Free Show at Desert Rose – Saturday 6 September

Well, WHY NOT?  I’m home safely from the tour, I have a BUNCH of CDs left to sell, and a bunch of friends here in Central AZ who say they’d like to see me perform. Let’s do it!

Desert Rose 9-6-14 Event

AlanJames-SundayMorninAlan James, who performed at Desert Rose last month, is back in town (we had dinner last night) and he’s planning to join the fun. We’ll have Alan do a couple of his songs to open the show and maybe he’ll pick along on a few of mine at the end.  Alan and I have enjoyed playing together occasionally for a number of years. Here’s a chance to let you in on the fun.

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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The West Coast Road Trip Tour – in review

It was fun. Grueling, but fun. We started on Saturday the 16th of August with a show at the San Diego Baha’i Center. My long-time co-worker Don McKay played videographer for me (so I can review my show for improvements). We spent the week visiting friends and family up the road through California, Oregon, & Washington. On Saturday the 23rd, I played at the Washington Baha’i History Museum. Zabine Van Ness is doing some great work there in the University District of Seattle. The next day I played at “Barnfest” in Gig Harbor, an event produced by my good friend Russ Salton. Russ helped me out with some lead guitar and harmony vocals on a few songs. It was great fun. On the way south, I played a “private” house concert for Jenn & Rob Head, friends from “way back in the day” and a most-talented couple. Next we stayed and played at the home of Barbara & Michael Goodwin. Great crowd, lots of fun. On Thursday, I picked guitar with my friend Chuck Thrapp in North Fork, CA – just south of Yosemite. Pretty country. And on that moonless Thursday night, the stars there were brighter and more numerous than I had seen since I was a boy scout. After a visit with Soroush E. in Brea, CA and a visit with Dr. “Chips” Hough in Santa Ana, we made our way home to Casa Grande. After two-weeks of driving, there’s nothing more comfy than your own bed.

Thanks Don for shooting the movie!

Thanks Don for shooting the movie!

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San Diego

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This “creature” is attacking my daughter in the lobby of 5th Planet Games. That’s son-in-law Bernard coming to her rescue.

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Zabine Van Ness at the WA Baha’i History Museum

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Me at the WA Baha’i History Museum

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Me at the WA Baha’i History Museum

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At the “Barnfest” at Cantata Farm, Gig Harbor, WA

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Russ Salton providing some lead guitar and harmony vocals at Barn Fest, Cantata Farm, Gig Harbor, WA

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House concert at Jenn & Rob Head’s home in Ashland, OR

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My hosts and friends Michael Goodwin and Barbara Swenson Goodwin in Roseville, CA

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In Roseville, CA

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Picking Guitar with Chuck Thrapp (member of SugarPine) at his mountain haven in North fork, CA

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Rob & Jenn – we hadn’t seen each other in 20 years!

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Street Promotion in Seattle.

 

That’s all for now.

 
///Darrell
 
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Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Woodstock Generation – album release!

Front cover of Woodstock Generation CDWell, it’s done!  And a box of them is on its way to my studio from the manufacturer right now.  But you don’t have to wait!  You can order one for yourself with the links provided on the right-hand side of this page.

You can listen to tracks and download them, or download the entire album! You can order a physical CD and have it delivered directly to your mailbox!  Isn’t technology wonderful?  (rhetorical question, don’t answer).

So now, it’s time to plan a quick concert tour. I want to begin in San Diego on the weekend of 16-17 August.  I will post details as they develop. The only firm date is 24 August at “The Barn” in Gig Harbor, Washington.  My friend Russ Salton is hosting a music fest and barbecue there from noon to 6PM and has invited me to perform along with several other acts.  So my friends in the Seattle area – take note! I’m coming up!

If you live along that I-5 corridor and want to host a house concert, please let me know!

I’m looking forward to seeing you in the second half of August. And for my Arizona friends, watch for an announcement of a concert in September!

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Cognitive Dissonance

OracleCogDiss-cropDo You Remember singing this song in Sunday School? :
“Jesus loves the little children
All the little children of the world.
Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, or White,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

I feel sorry for the kids who came here with more “American Dream” in their hearts than any of our walking-brain-dead cell-phone zombie youngsters I see at the mall on any given day. They have become pawns in several horrific games.

I fully understand that folks are pissed off at the President and truly believe it’s HIS fault that Congress has chosen not to work on immigration reform. I know they strongly feel that illegal immigration is the root of all our problems (never mind that immigration had nothing to do with the banking-GREED crisis that wiped out most middle-class wealth). And I have heard it said that the President’s refusal to enforce our laws has created a new optimism in Central America leading to this latest influx of impoverished children, even though housing refugee children as they await hearings IS in accordance with the law. Go figure.

It’s really interesting, and somewhat entertaining (for the humor found in error), to see these two camps battle each other with verbal abuse, all to a tune played by politicians – like a Sherriff who believed his “mole” at ICE and played Paul Revere by crying “the busses are coming!, the busses are coming!”;  or the candidate for Congress who saw “fear and sadness” on the faces of the YMCA campers he thought were refugees. And what a chuckle I got from the counter-protestors who cleverly bussed in a Mariachi Band in Full Costume to play the National Anthem, just to upset the patriots of deportation. And I wonder why ICE said nothing during the week preceeding the Oracle protest as warnings were being voiced in the media. Was it a convenient diversion for their actual plan? Or did the protestors actually dissuade them?

I also wonder why WE, as a nation, can’t see the long-term opportunity that has just been handed us by the Drug Cartels (you KNOW they are behind the sudden influx of children don’t you?) In their effort to create a border diversion of biblical proportion (score one for cartels), they have, perhaps inadvertently, given us the most valuable resource on the planet for ending the cartels’ domination: the hearts and minds of a new generation.

What if we just sucked it up and spent some money “Americanizing” these tens of thousands of children. (Perhaps we could divert some of the money we would normally give Mexico, since their refugee policy is apparently “ship ‘em North”.) Give these kids (and, while we’re at it, the thousands of our own American-born impoverished youth we have apparently forgotten) education and opportunities to succeed such that they fall in love with the American dream?  What then might happen if we also instill in them a passion for helping their homelands conquer lawlessness?

But for God’s sake, let’s not take out our frustrations on refugee children coming here with hope of escaping the violence of their homeland.

Think about the possibilities.

///Darrell

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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“Woodstock Generation” album close to completion – I HOPE!

It has been a great deal of work getting these ten songs into condition. Now, I am faced with the task of appending track information to the CD tracks. This will allow modern CD players to display the song title when the track plays.  I thought that iTunes would do that, but it’s not readable by any of the players I have. WinAmp sees only the first track, and no others. Windows media sees nothing but track numbers.

I am searching for a new CD burning program that will handle this kind of feature. There are several that claim to work, but all I can do is research what’s available, and try them to see what really works.

Meanwhile, I have drafted up some artwork for the album cover that I thought I would share. The first is the front of the jewell case, the second is the back. You can click on the image for a closer look.  I will also have a “liner notes” insert inside the front cover and some printing on the actual CD, but you can see those, when you buy your copy.

Front cover of my forthcoming album

Front cover of my forthcoming album

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Back cover for forthcoming album

 

Hopefully, I’ll get this task accomplished soon and will have a new album to release. I’ll certainly let you know!

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Album Work progressing!

I’m feeling accomplished.  I have about finished recording 10 songs for my next album which will be called “Woodstock Generation” for a song I wrote in 1979 (10 years after the big event) and have just re-recorded after adding a new bridge with additional lyrics. It’s a long song, but still worth putting out there.

“Woodstock Generation, tell me where are you today?
        Will you save this nation or just let it die away? Don’t let it die away!”

The new album contains “social commentary” songs, old and new, including another Post-Woodstock song I wrote back in the day called “What’s Goin’ On”.  That track features a Tenor sax solo (and background sax section) by yours truly.

I started playing sax in the early 60’s when I was eleven years old. I played it in our old Rock Band “Wasatch Front” in the late 70’s but fell away from it afterward.  Recently, having had my Alto sax returned by my daughter, I bought a used Tenor and just had to try this. It took days to sufficiently rebuild my skills and my “embouchure” (my lips and mouth muscles) enough to pull this off, but I think I did.

I’m working with my sister Robin Tatina, an accomplished artist, to develop the cover art. I already have cover art for the following album which will be titled “Complicated Man” and include both old and recent “relationship songs”. That album’s artwork is provided by my uncle, Dale Witherow.  You should check out his work at  http://www.witherowgallery.com/

I think you’ll like both of these forthcoming albums.

///Darrell
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Lani Nash is performing Tuesday at DRBI

LaniNashSummerTourFor all my Central Arizona friends!

Lani Nash is a wonderful singer-songwriter with a great voice.  She lives in Nashville where she has played the major haunts and been in the music scene for quite a while. She has just released a new album called “One” and is promoting it on a summer tour.  Lucky for us, she’s coming to Casa Grande this week and will be doing a show at the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute (DRBI) in Eloy, AZ at 7PM on Tuesday.  You’ll find us all in the Round House where Jerry has just installed some acoustic panels making the room sound much better.

LaniNashPerformingI went to Scottsdale last weekend to hear Lani (Lay Nee) perform and she knocked me out. Great voice, superb control and sweet song writing! What else could you ask for?

Desert Rose Baha’i Institute is about 12 miles from Casa Grande and can be reached on paved roads (Selma Hwy – Estrella – Hanna – Alai) OR from Eloy (Frontier St (Rt 84) -Estrella – Hanna – Alai) .
The address is:
1950 W. William Sears Dr., Eloy, Arizona 85131-1129
Their phone number is (520) 466-7961.

The concert is FREE.  But I will be placing a TIP JAR there for anyone who can help support Lani’s tour. And here’s a stellar idea:  You might even bring $15 for her CD!

I hope to see you in “The Round House” at DRBI on Tuesday, 17 June at 7 PM.

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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