The Great Lawn – Thom Falzarano

Clarke Pond – Click photo for more of Coolidge Reservation

A one-mile trail starting at the parking area on 127 to the top of Bungalow Hill, around Clarke Pond to Magnolia Beach, and to the Ocean Lawn. A great walk, bring lunch and blanket to spend nice relaxing autumn afternoon.

Fifth graders from the West Parish School took a field trip aboard the Thomas E. Lannon Pics From City Councilor Paul McGeary

City Councilor Paul McGeary forwards-

Fifth graders from the West Parish School took a field trip aboard the Thomas E. Lannon on Tuesday, Oct. 2. All third- and fifth-graders in the Gloucester Schools get the experience, which is funded in part by the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program and in part by each schools PTO. In addition to a two-hour cruise, the youngsters also spend part of their day visiting the Cape Ann Museum to learn about our city’s cultural history.

In photo below, Tom Ellis, skipper of the Lannon, instructs the youngsters in proper shipboard behavior prior to leaving the dock.










“Careers are now in the hands of the audience,” says Bob Lefsetz. Boy, I hope you’re right, Bob. But you’re missing something BIG

Something big happened to the music business last week.  Mumford & Sons’ new album sold 600K+ units during its debut week, making it the “highest selling debut week for a rock album since 2008” according to Billboard — and they became the first band since the Beatles to have six singles on the Billboard top 100 chart at the same time.

Why is this such a big deal?  Well, a whole lotta reasons.  First of all they have an accordion and a  banjo, once thought the kiss of death in pop music.  Secondly, according to this article, “it also notched New York-based indie label Glassnote Records its first Billboard 200 chart-topper.”  Most importantly, even though he misses the big point, music curmudgeon Bob Lefsetz proclaims victory for music over hype in his recent post (see it here excerpts below)

… it comes down to the music. And that’s where Mumford shines.

They don’t dance. They don’t wear designer clothing. They don’t do beer commercials. They underplay and undercharge. They do everything the complainers say you cannot.

And then they blow up the chart. … It wasn’t their tweeting or social networking, it was the honesty of their music and message, in a phony world, their fans couldn’t stop spreading the word.  …

He goes on to prognosticate about the future of the music business with this bit that I find tremendously optimistic:

This is only the beginning. Careers are now in the hands of the audience. That’s who spread the word on Mumford. It wasn’t a top-down media campaign, but a grass roots thing. People bought the album because they needed to belong, it was a badge of honor.

In case you’re wondering what he’s talking about, watch this video, shot by a fan:

But later in his post, Lefsetz can’t help commenting on the state and future of music distribution (something he touches upon in nearly every post):

The big story has been that the album was available on Spotify yet still sold a ton. That’s missing the point. If you think digital sales are the future, you’re still watching TV on a cathode ray tube. It’s not only music that’s in the cloud, everything’s on demand all the time.  

If he’s right, my prediction (made last month in this post) may come to pass even sooner than I had thought.

Then his post continues with clever barbs for choice selections from the Bilboard 100, as Lefsetz lapses back into his perpetual, pessimistic, put-down rant and completely fails even to mention the real future of music: LIVE SHOWS!  That’s where the music business is really going.

Bob, you can lament all you want about the labels’ decline or the sorry state of top 40 — and you’re absolutely right.  But what IS the future?  Where’s the light?

I’ll tell you, right here.  It’s in live shows.  That’s where most musicians make their money today.  You can’t steal a show.  You can’t download it.  You can’t email it to somebody.  There’s only one way you can get the live show experience.  You just have to be there.

The  Mumford video is one example.  Here’s another one — Chelsea Berry at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA on June 28, 2012.  You can hear the crowd in this one too (even though the camera was behind the last row).

Chelsea’s got it.  She excites her audience just like you say musicians have to these days.  It’s only a matter of time before you’re writing about her, Bob.

Want to see more of  her?  Check out these videos.  And while you’re at it, check out some of the other extraordinary artists who really connect with their audience up here in Gloucester MA and see where they’re playing live shows here.

One more time: Live Shows are the bright spot in the future of the music business.

A Pig Named Paisley





























You never know who you’ll run into on Rocky Neck.  Today Gabby and gang came by with their new 3 month old pet pig, named Paisley – isn’t that just the most perfect name for a pig!  Paisley had painted red toenails, but was wearing no lipstick.  Bogie the Westie enjoyed meeting his new neighbor too.

I’ll miss Rocky Neck this winter.  I’m pretty sure I won’t meet any pigs named Paisley in Annisquam.

E.J. Lefavour

Wednesdays @ The Rhumb with Fly Amero ~ Special guest: Dan King

Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, October 10th
Special Guest: 
Playing some 200 gigs a year, Daniel Scott King, shown here
from page 142 of North Shore Magazine’s latest (November,
2012) issue, might sensibly be referred to as Gloucester’s
busiest performer.  Lucky for us he’s found time to step in as
this week’s musical guest.  And, for those who don’t already
know, this prolific songwriter will soon be relocating to the
West Coast.  Come get him while he’s here… and hot! ~ Fly
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Surf & Turf Dinner –
  $11.95 (while they last)
Tenderloin Tips with Grilled Garlic Shrimp!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Oct. 17: Elaine O’Rourke (with her brand new CD, “Silence of Time”)

Oct. 24: Rocky Kramm

Oct. 31: Inge Berge

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Join The Bandit Kings Possee

Public Event · By Dan King


My friends in The Bandit Kings
have decided on a trying a pre-sale pledge
(Downloads, Rare Live Tracks, Cd’s, T-Shirts, House Concerts and More..)
to raise funds for the next Studio Recording.

my take on the whole process is detailed below or just hit the link to go directly to the site.The latest popular and most successful experiment in music production
is doing a funding campaign(Indiegogo, Kickstarter, PledgeMusic, etc..)
to let us know what you’re preferences are today before we manufacture and print
to avoid wasting precious resources on items nobody wants.

Maybe you stream or download for free but collect Artful concert T-Shirts or posters?
Maybe you like to host parties and hire live musicians only?
Maybe you still love Cd’s?
Maybe it’s all of the above?
or if it’s none of the above
maybe you know a patron of the arts or an interested family member you can forward to.

Either way I really appreciate you’re time and please feel no obligation in any way. A non-vote helps our analysis just as much.
If it’s your cup o’ tea, drink it!

all the best
via The Bandit Kings

ps. a bit of proseThe Future/Fall 2012

I remember 8 track tapes in the car, Albums in the house, using Cassettes to record off the radio,
especially those memorial weekend 500 top song marathons while shooting hoops in the driveway.
Got a Cd player for graduation and bought my first ones at Gloucester Music, then came Mp3s, Wave Files
and we traded hard drives then thumb drives and sent files over email, downloaded Itunes and Rhapsody
and today I stream on, Youtube, Spotify and make Pandora radio stations for the car with high resolution Pono on the horizon.

The Future is now. With so many options available at our fingertips
Please Help us decide where to invest our resources.

Microphone technology hasn’t really changed.
Most instruments have been around for decades if not centuries
and recording techniques,
though editing is much easier with computers,
still depend on performance, time and passion.

Tables by T.M. Nicholas and Jeff Weaver for Pathways "A Place at the Table"

Good Morning,

attached are 2 more photos  taken by Tracey Emanuel of tables painted by Cape Ann artists for the Pathways benefit “A Place at the Table”

#1 is Evening Sail by T. M. Nicholas  on display at the Cape Ann Museum


#2 is Island Life by Jeff Weaver and it can be viewed at the Rockport Art Association.


“A Place at the Table” auction gala to benefit Pathways for Children in Friday 11/9 at Cruiseport Gloucester

Thank you for helping us show off  these unique tables.

Community Photos 10/8/12

Paint Factory- The Other Side From Tucker Destino


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Hi Joey,
I know you like neat Cape Ann sitings, and this caught my eye. Perhaps you know that Native American lore says our continent is a tortoise, whose ‘Eye’ is Cape Ann. If so, do you suppose this cracked boulder on Thatcher St may be its Eye-&-Mouth?
Amy Shapiro