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Maryse Smith and Francesca Blanchard at Light Club Lamp Shop February 12, 2018   Leave a comment


Maryse Smith and band pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Monday’s ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. On the first night of the Maryse Smith residency she played solo, the Ivamae played solo then Maryse finished the night. I was expecting the same thing except with Francesca Blanchard and was happily proven wrong. Maryse was set up with her acoustic guitar and vocal mic, there was a guy named Brett on electric guitar, Francesca was set up to sing backing vocals and Jane Boxall Percussion had a couple of drums and cymbals and other percussion instruments. A smile floated across my face. They began with I Forgot then followed with Liar. Jane added a subtle beauty to the songs and Brett’s guitar added a little bite. Francesca and Maryse’s voices blended with elating beauty. They followed with a song about the phone ringing and being late then heading off for the stars. Francesca left the stage and the rest of the band played the lovely 15 Steps. Brett left after that and Maryse sang about half a mind. I missed details about the next song but it was as strong as all the others. She closed her first set with an old song about Dave going to work.

Francesca came back to the stage and sang and played guitar. She played a song about wandering and looking for love then played a fantastic version of My Heart. It grabbed my from the first note and was pure bliss. She sang a song in French and the title translates to you do not exist. She sang about letting go of loving you and played her new song Maria. Brett joined her for a couple of songs including a fun version of Wicked Game to close the set. She is just amazing.



Francesca Blanchard pic by Tim Lewis

Maryse returned to the stage for Good Thing and a cool version of The Way It Is. The other members of the band joined her a different points but I slacked in my notes so I’m not sure who played on what. She played a fun cover of I’ll Fly Away and a searing version of Hold Me. Orlando was stark and beautiful. The line about how winter is coming brought forth New And Strange then they played a song about their friend Ron. She played the only song she wrote while in Philadelphia and followed with I Got A Job. She closed the night with a song about angels and devils in you and one about hearing this song before.

It was so great to hear some of the songs she played the week before with the music interplay of the band. It was another amazing night of music in our town.



Maryse Smith and band pic by Tim Lewis


Posted February 28, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Hana Zara and Cricket Blue at Radio Bean February 11, 2018   Leave a comment


Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at Radio Bean. It was one of those shows where I was super-excited to see the headliner return to town and knew the opening band would be amazing too.

Mike Luoma and I took the lovely walk to the Bean and arrived a little early to be sure we could get in and find a place to listen. Cricket Blue opened the show with their somewhat haunting gorgeous powerful music. They opened with a new song about driving away, then told the familiar tale of the Milkman. Eleanor sounded especially sweet as did Oh My Rose. Taylor Smith played a solo song about seasons and stars then Laura Heaberlin played a solo song about her favorite pair of scissors escaping a fire undamaged. They reunited into the band and closed with a song that may have been about pillows and house plants disappearing. Cricket have a lovely magic about their music and were amazing as always that night.

By the time Hana Zara took the stage several chairs were set up on the floor and the room was filled and it looked like a mini-theater. She opened with the gorgeous Cats then played The Toy. I missed the name of the next song but it was about little fires and the road coming back to meet you. Someone from the audience asked if she would play Womb Of Amanda and she acquiesced . The lines about mothers and brothers brought quiet tears to my eyes. All of her lyrics take you on a journey and her guitar playing invokes a sacred space. The lines about remember me right and remember me true from the song Snow spoke nicely of how far away she lives and how memory can keep us intertwined. She celebrated with Hooray Hoorah then invoked the new album title in Hartford. She said that was the end of the songs she prepared for the set and asked for requests. Science Fiction was the first one and the story magically filled the room. She played a song in Spanish then dropped it into Santa Anna, which is one of my favorite songs about auras. She closed the night with Murcia and left us elated.

It’s always a special time when Hana plays and it was so wonderful to be in her lovely presence.




Posted February 26, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 246 Thursday February 22, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern Time Thursday February 22. It can be streamed from the website or our Facebook page here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before Shine – Stoneman Douglas Drama Club


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Please join me on a ride through some deep cuts from Burlington’s past to music that was released this week. Let’s start a decade ago with an amazing song.

1.) Bad Oasis – farm
2.) Cancer – SWALE
3.) On Backstreets – Eastern Mountain Time
4.) Small Town Movie – The Cush

Movie is one of those songs that everyone always loves when they play live. Cool new song from Eastern who are at Zenbarn tonight. Cancer is from Swale’s first EP Verdigris. I want to send that out to everyone who is dealing with cancer, whether it’s you, your family or a loved one. Keep up the fight and make sure you have lots of friends to help. I love that Farm song. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue & White.

5.) Bird On The Sea – The New Siberians
6.) Judgment Day – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
7.) Honest Will – The Parts
8.) Cemetery Walks – Ryan Ober and The Romans

Great new song from his Caveman Blues album. It was great to chat with Ryan last Monday at the Maryse Smith show. Cool new song from Danny LeFrancois and the band. I’ve played Judgment before but this is the brand new final mix from the upcoming Book Of Zoo album. Such a fantastic song from the Siberians. So, I made it out to the three Monday residency shows that Maryse has done at Light Club Lamp Shop this month. There is another opportunity next Monday. She’s played a lot of cool songs but maybe not this one.

9.) Glory Bound – Maryse Smith
10.) Luminous – Michael Chorney and Hollar General
11.) Kids – Wren Kitz
12.) Magic In This Mystery – Robin Gottfried Band

I love thinking about the magic and mystery in and around life. Robin and the band are playing Saturday at On Tap Bar and Grill. Wren will be at Autumn Records on Saturday. I chose Kids to honor all of the kids standing up to their schools and governments and TV personalities to try and stop the gun violence. Have it kids!! Michael joined Maryse last Monday and it was so wonderful to hear their guitars weave together, while Francesca Blanchard weaved her voice with Maryse’s. Next week should be pretty magical too. This next band are playing tonight at Red Square.

13.) Three Feels Right – gneiss
14.) Wanderer – Francesca Blanchard
15.) The Mists – Aram Bedrosian
16.) Crimescene – Dino Bravo VT

That’s a cool newer song from Dino that was recorded at our Robot Dog Studio session last year. Great work as always from Aram. Francesca is playing Sunday at Higher Ground. Great song from Gneiss from a Robot Dog session last year too. This next singer moved away but comes back now and then.

17.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass
18.) Your Downtown Aperture – Video Pigeon
19.) Bob Marley And The Hartford Whalers – The Zambonis
20.) Green Apple Girl – Cranial Perch

Perch played lovely chaotic music in the ’90’s. Zambonis played songs about hockey in the ’90’s. Pigeon had that super cool kind of mysterious sound in the ’90s’. I love the power of Hero. Here’s another band from the ’90’s.

21.) Despite The Rain – Starlight Conspiracy
22.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
23.) Golgi Apparatus – The Pants
24.) High Water Mark – Belizbeha

Belizbeha played acid jazz in the ’90’s. That’s a cover of a Pants song. That’s the Pants covering Phish. Zola always rocked. Great song from Starlight. Let’s play another song about the power of water.

25.)The Sea Is powerful – Wide Wail
26.) Daydreaming – Thanya Iyer
27.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

Such a powerful song from Anais. Thanya are from Montreal but stopped by the Lamp Shop on Tuesday and played a great show. Wail were so great in the ’90’s. Well, 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->13th Star – Fish
When The Weight Comes Down – The Tragically Hip
It Don’t Get Old – Derek Smalls
Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
Astronomer’s Call->And Dream Of Sheep – Kate Bush
Turn Of the Century – Yes
Smalls Change – Derek Smalls
Dance On A Volcano->Los Endos – Genesis
Echoes On – Cones
Like A Hurricane – Roxy Music
Change We Must – Jon Anderson
The Awful Ache – The Church Band
Man On the Side – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.


Maryse Smith and Ivamae at Light Club Lamp Shop February 5, 2018   Leave a comment


Maryse Smith pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music a couple of Mondays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was the first night of the Maryse Smith residency and it had been ages since I had heard her sing live. I got out the door and took the lovely walk downtown and was in and settled by the 10pm start time. The room was full of local musicians and fans and she took the stage with a smile. Her guitar playing was sweet and the songs sounded great but it was the first few notes of her voice that filled my heart. She sang songs about something on the tip of her tongue and being stood up. She sang about half a mind. She said she wouldn’t go on loving you forever and wouldn’t want to burden you with that. She sang about heading off to the stars and about how everybody has a reason why. I should have listened to her songs more so I knew the titles but just being there to experience them was heartwarming. Up next was Liar and it was as terrifying and wonderful as ever. She ended her first set with The Way It Is.

Up next Ivamae took the stage. She sang and played a mellow electric guitar. She opened with a song about falling out of love but not out of place. She followed with a cover about how everything means nothing if I ain’t got you. Tender Meat was lovely then she sang about loving you through all the bliss and pain. She played a few more passionate songs and closed her set with a song about not being able to change the truth. She was as magnificent as always.

Maryse came back to the stage and pulled out classics like Good Thing and I Forgot. She sang about how winter is coming and I’m still here then played a great version of 15 Steps. She played a couple more and ended with one about hearing that song before, then called it a night.

It was so great to hear her sing again and even nice to know she was playing the next three Monday’s.



Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis


Posted February 20, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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My mother is dying and I’m trying to stay strong. February 15. 2018   Leave a comment


Carol Lewis pic by Tim Lewis


Is it Friday yet? I kind of hope not.

Four Friday’s ago I went up to the ER because they brought my mom in due to a very painful headache. Her cancer returned this fall and she went through radiation in November and early December. I thought that by four Fridays ago she’d be healing. They checked her out and did a scan that didn’t show anything bad. They guessed that it might be a reaction to coming off the pain meds she had been using. I drove her home.

Three Fridays ago I was on lunch break when my supervisor said they took your mom to the ER. I headed up and met her there. She had been reaching up into a cupboard for something, felt faint, then almost passed out and fell into a chair. She has had a blood clot for a while, likely brought on by one of the cancerous nodes pressing on a vessel. They though it was just that motion that blocked the blood flow, and the blood thinners would lessen the blockage soon. I drove her home.

Two Fridays ago we had an appointment to check in with the radiation oncologist at the hospital. No need to go to the ER at all. She had a PET scan earlier in the week and we would see the results of the radiation therapy. That oncologist sat down with Ken and I and explained that the treated area showed improvement but the cancer had spread to a mass behind her eye, a spot in the back of her head, spots in her lungs and in her clavicle. We spoke to the chemo oncologist and he was ready to help her get a bit stronger and start immunotherapy. She was feeling weak and wanted to be admitted to the hospital. I didn’t drive her home that night.

Last Friday Mom, Ken, and I met with the oncologists and palliative care nurses and doctors to discuss the best plan going forward. Mom had gone through too much pain and was too weak and decided that going through rehab would be too much. She would move to Respite House where they could make her comfortable. She was moved over into a lovely room on Saturday. The staff have been inundated by the staggering amount of visitors. She has touched a lot of lives. Ex-Governors and movie stars would be jealous of the amount of love she is receiving. I visited her on Saturday and Sunday and Monday and Tuesday but not Wednesday. Ken visited her that day. I saw her today and she is alert and my Mom.

I will spend as many moments with her as I can, but I’m beginning to hate Fridays.




Posted February 16, 2018 by tmusicfan in Uncategorized

Radio Show 245 Thursday February 15, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US eastern Time February 15 2018. You can stream it from the website or this link: WBKM. It will go as follows.

Song before: Art Of Dying – George Harrison

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week Hana Zara came to town and played a brilliant show at Radio Bean. She played a lot of new songs and this classic about seeing auras.

1.) Santa Anna – Hana Zara
2.) Hold Me – Maryse Smith
3.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
4.) My Heart – Francesca Blanchard

Francesca played a brilliant version of that on Monday when she joined Maryse’s weekly residency at Light Club Lamp Shop. Maryse played a great version of that song that night. Cricket opened for Hana last Sunday. They played mostly new songs and did not play that one, but I really like it and wanted to play it for you. OK, this next singer will be at On Tap in Essex tomorrow.

5.) Can You Love Me Too? – Bethany Conner Music
6.) Tiny House – Tom Pearo
7.) California – Ver Sacrum
8.) The Divine Feminine – Ouzkxqlzn
9.) Mama – Ivamae

I love that song about getting advice from your mother. She will be at The Monkey House on Friday and at the Lamp Shop on Tuesday. Ouzkxqlzn will be at ArtsRiot on Saturday with Maryse Smith and others. Ver and Tom will be at the Lamp Shop on Saturday. This next band are from Montreal but will be at the Lamp show with Ivamae on Tuesday.

10.) Be Apart-Break Apart (Give A Little) – Thanya Iyer
11.) Love In The Afternoon – The Thursday Torys
12.) Faded Hollow – The Cush
13.) It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper

That song is so cheery that I want to play it all the time. I was due. Great new song from The Cush. The Torys are at SideBar tonight. Iyer were amazing the last time they came to town. I can’t wait to see them again. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue & White.

14.) Circle K – The New Siberians
15.) Honest Will – The Parts
16.) Gettin High – Heavy Plains
17.) Waiting – ROUGH FRANCIS

Great new song from Francis. Word has it they will be releasing a few songs as a lead up to the new album. Great classic from Plains. Great song from Danny LeFrancois and the band. The Siberians are so great. OK, a cool show happened at Nectar’s last night. Swale played the whole Paranoid album then Surf Sabbath played other Black Sabbath songs. If you listen to this next set and use your imagination you might guess what it was like.

18.) Safe To Say – SWALE
19.) Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath
20.) Symptom Of The Universe – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
21.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale

Last night was so great. I hope you get a hint of it from that set. OK, let’s keep rocking.

22.) Never Cry Halo – Alice Austin
23.) Crazy – Clever Girls
24.) The Anchor – Carraway
25.) Nowhere Feels Like Home – Fire The Cannons

Cannons rocked us in the early 00’s. Great new classic from Carraway. Crazy is such a great love song. Alice helped make out town sound great in the 90’s and is still making great music. OK, let’s keep rocking.

26.) Once More With Apathy – Mr. Doubtfire
27.) Prime – Black Rabbit
28.) If You Lie – The Mountain Says No
29.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker.

That is such an epic song. Those last three were from live at Robot Dog Studio sessions. Two were from this year and Rabbit were in last December. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after:
Arc Of The Curve – Fish
Everytime You Go – The Tragically Hip
Courage & Sorrow – Dam Kat
Margaret – Marillion
Electric Funeral – Black Sabbath
Firepower – Judas Priest
Dynamite Road – Alice Cooper
Small’s Change – Derek Smalls
It Don’t Get Old – Derek Smalls
Joan Crawford – Blue Oyster Cult
Echoes On – Cones
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming


Zentauri at ArtsRiot January 31, 2018   Leave a comment



I had a great time seeing a movie a couple of Wednesday’s ago at ArtsRiot. I knew they were showing horror films on a semi-regular basis but I had not made it to any of them, and thought it was about time I caught one. I took the long chilly walk down to the South End and got a bite to eat. I said hi to a couple of cool people then went into the show room. A screen was set up in the back of the stage with the band’s gear in front. After a bit Zentauri took the stage and the lights went down and John Carpenter’s The Thing started. They had the sound off and captions on. Matthew Bryan Hagen played keys, guitar and Theremin, Lauren Costello played cello through cool effects, I missed the names of the guitar player and drummer. Imagine something that sounds like the first couple of songs from Obscured by Clouds rising and falling with the tension on the screen and you’ve got an idea. It was easy to follow along with the movie and the music. The movie seemed to add something extra to the movie and the music took the movie to another place. It was a fantastic experience that will likely never happen that way again.

I did not stay too long after the end credits rolled. I think they may do this now and then and I highly recommend catching any show they do. Wow.




Posted February 14, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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