Tucson Folk Festival is Tomorrow!

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 1:30 PM, on the Museum of Art Stage – Be there to see me and the band perform a set of new songs!

The rough part will be telling folks that only a couple of the new songs are available for download as three have not yet been recorded (except on video) or produced.  Oh well. It will come when the money and time show up.

One personal note: I’m dedicating my performance to my Dad who passed away on 6 May 1989, 28 years ago.  He was 63.  I am now 63.  My birthday is 4 days after his. That means, if I live past next Wednesday, I will have been alive on this Earth longer than my old man. That’s a bit mystically disturbing to me.  Come next Thursday, I lose my preferred example of how to grow old, because he never did.

I hope he enjoys the show!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Three Weeks Away! Tucson Folk Festival!

The 32nd Annual Tucson Folk Festival!  Come see me and the TRIO at 1:30 PM on Saturday, May 6th!  We’ll be performing some of my newer songs.  IT’S FREE! 2 Days of Music across FIVE stages!  Plan to spend the weekend having a BLAST!

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Rehearsal-Reunion in Tucson

Katie got the Box (Emily got a guitar)

This past weekend, I made a trip to AZ along with my bride. We visited our Grand Daughters (and their parents of course), I played a show in Scottsdale with a number of friends (including the great Jim Pipkin), and reunited with my Trio-mates for a rehearsal of some newer songs they had never played with me.

I must say, even though it’s been quite a while since we last played together, within 2 hours, we back in the groove!  Michael Parker hadn’t even played his drums much in the past year, but he hasn’t lost a step. And it had been 2 years since we performed with Rick Heyman our bassist.  He missed last year’s Folk Festival to attend his brother’s wedding. (Thank God for Phil Anderson who filled in superbly!)

I shouldn’t be surprised. This will be our ninth year at the Tucson Folk Festival  and with the time we spent performing together through the years, these two guys can read me like a book.

I will be driving over to Tucson for a couple  more rehearsals before the Festival, and I am confident we will provide a worthy set. It will include a couple tunes that are a musical departure from most everything I’ve done before. Please come see us on the Museum of Art Stage, on Saturday, 6 May 2017, at 1:30 PM.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Happy Naw Ruz! and new beginings

Happy Naw Ruz to all my Baha’i friends! Happy Vernal Equinox to everyone!

For thousands of years the Vernal Equinox has been regarded, by many past and present cultures, as the start of a New Year. And why not? It’s the first day of Spring (even though it doesn’t look that way in some places right now) and that alone ushers in a new growing season with the promise of abundance.

For Baha’is, it’s a religious thing, somewhat like it was for Zoroastrians in ancient Persia. In fact, in Iran, it’s celebrated as a cultural holiday with a number of traditions kept from those ancient days of Persia.  For Baha’is it marks the end of our 19-day fast and the start of a new year.

This year’s fast ended with a triple-play for me. I completed the fast, I completed my taxes, and on Friday, we completed the sale of our house in Casa Grande.  After 6 months on the market and one failed buyer, we accepted a cash offer from a buyer who sold his house in California to retire in Arizona (makes sense to me).  Because it was cash, no lengthy bank processes stood in the way and we closed quickly. So today, I am free of a double bills and on the road to financial recovery, It truly is a New Day (Naw Ruz)!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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The Slow Fast of an old Baha’i

Those who’ve read my blog already know that I’m a member of the Baha’i Faith. We Baha’is have a “thing” we do each year called “the Fast”.  It’s a period of 19 days just before the vernal equinox when we abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset each day.  I’ve been doing this for 44 years now.

This past week at my office, a friend named Lee remarked “19 days! man, that’s a long time!”  Knowing that Lee was Catholic I asked him “Lee, how long is Lent?” He pondered just a second and said “40 days I guess” I grinned and replied “Well, there you go! I’m getting away for HALF PRICE!”  We shared a good laugh.

A good laugh is nourishment applied directly to the heart. And some folks don’t even realize how hungry they are for it, until they exercise some abstinence from temporal things like food, smoking, or other habits that permeate our typical daily routines. Breaking those routines can turn our thoughts inward for reflection on what is truly important in our life; like Laughter, or Music, for example.

Baha’is of Las Cruces’ Half-Fast Party 2017

Years ago, a Baha’i friend pointed out that the 10th day of our Fast was its mid-point, the Half-way mark and that we might celebrate it with a party. Capital Idea!  Since then, Deb and I have hosted a tenth-day Pot-Luck (at sundown) we call our Half-Fast Party. Back in 2011 I wrote this comical song, “Fastin’ Time” that gives Baha’is a chuckle.  Every year at this time, its YouTube views climb dramatically.

Our Faith should, among other things, be a source of joy as it provides awareness of the aspects of life for which we can be grateful.   Thank You Lord for Laughter, and Music, AND SUNDOWN!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Everybody Knows – a Valentine’s Day song 2017

After much struggle with failing software and hardware, and the help of my cel-phone, I have finished this years Valentine’s Day song for my dear Bride.

It wasn’t easy to build. When I finally got iMovie to work, the built-in iSight camera on the iMac would not hold Frame Sync and would quit recording.  So I set up my cell-phone and sang to it.  I imported the video into iMovie and laid the recorded track onto the video.

But here’s what Abdu’l-Baha’ once said:
“Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always time.”
(that will likely be NEXT year’s song!)

I am eternally grateful for the love between me and my bride.  I’m proud that it’s the kind of love that shows. And I don’t mind that EVERYBODY KNOWS!

So that’s the Valentine’s Day song for this year. I sure hope you liked it.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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The TRIO rides again in Tucson!

Received last night:
“Congratulations! The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association is pleased to invite
Darrell Elmer Rodgers to perform at the 32nd Annual Tucson Folk Festival.
You are scheduled to perform at 1:30 PM on Saturday, May 6th on the Museum of Art Stage (In the Museum of Art Courtyard). “

IMG_3933So there you have it friends! Mark your calendar for May 6, 2017 and see the Darrell Elmer Rodgers Trio – with Rick Heyman on bass and Michael Parker on drums – perform at the Tucson Folk Festival, Saturday May 6th behind the Museum of Art.  The last time we played that stage was two years ago and we received a standing ovation! (of course, some of them may have just been anxious to get another beer, because that’s the official Festival Beer concession site)

This will be my 9th year to play at this Festival which is among the longest running FREE folk music festivals in the entire country.  And some of you might be pleased to know that the performers all undergo “extreme vetting”!  That is, we all auditioned competitively to earn a spot on the program.  And the program spans two full days (about noon to moon) and covers 5 stages with acts both local and from afar (this year, “afar” includes me)

I’ve already heard from several friends (including Jim Pipkin, Eric Ramsey, Eb Eberlein) who are also performing and expect dozens more.  This is one of the BEST music events in Arizona. You really should make the trip!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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