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The Kids are Alright. And thank goodness, because I need to get out and PLAY.

August 20, 2011

Seth. Seriously… it’s been forever since your last update. What on Earth have you been doing?

I’ve been in Upstate New York all summer, teaching at the Redhouse Rockcamp in Syracuse.  The Redhouse Arts Theater has been here for a few years now, and has a reputation for being a great music venue as well as a dramatic stage (I was actually booked there to open for Peter Mulvey back in February of 2007, but never made the show due to my pesky appendix deciding to rupture unceremoniously). The Rockcamp is a summer music program for teens in the area who want to play that infernal devil-music that isn’t taught in their schools.  I was part of the team who showed the Kids how to be Alright, if you will.  Remember Jack Black in “School of Rock”?

…yeah. It was nothing like that.  :)

I’ve actually signed non-disclosure agreements to the end that I can’t gush about my experience, but suffice to say it has been amazingly rewarding.

But there’s more.

I’m staying.


WHAT??

Yep.  No joke; settling down here for the foreseeable future — from the Outlaw State  back to the Empire State.  Gina and I had been in Reno for six years, and as time wore on, we found ourselves forsaking our many contacts back East (hers in the art world, mine in music) for the sake of being out West…  but you can only beat your head against the wall so much.  It stopped making sense to turn down as many opportunities as we were, all the while living in an area that is feeling the effects of the Economy in a very bad way.

Wow.  Okay.  So…. again: WHERE is this?

Syracuse, NY – birthplace of scads of stars of Stage and Screen… Martin Sexton, Grace Jones, Rod Serling, Tom Cruise, Richard Gere… and the drummer from Phish.  Admit it; you’re really impressed.  ;)

It is home to a few small colleges, plus Syracuse University, so there’s a constant influx of youth and youthful energy.  It’s also got a large, proud Irish population – the city’s Tipperary Hill district is infamous for having the only traffic light in the country with the green light on top.

It may come as no surprise that a city with that many Irish and a Division I University is also a big drinking town.  Drinking means nightlife, which means that downtown is actually a bustling district that doesn’t empty out after the work day ends, and that sort of training brings about a populace that understands the idea of going out at night to be entertained.  Translation: there’s a small-but-bustling music scene here.

Before I moved away from Upstate NY, so many years ago, I was hitting Syracuse regularly on my gig circuit. Once Syracuse native Joel Ackerson and I met and started playing together periodically, I ended up clocking quite a bit of time here.  Joel eventually moved away, but then other friends moved here.  For a brief time, David Peters even relocated his studio to a refurbished church just south of the city, where I recorded much of what became *Clang & Chime*.   The point is: I’m no stranger to the place.

Syracuse has something else that I never found anywhere else in Upstate New York:  a strong folk music scene.  Venues and fads come and go in any city, but there has always been strong support for acoustic-based music in the area.  It was here ten years ago, and it’s still here now:  The idea that one artist can stand on stage with one instrument and perform a song that nobody in the room knows already… and that people will listen to it.

There’s more than just folk here though; much more.  I’ve met players in a wide variety of genres, and I’m already teaching bassists from working jazz, metal, pop, blues, and country bands. My new private teaching practice here is getting off the ground, and so of course, I’m going to pimp it like crazy.  :)

HOW’S THAT?

I’ve got a new website up specifically for my teaching, and I’ve got a few domain names pointing to it to advertise it to the nearby communities.  If you like, check out any of these….

http://www.syracusebasslessons.com
http://www.ithacabasslessons.com
http://www.rochesterbasslessons.com
http://www.uticabasslessons.com

All those addresses point to the same place: my teaching site

I’m trying to get it noticed, so if anyone has some internet time to kill and feels like doing a good deed, please do a search on Google for “Syracuse Bass Lessons”, and when you find “syracusebasslessons.com”, please click “+1”!

SO… DOES THIS MEAN YOU WON’T PLAY OUT WEST ANY MORE?

Heck, no — I absolutely will! Honestly, the Western US probably won’t notice much of a difference; I still plan on touring out there whenever the famously-bad winters come back to haunt the Great Lakes.  But the rest of the country will probably notice the change in a big way…  I’ll actually be around; playing concerts…  in places where you can ATTEND them.

WHEN WILL THAT HAPPEN???

Starting this coming weekend! Rockcamp just ended, so I’m hitting the road.

THIS SATURDAY,
AUGUST 27

SECAUCUS, NJ
GUITAR CON
MEADOWLANDS EXPO CENTER

10 AM – 6 PM

Tickets:
http://guitarconventioninc.com/gcnj2011.html

I’ll be playing for PHIL JONES BASS AMPLIFICATION throughout the day, and I will be tweeting my showtimes as I get them, so if you don’t follow my Twitter account already you can do that here:  http://www.twitter.com/sethhoran

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THIS SUNDAY,
AUGUST 28

SOMERVILLE, MA
THE BURREN

SETH HORAN
with
TOM BIANCHI
and
CILLA BONNIE

in
CO-ED, FULLY CLOTHED BASSIST-SINGER/SONGWRITER NIGHT

8 PM

$10 admission
21 & over

Feel free to RSVP and invite friends of your own on the Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=226998880676837

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There is much more in-the-works, of course.  Always is.

And I’ll spill the beans on it soon…

…er or later!  :)

Thanks for staying in the loop.

-Seth

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3 comments

  1. Never mind Page 3, your site is now Result #3!

    Obviously, that’s Google UK though…


  2. So right now probably would not be a good time to tell my joke about how to get a Syracuse girl pregnant, huh?

    Anyway, glad to hear that you’re safely back in the loving arms of New York State. Time to go back to explaining to everyone that saying you are from New York does NOT automatically mean New York City.


  3. Congratulations on moving back to green and scene!
    Say hi to Secaucus for me, I used to work there. Eons ago.



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