Music for MN Children's Hospitals Dec. 19th w/ Matt Hires

We're in the thick of the holiday season. It feels like everyone is moving at a hundred miles per hour trying to finish tasks, send out correspondence to friends and colleagues, and prepare for many wonderful - and stressful - social obligations that pepper the calendar through the few remaining weeks of 2015. I have an increasing sense that all of the spare moments where happenstance hellos happen and exciting ideas sprout root from seed are being assimilated into the margins by technology. For every melodic idea I've captured on my voice memo there are dozens I haven't even considered because I'm filling the micro-minutes with screen time. Not a bad thing inherently - just something to acknowledge. I find I feel like I'm often on the verge of something, but perhaps that is merely an emotion that I carry with me and not an actual truth. I have so much to be grateful for and one of these things is the warm and supportive music community here in the Twin Cities. 

My last show of 2015 will be at the Fineline on Saturday December 19th with my solo band. For this performance the band will be a 5-piece and features Cody McKinney on bass, Alicia Christiansen on keys and vocals, Richard Medek on drums and Peter Sieve on Electric guitar and vocals. It's gonna be AMAZING!! We'll play songs from last year's In Real Time and other songs from The Dark, Delirious Morning and Patterns.


On the weekend of December 18th and 19th, 89.3 the Current, The Fineline, and MN Children's are holding a 2-day benefit blow-out concert to raise awareness and funds for MN Children's. Night one is The Belle Weather, Peter Wolf Crier, Jillian Rae and Old Desert Road. Night two is Matt Hires, Yours Truly - , Chris Koza & Band, Dan Rodriguez and Sammy Brown. I'm going to feel like a bona-fide fan at my own show! So many great artists, beautiful music, and a special atmosphere - all for a truly important cause. Other sponsors include Rock the Cause, RedCurrent, Twin Town Guitars, MTM, and The House. Single night tickets available, but also 2-night passes and VIP tickets available.. Facebook RSVP here:  Night one RSVP and Night two RSVP.

One other thing! I recorded a song for a holiday compilation titled A Minnesota Holiday Volume 7. I recorded a cover of Billy Squire's classic and vastly under-appreciated song ​Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You. (For Billy's Version on YouTube click here) My version was interpreted, tracked, mixed, and all that stuff at my studio Little Radios, aaaaand I'll say that I think it turned out to be a charming little rendition. Might make Squire fans cringe with its lack of big guitar moments, but it's got more than enough quirkiness to fill in the spaces. You can pick up A Minnesota Holiday Volume 7 online at CDBaby and in the Metro Area at Kowalski's Markets. Proceeds benefit bethematch.org.  If you want to check out my track you can do so here..

That's it for the moment.. more to come before the final embers of 2015 fade into the new year, but until then..

 

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  • Dave Polus

    Dave Polus Portage, MI

    Great version of Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You - I always loved that one. I still have it in my 45s... Billy's fans will be even happier if you spell his name correctly - Squier, not Squire. :-) All the best to you and RV heading into 2016! Come back to West Michigan...

    Great version of Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You - I always loved that one. I still have it in my 45s... Billy's fans will be even happier if you spell his name correctly - Squier, not Squire. :-)

    All the best to you and RV heading into 2016! Come back to West Michigan...

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