Wednesday, July 18, 2012

7-18-12 Survival Jobs for Writer-Musicians – Starter Job #151 (The Washington Squares - Early Visuals 7)

We had two very strong folkie influences (all right, three actually): The Weavers, Peter, Paul & Mary and the Kingston Trio. We loved their music, their politics, and their very broad, mainstream appeal. So, when PP&M played a local gig on Long Island in 1983, all of us piled into a train or a car (don’t remember which) and caught their show.

We came all dressed in our new wave/beatnik regalia, ready to meet and greet the popular, beloved entertainers after the show. Knowing that they’re seasoned pros and would never pass up a meet and greet backstage after a concert, we positioned ourselves with a small but eager crowd at the stage door.

Sure enough, they came out to say hello after the show. We burst right into an early PP&M song, “The Cruel War,” which the guys sang harmonies to as I crooned my best Mary Travers. But -- once Mary heard us singing her song -- she joined in and came over, stroking my cheek and singing lovingly along with us Squares. Nice!  

(photo by Jill Goodkind)

Little did any of us know that within 5 years we’d be sharing a label: Gold Mountain/Gold Castle Records. . . (whatever the heck it was!) 

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