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  • This is me standing in a field. It’s not unlike what I’ll be doing tonight at Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI, but I’ll be singing and there will be more people sitting and watching. You should be one of those people. Show starts at 5pm.
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#NinigretPark #CharlestownRI #RhodeIsland #southcountyri
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  • On the #PrudenceIslandFerry setting up for tonight’s @giveandcompany event for @cleanoceanaccess! Pre-sale tickets are SOLD OUT, but there are 10 tickets available for the first folks who come down. Ferry leaves at 7:30pm sharp with @avacallery, @allysencallery, @cfishermusic, @gansettbeer, @drinksol, @grannysquibb and @vicscrafticecream!
  • Well, next weekend is packed with good times. Check it out!
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On Friday I’ll be down @drinksol helping launch their new and delicious Barrel Ages @davescoffee Vodka! Party starts at 5pm and I’ll start playing shortly after!
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On Saturday we’re hitting the seas! I’ll be playing with @avacallery, @allysencallery, and @connorfisher on the #PrudenceIslandFerry for @giveandcompany’s Sunset Cruise for @cleanoceanaccess! Tickets are only $10... for an awesome show... on a boat... at sunset... for a great cause. Do us all a favor and snag your tickets now!
  • A month ago the audience at @as220providence selected "Tattoo Taboo" as the topic for tonight's @risongwritersassociation’s Songwriters in the Round. How it works is that a couple of us songwriters have a month to write a song using the audience's topic as loose inspiration, then we need to show up with said song ready to go.

After procrastinating all month and wandering around the house cursing at this task for a couple of days, I've finally decided to give in and embrace the whole damned thing. Plus, it’s kind of like a #LinePerDay on steroids. In the nature of the challenge, I'm putting the lyrics to the song below in hopes that it finalizes the tune (for the time being) and gets me to stop thinking about it until the show starts at 7. Want to hear it in action? Come on down!

LONG LETTER HOME
Goddamn this broken skyline and the sun that trickles in
Washing another faded byline etched into your skin
If the truth of you sang true to me, would you tell me where you’ve been?
I’ll anchor every whisper like ink drips from a pen

You’re a long letter home
All ink and battered bones
You’re the cadence of Virginia
All wind, you wild roam
A promise to the darkness kept in tow

You were rifling through your pages, all signed someone else’s name
Like the plaster of your walls, all warped and peeling paint
For every layer falling, the cracks hold up just the same 
A thousand stippled checkmates ringing out in the devil’s game.

You’re a long letter home
All ink and battered bones
You’re the cadence of Virginia
All wind, you wild roam
A promise to the darkness kept in tow

Quit burning black and white and counting every debt you owe
Shake the dust of every memory let all your colors show

You’re a long letter home
All ink and battered bones
You’re the cadence of Virginia
All wind, you wild roam
A promise to the darkness kept in tow

You’re the findings in the fire
No one will ever know
A survivor in the rubble kept for show
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PS - I’ll be @starlitegallery in Southbridge, MA with  @zackslikmusic and @graciedaymusic tomorrow night! Show starts at 8pm!
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