UPDATE: 2016 

"OMG, this website is so last century!" cries the savvy worldwideweb surfer who stumbles across everettsville.com/doneverettpearce.com

 

True, there's not been music made nor shows played here for some time. This clunky little website stays up, however, as a record of musical activities that took place between roughly 1993 and 2011 (there were some before that as well, but we don't talk about those years)

 

If someday I find both the motive and time for new songs and new shows, then, who knows...I might…

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Meditation at McSorley's 


In the hyper-touristy city of the woo-woo globetrotting wealth elite that Manhattan has become, I find that I have to go out of my way and have some kind of plan involving timing and location in order to find a cafe, restaurant or bar where I can do a little reading or writing or just calmly watch the street life go by. These kinds of places used to be much easier to find in Manhattan. Today, any non-chain place that's not packed and loud all the time just goes out of business.

 


A Bar like a Church

 

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The Song & The Scene - "Lodi" by CCR 

 

Inspired by a conversation with a friend about how specific moments in your life come to be associated with certain songs, and viceversa. Call it the Soundtrack Syndrome. Here's a story of one of those moments.

Song: "Lodi" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Scene: a living room in Oceanside, California
Year: 1989

Introduction/Background

Chuck liked to drink. My girlfriend, Carmen, called him "El Borracho". She was twenty-one, several months older than I was, and working as a live-in nanny to Chuck, his two…

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Child-rearing Advice from Rock Stars 

 

I was in a local 99-cent store the other day when this familiar kernal of wisdom descended from somewhere in the ceiling:

"Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it's cold as hell. And there's no one there to raise them...if you did."

 

Thank you, Sir Elton. Thank you.

 

The Poetry of Raymond Chandler, Pulp Novelist 


It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and the look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.

 

This is the opening paragraph of…

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The Museum was a Zoo (Saturday Afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art) 

 

It’s Saturday afternoon in front of Van Gogh’s Starry Night at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. A rotating throng of about 20 people, interchangeable in their giddy & chatty demeanor, swarm around the painting. Most of them are holding up their phone cameras to the work. People take turns posing next to the painting. It’s constant photography.

 

Is this Starry Night or the baby Panda? Is this a world-class art museum or a zoo? How can I focus on the painting itself when every 5-10 seconds…

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Thoughts on Levon Helm (1940-2012) 

 

On Tuesday morning, I think it was, or maybe Monday...just before the news broke that Levon Helm was in his final hours, I got home from work and picked The Last Waltz off of the DVD shelf. It was about the half-dozenth time or so that I've watched this great Scorcese-directed concert film of The Band's farewell concert in 1976.

Levon Helm in 1976 (still from The Last Waltz)

 

Most of the guys in The Band are charismatic in this film. There's a palpable sense of their being in their prime in spite of…

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Winter Comes Early and a Poem that Fits 

 

 

T.S. Eliot

 

I have trouble with poetry. It's the foundation of what I do as a lyricist, yet so often when I try to read poetry, whether classic or contemporary, I just can't connect with it. The language often comes accross to me as ethereal, pretentious and removed from daily experience. Maybe it's my problem, I don't know. But I'm always happy to find a poem that I can connect with on first reading.

 

So, on the occassion of a freakish cold snap that started out yesterday morning as rain and ended…

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5 New Songs - Free Download 

 

I've posted 5 new songs for free download. They're free because they're the first new songs I've written since 2007 and I want to just go ahead and complete the cycle of write-record-release without having to get wrapped up in a new album project right now.

 

The recordings are straight-ahead solo acoustic performances, just guitar & vocal with no overdubs. It's a quieter approach this time and I've found that these songs work best late at night or very early in the morning, or maybe on cloudy & rainy…

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Back to the East Coast 

 

I’m moving back to New York this week after 7 years in L.A. When I get settled on the other coast I’ll finish mixing those 5 new songs I promised some months ago and I’ll post them here for download.