Friday Night Cafe: March 26, 2021

The Friday Night Cafe takes place at the Cummington Village Church, 32 Main Street, on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from September to June. In this time of COVID-19, instead of a live show at the cafe, performers have the option of making “at home” audio only, self-recordings with whatever tools they have available: from phones to recording studios. We will be posting a collection of these recordings once each month on the fourth Friday. Looking ahead we have hope that with vaccines and warm weather “real” live music is not far off. In the meantime, we will carry on with Lo-Fi FNC.

Each month there is a theme. Performers interpret the theme as they wish and submit their recordings. The theme for March is “Rising.” This month we have four offerings: two spoken word and two songs.

First a quick couplet from Jack Swindlehurst.

Early Spring by Jack Swindlehurst

Next is a new song from Rick Murnane. I’ve included his note as well.

I was gladdened to see that your chosen theme this time is “rising.” On the first of February, I released my fifth solo record, called “Rising in the Blue.” It’s available on Bandcamp: (it can also be streamed there for free – a purchase isn’t required to simply listen online. But so I could contribute to the fun this time around, I made an acoustic remix of the title track (attached as an MP3 file, per your instructions) specifically for the LoFi FNC. I began writing this song the night we all learned of John Prine’s passing, and I hope I’ve done him proud. 

Rising in the Blue by Rick Murnane

And we have a poem from Steve Philbrick.

Have You Ever Heard the Ice Go Out by Stephen Philbrick

Last, a song from One Part Luck.

Raise ’em Up by One Part Luck

We will be back next month with another Lo-Fi Friday Night Cafe.

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