“You’re Gonna Die”

Sourland Mountains, New Jersey

Sourland Mountains, New Jersey

You’re Gonna Die  

Re-discovered track as Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) was going through boxes of cassettes. Melchiondo and Harford wrote and recorded this song on Mickey’s four track cassette machine at his house along the canal in New Hope, Pa in 1992.

Wayside Shrines to perform NYC Poetry Festival

This year’s headliners include poetry editor of The New Yorker, Paul Muldoon playing with his band The Wayside Shrines, as well as National Book Award Winner Mark Doty, Matthea Harvey, and Joyelle McSweeney reading poetry. Other highlights of this year’s festival include readings curated by The Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem, Coconut Books, Coldfront Magazine, Great Weather for MEDIA, Kundiman, Luna Luna Magazine, Poetry Crush, The Poetry Project, and VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. The Poetry Society of New York will also be launching The Typewriter Project, a new citywide installation that encourage users to go analog, and The Poetry Brothel, in collaboration with their sister branch Poeziebordeel from Belgium, will be taking over house 408 along the Colonel’s Row to create an intimate and immersive, candlelit experience. For a complete lineup, event schedule, list of vendors, sponsors, and other programing; or to submit your application to become a vendor, sponsor, or volunteer, please visit the New York City Poetry Festival’s new website: http://newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.

Riding the wave of Now.

“the Band of Changes is an opportunity to attempt to stay afloat and ride a divine wave called “the now”.
It’s awesome to be amongst friends on this wave.” – Seahag

What is the Band of Change? by Peter, taper of “Petey’s Picks”

At John and Peter's New Hope, Pa, with Aaron Freeman, Chris Williams, Mickey Melchiondo-most likely a "Jimmy Wilson" gig, photo by Jeff Rusnak

At John and Peter’s New Hope, Pa, with Aaron Freeman, Chris Williams, Mickey Melchiondo-most likely a “Jimmy Wilson” gig, photo by Jeff Rusnak

A constantly evolving, consistently changing series of musical performances by a band that never plays the same songs in the same way twice. Chris Harford has been playing music now for decades. He has surrounded himself with musicians his whole life, playing with some of the best out there. I can name names, but the actual players are less of an issue that the attitude that he, and all the musicians he plays with, take on. In the spirit of Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, Chris invites musicians he meets to be in his band whenever he hears or sees something special. This has resulted in a legacy of players, many of whom have moved on to form or be part of enormously successful bands, but who are always happy to come home and play Chris’ music for the sake of playing Chris’ music. You might see him play solo acoustic on a Monday night at the local bar. Or you might see him as a DJ teasing tunes out of the ‘X-Box’.
It might also be an acoustic guitar duo, with some other guitar slinger in the area or with an upright or electric bass player. He may decide to add a drummer, or a percussionist to the mix on a given night. Or perhaps assemble a full rock band. You might see keyboards, or three guitars, or two drummers, or all of the above. His music has compelled tapers that live in his area to try to capture and archive every performance he plays due to the magic that invariably appears in his sets. Like many bands that have had people tape their music live, every note is not perfect, and every string is not always in tune, but at some point during every performance, something special happens. It could be a different time signature, a ballad played as a blues, or a forgotten passage that forces spontaneous creativity out of the band. No one knows what will happen next. Not even Chis, it would seem. And that’s the way he wants it. Everyone on their toes….ready to innovate when necessary…at the drop of a hat. What kind of music do they play? All kinds: Folk music, rock music, happy music, sad music, loud music, quiet music. All music. See them. Then see them again. And again. Download some of his free live music from archive.org. Then see them again. Then try to stop. I bet you can’t.. I’ll see you there.