort of Dirt Pit Manor, our haven in the dark fertile green countryside of Hertfordshire”.
Official Website: www.venturahighway.com
Fan website: /america/
Dan Peek’s Website: www.danpeek.com
AMERICA, HOMECOMING, HAT TRICK, HOLIDAY, HEARTS, HIDEAWAY, HARBOR, VIEW FROM THE GROUND, ALIBI, HOURGLASS, HUMAN NATURE
It's 1:30 AM, here in TucAz. Just got through listening to "THE GRAND CAYMAN CONCERT", the first time through. At this point, I am speechless, other than to say, brought tears to my eyes. Dewey and Gerry are so smooth.
Got home late tonight. Didn't have the best day at work, however, my autographed CD was waiting for me. Made my day. My first thought was, 'go to the chat folder and see what my fellow fans have to say'. Have been enjoying reading posts from both web sights, tonight. Have not listened to the CD yet, as my wife has been watching "Murder In Grenich". My anticipation is building.
Mo, really enjoyed your Bio. Great picture of you and Hubby.
You would have loved Dan too, but I understand how you feel.
Brad A., thanks for the kind offer that so many of us have taken advantage of.
Steve L., as far as I can tell, besides Dewey, Gerry and the band, no one has made a bigger impact on fans,(especially the die hard ones)than you, with the great job that you do, with the "America Chat Folder". We all know that it is a labor of love for you. I am just happy, for you, that Gerry and Dewey recognize it also.
Gonna have a listen now.
Dewey and Gerry, thanks for 30 years of exellence.
Anyone else besides me get their Caymans CD autographed with just two X's??? :0(
Steve ~ I'm wondering: Do you have the capability of seeing who all is currently logged-on to the folder? The Hall & Oates fan website has that capability. All persons logged-on can see who all else is currently logged-on too. It did about 6 months ago, anyway. I would assume your answer is "no".
Bones, I agree with you on the top 3 songs although I would put "Pigeon Song" as a very close 4th - not because it's a great song, but because it hasn't been performed live since before Dewey could legally drink and because he does such a great job on it.
As far as Bones' personalized autograph goes, think about it. Scott Sosebee sent 100 CD's to Gerry and Dewey to autograph, they autographed them and then sent them back to Scott, and Scott delivered them to 100 random (lucky) people. It sounds to me like Bones is having some fun with the chain rattling
I just have to come out of lurkdom to say that I also received the new CD today, and I was thrilled to see it was autographed! I'm listening to it for the 6th time tonight, and I love it. Thanks Gerry and Dewey!! Life has been throwing me some curves the past couple months, and this is just what I needed! ~~ Linda
Hey, guys. I got my Grand Cayman today as well, and it is autographed! It would appear that the first 100 shipped, and not 100 within the first 300, were autographed.
Regardless, I am glad I, and so many others on the Chat Folder, got one with our favorite band's signatures. I am listening to it for the first time as I type this. Sounds great!
I am copying Harbor videos this weekend. The response has been incredible: around 20 requests! I hope to honor them all within the next few weeks as payments roll in. Take care all, Brad
Nice try, Bonz, but the "Love" part gave you away. :0)
Congrats to SteveL for getting his name mentioned in the credits...well deserved, of course. I see they mis-typed my last name as "Lee". Good enough since it really is "Lee". Got changed during the slow boat from China <----seriously regarding the latter.
Seeing Jim Morey's name in the credits reminds me that Mr. Morey's name is found in the credits of a Kenny Chesney (very popular Country/Western singer for those that don't know) CD. From Chesney's 1996 CD titled "Me And You," it reads, "To Dale Morris for being a manager, a shrink, and everything from A to Z. Thanks pal. Thanks to everyone at Dale Morris and Associates. To Jim Morey for believing and for introducing me to Mac!"
Moser,I wonder if the Cayman Japanese Import CD will have bonus tracks?
Top 3 off of the Cayman CD:
Baby it's up to you
To each his own
Two things to say: 1) NANCY, get a hold of yourself woman. Take a breath. You're gonna faint!!! (Allow me to chant with you for just a moment: Gerry, Gerry, Gerry!!)
2) I have to agree with Robyn. In fact, that is exactly what I was thinking--if Steve didn't get a personal (see the pic of it for proof) there's no way any one else would. Really, Nanc, I think Bones might be pulling your chain. I do have to say, though, it's great fun to watch.
PS: 3) Love the CD, it's great.
4) I still am not over the fact that I lost the darn auction to go to Cayman by $25 lousy bucks. I had to leave in the last hour of the auction on Ebay to pick up my hub whose car had died. Worst timing he's ever had!! That is the most expensive $25 dollars I've ever heard of. So, whoever Wilderfarm is, I hope you relished this wonderful opportunity. (I know, I'm whining here. Sorry.) I'll just go back to listening to the CD and convincing myself that had I gone to Cayman, I might have died in a plane crash!!! Sorry for my sick humor.
I was excited when I got home from work today and saw the Cayman CD in the mail box. I was really excited when I had one of the autographed copies. That made my day. The Cd is great and the acoustic
sound is super. The great state of New Jersey thanks Gerry and Dewey. Have a great weekend.
dunno for certain but if STEVE'S wasn't personalized.....
Me Again ~~
Hi Bones ~~ Sooo Glad to hear that you got yours today too. Sooo You Lucky Dog You ~~ getting a personalized signature on yours! I must admit I am Jealous for sure! Mine was just signed Gerry Beckley ~~ Dewey Bunnell ~~~~ Ohh well if yours was personalized just for you that is GREAT ~~ Where in the world have you been???? Why haven't you joined in on the last 3 Live Chats????? Has the Cat got ahold of your Tongue???? Hmmmm you missed the discussion about having the Fan Get Together at your favorite Stomping Grounds ~~~ Mohegan Sun, there will be 2 shows coming up there next summer ~~ July 5th & 6th ~~ the 5th is sounding pretty good for this to take place at. Hey did you know that Dan Peek personalized my Guitar Man CD just for me, he signed it "Play It Bluebird" ~~ Had me smiling for sure! Thanks Dan! No matter what I am still flattered to have recieved an Autographed Grand Cayman CD ~~ Thanks Gerry & Dewey! I was smiling ear to ear to see this too! Oooh and Bones one thing I do agree with you on is that this CD is Very Very Special indeed! ENJOY IT!! See I spelled it out for you Bones ~ LOL! :)
Hey there Vic and DanC & Red ~~ Did any of you guys get yours today!
Hey there Mo ~~ what did ya think, did you have to pull off along the street and jack up the volumn and just take it all in???? Sure is Great isn't it! Gerry Gerry Gerry ~~ Dewey Dewey Dewey ~~ Yes Yes Yes!!!!!!!!!
Cya, Nancy :)
Nancy, mine was signed "To Bones, Thanks for listening, Love Gerry & Dewey. Anything written extra special on yours?
Thanks guys!!!! After listening all these years, the music never seems to get old. This is very very special.
Hi Everybody ~~ WOW ~~ I am here bursting at the seams and can hardly control myself, I can hardly type right now, sooo there are bound to be some oooops and boops in this post! MINE IS SIGNED TOO ~~ I AM SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR HERE! :) :) :) :) :) :)
Thank You Gerry & Dewey ~~~ This is AWESOME! It hasn't even been an hour since I got this. I put in my new Cassette player right away and have been floating ever since. I had wanted to post earlier about the clips that Steve had posted to check out.... I got a rush of chills when I took a listen to them last evening.... Let me tell you the actual CD is giving me more than a rush of chills, Gerry is Melting me right this instance singing Daisy ~~~~ OOoh does this sound soo nice, and Dewey I just loved hearing Three Roses, and Baby It's Up To You ~~~ WOW is it Great, I love how it sounds like you both are right here in my office singing this.....WOW~~~~ I just love every song they are soo crisp sooo clear, sooo neat, both of you guys voices sound GREAT!!!! Windwave is taking me away now, I am finding it soo hard to post ~~ can you all believe this ~~ OOoh no!!!this has made my day, my week ~~ Thanks soooo much, Thanks sooo much ~~ To Each his Own ~~ WOW ~~ ALL MY LIFE ~~ Pure Heaven, and Hey Dewey I was singing Pidgeon Song right along with you, ooh wow it sounded great too, you had mentioned that you thought the last time you sang this was before you were of drinking age, well You sound pretty darn good singing it for it being this long, and Gerry ~~ Beautiful job on Another Try ~~ What a trip, you guys have managed to take me away to this Cayman Island atmosphere, if only in my mind, but I love it. Anyone out there that has hesitated ordering this, please hurry and order it now, it is SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD a MUST HAVE FOR SURE! Gerry's singing I Need You to me for the second time.....Ooooh how I love this song, sooo beautiful ~~ soo sincere, same with To Each His Own, oooh how many times I sang along with this song..... what a great song, I am sooo happy it is on here, Gerry your voice is soo nice on this ~~~~ Will I make it through the summer, breaking ties with the old and new, losing one just gains another ~~~~ Only in Your Heart is great, sooo is Sister Golden Hair and HWNN is AWESOME as USUAL! I wi ll be listening to this all weekend for sure. It is playing over again for the 3rd time here now..... Thanks again Gerry & Dewey for listening to our requests on making this into a CD, I Appreciate it for sure! Thanks for signing these too! This will be among my treasured keepsakes for ever and always...... :):) Riverside is just magnificent ~~ takes me away for sure, always has. Ventura Hwy ~~ Magical for sure, Sandman sends chills down my spine ~~ a rockin song!
Hi there John ~~ Thanks for sharing that neat pic with us, and yes I agree it does look alot like the Highway Box Set Cover ~~ Mr. Mailman will be coming to visit me real soon with this too!
Hi Kristal & Steve W ~~~ Welcome ~~~ Nice hearing from you both! Kristal I hope the mailman brought yours to you too! ENJOY! Do you think you will make it to the IUP show, it has been changed to April 2, 2003 (wednesday evening). I will be there for sure! ~~~~ Nice Idea Steve ~~ A Fan Favorite Cd or DVD would be neat. Gerry & Dewey what do you guys think about this idea, could it be possible, i sure would have a LONG LIST to add as my Favorites. ~~~ Excuse Me Dewey has me all flustered, he is singing Tin Man now and this song just has away of lifting me right up, I just have to sing along with it ~~ sooo please believe in me, when I say I'm spinning round and round, round , soap suds green like bubbles ~~~ now back to my sentence, do you know how we would set this up as a Fund Raising release for Gerry & Dewey's favorite Charity? I am all for this, I think it would sell. Hmmmm ~~ Just wondering here ~~ Are you the same Steve W that I talked with awhile back in the Live Chat and you were moving and starting out on a new job? Sorry I am not trying to be Nosey Nancy here, I am just curious! ~~~~ Have fun joining in and posting both of you.
Hey Speech, Good Luck picking a DVD system out, I was going nuts trying to decide which one to get also, I do know this much there you have to watch when picking one out, not all DVD players will play all the different formats, I ended up getting a Sony one, I didn't have to worry about getting the speakers for it our tv , has the dolby digital all around sound system in it, and a large screen. I am picking mine up tonight, and I sure hope it will be an easy set up, I want to get it to work with my VCR and dish too and to make sure I get it hooked up right to get the sound right. I kept putting off getting it, but I think I will like it alot! Soo again my advice would be to get one that can support all the playing & recording formats..... Mine has all of them, soo I should be able to just about do anything on this. Price wise mine was originally a $229.00 one but I got it for $159.00, plus I opted to go with Sony because I have a card that is from Sony and I get earned credit points on all my purchases and then in turn I turn them on in some really neat things ... Oooh another thing some of them have all other kinds of options that I figured I could do without, so I mainly looked for the ones that again supported all playing formats DVDs & CDs and also worked along with my dolby digital, surround sound on my tv. Wow I sure hope by this long answer back to you that I don't have you more Flummoxed than before ~~ LOL !! Good Luck! :)
Hey there Red E Oooooooo ~~~ You sure had me Flustered listing those great Lyrics for one of my favorite songs from Dirty Dancing...... but as far as you saying that it was a good thing that Mo was still at the live chat when you mysteriously disappeared to go Wiggle that Worm ~ ;) ~~ Well I think you got it wrong Lord knows I have to be there at live chat to keep you in line ~~For Sure! :) Oooh well which ever way it is, it is alot of fun being there. That much I am sure we will agree on Right Red????? :)
Hey there Jimmmmmmm (bob) wait till you hear this Cayman CD you are going to be in Accoustic Heaven for sure, it is sooo COOOOOOOL ~~ I love it! Yes Yes Yes !!!
Well gotta go for now, I look forward to hearing from all of you that were lucky enough to get this Magical Gem in the mail today! Oooh Mr. Mailman ~~~ I could've given you the bigggest hugggg if only You would have stuck around long enough for me to get out to my mailbox...... I will be nice and give you a raincheck on that Hugggg tho! :) Hey ~~ Bring me my Highway Box set soooon ~~~~~
Have A Great Weekend All! Nancy :) :) :) :) ;)
so far my shipping manager says nothing has come for me. Maybe Monday. I live in hope. The only consolation is the show next Friday! Anyone else going?
But the real show is tomorrow night in Clear Lake. The Surf Ballroom has never sounded better than tomorrow night!!!!!!! Just don't fly NORTH........
I totally agree with you Steve this was worth the wait.Thank you Gerry and Dewey.Thank you Scott.I will treasure this cd.Lisa
They're doing a private concert tonight which usually means some company is sponsoring them. I'm guessing that the limo is for the band. Nice touch.
During my lunch hour I scanned in the artwork from the Cayman CD and I have posted the photos on The Grand Cayman Concert photo page. I'll try to get some more soundclips created and posted this weekend so that those of you who haven't received your CD YET, can have a listen. If you haven't ordered yours yet, Scott still has some available at MelodyBlvd.com although I suspect all of the autographed ones are gone. You'll have to get yours autographed at the next concert you go to.
bleak ... nice stretch limo in the background, though.
I just finished my first listen of the Cayman CD and it was awesome. I'm going to have to listen a few more times before I pick my favorites but there are a few definite standouts. "Pigeon Song", "All My Life", and "Baby It's Up To You" are immediate favorites. I wish I could have been at the concert but since I couldn't, this is the next best thing. Congratulations Gerry and Dewey on a great concert!
I got one of the signed ones too.This has made my day.I am listening to the cd right now and it is awesome!!!!!!!!! Lisa
I was so excited to see the package from Melody BLvd... The CD arrived in mint condition....nd is Autograhed, too! I love this acoustic Concert. I am up to TinMan right now.....would love to have been in the Islands for this one. Thanks, Steve as always...and Scott at Melody..this was a wonderful thing to do for the fans! I will treasure this. Gerry, (other Gerry)
Depressing sight from the 2nd healthiest state in the US.
Gerry is in Marshall, MN today. Click here to see the view from his hotel window.
ME TOO!! As soon as I read Mo's post I ran out to my mailbox and there was a box from MelodyBlvd. I quickly opened it and found an autographed copy as well. I'll try to get the CD cover art scanned in and posted as soon as possible. I'll also try to create a few more soundclips to post. It's going to be a great weekend!
I was just on my way out when I checked the mailbox and had to turn around and come back in to say--
I GOT MY CAYMAN CD AND IT'S AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY!!!!!!!
Sorry, I didn't mean to yell but I am just so psyched. Thank you to Melody Blvd., Gerry, Dewey, and whoever else had this great idea. Now excuse me while I'm on my merry way back out the door. I'll be taking my new music to blast in the van along the way. Have a great weekend everyone.
I came across a picture on a web page that bears a striking resemblance to the one on the cover of the Highway box set. Here it is.
Red: I thought it might be those pesky fish but wondered when you didn't come back in. Anyway see you next time.
Robyn: Yes, great chat. I love that we have had some great special guests lately: Steve L., mB, and Erin Edwards. It makes the mid-week a bit more fun, doesn't it?
>>I am curiouser and curiouser.<<
Anything can happen in Wonderland, Alice.....
Nice chat Wednesday. I will be moving more libraries, but hope to see you all next week!
Forgive my quick exit. Had to go feed the fishes, therefore, the quick signoff. Good to see you there, as usual, to keep Nancy in line(Lord knows, someone needs to).
Steve W.: Welcome to the asylum. Glad to have you and your input. Great idea about the Fan Faves DVD or CD. I would vote for the full band performance though rather than the duo unplugged. Perhaps I will change my mind after hearing the Cayman but I tend to doubt it.
Speech: Flummoxed, eh? Five dollar word there, bud. All I have to say is, do your homework and good luck.
Redoak: What happened to you the other night? You up and left the room without as much as a goodbye. Whaddup wid dat? I am curiouser and curiouser.
I would like to see a concert for the fans in which would be the most requested songs performed by the entire band. That performance would be put out on DVD for the fans to purchase. After all, it is WE the fans who deserve it!!!!!!!!!!!! We are the ones who keep the faith and the band in our correspondence with each other that warrant a Live DVD performance!!!!!!!!! If it wasn't for us, the spirit would have died some time ago. And besides, if we pester enough, maybe a gem will appear in recording or concert that wasn't anticipated. Take care.
I've been meaning to tell you
I've got this feelin' that won't subside
I look at you and I fantasize
Now I've got you in my sights
With these hungry eyes
One look at you and I can't disguise
I've got hungry eyes
I feel the magic between you and I
I want to hold you so hear me out
I want to show you what love's all about
Now I've got you in my sights
I am (almost) completely flummoxed by all of this. Here is my baseline question: When I walk into Best Buys and behold the endless stacks and racks of DVD players of all sizes, colors, price ranges, etc., what do I need to zero in on? What do I need to spend (roughly) on said DVD player? Also, what five-speaker-and-subwoofer combo do I need, and what's that likely to set me back?
Hi - I'm new to the chat site. I have a couple of things to mention.
Steve stated that the new Cayman island cd is available at the cdbaby
website. This is a great place to pick up independently made music. My
preferences lean toward the singer/songwriter, acoustic type of music,
but the site covers a wide spectrum of musical tastes.
I also read some posts about Jack Tempchin, most notably associated with the Eagles. cdbaby has a live recording of his. I have not heard of it prior to finding it at this website. Here are some links to some artists and cd's I have found at cdbaby.
What do people think of America making a fan favorites CD? It seems
to me people like us are their biggest supporters at this time in their career. I think the Cayman cd has a taste of it since it has some of the lesser known songs but how about a complete cd (or 2) of Non-Greatest Hit, Fan-Voted-For songs? It could be recorded as a duo, same as Cayman to keep it simple. I would even go so far as saying we could produce and distribute it over the web at a cost that would cover expenses and perhaps generate a contribution to America's favorite charity?? There are probably a host of complexities with this but anything is possible, right?
Steve, I agree with how you describe the DVD/Audio experience. I have a Toshiba DVD/Audio player with five Jamo speakers and sub. It is almost like you are in the same room when they were recording this masterpiece. and you get to listen over and over and over. This is the total listening experience for sure. I'm anxiously waiting for Hearts to be released in this format. The orchestration must sound awesome on it. DanC.
Hello, all. There is no doubt that many, many people read this folder. When I checked my email late today, I had 8 requests for the Harbor video!
Don't worry, I plan on sending a copy to each of you. I think $6 each should cover the cost of the tape and shipping. I will get back to you all, individually, who have already responded. Any future requests can email me with your mailing address. I will then email to you my address, so you can send the $6.
Please bear with me, as it may take a few weeks to make all the copies. I have a dual deck VCR, which makes the job easier. The Harbor documentary is the first 45 min. or so of a 2 hr. America tape I have. It also includes Solid Gold clips, etc. I will go ahead and make the full 2 hour tape for everyone.
Nina, my copy is actually pretty good, considering it is around 12 years old. I got it from a fellow America fan in England back then when I was in college.
As others have said, Phil Hartman does narrate the Harbor video. Before he became a famous comedian on Saturday Night Live, he was the artist who created the artwork for "History". After he hit it big, he also appeared on Gerry's Van Go Gan album on the song "Playing God". Glad I can help fellow America fans get this video.
Take care, Brad
This new format of DVD-Audio is by far best appreciated with a 5 speaker stereo system with a Dolby Digital reciever and a subwoofer. I'm using a regular Onkyo DVD player and my copy of "Homecoming" is quite an experience to behold.
Some "audiophiles" out there swear that it sounds even better with an actual DVD-Audio player,but I'm assured you need to have ears like a dog to tell the difference. The "lines of resolution" may be better,but I don't believe you can tell the difference. It all boils down to what you want to spend on speakers too. Onkyo also makes a DVD-Audio player that offers you the chance to play the OTHER format thats out there,Super Audio CD's. While the sound is similar to DVD-Audio,you lose out on any actual video--the screen remains blank--but there are some who may want to sample both formats to see which they prefer. Back to "Homecoming"--With the setup/equipment I described earlier,youll play the CD more often than you would think,as you'll be listening for all of the different sounds you can't catch on a regular 2 channel stereo hookup. I pulled more out of the opening track,"Ventura Highway" than I ever did with just the regular CD. I'm hoping that DVD-Audio takes off more than "Super Audio CD's" and at this point,I'm a believer! Hopefully Rhino will be reissuing more of the Classic 70's America LP's in the next year.
This video is indeed the one you guys speak of and is narrated by Phil Hartman. I orderd it a couple of years ago from a site called Mickey Rat videos, along with 3 other America vids. The video arrived with the name 'Harbor Promo' on it, which is essentially what it is. I also have a 1998 show they did in Equador, which is a REAL long show, and is interesting cos of the extensive interview with Gerry and Dewey. It was an expensive exercise though, as unbeknown to me American vids dont work Down Under,so I had to get them converted to our system. The HARBOR footage brings the poster to life!
I didn't think Harbor sucked. I just thought the gap between the stellar songs and the ordinary stuff was wider than on prior America records. I also thought the LP might have been a tad "overdressed" with strings, horns and vocal embellishments. And, I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but the general flavor of the songwriting was sometimes palpably sad and/or weary. Still, flaws and all, it's an essential LP.
I think Harbor had hit singles all over it. God Of The Sun has an infectious, bouncy, very bright feel to it. An extremely radio friendly song at the time, to my ear. And I could say the same for just about every song. When I first heard Harbor, I thought it was going to be a huge radio favorite. Was I wrong.
The gods must have been pissed at America for something, because, as you said, SpeechW., they suddenly fell off the radar. I know many people on this folder think Harbor sucked, but I disagree.
How could any album with Seargent Darkness, Political Poachers, Hurricane, Monster and Are You There suck? Even if the rest of the songs were horrible, which they weren't, those alone are among America's best.
I'm glad to hear that Gerry, Dewey and Dan appeared to have a good time cutting the "Harbor" LP, and that there's a video out there that documents this period. I'm still mystified, though, as to why Harbor stiffed the way it did (compared to their previous work). Here in the East, the singles didn't get played on radio, and I never heard a word of promotion about it on TV or radio, nor in any magazine I was reading at the time. America went from ubiquitous -- the "Hearts" LP and the mega-selling "History: Greatest Hits" compilation and a much-anticipated new studio record in '76 ("Hideaway") -- to the cut-out rack in shockingly rapid fashion. Can the fickle taste of the mass record-buying market have shifted that quickly? I mean, it's true that there were no "hooks" on Harbor as strong as, say, "Tin Man," or "Sister Golden Hair," but there was a clutch of first-rate America performances. Theoretically, "Harbor" should/could have been a frontline summer album. Incidedentally, Brad, I've already e-mailed you about obtaining a copy of the video. I hope you can help, because I'm really anxious to see the thing.
Damn that's a good album. Seargent Darkness, Are You There, Monster, Hurricane, She's Gone, God Of The Sun, Political Poachers, Dan Peek, the band. The list goes on and on. It's the last first-America album
Damn that's a good album.
I "think" I might have this tape, too. It's narrated by the late Phil Hartman? My copy is in very bad shape though. Barely watchable...so I might want to update. Brad, what condition is your copy in? Thanks!
Steve thank you for posting that little tidbit. I did play the 3 songs, and they sound wonderful. I can't wait to the mail man brings my cd in the mail. Thanks again, and have a great day! Kristal
Click here to see the first entries in the Holiday Harmony Radio Contact List. If you have information about radio stations in your area that we could contact to play songs from Holiday Harmony, send them to me and I'll get them added to the list as soon as I can. --SteveL
I have added links to 3 RealAudio soundclips on The Grand Cayman Concert web page. Simply click on the preceding link and then click on the "blue note" icons following the song titles to listen to soundclips of "Ventura Highway", "Sister Golden Hair", and "Horse With No Name".
Thanks a bunch, Nancy, for the excellent description of the "Harbor" video!!!
Brad ~ You're a very generous and kind person to offer to dub a copy for fellow-fans! I suggest each interested person re-pay you for the cost of the blank tape and postage.
Hi Everybody :) the sun is shining here in PA, but I guess we may be in for our first snow storm this weekend!
Hi Johnny & Howard ~~~ First of all, I am wondering, now that I have just read your post Howard, if this is the same thing we are both talking about...... This Harbor Promo, that Jimmmmm(bob) sent to me is a narrated show and it is about 45 mins long. Let me tell you alittle more about it (as Johnny had asked me to do) It starts out with a scene of this lovely island in Hawaii and the song God Of the Sun playing, then you see a chopper flying in the sky and of course Gerry, Dewey, & Dan are on it and you can pic out the pics from the poster as you watch this too. There is a person doing all the talking, I at first was assuming it was George Martin ~~ but I may be confused about this, because last night in Live Chat BradA joined us and he said he has this too, and he had mentioned OOoooh darn I can't think of the guys name that he said narrated this ~~ anyway there are places on here where George does talk and Gerry, Dewey & Dan too. It does show just how much fun and relaxing this time was for them, they mention that it is a Thanksgiving getaway for them, and they explain the meaning of Thanksgiving in Hawaii and it's traditions there. George talks about Gerry's writing the song Monster and how it is about life on the road performing, Gerry also sings Monster on this, George also mentions the song Sarah and how touching Gerry's lryics are in this, Gerry sings it too. Dewey sings Are You There and it is great, such zeal and enthusiam in his face performing this, they all seem soo relaxed and they seem to cut these songs with hardly no problem at all, this also is mention on this how they, the atmosphere, their friends and the earths resources all join as one to complete this album. I just loved getting to see Gerry sing Sergeant Darkness, he has such a look of satisfaction on his face as he sings it, like it is going exactly as he wanted. This is sooo neat to me to get to seem them working together like this, kinda like I had mentioned about hearing Gerry doing the last track on Jeff Larson's Fragile Sunrise, how he talks and produces the song Norman, there I got to kinda hear how it would be to be there in the studio, on this tape I got to see a glimpse of this behind the scenes ~~ and it is awesome for sure! Dan sings Don't Cry Baby and I enjoyed that sooo much..... Dewey also sings Down to the Water, but this is kinda like all of the friends there working together and having fun getting ready for the feast. Oh yes and while Gerry is singing Sarah they show this beautiful girl sitting on the dock ~~ I believe her pic is on the poster too ~~ Hmmm I just checked and no there isn't any pic of her on there, but that was why I was asking yesterday if there is a video to go with the song Sarah...... I wonder!!! Oh yes they show them singing " Now She's Gone" sooo to answer your question Johnny ~~ they did cover most of the songs on this album, but some of them weren't done completely or not all were talked about seperately. I am thinking Howard that these are both the same thing.... Jim was in Calif back in the early 80's and that was when he found this tape, but when he got it back to New Zealand it wouldn't play on his VCR sooo he had to have someone retape it on a tape that would work on his vcr..... I haven't heard from Jimmmmm for a couple of days, I emailed him about this.... I do appreciate him sharing this with me, I in turn got him some a couple of CD's. I will treasure this forever! It is soo neat to watch them, takes you back to that time, and yes Howard this island was gorgeous and I imagine they left there sooo relaxed and refreshed, ready to take on just about anything. By the looks on all of their friends faces I would say they all had such a great carefree time. It was neat getting to see them actually standing in front of that stone archway with vine growing all around it for the pic on the poster, and Gerry has those striped pants & flowered shirt, and Dan has on black pants and flowered shirt, and Dewey is in shorts and a flowered shirts, The expressions on their faces is soo neat. I feel that gettin g to see this tape has brought the Poster to life for me, I will always be able to put the 2 together now, either when I watch the tape or look at the poster. My poster is in mint condition, it has been inside my album cover all along.... I think I have opened it more recently then ever before.... Nice! Well I hope this has answered questions, and has given you all a look at this.... I love this addiction I have for my AMERICA music.... it adds a touch of Honey to my life for sure! Thanks Jimmmmmmm ~~~ I will always treasure this for sure! :)
Thanks Gerry Dewey & Dan for all of your great albums, songs, shows, and for sharing a part of your lives with us your fans!
I just wanted to mention Thanks to Erin Edwards for coming to Live Chat last night and you are great.... we bombard you with questions and you do your best to answer each and every one of them.... we do appreciate this! Thanks for all of your insight and info! :)
Have a good day all ~~~ Nancy :)
~~~~ God Of the Sun don't make wait till the morning comes, light in the sky look me in the eye,eyeee, eyeeee ~ eyeeee ~~ don't keep me waiting around too much longer now, don't, don't keep me waiting around, around ~ around ~ around, when I called you from my river of darkness an echo is all that came back, daaadaaaadaaa aaaah, saw you wave goodbye down the railroad track, aaaah sometimes when you're out and all alone and you can't find your way back,daaa daaa daaa aaah wonder if you'll ever make it home ~~ God of the sun, I'll be around till the days begun, one sight of your ray takes the night away, when I walk through that door ~~~~ I could sing the whole song ~~ what a great one it is for sure :) :) :)
Howard,I'm guessing that the "Harbor" promo video and the video we have are one and the same. 45 minutes or so of the guys playing the tunes from "Harbor" with some narration. Not a "real" documentary,but still an interresting video from that time.
I think the video Howard is refering to and Nancy's are the same thing. I would be willing to make copies of mine for those interested. email@example.com Last night, I enjoyed my first visit back to the chat folder in quite awhile. Take care all, Brad
I've never seen or heard about the Harbor Promo video. But there is a few of us here that have the Harbor documentary that's about 45-50 minutes. The video is pretty cool. you can see why the guys would rather fool around than practice/play...Hawaii is absolutely gorgeous
and takes over your soul to RELAX!!!!!!!!!!!!
to everyone who came in the chat room tonight. We were lucky to be joined by Erin Edwards who graciously submitted to all the grilling. Thanks everyone it was lovely Hope to see you all next week.
TOP 10 SINGLES FROM THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16, 1974
1. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night - John Lennon (with Elton John)
2. Do It (Till Your Satisfied) - B.T. Express
3. My Melody Of Love - Bobby Vinton
4. Tin Man - America
5. Back Home Again - John Denver
6. I Can Help - Billy Swan
7. Longfellow Serenade - Neil Diamond
8. Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) - Reunion
9. Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton
10. Carefree Highway - Gordon Lightfoot
TOP 10 ALBUMS FROM THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16, 1974
1. Walls And Bridges - John Lennon
2. Photographs & Memories / His Greatest Hits - Jim Croce
3. It's Only Rock And Roll - The Rolling Stones
4 Holiday - America
5. Not Fragile - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
6. Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album - Cheech & Chong
7. Wrap Around Joy - Carole King
8. Greatest Hits - Alice Cooper
9. When The Eagle Flies - Traffic
10. War Child - Jethro Tull
Nancy ~ It's still not clear to me exactly what this promo video is that you mentioned Jimbob sent to you. Can you please tell us about it in more detail. Are the guys shown playing all the songs from "Harbor"? Do they talk about each song? More details please.
In addition to MelodyBlvd.com and Amazon.com, the new Cayman Live CD is available at CDBABY.COM for $17.99. Just go to their web site and then search for "America" to see a cool web page talking about the CD. It even has soundclips.
Nancy: Thanks for the info on the "Harbor" promo video. You're lucky to have it. I've spent a lot of time haunting record and CD stores and other shops that carry promotional rock music cassettes and videos, etc., and have never seen it.
Thanks, Vic, for the lead on the website and the "Homecoming" DVD review. being a completist, I suppose I won't be able to rest until I get it (and something to play it on).
Thanks for the heads up on the "Homecoming" DVD and the distinctions between DVD player capabilities. I actually did not know this, and I will proceed with caution.
Hi Me Again ~~
Hi SteveL & Speech ~~ Regarding the VHS tape of the Harbor Promo, Jimbob from New Zealand found this years ago when he visited the states, he was sooooo Nice to send it to me, it wouldn't play right in his Tape player, I guess something to do with difference in their tape players. I will treasure this forever, Thank you sooo much Jimmmmmm :)
Speech ~~ regarding a DVD player, when we got our computer, we had one put in, and it is a Toshiba, it really has a nice digital sound and a high definition picture on the computer, now for what makes me mad about it ~~~ My America in Concert DVD will not play in this because of some kinda region code settings, I still haven't gotten around to calling DELL and bouncing them about this, maybe it is just something that has to be reset.... anyway I do have a Sony DVD\CDR\CD\DVDR player on layaway and will be picking it up later this week ~~~ I am soo looking forward to getting it hooked up and watching my dvd on my TV. The Fed EX guy came to my house today to deliver my new CD\Cassette\Radio\Recorder that I cashed in my Sony points on, I have it playing now and the sound on this is awesome! I also managed to find a brand new Highway CD box set on Ebay and I am anxiously awaiting to hear this. Soooo I guess my Christmas has come early to me toooo DanC :) Oooh DanC you got the Homecoming DVD tell us more about how you are liking it on your new Sound system and dvd player.
Hi Sheldon ~~ Thanks for this info, I will check it out, I did check out Timothy's site on this. There is also an AMERICA message board on VH1 and when I went to visit SteveO's site the first time I ended up setting up my own EZBoard and my topic on there is AMERICA and their music, I kinda did this by accident, I thought I was just getting a password set up to post on SteveO's site.... now if I can just figure out how to get this ezboard thing working.... I am soo good at doing these kinds a things on the net...... Oooh yes I also notieced that on VH1 the HH album is the album featured for sale there now, they have it priced at $13.48 not a bad deal, if there is anyone out there still looking to buy it. Here is the page site <<<<< http://www.vh1.com/az/america/artist.jthml >>>>>
Yes Red I definitely agree that Timothy would do a great job with Gerry & Dewey on Hat Trick ~~~ WOW! that would be awesome! I kinda like the sound of Huey, Dewey & Louie ~~~ hmmmm I just can't think of any Louie's ~~~ Hmmm you say which 2 songs on their concert list could be added together, let me see now I say DaisyJane & I Need You for the slower one & Ventura Hwy & Riverside together.... I could think of ooooh sooo many of their songs that would sound great joined together. Neat Question Red! :) Hmmmmm Have you been thinking about going Fishing?????? :)
Bye for now, Nancy :)
~~~~~~ Oooh Mr Postman look and see if there's a package, a package for me, Mr Postmannnnn, deliver my cayman cd, my cayman cd too meeeeeeee ~~~ I have been sooo patiently waiting for this to arrive Oooooh Mr Pooooosttttman, hurry and deliver my new cd to meeeeee :)
Many things to ketchup on:
1. Speech and Steve L.--Me three. What is this video that Nancy speaketh of? Somebody tell me.
2. Speech--The Homecoming DVD is awesome but I wouldn't buy it unless you intend to get a player as well as the surround sound of 5 speakers that would support hearing it in all its glory. Also, I learned something from reading the review that Vic mentioned. (Thanks, Vic, great review.) There is a difference in player capability. Maybe you already know this but I didn't. There is
DVD-V and DVD-A. I think I've got that right but who knows. Anyway, my point is, I didn't realize that my player is not capable of all that this DVD could provide. I am not able to view the pics and lyrics while the music is playing. Until I read this review, I didn't even know that was possible. Sort of pi..ed me off since I just bought the system last spring and spent enough for it. Hell, it should wash the flippin' dishes for that price. I probably don't need to tell you this but I will--research it thoroughly before you buy a system.
3.Sheldon--Thanks for the email group. This might help us out if we ever get together on planning a fan get together. Hint. Hint.
4.Night Owl Nancy--Hope to "see you" and everyone else tonight in the chat room. Maybe you could enlighten us about this mysterious "promo" video and tell how we too could get one in our grubby little hands.
America fan, Sheldon, has created an e-mail group for America fans on
YahooGroups. It works like this: Members can send an e-mail message and the entire group receives it. It's another way to chat with America fans. Some fans like it better than a message board because messages are in their e-mail.
If you'd like to subscribe simply send a message to America-Fansfirstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the group page go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/America-Fans/.
I, like you, do not own a DVD player at this time. I found a review of the "Homecoming" DVD, several months back, on line, by Dennis Burger. Made me want to go out and purchase one, (I didn't). It's quite comprhensive and objective. I think you'll appriciate it. The address is: (www.dvdangle.com/dvd_audio/reviews.html) Hope this helps.
I musta missed it somewhere along the line. What is the "promo" video about the making of Harbor that I have seen mentioned by Nancy and a few other folks? Was/is this something that is commercially available?
I'm with you Speech. I never knew or heard of that video until I read about it on this Chat Folder.
Yesterday, while riding home I was lucky enuff 2 hear Jackson Browne's rendition of Load Out/Stay(which is 8 mins of great music). This led me to wonder, if America put 2 songs together in their concert list, which 2 would be the best. They wouldn't necessarily have to be America songs. What duz everyone think?
NightOwl Nancy, one project Tim should work on is Hat Trick with Dewey & Gerry. Tim sounds good on anything or everything, anytime. Also, maybe Huey Lewis could join in with Dewey on someting and they could go by the name Huey, Dewey & Louie. Might be a new trio worth listening to.
Surprised WindWave never posted about the Cerritos concert.
This is the weekend I'm worried about for my Hawkeyes. They play Minnesota there and I'm sweating this game. Should they win, it will be 11 in a row!!!!!!!
See where the top ten healthiest states are listed as:
For those that live in other states, SORRY!!!!!!!!!!
It's not how deep you fish,
It's how you wiggle your worm.............
I musta missed it somewhere along the line. What is the "promo" video about the making of Harbor that I have seen mentioned by Nancy and a few other folks? Was/is this something that is commercially available? Also, anyone want to wade in with a critical opinion as to the worthwhileness of the "Homecoming" DVD. At this point, I don't own a DVD player. So, to be clear, I would be buying one solely (at least, at this point) for the purpose of checking out the "Homecoming" DVD.
Hey there Everybody!
Hi HarryO ~~ I just checked out this List of Albums that Timothy did guest vocals on and ~~ WOW! that is one long list and the different types of music styles is soooo COOL ~~~~ He is one talented Guy for sure. I loved the pic of him & Vince ~ both were looking oooh sooo good. I have saved this site to my favorites, I want to check it out more. Whoever put this site together did a really nice job. I would one day love to have my own site on AMERICA one day, in case you can't tell by now ~~ I am also a big fan of Timothy's and seeing this is just awesome. Too much that he did soundtracks for The Simpsons! Thanks oooh sooo much for posting this info ~~ sure has brought a Smile to my day.
Hey there Red E Oooooooo ~~~~ You be sure and check out this list, Timothy worked on quite a few of Joe Walsh's albums too, Oooh yes and I was surprised to see he worked on Richard Marx's albums too, I have 2 cassettes of Richard's ~~ it turned out to be a case with him where his known songs were good but the rest of the songs on the cassettes just didn't add up. It has been a while since I took a listen to them, must say this tho ~~ Richard Richard Richard ~~ he is one good looking Guy! It is pretty neat he is married to the girl I think Cynthia Rhodes is her name and she was in the movie Dirty Dancing, she is the other dance instructor that Jennifer Gray fills in for at the dance competition with Patrick Swayze ~~~ WOW! you all don't want to know how many times I have watched this movie.... and sang the great songs that were on it.....
Hi there Alan ~~ I meant to say thanks to you for letting us know your thoughts about the fan get together, hopefully there would be more than one of these and they would take in different locations, so that we all could make one of them..... I like you & your wife's settlement on the new AMERICA CD's and the Book that she wanted to get..... I would say you are a all around Happy Family for sure!
Okay gotta get for now, Hey it's Wed. time for Live Chat ~~~ hmmmm wonder if it can top last weeks???? I hope to make it there. Fun Fun Fun :) Nancy :)
Ooooh one more thing ~~ I was just wondering was there ever a Video about Gerry's song "Sara" , I loved getting to finally see the video to the great song "The Border" ~~~ I have been walking around singing this for sure ~~~ hmmm I am wondering if Timothy worked along at one point on this song, he is listed on the back of my View From the Ground album under vocals...... Nice ~~~~~ If I could make it to the Border, if I could make it to the Coast, If I could make it to the border, I'd be in the arms of the girl I love the most. dododododododododododo make it to the border, dododododododododododo make it to the border ~~ It is one neat Video and Gerry & Dewey are both looking really good in it! OOoh Gerry is singing Never Be Lonely in my headphones ~~~ Yes Yes Yes sing it Gerry, nice song :) Thanks for all the great songs!!!!!
Found a site that lists the albums Timothy B. Schmit has provided guest vocals on:
Strangest one, IMHO, Spinal Tap!
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Yes Me Again ~~
<<<< Hmmmmm ~~ The 90's brought us the Hidden Gems "Human Nature & Hourglass" they are both wonderful masterpieces. Here it is the year 2002 and with the release of HH and it's Magical outturn and my soooon to arrive Grand Cayman Live CD (YES YES YES!!!!! Thank You Steve for the post saying that it will be on it's way sooon ~~~ Oooooh how I am hoping to get an autographed one! ) back to finishing my sentence now ~~~ with both of these great releases I would say that "AMERICA" are still HUGE! :) >>>>> Ooooh well I hope my OOOOps brings a Laugh to your day!
(Bigggggg Yawwwwwnn) Nite Nite all, Nightowl Nancy :)
Dan F is singing "Promises Made" toooo me now, ~~~~~dozens of ways and dozens of reasons shielding our hearts from Pain, riddles of romance that distance may yet explain, certain of nothing you're so damn fearful of love, nobody seems to show you enough, over and over the scenes are replayed and once again those Promises Made ~~~ those Promises Made ~~~~~~ Ooooooh how I love my Music!
Hey there Mo ~~ GREAT BIO ~~~~ Thanks for taking us on your Nice trip down the AMERICA highway! Hmmmmm ~~ You mentioned the Harbor poster and that you wondered just how huge AMERICA was back then, well I have been enjoying watching this neat video of the Harbor Promo, that Jimmmmmmm(bob) was sooo nice to send to me. (Thanks Jimmm ;) ~~~ They definitely were big back then, it is awesome getting to see them making this great album, and George Martin had soo many nice things to say about them and their songs and how these magical songs came to be, how the whole experience came together, Gerry, Dewey, Dan ~~their friends, the atmosphere, the earth's resources and this was a Thanksgiving Holiday getaway for them..... George Martin was touched on just how beautiful the lyrics were to Gerry's song Sarah... also on this tape I got to see Gerry Gerry Gerry ~~ singing "Seargeant Darkness" and WOW ~~~ ooohh boy Gerry I just love your voice on this great song and getting to see you sing it on this was sooooo NICE for sure. Dan sings "Don't You Cry" & Dewey sings "Are You There" By the looks of this tape You Guys really had a Great time making this Album. I have also seen clips from shows that they were on, like American Bandstand, Solid Gold, Jay Leno and the weekly countdown shows, and everytime the different hosts announces them as one of the Best Soft Rock Music Groups in History, and that they have this unique accoustic sound all of their own. I know one thing they were definitely BIG with me in the 70's ~~~ Soooo many of my memories of then have songs of theirs to go with them, like I said in my Bio ~~ their music has been there for me over the last 31 years and I Love It! :) I also heard an intro for their "Silent Letter" album and this said that Silent Letter was carrying them into a brand new decade of success with the sound known everywhere as "AMERICA". And I got to see Gerry sing "All Around" ~~~ One great song for sure! ~~~ Hmmmmm ~~ Here it is the 90's and with the release of HH and it's Magical outturn and my soooon to arrive Grand Cayman Live CD (YES YES YES!!!!! Thank You Steve for the post saying that it will be on it's way sooon ~~~ Oooooh how I am hoping to get an autographed one! ) back to finishing my sentence now ~~~ with both of these great releases I would say that "AMERICA" are still HUGE! :)
Hi Johnny ~~~ Yes you peeked my curiousity about this group Captain, I watched this Harbor Promo carefully tonight(yes I am up late tonight)and no names are mentioned on this promo, I did take notice that the songs they did show, I saw David Dickey playing on them, and George Martin played piano on one of them too. I did see these men that are on the poster on this also. Soooo I got out my Harbor and Hideaway albums and started looking them over closely I noticed that these same names appear on each of them, Larry Penny, Scott Harder, Jim Hoskins, Doug Kenny & Ken Warrick ~~~ soooo now just to figure out which 3 of these are the members!!!! Do you know which 3 they are????? I too checked out Kim's neat pics of the Dallas show, and I believe Kim you were at the Austin Show that David Dickey was at also on Mother's Day ~~ RIGHT???? I only wished I had known all of this back in the spring at Live Chat the night that David Dickey's wife came to there. I now would know what questions I would want to ask her..... I must admit I always only paid attention to Gerry, Dewey, & Dan !
Hi Speech ~~~ I sure loved the words you used to describe Timothy B Schmit's voice ~~ I fully agree with you ~~ WOW ~~ I do love his Voice and his way with Lyrics ~~ Timothy Timothy Timothy ~~ I just had to say that ~~ Nice! Regarding the Christmas collection that you got to hear Gerry & Dewey sing Hark the Herald Angels on, I have that on my playlist of many songs and I love how they sing it. I also got to see a clip of them on a Solid Gold Christmas countdown and they sang 2 of my favorites for sure "God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen" & "Do You Hear What I Hear" ~~ I loved hearing them sing these and They both were looking pretty darn good! I agree with you about Dan F too, and I sure would love to see Gerry\Timothy\& Dan do a song together ~~ Now that would be a MELT ME SONG of all songs!
Welcome Frankie ~~ I hope you are able to get HH soon ~~ You will love it!
Hi there Duffy ~~ we haven't heard from you for awhile!
Well, I know I have turned this into a Book ~~ thanks for reading it, these past 2 days were hard to say the least, with going to my 29 yr old cousin's viewing and funeral mass. I relived sooooo many memories of watching him grow into a fine young man, and I am very thankful to for the nice talk we shared this summer at our family reunion ~~it ended with a great biggggg huggggg and that huggggg will last me a lifetime for sure :) Hmmmmm ~~ Gen you asked me to sing "Hope" for you, that I will do to end this, but first I must sing this line from Sergeant Darkness ~~~~ For You Pauly ~~~~~ Thank the morning for bringing you, hope you never turn your head and run, and thank the sun for shining too, hope the darkness never comes again, what it does to meeee, isn't good to see ~~~~~ One thing is for sure He Lived His Life to the Fullest in this short time..... :)
Good Night Everyone ~~ hmmm it is daytime for you Gen! Nancy :)
~~~~ When the night turns to the deepest shade of black, At that point there is no reason to turn back, high above Angels are falling from the sky ~~~ Lift your heart knowing it's gonna be alright, it's gonna turn out fine ~~~You gotta HOPE it'll be alright, come on and HOPE it'll turn out FINE ~~~ Yeah HOPE it'll be alright ~~ PLEASE! :)
Hmmmm ~~~ Right now Timothy B is singing his ooooh sooo nice song "The Shadow" in my headphones ~~~~ I've been sooooo broken hearted, you've been soo far away ~~~~~~ We need to feed the fire, gotta stir the wind, I will never tire, and I won't give in there's a shadowwww outside my windowwwww, I'm just trying to be True and I Can't Stop Thinking of Youuuuuu ~~~ Sometimes I dream in colors, it always happens when I find myself with others, who don't pretend, I see you in the ocean, I hear you on the phone, I feel your touch and wonder why I'm alone....... OOOH Timothy such a beautiful song for sure :) :) :) Okay to my Big soft Pillow I head to my Colored Dreams ;)
Mo, I'm no expert but I'll give you my opinions.
First of all, the "hook" of a song is the part that kind of grabs you and makes the song special in some sort of way. For example, the familiar riff that we associate with "Ventura Highway" (which Janet Jackson used in her recent hit song, "Someone To Call My Lover") is the "hook" of that song. Even though the song was written by Dewey, the riff/hook was written by Gerry and/or Dan. Perhaps others can define it a little better than that.
Regarding the bio on the Carols By Candlelight web site, my guess is that it was written by a member of the Carols staff using information that he/she had gathered from other sources and perhaps by talking to the band or its agency. But I really don't know for sure.
I was reading the America bio that is available via link on the Carols by Candlelight TV schedule webpage. Here's part of it:
<<Yet there was always more to America than the hits indicated. In many ways the band was rooted in the melodic pop rock of the British Invasion, most particularly in Gerry Beckley's hook-laden songwriting. This connection was made explicit when legendary Beatles producer George Martin came on board to help refine their sound.>>
Question: What is hook-laden? I've read several references to Gerry's music having a hook. What does that mean?
Also, after receiving an early Christmas present from my hub--the Harbor poster (nice guy that hub...either that or he has ulterior motives!)--I am struck by how hugely popular America was in 1976. This thought is reinforced by this quote from the "Carols" bio: <<The singer/songwriter/guitarists found success young, even by the standards of rock artists of the early '70s. They literally learned on the job and grew up amid the madness that is the music business. Earning a #1 record and a Grammy for Best New Artist while barely in your twenties has its perils, and the pressures of the pop star lifestyle affected each of them. Personal hassles and a rigorous touring/recording schedule caught up with the band in the middle of the decade.>>
My statement regarding this would be that I wish I was paying attention in 1976 or even earlier. I just wasn't aware of the guys until later. So, I can't personally judge just how huge they were.
My question regarding this whole bio is, who wrote it? It's somewhat different and more detailed than the usual bio that venues provide on their websites.
I'm a bit disappointed that no one knows anything about the band "Captain" who toured with America during the mid-70s. The members must have been "important enough" to the former trio since members of "Captain" are pictured on the "Hideaway" LP sleeve and on the "Harbor" poster. I seem to recall that one of the guys was introduced to the audience as "Raccoon" or some other animal name. I'm pretty sure he's the guy wearing the Grateful Dead t-shirt on the poster. One of the other band members is the guy wearing the cowboy hat on the "Hideaway" sleeve. Anyone know their real names?
I'd love to spend a weekend visiting with David Dickey. He lives only about 2 hours' drive away. I enjoyed Kim's photos of the Dallas State Fair concert that had a few photos of Dickey onstage with the guys.
I have three various artists CDs, only of which contains an America song. It's the various artists Christmas CD you spoke of, with "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" on it. Generally speaking, I avoid various artist compilations. I have made exceptions so as to get clean versions of "Tighter and Tighter" by the one-shot-group Alive-and-Kicking (Alive-n-Kickin'?) because it was, essentially, a Tommy James record, to obtain "Rainy Night in Georgia," by Brook Benton, which for my money is the most soulful "Top 40" r&b ballad vocal ever waxed and a couple of others. Generally speaking, I think various artists compilations need a shot of imagination. For example, anyone ever think of including "The Wind" by Circus Maximus (Jerry Jeff Walker's first group, believe it or not) alongside some of those late-60s-early-70s staples?
At Wallmart today I found yet another new various artist cd titled "The Greatest Hits of the 70's" The first track listed on the cover is Horse! I wonder how many various artist cds are out now that have Horse or another America Hit? Open question, How may various artist cd doy you have with at least one America song?
Wallmart was puting "20 Christmas Stars II" on the shelfs today that has America doing "Hark the Harold Angel Sings" (Red cover with white tree)
I just got off the phone with Scott at MelodyBlvd and he received the autographed CD's today and he is boxing them up and shipping them out just as fast as he can. He said that he has about 30 e-mail messages asking about the status, but he's going to get them boxed and shipped before he takes the time to answer the messages. So, if you are one of the 30 who sent him a message or you're wondering about the CD's, they are on their way. As soon as Scott finishes with the packaging and mailing, I'm sure he'll get around to answering your messages. Keep your fingers crossed that you're one of the lucky ones to get an autographed copy. Mine are!
That celestial, falsetto voice Timothy B. can muster will always be in demand. As has been observed here on many occasions, Dan Peek's high harmonies could raise goosebumps on those early America records, too. The (very) early Dan Fogelberg could get there, too. The first time I ever heard Fogelberg harmonizing with himself on the song "Stars," I thought it was a female vocalist. Around this period, Fogelberg also lent his ethereal harmony singing to "Time Like a Frieght Train" and other tunes from Eric Anderson's "lost" follow-up LP to his classic "Blue River."
Frankie, I received a message from Trina indicating that you can buy Holiday Harmony via Amazon.co.uk.
I have a 1976 FM broadcast concert of a Dan Fogelberg concert with
Fools Gold backing Dan up. So they backed Dan up alot, as well as
performing there own songs.
Have you all ever noticed how often Timothy B Schmit sings as a background vocalist for other artists? It's rather incredible how often. I was reading the credits on a couple of cassettes and CDs and found Timothy B's name on a Quarterflash song as well as a Tim McGraw song. The guy really gets around! It's quite amazing.
The person listing the LP for sale on eBay has now corrected his description. It was the Eagles' "Greatest Hits" LP with the members listed as "Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley, and Dan Peek". Maybe he reads this folder, huh?
Second that emotion. The Fools Gold LP is one of those (sez me) overlooked country-rock gems from the mid-70s... I particularly like those obscure Fogelberg tunes.
For you Poco fans out there - the group finally has an official website at: www.poconut.com
Check-out the first paragraph under the description section of auction #921095905. Someone's "a little" mixed-up!
Some people are very lucky... As for me I'll be off in 5mn to see Coldplay live at the Zenith in Montpellier tonight. But still trying to keep the faith. Reading the message board on VH.com, I'm not the only one... Nancy, sing 'Hope' for us, please! ... See you all very soon. I'm off... Gen.
Forgive my naivete but what exactly are you selling for $25, a burned copy on DVD? If so, are you paying royalties to America?
Thank you so much, Steve.
"Love, Love The Lady" has been posted and will be available for approximately one week. Click here to listen and/or download the song in MP3 format.
Here's a link to the Carol's By Candlelight TV schedule: http://www.4sd.com/coxkids/candles.php. It also has other information about the concert. Thanks to JimNak for the link.
Sorry Steve I must have missed it when you posted that song, but I'd be sure to have a listen to it, if you posted it again . Thanks.
If any of you would be interested in purchasing this concert on DVD for $25.00, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ya, maybe not the white glove but I can see Dewey doing that moon walk thing across the stage to the strumming of Ventura Highway!
As for "Love,love the lady", I thought Steve Lowry had that song posted on the forum earlier this year. It was another track from the 1976 Cassidy LP "Gettin' it in the streets".
I think I did have it posted earlier but it was in MP3 format and the MP3 files are large so I can only leave them for a week or so. If there is enough interest, I can put the MP3 version back out for another week for everyone to listen to or download. Let me know if anyone is interested.
Funny, Bones. You crack me up.
For some strange reason, I can't see Dewey wearing one white glove, a Sergeant peppers looking top coat, and grabbing his crotch.
Maybe RedOak but not Dewey.
<<I'll bet you did real well at these softball practices, trying to impress this Big Hunk across the street.>>
Unfortunately, Nancy, I'm sure I never impressed this guy. He was older than I was. I'm sure he was looking for someone a little older than me--like someone who had actually started into puberty!! But it was nice to look. It was a major case of hero worship since he was older, popular, and a football star. He may well have set up what my "type" was forever. Long blond hair and Lennonesque glasses. Sound like anybody else you know??? Gerry. Gerry. Gerry. I didn't know about Gerry for at least 3 more years. But, hey, when I did, he was my type, for sure! Jeff, the hubby, was blond way back when I met him. I think we may have a pattern forming here....
Me Again ~~
Hi Moser ~~ thanks for you condolences!
Regarding the song "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" ~~ Wow what a song. I can hear it playing in my head now, the lyrics are kinda sketchy there, but it was always a fave of mine.. I find myself turning up the radio when I hear it on the lunchtime back to the 7-'s show. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. I'll bet you did real well at these softball practices, trying to impress this Big Hunk across the street. Thanks for the Smile! :) Your combination of Dewey, Eric Clapton & Bonnie Raitt is a WOW for sure..... what a great blended sound that would be. Have fun making up that mp3 list!
See ya, Nancy :) Have you by chance heard John Mayer's new song on the radio, his lyrics on this are too much for sure~~ This guy kills me! :)
~~~~ One thing I've left to do, discover me, discovering you, one mile to every inch of your skin like porcelein, one pair of candy lips , & your bubble gum tongue, cause if you want love, we'll make it, swim in a deep sea of blankets, and take all your big plans and break them, this is bound to be awhile, your body is a wonderland, your body is a wonderland where I'll use my hands...... sing it John Mayer as only you can ~~~~ :) too much I will say this he has some nice accoustic music in his songs ~~ for a young guy!
Dewey Bunnell, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt. I'd pay big money for that combination. Gerry Beckley, James Taylor, and Timothy B. Schmitt would be worthy of a buck or two too. While I was holding auditions for these positions on my mp3 player, I came across an oldy but goodie. Does anybody remember Elvin Bishop? Huge radio hit from around '76 or so called "Fooled Around and Fell in Love." I remember playing softball for the Arco Crickets on a field across the street from where the high school's biggest hunk lived. He would put his speakers in his window and blast the stereo all day long. It was great to have the radio to listen to during practice. I remember this song from that summer. (The guy was easy on the eyes too.) What a great place for a practice field!!! Great view.
Nancy, I am very sorry to hear about your cousin. My condolences to you and your family. That's so hard to understand and deal with. Our prayers will be with you.
HI ALL JUST JOINED UP MY NAME IS FRANK I LIVE IN SCOTLAND HAVING REAL DIFFICULTY IN BUYING HOLIDAY HARMONY HERE IN THE UK
One of the best pure singers of his time, Andy was pure velvet sounding on his records. Being from Wall Lake, IOWA he was a sure thing to be a star!!!!!!!!!!! From his early days as TV host of a variety show that introduced the Osmond Brothers to America's audience, to his later years of smooth sounds from Branson, Missouri, Andy will always be one of IOWA'S BEST. All the great ones come from IOWA.
In the early 90s, Williams became the first non-country entertainer to build his own theatre along Highway 76's music-theatre-strip in Branson, Missouri. The $8 million 2,000-seater Andy Williams Moon River Theatre is part of a complex that includes a 250-room hotel and restaurant. Williams headlines there himself for nine months each year, and remains one of America's most popular singers, still renowned for his smooth vocal texture and relaxed approach. In 1999, cashing in on the "lounge music" vogue, he released a new compilation and the double a-sided single, "Music To Watch Girls By"/"Can't Take My Eyes Off You". Both tracks were featured in UK television commercials.
I tasted your sweet lips, thrilled to my fingertips
Lips of wine, warm with fire, you are my one desire
Lips of wine, and they are mine
While tropic breezes play, while palm trees gently sway
Lips of wine, come to me, whisper low so tenderly
Lips of wine, and they are mine
AMERICA in IOWA in 6 days. Don't miss it!!!!!!!!!!!!1
<< Hmmmm let me see now, aren't you the same Alan that attended the AMERICA concert with your whole family and you guys all sing along and even have the 1 2 3 4 down on the start of Sister Golden Hair ???? :) >>
Yep, that would be me! Glad to see I haven't been forgotten in my months (seems like years!) away from the Chat Folder.
I have struck a deal w/ my wife. When I mentioned to her about the 2 new America CDs, she mentioned that the new Robert Jordan book is out (she and most of my kids are avid readers, especially of the sci-fi/fantasy genre). Basically, I can order Holiday Harmony if she can get the new Robert Jordan book. It was also hinted that it was a strong possibility that Santa might bring me the other CD. Now, that's a deal I can live with! Only problem is -it's a win-win for her since she will be enjoying both! In any case, from everything I've read, sounds like I am in for quite a treat!
I think a fans get-together would be a lot of fun, and I know in the past there have been fan gatherings at the Las Vegas shows. Unfortunately, I don't think my financial situation or my job would permit me to go all the way out there. Something in New England would work for me - Mohegan Sun is a fun place to see them and we almost had a fan gathering there last year even though the show was cancelled due to Gerry's kidney stones (glad you had a speedy recovery, Gerry), where I met Pat B, Terry T & Nina (for the second time). It was a lot of fun meeting w/ fellow fans and kinda made up for the 5-hour drive for nothing. it would be really great if one of their shows a year could be an "official" fan gathering where fans could hang out w/ the band members after the show, get all the pics and autographs they wanted (probably the fear of Johnny showing up w/ his truckload of America memoribilia to sign stops them from doing that! LOL! - sorry Johnny, couldn't resist).
Thanks for all the great reviews. I am going to order it (and my wife's book) right now! I also recommend Dan Fogelberg's The First Christmas Morning for a very traditional Christmas album. A lot of the older stuff is less-known but very pretty. Even the new songs that he wrote for it have a more traditional than contemporary feel to them. I love it (as I'm sure I'm going to love HH).
Hi Everyone ~~
Hey Johnny good question, I thought it would be a piece of cake picking out someone, my first thought for this came rather quickly I thought about Steve Perry & Dewey, I am trying to think of who else to join them Hmmmm ~~ Maybe Daryl Hall ~~~ He keeps coming into my mind, I wonder what that would sound like! Hey SteveO with you mentioning Michael McDonald, I think he and Dewey would sound well together and then add Glenn Frye. ~~~~ It would be neat to hear Gerry/Timothy B Schmit& Dan Fogelberg together..... or Dewey/Dan F & James Taylor ~~~ I know I am getting carried away again...
Hey Gen ~~ This is too much Andy Williams being mentioned here on the AMERICA chat folder..... He is an older singer and let's say his style of songs were more of the orchestrated sound (kinda like elevator music) Donny Osmond and his brother's and sister got their big start on the Andy Williams show. I can picture Andy singing Gerry's song "I Need You" nicely tho. Hmmm I am wondering did AMERICA ever perform on the Andy Williams Show? Have you ever heard of the Righteous Brother's??? Their sound is similar to that of Andy William's ~~ "Since I Fell For You" is playing in my headphones rith this moment, and it sure could pass for Andy Williams ~~ Too Much LOL! I can remember riding around with my best friend and her older sister on Sat. & Sun. afternoons and the Righteous Bothers tape would play nonstop..... it was alot of fun for sure! Has anyone hear heard any of Eva Cassidy's songs????? She did alot of other artist songs, but she sure added a magical touch of her own on these. She had a short lived career, she died of Breast Cancer in her early 30's. If you do get the chance to check any of her songs out do it! I love how she sings my favorite song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
It was such a nice day here in PA yesterday, little did I know the sadness that would come with this day ~~~ One of my cousins that I babysat all the time when he was younger ( and this is where I would listen to the music of BJ Thomas & The Associations and soo on) was killed doing what he loved doing best, he was riding his motorcycle one last time before the colder weather set in, and had an accident on one of our back country roads here in PA.... Soooo Sad for sure!
Take Care everyone~~ Nancy :) ~~~ Eva sings a nice but hauntingly version of Ain't no Sunshine ~~~ tooo
~~~ Ain't no sunshine when he's gone, it's not warm when he's away. Ain't no sunshine when he's gone and he's always gone to long when he goes away ~~~~~ I wonder this time where he's gone ~~ wonder how long he's gonna stay ~~~~ this house just ain't no home when he goes away ~~~~ Ain't no sunshine ~~~~
David Crosby & Jackson Browne ?
Ian Thomas & James Taylor?
John Oates & Paul Carrack?
or Michael Jackson and Eminem perhaps. ?
Difficult question Johnny. Have to think about that one, but already believe I'd love to hear Dewey's so special voice on a 'heavy' rock-music sound with very clever & poetic lyrics. Well, this is my own fantasy but his voice sounds so great with the electric guitars on Hat Trick... Any artist YOU would think of?
We all know about Gerry's involvement with "Beckley-Lamm-Wilson", right? I think it would be cool to have a whole CD of "Bunnell-Gold-Souther". Those who have "Holiday Harmony" know full well how wonderful a Bunnell-Gold pairing is with the result being "Christmas In California".
So, just for fun, which two artists would you pair Dewey with as a side project (other than, of course, Gerry and Dan, again)?
Genevieve,there is no doubt that its to the fans benefit to have the guys remain so active with regards to all the additional recording projects/vocals etc that they have contributed to. My guess is that they just enjoy doing it. If I can "name drop" for a moment,years ago I had the chance to interview former Doobie Brother Michael MacDonald. There was a time it seemed that everywhere you went,you heard his voice on somebody else's song. He said "I enjoy doing it,and it gives me an insight into other artists music". I'm sure thats how Gerry & Dewey look at it too. As for "Love,love the lady",I thought Steve Lowry had that song posted on the forum earlier this year. It was another track from the 1976 Cassidy LP "Gettin' it in the streets".
Also, wanted to mention this (quite positive) article (in the new French version of Rolling Stone – the mag) about TRUST, LOW’s last opus released this year on which Gerry did background vocals and which is now arriving in Europe. Whereas the band’s style is defined as post-punk minimalism and <<crepuscular folk>> (- ANY ONE can tell me what THAT MEANS ???-) the journalist describes the new album as an artistic ‘mutation’, as putting a new light on their work and changing our perception of the band’s trajectory. All this to say that if Gerry & Dewey have been prolific with regards to vocals on additional projects as you said Steve O, articles like this one prove they make the right choices... BFN - Gen.
Thanks Steve O for all the info and thank you Jimnak for the link. Had missed it (it was probably added fairly recently?). Could find the answers to my questions and... now know where some fans found their info =:-). I still wonder who that guy A Williams is exactly though. And Steve, 'Living a Lie' is still in the sounclips section but I couldn't find any mention of 'Love,love the lady'. I'll try again to see what I can do about that one... Thanks anyway. Gen.
Take a look at the Link in Steve Lowry's "Links" section. From the AllMusic guide (amg) they have an attempt that showing all works that GERRY has done, sort of a musical resume. Not totally complete, but as complete as anything I have ever seen. GERRY is a working musician for sure. We hope he never stops the music.
Gerry has been very prolific with regards to vocals on additional projects. While there are too many to go into here,I can answer some of your questions. Gerry did co-write "Take this heart" with David Cassidy. That came from the "Home" LP of Cassidy's. Also of note is a song called "Cruise to Harlem" Written by Gerry,Cassidy and Beach boys founder Brian Wilson(and sung by them all)from the 1979 LP "Gettin' it in the street". It was never released as a single,and the LP has remained unavailable to American consumers. Gerry did vocals on songs like "Living a lie" and "Love,love the lady"--those are pretty much considered duets with David Cassidy. Most of the Cassidy material is out of print,but some of these songs can be obtained on the Collection called "When I'm a rock 'n'roll star: The David Cassidy Collection". Its not a "true" collection,in that it doesn't contain any of his radio hits,but its a keeper for the obscure stuff thats been mentioned and certainly a must for any diehard America fans. Dewey also sings background vocals on a few songs too. Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to obtain "Love,love the lady" and "Living a lie" and I believe they are listed here in the archives somewhere.
I have also been in contact with a few French fans of America and have done a (very) little bit of chatting. Have learnt a few things and have some questions I wanted to post.
First, I was made aware of the fact that 'The Definitive America' cd is apparently having more success in France than I thought, especially on RTL radio. Actually they have a series of 'top 50' lists for bands, albums and tracks corresponding to their listeners' requests. I was sent these links that tend to prove that America is still having some radio success here too. According to the radio web pages, the band is #27 in the list and the cd mentioned is #22. Isn’t it good news ? J
Besides, some fans had a chat concerning Gerry’s contribution to other artists’ works. Of course D Cassidy’s name was mentioned. I remember Steve added this ‘Living a Lie’ file to the soundclip section of the Fans web site, but as other songs like ‘Gettin’ it in the Street’ & ‘Cruise to Harlem’ or ‘Take this heart’were also mentioned, I was wondering if anyone could post some info about those tracks, or just confirm Gerry did co-write them. Someone also refered to the Simpsons (the Yellow Album). What was Gerry’s contribution to that one ? Maybe someone could share some real audio extracts of these with us, too ?
Anne from Paris wrote me to say she accidentally found some Andy Williams’ cover of ‘I Need you’. This version was released in Feb 2002 on his ‘Alone Again’ cd. But to tell you the truth, I know nothing about A . Williams. Any info/context would be welcome. Thanks a lot for your help. – Gen.
Hi there everyone !
Sorry Nancy & Jim about my (relative) silence. Haven't been able to post very often lately for various reasons, but wanted to take some time to do it at last...
Think during the past weeks I've been rather lucky concerning the musical 'rencontres' (+/- encounters) I had. A lot of good music coming out these days, this including HH as well as a series of very good new CDs !!! And as nostalgia is a feeling so unfamiliar to me, I'm really happy Dewey & Gerry are giving us a new opportunity to just stop 'revising our classics' with the release of this live Cayman CD -LOL.
Also had a listen to mB's sounclips on his web site and WOW, they're EXCELLENT songs & 'Looking at You' or ' If Only I' sound much better than many of the tracks inundating the pop-rock scene nowadays !!! Bravo Matt !
Feel axeactly the same, Rob. Just got HH this week and have listened to it a dozen times or so. I love the fusion of the tradional with the old America riffs and melodies. Very cool. Very smart.
Even after numerous plays I have to say that "Holiday Harmony" is a great album. I know that we say that about most of what the band does, but I just think this one is extra special. Andrew Gold is masterful in the way he brings the best out of the guys. And Dewey's compositions, I think, really show his love for the project. I will never be able to hear "White Christmas" any other way now. And as for a real spiritual Christmas hymn, the "First Noel" is just perfect. It closes the album in such a special way. This album is a "must get" for anyone who has not gotten it yet.
Jas ~ This is regarding the band that toured with Fogelberg...Fools Gold. There's a copy of their first album currently available on eBay. The seller's from Birmingham, West Midland and it has a "Buy It Now" price. It's item #920353409. You may wish to check it out. I recommend it and I'm sure Speech would too.
Nancy ~ You're right that I didn't give the answer to the triv question regarding the name of the band that toured with America during a portion of the 70s. The band's name was "Captain". You can see a portion of the band's name in the "Highway" booklet by going to the page directly opposite of where "Disc Three" fits. That's a concert announcement that's positioned crossways that has a drawing of Dan's, Gerry's, and Dewey's head. The announcement reads, "ASUNM PEC and KRKE PRESENTS AMERICA and CAPTAIN". Only the last 5 letters of "CAPTAIN" are visible.
HI Everyone ~~ A Beautiful Late Autumn Day here in PA :)
A Hi right back at You Alan ~~ Nice to hear from you, of course we remember who you are. Hmmmm let me see now, aren't you the same Alan that attended the AMERICA concert with your whole family and you guys all sing along and even have the 1 2 3 4 down on the start of Sister Golden Hair ???? :)
You had mentioned you were looking to see some reviews about the Holiday Harmony & Grand Cayman CD's ~~~ Well I absolutely love my HH cd, it is sooo neat, these just aren't your usual Holiday favorites done here ~~ Gerry & Dewey & Andrew Gold have managed to capture that Unique AMERICA Magic sound in these, soooo nice for sure, and just wait till you get to hear the 3 brand new songs on this CD they are AWESOME ~~~ soooo Hurry Up and order yours, it will surely add a Special touch to your Holiday Season..... I still am listening too mine, it doesn't have to be Christmas for me to enjoy this great CD! ~~~~~ Now as for the Grand Cayman CD I am anxiously awaiting for this to arrive ~~~ Mr Mailman should be bringing this to me soooon! I am sooo hoping to get one of the autographed CD's toooo! Sooo take care Alan, nice hearing from you! :) Ooooh yes one more thing Alan ~~ What would you think about all of us America fans getting together for a Show? The Vegas shows were mentioned as a possibility for this.... Let us know your thoughts on this.
Hi Steve O ~~~~ Wow did I really read that right $150. & $250. for an album ???? That is unreal!
Hey DanC ~~~ Hmmm just wondering here if you are playing your music on your brand new system...... Only one more week and You will get to see James Taylor ~~ that should be one great show for sure! :
Hi Gen :) Hey there Jimmmmmmm (bob) & Johnny I don't believe you ever mentioned the answer to your trivia question about the name of the Group that were extras at one time or another on the America albums .... that was mentioned in the Highway book!
Have a great weekend all ~~~ Nancy :)
Gerry is singing ~~ Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas to me here now..... what a great song ~~~ WOW! ~~~~~ Here we are as in golden days, happy olden days or yours, faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more, through the years we will all be together if the fates allow, hang a shining star above the highest bough and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Nooooooow ~~~~ I just had to sing it..... :)
Thanks for the info re Jack Tempchin. I was aware of his involvement with Glen Frey after the EAGLES split. Thanks anyway.
Steve, Thanks also. I do actually own the LONGBRANCH PENNYWHISTLE LP which I bid for on E-bay earlier this year. It cost me around $70.00 then I has to have it shipped to the UK of course. I think it's a great album which surprised me as I was expecting a bit of a dud seeing that its never been re-released or put on CD. $70.00 to $150 is not bad mind, but I'm still not telling the wife!
I'm still on the look out for the SHILOH lp but will not be spending $250.00. I'll let you know if I get lucky.
I have used GEMM before and that's where i've bought some of the AMERICA picture singles I send to Steve for posting on this site.
Another good site is NETSOUNDS which is Europe based which is where most of the picture singles can be found.
In the UK we have a book called RECORD COLLECTOR which values second hand LPs and 45s but only for UK releases. Do you know if the US has a similar publication?
I did a bit of investigative work and found that those records are available but for a steep price. Have you ever tried a website called
Gemm.com? I just saw the Longbranch/Pennywhistle LP listed,but for $150 in near Mint condition. It was in stock as of November 7th. The Shiloh title was also available,but its listed at $250! You truly have to be a diehard to want to part with that kind of Cash for 1 record! I also visited a website that showed the cover art and track listing for the Longbranch/Pennywhistle LP,but its just not showing up anywhere else. I will say this: If anybody does have that Vinyl,I would be happy to transfer it to CD.
I have been very busy lately and have been away from the Chat Folder for several months. I just checked in to see if there was any America-related news that I should know (I was looking specifically for some reviews/opinions on Holiday Harmony & The Grand Cayman Islands Concert CD) when I found this thread on the Eagles/Jack Tempchin. I haven't even had time for lurking lately, so this may have already been mentioned in the posts from several weeks ago that you mention. If so, I apologize for being redundant.
You mention that Jack was a friend of Glen's in the early days. I believe they must have remained friends all along, because he and Glen co-wrote "The Girl From Yesterday" from the 1994 "Hell Freezes Over". I also have a couple of Glen's solo albums (which were all post-Eagles) and I remember seeing his name on at least a few songs as a writer or co-writer (can't recall which songs at this time - I don't listen to them often).
Just wanted to make that point. Again, if this was already discussed in earlier posts, I apologize. I have missed so many lately, I can't even think about going back and catching up.
Hopefully I will be ordering the 2 new America CDs in the near future and am looking forward to hearing them!
p.s. Hello to anybody out there who might remember me!
I asked a few weeks ago whether anyone owned either of the pre-EAGLES lps LONGBRANCH PENNYWHISTLE (Frey) or SHILOH (Henley). I see there's been no affirmatives which makes me think, given that we all seem to love the acoustic rock sound on this site, that these LPS are in fact as rare as E-bay would have me think.
Just to re-cap on previous posts from a few weeks ago. Following our discussions re The Eagles and related musicians/bands I managed to pick up a copy of Jack Tempchin's self titled LP. (Jack wrote Peaceful Easy Feeling and Already Gone for the EAGLES).
This LP realeased on the Arista label in 1978 is actually quite good with Jack sounding quite similar to Glen Frey in places. The Album contains his own version of Peaceful Easy Feeling which is actually a revelation. I had expected a note for note copy but this is really slowed down and reminds me of the Eagles "Desperado". Also on the album are the usual suspects, Frey, JD Souther and Jackson Browne although with the absence of the inner sheet I can't tell you what they contribute as the rear cover only acknowledges their record companies.
Pleased with this new purchase I did some digging. Although this is Jack's self titled album I concluded that it couldn't be his 1st lp, especially if he was writing such great songs back in 1972.
I checked out the All Music Guide but they say nothing except list his album entries which has his 1978 album as his first. I did however, find that he was a member of a band called THE FUNKY KINGS who released one LP in 1976.
Guess what, I managed to find and buy this too (thank you NETSOUNDS). Again this is a reasonable album that fits well in to the acoustic-rock / country-rock mould of that era.
The FUNKY KINGS feature the following people all of which I've never heard of: Frank Cotinola, Richard Stekol, Bill Bodine, Jules Shear, Greg Leisz & Jack Tempchin. The 3 featured vocalists are Jack, Stekol & Jules Shear.
Beyond this Jack Tempchin seems to be a mystery. I own both books on the EAGLES and having a quick scan of those they say very little other than Jack was a friend of Glen's in the early days.
I does seem strange that he didn't pop up before this though, especially having penned to hit singles.
Let me know if anyone knows any other info.
On Wednesday I phoned Warners in Sydney to find out when HH would be released locally because the October 14 release didn't eventuate. I was told November 15. On Thursday I went to order a copy and found three copies already on the shelves, so I don't know how long it has been available.
It is wonderful. Thanks so much Gerry and Dewey for your contribution to our future Christmases.
Holiday Harmony arrived. New Johnny Clegg cd and new Hugh Masekela cd arrived. Awesome stuff
and then there is work...
Steve you are right on. COX will televise the show only in San Diego where they have their own station. Hey there is still plenty of time to make plans for a Sna Diego visit to see AMERICA !
I heard that Cox cable was involved, so maybe if anyone has Cox then perhaps they can peek at their TV guide. Picture this:
GERRY & DEWEY singing WINTER HOLIDAYS, CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA, oh we will have to wait to find out what they sing. You can bet it will be quite nice. HOLIDAY HARMONY !
Me Again ~~
Yes I had noticed it would be aired on this Channel 4 in San Diego, I guess I worded it wrong, I was wondering what major network this channel was affiliated with and if it would be on this network. Hmmmm I guess if this is just a Local Organization that this concert is for, there would be no reason for it to be aired nationaly.... Sooo I guess I kinda answered myself again..... Don't mind me this hasn't been a good week for me, I've got this Nasty cold and I just can't seem to shake it! Sooooo Yes Yes Yes if there is any Fans out there in San Diego reading this ~~~ Would You do Us a great big Favor and get a copy of this! Thanks soo much!
Have a great weekend all! Nancy :)
Nancy, according to the Yahoo article the show will premiere exclusively on Channel 4 in San Diego at 5 and 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 with replays throughout December. I don't know if it will be shown outside of San Diego. If not, I hope we have some America Fans in the San Diego area who could get a copy for us.
No, I haven't heard it yet. I think that an advance copy is heading my way in which case I'll be sure to post some soundclips for everyone.
Hi Everybody :)
Thanks Steve L & Jimnak ~~ This Carols By Candlelight concert should be Magical for sure. Any word if this be televised? If it will, I sure would like to see it. This should be some great Exposure for Gerry & Dewey, I am wondering if they will sing Christmas In Calif. at this show. How neat it would be if they did sing it there. Sooo thoughtful of Gerry & Dewey to do this Event! I haven't heard anything of Stephen Sills for awhile, would be neat to hear him too.
Hi Robyn ~~ Live Chat was great on Wed. night ~~ It was a lot of FUN! Nice seeing everybody there! Glad you had the week off from moving those volumns and volumns of Books. :)
Hi mB ~~ I checked out the pics on your site, nice pics, now this has me anxious to see the Video, Thanks for sharing this with us. I agree with you about Matthew Sweet's songs on "Girlfriend" ~~ some nice songs there.
Hi KevinS ~~ Thanks soo much for telling us about Matthew Sweet's songs ~~~~ I am finding that my favorite off of the "Girlfriend" album is "Your Sweet Voice" it has me listening over & over again. I like his nice accoustics and lyrics in this. ~~~~~~~ Speak to me with your sweet voice and take me through another night, Speak to me with your soft voice, and I will surely be alright, If I can close my eyes without a fear, Speak to me with your sweeeeeet voice againnnn ~~~~~ Hold me in your warm handsssss, and I could sleep with you tonight, hold me in your warm hands, so I could sleeeeeep with you tonight, all my earthly cares might fade away, hold me in your warm hands, I pray, it's as close as I get to Love, as close as I get to Love, ~~~ Speak to me with your sweet voice againnnnnn ~~~ WOW!!!!! :) Nice song for sure! It kinda has that blended accoustic sound to it.
Hmmm I recieved an email from Melodyblvd. and it said that as soon as they recieve the autographed CD's back from Gerry & Dewey they will be shipping them out ~~~~ Yes Yes Yes ~~~~~ I sure hope I am Lucky enough to get one of the Autographed one's for sure..... Hurry Hurry Mr. Mailman ~~~ I want you to come my way soooooon! :)
Enjoy the rest of the day all ~~~ Nancy :)
~~~~ Ooooooo Oooooooo Ooooooo will she come to me, to keep me company, won't know till The Sun Comes Up Again ~~~ Gotta take the good with the bad, sometimes I wish I never had my say, always goes that way, or is it just the way I feel today, Voices acrosss the way Ooooooooooo Ooooooooo Ooooooooooo ~~~ will she come to me to keep me company, won't know till the sun comes up again, won't know till the sun comes up again ~~~~~~ Sing It Gerry ~~ Oooh How I love this song! :)
Steve, I was wondering if you've heard the new live cd yet? Do you have any clips??? Hope it ships soon! regards, Gerry (Not that Gerry)
An article about the Carols By Candlelight concert has been posted on the Yahoo Business section. Click here to read the article. Thanks to JimNak for making me aware of it.
Thanks to the many people who joined the VERY FULL chat last night! It was a lot of fun to talk to you all.
Check out the pictures Matt posted on his site too. Just waiting impatiently for the video now Matt!
Johnny: If you buy only one Matthew Sweet CD, it has to be "Girlfriend." It's a classic. You will not be disappointed. And if you are, I'll cheerfully refund your money, up to $1.
You'd have to be a real fan to enjoy his latest one, "To Understand" because it's a collection of his work in his formative years, before he found his sound and before his songwriter was as well honed.
After "Girlfriend" I'd suggest "Altered Beast (which was the one right after "Girlfriend" and features the song "Someone To Pull The Trigger" wich is one of the most moving songs I've ever heard) and then "In Reverse," which came out a couple of years ago. "In Reverse" has a real 70s music sound to it. Really cool.
Thanks for the tip, Robyn. I listened to the 3 songs that Matt has posted and they're great! Here's a direct link to Matt's audio page for the convenience of anyone else who wants to listen to them (and I think everyone will want to).
Erin Edwards has confirmed America's participation in the Carols By Candlelight concert. See http://www.holidayconcert.com/ for more details. The information that I have is a little sketchy but it appears that it will be just Gerry and Dewey performing and I think it will be broadcast on TV. I'll be sure to post it here as I get more information.
Red ~ If you're not really John Bobbitt perhaps you're really Dallas Cowboy Reggie White??? Just kiddin'.
Vic ~ I enjoyed your Phoenix review! Regarding your comment about Mike Nesmith's ski cap (if it was you who mentioned it), I guess OJ thought..."If it worked for Nesmith, it'll probably work for me, too!)
mB ~ Thanks for the Matthew Sweet input.
remember the man who cried wolf!
"girlfriend" is one of my all time fave records
Kevin ~ Which ONE Matthew Sweet CD would you most highly recommend? If "To Understand," which other previous to it?
Hi Everybody :)
Here are a couple PA Radio Stations that I've come up with for our PHOR Request List:
Wink104 Harrisburg, PA www.WINK104.com 1-800-9465-104
All 3 DJ's would be good to contact : Susan Campbell, Denny Logan or John Wilsbach
WKYE ~~ Key 95.5FM ~~ Johnstown, PA 1-800-733-9593
Jack Michaels or Brian Wolfe They have an email addr. but not available at this time, I guess they are working on the site. I will update this later. (This is the channel I listen to and call into all the time..... :)
WISH 99.7 FM ~~ Pittsburgh, PA hmmm couldn't find a toll free tele#
but this station is available on the Internet
Sherri White email@example.com
WRRK97FM ~~ Pittsburgh, PA again no toll free phone number
Rose@warroom.com or Quinn@warroom.com
This is all for now, I will find some more that I think will be good for our requests....
Hi Hooooo Red e oooooooooo :) ~~ Like LisaRose ~~ I too wasn't sure at first if the EARTHQUAKE was for real or not..... I liked your fishing scenerio..... I heard a similar version at a Credit Union seminar my husband & I attended last May ~~~ this guest speaker was Tom Glatt from Calif.... and he sure did have a fun way of keeping our attention, along with his presentation he had "Boudrow" jokes mixed in, We sure did lots of Laughing for sure, and his presentation on Credit Union growth was pretty interesting tooooooooo ~~ Thanks for the SMILE :) and Red ~~ I wouldn't go calling us no-lifers all the time, this could convince us we are ;) see ya tonight at the Live Chat I hope! :)
Hi Robyn ~~~ Yeah ~~ No moving this week, nice that you will make it to the Live Chat, hope to see you there, it should be fun. I did check out Matt's updated site.... I enjoyed his song clips ~~ Sounds to me that he has a special touch in playing music and writing lyrics as well. It was neat getting to talk to him some in the live chat last wed.
Hi there JoeB ~~ Nice idea mentioning Jeff Larson too along with Holiday Harmony !
Hi there Speech ~~~ Nice hearing that Dan F may be working on a brand new album..... He has always had a way of touching my heart with his songs for sure. I really like JD Southers & James Taylor's Her Town Too, OOOOOH yes Red I wanted to mention your quite impressive list of the songs he wrote tooo ~~~ You sure are full of lots of neat info and some really nice song lyrics too ~~~~ Thanks to both of you for this neat info. I wanted to add that what a great song Seven Bridges Road is toooo :) Thanks SteveL for posting the lyrics to Use to be Her Town! Nice :)
Good Question Mo ~~~ I would want to think that Gerry's & Dewey's & Dan's were really supportive of their decision to go into Music..... after all they sure are soooo good at it. How sad that would have been if they didn't go this route!
Hey ther KevinS ~~ Hmmmm I will have to check out this Matthew Sweet ~~ Thanks!
Have a good day all ~~ Nancy :) ( Hi Jimmmmmmmm (bob) ;) )
Matt's song If Only is playing on my Real Player now ~~~ Hmmmm Nice for sure ~~~ I would be willing to be Gerry that Matt sure does bring Lots of Smiles to your face... ~~~~ tell me her name, she could give me a smile, she could play coy, she could play shy, she give me a wink, she could give me the eye, she could follow me home, if only Iiiiii could wake up the nerve, if only Iiii when I talk to her, if only Iiii could swallow my pride ~~ maybe then I'd have her by my sideeeeee ~~~~ WOW Sing it Matt :)
If you havn't already done so, check out Matt's website at www.mattbeckley.com. He has updated and put some new music up that deserves your attention.
Hope to see you all tonite in the chat room. I am NOT moving any libraries this week so I should be able to get in. Hope to see you there.
Wow Red...isn't someone perky this morning. You gave me a heart attack with that Earthquake..I actually believed it for a second and quickly put on the radio in my classroom (was on a prep)....you gave me a good scare!!
No disrespect meant, only slang...............
Four married guys went fishing. After an hour, the following
conversation took place:
First guy: "You have no idea what I had to do to be able to come out
fishing this weekend. I had to promise my wife I
will paint every room in the house next weekend."
Second guy: "That's nothing! I had to promise my wife I'll build her a new
deck for the pool."
Third guy: "Man, you both have it easy! I had to promise my wife that I'll
remodel the kitchen for her."
They continued to fish, until they realized the fourth guy had not said a
word. So they asked him. "You haven't said anything about what you had
to do to be able to come fishing this weekend. What's the deal?"
Fourth guy: "I just set my alarm for 5:30 am. When it went off, I shut off
the clock, gave the wife a nudge and said, "Fishing, or Sex," and she said,
"Wear a sweater."
>>2nite is no-lifer nite in the chat room. Be sure and stop in and say HI. You never know who or what will be there. <<
Gee thanks a lot red! I love you too!
Well, as if there wasn't enough stuff going on in the news,
I heard there was a huge earthquake which hit Mexico.
Something like 9.1 on the Richter scale.
There's been extensive damage, widespread loss of electrical
power, disruption of all services, over 150,000 dead, and
at least a million injured. Millions more are homeless.
The rest of the world has responded immediately. Canada
is sending some of their troops to help prevent looting.
The United Kingdom is forwarding lots of food and money.
Italy has dispatched hundreds of construction workers to
help rebuild and get the lights back on.
President Bush has vowed to send 150,000 replacement
Mexicans . . .
(McDonald's, Wendy's, and Taco Bell have dispatched
their lobbyists to Washington to prevent the President
from doing that. "We'll be ruined! We'll have nothing but
people who speak English working for us!")
2nite is no-lifer nite in the chat room. Be sure and stop in and say HI. You never know who or what will be there.
Just purchased a new CD from Matthew Sweet, "To Understand" a retrospective of his early career before the release of his all-everything record, "Girlfriend" in 1991. It's really interesting to read about his formative years. In particular, as they relate to the present-day America.
Matthew had released two major-label solo albums (on Columbia and A&M) both of which tanked in sales and airplay. Most of his early stuff is laced with synths and drum machines and trickery. His career seemed to have stalled.
With no record contract and nothing on the horizon, he holed up and started writing and cutting demos on his own. Only this time, instead of cutting demos with drum machines, he played the drums himself, even though he's not a drummer. "Really bad drumming" is how he sums it up. Nonetheless, real drumming. He played it for a friend of his, who was blown away, saying, "Man, this sounds like Neil Young." Matthew Sweet wasn't familiar with Neil's music, so his buddy sent him "This Is Nowhere" and "Harvest." And then, it was like a light clicked on. "Suddenly, I went, 'this is it.'"
He told his producer, from now on "we're not using any drum machines, sampling or SMTE time code" Intead of sounds, they got emotions. His career took off from there. "Girlfriend" is widely regarded as a classic.
Lessons learned are like bridged burned. You only get to pass them but once.
<<...and personally went straight down the rock solid (ha) college route to become a pharmacist.>>
a.k.a. a 'license to pill'. :0)
I've been wondering, as I often do.... It's a recurring theme in popular culture that when young people want to do something creative yet risky with their lives like become an actor or a rock 'n roll star their parents are very much against it. Who knows if this is true in real life since I don't know anyone who wanted to try either and personally went straight down the rock solid (ha) college route to become a pharmacist. I say ha because it's only rock solid if you like doing it. And personally speaking, I hated it and have moved on to a totally different, considerably less well paid, and unrelated field. Sorry, I digress. Anyway, my question here is this: Did Gerry and Dewey's parents approve of their wanting to form a band? It seems possible, at least in Gerry's case that his parents would have expected him to become a musician based on his extensive training in playing the piano. Even so, becoming a "professional" musician and starting a band aren't exactly the same thing. So, Steve, if you ever have the chance (and are so inclined) to ask the guys this question, I would be grateful. It keeps me up at night, you know. Just kidding, of course. Any thoughts, chatters?
Hey You People,
Here are the best bets for America 'Holiday' airplay in Chicago:
- Windy 100 - www.windy100.com/contact/email.php
- Lite FM - www.wlit.com/interact/email.php
Go get 'em kids!
P.S. How 'bout those Bears!
P.P.S. "Christmas in California" - soaring
"White Christmas" - simply spectacular
P.P.P.S. Here is the much-anticipated Jeff Larson mention -
This is for Speech or ANYONE ELSE who owns JD Souther's music:
I have only two of the four Souther solo LPs, "You're Only Lonely" and "Home By Dawn". I'd like to know which of the two (if you own them) you think is the better. Also, I'm thinking about purchasing Souther's first two solo LPs. How do they rate against the two LPs I have?
Afterwards, I'll comment on which of the two Souther LPs I think is the better (the two I have).
That would be me, Robyn. then again, nobody ever invited me to try it, either. But I get the sense it got old for Dan Peek. And I get the sense it got old for another Dan whose work I really respect and enjoy, Dan Fogelberg. Not long after he began filling arenas (Innocent Age tour of '81, I think), he began to write and record work that seemed calculated to shrink his audience, and has since articulated a declining interest in writing "pop songs." (Which I understand may be changing again, as he has discussed an impending album release that returns him to his "roots.")
List of JD Souther songs:
• Best Of My Love
• Faithless Love
• Go Ahead And Rain
• Heartache Tonight
• Her Town Too
• I Can Almost See It
• I'll Take Care Of You
• If You Don't Want My Love
• If You Have Crying Eyes
• Last In Love
• Midnight Prowl
• New Kid In Town
• Prisoner In Disguise
• Run Like A Thief
• Simple Man, Simple Dream
• Some People Call It Music
• The Heart Of The Matter
• White Rhythm And Blues
• You Never Cry Like A Lover
• You're Only Lonely
The Eagles can thank old JD for some good ones.
This one is great in concert!
We can beat around the bushes
We can get down to the bone
We can leave it in the parkin' lot
But either way there's gonna be a -
Heartache tonight, a heartache tonight
Oh, I know
There'll be a heartache tonight
A heartache tonight, I know
He also did a bit of acting. I recall being surprised to see him in a movie my dd was watching "My girl 2" Perhaps you are right about the mega stardom thing speech. Some people don't want or need that sort of thing.
Seems a tad simplistic, but, on the other hand, he may have something there. When you think about it, lots of acts tried to ride the country-rock bandwagon (haywagon?) to 70s stardom and ended up in the cut-out racks: Buckacre, Fool's Gold, Goose Creek Symphony, Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Heartwood, McGuffey Lane ... the list goes on and on. Maybe the market was glutted. Or perhaps, as some authors (and some Eagles) have suggested, JD was having more fun being a legendary songwriter for half the day and drinking up the fruits of the LA scene (which his singwriting royalties enabled him to do) than chasing mega-stardom. After all, being a touring, arena-level rock act takes a lot of ambition and energy. Let's see now ... the sleep-late-beach-bars-and-girls path or the airplane-roadfood-hotel-groupie treadmill. Hmmm. If it's not your ambition to become global celebrity, you might be motivated to choose Door Number One.
<<Never could figure out why he [JD Souther] didn't sell more records himself, or with Souther-Hillman-Furay.>>
Speech ~ Possibly (???) this according to critic William Ruhlmann :
"It may be that the only thing that kept Souther from becoming a major star in the 70s was that his friends, the Eagles, beat him to the country-rock style demonstrated on this album ['John David Souther'], which features 'The Fast One' and 'Run Like A Thief,' both recorded by Linda Ronstadt."
Well here's what I have so far. We can make a big impact for AMERICA & HOLIDAY HARMONY ! Dig in team & add to the Master list. thanks !
KFOG 104.5 San Francisco, e-mail: KFOG@KFOG.COM
KIIS Los Angeles (LA), Rick Dees 1-800-520-1027
Arrow 93.1 LA Tommy Edwards, Program Director TEDWARDS@ARROW93.CBS.COM
Clark Macy, Music Director, COMACY@ARROW93.CBS.COM
K-earth 101, LA, www.krth101.com - send a message to them from their site
Hot 92.3 LA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Star 98.7 LA, requests 1-800-STAR-987
Danny Bonaduce (Disc jock) e-mail: email@example.com
I'm ramming Christmas in California down the throats of Hartford DJ's unless you give the word to push something else.... Rhino should give them a push after the success of the Complete Hits CD.
Yep, I was right. The actual title is "Her Town Too" and here's a link to the lyrics and information about the song from James Taylor's web site.
I think it's James Taylor. I'll look it up to make sure.
Who recorded that song. It's on the tip of my mind, but I can't recall who sings it?
Interesting coincidence. "Seven Bridges Road" and "New Kid in Town" are two of my Eagles favorites as well. Considering that J.D. Souther co-wrote "It Used to be Her Town," it appears that he's either got one enduring melancholy streak, or he recognizes a good formula when he hits on one. Maybe a little of both. By the way, "Pretty Goodbyes" is another of my favorite songs of his. Never could figure out why he didn't sell more records himself, or with Souther-Hillman-Furay.
As for being THE music man, I learn every day that just when you think you know a lot, something comes screaming in from left field to show you ya don't.
It seemed plausible to think that that JD Souther HAD covered "Seven Bridges Road," so I figured I'd ask.
I ordered mine right away. Keeping my fingers crossed for a signed copy.
I have some information from Scott Sosebee at MelodyBlvd.com for those of you who pre-ordered the Cayman live CD from that web site. The first 100 CD's are on their way to Gerry and Dewey to be autographed and Scott should have them by the end of the week and then they'll be shipped right out. So you should receive them well before the 18th and you have a chance at getting one that's autographed.
Jim, great idea. I'll get things going with the radio stations here
Red, you're right. I would gladly pay $40 per ticket, again, to hear the short set by AMERICA, but with the added bonus of having my hearing impaired, this would diminishes the value of the experience somewhat, if you know what I mean.
Hi Nancy, you're right, we did have a very memorable evening, however, we were a bit disappointed in only getting an hour from AMERICA. I know it's not their fault though. And yes, you are right. We did not get to hear "Dust In The Wind", "Carry On Wayward Son", or "Point Of No Return". Maybe Kansas' members have already lost some of their hearing. I'm serious, I don't know how they can play, night after night, with the volume as high as it is, without suffering some sort of hearing loss. Cameras were not allowed, but I did get a couple of Arizona sunset, a sort of view from the car window. Not the best quality, but I'll e-mail them to you.
Thanks, Nina. I am very proud of them. They worked hard for it. I can't wait to get the video!!
I knew when I saw your post title on the list that I had probably goofed 'cause you are THE music man. So, oops, sorry, my bad. I confused my two favorite Eagles songs: Seven Bridges Road and New Kid in Town. Seven Bridges Road was written by Steve Young. It was New Kid in Town that J.D. Souther co-wrote with an Eagle or two. Please forgive my ancient memory bank. Curse that "some-timers."
Free Speech - better yet, where is Seven Bridges Road and who wrote it?
There are stars in the southern sky
Southward as you go.
There is moonlight and moss in the trees
Down the Seven Bridges Road.
Now I have loved you like a baby...
Like some lonesome child,
And I have loved you in a tame way,
And I have loved you wild.
Sometimes there's a part of me
Has to turn from here and go...
Running like a child from these warm stars
Down the Seven Bridges Road.
There are stars in the southern sky.
And if ever you decide you should go,
There is a taste of time sweet and honey
Down the Seven Bridges Road.
Did JD Souther do a version of "Seven Bridges Road?" Or is there something else inthat reference.
Just curious. I happen to love the tune, and I've tried to keep up with the versions of it. Obviously there is the Eagles' version, and there is the Ian Matthews version. Who else?
After a 20 hour bus ride, Gerry is in Redding, California today. Click here to see the view from his hotel window.
Moser...I used to coach high school cheering, so I know all about the difficulty of routines, mounts, synchronization, etc. So "congrats" to your daughter and squad on placing second...it's NOT an easy task!
Hi Everyone :)
Hi Vic ~~ Thanks for the Great Review ! I got the chills as I read your posts, it is sooo great to hear that AMERICA was sooo well recieved ~~ (Not surprising tho) ~~ Reading the part where you said about the intro to Sandman ~~ WOW! that brought back memories of last Feb 7th for meeee, It was sooo Awesome ~~ when the crowd there recognized this song tooooo..... The Place was really rockin for sure ~~ and I have to second your "See AMERICA whenever you can" I Love it! ~~~~~ Sooo I am taking by your post that you never actually got to hear Kansas do "Dust in the Wind" ~~ "Carry on Wayward Son" or "Point of no Return" ~~~ Hmmmm ~~ wonder why they weren't singing these earlier ~~ could it have been they were trying to hold the Crowd there for their show longer..... I think they better pay attention more to the way their crowd is getting up and leaving, and turn down the Volumn some.... Hey these songs are good enough on their own, they don't have to think that they need to Jack the Volumn up to hold the People's interest..... Just my opinion here ~~~~ Soo all in all it sounded like a Magical Evening ~~ I am glad you came back down long enough to let us hear all about this ~~ Now you can Float up above the Clouds again & Enjoy this AMERICA High for the rest of the week ~~ Isn't it a Great Feeling! Nice ~~~ Take care Vic :)
Hi there Moser ~~~ Sounds like you had a Fun time at this Cheerleading Competition ~~~ I would be willing to bet you had the Chills there a couple of times ~~ the energy and zeal of these Girls tend to do this to you at times..... Great Job to Your girls and their teams.... It doesn't matter what place they finished in, as far as I see it they are all Winners..... My 10 year old daughter is just getting into the competition stages of her Jazz Dancing and we went to a small competition last spring.... let me tell you the energy was ALIVE in this Auditorium that day, and it was ooooh sooo nice watching all of these girls performing..... WOW! She has more competitions coming up this winter, it should be FUN FUN FUN :)
Hi Steve L & Jimnak ~~~ Great Plan ~~ I Agree, Lets get these Songs playing on the airwaves everywhere! Nice Nice Nice! :)
Enjoy your Monday all ~~ Nancy :)
~~~~~~ Every now and then, trying to pretend, I don't wanna see you, sorry but that ain't true , Baby it's Up to You, what are you gonna dooo, lately it's up to you, who's gonna seee you through....... Every now and then, trying to pretend, I don't wanna see you, sorry but that ain't true , baby it's up to you, what are you gonna doooo, who's gonna help you through ~~~ Great song ~~ Thanks Gerry, Dewey & Dan :)
I can feel ur sorrow, Vic. America doing the short set, and Kansas blowing off the earmuffs will do that to a sane person. Next time see America by themselves to get the long set. That's like a slap in the face 4 America, to have to go on b4 Kansas. What is this world coming to anyway.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
<<"Whose music do you like better?">>
America, of course. :OD
I think Jim has a great idea here. If we can get the radios to play one or more of the Christmas songs from Holiday Harmony then everyone can hear what a great album it is and more people will be inclined to buy the CD.
To summarize what Jim said, between now and Thanksgiving find out the best way to contact your local radio station (preferably by e-mail, a form on a web site, or a toll free phone number) and then send that information to me at AmericaSL@byu.net. I'll incorporate all of the information onto a single page which we can refer to. After Thanksgiving we can then start contacting these radio stations and requesting that they play America's Christmas songs. I don't know if Rhino is going to push any of the songs during the Christmas season, but if they do I'll be sure to let you know so we can make sure we request that song.
Thanks to Jim for spearheading this effort and to all of you (in advance) for the support that you give. Let's help everyone have a Holiday full of Harmony.
Howdy ya'll or as they say where I'm from, "Hey y'ans guys!"
It's been a crazy life lately so I've not written much but I have kept up with reading the posts. Football season has finally ended and yesterday was the big cheerleading hoo-haw at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Over 1,000 cheerleaders from age 8 to 14 competed in three age divisions. It was an all day event. And you thought Kansas was deafening.... Anyway my older daughter's squad took 2nd in their division. They were awesome. Thirty-seven girls all performing in very tight synch, that is tough to do. Did I mention that they were awesome? My younger daughter's squad finished fourth. Not as good as they had hoped but they performed really well too. They dropped one mount, no one got hurt, and missed one musical cue due to crowd noise (good noise--applause) but were very impressive anyway. It was a great time. Now we can get back to the business of life after many hours of practice and games.
So here's my vote:
Eagles or Fleetwood Mac? both
Three Dog Night or Grass Roots? TDN, just bought a CD of them last week
Timothy B Schmit or Randy Meisner? Timothy
Toto or Poco? no opinion
Doobie Brothers or Allman Brothers? Doobies
Dan Fogelberg or Jackson Browne? Jackson Browne
Cher or Shakara (sp?)? who cares
England Dan & John Ford Coley or Air Supply? who cares
Steely Dan or Hall & Oates? Steely Dan, way, Steely Dan
Doors or Jefferson Airplane? Doors
Rod Stewart or Bryan Adams? Rod, can't take Bryan
Rolling Stones or Aerosmith? either
John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen? Mellencamp
Elton John or Billy Joel? Elton
David Cassidy or Rick Springfield? David
REO or Kansas? Kansas
JD Souther or Andrew Gold? JD "Seven Bridges Road" Souther
Michael Jackson or Prince? who cares
The Lovin' Spoonful or The Rascals? no opinion
Beatles or Beach Boys? Beatles
Linda Ronstadt or Stevie Nicks? Linda
Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston? who cares
Journey or Foreigner? Foreigner, way, Foreigner
Don Henley or Glenn Frey? Don
Little River Band or Bread? LRB
Four Tops or Temptations? no opinion
Celine or Barbra? who cares
Supertramp or Styx? Styx
Chicago or Blood Sweat and Tears? BST
The Byrds or CSNY? CSNY way CSNY
Moody Blues or The Who? Moody Blues
Paul McCartney or John Lennon? McCartney
Willie or Ringo? Willie
Thanks for the review, Vic.
The America/Kansas concert in Phoenix, last night, for the most part was sensational. The Celebrity Theatre is the perfect venue for a band such as AMERICA. It is a fairly small, intimate, theatre in the round, seating about 3,000, with a revolving stage. No seat is further than 75 feet from the stage. It was a packed house. I was a little concern, that AMERICA might not be received well, since Kansas had top billing (Kansas with America). I saw lots of Kansas t-shirts, but no AMERICA t-shirt. I later realized that Kansas t-shirts were being sold at the theatre, but not AMERICA t-shirts. Any concerns I might have had, about our guys not being received well, were quickly dispelled, once they took the stage. The Phoenix crowd applauded loud and long after every song and were very vocal. You could tell that the crowd really appreciated this great band's music. Gerry and Dewey had great rapport with the crowd, and had them laughing at their jokes and stories. They briefly mentioned the "Holiday Harmony" CD, but said nothing about the Cayman Island CD. The high point of the concert, for me, was "Sandman". The lead into "Sandman", was not something I was familiar with, however, it was sensational as it built to a point where the crowd recognized that it was "Sandman". At that point nearly everyone in the theatre rose to their feet. It was great to see the crowd respond the way they did. Of the songs in this short set, this is the one that really allows the guys to show what they can do with their guitars. Dewey and Michael, especially, were having a great time. From "Sandman" they went right into "Sister Golden Hair", to end the set. Brad got everyone to join in clapping. The song ended with everyone on their feet, applauding. It was deafening. They took their bows, waved to the crowd and walked off the stage. About a minute later, they were back out to do "Horse". It was a great night for AMERICA and AMERICA fans. My only complaints are, that they only played about an hour, a short set obviously, and cameras were not
allowed. As soon as AMERICA left the stage, the Kansas crew came out and started setting up for the band. At some point, the set up men were playing the different instruments, making sure everything was tuned properly and that everything was in good working order. The DB level was, already, quite extreme. My wife kept saying to me, "they're going to turn the volume down, once they get everything in tune, aren't they?" Well she got her answer once the band took the stage. Red, your warning came back to me, "Don't forget your earplugs for Kansas". I have always been of the opinion, that if it's too loud, then you're too old. I was feeling pretty old as I sat there with my wife. I could tell that she was uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong, Kansas is fine band, one that has endured the test of time, but in a small venue like The Celebrity Theatre, it is my opinion, that the volume that they play at is excessive. The drums and bass over powered the guitars and vocals. Their first song was about 20 minutes long. At the end of the song, people were leaving in droves. I'm sure they were AMERICA fans. We actually stayed for nearly an hour, hoping to hear "Dust In The Wind", "Carry On Wayward Son", or "Point Of No Return" My wife and I may have thought it was too loud, but I will say this for the Kansas fans, loud or not, they were on their feet cheering their band on. All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening for Linda and me. See AMERICA whenever you can.
"You Can Do Magic"
"Don't Cross The River"
"I Need You"
"Only In Your Heart"
"Never Be Lonely"
"Sister Golden Hair"
"A Horse With No Name"
Me Again ~~
Aha Johnny this is a tough one for me but here is my picks ~~~
Whosr music do you like better?
Eagles or Fleetwood Mac? Really a hard one here, I love them both
Three Dog Night or Grass Roots? TDN
Timothy B Schmit or Randy Meisner? Timothy, Timothy, Timothy all the way~~~
Toto or Poco? Toto
Doobie Brothers or Allman Brothers? Doobie Bros.
Dan Fogelberg or Jackson Browne? Another tough one for sure ~~ Both of them!
Cher or Shakara (sp?)? Hmmmm both are kinda unique in their own ways.... I say Cher
England Dan & John Ford Coley or Air Supply? Engl. Dan & John Ford Coley
Steely Dan or Hall & Oates? Hall & Oates
Doors or Jefferson Airplane? Jefferson Airplane
Rod Stewart or Bryan Adams? Hmmmm Both are good here...
Rolling Stones or Aerosmith? Aerosmith
John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen? Hmmm another tossup, I say Bruce
Elton John or Billy Joel? oooh myyyyyyy both the same in my book
David Cassidy or Rick Springfield? Definitely Ricky yes Ricky for sure ~~ sorry David :)
REO or Kansas? REO
JD Souther or Andrew Gold? Hmmmmm Andrew Gold
Michael Jackson or Prince? Michael Jackson
The Lovin' Spoonful or The Rascals? About the same!
Beatles or Beach Boys? Hard one, but I pick the Beach Boys
Linda Ronstadt or Stevie Nicks? Oh definitely Stevie sorry Linda!
Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston? wooooooo this is a tossup ~~~ Whitney
Journey or Foreigner? ooooh noooo tooo hard again I like both!
Don Henley or Glenn Frey? Hmmmmmmmm not fair, both are good ~~ Don is ahead by a slight margin with me tho.....
Little River Band or Bread? Definitely Bread all the way!!!!!! sorry LRB
Four Tops or Temptations? hmmmmmmm Temptations
Celine or Barbra? Johnny you know how much Celine idolizes Barbra, I like both of them, too hard to pick!
Supertramp or Styx? Styx
Chicago or Blood Sweat and Tears? Chicagooooooooo :)
The Byrds or CSNY? CSNY ~~~ just a song before i goooooo!!!!
Moody Blues or The Who? Moody Blues
Paul McCartney or John Lennon? hmmmmmm no fair, hard but Paul is ahead ~~~ I love his song ~~~~~ I'm a bluebird, I'm a bluebird yeah yeah yeah ;)
Willie or Ringo? Ringooooooo
Greatful Dead or Santana Santana for sure
Dire Straits or Tom Petty Tom Petty
Gerry & Dewey or Simon & Garfunkel Gerry & Dewey all the way for sure.......
Carly Simon or Cheryl Crow ~~~ tooo hard I love them both
Hi ther jimnak ~~~ Yes yes yes ~~~ Let the requests begin..... I am all for it..... I would love to turn on every radio in my house to a different channel and be able to hear AMERICA Holiday Harmony songs playing one right after the other.... You can bet I will be calling my friend Mr. DJ real soon with my requests!
Thanks Steve for the info on the Cayman CD ~~~ Yes Yes Yes, I am sooo hoping to get an Autographed one for sure........ :)
Good Night all ~~~~ Nancy :) ( Thanks Johnny! My head is sooo full of great songs, I just want to sing soo many of them ~~~~~~~~
~~~ Stereooooooo ~~~We're living it in stereooooo ~~ we tune it till we have a perfect parody, commune with such a fine cut, crystal clarity..... It seeems to symbolize our Lives In Stereo ~~~~~ Thanks Gerry ~~ what a great song, It sums it all up for sure ~~~ I love living my life in Stereooooooo~~~~~ The Border is playing nowwwwwww but i gotta goooo dodoodododdodododododododododo make it to the border yes yes yes :)
Whose music do you like better?
Eagles or Fleetwood Mac? - Eagles
Three Dog Night or Grass Roots? 3DN
Timothy B Schmit or Randy Meisner? Schmidt
Toto or Poco? tough one. toss up
Doobie Brothers or Allman Brothers? Doobies
Dan Fogelberg or Jackson Browne? Browne
Cher or Shakara (sp?)? Gag
England Dan & John Ford Coley or Air Supply? ED & JFC
Steely Dan or Hall & Oates? H & O (another tough one)
Doors or Jefferson Airplane? Jefferson
Rod Stewart or Bryan Adams? Rod (Bryan Adams just grates on me)
Rolling Stones or Aerosmith? Both, although Stones more lately
John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen? Both -
Elton John or Billy Joel? Talented but tired of them
David Cassidy or Rick Springfield? Ricky, Ricky
REO or Kansas? Kansas... I think
JD Souther or Andrew Gold? Gold
Michael Jackson or Prince? Prince
The Lovin' Spoonful or The Rascals? Not sure
Beatles or Beach Boys? Another tough one. Neither
Linda Ronstadt or Stevie Nicks? Nicks
Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston? Another "gag"
Journey or Foreigner? Journey
Don Henley or Glenn Frey? frey
Little River Band or Bread? LRB
Four Tops or Temptations? Hmmm.
Celine or Barbra? Neither
Supertramp or Styx? Both
Chicago or Blood Sweat and Tears? Chicago
The Byrds or CSNY? CSN (lose the Y)
Moody Blues or The Who? Blues
Paul McCartney or John Lennon? Gerry and Dewey
Willie or Ringo? Willie
Ok I am hoping all you dear fans of the greatest group on earth AMERICA can pitch in to support this idea. I spoke w/Steve Lowry about this & if we can garner enough support, Steve would gather your inputs & produce a Master list that we can all use to request HOLIDAY HARMONY from the radio stations. I envision a Master list that we can all use to make requests to the radio stations. Granted time is of the essence, at least for this year, the CD only has a chance in the month of December for airplay. You would be surprised at how fast a ground swirl can develop w/a little push, your support & your help will have great positive impact. What are your thoughts ?
Get the radio stations to play HOLIDAY HARMONY, perhaps CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA
You decide on the radio stations in your area, the more the better. E-mails & fone calls can come from anywhere in the country, let it fly.
This CD could be the fuel for the next launch of a new AMERICA CD !
Gather & post information from now until Thanksgiving
Once Thanksgiving ends, start the deluge to the radio stations
e-mail or simply post the name of the station, city & e-mail address, fone request line, web URL, whatever information that others can use to request HOLIDAY HARMONY. Some stations give e-mail addresses some 800 lines, some allow e-mail requests directly from the site, either way make it so that others can shoot requests to the station.
e.g., Arrow 93.1 Los Angeles ca. Tommy Edwards, program director, firstname.lastname@example.org
K-earth 101, Los Angeles www.krth101.com
Most of the radio stations have web sites & some newspapers list directories of radio stations
Beginning Thanksgiving, pound out e-mails & fone calls to the stations requesting that they play HOLIDAY HARMONY. Be persistent, volume counts !
Grateful Dead or Santana?
Dire Straits or Tom Petty?
Whosr music do you like better?
Eagles or Fleetwood Mac?
Three Dog Night or Grass Roots?
Timothy B Schmit or Randy Meisner?
Toto or Poco?
Doobie Brothers or Allman Brothers?
Dan Fogelberg or Jackson Browne?
Cher or Shakara (sp?)?
England Dan & John Ford Coley or Air Supply?
Steely Dan or Hall & Oates?
Doors or Jefferson Airplane?
Rod Stewart or Bryan Adams?
Rolling Stones or Aerosmith?
John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen?
Elton John or Billy Joel?
David Cassidy or Rick Springfield?
REO or Kansas?
JD Souther or Andrew Gold?
Michael Jackson or Prince?
The Lovin' Spoonful or The Rascals?
Beatles or Beach Boys?
Linda Ronstadt or Stevie Nicks?
Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston?
Journey or Foreigner?
Don Henley or Glenn Frey?
Little River Band or Bread?
Four Tops or Temptations?
Celine or Barbra?
Supertramp or Styx?
Chicago or Blood Sweat and Tears?
The Byrds or CSNY?
Moody Blues or The Who?
Paul McCartney or John Lennon?
Willie or Ringo?
(Vic ~ How was the Phoenix show?)
Dan,your comments about that show reminded me of the Tony Orlando show I saw earlier this year. Lots of BS and talking between songs,and then omits the bulk of his hits! I've decided to check a bands website in the future to get comments on what a band/act is exactly playing anymore. Cavaliere's set seemed extremely skimpy to me,from what you mentioned.
It's my understanding that the first shipment of CD's has been sent to MelodyBlvd.com and Amazon.com. So, those who pre-ordered the CD should be receiving it fairly soon. Since this is being issued privately by the band, the 18th was just an estimate of when everything would be ready and not a firm date. It appears that things are ahead of schedule (although slightly later than the original November 1st estimate) so it should be available before the 18th.
Hi Steve L ~~ Nice to see a pic posted ~~ Thanks Gerry ~~ By the looks of this pic ~~ I sure wish I could be there ~~ looks like a nice place to live. I guess the wall to wall blue skies are taking a break. Actually you can see some of the blue sky here today in PA, and we had some SUN too, there is alot of those big cotton ball clouds floating around.... I am looking forward to hearing all about this show ~~~~~ Hmmmmm hey there Vic ~~ Are YOU There or are you somewhere up above those big smoke signal clouds there in AZ..... :) ~~ Come back down just long enough to tell us about the show ~~ Okay? Same goes with you windwave (Mark) ~~ I would love to hear about the Cerritos show too ~~~~~ did you get to hear the long playlist.... any surprises to tell us about ?????
Hi Rob ~~ I sure Hope what this Scott told you is the real case, I would love to be listening to my Grand Cayman CD next week at this time..... I am sooo looking forward to finally getting to hear this! OOoooo Mr. Mailman ~~ You can be sure I will be waiting for you to come my way again ! :)
Hey there Red & DanC ~~~ I too saw Three Dog Night in concert in their Prime and it was one energetic show for sure, they had the whole place Rockin ~~ I can remember Chuck sounding ooooh sooo good singing Pieces of April ~~ that is one great song, touches you right where it counts..... This has kinda been a trip down AMERICA's memory lane for me this weekend I have been listening to all of their great songs and watching some really neat stuff about tv appearances that they had done..... WOW~~ talk about being in AMERICA Heaven I was for sure ~~ starting with the Musikladen tape ~~ which I haven't quite gotten over my excitement about this yet.... and seeing clips of theirs from Solid Gold & Jay Leno ~~~ Wow did they sound oooh soo good and they Looked ooooh sooo good too. What a relaxing way to spend a cold dreary weekend. Thanks Gerry, Dewey & Dan ~~~ :) :) :)
Hmmmm I also was able to find Dan F's song "There's a Place in the World for a Gambler" You all may recall me saying that Gerry is listed as playing accoustic guitar on this song..... WOW~~ was it great to hear this song again, it is a really nice song ~~ Hmmm I wonder ~~ Gerry do you remember playing on this song???? It had to be a great Jammmmin session with all of You Great Musicians together! :)
Enjoy the rest of your day all ~~~ Nancy :)
~~~~ There's a song in the Heart of a Woman that only the Truest of Loves can release, there's a song in the heart of a Woman ~~ set it Free, Ooooooh set it Freeeeeee, set it freeeee, Ooooh set it freeeeeee ~~~~ ooooooh aaaaaaaaaaaa ~~~~~~ there's a light in the depths of your darkness, there's a calm in the eye of every storm, there's a light in the depths of your darkness, let it shineeee, ooooh let it shinnnneeeeeeee, let it shinnnne oooooh let it shineeee let it shineeeee ~~~~ Sing it Dan F, ooooh how good it is to hear this song again..... I love the music to it ~~~ It just carries me awayyyyyyy for sure! :) :) ~~ Sooo neat to know that I am hearing Gerry on this song tooo!
Scott at Melody Blvd. told me on Thursday that He spoke with someone from the "office" for America, and that the Caymen Concert would be there with him to ship this week. I hope that's true. But we've also heard that the release isn't until the 18th. I hope Scott is right! Then again, the 18th is too too far off.
Chuck was really a pleasent surprise when we saw him this summer. He sounded and looked great with all that I've read about him. He was celebrating his 60th birthday the night we saw him. His son, who also plays in his band brought him out a cake and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. He sang most of the Chuck songs from Three Dog with the exception, regrettably, of Pieces Of April. He even threw in a couple of Cory and Danny songs too. I seen Three Dog Night without Chuck a couple of years ago and have to say that, while they were good, the show I saw this summer with Chuck really rocked and had more soul. By the way, I saw Three Dog Night, in their prime back in 73, and you are right on. They really kicked ass and put on one hell of a show.DanC.
How was Chuck Negron when you heard him? What 3 Dog Night songs did he do? I know he went thru hell in past years, but 3 Dog Night would still be awesome 2day if he were still with them. Familiar circumstances like America I'll say. God, they could rock the house when they were in their prime.
Kids & Condoms
A man walks into a drug store with his 8-year-old son. They happen to walk by the condom display, and the boy asks, "What are these, Dad?"
To which the man matter-of-factly replies, "Those are called condoms, son. Men use them to have safe sex."
"Oh I see", replied the boy pensively. "Yes, I've heard of that in health class at school." He looks over the display and picks up a package of 3 and ask, "Why are there 3 in this package?"
The dad replies, "Those are for high-school boys. One for Friday, one for Saturday and one for Sunday."
"Cool!" says the boy. He notices a 6-pack and asks "Then who are these for?" "Those are for college men", the dad answers, "TWO for Friday, TWO for Saturday and TWO for Sunday."
"WOW!" exclaimed the boy;" Then who uses THESE?" he asks, picking up a 12-pack. With a sigh, the dad replied, "Those are for married men, One for January, one for February, one for March..."
Saw Felix Caviliere's Rascals and Davy Jones tonight. Boy what a downer after seeing some great shows this year, ie; America, Fogelberg, GFR, McCartney, Chuck Negron, Kansas. The Rascals only played maybe 6 or 7 tunes and Davy Jones only about 10. He almost put me to sleep with all his bullshitting between songs. Well James Taylor on the 16th will be much more enjoyable I'm sure. Hey they all can't be killer shows like we are used to hearing from "our" band, right people???DanC.
Gerry is in Phoenix, AZ today. Click here to see the view from his hotel window.
Hi Everyone :)
Hey there Vic ~~ Have fun tonight, and Sing Sing Sing! I sure hope it is the long playlist! Be sure to let us know all about it! :)
Hi Johnny ~~ Hmmmm you have me curious about when TNN will be airing the show Saluting Songwriters~~ I went through my new Sat. listings book fot this month, and even checked the place in the back for all the specials, I don't seem to see a listing for this anywhere.... I will keep listening for it, if I hear anything I will let you know, if you hear anything please let us know.... I sure would like to see it!
Hi DanC ~~ You Lucky Guy! What a neat Christmas gift and you even get to use it early..... ENJOY!! Wow!!! I can just imagine how nice Homecoming sounded, and you got to see Musikladen & your new America in concert dvd with this ~~~~~ You sure have been on a AMERICA for sure..... I really enjoyed getting to see Musikladen ~ It was great! I will be picking uo my new DVD player this coming week ~~ sooo I am looking forward to getting it hooked up and watching my America in Concert dvd ~~~ I emailed melodyblvd.com about my Grand Cayman CD because my credit card was charged for this tooooo, and I am sooo hoping that the Mailman will be bringing this to me this coming week. Did you order yours yet, it will sure sound good with your new surround sound system ~~~ I would say you definitely are Smiling from ear to ear & you will defintely be in tune Nice :) ~~ Hmmmm is it almost time to go and see the James Taylor show ??? :)
Hey Red ~~~~ GO IOWA ~~ Yes Yes Yes ~~ :)
Bye for now, Nancy :)
Ooooh Jimmmmmmm ~~~ I am still enjoying all of these great songs soooo much ~ Thank You, Thank You, Thank You :)
~~~~ Here I am there you are, who would believe we could come this far, we're beneath this Magic Moon, the ocean plays it's own sweet tune, the summer breeze it whispers low, it tells us something we both know, Tonight is for Dreamer's, tonight somewhere up there has seen us, how we feel for each other, there could be no other, sooo he sent these words from above, tonight is for falling in love ~~~~~oooooooooo aaahahaa tonight there's magic in the air, look around it's everywhere, hear the sandbirds Bill & Coooo acting like the know it too, hear the wind passs through the trees like its telling everyone it seeees, tonight is for dreamers, tonight someone up there has seen us, how we feel for each other, there can be no other sooo he sent these words from above ~~~ I Love Youuuuuuuu~~~~~ OOOH Dewey sing it ~~~ what a great song Thanks! :)
Don't forget your earplugs for Kansas...............
America, in Phoenix, tonight. :)
I attended a Rick Nelson show back in the late 70s. From what I can recall it was well done musically but I remember getting the vibe that he really wasn't into the show. I'm not sure but I think it was held in the late afternoon but could be mistaken. I also seem to remember him not coming out for an encore but then that could have been someone else, maybe Dave Mason. Anyway it was in Rapid City SD when I was in the Air Force. Hazy days for sure. " 'pears to me it's all a body can do to stay in tune?"...ain't that the truth???DanC.
p.s. just got a new surround sound system as an early xmas present. finally got it hooked up and running (all those cables and wire). I had gotten the DVD Audio of Homecomig months ago and finally got to hear it the way it was meant to be heard. Wow it blew me away the sound was incredible, like they were right in the room jammin'. also watched the new concert DVD and the Musikladen DVD. The sound on this thing was like you were at the show it was that crisp. I would recommend to anyone who is heavily into music to invest in this. It did come with a hefty price tag (2100 bucks, 750 just for the speakers) but it is really awesome.DanC
Rather: Not too hip on Emmylou's voice.
By the way, did anyone here ever attend a Rick Nelson show? I did about 2 years before his death. It was a great show.
Does anyone know when the television show is suppose to air that Dewey and Gerry were a part of earlier this year? Remember it being recorded at the Ryman Theater? It's to feature songwriters and is associated with TNN, I believe. Erin E, do you know?
Recently someone mentioned Jack Tempchin. I think it was Jason. Anyway, I was looking at the album sleeve of Randy Meisner's "One More Song". I saw that Meisner recorded a Tempchin-penned song titled "White Shoes". It's a pretty cool song. Apparently Emmylou Harris thought so too. Enough so that she also recorded it and even titled the album the same name. I remember seeing her perform the song on television. Meisner, in my opinion, did a much better job. It might just be that I'm not to hip of Emmylou's voice which I think is monotone and quite nasally.
Happy Birthday from me too!
Me Again ~~~
Hi Pat B ~~~ I too want to send my Best Wishes to Dan for a Happy Birthday and much more continued success for the future. I just have to say again, I just loved watching the three of them on Musikladen.... What a Magical time that had to be for all of them!
Thanks Dan Dewey & Gerry for all of the great years of songs! :)
Hey there DanC ~~~ Nice to hear from you! I hope you are Smiling too! :)
Have a good weekend all ~~~ Nancy :)
~~~~~ There's a little girl out lying on her own, she's got a broken heart, she's not the kind to take you down for long ~~~ she knows and plays it smart, and if she's comin, she's sure no more, she's heard the whistle blowing from the dark, she feels like leaving and she don't know why ~~~~~~
~~~~Hey Honey won't you sit down and stop here for a spell, singing sweet low lullabys to forget about your hell, don't think about tomorrow, its a cold night sleep away, sure would be pleased to have you stay and it's reach out Old Virginia ~~ won't you rockin close to you, poor boys out of town sooo long you don't know what to do.....it's time to come on home and put your feet up for awhile sooo much traveling around tends to take away your Smile ~~~~~~ :) :) :)
Oooooh what great songs ~~~ Nice for sure! :)
I think that Rick Nelson concert was like 1985 or 1986. I had that LP
and remember seeing the date. But not sure if it was in 80's.
Could be wrong or wright!
Wishing Mr. Guitar Man himself, Dan Peek, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Nancy the Zevon appearance on Letterman was live. As to how well he looked he said "Don't be fooled by cosmetics" He was wonderful as always.
Sorry I missed the chat this week. All this moving is tiring and there is at least nine months before I see the end of it ( no, the irony is not lost on me!)
Looking forward to the Agoura Hills show myself!
In between Poco & Eagles, Randy played in Rick Nelson's backp band, Stone Canyon Band.
Many California bands were moving toward a Country-Rock sound in the late 1960's. Randy took up studio work and eventually became a founding member of Poco. The band also featured former Buffalo Springfield members, Richie Furay & Jim Messina along with Denver, CO friends of Randys' - Rusty Young & George Grantham (formerly of The Boenzee Cryque). However, due to differences between Randy & the band over studio techniques and album sound, he left Poco just prior to the release of their first album "Pickin' Up The Pieces", although his bass and vocals are heard on the album.
Shortly thereafter (1970), Randy joined Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, again on bass & backup vocals. They released the critically acclaimed "Rick Nelson - In Concert" - an excellent live album with Nelson moving toward a country-rock sound.
Randy also performed on Nelson's " Rudy The Fifth" & "Garden Party" albums in 1971 & 1972. During this time, Randy was also doing considerable studio work, including performing as Linda Ronstadt's studio and road band for 2 years. Joining Randy in this group were Don Henley, Glen Frey & Bernie Leadon. The foursome left to sign with Asylum Records and released their first album as "The Eagles" in June 1972.
Jason, I have an old Rick Nelson album, In Concert, that Randy Meisner plays bass on. Don't know what year it was from but it was recorded at the Troubadour in LA. Don't know where that was in his career but thought you may want to know.DanC
Hey there Everybody ~~~ It's FRIDAY again ~~ :)
I sure had one strange Halloween for sure..... This has to be the craziest weather I have ever seen..... there was still sooooo much Ice hanging on the trees around here yesterday that it played Havoc with the power going off and on, off and on....... I think that someone flipped the calender ahead one page too many and changed the season again.....
Thanks Steve O for sharing those neat Taiwan pics and the lyrics were just too much... I guess that is what you call writing it as you hear it.... For sure!!! Now I don't feel sooo bad about my OOOOps & Bloops on "Making love in the dooms of the cave" hahhahahahaha :)
Thanks Steve for posting this and I just had to pull out my Hat Trick and Harbor Posters and loooooook at them..... WOW!!!! and I finally got to see Musik Laden ~~~ WOW!!!!!! I guess now I can say that I have in a way seen them as a Trio ~~~ Now I see what Ladd meant about Dewey ( he sure was strumming up a storm on this tape) It was sooo neat to get to see this at last ~~ I loved it.... what a rush of emotions hit meeeee, getting to hear them sing the Rainbow Song, Moon Song, hmmmm Gerry melted me with "I Need You" and Windwave was great...... and Dan's hair was ooooh sooo long and Dewey had such a gruffy beard, and Gerry ~~ Wow ~~ hmmm this colored man that played the guitar, he sure was one smooth fellow you sure could tell he was into this music big timeeeeee. It was like being at a Jammmm session of theirs..... I loved how they all got in tune with each other and then another great song started playing, and what in the world was in that little brown jug, that kinda looked like a little jar of Maple Syrup ... that Gerry was drinking, he even held it up to the camera at one point..... Gerry smiled, Dan smiled alittle too, and Dewey was ooooh sooo serious the whole time, but for sure he was really into the music for sure, they all were .... I was in AMERICA Heaven for sure.... and of course it was over way tooo soon I wanted more and more as usual..... Nice ~~ Thanks Gerry, Dewey & Dan WOW~~~~
Hi Johnny ~~ Neat Halloween memory ~~ thanks for sharing it with us... and yes the naivety of little kids is soooo nice for sure! :)
Hi Robyn, regarding Warren Zevon on Letterman ~~ hmmm was it a rerun or a new one, I remember seeing him on earlier this summer, about the time you had mentioned him coming down with cancer here on the chat folder, and I thought WOW he looks good for all he is going through..... I didn't see him on wed..... if it was a new show with him on.... Just wanted to say that Matt stopped in at the live chat on wed. night..... it was nice getting to talk to him some.... I asked him if maybe he would be joining his Dad and Dewey for either the Cerritos show or the Augora Hills show.... and I said maybe He could sing Hat Trick with them..... that would be neat to see for sure..... He said he would mention it to Dad about adding Hat Trick, but he really didn't think it would come about without Dan..... Oh well, it doesn't hurt to try..... one thing Matt did agree with me on is that Timothy B Schmit would be a good one to do this song with them..... Hey Gerry & Dewey ~~~ How about it,,,, will you think about it at least ~~~~ we sure would love to get the chance to hear this great song live....... Hey Mark (windwave) enjoy the Cerritos show and I sure hope you will get to hear the long playlist, even tho Kansas is playing with them...... Please be sure and let us hear all about it..... Okay? :) It was kinda a slow night at the live chat.... but it was fun, thanks Red, Michelle,Am girl, windwave, Lilly & SwankyFrank...... Hope you can join in soon Robyn! :)
Hi Vic ~~~ Wow tomorrow is your big day getting to see them again there in Phoenix, Enjoy my friend, and please be sure to tell us all about it..... I hope you too get to hear the long playlist, and that Kansas takes it easy on your ears...... You better be singing these great AMERICA songs tooo! :)
Thanks Steve for telling us about this Carols by Candlelight ~~ sounds like it would be nice to get to see this..... If anyone does go to this, let us know if Gerry & Dewey sing any of their great new HH songs at this...... :)
Hi Janice ~~~ I too am still enjoying listening to my HH CD and find myself walking around singing them from time to time, but I must say that with watching the Musik Laden tape ~~~ Rainbow song has been on my mind and I have been singing it..... One nice song for sure :)
Hi there Jimmmmmm (bob) ~~~ I am still smiling here ..... thanks my friend.... for the nice songs..... ;)
Last but not least ~~~~ Red oooh Red ~~~ I hope you are smiling too, and that you enjoyed Halloween to it's fullest..... :)
Have a good day all ~~ Nancy :)
~~~ I never found the time to see into my Lady, the memories don't die, but with time become Hazy..... I never found the time to see into my Lady, the memories don't die, gut with time become Hazy~~~~~ now Riverside is playing....... OOOOOOOOH Yessssss!!!!!! Play it Gerry, Dewey & Dan ~~~~~ Thanks oooh sooo much, for all the great songs ~~~ sooo glad to have them in my life! :)
After listening to Holiday Harmony a few times, I have to say that it is an absolute keeper. Ronnie and I listened to it together and found ourselves dancing (yes, picture that if you will) to Sleigh Ride and singing along to Silver Bells, Silent Night and The First Noel (to which we did a modified waltz.) Lol...great CD. Ronnie was able to identify the songs with an "America" sound and played Frosty the Snowman over and over (and over)...a wonderful CD!
Have a great weekend everyone...heading to mountains next weekend!
Last Revised: 12 December 2002