Monday, May 13, 2019

Musings after the gig....

Musicians are always asking ourselves.... if we are not getting paid, do we take the gig? If our compensation is tips, and we don't make any, do we return? You can find this question with many different answers on the internet. Formulas for deciding to take the gig or not. Admonishments for taking non-paying gigs, which 'make it harder for musicians who gig as their only income to be able to do that'. I get that. Rick and Marilyn decided a while back that we would respect our fellow working musicians and only do charity gigs for free. We don't see this music making thing as a hobby. It is a second job for us, and work that we love and want to continue, and we also respect our peers who need the income to go from day to day.

So, yesterday, we made $3 each over two gigs, 35 miles apart. Disappointing? Hardly. Let me tell you about it.

We got to the Wine, Brew and Beverage festival a little later than we meant to, which meant we carried in our gear. We were first up and there is a small stage which is mostly taken up by a drum set. We decide to set up on either side of those drums. There are a few people milling about. After a nice intro by Lex Grey, who is our host today, we play. Mostly originals, but a few covers. Almost all songs about alcohol. Well?? It fit the occasion. The festival is the major fundraiser for the parks in Catskill, providing equipment for adults and children. There is a little disconnect there... but one of the major sponsors is Columbia Memorial Health. Drink Responsibly. Rick and I felt pretty good about that gig. It was fun! We got to play to help raise money for play areas! YES!

Then a brief break before taking off for Sheffield, MA and Race Brook Lodge... a wonderful, rustic place to stay, with, btw, great meals!! Highly recommended!!! So, after seeing the space, which looks like an underground cave, we decided we didn't need to amplify. When we started playing, we were totally alone in the room. Nope, the bar is upstairs, not even a waitperson in sight. After a while a man came, very supportive, very obviously enjoying what we are doing. He encourages us to go upstairs into the dining area and play one song so people 'could hear' and then come back downstairs. After we realize he is a relative to the owners, we go on upstairs. Everyone appears to enjoy our songs, and we return to the cave. In a little bit, a family comes down. So now we have a small audience, with requests. We can do SOMETHING similar to the artists they wanted to hear, and we laughed and picked out songs to do, and ended up just simply having a WONDERFUL time. I got to sing songs I haven't even thought about for years, Rick got to play songs that were challenges, and the audience was totally forgiving over lack of polish, understanding we were reaching deep for songs by the artists they were requesting. What a fabulous time! We had fun and I think our audience did too, and we played until they were tired out and ready to go. We were too!!

As we were cleaning up, I checked the tip bucket, which was on the side as you come in, with a small sign. We never mentioned it, and I don't know who put in the $6 I found there. Rick and I laughed, but agreed-- sometimes, it is not the money that gives worth to your performance. Sometimes it is the good times, the great fun.

So will we go back? I know we could not recreate last night, even with the same people in the room, but yes, we will go back if given the chance... because we HAD FUN, we HELPED OTHERS have fun, and that is what is really important.

Isn't it?


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Valatie Theater gig!!!

On May 4, 2019, The Rick and Marilyn Band, consisting of Marilyn Miller, Rick Warren, Mike Pagnani, Peter Tenerowicz and Jon B. Woodin will be hosting a show called 'An Evening with Marilyn Miller and Friends!

The Friends will be leading the line up with Betsi Krisniski, Jon B. Woodin and County Panic (Mike Pagnani, Scott Mahoney, Tim Farley and Tommy Sharp). 

Betsi is a singer-songwriter who has played with Marilyn as a duo as well as a lead part of Hudson Busk and is an amazing solo artist. Her unique guitar playing and wonderful singing will surely light up the night!!

Jon B. Woodin is known for his solo work as a singer-songwriter, as well as support for Ryder Cooleys 'Dust Bowl Faries' and the duo 'Hudson Dusters'. He has a voice and manner that brings to mind James Taylor, and is a real joy to hear.

Mike Pagnani will be bringing a new band to the show called County Panic. He plays with Hudson Busk, Beer-Stained Fiddle and is a key player on the record, 'What's on my Mind', as well as leading 'Pub Sings' at various venues in the area. 

I hope you can see that this is a night NOT TO BE MISSED!!

Valatie Community Theater
3031 Main Street
Valatie, NY
May 4, 8pm, $10 Suggested Donation

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Rick and Marilyn will also be playing at the new venue, Hudson Underground Gallery next Friday at 8pm (April 19, 134 Warren Street, Hudson). Please join us there as well!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Marilyn's CD, What's On My Mind is HERE!

And you have choices on where to find it and buy it (Each choice below contains a CLICKABLE link):

1) Come to a show

2) CD Baby has both digital and physical CDs

3) Amazon Music (digital)

4) iTunes/Apple Music (digital)

5) Bandcamp name your own price


If you like what you hear, you can REALLY help us by sharing a link and a comment on your favorite social media site! 
Thank You!!


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Marilyn's CD Release Party and Album Pre-sale!!!

CD Release Party for Marilyn's New Album!

February 17, 2019, 6 pm


35 South 3rd Street
Hudson, NY  12534

We are gonna have FUN!! Rick Warren, Peter Tenerowicz, Mike Pagnani and Aaron Martin will be IN HOUSE, and we will be playing the complete album straight through, as well as other originals and covers, followed by a jam (bring your instruments and voices). OR Gallery and Tavern boasts excellent beer and a good, light menu, a fire and lots of friendly people (especially when we are playing!!)

I am so excited by this record, and I can't wait to let you hear it! Come CELEBRATE with us!!!

Buy from the Digital CD Presale on Apple Music or Amazon, get an extra song download NOW

To get your copy, you have choices- 1) buy digital now and get an extra song and delivery automatically on the 17th, release day, 2) buy a physical copy from CD Baby on February 17th (I'll remind you) or 3) COME TO OUR PARTY in Hudson NY!!!

Here are the links, with song previews:


AND PLEASE, if you like what you hear SHARE with your friends and family. I appreciate it SO MUCH!!!



Saturday, January 12, 2019

February 17, OR Gallery and Tavern!!!

CD Release Party Advance Notice! Save the date!

February 17, 2019 at ÖR Gallery and Tavern, time still to be decided (but- late afternoon/early evening)!!

We are SO HAPPY to let you know that we have decided on a place to celebrate and present the new album, What's On My Mind. OR Gallery and Tavern- our first choice- has agreed to host us and we are SO pleased! This is a big room with a lovely beer selection, tasty foods (my favorite is the grilled cheddar and tomato... but they have a nice green salad too!), a real fireplace.... A great place to hang out!

I am hoping, for those of you not local, to have some facebook live happening or other live video (are you interested in doing that for us? let us know.....). Also, I hope to have an open jam following the show, so bring your instruments!!! Lets have a PARTY!!!