A few weeks back, I mentioned here on the blog that my music is getting involved in booking more House Concerts. Since then, a few more house concerts have popped up on the calendar (see gig listings below). Additionally, we’ve had the pleasure of playing at a local to Lancaster House Concert Series referred to as the “Pirate’s Den”. » Continue reading ““There be treasure to be found in HOUSE CONCERTS!””
I once heard the statement “talking about music is like dancing about architecture”. At first, my eyes went cross and I had no idea what the heck that statement meant. » Continue reading “NEW studio recording IN THE WORKS! (confirmation of a life lesson through music)”
With the winter generally being a slower time of year for Mark DeRose Music, I have come to see it as a time to regroup and take care of many a things behind the scenes (website maintenance, bookings, songwriting, etc.) – BUT MORE a time to regroup for a busy performance season in the coming spring.
With the coming of Spring 2013, Mark DeRose Music will see a “new type of gig on the calendar” – ACOUSTIC HOUSE CONCERTS! I have played a house concert here and there over the years but never really attempted to book a regular line up of such gigs. “THEY’RE GREAT!” (just like Frosted Flakes)
Everybody deserves a name, right? After all calling your dog “Dog” or kid “kid” or pet rock “thing I cuddle with every night” just doesn’t really seem fair or make sense. Accordingly, I have come to the conclusion to give a name to the band of musicians that have been playing with me over the last handful of months.
Comprised of Aaaron Gagne (drums), Jason Mundok (bass) and Steven Courtney (keys, guitar) I introduce to you – The Dreadnought Brigade!
Not a whole bunch that’s new and exciting to report here as of late…. SO, I am going to post this photo of what I call the “Caballero Mono” (monkey cowboy). I have a thing for monkeys it seems and this one made me giggle! All the best… ’til the next time, I will be in search of more amazing monkey photos and GIGS!
PS. OPEN INVITATION for you to share any monkey photos that amaze you! Now get out there and BLAZE NEW TRAILS LIKE A CABALLERO MONO!
If you’ve been following along the last few weeks here on my blog, you are familiar with the music retreat I went on at the start of the New Year. I have been sifting through both the video and audio recordings in an effort to share them with you. The above video is a “highlight reel” of some of the musical moments we created and the good times and laughter we shared in!
In honor of the proprietor of the home we rented for the weekend, we have dubbed these recordings “The Wonder Sessions”. As stated in past posts, this retreat was a one of a kind event for me. I am hopeful you enjoy watching these clips half as much as I did! PLEASE do keep an eye out in the weeks to come for more video/audio clips from “The Wonder Sessions”.
Every once in a while we get to be a part of a completely unique experience. This weekend I was a part of such an experience. As you might have read in last week’s blog, I set out this past weekend with 4 of my musical friends to chase the muse of music on what we labeled a “Musical Retreat”!
Today is New Year’s Day! Like so many other folks on this holiday, my thoughts will reflect on the past year and I will look forward to the year ahead. Looking back, I have a good many things for which to be thankful. Looking ahead, I am instantly STOKED as I am going to have an opportunity to take part in something I’ve always wanted to do – “a music retreat”! (I don’t have a better title for it, so let me explain.)
Last weekend marked my last gig with Steven Courtney + The Suitcase Musicians for 2012 and it sent me to reflecting upon my opportunity to perform w/Steven and his band of Suitcase Musicians.
My wife Dana and I went over to the Appalachian Brewing Company this past Saturday night for the 9th Annual A Very Herbie Xmas show!!
As some of you may know, three-fourths of Herbie are my ol’ band mates from The Way Home (Jay, Ben and Ffej). Andy Mowatt, the fourth member of Herbie is a long time friend of mine as well who has also shared the stage with me from time to time.
This year’s show was particularly meaningful in light of the recent passing of “Jersey” Mike Van Jura just under one month ago. Mike was not only the booking agent for ABCo. but also Herbie’s old manager. It was my first visit to ABCo. since Mike’s passing and one could definitely sense the feeling of “something’s missing” in the lack of Mike’s presence.