Seventies

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Ahhhhhhh the seventies. Radio was a hodgepodge mix tape of everything poppy sugary sweet, soulful and rocky. In this picture I was probably listening to The Carpenters and John Denver and Earth Wind And Fire and Godspell and Jackson Browne and The Jackson 5 and The Beatles and Jesus Christ Superstar and Eddie Rabbit and Kenny Rogers & The First Edition and James Taylor and Carly Simon and Queen and The Isley Brothers and Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell and The Raspberries and Kiss and Stevie Wonder and Gilbert O’Sullivan and Bread and The Doors and Cheech And Chong and George Carlin and Steve Martin and Richard Pryor and Parliament and Minnie Riperton and Phoebe Snow and Donna Summer and The Who and The Kinks and The Small Faces.

I was a child raised in The Seventies on radio. I learned every note of every song. My sister Kathy Swiggs would punch me if I couldn’t sing all the words to Life Is A Rock by Reunion.

Ahhhhhhhh. Yes. Beautiful beautiful music all warping together like a strange piece of salt water taffy with psychedelic colors. I’d go to the record store and look at the gorgeous album covers beckoning me to come closer and smell the fresh vinyl. Pick it up and hold it and read the liner notes. Check in my pocket to see how much money I had. Decisions to make on exactly which record to purchase. Styx or Rod Stewart or Linda Ronstadt or The Rolling Stones or the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever.

Look at the posters on the wall of Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Tiegs.

Look at the cute girl from your math class and cross country practice. She’s also a mat maid for the wrestling team. When her braces come off we are going to see Grease. It’ll be my tenth time seeing that movie and I know it by heart.

Have a good Sunday fun day unless you’re in Australia where it’s Monday.
Boo.

Martin Edwards just touched up the photo in Photoshop and sent me it.

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Coast to Coast

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I’m headed to the other coast now. From Florida to Oregon. Headed to the Ashland film Festival where they’re showing Running Wild The Life Of Dayton O Hyde. So while I’m there playing at the theater for the film I’m also doing a show at The Ashland Community Center on Friday night April 4 at 7pm.

Thanks Florida! It’s been fun meeting all you weirdos. In fact, it makes me happy to know that there’s weirdos and freaks everywhere and for some reason they come to my shows.
I quite like it. I’ll be back.

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Louis McMullin (Uncle Louie) rest in peace

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It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart that I must tell you that my Uncle Louie passed away today.

Louis McMullin is my Mom’s younger brother. I loved him very much. He was a genius and I don’t use that word very often. But he flat out was a genius. He could play anything on the piano from classical to jazz to you name it.

My Uncle Louie taught me to sing. He had me perform as Oliver in recitals when I was only young lad of 6 or 7. He taught my sister Kath Kathy Swiggs how to play piano. I sing about him in my song Holliston Street.

When I was a kid he took me to see Julian Bream play a classical guitar concert at The Hollywood Bowl. That’s the reason I play guitar. I took classical lessons because of that show. I was 6. He also took my sister and I to see Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Sara Vaughan at The Hollywood Bowl. He took us to see Jesus Christ Superstar at The Hollywood Bowl. He took me to every Planet Of The Apes movie. He bought me Beatles records in 1967. He bought us triple scoop ice cream cones at Thrifty’s in Palm Springs. He was so good to me.

He had me sing songs from Fiddler On The Roof in recitals.
He always accompanied me on piano at those recitals.

Uncle Louie was a gay man at a time when it was scary to be a gay man. He had dignity and knew what he liked. He didn’t suffer fools and was quick to let you know when you were being an idiot.

I drove up to see him last week at the hospital and that’s when I snapped this photograph. He was making plans on the phone for returning home and getting back to work playing gigs. He played gigs up to the end of his life. I’m so glad I got to visit with him. I asked him what he wanted and he said he wanted a hamburger. I went and got him the best burger I could find and we talked about his life growing up in Cape Breton. He told me he wasn’t afraid of dying and that he’d lived a full life and he had no regrets.

He told me to listen to the song Here’s To Life because those words applied to him. He said he liked the version by Shirley Horn the best. I’ve listened to it over and over today. I’m crying as I type this because I’ll miss him and because I feel so sad to hear my Mom and Sister cry. Life is so heartbreaking sometimes. I’m so happy he was my Uncle. Here’s to life. Here’s to Uncle Louie. I love you and I will honor you.

Here’s the video of Shirley Horn

“Here’s To Life”

No complaints and no regrets
I still believe in chasing dreams and placing bets
And I have learned that all you give is all you get
So give it all you’ve got

I had my share, I drank my fill
And even though I’m satisfied, I’m hungry still
To see what’s down another road, beyond a hill
And do it all again

So here’s to life
And every joy it brings
Here’s to life
To dreamers and their dreams

Funny how the time just flies
How love can go from warm hellos to sad goodbyes
And leave you with the memories you’ve memorized
To keep your winters warm

But there’s no yes in yesterday
And who knows what tomorrow brings, or takes away
As long as I’m still in the game, I want to play
For laughs, for life, for love

So here’s to life
And every joy it brings
Here’s to life
To dreamers and their dreams
May all your storms be weathered
And all that’s good get better

Here’s to life
Here’s to love
And here’s to you

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St Augustine Florida tonight!

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My epic Florida journey continues. Tonight I head to St Augustine for a show at Cafe 11. Last night was a fun in St Pete. This is the saint tour. Marc with a C opened the show because my flight was delayed. He’s a champion!

Tonight 8pm. I shall rock. The weather is purty today. http://www.originalcafe11.com

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St Petersburg Florida tonight!

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Key West was lovely. Thanks for the memories. I saw all kinds of things. Pretty things, weird things, drunk things and key lime pie and nice people and a relaxed vibe.

Now I’m off to St Petersburg Florida for a show tonight at The Hideaway Cafe. The weather is seriously perfect this time of the year.

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Shook Twins Tour!

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Sweet poster from Meg Carter!
I’m excited for this upcoming tour with The Shook Twins.
Rock!!

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I Want My F—-ing House Back

Greetings from Key West! I made this lyric video last night for track 4 off of my new recording The Accident. This sweet song is titled I Want My F—-ing House Back.

Video shot and edited by Steve Poltz
CD Recorded and Produced by Lars Goransson
CD available at POLTZ DOT COM
also available iTunes

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Key West

I’m headed to Key West today. I’ve always wanted to do this drive. Have any of you people (what do you mean “you people”) ever made this journey? Any recommendations? I play tomorrow night in The Studios Of Key West.

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Track 3 – El Centro-

Here’s track 3 – El Centro- off of my new cd The Accident. I made this video in the airport in San Diego and then put it together on my flight to Florida. I didn’t want the flight to end.It seemed like it was a 30 minute jaunt.
Cd is available at poltz dot com and iTunes and many other online places.

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Lyric videos (sing along with steve)

Here’s a couple songs off ofmy new cd The Accident.

Easily used

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