From the sidewalk to the sand.
- Let me apologize in advance for using the list for a totally self-serving
purpose -- as well as for cross-posting this message on another list or two --
but I'm hoping that the circumstances will allow me this one breach of
As several of you who know me are aware, I will soon be leaving the great
state of New Jersey -- the land of big hair, Tony Soprano, Bloomfield (bless my
soul), "down the shore," and eastern terminus of Highway 80 (she's a mighty
good road) -- for "the Califo-line," as Dave would say. Specifically, San Diego
-- the land of mountains, desert, surfing, practically no folk scene, pizza
with (yecch) avocado, 80 degrees with no humidity, and the current season of
MTV's "The Real World." I'm making the move for both personal and professional
reasons, and the way I figure it, there are worse places I could be going
(although New Jersey is and will always be my home, my only home).
Anyway, I was thinking that a nice way to say goodbye to my folkie pals in
the NJ/NY area would be to offer up one last RG musical performance, honoring
the songwriters we all love (mostly Dave & Tracy and Richard Shindell), but I
guarantee at least one song each by Mark Erelli, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Griffin,
Gillian Welch, Darryl Purpose, Dar Williams, Lynn Miles, Lori McKenna, and
Julie Miller. And just to show that Great Mimes Think Alike, our good buddies
Gene and Isabel Frey were thinking the same thing, and have kindly offered up
their home for a house concert, where I had the great pleasure of opening for
We're About 9 back in February. We're calling it the "RG 'Farewell to East
Coast' East Coast Farewell Tour" show.
Date: Saturday, June 26
Address: 16 Court Street, Merrick, NY 11566
Please RSVP to Gene and Isabel at courthouseconcerts@..., and I would
be honored to see some of you there.
I'm from New Jersey
I don't expect too much
If the world ended today
I would adjust
-- John Gorka