Sunday, December 23, 2012

You Tube My Friend... Ha my library

As a musician who learns by listening, listening to myself is probably the easiest way to remember how to play a song... so it did last night when I forgot how to play "My Friend" by Jimi Hendrix. I'm not a huge Jimi fan, but a huge admirer of his talent, and I do love this song because it's his most Dylan like lyrics.  Enjoy

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Graceful & Grand is Lady Mary Crawley... looking forward to season three

Waltz around my heart.... I'm looking for a good male voice to sing this for me... but until that waltz with my dreams, as Mary and Matthew tie the knot; and explore their happiness and their tensions of being a new couple.  My goal would be in season four they have an opportunity to waltz to this song in the background; so play the video over and over please.

Graceful and grand is your beauty
Tender and soft is your white skin
I gaze into your deep dark eyes
To lose myself once again.

There but a moment when we met
You fashioned my heart
In your alchemy

Casted a spell to tear me apart.
You fashioned my heart
In your alchemy

Graceful and grand is your beauty
Tender and soft is your white skin
I gaze into your deep dark eyes
To lose myself once again.

A season must pass until we meet
You stay in my mind
Each night and day

To renew a love more replete
You stay in my mind
Each night and day

Graceful and grand is your beauty
Tender and soft is your white skin
I gaze into your deep dark eyes
To lose myself once again.

By Dave Schipper © 2012 Rose Riversongs

Monday, September 24, 2012

Simply Goodell should overturn the last call... then dignity would be restored.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Flash Company

I love Norah Rendell's singing and today her European band released Flash Company... and I highly recommend it...  need a short cut to it? Click Here for iTunes quick purchase.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Dylan, Celtic instruments, Jerry Douglas... how could this not be fantastic... and it is. I'm going to have to learn more about Sarah Jarosz; she's young talent; and she's playing an outstanding Dylan tune... and better than the original on my most favorite Dylan CD, Oh Mercy.  Count me with the critics, one of his best CDs.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Introducing SHEL

 I've been neglecting this blog; but not neglecting my love of music. SHEL is one of my favorite recent finds. Four sisters from Fort Collins with a creativity and passion that exudes in their music. I can't contain them in a string band classification; they are an evolved version of say the Roches with an arrangement flair of the Beatles; of course with a lead mandolin player and fiddle. Go figure.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rooty toot toot for the moon

Rooty toot toot.. Ha... Learned this because Michael Johnson was coming to the Elmaro, same place I was going to play. He actually covered the master, Greg Brown.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lady Mary Crawley... I love you.

Ready for a little poetry slam with Downton? Oh Lady Mary... I do wish to be transported to your time... hell I'd even work downstairs to get a glimpse of you.

I know Mary is not for real.
Her perfection perfected in an hour
In costumes selected with zeal
And details down to the flowers.

I cannot live in Mary’s fa├žade
But I breathe in and enjoy it;
Reach out to take her hand
Walk to the garden and sit.

Oh Mary to live in your dream
Would make mortal men melt
I can only wish and scheme
Then wonder how it all felt.
 (c) Dave Schipper

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Introducing Jessica Smucker

"I like to be like the edges of the seas and throw your sweet and broken body into me..."... wow great lines.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My love for Lady Mary Crawley continues

As I sit in February, NFL over... my all-time favorite TV show Chuck is over.. Thank God for Downton Abbey Season Two... and my love for Lady Mary... played by the beautiful Michelle Dockery

Lonely the flower the blooms first in spring
Lonely the lady with no wedding ring
Stately she stands in gown so devine
Gently she weeps for him night after night

Mary’s a vision and he loves her dear
Pride and misfortunate has kept him from her
Fills with delight as he sees her each time
When will they be one he says in his mind

Humbly the servant prepares her to dine
Glances and pauses reveal her disguise
Matthew is coming; she’s brimming inside
Stoically she moves showing only her pride.

Precise the setting, and superb the wine.
Nothing compared to Mary at his side
Polite the manners, and coyly she smiles
Warming the eve in this cool British Isle.

The ballroom is empty; they stand face to face
He says it’s time to love and the past to erase
Snow falls and she smirkly says take a knee
Only to embrace with a passion so free.

Written by Dave Schipper to the Slane melody originally publish in Be thou my Vision in 1902 © 2012 Rose Riversongs.

Here's the melody

and of course here's a video of another love song for Lady Mary Crawley.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Introducing The Civil Wars

Ha.. this is too funny... I actually ran into this duo before they were a smash new success; and I wasn't impressed... Lately, I've changed my tune... this video just shows their playfulness; their creativity, and their skill. I hope to hear much more, and see them live some day.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Meet Sammie

She's a friend from work who creates videos on her commute... she's a hoot with a great voice.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lady Mary Crawley's Eyes

I do apologize ignoring this blog... I have intentions of coming back with a charge... here's a recent passion.

Song was originally written by Janis Ian for the great Irish singer Mary Black , and I rephrased the wonderful song for Lady Mary Crawley from Downton Abbey. I have contacted Janis Ian to let her know I did this to her song, but I claim no ownership for this song or hers, it would not exist without Michelle’s performance of Mary or Janis’ original song.

Mary's eyes are auburn hue
And her hair's Newcastle gold
And she walks the thin white line between the body and the soul.
She's as faithful to her history
As a servant to his last;
For she's standing on the bones of England’s past.

She's singing of the graces
And the balance of the grand,
'Til I can almost feel my senses slipping through my trembling hand.
And I wonder as I hear her,
That the spirit still shines through
And she can reach across the ocean deep and break my heart in two...

Mary's wise and she is foolish;
She's as constant as the tide.
For it's a woman's heart that beats beneath that stubborn girl’s pride.
We are saints and we are sinners,
We are heros we are theives. We are all of us servants on the road to the abbey.


So let us cheer of glass of wine
To the East where Downton lies,
And we will stare across the waters
For a glimpse of Mary's eyes.
We are ships without a harbor,
We are sailors on dry land,
And the show goes on forever
Even though the Crawley’s can't.


Song made popular by Gaelic Storm, here are the original lyrics.