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Bruce Solos and Joins a Stellar House Band - February 1, 2008


Bruce played a three song set of his own, and guitars in the stellar house band at this venue in another benefit produced by Michael Sansonia last year, a rousing success for all. This year Bruce reprises a mini-set and rejoins an all star house band on guitar duties. Here is a light edit of Michael's invitation:
Have you ever had the thought, on a wintry Sunday afternoon, "Gee, I wish I could go someplace and hear a legendary folk performer, an award-winning cabaret singer, a couple of Grammy winners, some members of Bruce Springsteen's band, a long-running comedy troupe, a father/son poetry/rap duo, a world-class swing band, several other performers of various styles, AND support a great cause while I'm doing it?" Then, boy, do we have a show for you!
On Sunday, February 24, UUCCN will host a benefit concert in cabaret style for Doctors Without Borders, the world's leading medical relief organization, often operating in countries where there is no existing medical infrastructure.
Performers include Bill Vanaver, three time MAC Award winner Marcus Simeone, Bruce Markow, Henry Chapin, Marty Cutler, Chicago City Limits, Li'l Mo, Gathering Time, Phil Minissale, and many, many others. Backed by a band to include Larry Eagle and Art Baron (of Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Sessions Band), Frank London (of The Klezmatics), Jim Witherspoon, Kenny Kosek, Jim Whitney, Skip Krevins, Bruce Markow, Michael Sansonia, John Licitra, Martha Hyde, Tigger Benford and more.
Light supper and snacks will be available. 100% of the proceeds will go to DWB.

Sunday February 24, 2008
4 - 8 p.m.BRUCE MAROW in a solo set
(with house band back-up - which he also joins)
and Many Others in a
BENEFIT FOR DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

Universalist Unitarian Congregation Central Nassau Stewart Ave. & Nassau Blvd
Garden City, Long Island, NY 11530

www.uuccn.org


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Up comes the light - December 23, 2007


Dear Ones,

As we emerge out of the darkest day of the year
and go about our activities,
I wish for you everything you'd wish yourself
in your heart of hearts
-- or even better!

And may your holidays and new year,
and those of your friends and loved ones,
-- in fact, of everyone everywhere --
be blissed and blessed,
replete with health and happiness,
with wonder and fulfillment,
with Peace and Harmony for all.

Thank you for being such an important part of my world
and for supporting my music and who I am
and for being the amazing person you are.

Here are a couple of links you may find inspiring:

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_humpback_whale.htm
http://www.makeeverydayaholiday.com/wp-content/uploads/medah.html
With love and gratitude,
Bruce



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Thanks for coming on out! - May 19, 2007


Thanks to everyone who arrived at the Good Coffeehouse in Brooklyn last night for my solo "Yes-No Show", wherever your trip originated. I know some of you trekked in from remote corners.

I enjoyed the evening, most especially the unabashedly enthusiastic level of singing on the choruses by attendees. For those of you who are not performing singer/songwriters or have not yet been graced with such a gracious audience as mine last night: Can you imagine how good it feels to pause in the singing of a chorus (or to be free to harmonize or improvise on the melody) when your audience carries it, full voice, like an ocean of sound? And to have the energy you give reflected back by a roomful of people fully enjoying themselves? Ahhh... Stage Heaven. (Insert the sound of my heart melting here.) [Note to self: Must make an mp3 of that.]

Thanks also to Bev Grant and Ben Silver for sitting in on Let's Be Honest, Prayer for Peace and Mango; to Justin Stallard for doing a bonanza on the boards; to (friend and my occasional percussionist) Robin Burdulis for MC'ing so generously; to the volunteer staffs of the Good Coffeehouse and Park Slope Food Coop; and to Jean Rohe and her excellent band for an inspiring second set.

I'd love to see y'all at the next one.



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Bruce at Good Coffeehouse Fri, May 18 - May 13, 2007


Here's a flier to click for Bruce's show at The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor.

Bruce performs one full length set of his originals at this warm and cozy venue in a double bill with Jean Rohe's ensemble playing folk, jazz & traditional latino songs. Expect a few surprises from Bruce. He'll likely do parts of "The Yes-No Show."
Easy access by car, train or bus. Near Grand Army Plaza & 2, 3, B, Q, F trains.

Come on out for this great chance to get a full "dose of charisma and positive energy!” (so exclaims Kathy Moran, CT & NY concert promoter) and see for yourself what inspired renowned singer-songwriter Vance Gilbert to rave of Bruce’s music “Hot! Amazingly tasty!”
Some details: at BSEC, 53 Prospect Park West (between 1st & 2nd Sts)
(Park Slope) Brooklyn NY 11215. Info: (718) 768-2972. Price: $10/$6 kids.



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Support Tribal Soundz - April 19, 2007


I don’t know how it is for those of you in other parts of the country. (We New Yorkers can get surprisingly provincial when it comes to being aware of other places.) But here in the City over the last year or two we’ve lost too many terrific venues that featured a great array of internationally known -- and unknown -- talented performers, most especially tuned-in singer-songwriters and traditional musicians of both American and other roots.

Thank you and we’ll miss you, Bottom Line, CBGB’s/CBGB’s Gallery, Satalla, C-Note, Cafe 111 (and more I’m sure I’ve omitted). I’ve listened at each of these settings and performed at most of them, with gratitude. Fortunately, I’m noticing that new and unusual venues do keep cropping up her and there. (For example, right in my corner of Brooklyn, check out theater/lounge/community center/music school/instrument shop, Jalopy, and two succesful singer-songwriter series at Lyceum and Catharsis at the Perch Cafe.)
There’s a wonderful little store called Tribal Soundz in Manhattan’s East Village that I’ve enjoyed for years, since they first set up shop, where you can browse and buy odd and not-so-odd musical instruments, recordings, and knickknacks from around the world. It has a funky, friendly vibe and time passes quickly shooting the breeze with musician/owner Nora Balaban and others in the constellation of frequenters. With an abiding interest in traditional world music, I’ve taken group lessons right there in the middle of the store, in unusual guitar and vocal styles, even sitar and kora, and have settled onto the rickety, wicker, African seats for some of the best and most intimate concerts I’ve experienced in New York.

Rents keep rising all over the City and Tribal Soundz is straining to keep its doors open. If you are local please help them stay afloat by attending their stellar benefit concert series, already underway, filled with outstanding musicians associated with the place. Out-of-towners, please tell your New York friends. I’ve suggested to Nora that she open up their Web site for PayPal donations. Please keep checking. There are just some gems in life we can hardly afford to lose. Thanks.
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Lightly edited from their e-list mailing:

T R I B A L    S O U N D Z
Bringing you the world’s music... and everything you need to play it

B E N E F I T    S C H E D U L E
Pleez support TRIBAL SOUNDZ and music in the neighborhood.
We really want to stick around.
Thanx to all the unbelievable musicians
performing at our benefit.... Its going to be great!

BENEFIT CONCERTS IN-STORE - 340 E. 6 Street
$10 minimum donation
Pleez give more if you can, we need six months rent!

Fridays and Saturdays
April 13 & 14 8pm
April 20 & 21 8pm
April 27 & 28 8pm

Special Gyil show Sun April 22 11am
with VALERIE NARANJO & BARRY OLSEN (West African xylophone music)

Some of the other musicians who are appearing:
Abdoulaye Alhassane & Banning Eyre (guitar duo), Will Calhoun (drummer for Living Colour), Dennis Driscoll (NYC stories), Felice Rosser (bass and soul), Anthony Coleman, Louisa Bradshaw, Anders Nilsson & Bill Buchen (guitar, tabla), Chris Berry (solo mbira), Gina Leishman (voice), Marco Capelli /Hayang Kim /Lukas Ligeti (guitar, cello, percussion), John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, Jim Pugliese, Christine Bard, Nora Balaban, Mark Stewart, Concious Reggae Duo, Laraaji (electric zither), Seaman & Queerfunkel, Consider the Source, Steve Gorn (bansuri flute), Timbila (afrodelic trance groove), Marco Cappelli/Jennifer Choi/Vong Pak (violin, guitar, Korean percussion)
Full detailed schedule posted at
http://www.tribalsoundz.com/events
340 East 6th Street
212.673.5992
http://www.tribalsoundz.com tribalinfo@tribalsoundz.com
open daily 3ish until late
Sat 2 - midnite
Sun 2pm - 10 or so



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Partake in the goodies at the Peoples’ Voice Café, Saturday, Feb. 17 - February 1, 2007


I’m thrilled to play a full length, solo show at one of my homes-away-from-home, the Peoples' Voice Cafe.
Opposite/after my set, singers Helene Williams & Gregory Mercer and pianist Leonard Lehrman perform Songs of Love & War.
PVC is in the Workmen’s Circle building at 45 East 33rd Street (between Park & Madison) in NYC, a mere 30 second walk from the #6 train (E. 33rd St. station) and near other subway lines.
I may call upon a guest or two -- we’ll see. I’m hoping to have time to prep an almost finished, brand new song called ”I’m Rich (Hole in my Pocket)” and a dusty, unperformed old one or two.
Please come (at 8 p.m. sharp) and say hello after the music!
Click on the flier above to enlarge it.


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Soy Andina’s long awaited US debut - February 1, 2007


The video documentary "Soy Andina” makes it’s US debut in New York City on Friday, February 16 (the day before my big concert a few blocks away at Peoples’ Voice Cafe).
For more info go to a previous newsblog entry and the first guest book entry for March 16, ‘06. I may be a bit biased, but it is a great film nonetheless and I recommend you go on the 16th. You can think of it as a practice run for getting to my concert on the 17th -- or make it part of a dazzling New York City full entertainment weekend!
Go to the film Web site (linked in the other entries I mentioned) to buy tix in advance. -- looks like it could sell out. It’s at CUNY Grad Center’s Proshansky Auditorium at 365 5th Ave (between 34th & 35th Streets) at 7 p.m.
I’m currently putting the finishing retouches on my song ”Estamos Muy Contentos” for the new US version of the film. There’s a rumor I may sing live at the debut. I will neither confirm nor dispel that at this time!
In the photo, cinematographer Raul Gallegos, producer-director Mitch Teplitsky, sound man and song lyric co-writer [with Bev Grant and me] Mario Vildésola and I [sporting my old, fuzzy, platinum mustache & a hat] take a break from a full day's shooting of the film's earliest scenes in Llamellin, Péru, December 2000.


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Bruce on air - January 29, 2007


My featured TV concert/interview on Songs of Freedom runs tomorrow at 8 p.m. Check here for locations.
Joel Landy says, "Bruce Markow is a friend, fellow pilgrim and musical spirit. He is also a talented songwriter and performer. I taped two shows with Bruce recently where we swapped songs and I got to find out what he's been up to. This was the first one. Bruce's latest musical adventures have included hot air balloons and mangoes. Whatever can we mean? Tune in tonight and find out!"
Sorry I wasn't able to give you more notice.



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Another Rock Tavern benefit, another great lineup - January 23, 2007


I played my second event, this time in Garden City, Long Island, to benefit the rebuilding of the UU Rock Tavern/Sanctuary Coffeehouse, which was destroyed in a recent fire. Kudos to organizers Joanne Melosh and Michael Sansonia for producing a quality show with a cast that included talented and tuneful friends Meg Braun and Sharon Goldman, vocalist Marcus Simeone, rapper Adam Sales, baroque dancer Rachel List, reggae artist Lyn Strong, the Irish Band 7s and 3s, poet Will Sales, singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch (and possibly others to whom I apologize for leaving out their names). There were also good sound and good vibes from C1.
Not only did I do my own set, but I had the extreme pleasure of being in the house band, on electric and acoustic guitars, with ace players and friends Michael Sansonia on piano and the wonderfully comical and theatrical Ritt Henn on double bass, as well as solid-as-a-rock drummer, who I met for the first time, Len Weinstein.
We raised a lot of dough and smiles.



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Bruce on the Radio - January 2, 2007


Happy New Year! May your 2007 be healthy, peaceful, fulfilling and everything you truly want it to be in your heart of hearts.
I took an end of year vacation in my old haunts in the Western Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains, where I was based in the mid-80’s. I visited friends and some of my favorite old places like Kripalu Center and Dudley Levenson’s Inspired Planet, both in Lenox.
A highlight -- you can call it a “working vacation” -- was doing a live-in-studio concert/interview at Great Barrington’s WBCR-LP (97.7 FM) for Common Sense Songs, masterfully hosted by Barbara & Graham Dean. The Deans are wonderful musicians themselves and facilitated a terrific hour long show, plus a separate hour with Bev Grant. Bev and I did a little back up for each other.
Stay tuned: I’m hoping to stream part of the show right here on this Web site.



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Toni Blackman and Rene Collins Show - December 16, 2006


Yesterday I backed up both hip hop ambassador Toni Blackman and folk-rockin’ old friend Rene Collins on my previously under-romanced electric guitar. The eve brought out the Good in Brooklyn, NY’s The Good Coffeehouse and I had a ball playing with some fine musicians as well as stretching out on my Stratocaster for the first time in awhile. Both bandleaders gave the concert a decidedly positive vibration.


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Bruce on the Tube (and LCD) - December 14, 2006


I forgot how freezing-cold studio TV production houses are usually kept until this past Tuesday! It had been a few years since my last experience. The first cold snap has just hit New York and I’m feeling it. Veteran “Songs of Freedom” host, Joel Landy, all decked out in a Hawaiian shirt, was used to the frigid studio temperature; whereas all my muscles -- and vocal cords -- were contracting despite my heavy-duty layered look in contrast to Joel’s.
Still, he is a fine host and we had a good time shooting a couple of spirited half hour segments with interviews and several of my songs.

I’ll do my best to keep you informed of air dates.



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Rockin’ for Rock Tavern - November 13, 2006


I played at a benefit concert for New York Hudson Valley’s Rock Tavern Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the home of The Sanctuary Coffeehouse, among other things. It burned to a crisp recently.
The show, organized by Tom Boyd and Kathy Moran, featured too many friends to mention from one of my favorite songwriting communities, SummerSongs, and was a nonstop parade of talent and good will. We raised a lot of money for the church and raised a lot of spirits, too.
One big highlight was driving home boogying to the brand new CD from friends Holland, Thompson & Tooch, beautifully produced by another friend, Vito Pettrocitto. You guys are total rock stars. Highly recommended.
Check out Tom Ryan, left, a dashing looking guy under normal circumstances (See proof here, Oct 6, '06), visually interpreting a Jane March song onstage and Vito cracking himself up during his set. Think we had a slightly good time?


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Up Up and Away! - November 1, 2006


The Prayer for Peace Balloon launch was a hoot. After a surprisingly fascinating dinner-presentation from the folks at Hand Papermaking magazine -- including one inspired speaker who hushed the room by exploring the variations of sounds made by different fibered papers rustled in front of her microphone (She’s a woman after my own heart and in the tradition of the Healing Power of Sound workshops I run.) -- it was time for the evening’s featured activity: The Launch.
Well, the gods spared us the predicted rain, but gave us a pretty cold, blustery wind. We had to make last minute adjustments to stretch power lines for the music’s sound reinforcement, the video camera and Helen Hiebert’s rig for her balloon. We also had to find an alternate location where the balloon could be seen by the crowd, but wouldn’t blow over! Pretty hysterical, but we pulled it off. All in all it was a great, effective experience.
Helen’s balloon was beautiful, I enjoyed singing a long impromptu extension to Prayer for Peace” and Tom Bannister of the magazine & his wife Lourene Miovski were fine hosts (later placing an order for a stack of my new CD-EPs, Demolicious 4 [available at gigs and right here at the Bazaar]).
The afterstory: Helen’s balloon is now exhibited at the Aerospace Museum at the College Park, MD airport, accompanied by references to the song. The video evidently didn’t come out and I’ve yet to see a less-than-fuzzy picture of the event. I’ve included pics of the paper sounding experience (which reminds me: The backdrop during my pre-dinner concert was a giant paper chicken!!!), Helen making the balloon and a fuzzy shot of the lit balloon almost full. I’ll share more if it manifests.
I enjoyed strolling around Washington the next day. Here’s my "beauty shot" of the reflecting pool at the Mall and a self portrait while hangin’ with Abe L.
Meanwhile, please keep envisioning, working for and praying for peace.


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The Peace Balloon launch this weekend - October 24, 2006


I'm so excited I can hardly contain it: The "Prayer for Peace (1 Love)" hot air balloon launch is happening on Saturday. (See also the October 11 blog entry.) Let's put in a good word for dry weather, as long as we're in "prayer" mode! (OK, so it's not as much of a priority as peace!)

I've just confirmed that the general public can come by and catch the (post-benefit dinner) event. If you're in the area, stop in at 9 p.m. Look for details in the Calendar.


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When is news not News? - October 13, 2006


When it's a Blog. And it's up, as of today!

So, yes, it is still "News" -- and it's now interactive.

"Welcome to the Blog. May you use it with ease and in good health." (Sacred Geeklander Blessing)


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Eleven reasons to join the Email List - October 13, 2006


1-6 • Early notice of, for example, these last six News items in your inbox
     (OK, so maybe that’s pushing it for six reasons –- after all,
    they all went out in one “occasional” newsletter.)

7 • Exclusive merchandise offers and prices

8 • A good, dumb joke embedded into each newsletter

9 • Reminders (sparingly, tactfully & respectfully submitted) for
    concert appearances

10 • Bruce’s essential recommendations and oh, let’s say, unique perspective.
11 • Membership in an exclusive group of humanoids with refined, funky
    taste partaking in peace, truth, love, mango-like juiciness, good music and
    good times – or whatever your optional participation brings to it.

Bonus Reason 12 • Your email address will never be shared, sold or abused.
    That’s an absolute guarantee.

Bonus Reason 13 • It’s easy. Just sign up on the top right corner of
    this page now.



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What's around the bend? - October 11, 2006


The next month features several more peace directed shows, from backing the Brooklyn Women's Chorus in support of Kenya's Umoja Village to kickin' out the jams at the first Dissident Folk Festival to playing at Brooklyn's renowned Peace Fair (with the backing of Glen Roethel and Bev Grant) to fundraising to rebuild the scorched Rock Tavern UU Church, which hosted the Sanctuary Coffeehouse.

No doubt the most unusual and exciting event is my collaboration with master paper artisan, Helen Hiebert of Portland, OR, with whom I will launch, under spotlights, into the twilight sky, a fibrous, paper, hot air Peace Balloon, inspired by my song “Prayer for Peace” (see lyrics and audio clip), in Washington, DC. For more of that story go to the calendar and scroll to the description for Sat, October 28.

(I'm intending to arrange a venue or house concert in the Washington-Baltimore area Sunday, the next day. -- If you have any good leads for that, please contact me ASAP. Thanks.)
That same "Calendar" Web page is the place to go for specifics on newly added dates, as well as for the ones I've mentioned. I hope to see you at one or more of them.



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The CD & other cool recording projects - October 10, 2006


A few days ago I completed and began distributing a demo CD-EP, called Demolicious 4, of interim mixes of “Enough”, Let’s Be Honest”, “Prayer for Peace” and “Shine a Little Light”. Email at info(at)brucemarkow(dot)com to purchase for $8 plus $2 postage. There's a special offer at a special price combined with the CD single “Mango” (which has been a fundraiser for the full length CD project to promote peace, truth and love) exclusively for members of my email list (hint to join! -- and ask what offer I made.). Check out the Bizarre Bazaar for other products -- and the CD-EP may appear there in the future. [Yes! It is available there now! -- ed.]
Meanwhile, the full CD is shaping up with gusto.

Still, I need to raise more funds to complete it and, oh, how I’d rather be a musician than a banker! Could you, would you, please help ease the quest? I need to meet the costs of a hefty, new Mac computer ASAP to handle the home recording load, plus miscellaneous pieces of music equipment and software, outside studio recording, mixing and mastering, musicians’ fees and physical production. Care to carry some of the weight? Would it entice you more if I displayed the project's needs on something like a gift registry? Please email me and let me know. And thank you for whatever you offer.

One more joyous completion: Since I last wrote, the first version of the enthralling video documentary celebration of Peru, dance and identity, “Soy Andina”, went in the can and it already made the rounds of festivals and venues throughout Peru to great acclaim. My recording of my song-collaboration “Estamos Muy Contentos" pulses jauntily over the final credits, ushering home the doc’s good feeling.

I love the film in its current incarnation. It has evolved into a beautiful story, beautifully told under the care of Mitch Teplitsky, with whom I initially founded the video project. After co-directing/producing the original trailers I scaled back to associate producer and consultant, while Mitch worked ceaselessly to see it through. Congrats, Mitchito! Look for it in US distribution soon.



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News and Blogs and Audio! Oh, my! - October 9, 2006


My, Auntie Em, how the Web site has transformed and grown!

For example, as you can see, LOTS of new news has just gone up and I’m in the process of converting the News Page into a Weblog, as you read this sentence. Please check out and use the new Blog and the rest of the site towards your heart’s content.

To top it all, there’s a New Song up on the Music Page. Enjoy!

Please email your comments about the Web site (and about the Newsletter, too, when you're signed on).



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Bruce recommends these earfuls & eyefuls - October 8, 2006


This is a new feature from my occasional email newsletter, which goes out to people who have joined my email list. Normally I would not repeat it here, but 1) you get to know more of what you're missing if you haven't yet signed up for the list (which you can remedy right now on the top right corner of this page) and 2) I'd especially like to spread the word on these great artists.

With such busyness lately it’s a wonder I’ve had time to kick back.

Yet I’ve been enjoying two of Regina Spektor’s CDs, Begin to Hope and Songs, featuring her freshly expressed, minimalist “anti-folk”ish creations that convey strength, vulnerability, wildly free and creative spirit, classical training, early upbringing in Russia meets Bronx hip hop girl, a poet’s heart and some inspiring, beautifully crafted songs and piano/vocal performances. I recently enjoyed her NYC live show, too.

For guitar enthusiasts and lovers of American culture, I recommend Tim Brookes’ Guitar: An American Life, which the author describes as “part history and part love song.” He weaves a lushly detailed legacy of American guitar culture with a slightly sketchier, but informative and entertaining story of the construction of his own new instrument to make a great read. You can hear Brookes talk about it with enthusiasm on NPR.



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Adventures in Studiopia - October 7, 2006


I’ve strewn sounds across three far flung recording studios over the past few weeks.

Stop one: Ray Korona’s small but well appointed Jersey City studio to record mandolin on two songs for a CD by singer-guitarist Steve Suffet, who refers to himself as an “old fashioned folk singer.”

Stop two: Jeff Van Nostrand’s Brooklyn studio, where I played slide guitar -- something I’m getting very comfy with lately -- for a shakin’ new Bev Grant song, “Where Women Rule,” celebrating the story of Rebecca Lolosoli, founder of Umoja Village, a haven for abused women in her native Kenya. Rebecca is touring the US and will visit New York on Oct. 11, when all musicians on the recording will perform the song for her. The disk will be available as a fundraiser through MADRE, her sponsoring organization.

Stop three (through infinity): Every available moment at Mango Man studios (aka “home”) laboring-of-love on my own CD tracks, demos and soundtrack material and making lots of progress. Want to hear some of the results? See (fanfare!...) something new on the Bruce Markow Music Page.



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Riding the Gigorama - October 6, 2006


Happy autumn! The night breeze grows cooler (except for on those balmy Indian summer days), the earth more still... and I've been a fast movin', busy performin' singer-songwriter over the past few weeks, with multiple gigasms and oodles of studio work. So much for nature's natural flow slowing down this time of year.

The pace has kept me doing things instead of writing about them. Thus, this belated flurry of news items.

I'm happy to say all recent gig highlights were plugs for peace, something, as John Lennon once said, we're needing to give a chance, right?

Got up at the crack of dawn on Sept. 11, the sixth anniversary of, well, “The” Sept. 11, to sing, for the third year running, for ROC-NY (Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York), whose core members are surviving employees of Windows of the World, once atop the WTC. Performing with Bev Grant at ROC's successful, new cooperative worker-owned restaurant, Colors (417 Lafayette St, btwn Astor Pl & 4th St, NYC), as opposed to past gatherings outdoors at a downtown pier, I was touched to partake in a poignant ceremony to both honor their beloved 73 missing as well as take a festive, inspiring look to the future.

Afterward, guitar in tow, I bee-lined to Chelsea Market to join a bunch of my songwriting buddies singing all day as part of “September Concert”, a citywide, and now international, series of free events reaffirming a hope for peace. Pat Wictor, Tom Ryan, Glen Roethel, Teri Scheinzeit, John Redgate, Ina May Wool, Ritt Henn, Denise Jordan Finley, Tom Boyd, Fred Arcoleo, Matt Broady and I successfully slowed some of the shoppers whizzing by (Is this W's visionary plan to “shop for peace” in action?) -- and we singers made a boisterous, fully engaged audience for each other.

No-stone-unturned investigative reporter Greg Palast and his new expose, Armed Madhouse, prompted my return to Brooklyn, NY's Vox Pop on Sat, September 30 to headline the music at a special book party. Greg can no longer write for mainstream media since he digs uncomfortably deep for truth. He's an entertaining, mischievous, thought-provoking guy and kept the audience agog. One opinionated listener said she preferred my own approach to tellin' it like it is that night. Whatever. Greg asked to be my drummer.



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The Store is now WAAAY open - May 26, 2006


PayPal is so cool, easy and secure... and it's now fully set up at the "Bazaar". Check it out at http://www.brucemarkow.com/products.html


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Bruce records new track for True Blue CD - May 16, 2006


Following up on the last paragraph of the March 19 news turned out to be an adventure.

A week before Bob Blue died he had asked me personally to replace, with something else, my recording of his re-written version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" since it had just failed to get publisher's licensing.

Bob had a list of songs he hoped to include on his tribute CD and a few of those were still unaccounted for on the project. Now without Bob on the scene the problem was digging them up. After an extensive search the producer found lyrics - but no indication of the music, and time was running out before mastering deadlines. So I wrote new music and some extra lyrics for choruses to two of the songs. I believe they gave Bob’s words a lot of impact.

Still, we made one last attempt to honor Bob’s original concept and I finally located Anne White, who hurriedly faxed the gorgeous canon setting for “Napkin Poem” that she had written for Bob. It arrived in time for me to create a recording on the last day before final production -- and on the day of a memorial ceremony for Bob. It was an intimate consolation to missing that gathering. Stay tuned for the CD's release.

I’m hoping to make further tribute down the road by sharing my “new” songs that Bob is still co-writing!

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