Friday, July 31, 2009

What a Fool Believes

Now this a fun cover from Lauren Zettler.

Nine Inch Nail (cover)

Ok this is a very rare song and it shouldn't be... it was written by Dustin Bentall and Ridley Bent... to great performers up in Canada. I love it because it weaves music into our every day love life. I can't listen to many Gordon Lightfoot songs without thinking of Donna... and God that was nearly 30 years ago.

As I said in the video... my cover is not expecting you to run out and buy my stuff, but to search these two guys down, and tell them to record the piece. I heard and recorded it from a radio show highlighting the Grand Cariboo Opry, and it was a hilarious live studio show.

It has such a great line, "She got my Nine pound hammer, and I got her Nine Inch Nails."

Here I'll help you find them:

Of course... as I'm looking... Ridley might have recorded it because he won an award for it:

January 15, 2009 - Ridley wins Independent Music Award for "Nine Inch Nails"
Ridley Bent has been named as the winner of the Country - Song category for the release "Nine Inch Nails" in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards.

But I still can't find it on iTunes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ghosts of St. Augustine

Ahh... it was a earie night back in 2006 when we walked the cobblestone streets of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S. Did I see ghosts, maybe, but I felt their presence through the stories that were told by men with lanterns. I highly recommend that you stop their sometime, but at night only if you are brave.

Now for the song, someday I'll record it properly... until then... here you go.

The story:

Ghosts of St. Augustine by Dave Schipper © 2006 Rose Riversongs

The ghosts of St. Augustine are an eerie sight
On rooftops, porches, and trees they come out at night
They walk this ancient ground, while their stories are told
By guides with lanterns, recounting tales of old.

The white gown of the bride
The candle in the night
The widow on the stairs
The renters Miss Faye scares

Ghosts of St. Augustine
Are the sights to be seen
Walk the cobblestone streets
And enjoy whom you meet

Pass the Bishop’s shrine and see the wayward bride
Who terrified those children tenting that night
Woke them with a cold hand brought screams and bone chills
Now she walks alone, mourning a love unfulfilled.

As guest G-Men talked, the innkeeper knew the plan
She gave the smuggler signal with lantern in hand.
Today her lost soul slips past the boarded entry
To the sea, Her hooded figure waves a sentry

Picture is from which also ran the tour I took in the first place.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Introducing the Wiyos

Well leave it to Music Fog for again blowing me away... The Wiyos are touring with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and John Mellecamp..... wow what a great fresh new old sound... More later that's for sure.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gay or taken

I've been MySpace friends with Jenn Bostic for a while. As it goes, she gave away a few songs on her site, and Satan's Deal has come up in the playlist enough to have her stick in my psyche. So when I saw she released a CD in iTunes, I had to atleast get a song or two. Great country music, with slick heavy production, but I was intrigued by her song "Gay or Taken"... I had to get it, and I've enjoyed it completely... let me claim the later.... and here is a stripped down version.... on this one, I highly recommend the rockin country studio version... but it gets the idea across.

Here is how she describes herself at her MySpace site: Bred On Folk, Blues And Show Tunes In The Small Town Of Waconia, Minnesota, Jenn Bostic Was Born With Music In Her Veins. The Youngest Of Two, Many Evenings Were Spent With Hobby Musician Father And Older Brother Around A Guitar Or Piano Singing After Mom’s Home Cooked Meals. Singing And Dancing At Age Three And Tickling The Ivories At Six, Jenn Had An Innate Passion For Performing.

Age Ten Was Dark For Bostic As She Faced The Loss Of Her Father In A Tragic Car Accident. Songwriting Began As A Form Of Therapy, As The Only Real Connection That Remained Was The Music He Had Placed In Her Heart.

Minneapolis Folk/Country/Blues Band Traveled Ground Has Featured Bostic On Both Of Their Albums Marking Her Recording Debut. Her Love For Folk, Country, Roots And Blues Pushed Her To Study At Berklee College Of Music From 2004-2008. Jenn’s High Energy Performing Abilities Continued To Strengthen As She Performed In The Most Elite Shows Berklee Has To Offer. February Of 2006 Bostic Hit The New England Club Circuit As The Lead Singer Of Country Cover Band DiggerDawg. This Led To A Variety Of High Profile Openers Including Alan Jackson, Tracy Byrd, Julie Roberts, Josh Turner, Jo Dee Messina, Montgomery Gentry, Kelli Pickler, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Reba McEntire And Gretchen Wilson.

Most Recent Events Involved An Armed Forces Tour To Iraq And Kuwait As An Opportunity To Entertain The United States Troops. Jenn’s Huge Heart, Love For People And Positive Energy Made Her The Perfect Candidate For Such A Tour. She Brought Smiles To The Faces Of Our Soldiers And Had Them Dancing To Her Original Music As Well As Their Favorite Covers.

Bostic Currently Resides In Nashville, Tennessee, Where She Is Recording Her Debut Album. Keep Your Eyes And Ears Open For A Release This Summer!!!
.... Hey I saw she's from Wisconsin and has had a few gigs nearby ... maybe I'll run into this talent someday.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

St. Paul Church wedding... ah, you first think tradition Lutheran Church, but the woman pastor gives it away... it can't be a Missouri or WELS synod... must be that radical ELCA branch that I belong to.

Blue Period

I believe in connections and rarely listen to the radio... of course our market isn't blessed with a lot of alternatives. Ok you will all likely say, "where have you been Dave?" But I know of the Smithereens but haven't listened to them much. I saw a guitar instruction YouTube on this song, and thought I would check out the original. Well now with the help of iTunes I own it, and now have posted it to the blog. I guess the connections continue.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shakin' all over

As the YouTube description described this Those Darlins' live cut: The fourteenth song of their set at the Beachland Tavern in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 was this cover of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' pre-Beatles UK rock classic.

I sure expected the Beatle classic, but it sure wasn't... So who is Johnny Kidd & The Pirates? My thoughts exactly... so I add the Wikipedia link but read on there is a fan club too.

Now this is the closest I can for the original:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blonde Attitude plus

So yes I am officially dangerous when the house empty... thought I would share my favorite rock original. Here's the lyrics and the story behind ... Blonde Attitude.

Ok so I'm also feeling, blessed, perplexed, amused, and rewarded from the last and next week of my life. We all live in one continuous flow of ebbs and flows, and with the my current high I should smash into the rocky shore anytime.

God pity this poor sinner for deeds done, but thank you to the highest bluffs for the grace you've passed my way over the last and hopefully next week.

Much could be pointed to it starting when Rose River played at Features in Holmen on a Thursday night last week. Unusually cold for July and windy, Tim, Paula, Shelly and I had a great time together and continued to hone our material to a small but appreciative crowd, including a bunch of bean bag competitors. Friday was a day of to prepare for an evening house concert and the block party the next day. Smoothly and enjoyably, Lori and I gracefully spent money, worked, and then she napped in the afternoon. This was our 7th house concert, no stress anymore.

Blessed, blessed, blessed... what a wonderful night with Becky Schlegel and Brian Fesler, and the friends who could make it loved it, and the new friends (strangers before) were appreciative that the venue was available.

Then Saturday and last minute lawn cutting and food preparation.. then no one showed.. well at least until later after 5:00 when I was at church. Then it turned into such a great time. A friend, Kent Aubry who I hadn't seen in 15 years showed, a new friend, Melissa Kay McCarthy, and friends of friends filled the back yard and ventured even up to the mic or picked up an instrument. Lynn commented out of 6 years of Bluff View Bashes... this was the best.

Sunday brought one more Church service and a trip to see Harry Potter.

Now this week is having Dustin and I being bachelors while Lori travels to New Orleans for an ELCA Youth Gathering. Oh this alone time is precious. Videos, writing, cooking, cleaning, and putzing.. all things that I hold precious to my life and solitude.
Then to top it off, Rose River plays at the Freight House in LaCrosse Friday and Saturday night... ok God.. thanks again..

And please forgive me again for the following... HA

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Inspiration... the boys first hunt

In any walk of life, you find inspiration where ever you can. Ideas that create the next project, be it woodworking, jewelry, gardening, cooking, and yes songwriting. Becky Schlegel related how she can't wait for her boy, 4, 3 and less than 1 will be old enough to go hunting with their dad. She also mentioned how her cat sometimes loves to lay on the forehead of her husband's deer mount. Welll that was enough to create the following... thanks Becky for a great house concert, and now inspiration to write.

The hunt.

I’ll trade mischief for quiet air
Wrestling for solitaire
November comes round once a year
This time, it’ll be all mine.

I might sound a bit insincere
Lose my mom of the year
But the truck is loaded with gear
And they’re off to shoot deer.

No dirty boxers in my path
No shouted curses over math
I’ll light candles, take a bath
Then buy shoes and new bag
But I’ll hug them when they're back

I waited awhile for those boys
My man and the little joys
To grow old enough to enjoy
The hunt, together for a week.

Now the cats and I have the house
I’ll sit around in just my blouse
They’ll nibble his mounted grouse.
I’ll maybe a visit a boutique.

No dirty boxers in my path
No shouted curses over math
I’ll light candles, take a bath
Then buy shoes and new bag
But I’ll hug them when they're back

Dedicated to Becky Schlegel by Dave Schipper © 2009 Rose Riversongs.

Next time look down

Gracious... I'm going to look for that garlic tasting weed.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Watch out Rachel Pearl...

Hey .. here's another jazz singer from Nashville that probably found me from my internet relationship with Rachel Pearl... so all I can say... oh is she a smooth singer. Rachel, I still love you babe, but now I have to add Dara Tucker too. I'm pretty sure this is the first time you heard of her, but it's not the last time she'll grace The Zemmy Show. Great smooth pipes on this woman.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Becky Schlegel Friday July 17th WOW!

What a night and tonight besides being graced by friends,

wonderful new audience (beforehand thought as strangers), incredibily gifted musicians... we had a gifted photographer in Melissa Kay McCarthy. She is also a local musician who will show up tonght at the Bluff View Bash block party. It ought to be fun. She is quite the photographer.... I might have to tell her that any time she shows, I'll pay her admission. Here is a link to the rest of the pictures.

Friday, July 17, 2009

David Wilcox on mysteries

I know that you go to concerts to hear music, but good entertainers and good story tellers. Here is David Wilcox relating to learning and thinking about the mysteries of life. This is by the way from Eric Folkerth a folk musician post in Facebook... also a pretty good guy 'cept he's a Cowboy fan.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Whipping post by Emily Elbert

I have posted other videos from Monroe Crossing, but I stopped by his site today and ran into a great acoustic version of Whipping Post. You got to enjoy this one.

Check out Emily Elbert music on youtube for more ofthis folkrockin TexaBostonian. FROM Last year's Old Settler's Fest, which is outside of Austin and is just the best: Small, friendly, people acts, and a lot of Texas acts which gives it a great feel. This is a Texan who was born to shine! Enjoy.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Mountain

Last March we enjoyed listening to Tracy Grammer, and one of her stories about her soul mate Dave Carter was listening to his hero, Joan Baez sing his song, The Mountain.. I did my usual search on iTunes to find Joan's cover but to no avail. So why don't you all email Joan to get it released

(Nancy Lutzow)
Diamonds & Rust Productions
P.O. Box 1026
Menlo Park, CA 94026
Tel: (650) 328-0266
Fax: (650) 328-0845

or yell the request to her August 7th at the Big Top. Don't try to get tickets they are already sold out.

Until then enjoy Tracy sing the song:

Here are the lyrics to The Mountain :
I was born in a forked-tongued story,
raised up by merchants and drugstore liars.
Now I walk on the paths of glory,
one foot in ice, one in fire.

I see the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.

Some poor prophet comes, some find solace,
some lay him down in a junkyard bay.
Some will chase us and some will call us,
gone, gone, gone in a day.

gone to the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
i see the mountain and that is all I see.

Miller take me and miller grind me,
scatter by bones on the wild green tide.
Maybe some roving bird will find me,
over the water we'll ride.

over the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.

Some build temples and some find altars,
some come in tall hats and robes spun fine.
Some in rags, some in gemstone halters,
some push the pegs back in line.

I see the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Baby Blue

The faces of Baby Blue filled disk drives
She was laid out, sad and even holding knives
The lady took to any subject matter head-on
As poetic pause in the Gospel of John

If flesh means the stripped down honesty
Then she shared truth with no modesty
Though the absence of fabric did not release her
She envisioned her pink skin as a mink fur

Baby Blue is completely aware
Baby Blue says her prayers
Baby Blue lives in solitaire
Baby Blue wishes you were there.

Baby Blue healed strained little affairs.
She laid out all deals, and got them square.
But before the moment ended a photo taken
Years later they swear they were mistaken.

Digital pixels captured even complex days
Saved and shared to strangers in many ways
She shrugs her shoulders, and laughs it off
The lady dismisses stress with a little cough.

Baby Blue is a saint, I swear
Baby Blue is in my prayers
Baby Blue has my a solitaire
Baby Blue, I wish you were here.

I can dance the night away in pale bock
Any memory can be jarred with a walk
I can watch the gold grain fields dance
But wish instead to be caught in your glance.

Baby Blue will never leave, and always there
A google image search and all will be bared
A Lady frozen in time, in picture, and mind
She’ll always be the rarest of form you’ll find.

Baby Blue is much to aware
Baby Blue is in most prayers
Baby Blue lives in solitaire
Baby Blue is there when you care.

(c) 2009 Dave Schipper Rose Riversongs.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Book it Dano....

Call it a hunch, but it took me just a couple listens, and watches of a few of Tori's songs and videos and I was convinced that if I could book her to the Bluff View House Concerts, I HAD to do it. Consider it on the calendar... Saturday May 29th 2010 7:30.

Tori Sparks is a hard working artist who books like crazy, 200+ concerts a year. I also heard that she and Allison Sattinger have shared a few gigs in the past. Now you watch this video and tell me that you wouldn't mind stopping by and enjoying a intimate house concert with her.

Great Michael Jackson tribute

Heather Waters posted this to her FaceBook: Michael Jackson's Billie Jean - Performed by Casey Driessen (Edit Version)

As he describes: Solo looped fiddles recorded and stacked live before your very eyes and ears (to a click track). While teaching at Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp, we got the word that MJ was gone (yes, even at fiddle camp). I worked up this version to pay tribute to MJ in my concert the following night.

I guess Heather kinows Casey, and I'll have to learn more about him, he's very talented.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Absolutely Classic Carlin

I grew up memorizing the Vinyl Lp of the "Seven words you can't say on TV"

Gentle Arms of Eden

Stan Rogers, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, and now Dave Carter....

Over the last few years I have discovered more about Dave Carter, but after Tracy Grammer's concert in LaCrosse, this new song to me has become a favorite... hope you also discover the late, great Dave Carter.

Palin's Resignation Explained

I just might have to add these two as regulars.... Travis and Jonathan in Red State Update

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Trick or Treat so others can Eat

"Where your heart is" was penned for our stewardship service, and I have always loved the way it turned out...

ELCA put out a video contest, "God's Work, Our Hands" that I felt met the need immediately to our mission statement and to their goal.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I saw you yesterday

I saw you yesterday in another woman’s body
I caught myself almost reaching out to hug her.
Her eyes were windows back to your soul.
Her style mirrored your playfulness.

So today I sit and ponder it all over again
So today all the time passed has faded to days
Your voice cracked with the words, “I’m leaving”
Your glance and words went lower.

We both knew what you had couldn’t be replaced
We both knew that wouldn’t make a difference
Yes we’ll stay in touch through all the new ways
Yes we’ll work out any of the old details.

But even still pictures will get fewer.
But time may make us forget each other
Oh that sure was you yesterday
Oh and yes I still miss you.

© 2009 Dave Schipper Rose Riversongs

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Introducing Jennifer Logue

Thanks to Widy World's EP review, I have found another new voice. Jennifer Logue has both a myspace and a website; and it looks like her tour is getting close to me in September.

She must have a heart of gold too, On her website she talks about doing a volunteer show in either a hospital or orphnage in every city she stops. You go girl. Boy she put a great song to a nice video presentation, Incognito.

oh btw... she's also Pretty..

Saturday, July 4, 2009


This was way to cool not to share.

Video description: All visual work by Teddy Gage, done in Aftereffects & Maya

Music by Nullsleep - "Her Lazer Lite Eyes"

Friday, July 3, 2009

Introducing Those Darlins

Wow I found this new women group at and I highly recommend you go to their website and sign up for their newsletter, you'll get the above song free. Com'on...don't you think they should become regulars?

Songs in the kitchen Part 2

Rachel Pearl is my the angel I look up to hear that soft jazz sung in a smoky bar. I could envision having a Gin & Tonic or a Brandy Manhatten. Of course I posted her first offering of songs from the kitchen, and this one is even better. Now I don't think she's talking about this guy being a bore in the room... HA.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Anchor in the Valley

I've known this cute girl from Kentucky for a while, Her name is Kelsey Waldon.
She's a 20-something, yr old from Barlow, KY, about 20 minutes outside of Paducah, KY; and she tried the Nasheville scene for about a year. I have a few of her songs from iTunes, she has a strong twangy folksy appeal. For someone so young, she has great old tastes in the Band, Dylan, and Melanie. She's always smiling, she's a good Christian girl, and I've always teased her that she's too cute.

Here are quotes she has on her MySpace site.

"Honest, pure and full of southern charm." - Isaac Chapman, drummer and MTSU student

"Crystal, clear voice and unique country sound" - Jack Montgomery, Java City - Western Kentucky University

"I absolutely love what you have done. I normally hate everything I hear (I'm a egregious music snob). It makes me happy." - Brandon, the Mother Superiors - Murfreesboro, TN

"One of the things I'm thankful for this year, is 'meeting' you :) You're amazing and talented, and I hope you reach your goals :)" - Jess, from Australia

"We never lie. You are REALLY, REALLY GOOD. Lyrically and musically precise." -Blind Ambition Music

"your music gets me really good every time.." -Aaron, from the Bowery Boys -San Diego, CA

"I tripped over your myspace page and when I got up, I noticed the wondrous beauty of your music." -Tommy, from Murray, KY

"I've been listening more intently to your words, like an ode from a girl of 20 with insight (Ballad for Modern Times) way beyond her age." - Mike from Split Pea/ce, Cleveland, Ohio

"I teach preschool and today one of my kids puked all over the place. And I thought of you." - Gina, from Memphis, TN

Now here is her tour schedule in a video format... I just had to share it.