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Maybe You by Tim Lewis   Leave a comment

Do you remember that day
When you were born
and you became you?

You stared up at your mother
and were no longer her
She was she and you cried at the realization of being you.

Maybe another parent joined mother
as you grew into becoming you.
Maybe they added to the image of you.

Maybe they changed you
maybe they defined you
and you moved towards an image of you.

Do you remember when you met the world?
In desperation, it defined you.
So it could understand you

Maybe you let that definition identify you
to the world and to you.
Maybe you created a life with that definition of you.

Maybe you realized that definition of you
was close but not exactly true.
You were still trying to be you.

Maybe you leaned to act to create a character
That seemed so much like you
It was almost the real you.

Maybe you learned to be a character
that was nothing like you
to give you a new definition of you.

Maybe you created music and art
to define the world
contextualized from your character of you

Maybe when you put your stamp
on the character you’ve created
some real you has sneaked through.

Maybe your character makes your life work out for you
Maybe your character works poorly for you
in the daily transactions you pursue.

As you grow into your strength
as you grow into your weaknesses
where is you and where is the definition of you?

and you break down as the years pass through
Your image and body will crumple
in our shared earthly zoo

And as you die, do you return to the real you?
Do you cling to the image you’ve created of you?
Do you try to drag that image into the next incarnation of you?

Can You?
Will You?
Be You!

Posted August 31, 2016 by tmusicfan in Lyrics

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The Red Summer Sun, Suburban Samurai, and Better Things at 242 Main August 27, 2016   Leave a comment

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at 242 Main. I had plenty of time after work to get downtown and into the super hot sweaty club by the 7:30 start time. The Red Summer Sun hit the stage fast and loud. With a singer/electric guitar player, and electric guitar player, bass, and drums they had a ’90’s alt rock sound played at punk speed. The bass player and guitar player were constantly bouncing and spinning as they threw their bodies at the notes. The singer had a nice voice and the drummer was rock solid. Their set was short but energetic. They played their whole EP and a couple of newer songs and were lots of fun.




The Red Summer Sun at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Red Summer Sun at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



During the set break we all moved outside into the cooler evening air. I ended up chatting with Ryan Cohen about the music scene from past to present until it sounded like the next band were set.

Everyone moved inside as Suburban Samurai began to play. They are a trio with singer/electric guitar, bass and drums and had more of a classic punk sound. They mixed in some pop elements but mostly just rocked hard. As the intensity of the music built a few members of the audience began to mosh and everyone was having fun. Their set was short as well, but very powerful. I will have to check into them more.



Suburban Samurai at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Suburban Samurai at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



Again, during the set break everyone moved out of the club to get some air and cool down. It was not long until a loud noise from inside signaled that it was time for the headliners. Better Things were there to release their new album Getting Worse. They are a four-piece with a singer/electric guitar player, electric guitar player/singer, bass, and drums. Their sound also has roots in the ’90’s, nice harmonies, and heavy rock. Their set was a bit longer and consisted mostly of songs from the excellent new album. There is something earnest and insistent about their music that intrigues me. I’ve seen them play a few times and they keep making me want to come back. After 45 minutes of blisteringly intense music they called it a night but the audience demanded an encore. They set the instruments and microphones aside, the guitarist picked up an acoustic and they had the audience huddle to the stage. They sang a beautiful song about the struggles of life every day. The effect was a beautiful mix of simplicity and magic.

As the last notes faded out I returned to the cool night air and took a happy and bouncy walk home.



Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The night I met Stevie Ray Vaughan   Leave a comment

Backstage pass 1989 pic by Tim Lewis

Backstage pass 1989 pic by Tim Lewis



I still remember the night clearly. Stevie and the band played a killer show then Mike and I and several others went backstage. I had met a couple of rock stars by then so I wasn’t worried about getting an autograph but when I saw him signing other peoples backstage passes I though it would be good to have him sign mine, since I intended to keep it for life. I was all super-confident when standing in line but when it was my turn I turned to mush and meekly asked him if he would sign it. He asked my name then signed it to Tim. He shook my hand and I’ve never felt a handshake that strong since. I meekly said that I really enjoyed the show and the last time I saw him was when he opened for Robert Pant at the Montreal Forum. He asked if I had ever met Robert and said he was a wonderful person and I really should meet him if I ever got the chance. He kept talking with me for several minutes and really cared. He was a great human being and one of the most tremendous guitar players I have ever seen.

I believe that was in 1989.


Posted August 27, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016   Leave a comment

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I’m usually doing my local music radio show on Thursday nights but with Hana Zara in town I made a point of recording it earlier so I could go to the show.

I wanted to arrive before the 9pm start time so at quarter after 8 I took the lovely walk downtown. The club was packed when I arrived and a large band of string players were on the stage. I think they were called Stringdeck and the half a song that I caught was pretty cool. I settled in, said a quick hello to an enchanting human being, then she took the stage.

Hana Zara opened with Lithuania, and as the song unfolded and took us on its journey, the full room hung on every note and word. There is something about the way she uses words that paints pictures in your mind. Every song is a voyage made sunny by her compelling voice and strong guitar playing and shaded with her revelations of humanity. The fourth song in the set was the magical Science Fiction which stunned the room and caused a few album sales. The sixth song was a beautiful dichotomy called Symmetry that she played a few times before moving back to Nebraska. I’ve always loved that song and last night’s version was gorgeous. All of the rest of the songs she played were very new. They were all fascinating. One song was about remembering her true and was both vast and small. The third song in the set may have been called The Toil and had images of of oil as the blood that runs through the Earth’s body. The firth song in the set had images of seeing God in the green garden. For the seventh song she sang about friend who had a stroke and lost the ability to use language to communicate. The song was powerful and called As The World Got Completely Undressed. Zion Boat followed and was as great as all the others. She told a story of planting a garden in a suburban lawn and the local community putting up a sign that said no useless vegetation. This led nicely into the song called The Sower. She was going to end the night with her prayer for everyone for all that we are going through called Grandmama Moon but since we were such a friendly and supportive audience she wanted to play her newest song again. It was as vast and small as the first time, though maybe a little quieter and more pointed.

As soon as she wrapped up I headed out the door. Even though I had left my radio show in the good hands of Tony Gallucci I still wanted to get home and make sure the end played out correctly and do the show write up. The walk home was as lovely as the walk down only this time I had a lot of great new music in my head




Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Posted August 26, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

Radio Show 173 Thursday August 25, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM pic by Tim Lewis

WBKM pic by Tim Lewis


Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM went as follows:

recording begins
Song before: Alone – Children in Paradise


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to begin by thanking Higher Ground for sponsoring us here at the station. They have Smooth Antics playing tomorrow if you want to check that show out. There has been a lot of music about lately so let’s begin with a guy who played a solo show last Sunday at Radio Bean.

1.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
2.) Make Me See Stars – The Lonestar Chain
3.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
4.) The Last Of The Unplucked Gems (live) – The Tragically Hip

I saw music Saturday night and Sunday night so it was not until Monday that I watched the full last concert from The Hip. It was powerful and poignant. The have played in town many times and have played all over Vermont. All of their shows were great and they put a ton of beautiful music into our world. I cannot thank them enough. That new song from the Siberians has been stuck in my head since the album came out. I see no signs of it stopping soon. Great song from the Burette Douglas solo band. I love that Phil song and it was cool to see the stripped down show on Sunday. OK, here is the next and last song from Giant Places. It’s been so warm and sunny and everyone is driving around with the windows down.

5.) Windows Down – Lendway
6.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
7.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
8.) Love, Like Language – Happy Abandon

Happy played a stunningly great show at Foam Brewers last Friday. Homes followed and put on a great show too. Milton has a brilliant new album and is playing next Thursday at the Fairgrounds (???). OK, let’s rock. Better Things just released a new album called Getting Worse. This is the fist song.

9.) Getting Laid In New Hampshire – Better Things
10.) Carnage – Black Rabbit
11.) Lunacy – Cave Bees
12.) Ex-Files – Better Things

I’m psyched to check out Better Things on Saturday at 242 Main. I just checked out their new album and it’s really cool!! Bees played a stinging show at The Monkey House last Saturday. They were joined by Black Rabbit and Zeus Springsteen. Rabbit closed with that rocking song. Hmmm, Better Things. This next band are playing Saturday at the Enosburg Opera House.

13.) StatistiK – The Mountain Says No
14.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS
15.) U Thought U Ne Funk (intro) – DJ A-Dog
16.) Unveiled – Pours

I wanted to play the Pours song song for two reasons. One: It’s quite good and I like it. The second is that their drummer Chris Shar has had physical issues for years, and drummed his heart out for us for years anyway. He just started a Go Fund Me campaign to get a mobility device so he can get out and about more easily. He’s given a lot to us. It’s time for us to give back, if we can. DJ A-Dog passed away a few years ago but put a stamp on this town, and now there is a giant party every year for him. This happens all around town on Saturday. Tons of DJ’s and MC’s will play but a few bands, like Rough Francis, will play too. Forest Gray will play and this next band will play too.

17.) Colorful Girls – Dwight & Nicole
18.) Paint With The Sun – Arc Iris
19.) Scared – The Tragically Hip
20.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara

Hana move to Nebraska a while ago but is back in town tonight to enchant us with her beautiful music. I love that Hip song and and they did a great version of it at the last show on Saturday. Arc just released a new album full of songs they keep playing in Burlington. OK, let’s celebrate the return of Hana with a set of her songs.

21.) Santa Anna – Hana Zara
22.) Lithuania – Hana Zara
23.) Meghan’s Song – Hana Zara.

I love her music and her imagery and the way she lets her songs unfold around us. OK, time for a couple more. Let’s go out in style.

24.) Grace Too (live) – The Tragically Hip
25.) New Orleans is Sinking (live) The Tragically Hip

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after:
Where In The World – Fish
Flamenco – The Tragically Hip
Putting Down – The Tragically Hip
Machine – The Tragically Hip

recording ends

regular programming song after O’er The Green Mountains – Jon Anderson


Phil Yates at Radio Bean August 21, 2016   Leave a comment

Phil Yates at Radio Bean August 21 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Phil Yates at Radio Bean August 21 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. Usually, when I see Phil Yates it’s with his rocking band The Affiliates, but every once in a while he plays a solo show and it’s nice to hear the stripped down versions of his songs. The show was set to start at 9 and around 7 my friend Christopher Larrow texted to see if anything was happening. I let him know about the show and he stopped by around 8 and drove us down around 8:30. I meant to leave a little bit later but it worked out well that we did not. There was a show time snafu with the band after Phil set to go on at 9:30. We arrived at 8:40 and he took the stage at 8:43 and rocked for 45 minutes or so. With an acoustic guitar and his charming voice he began the night with She Has Your Name. He followed with I’m Thrilled then played a cool version of Grass Is Always Greener. He played a great version of Co-Pilot then followed with a brand new song that I think was called Fixin’ To Die. Ninjas Vs Zombies followed and still rocked hard in the acoustic format. I missed the name of the next song, something about good night or good morning, but it was a really nice song. Burn Burn Burn was fun, then he pulled out another newish song that I’ve seen the full band do a couple of times called My Favorite Bag. It worked quite well in the acoustic setting. The obligatory Replacements cover followed and this time it was Can’t Hardly Wait. He capped the night with Burn It Down Bernadette and ended just before 9:30. Even though I had seen a ton of music in the last few days, it was so worth the effort to see Phil play his lovely songs.


Posted August 22, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Zeus Springsteen, Cave Bees and Black Rabbit at The Monkey House August 20, 2016   1 comment

Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis around quarter of 9 and we drove to Winooski. We were in and settled about 9, chatted briefly with Chris Farnsworth about how his band was going to play Yes covers a half time off and call themselves Maybe, and shortly after that Zeus Springsteen hit the stage. Chris played electric guitar and sang mostly backing vocals, and was joined by Josh Shedaker on bass and backing vocals and David Evans on lead vocals and drums. The music began with some heavy rocking riffs and I felt like I knew the song. As soon as the lyrics kicked I realized it was the Lobot song Lights Of Montreal. I made the connection of seeing Dave play in the band Somah so many years ago and Lobet more recently and realized how great the show was going to be. It did not disappoint. Dave is a great songwriter and has a charming and unique voice and all of the songs sounded great and rocked hard. I did not know most of the songs so I just listened and let them move me. The fourth song was short and fast and might have been called Turnaround. Chris had made a few Yes jokes from the stage at the beginning so before the fifth song when he said the next would be an Elton John cover I assumed he was kidding. They played a blisteringly intense over the top version of Madman Across The Water that made me happy that I was wrong. The next song was a fun ditty about how Jody is A Robot. It was slow and searing for most of the song but rocked hard for some of it. They played a few more, including My Funeral and closed the set with an unrelenting rocker that just kept driving and driving with no let up until it crashed into the ending. This was my first time seeing this new band but will not be my last.



Zeus Springsteen  at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Zeus Springsteen at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



Up next was a band that only exists in Austin Texas or Winooski Vermont. Cave Bees hit the stage with their buzz saw punk rock. The songs have nice melodies but have a steady grind to them and sound great. With Steve Tremblay on electric guitar and vocals, Rebekah Whitehurst on bass, Frank Zee on drums and Creston Lea on electric guitar they rocked hard. They opened with I Need A Raise then kept rocking with Round Sum. Mine All Mine followed then they played a newer one called Juliet. They went back to their album with Sweet Pussy and an incredible version of The Lunacy. The next song was Kick The Can then they played a couple that I did not know, but really liked. Muskrat Love was a little heavier than usual then they played another one that I missed the title of but totally loved. 22R followed and rocked hard then they played a blistering version of Golden Goose. They closed with another newer song and I was blissfully happy.



Cave Bees  at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Cave Bees at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


It between sets it was nice to chat with Luke Awtry, Eric Olsen, and Linda Bassick, but soon enough, it was time to rock again. Black Rabbit hit the stage with their punk/garage rock music. With Trevor Jewett on drums, Darlene Scarano on bass and backing vocals and Marc Scarano on electric guitar and lead vocals they kept the night at the same hard rocking level set by the bands before. They opened with Mark My Words and followed with The Original Original. They went back to the first EP for Neutrino then rocked out Sayonara. They played a couple that I don’t know well enough yet, but really like, then welcomed us to their Neighborhood. Black Cat crept in next and was followed by the classic Tibbar Tibbar. Nicky Says rocked hard then Marc picked up the flying V for a song I did not recognize. Blue Sky followed with it’s cheery chorus then BS Passes was played a little extra hard. Rotten Egg has some cool hooks then they wrapped the night intensely with Carnage. They were as brilliant as always and I was so happy to be there for it.

What an incredible night of music.



Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Posted August 21, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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