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G _E_ O_R_G_E_G_E_O_R_G_E_O_R_ - July 1, 2008

He hated his name. It never ended so he said. He loved life. He saw things that the rest of simply did not. He pointed them out to us with a wit that can only be described as genius. He was an Irish kid from the Bronx. He took the number 1 bus, the CC train and he trod the slabs of the Grand Concourse. He was as funny as they come. Foul mouthed and irreverent in one breath yet poignant and sagelike in another. He was Mozart. He was Michaelangelo. He was Rembrandt. He was Wright, (not Stephen but Frank LLoyd, Wilbur and Orville) He was Sinatra. He was every man and yet he was uniquely Carlin, George Carlin, Double O Carlin. May he rest in peace and may perpetual light, and humor, shine upon him.

Let the rest of us be reminded that we do not EVER get the last laugh!

SOME GREAT HOUSE CONCERTS COMING TO MONTY's ROOM - April 16, 2008

Check the schedule page for these upcoming MONTY's ROOM Concerts:

STEVE TILSTON
DANNY O'KEEFE
TOM CONLON
REX FOWLER
GREG TROOPER
CHUCK E. COSTA
ANDREW McKNIGHT

old friends stopping by to make some joyful noise....
I cater the thing...you make a donation to the artist...20-25 folks have a great time...GUARANTEED


If you haven't been to one yet, please come. It gives me a chance to welcome my fans and some new friends into my home.

Peace & melody
Montgomery

44Precinct Christmas CarStop Video - January 4, 2008

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Check out this link...police work doen't get any more real than this!!!

ME & THEE BLOG INTERVIEW - December 28, 2007

Check out my first "cyber" interview at:

www.meandthee.org

HAVE A HOUSE CONCERT!!!! - December 11, 2007

House Concerts In Your Home

My RAP DEBUT!!!! - December 7, 2007

Check out this cameo in a video which features my son Brian's tune "Game Of LIfe"...the song starts about 6minutes and 45 seconds in ...my son Brian is rapping it...his own beat...his own words....proud poppa!

VIDEO of USFOLK SHOW WITH CHRIS DARLING - December 7, 2007

Check out My buddy Keith Kelly on mandolin and I doing "Son Of A Son" live in the studio on Chris Darling's show Us Folk up in Portland, Maine this summer...



http://www.vimeo.com/262847

Catch me on Youtube - December 7, 2007

2007 FADING AWAY - November 29, 2007

It has been a very tough year for me in several respects but a very good year in others. As we approach Christmas I find myself longing for the smell of evergreen and woodsmoke. I am really looking forward to letting this year go, decorating a tree and moving on to a better 08.

It was a great year for the music. I have written some of my best songs ever this year and I continue to work at the craft of songwriting by attending several songwriter workshops on a regular basis, making the scene at several conferences each year and by being around other songwriters as much as possible. Meeting Buddy Mondlock recently and sharing a few tunes with him in "Monty's Room" at NERFA was a very distinct highlight as was re-connecting with Chuck Brodsky, running into Erik Balkey at a small radio station in Maine, and welcoming my good old friend Greg Greenway in to christen my new home with music.

Catching Chuck E Costa's amazing set opening for Roseanne Cash (everyone say a prayer for her) at the White Plains Arts Center, attending Aztec Two Step's 35th Anniversary show at The Natiick Center For The Arts and sitting in on jembe, brushes and harps with the curiously young, yet old, Anthony DaCosta (Kerrville Winner) at this little place in Pleasantville, rank as the top of shows I have taken in this year.

On a personal note, my first ever showcase at NERFA was a big thrill (thanks to Keith Kelly and Todd Guidice for sitting in on that short but powerful set). Then of course there was the chance to open for and meet the lovely and talented Jill Sobule at the Towne Crier....but then....there was the honor of being joined on the stage at the Turning Point by my friend and musical mentor, Rex Fowler of Aztec Two Step and accompanying him as he played one of my songs ("Empty Windows") to his audience...it doesn't really get much sweeter than that!


No matter what happens in my life all I ever need to do is look at the music and the musicians that I have been blessed to experience and I feel better!
Fans, thanks so much for coming out again and again over the years to give us a listen.

Louise, we miss you here on the right coast and want you to know that you are one of the most unbelievably gifted women in the world of song! Aloha baby!
Jack, it was so great hanging out for a while at FRFF. You are truly an immense talent and one hell of a man.
Marty, I miss you buddy and I am loving the new CD!
Stuart, I love you like a brother.
Gary Paul, you are one of a kind and it always warms my heart to see you and hear you play.
Rex and Neal, you guys are amazing and are getting better with every passing year..it is really unbelievable to have been an aural witness to the phenomenon that is you two...and only you two!
Ranno,you and I are going to make a GREAT F'IN RECORD THIS YEAR!!!!!
Sloanie, I am so glad that you seem to be getting the kind of recognition you deserve and I am so happy to be your neighbor now. That man of yours is one of my most favorite guys!
Keith, thanks for adding so much to my music this year.
Brooks, it was so great to see you and hear you again. You are truly a master of the instrument!
Edie, WE ARE FINALLY GOING TO DO A SHOW TOGETHER!!!!
Brain, I am so proud of what you are trying to do musically. I wish you all of the sheer joy that music has brought to me and all of the success that has eluded me. That is not to say that I have not been successful. When you touch someone with music, something valuable and priceless happens in the world.

So let's go forward to new music, new people, new places, new relationships, new ideas and new hope for the future.

Blessings to all of you
Please know that each and everyone of you has been a blessing to me...

Peace & music
Montgomery

OFF TO NERFA.....AGAIN - November 8, 2007

I have been attending this thing we call the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference for 12 years now. For the past 11 years, my buddy Stuart Kabak and I have hosted something called "Monty's Room," which is not a "showcase" but rather a "nocase" where agents, promoters and particularly songwriters at every level of the folk food chain can come in, sit down, have something to eat and either listen to a few songs or play one of their own. Over the years, just about everyone in the genre has stopped in, including the likes of Sexton, Shindell, Paxton, Greenway, Harris, Rao, Gilbert, MacDonald, Hardy, Wainright (more than one), Yarrow, Carey, Bissex, So, Hsu, Wenz, Taylor, Mitchell, Martin, Sampou, Wheeler, Agranoff, Staines, Williams (Dar and Brooks), Fowler( &)Schulman,Mal, Olsen, Phillips, Franke and of course, The Schwartz...to name just a few.

It has been a great ride and I have been a big believer in the conference inasmuch as it brings together an incredible array of gifted folks who attempt to sell their musical sensibility, tactile ability, vocal prowess and assorted wares to the music consuming folks. These consuming folks decide who they want to present, produce, represent, market, publicize, sell etc.

Over the years, I have seen some very talented people make some very important connections at these conferences which helped to launch their careers and continue to enhance them. So much so that they DO NOT ATTEND NERFA anymore. They have graduated to bigger and better things. They don't NEED to go to NERFA.


I have also seen some very talented people who, for whatever reason, have been overlooked by the musical consumers. In many instances some of these people were better and more skillful musicians or more masterful and provocative songwriters but alas, it was not their fate to be "consumed."

As for me, I don't NEED to go to NERFA, I want to. I want to because I love the people that I meet there (each and every year). I want to because I want to hear the next Martin Sexton or Cheryl Wheeler or Suzanne Vega or Tracy Chapman or Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen or Phil Ochs or Steve Goodman that comes along. I want to be there when that happens. And somewhere, deep down in the back of my mind in the place where my ego meets my soul, I still hope to be, if not consumed...at least nibbled on a little bit....so I am off to NERFA to do my very first showcase in 12 years of attendance...break a leg me!

I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to "emerge" at the age of 50, after singing for literally hundreds of thousands of people these past 20 years. Some cocoons are thicker than others. They say that the more difficult the metamorphosis, the more beautiful the butterfly!

(they don't really say that, I just made it up...that's what songwriters do...sometimes, they make stuff up)

But I am honored...that is true. Thanks NERFA for 12 great years!

Peace and music

Montgomery

MAD MAD WORLD...NEW SONG - October 31, 2007

Mad Mad World © Montgomery Delaney 2007

Sometimes the world it gets me down
Sometimes it makes me feel like drinking
Sometimes I read the NY Times
So I know what the enemy is thinking
Sometimes I watch the evening news
So I can be indoctrinated
There’s nothing like a talking head or two
To to fire you up and get you jaded

It’s a mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad world!
It’s a mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad world!

Sometimes we have a President
Who tries something difficult and fails
Sometimes we have a very different kind
Who will be sucked but won’t inhale
We pacify the crazy Arab man
Who wants to blow us all to pieces
And persecute the poor Mexican
Who only wants to pick our peaches

It’s a mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad world!
It’s a mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad world!

Somebody write the world a sick note
And pump it full of Prozac and Depacote
Poor old world is in a great big mess
A perpetual state of post traumatic stress...

We teach our children about birth control
When half of them can’t even reed and right
We spend so much time making that money
And so very litlle of it making a life
We’re not supposed to mention God anymore
Or to speculate about His will
Who needs God when we've got jerryspringermontel williamsprahwinfreydoctor
phil?

It’s a mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad world!
It’s a mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad world!
It's a mad mad mad mad
mad mad mad mad world!
It's amad mad mad mad
sad sad sad sad world!

THE UNSUNG HERO - September 28, 2007

I just had the privilege of playing the Towne Crier Cafe again. It is one of the most important listening rooms on the east coast and has provided a forum for the very best troubadours of our time for over three decades. Simply put, everyone who is anyone has played that stage and literally hundreds of thousands of people have passed through its doors to enjoy exquisite food and outstanding music.

The constant is Phil Ciganer, the proprieter, the presenter, the passionate fan of the performing songwriter, the unsung hero of our genre. When you speak to Phil you are immediately impressed by the quiet tone of his voice and the lyrical simplicity of his words. He has seen and heard them all over the years. He has encouraged and cajoled and evinced and requested and commanded and caressed performances out of both the giants and the neophytes of the music industry. He has introduced the Adult Contemporary genre to two generations of new fans. He has been there for the travelling musician through thick and thin, in good times and bad for better and for worse, richer and poorer. He has husbanded, shepherded, guided and graced our profession and our passion with a countenance that has been unwavering and constant lo these many years. On a thousand nights, the crowds at the Towne Crier have stood up and given standing ovations to the best and brightest musicians that America and the World have to offer....at some point in time, they should stand up, face the rear of the room and direct their applause to the quiet, handsome bald fellow in the back who has made it happen so well, for so long.

On behalf of the multitudes of my colleagues that you have given the gracious opportunity to play your beautiful room, I applaud you Phil Ciganer!!!!!!!!!

PS
Inasmuch as we have recently established that Ezra from Trout Fishing In America is actually taller than me, I am proud to be your second biggest fan.

Peace & music

Montgomery

LAST NIGHT @ THE TOWNE CRIER - September 22, 2007

Well let me just say thank you to all of the folks who turned out last night and made the evening so special. I apologize for the broken strings...it is the first time in over 20 years of performing that I ever broke 2 at once!

Let me just thank the wonderful JILL SOBULE for the gracious use of her well worn and well played Vagabond guitar. I have met a lot of people as I have played the 'poet game" these many years but none nicer than JILL SOBULE. The set she performed last night was absolutely fantastic, full of energy and intelligence, humor and the lyrical honesty and sarcasm that has made her such a favorite for so many. I will always remember her inviting this adoreable little girl (all of 6 or 7 years old) to sing "Cinnamon Park" with her. She put the mic down to the liitle girl's level and knelt down to play and sing with her. It was pure joy, great musicianship, completely human and as entertaining as could possibly be!

If you are not a Jill Sobule fan yet...get on the wagon...she is one of the most insightful and gifted writers we have travelling around this country singing right now...

Peace & music to all of you

Thanks again

Montgomery

P.S.

Good news...

1) I HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO PERFORM IN ONE OF THE TRICENTRIC SHOWCASES AT THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL FOLK ALLIANCE CONFERENCE IN NOVEMBER

2) PHIL CIGANER, THE OWNER OF THE TOWNE CRIER IS GOING TO GIVE ME A SPLIT BILL IN HIS BEAUTIFUL AND FAMOUS ROOM...KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR THE DATE WHEN WE CONFIRM IT.....I PROMISE TO BUY SOME BETTER STRINGS FOR THAT GIG....LOL



PEACE
m

NEW VIDEO - August 24, 2007

Check out the link below:

www.vimeo.com/262847
Kieth Kelly and I doing Son Of A Son during a radio stop on Chris Darling's US FOLK show WMPG in Portland, Maine

FATHER'S DAY!!!! - June 15, 2007

It has taken me a while but I am really starting to appreciate this day. As my children have reached the age of majority (24, 22 & 21), it has become increasingly clear that it has taken a tremendous amount of work to get them here. What an incredible feeling of satisfaction to see them starting to stand, really stand, on their own...it is so much different from them grabbing onto the coffee table so long ago! The most important thing that a man can do is raise good children.

To those of you who are present in your children's lives and active in their development, I send my best wishes and congratulations.

To those of you who have abandoned your children and do not support them (and that means more than just sending money every once in a while), I say that there is still time for you to step up to the plate and be a man. Anyone can fertilize an egg. It takes one hell of a lot more to call yourself a father! Show up, grow up and stop depending on the rest of us to take care of your children.

I am so grateful for the constant joy that I get from my children (interspersed with periods of abject aggravation....lol). I have sacrificed much for them, perhaps more than they will ever know. They are works in progress..May it always be so!

I love you Matthew Louis
I love you Jacklyn Marie
I love you Brian Montgomery

Peace & music
M

KARMA KARMA KARMA - April 20, 2007

No sooner did I write this morning's blog when the MOST amazing thing happened.....I thought to myself, I need a sign that all is right with this universe. Please, send me a sign.

In the past few weeks, I have attended several wonderful stage productions both on and off Broadway. I was prompted to contemplate the well being of this very interesting and beautiful artist I had exchanged some emails with about a year ago. She had composed a play and was thinking about some original songs being written for it. I was going to attend one of her voice rehearsals and we were going to discuss the show and see if we could vibe on the idea. Then I hit some speed bumps on the road of life...so the meeting never happened.

Today, I thought, I NEED TO MAKE SOME MUSIC...WRITE SOME SONGS...CO CREATE WITH OTHER ARTISTS.....LET ME EMAIL HER TO SEE IF SHE FOUND SOMEONE TO WRITE FOR HER....TO SEE IF WE CAN STILL CONNECT>>>>
I went to my email and there was a message from her! ! ! !
I can't wait to sit down and write....

Life is SO UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL sometimes....

Reach out to an old friend as soon as you read this!

Peace and magic,

Montgomery

IMUS IS DONE...LET'S GET BACK TO WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT! - April 12, 2007

Like:

Who is going to get custody of Dannylynn?

Will Britney grow her hair back?

Will Paris Hilton grow a brain?

If a chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half then how long does it take a grasshopper with a wooden leg to kick the seeds out of a dill pickle?

SPRING IS COMING - March 19, 2007

Lots to tell....I just bought a new house here in scenic Westchester. It overlooks a lake and is removed from the beaten path. I was shovelling snow the other day and saw about 5 or six different pairs of cardinals, a huge red tailed hawk (that lives in one of my trees), a few blue jays and an assortment of other birds as well. There are also some rather arrogant deer that trapse through every day between 5 and 6 pm....I am looking forward to finishing the renovations and moving in soon. I think that I will write some beautiful songs in this place and perhaps....a book that I have been thinking about for almost 15 years.

On the musical front, I am SO looking forward to doing a little showette at the WATERCOLOR CAFE with my good friend SLOAN WAINRIGHT on Tuesday March 27th (see the schedule page) and I have just signed on to do the Mainstage at the HALF MOON SOBERFEST, up in Center Barnstead, NH on Labor Day weekend. I will also be doing some radio in New England and going back to THE BIG KAHUNA CAFE in Bridgton, Maine the first weekend in August. Another CD is in the works also....I was in a funk for a while....but I am a resilient man who has overcome many obstacles only to learn that I am my biggest obstacle!

Get out of your own way people!!!!!!!


Peace
Montgomery

THE WORLD WE'RE LIVING IN - March 5, 2007

There is so much going on in this world. Every day it gets a little wierder. I was watching a little bit of the Oscars last week and it occured to me just how easily our minds are manipulated by Hollywood and Madison Avenue. On a very real and deep level we are bombarded with "suggestions" about what to think and how to think it. As I listened to some of the "acceptance" speeches, I wondered "does anyone really care about these self involved egomaniacs blathering about how wonderful they are?" Apparently millions do. Apparently millions more care about Anna Nicole Smith's corpse. Apparently millions more care about every single word that is uttered by a guy named "Dr. Phil."

I am so glad that I am not one of those people...so much so that I am going to write a song about them entiled "Get A Life You Tabloid Reading Moron."

Lest I be totally misconstrued, none of this should be interpreted in any way, shape or form to give the impression that I thought that Forrest Whitaker's performance in The Last King Of Scotland was anything less than brilliant! I just don't give a crap about what he thinks about global warming. terrorism or the price of tea in China.

Spring is coming and I am hoping it will bring love, renewal, laughter and less television, reality or otherwise. American's could do with a litle less "Idol" worship....don't you think?

And Life Goes On...R.I.P. - February 26, 2007

You live, you love, you lose and if you are lucky, really lucky, life goes on. I was lamenting a relationship while a few of my friends were dying of cancer. Tommy Kelleher was a very handsome man. We spent a lot of time together when we were teenagers, hanging out in the park, going to high school dances, and playing sports. He was an artistic, elegant and articulate man. I am so glad that I got to see him again a few months ago. I was so impressed with the dignity and grace with which he was facing his illness. Too soon. Too soon.

Bob Landi was a great guy and a great drummer. Many times over the years I had a chance to listen to him play and sit in with one group of friends or another with Bob on the kit holding it all together. Like Tommy, he fought the good fight over a period of a couple of years. I am so glad that I have music in my life because it brought folks like Bob into it at various points in the journey.

It strikes me that yestreday we were going to each other's weddings and now, the time has come when we are attending more wakes than any of us care to.

And there are other deaths as well. Like the death that occurs when you say goodbye for the last time; when you move on and take another lover; when you delete the number from your phone and make your best effort not to think about them; when you just can't cry anymore. You try.

Life goes on. We live, we love we lose and if we are really lucky, we go on living, loving, losing and learning. If I leave this world tomorrow, some will know that I loved them. Others will wonder. I say don't wonder. I love you all.

I have a song to write.......

The IRVINGTON SHOW - February 1, 2007

So many people have emailed me (at least 75 emails on the subject)asking why the show in Irvington was cancelled...the short answer is...it just wasn't meant to be right now...in the future, a show like that requires that you generate more substantial advanced sales than we did this time..I tried to explain that it was the Holidays and that my audience would come out and judging from the emails you would have (God Bless you one and all)...maybe next time we can do better with this....all that being said....I just have not felt like singing lately...I can't even believe I just wrote that! Perhaps it's time to write now...just think and write...I have had quite a few major disappointments lately but they are only bumps in the road. Getting better all the time...better, better,better, getting so much better all the time!

Thanks for the love

Montgomery

TIS THE SEASON - December 19, 2006

I just want to wish anyone and everyone who may pass this way a very Happy Holiday Season. Personally, I am having a little trouble getting into the mood this year but I am resilient and I will snap out of it soon I am sure. Life is really short. I have always understood that and so I have tried to do a lot of living in a very short time. I have been a human "doing." I am just hoping that some of the things I have done will last a while although I suspect that all of us are merely footprints by the shore, gently and imperceptably erased by the tides of time. Nothing really lasts a long time except for certain buildings, works of art, great literature, a good song and love, true love. I hope the ones that I love know that. Jingle Bells to all.

Semper Fidelis
M

RECORD # OF HITS ON WEBSITE - November 27, 2006

So many folks have visited the site this month (thousands)...I am so happy about that...and people are buying the CD's and I am happy about that also....with the Holidays upon us I would like to suggest giving the gift of music to your friends and loved ones...

Thanks for stopping by and for supporting this part of who I am and what I do...

Peace & music

Montgomery

MONTY'S ROOM / 10th ANNIVERSARY - November 13, 2006

Just a note to express my deepest gratitude to all of the amazing songwriters who stopped by the room to make this 10th anniversary special. I decided to do Monty's Room when I realized that at every Convention there were many very talented writers and performers who either did not have any formal showcases or could not get one because of the politics of the whole thing and their position on the lower end of the folk food chain...I wanted the Room to be an oasis of sorts where poets and musicians could just enjoy each others company and share each others passion for the craft of songwriting...it has become exactly that and over the years, hundreds of songwriters from the obscure and unknown, to the top of this "poet game" as Gregg Brown calls it, have come and sat and shared and hopefully left feeling a little better about themselves, their art and their individual places in the grand scheme of such things... special thanks to my good buddies Greg Greenway, David Massengill, Eric Schwartz and Terence Martin for popping in and hanging out .....To my dear friend Stuart Kabak, who is an amazing songwriter I want to express my gratitude for many years of kindred friendship and 10 years of sharing the Monty's Room expereience...luvyalikeabrother.....see you all at our 11th gathering...God willing.


Peace
M

THE TIDE SHIFTS, etc - November 8, 2006

Recently, a crowd of over 100,000 religious fanatics gathered in a major Middle Eastern city to shout "Death To America"...In other cities in that part of the world thousands of children, some as young as the age of five (5) are being taught that they can glorify themselves by strapping explosives to their bodies and detonating themselves in the name of a God that only their mentors can understand.

I can only imagine that all of these people are absolutely THRILLED with the outcome of the mid term elections. I pray that folks in this country will get past the politics and the personalities and see this struggle for what it is, which is, a battle against a type of fascism that we have not seen on the planet since 1945.

When I was a young Marine, I stood in front of the Berlin Wall and was struck cold by its meaning and the thought that perhaps hundreds of thousands of young men like myself would have to die in order to tear that horrible edifice down. When it came down in 1986, without a shot being fired, it reaffirmed my faith in humanity. When I see hundreds of thousands of religious fascists seeking not only the destruction of our country, but of all people of all other religions, it frightens me for the future of my children and my children's children and all of our children.

This threat is REAL! These people are DIABOLICAL! We have all but forgotten what they did on that fateful day in September, 2001. Our anger has become misdirected at ourselves and our government

I listen to the songs that my fellow songwriters are writing. They are full of this misdirected anger and self loathing in the form of poetry. Perhaps I need to write the song about the 5 year old being taught to blow himself up...or the innocent young mother that is killed while walking down the street when the bomb explodes...or about the American mother that is proud of the sacrifice her son made in this fight against religious fascism....or about the brave firemen that knew they were going to die and went about saving other people anyway...YES...that is exactly what I need to do....these songs won't get much radio play...but they need to be written....

Pray for peace but be prepared to defend yourselves from future attacks which will make 9/11 look like a small event...PLEASE GOD LET ME BE COMPLETELY WRONG ABOUT ALL OF THIS!

The tide shifts...and we are all just so much flotsam and jetsam....
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