Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Yonkers NY, Chip & Kendel

So after reading Wildy's review of Chip Taylor's Yonkers NY it was on my mental list to go to iTunes and check for Charcoal Sky. So wouldn't you guess the best internet video place MusicFog.com would post it in a video with that hard to look at fantastic fiddle player named Kendel Carson. So I'm off to iTunes now with TWO songs in my head...

ahlivv girls

I know the excited designer with the new upstart company ahlivv.com and she is so excited I had to share it and make them one of my SPONSOR. Keep it up Ang.

ahlivv Poolside Party from ahlivv on Vimeo.

I want to introduce an incredible company I am very excited to be apart of called ahlivv. I'll take just a minute to share it with all of you and hope you can help me spread the word. It's an up and coming boardsport company (snowboard, skate, surf). We carry only women's clothing, gear and apparel. Remember if you, those you may be purchasing for, or spreading the word to, etc. don't actually participate in any of these sports that plenty ok, I guaruntee you will still find something you love.We use the term boardsport as a way of life. It's not only a sport, but a style and a trend. The concept is amazing and something I want to promote and be proud of. Inspired by the two sides: the ahlivv lifestyle and a girl with the old-fashioned name Olive. The ahlivv name (pronounced ah'live or ol'ive) is one part shopping (the ah... shopping experience) and one part life (the livv...community); add progressive fashion and roots in action (sports, that is) and the result is one heck of a shop with the best brands and products available for that ah - livv lifestyle.

First, a disclaimer to address, the subtle ahlivv girl difference. In fact, ahlivv girls are women. The ahlivv girl is really not a "girl" at all. However, we use the term "girl" liberally to reflect the ahlivv girl's youthful enthusiasm no matter her age. Whether 20, 30 or somewhere over 40, the ahlivv girl lives life to the fullest and doesn't let a little number get in the way of her passion for fashion and love of sports.

The ahlivv girl is unique. She is a trendsetter. She loves fashion and trends. She is sophisticated, but bold. She is an adventurer. She loves snow. She loves surf. She loves concrete. She loves shopping (let's just face it, all girls do). And she is real.

I know Ang well enough to know that she is a genuine angel. I wish her venture tremendous success.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Top music from 2009 by Wildy's World

I'm starting to catch up and relax on vacation, and I'm getting back into a music groove thanks to catching up with Wildy's World's CD Top 50.... incredible, he has reviewed 972 recordings this year... Enjoy youself a little reading.


By the time you are reading it he might have all listed, when I'm writing this he's up to number five... boy I've missed Lyle Lovett's release, David Francey's, and boy I've got to learn about Ben Folds.

Here's his home page but his site is listed in my side bar...


Now don't forget that my Zemmy Awards don't come out until February... and I never care about arbitary release dates. Enjoy my last 3 years worth of awards because good music never goes bad.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Samantha Farrell - Christmas Time Is Here

A video for Samantha Farrell's cover of the Charlie Brown classic "Christmas Time Is Here" acoustic guitar arrangement by Chris Muir directed by Christopher DeSanty North Adams, MA / December 2009 ....

Merry Christmas...


Friday, December 18, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Send for me...

I had a great night listening to incredible taped live music on Music Fog. This one touched me as new but old....

of course the intimacy of their recording and James McMurtry's lyrics and vocal interpretations... (a 12 string no less)

This is only a taste.... great music tastes from a person with great connections and great equipment...

The waiting is over

Oh... yes it is the season of advent, but it snowed that one day and I was felt compelled to work at home in front of the fireplace, so now.....
....it's official!! http://stores.ebay.com/American-Sports-Company Welcome to American Sports Co.; the home of some great deals on Sport memorabilia items and MORE like fabric, retail racking, sporting goods. Stop back any time to browse what might show up.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jeremy was Across the Room

Now here is a another feel of why Allison Sattinger's house concert was incredible back in May ... until next time... thanks to Jeremy for taping this Redlands concert.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cheers to Creamy Dark and a Snow Day!

Yes Leinie's Creamy Dark is a perfect way to recover from shoveling... yum. Today being snowed in I did established our company's ebay store.... pretty cool stuff. http://stores.ebay.com/American-Sports-Company. I have to finish moving all the auctions and listings to the right categories... but it will happen. Unless I drink too much Leinie's

Hey I haven't had a new sponsor for a while... why not Leinie's and ASCO... yeah. and what's a good winter brew without ice fishing!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Interpretation... Male / Female Voice

Ok... so by now you all know that Allison Sattinger is a regular in this blog, and a multi Zemmy Winner. Her Across the Room song was a winner in the inaugrual year for most sultry song. If you never have heard it... run out and buy it on iTunes... or at least give a listen.

Now she didn't ask me, but one morning I had this itch to change the perspective, because as my wife will tell you... I'm an Eye man. So I tweaked the words to what I think a guy might say without really changing the meaning too much.

Across the Room written by Allison Sattinger (switched to the Male voice)

I see you lookin, I’m lookin too.
Your eyes are the kind of warmth I could get used to
Like brown earth when the sun sets,
I wonder how you’ld look in my bed.

Some people say cotton feels best; Some people say silk or satin
Makes you think of a woman Makes a body feel blessed.
It’s like the sun in June after winter
I’ve never felt anything quite like ……a feel of a
Woman’s eyes…… from across the room.

This is dangerous territory for me
I swore off love, ’cause makes hard to breathe
But you got that long neck and you got those hands
I’m thinking things about you and I’ve started to plan.

So come on in my lovin arms
I think you could so use to it, You know that we could do
Make it right baby We won’t stop baby
It’ll be heaven I swear Answer to your prayers…Hallelujah..

now you heard the good at the beginning... here's the ugly, but I do like it enough to post it and hope someone like Amos Lee decides to really cover and record it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I'll be your baby

Bob Dylan can masterfully write some of the simplest of songs; and they hold up for ages. This one was released on John Wesley Harding LP.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A little bouncy guitar work

I'll have to ask Clay if there is a trick to this one, my first guess is to hear it in your head. If you can't hear it before you play it... it's hard to remember it.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm thankful for having met...

I bet all of us can easily finish this sentence... mine would be Allison Sattinger and Matt Coleman...

Wow... How did this video slip by me for three weeks... it brings me back to her May house concert... Sweet...

Sunday, November 22, 2009


The following is from Wikipedia, but this is such a wonderful song too by Peter Mayer, "Blue Boat Home". I highly recommend going to church to sing to the song with 200-500 people.
Hyfrydol (Welsh pronunciation: [həvˈrədɔl], meaning 'cheerful') is a Welsh hymn tune which appears in a number of Christian hymnals in various arrangements. Composed by Rowland Prichard in 1844, it was originally published in the composer's handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal Cyfaill y Cantorion ("The Singers' Friend"). Prichard composed this hymn tune before he was twenty years old.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Each verse has a different song in each line... it was a blast to write.... iPod playlists and hearing a song in a bar that reminded me of an old girlfriend was the inspiration.

Playlist © Dave Schipper 2005 Rose Riversongs

The same old songs are on my play list
Each song is tied to a time and place
And too many paint a picture of your face.
The one I lost along the way

Longing for a passionate kiss
Jimi’s Angel Flying in the skies
With brown eyes that Van describes.
Your my Paradise

From the start we were born to run
Unabashed on carefree highways
Now I think you were still the one
Or am I just crazy. Chorus

Can’t forget our moondance
Washed in the midnight hour
You didn’t save the last dance
And sweet dream did sour

Now I’m down by the river
Alone and so blue
Love could be around the corner
But I sing this song for you. Chorus

Time to color my world anew
Start listening to new music
Get drunk, find someone to screw
And start the dance they pick Chorus

Friday, November 20, 2009

Josie Mae

Oh Josie, Josie Mae,
Cute as pie, they all say
When you dance and look their way
Oh Josie, Josie Mae,

Oh Josie, sway & swing
Your baby’s due late next spring
When you smile at your gold ring
Oh Josie flap your angel wings

Oh Josie, take your man downtown
You won’t tease your lovin’ clown
When you stand in your weddin’ gown
Oh Josie you should wear a crown.

Oh Josie, put a flower in her hair
You’ll take her to the county fair
When you say your mama’s prayer
Oh Josie she gets tender care.

By Dave Schipper © 2009 Rose Riversongs

Ah... a bluegrass piece written and dedicated to a friend who is with child... I wish the happy couple the best of life together with the new life God is send their way next May.

Shady Grove by Crooked Still

p.s. that wasn't me yelling "I love you" to Aiofe during the intro... I was whispering it... HA.

Charcoal Sky by Chip Taylor

Wow... great song... well I'm a sucker for a good train song, and this is one of them. Per the YouTube desciption

In his nostalgic new video, "Charcoal Sky," esteemed singer-songwriter Chip Taylor reminisces about placing nickels on the rails as a kid and listening to his father chat with the conductors. Taylor sets numerous family stories to music on a new album, Yonkers NY, with one of the two discs bolstered with personal anecdotes. Taylor is most recognized for writing "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" -- which couldn't be more different -- but throughout his brilliant career he's also placed songs with the likes of Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Dusty Springfield. There's also a terrific new Chip Taylor anthology on Ace Records, with dozens of vintage artists offering their own renditions of his work, in case you're in the mood for memories too. Produced by ADC Film www.ADCFilm.com

In keeping with the site's premise, if you don't know Chip... he's the legend that wrote "Angel in the Morning" and "Wild Thing"

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Why a house concert?

Well the intimacy of the event will make you at first uncomfortable. You don't know why these people have opened their house, and will I look like a lush to bring a bottle of wine? Then the artist, I kind of know their music or I know nothing of their music.. both are so common in the decision anxiety. What if they suck, I'll be so noticeable if I'm bored.

Yep, I can not cure your anxieties; I have my own. What if I screw up the time again? Why don't the people I expect to show, show? Boy it would be nice if the artist had friend locally that would fill up the room. My God, what if I fart by accident... it happened 35 years ago and Lori won't let me forget it. HA.

Then think of the artist... wow, people so close they could see my pores. What if the host is a raving jerk, a controlling loud mouth? I'm sure the room will suck and the bed will be hard.

Gracious, why do these things even happen. Grace happens. We love the emotion the artist brings if the story moves fast or slow. We meet friends who both drink too much and too little, so we fit. We find out that Dave is the most gentlest soul who is in contol of his flatuence.

Now that brings me to an intimate video of a house concert with Amy Speace. I have no idea the attendance, if she wowed them with her "Love in Double Wide Trailer"... I just know I would have had a better sound system, and that I think I might want to try the wine they had.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Pilgrim

Ok.. Johnny Cash knew Kris was one hell of a writer... this one I think is even better than Bobby McGee... my opinion though..

See him wasted on the sidewalk in his jacket and his jeans,
Wearin' yesterday's misfortunes like a smile
Once he had a future full of money, love, and dreams,
Which he spent like they was goin' outa style
And he keeps right on a'changin' for the better or the worse,
Searchin' for a shrine he's never found
Never knowin' if believin' is a blessin' or a curse,
Or if the goin' up was worth the comin' down

He's a poet, he's a picker
He's a prophet, he's a pusher
He's a pilgrim and a preacher, and a problem when he's stoned
He's a walkin' contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction,
Takin' ev'ry wrong direction on his lonely way back home.

He has tasted good and evil in your bedrooms and your bars,
And he's traded in tomorrow for today
Runnin' from his devils, Lord, and reachin' for the stars,
And losin' all he's loved along the way
But if this world keeps right on turnin' for the better or the worse,
And all he ever gets is older and around
From the rockin' of the cradle to the rollin' of the hearse,
The goin' up was worth the comin' down

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Pines - Red House Recording artists

Let's see Friday night, Cafe Carp in Fort Atkinson, Saturday Bluff View... Wow, now that's a cool placement for our little fledgling House Concert.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Want to get scared?... go into the woods with a Wendigo... What's a wendigo? Here is what Wikipedia says:

"The Wendigo is part of the traditional belief systems of various Algonquian-speaking tribes in the northern United States and Canada, most notably the Ojibwa/Saulteaux, the Cree, and the Innu/Naskapi/Montagnais.[4] Though descriptions varied somewhat, common to all these cultures was the conception of Wendigos as malevolent, cannibalistic, supernatural beings (manitous) of great spiritual power.[5] They were strongly associated with the Winter, the North, and coldness, as well as with famine and starvation.[6] Basil Johnston, an Ojibwa teacher and scholar from Ontario, gives one description of how Wendigos were viewed:[7]"

My Sally

ERIC BRACE and PETER COOPER - My Sally Live at the "Music Star" ( North of Hamburg ), Germany, May 9 2008

These guys are new to me... but good....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Call your manager, call your talent

Just call someone and tell them you've got the best dang undiscovered cross over Country Rock song you've heard in a long time. It's got passion,

"Grab hold my hand, grab on your heart
Grab on tight you know just where to start"

it's got divorce,

"Toss me a brew, toss me a life
Toss out the bill from my exwife."

it has sex but could be cleaned up for the top 40,

"Call it a week, call it a day
Call it what you like I just want to get paid (or laid)"

and it has the a of t and a,

"Smile and laugh, smile and relax
Smile to the gents looking from the back"

it wasn't written to be this cliches, it was written to be fun... with a little twist of Bob Seeger

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Counting Words...

Recently I recounted that a while back a friend of mine laughed at my creative ability with numbers, the joke became that my natvie American name would be "Dances with Numbers".... that must have influenced the following... HA.

You’ve got me counting words,
Analyzing lines and extrapolating whys.
Baby you know I think too much
But you give me data for thought.
In the silence I ponder each word
Each phrase has many meanings.
Oh sure I could be dancing
Creating new definitions and context.
Yet at the end of my analysis
Is a positive view of you; and I smile.

by Dave Schipper © 2009 Rose Riversongs

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Killing me softly with hard food

by Dave Schipper © 2005 Rose Riversongs

Strokin my fur with his fingers
Singin my life with my purrs
Killing me softly with hard food x2
Telling him always to buy soft food
Killing me softly with hard food

Yea yea yea do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do

I heard he has a good job,
I know he lives in style,
And so I came to see him and purr for a while
And there it was this food bowl
Stranger to my eyes

Strokin my fur with his fingers
Singin my life with my purrs
Killing me softly with hard food x2
Telling him always to buy soft food
Killing me softly with hard food

I felt all flushed with fever
Embarrased by the bowl,
I bet he’ll find my paws and understand the growl,
I pray he wasn’t so cheap
But he just walked away

Repeat chorus

Meowwwwa ohhhhhhhhhh graaaa la la la la la la ohhh la lmrrow

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Drawn to the light..

This has to be one of the most tasteful innovative commercials I have ever seen... let alone for a shopping mall.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hands of the Potter

So our praise band loves this song.....This video is from the Caedmon's Call concert at the Tridge in Midland, Mi on July 26, 2008

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pilgrim by Kris Kristofferson

With the help of Grooveshark.com, I'm rediscovering how much I loved Kris while growing up.

"Going up was worth the coming up".... as a fellow poet all I can say is Amen.

In keeping with the Johnny Cash show theme, this guy is a legend who has survived. The video's notes show that:

Kris Kristofferson performing "The Pilgrim" at the 2007 Ottawa Folk Festival. It was drizzling and near freezing and the man didn't once complain! In fact, he THANKED the fans for sticking around! What a class act!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Brett is an A-hole..

There is a whole state that is pissed... the only way the Vikings sweep is because of him. He's flipping us the bird... he should never be inducted to the Packer Hall of Fame. PERIOD.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rock and Roll Halloween by Bobby Bare Jr.

Here I go again shouting out a much better blog, MusicFog.com. Here's a great song and part of the story: This song is based on a real Halloween experience Bobby had in Atlanta. When he finished his set at Threadgills, we asked him for the title...Bobby didn't know. He said, "call it Night of 1000 Whores." But he changed his mind more than once, and finally settled on "Rock and Roll Halloween". Read the rest at: http://musicfog.typepad.com

Sunday Morning Coming Down

One of my all time favorite Cash and Kristofferson song.

Cowboy Train

"Aboard the Cowboy Train with Tom Russell, Gretchen Peters, Paul Zarzyski, Wylie Gustafson, Sourdough Slim, Barry Walsh and Thad Beckman - from Albuquerque, NM through Durango, Silverton and Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Chama New Mexico. September 2009.".... I wish I could have been there... if you would like to watch a recap, here's the link. http://blip.tv/file/2722256

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Josh Ritter

Today Josh came up on my playlist at work and I mentioned him to a music literate guy, and stared blankly... oh... don't be blank, just enjoy.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Duckin' stones, a Protest song

I live my life duckin’ so many stones.
My hands are free, but I feel alone.
Both sides take aim at the weary bill.
Both exclaim there is a poison pill.
I suppose I should stop and listen.
Decipher which is God’s position.
I do expect that answer is neither
Jesus wouldn’t even need a breather.
He’d remind us of the question that stands,
When he needed help, “Did you lend a hand?”

I walk thru life duckin’ so many stones.
My way is clear and I don’t go alone.
I walk with the sons of Abraham,
Yes, Christian, Jew and Muslim
Side by side, homeless, poor and gay
Ducking the stones and words they say
Lest we forget the word cast in stone
Don’t idolize words from a radio throne
But let the words of Jesus help
Go out loving one another as yourself.

Go out and shout
Drop the stones, drop the stones.
But do not doubt, you’ll be
Duckin’ stones, duckin’ stones.

© 2009 Dave Schipper Rose Riversongs

hey it should be a protest song, but who am I protesting? The ones on the left who seem to have a hole in their pocket or the self righteous on the Right who forgotten the truth that people are suffering. Frankly if we cancelled a few unneccesary military INVESTMENTS could we afford to pay for a little health care and reduce the subsidization that we insured are paying for in the higher costs from the uninsured.... oh there I go again doing the same thing the song is against... "Throwin Stones rather than just Duckin' Stones"

Sorry for talkin' politics... promise to be back to love and sex next post.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Music Torture?

Some say listening to Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, and Dave Zeman is torture too. HA. Aren't too many times I put myself in the same sentence as my heros.

Hey, I learned something new

If this works, here is my cover of St. James Infirmary available in iTunes on my CD Gypsy Soul; another great use to Grooveshark.com

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Are women Crazy or just Smart...

A married couple is driving along a highway doing a steady 60 miles per hour. The wife is behind the wheel. Her husband suddenly looks across at her and speaks in a clear voice. 'I know we've been married for twenty years but I want a divorce.'
The wife says nothing,keeps looking at the road ahead but slowly increases her speed to 65 mph. The husband speaks again. 'I don't want you to try and talk me out of it,' he says, 'because I've been having an affair with your best friend, and she's a far better lover than you are.'

Again the wife stays quiet, but grips the steering wheel more tightly and slowly increases the speed to 75 . He pushes his luck. 'I want the house,' he says insistently.

Up to 80. 'I want the car, too,' he continues.

85 mph. 'And,' he says, 'I'll have the bank accounts, all the credit cards and the boat!'

The car slowly starts veering towards a massive concrete bridge. This makes him nervous, so he asks her, 'Isn't there anything you want?'

The wife at last replies in a quiet and controlled voice.
'No, I've got everything I need,' she says.
'Oh, really,' he inquires, 'so what have you got?'

Just before they slam into the wall at 85 mph,
the wife turns to him and smiles.

'The airbag.'

Now.. you decide... Crazy or Smart...


Hey... I want to increase your knowledge; and God knows mine needs it... so if you ever need to find traditional music, go to Mudcat.org It's a great site. If I was retired, I could spend days there before I get bored.

In case Music Fog doesn't exist anymore

It just might have to do with this:

Cool pin finding...

Hey I might have mentioned before that I coordinate an effort to sell off some our inventory on deals in Ebay. This little effort has made me look differently at any of inventory laying around; and of course I look for a little help from my friends. With that said, we have some cool cheap pencil offerings, some scrap book and children crafting ideas, and this week a CHRISTMAS Tree pin coming out of a failed sport pennant pin offering from a few years ago. So I was walking around with this really cool pennant shaped plated pin finding with rhinestones and said to a fellow woman co-worker, "I'm going to show this to my wife maybe she could make a cool jewelry pin out of it."... then she said, "Well turn it that way Dave and it's a Christmas Tree"... Hot digitty dog... she was right. Well I haven't sold any yet but the idea worked out.

Here a link to the post 2"x1" Christmas Tree / Pennant finding with rhinestones

And should I win awards for my sell copy?

This finding is an absolute gem. It was created for a sport pin project with quality in mind. The brass metal has a thin gold plate and a string of rhinestones attached. The military clutch and post has an additional anti-rotational spur so it will not spin when attached. We're selling them in lots of 6... yes a winning bid will receive 6 pin findings, and you can let your creativity flow. First my wife took a look at it and said Swarovski flat back gems & Bicones can be glued to it. Then she added a top Marguerite Lochrose flower bead and a Christmas tree was born. She said that she could easily see the clutch clipped from the back and earring posts added. At 2" it would not be the longest dangling earring known to womankind. Or talented painters could quickly make it a unique work... Then she said, it's beautiful just as gold, maybe as tiny ornaments. Well now back to the original premise... I as a sports fan could easily see the light now where a crafter would buy only their favorite team's colors... SAY GREEN and GOLD... and the pin could be worn in either the horizontal pennant or vertical tree shape. Now with just a little more imagination it could be a megaphone shape for your favorite cheerleading coach or team. We'll post this in both an auction format and buy now so first dabble with a small order and come back for a larger order. While we think we have a lot of these... I bet they'll be gone fast

Thursday, October 22, 2009

People get ready... cover by me.

Ok normally when we play this at church, I'm just a back up... Guess those Lutherans couldn't take my blues... HA.. boy sometimes you forget how good Curtis Mayfield was.... just take a trip thru history.

Had it all cover by Ashlee Rose

Ashlee Rose is one talented young artist out of San Antonio.

I suppose I need to figure out who she is covering... HA

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I'd leave me too...

Ok... some day I know I'll meet Audrey since she has family about 2 hours from my house concert.... until then I'll just watch these videos and smile at that Austrailian Country sound.

The Pines Saturday Jan 30th

Right now... the plan is 8:00 and clear skies for a beautiful date night in January, so why not head over to a house concert known for intimate concerts where the artist gets to know the audience. Yes the hosts, Dave and Lori will have some fresh cookies, decaf coffee, and maybe some hot apple cider. Feel free to bring your own beverage, no corking charges here, HA!

Now the artist... The Pines... let's start with their website bio:

In a world swimming in singer/songwriters, it's difficult to rise above the masses and create a truly unique sound that captures ears and stimulates the mind. The Pines are a band that has taken on this feat, honing their musical craft to near perfection with a sound that wavers on the edge of traditional acoustic/roots music, but embraces the nuances of today's indie-rock and blues music.

Meeting in a Mexican barrio in Arizona, fellow Iowans David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey began playing music together, forming The Pines. Committing to a musical career, they returned to their Midwestern roots and settled in Minneapolis, a music haven that has launched the careers of such folk and rock legends as Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks and The Replacements.

In 2004 The Pines released their debut self-titled album on the Iowa-based Trailer Records, establishing themselves as an emerging force in the roots music world with their haunting blend of indie-rock, folk, and blues with intelligent lyrics. In 2007 The Pines released Sparrows in the Bell on the world renowned acoustic/roots label Red House Records. The album had critics buzzing and was named one of the top roots releases of 2007 by Q Magazine. With the release of Tremolo, , their second release on Red House, The Pines continue to show their growth as artists as well as an unparalleled wisdom in their songwriting and musicianship.

The son of Greg Brown's producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, Benson was surrounded by folk and blues music and continues to let those influences shine, even on louder electric songs. David also has a deep love for traditional music, and together the two of them craft music that evokes the ancient while incorporating newer rock and pop grooves. Both strong writers and musicians, David and Benson have distinct voices that complement each other, causing audiences and critics alike to tout them as a powerful young force in American roots music. Steadily touring around the country, The Pines have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music including Bon Iver, The Holmes Brothers, Jolie Holland, The Arcade Fire, and Spider John Koerner.

Now to that I would add that after Lori and I saw them at the Simply Folk 30th Anniversary show up at the BigTop, we both said WOW...now wouldn't you want to see them at the house concert... YEE HAW... they're coming.

More to come, and here's hoping you come and here's a map.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Grooveshark... I'm a convert

Grooveshark... I'm a convert and now a contributor... Yes just this week my buddy Tim showed me this site was a great way to learn a song that you may not want to buy. And I used it instead of looking thru all my cds to find that Ashokan Farewell that I needed to re-learn for a church gig.

It's a site where you make your own internet radio program by search thru 1000's of songs. Of course the cool feature is to search a favorite song and listen to the wealth of covers for the song. I thought it might be illegal, and it does have it's doubters, but thru this Wikipedia article, I found they have a licensing deal with EMI... cool beans. So I searched my stuff and it wasn't out there... so I added a few songs.

I'm an ASCAP writer and performer... go search Dave Zeman at http://listen.grooveshark.com/ and just maybe I'll get a nickel royalty check some day! HA. I'll frame it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lyle Lovett live on Kink.FM

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt "Natural Forces" video in Kink Live Performance Lounge (10/16/09)

Want to hear and see more from this fine site from Portland... click here http://www.kink.fm/

New song from Allison!

Oh it is so much fun to hear new stuff from Allison... now hang in there til the end because she tells you where she's playing in the next weeks in LA and Redland
Dear friends, sorry about the first line being cut off: it's "Babe when you met me...." hope that makes a bit more sense :) My camera is experiencing a bit more technical difficulty than usual! xo, A

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Talkin Sexes

Ok folks, it’s plain to see, that I’m talkin’ differences ‘tween you and me.
Or should I say them and us, you know vagina versus the old penis.
I’ve been around a time or two, enough to see a closet full of shoes
But when I went to write ‘em down, I was worried to be shipped out of town.
You know Rush Limbaugh style, angry, confused, blabbering all the while.

Now this shouldn’t be an editorial bit, so I used THE google and McCained it.
You know in this digital age, you just search and copy some body else’s page.
So armed with a laptop and coffee, I got my windows to look at me.
Point and click info by the ton, ohhhh better put the adult filters on.
Just incase you try this at home, don’t try that with thing with foam.

Back to work and just like I thought, lists and lists of haves and have nots.
Some pretty scientific stuff, when I thought camo versus pink fluff.
There’s left brain / right brain, and why women explain and explain
There’s x y, mars and venus, and oh yeah then right back to the penis
So who here before the age nine, played you show me your I’ll show you mine?

Mumble… after age nine… hmmm look me up sometime….

Hair style is difference I relate, hell mine been the same since 8.
Yes all that time to get ready, and you just better notice Freddy.
She’s worked hard at getting it just right, even if it’s a bun pulled tight.
Darlin you look good tonight, no, no really I meant outta sight.
Sure the game is on, but I looked at you really, really, really.. hey he’s gone.

So if I make it through this song, and married to my favorite one.
It just means that difference attract, and then find a way to react.
Most women are saints you know, and successful guys will surely show
Their pride and joy that brings them dinner, after they said she looks thinner
Yes indeed, I meant every word, thanks for the dinner hun.

By Dave Schipper © 2009 Rose Riversongs
Many thanks to Woody Guthrie and Charlie Maguire for inspiration.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I meander down these streets
Soaking up the history
This little river town is home
It’s beauty is before me.

There were no building rules then
Do whatever that was up your hat.
Funny, just like God did with us
“Let’s try something like that!”

As I do with the people I meet
I peer deep in the house’s eyes
To find the brilliance or darkness
No facts here, but I editorialize.

The lawn unkempt and broken panes,
I could really restore her.
A tiny bungalow with cool back deck
I absolutely adore her.

A grand old two story brick,
Now this one intimidates me
A garden and fat cat in the window,
I wish there was room for me.

Life is too short to waste
But if meander you way thru
You’ll have a chance to catch life
From a character or two.

By Dave Schipper © 2009 Rose Riversongs…
Photo Credit

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Finding You by Tom Russell

After an iMix post... it's so relavent to hear Tom's intro to this song... as described in the youtube:

The last song on side 1 of his new album, Blood and Candle Smoke, performed with Thad Beckman at the Beachland Tavern in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, October 7, 2009; the eighth song of his first set.

Paint me in Love

Yes... talk to me long enough and you'll know that I'm addicted to music and to flirting with women. My basement room is filled with 3000 LPs, 500 Cds, and too many cassettes that I have no idea what to do with. Upstairs, my lovely wife is napping; but inside my head are voices and faces. Sometimes they escape and force me to buy their music, but now just like in my head... it's all digital. HA... now join me in my head and listen to the voices. The first song is my single release of Paint me in Love.... my thanks to Tim Kolek who's piano added just the right class to a song I finished for Valentine's day present for my wife Lori.

If you have iTunes installed, click here http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewIMix?id=335518976

The Killer in Me by Amy Speace

CD Reviews are not typically what I post in page because I rather entertain you with a song, a story, a sponsor, or maybe a prose. Well today, let's turn our focus to one of the two new people I've discovered this year, Amy Speace. This year saw a release of a CD called The Killer in Me... and it's one that Amy admits is more soul searching and dark than some of her previous material. A statement like that makes me skeptical because I prefer music that are stories and not all depressing. Well I'm a proud owner five of the songs from the CD and I love what I've selected. (Yes it is iTunes) Maybe I'll go feast on more later... here's the playlist so far:

The Killer in Me... wow the hit and a potential big playlist item for Americana Radio Stations. Great structure and you can reach out the woman in the song and shake her and say wake up... you don't need to follow these dirtballs.

Haven't Learned a Thing... Another reality of a kid who keeps trying. I love the cello in the mix.

Dog Days... The song paints a summer memory, rich in color and smells of summer. Amy's voice beckons you to lay down with her; ok it sounds like a offer she meant.

Something more the rain... Actually a nice upbeat and positive song; with a great country type chorus or break.

I met my love... great country ballad with guitar and harmony work that reminds you of a John Haitt piece; but it's Ian Hunter from the old Mott the Hoople days.

Here's another review of her cd. http://podsafeaudio.com/jamroom/bands/3052/
Photo from her website.

And don't you expect that MusicFog would be all over her? Well they were:

2009 Great River Folk Fest

Today I was organizing my photos when I saw I had inadvertantly taken a movie of the belly dancer at the 2009 Great River Folk Fest in LaCrosse WI. Boy that was one cold weekend, but none of the performers complained. The lineup was great Peter Mayer, Pert Near Sandstone, Greg Herriges, and Tom Peace. Of course I had to list Amy Speace as the surprise of the concert to me... not only a good performer she came across as a person you could have a beer with.. who knows maybe she'll be President someday. Then of course I have to highlight, Leela and Ellie Grace. I got my mug taken with them as they played at our church on Sunday.

Ellie Mae.

The first time I saw you, I thought it was a dream
Dancin all around me, just like a Cajun Queen.
You were in my prayers Lord, protect her everyday
What a little darlin, that little Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae, keep that smile upon your face.
Ellie Mae, dance around the room with grace, Ellie Mae
Your God’s gift from above, I give my hand in love, Ellie Mae

So now some years have passed, that smile’s still on your face.
Still a little angel, full of love and grace.
All my prayers were answered, your with a boy today.
A strong and lovin’ man, for little Ellie Mae.

Ellie Mae, keep that smile upon your face.
Ellie Mae, dance around the room with grace, Ellie Mae
He’s God’s gift from above, give him your hand in love, Ellie Mae.

The next time I see you, a smile still on your face.
Your Sis on the banjo, new Dad upon the bass.
Harmonies a flowin’ and what a joy to say.
Twin girls ‘round the feet of little Ellie Mae.

Ellie Mae, keep that smile upon your face.
Ellie Mae, dance around the room with grace, Ellie Mae
Their God’s gift from above, give them your hand in love, Ellie Mae.

By Dave Schipper © 2004 Rose Riversongs

Dedicated to the inspiration to the song, Ellie Grace. Photo Credit

Friday, October 9, 2009

Duelin Daulton

Ok my ultimate favorite Eagle's record was Desperado... and JD Souther.. check my blog... he's significant songwriter influence to me...... here's a great blast from the past.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This Warehouse Girl

This warehouse girl
In her denim blues and t-shirt
She picks me up
Tapes my cardboard heart together

This warehouse girl
She catches the guys in deep stares
Brown days and nights
Oh she wasn’t handled with care

Punch me in
Pack me right
At shift’s end
Wrap me tight

This warehouse girl
She scanned my heart with dark eyes
And checked me out
Boxed up tightly with her smooth lies

This warehouse girl
Lives a life that others whisper
She ships me out
Down the line to a new lover

By Dave Schipper © 2009 Rose Riversongs

photo credit

Saturday, October 3, 2009

JD Souther

Wow.... can I die and be reborn as MusicFog.com? I am sooooo envious, but at the same time thankful.

Fade Away by Samantha Farrell

Samm has just posted an absolutely soft, sensual acoustic video of her song on one of the best CD's I've listened to this year. Oh yeah, she's the one on the left.

Fade Away into the beauty of the song, the woman, and the breathless anticipation to just fade away.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Jersey City Parking Violations Authority

I heard Amy Speace do this song at a workshop at the LaCrosse Great River Folk Fest. I hounded her to see if she had a recording of it... she didn't but said oh there's a YouTube of it somewhere.... Ha... she needed a cheat sheet too during the workshop. Must not play it too often. Love the story both in the song and her story she told of playing it for the City Cops as the first time.

A jersey gril with hazel eyes, who'd know? or were they green?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Belleville Outfit

Last night I was listening to "It's a Good Day" and my wife said, what are you listening to jazz for?... Wow, there you have it. Good music transcends labels. I never would have even thought of the song as jazz. Yet the Country Swingness of the music and the liveliness of the band in the video posted earlier in this blog from Music Fog never had me thinking I was listening to Jazz.

Well today I was still trying to learn more about this group that has captured my imagination, and is starting to take my money song by song; and I ran into this great review. I have added them as my friend in myspace, who knows maybe a future house concert?... hmmm they are a big group... outside?

The review is at http://twangville.com/1620/the-belleville-outfit-live-at-yoshis/ The two parts of the review that got me is their "Gypsy influence" and "Led by the torch-singing style of lead singer and fiddler Phoebe Hunt"... torch yep... she's lit my fire... HA.

photo by Nicki Gell from their MySpace site.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Within and around you

God is love and God is grace,
And I see her in your face.
Yet the devil sure can dance
And I see him in your glance.

Painted evenings, misty morns
A veiled glimpse beauty born
Within and around you.

A spark and wild flames ignite
With no shame I lose that fight
For solace in her soft fur
Until we both breathe and purr

Silent evenings, busy morns
The gift of grace you adorn
Within and around you.

By Dave Schipper © 2009 Rose Riversongs

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Killing the blues

Now... is this the appropriate time to say while I do also dearly love Allison Krause (yes she might have started this deep love affair with woman fiddle players) but I really thought the Plant/Krause was totally overated... now I did like their cover of Killing the Blues, and of course I'm starting to learn more about Phoebe Hunt of the Belleville Outfit and I run into this video from Merle Fest. Wow.... I got to get there some day. (Merlefest I mean... yes I do have this deep infactuation though with Phoebe though)

I guess Barefoot is the headliner in the video... say what? Ha.--- I needed to update this blog post because I was sure that they meant Barefoot Movement, but they didn't exist in 2009.  My research concluded that this is BEARfoot in the video.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Belleville Outfit

When in doubt how to spend five minutes of time to kill... go to Music Fog's You Tube site So it'll be a good day if I ever get a chance to see this group... wow another female fiddle player that I'm in love with, and I don't know her name yet. The group, three acoustic guitarists? they must love to hang with her too.... as a commenter mentioned though the 3rd guitar player is normally their keyboard player... a quick stop to their website....http://bellevilleoutfit.com/cms/ and you will be wowed.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Song School?

Each August, songwriters from around the country join together for an in-depth, hands-on exploration of songwriting. We connect to the creative source of music and to each other. Participants create, hone and share their songs during a week that provides a safe and nurturing environment.

Final sing at the 2009 Song School
Our faculty includes internationally known songwriters, actors, music professionals, and songwriting peers who share their expertise on the art, craft and business of songwriting. Past instructors have included Josh Ritter, Melissa Ferrick, Peter Himmelman, Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Zoe Lewis, Catie Curtis, Pat Pattison, Vance Gilbert, Steve Seskin, and many others.

Sound interesting? Heather put me on to this... she must think you can teach old dogs new tricks... well I am a very good dancer too. HA..

Click here for more information.... http://www.bluegrass.com/songschool/

Music Fog is at it again... Kenny and Chip...

I can't believe what circles these people run in... MusicFog thank you, thank you thank you for the best video sound and look of Kendel Carson and Chip Taylor. Jesse James... a great song too.

and in case you have never seen one of the first Zemmy Award Winning video that included Kendal with Tom Landa and The Paperboys.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

When you...

When you play within the lines,
but dream outside them
Then you harvest a wild imagination.

When you smirk at someone
but long for their touch
Then you produce a fine tension.

When you stop for the night to ponder
but end up writing instead.
Then you write a prose for retention.

By Dave Schipper © 2009

A musical perspective:

The following was sent to me by my Sister-in-law Kim, and I thought it had to be shared:

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:
A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money, but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the Metro Station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and people's priorities. The questions raised: "In a common place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?"

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.... How many other things are we missing?

Bell’s performance:

Monday, September 21, 2009

God looked down...

God looked down on a little tribe in the desert
With infinite knowledge and perception,
God planted the seed of the Bible in Moses words.

The future would bring those to oppose
But God hoped in time the simple stories
Would be understood be words of prose.

The great beasts help form the planet
Yet to explain that to weak of heart
Would bring out another idol of granite.

Now he wonders about the black and white
Why do some believers never see gray
She hopes some day more will see the light

Dave Schipper © 2007

Introducing Angela Easterling

I'm actually surprised I have yet brought to the Zemmy Show a fine talent that will bring back memories of early June Carter, Angela Easterling. Now maybe I'm not the best judge, so how about Roger McGuinn... remember him?

"Angela Easterling is a bright shining star on the country/folk/alt.music horizon! Her gift is so special. I loved listening to her new "Black Top Road" CD! Brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" - tradition meets youthful exuberance!" Roger McGuinn, founder of The Byrds
Here she is to sing for you....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hey Mr Tangerine Man

So recently my video Mr. Tangerine Man got a spike in views when the New York on-line blog tagged this picture "Angelo Mozilo Charged With Fraud" with "The Tangerine Man" Hey here's hoping he's in the news a lot. Now I'm waiting to be parodied on my parody. HA.

Hey Mr. Tangerine Man (a parody by Dave Schipper © 2006 Rose Riversongs

Hey! Mr. Tangerine Man, place some hair on me,
I'm not sleepy, won’t you walk across my bladder.
Hey! Mr. Tangerine Man, place some hair on me,
In the early mornin’ please yowl a little louder

Though I know your evenin's venture
has returned mouse in mouth
Dropped neatly on the couch,
Left me blindly here to stand at the brink of gagging.
Your weariness amazes me,
You’re sleeping in a heep,
Baked in the sun shine heat
And your little head too dead for dreaming.

Now take this catnip for your
magic swirlin' trip,
Your senses will be slipped, your paws won't feel to grip,
Your tail will attack, daring you to be pouncing
You’re ready to go outside,
Your ready to come in
To go out, to come in, to go out and come in
And then back out again.


Though I see you runnin', spinnin', jumpin'
madly across the room,
It’s not away from anyone, it's just escapin' on the run
But it’s from the invisible foes your facin'.
Yes to dance beneath the human
is not against your pride
When there Kitty treats involved, or chunks of cheese not small
You think, there’s finally a use for him after all.


note... parodies are 100% legal to cover and this one is really about our cat Toby.... plus all the other ones we've had. Parodies should really spoof the original, and I dare you to find Dylan's and look... these are good lines that fit his really well. Thank you Bob. Job well done, now I know what your were writing about.... here's an updated video with a few new clips of Toby.

Those Darlin's Vinyl Release Party Video

you have to move to 1:28 to see the Darlin's ... but the "I got drunk and ate the whole Chicken"... is pretty funny, and the end ... my goodness such a mosh pit... maybe they might be too wild for a house concert. HA.

Christine Kane- CD Release Concert weekend

Christine Kane is an incredible talented singer, writer, and organized person. Check this video of a weekend she's planning for CD release with a life changing workshop the day before. Plus she puts her money where she talks as she is contributing her proceeds to Helpmate. a domestic violence organization that has been empowering women to go on with their lives in North Carolina. I wish her the best of success.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bruce Cockburn's Barrelhouse all night long

I ran into Adriano Di Folco covering "Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long" by Bruce Cockburn in his TAXI (live in Rome). I should learn more about Adriano.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Catherine Maclellan "Too Easy"

I am way to busy to get wrapped up in much of anything recently, but I am getting wrapped up in Catherine. So is she just another Canadien singer that I'll never meet, Carolyn Arends, Rose Reiter, Kendal Carson, Leslie Alexander, Serena Postel, or Sabrina Kufner? So what's up with Canadian Female singers.. God I love them.

Well all I can say, is that today the few songs I do own from her played over and over in my office for about 20 plays each. I absolutely love "Water in the Ground"... here's one I should probably get off of iTunes.

I'm a little Catfish...cover by Drew Nelson

I'm just discovering Drew since he sent me a CD as a potential artist to have at the Bluff View House Concerts... dang I'm really tempted.

A lesson in blogging from Blue Gal

I recently ran into Blue Gal and thought she did have a good blog going on... then I ran into this lesson from her posted back in March of 2009.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Arms of a Woman

I'm sorry... to my surprise this is the second time I tried to post this video to the blog. This video was first on a Paste Magazine DVD and I thought... Wow what a song... I don't understand why they don't allow embedding, so here's the link again and a picture from it.

go watch it; it's so romantic

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Willow look at yourself.
When you were born no one could have forseen.
You would turn out more like a scrub pine.

So you are not majestic.
Tall and stunning with long blonde branches
Hanging over a slow moving creek.

You live as a lone tree,
An individual on a grand mountain side.
Providing a source of life to many.

Willow you soften reality.
Basking in God’s glory, you’re a pillow
A small humble respite of joy.

By Dave Schipper © 2009 Rose Riversongs

Photo Credits

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This is great...

Video of Peter Mulvey packing the day before he leaves on a 3 week tour from Milwaukee Wisconsin to Boston, Massachusetts.... video courtesy of Izmed.

If I could...

If I could,
I would dress you.
The finest cotton
Soft peasant

If I could,
I would help braid
Your silken hair
A expose your

If I could,
I would kiss you
Once, twice, three times
Softly and longer each

My love.

Dave Schipper © 2007 Rose Riversongs

St. Paul's Song

Peirce Pettis is one of my absolute favorite songwriters, but here he masterfully used St. Paul's letter to the Corinthinians and made it one of the most absolute best wedding song that gets no coverage. I checked again... not a single person has this listed in iTunes... a money maker for all those people looking for good Christian wedding songs.

Yes I relearned this for a wedding but rest assured... I ain't singing for it.