My Gig At The Caffeine Cafe and Bar

October 4, 2006 -7:00PMCaffeine Cafe and Bar
1516 Demonbreun
Nashville, TN 37203

Just wanted to get this on record to show my accomplishments (to myself) and how so, so far I have to go. Okay, it’s not that bad! But I did want a reminder as to the songs I played and if I can gauge it…the crowd’s reaction, if possible. All the songs are preceded by stage patter that hopefully sequeways into the musical composition. If not, then it’s tough shit…I just like to talk.

I performed basically to a crowd of 7-10. You have to start somewhere. I didn’t even invite friends or relatives to this one. Or at least, I didn’t remind them…and of course, none of them came…LOL

Song List:

Stage Patter: How I Became Gay – was it the song or the horrible girlfriend. After I wrote this..I did neither again. Got the attention of the straight club for sure and applause for coming out…well, it was a bold move. And it helped me be honest and open for the rest of the night.

1. The Chicken Song by Don Bradshaw

Stage Patter: Small towns and tramps

2. Louise by Paul Seibel

Stage Patter: Talked about my friend who wrote “New Orleans” and how she painted me this wonderful stool with my face on it. How I could sit on my own face and that no one else would ever, ever be given that opportunity. You just don’t cover Mister D’s face! Beautiful song!!!

3. New Orleans by Rebecca Hosking

Stage Patter: Talked about being in the hospital for a lobotomy or something and how I was put in wing for the elderly….ewwwww!!! How I got sick of old people’s games and collages…so I finally started talking to them and listening to the wisdom they had to give and happy they were someone paid attention to them.

4. Hello In There by John Prine

Stage Patter: An original by a friend of mine from London. Fabulous poppy song about robbing a bank and getting over the county line. Perfect for the Go Go’s or if you’re into country..SheDaisy. I would have The Dixie Chicks do it, but after condemning Bush (you go, Natalie!!!) and killing Earl…robbing a bank is small potatoes for these girls.

5. Getaway Car by Lorna Flowers

Stage Patter: Don’t Ya Just Love Alice Cooper? I love her!!!! But not very pretty to wake up to the next morning!!!

6. I Never Cry by Alice Cooper

Stage Patter: An original by a friend of mine. He’s been in 2 rock bands, Brian and The Nightmares and The Shapeshifters. He’s married to a lovely lady, Kim, whom I adore. However, he may daydream about her, but I daydream about him…he could shift my shape into any position he wanted to….LOL

7. Daydream by Brian Relleva

Stage Patter: This song came from a new CD by Will Kimbrough called, “Americanitus”…just awesome. The song deals with being a little perturbed about the current administration and it’s policies. However, it’s done with subtle humor and a killer melody to make it go down nice and easy. I thought I had to contact the artisit to do this song since it was off a brand new CD….so I did and he told me he’d be honored for me to cover it. So I did…and it’s a blast to sing and play.

8. Less Polite by Will Kimbrough

Stage Patter: Thanks for having me, yada, yada….then beg to have them bring you back!

All the songs at this gig were received very well. I don’t think there was a clinker among this selection with this particular group. There was no talking or noise like other gigs I’ve seen…which is a plus in my mind.

Love, Mister D

My Schedule For “Songposium Week”

Please Lord, let me get something out of this! Should be quite interesting…I love learning and I love classes, so I should be in heaven! Plus I have one class with the gorgeous and talented Ms. Beth Nielson Chapman. Who could ask for more than that? Here’s my week!:

TUESDAY

26 9am 1102

Class # 1102
Warning: Your Melodies Will Never Be the Same
26-Sep, 9:00 AM
Instructor: Jason Blume
Location: Warner/Chappell

26 11am 1206

Class # 1206
How To Write the Best Idea & How And Where Do You Find It
26-Sep, 11:00 AM
Instructor: Jeff Pearson
Location: NSAI

26 2pm 1303

Class # 1303
Writing Successful Message Songs
26-Sep, 2:00 PM
Instructor: Rick Beresford
Location: NSAI

26 4pm 1404

Class # 1404
The Art Of Creative Survival In The Face of Commerce and Fear
26-Sep, 4:00 PM
Instructor: Beth N. Chapman
Location: Warner/Chappell

WEDNESDAY

27 9am 2101

Class # 2101
But I Wanna Write POP Songs – And Quit My Day Job!
27-Sep, 9:00 AM
Instructor: Jason Blume
Location: Warner/Chappell

27 11am 2201

Class # 2201
Harmony Singing By Ear: Oh Yes, You Can!
27-Sep, 11:00 AM
Instructor: Susan Anders
Location: ASCAP

27 2pm 2301

Class # 2301
What Every Singer Needs to Know
27-Sep, 2:00 PM
Instructor: Susan Anders
Location: ASCAP

27 4pm 2401

Class # 2401
The Singing Sparkle: Ten Things That Can Make The Difference Between Good and Great Singing
27-Sep, 4:00 PM
Instructor: Susan Anders
Location: ASCAP

THURSDAY

28 9am 3108

Class # 3108
Melody
28-Sep, 9:00 AM
Instructor: Steve Seskin
Location: BMI Theater

28 11am 3201

Class # 3201
Developing The Craft Within the Art
28-Sep, 11:00 AM
Instructor: Jane Bach
Location: Warner/Chappell

28 2pm 3301

Class # 3301
Concepts and Application of The Beinhorn Vocal Method
28-Sep, 2:00 PM
Instructor: Debbie Beinhorn
Location: ASCAP

28 4pm 3407

Class # 3407
Writing from the Heart: Finding Your Own Lyrical Voice
28-Sep, 4:00 PM
Instructor: Sara Light
Location: BMI Lg

FRIDAY

29 9am 4101

Class # 4101
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Nashville…But Were Afraid To Ask
29-Sep, 9:00 AM
Instructor: Marc Alan Barnette
Location: Musicians Uuion

29 11am 4202

Class # 4202
Songwriting as a Spiritual Adventure
29-Sep, 11:00 AM
Instructor: Niles Borop
Location: Warner/Chappell

29 2pm 4303

Class # 4303
Writing Hit Songs
29-Sep, 2:00 PM
Instructor: Ralph Murphy
Location: ASCAP

29 4pm 4401

Class # 4401
Different Strokes: Building Your Creative Team
29-Sep, 4:00 PM
Instructor: JoAnn Braheny
Location: Sesac

Guitar Lessons

Had my first guitar lesson this past Thursday. It only took me 30 years to make the appointment. What was I so afraid of? I have a feeling I will catch on quite quickly if I practice everyday for 45 minutes…like I was told to do.

My teacher’s name is Shane Lamb. Very nice guy in his mid-30’s. He has a group called Bliss formed with his partner, Lisa Briggs. Such a cute looking couple. Their music is in the folk, pop, alternative mode…a cross between Tom Petty and The Byrds. Nice sound. Check out their site: Bliss

Anyway, I have a bunch of chords and techniques to get acquainted with before my next session. The first song I’m to learn: The Beatles’ Eight Days A Week

Wish me luck, my friends!

Mister D

Ann Coulter Loses It…

Sometimes you just have to relish the moment when a nasty person can’t take what they themselves dish out. In this case, Coulter, can’t handle other people talking over her and actually speaking facts. I’d say this was quite a triumph…and even her crying out for help from Sean Hannity (with a newly, bloated look…rough year Sean?) was ignored. What’s a poor, mean, shallow, blonde, dim-witted woman to do?:

ann-coulter-gets-her-freak-on

Video comes from the excellent site: Crooks and Liars

Love, Mister D

Make A Difference: Hurricane Relief Resources

People are dying that didn’t have to die.

Give to the Red Cross, and your local facilities that may be potentially housing many who are homeless and have no where else to go. Give canned goods, clothes, blankets, and love, to the people who otherwise have nothing and feel so alone.

Count your blessings and give accordingly! Below are just a few resources you can give to make a difference.

The American Red Cross

Where can I give blood?

Individuals wishing to make a blood donation to the Red Cross may call their local Red Cross Blood Services office or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Other Great Resources:

Network For Good

Community Voice Mail

Hurricane Housing

Reconnect Here: Tell Them You’re Safe

Looking For… Leave A Message Here For Missing Friends, Relatives

And Let’s Not Forget Our Four-Legged, Furry Friends That Bring Us Such Joy:
(Thanks Jamie!)

Relief Fund of The Humane Society of the United States

Don’t forget to ask your employer if they match donations to make a double impact on your efforts.


I am just biting at the bit to control my temper at the incompetency of this administration. It is beyond disgusting! Do you feel safe America????

Read the transcript, from the Mayor to The President expressing his frustration from what he is seeing first hand:

Mayor chastises federal disaster response

Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen? ‘Times-Picayune’ Had Repeatedly Raised Federal Spending Issues

LA National Guard Wants Equipment to Come Back From Iraq

And How Many Mississippi Reserves And Guard Are Not Home?

3 Ways To Help The Hurricane Relief Effort

I’m sure some of you have friends and relatives that have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina…just about all my relatives are from Biloxi, Gulfport, and Pensacola…and friends from New Orleans and the surrounding area. Like many, I’m just horrified at what I’m seeing on the television. Not getting any first hand reports from family or friends right now…can’t reach them.

But there are ways we can all help. I saw the Governor of Louisiana or somebody like that and they said there are 3 main ways to help:

1. They need people to donate money
2. They need people to volunteer blood
3. They need volunteers at the Red Cross.

I don’t know about you, but I can at least do the first 2 things on the list. So if any of you feel like you’d like to help out…there you have it. Every little bit helps…it all adds up!

Thanks for reading this and my heartfelt thanks, thoughts, and prayers to all of you!

Here’s a very helpful link: The American Red Cross

Where can I give blood?

Individuals wishing to make a blood donation to the Red Cross may call their local Red Cross Blood Services office or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Sincerely,

Don T. Bradshaw

Richard Jay-Alexander To Direct An “All-Star Jule Styne Celebration”

All-Star Jule Styne Celebration to Feature Channing, Cook, Daly, Lansbury, Mitchell and More
By Andrew Gans
August 19, 2005

An all-star cast will celebrate the centenary of the late Jule Styne Nov. 8 at the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center.Entitled Let Us Entertain You: The All-Star Jule Styne Celebration, the 7:30 PM concert will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. As of press time, those scheduled to take part in the one-night-only event include Carol Channing, Barbara Cook, Tyne Daly, Sandy Duncan, Angela Lansbury, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams and Patrick Wilson with more stars to be announced shortly. Richard Jay-Alexander will direct.

The late Jule Styne’s Broadway composing credits include High Button Shoes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing, Peter Pan and Gypsy. Among his catalog of tunes are such ditties as “Time After Time,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry,” “It’s Magic,” “People,” “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!,” “Never Never Land,” “Small World,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Just in Time.”

The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center is located in Manhattan at 311 West 34th Street. Tickets range from $50 (general admission) to $50,000 (presenting sponsor for 20 guests). Visit www.bcefa.org for more information