Creating a Music Scene 

What is a scene? 

Music does not take place in a vacuum. Music is at its best when it brings people together. We have lost venues in the past couple of years, like Johnny D's and Ryles. But it isn't the venue that is the magic. It's not even the music that is the magic. 

It is the scene. 

What is a scene? A scene exists when you go someplace because you know the music will be great even if you have never heard of the performers. A scene is social. Food and drink are important. Meeting new friends is important. 

Music is an important part of a scene. Music brings your heart and mind together better than therapy. Music brings you together with strangers better than Tinder. Music heals your soul and helps you sleep at night better than Ambien. 

I've been lamenting the loss of venues over the last few years. But my thinking has only been clarified: music's job is to bring people together. I decided to put my efforts where my heart is. I partnered with the great folks at the Center for Arts at the Armory to start a new music series. Details are below. I want this to be the kind of evening where you always feel confident that you are going to have a great time. You are going to feel something. You are going to think something. You will come out just a little bit different than how you came in. 

Sound interesting? Read on. 

Songwriters in the Round 

Wednesdays, April 6th and April 20th, 7pm-8:30pm 
Arts at the Armory Café 
190 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 
Tickets are $10 at the door 

Four songwriters, trading songs and swapping stories. And you have a front row seat. 

Four songwriters take the stage, seated in a comfortable semi-circle. They take turns playing songs, occasionally joining in with each other on harmony vocals or guitar licks. The format encourages conversation between the writers, which gives the audience an opportunity to hear these creative people talk as if in their own living rooms. Inspired by the "guitar pulls" of the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville. 

Hosted by Somerville singer/songwriter David Thorne Scott. Held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Part of the ROOTED Armory Café Series. Café menu is available here: https://artsatthearmory.org/rooted-cafe/rooted-menu/ 

Beer and wine also available! 

You might hear a young up-and-coming pro, an established mid-career performer and mentor, and a cherished elder of the scene -- all sharing music. The growing relationships will warm your heart and enrich your soul. Come every week as the lineup shifts and new friends are made. 

April 6: David Thorne Scott, Eric Marcs, Emily Sangder 
April 20: David Thorne Scott, Eric Marcs, Emily Sangder, Peter Eldridge 
May 4: David Thorne Scott, Eric Marcs, Kristin Cifelli, Peter Eldridge
 

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On the passing of Stephen Sondheim. 

Gail Leondar-Wright and Joseph Mullholand wrote this beautiful song to symbolize the one minute during which the lights would dim on Broadway to mark the passing of Stephen Sondheim. I was fortunate to get to record it. Listen here:

https://youtu.be/snJiJljkP0I

 

Healing America through music 

I get it. Sounds like hubris. 

"Healing America through music"? Who do you think you are, Scott? 

Well, I look around and it seems like this American rural/urban divide is only getting more intense. My hometown of Kearney, Nebraska has a lot in common with my where my friend Rick lives in Western Massachusetts, and Omaha actually has quite a bit in common with Boston. But neither side has much to say to the other. 

In order to make a change, we have to start by "looking at the man in the mirror." (thanks Michael Jackson). We need to start seeing others "as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” (thanks Charles Dickens) 

So how to change our hearts and minds? Well, at this task music has proven to be as effective as anything. 

I'm asking you, my friends, to sit down, pour yourself the beverage of your choice, and open your ears. My album "Thornewood" is available on youtube, spotify, apple and bandcamp. If it speaks to you, share it with your friends and acquaintances, even those you don't normally have much in common with. 

So can we heal America through music? Let's find out.

More info click here

Livestream concert - 50th birthday party 

Okay so I admit I wasn't really super looking forward to turning 50. So how to make the best of it? Invite my (vaccinated) friend and super-pianist Mark Shilansky over and perform a concert! It was streaming on ATAC160.org.

Missed it? That's okay. Here's the video below, or watch it on Youtube

Metrowest Daily News feature 

Thanks to Ed Symkus for this lovely feature in Metrowest Daily News!

"Scott’s incredibly flexible, wide-ranging voice is, of course, at the center of “Thornewood,” which runs, stylistically, from a cool, jazzy, spare cover of John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” to a ballad-like version – with a country element – of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You” – done up as a duet with Paula Cole. Also on the program is the swinging original “The Dark Side,” which bursts into a scatting session, and Scott’s tender “Grow,” a deeply emotional song he wrote just after the birth of his first child, who is now 15."

https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/story/entertainment/music/2021/04/05/david-thorne-scott-celebrates-release-new-album-thornewood-april-13/4837793001/

Singing the songs from "Thornewood" 

My new jazz/americana album "Thornewood" dropped in January 2021. Of course Covid means I can't tour to promote it, so I decided to play a concert from my living room. Here are all the tunes from "Thornewood" in track order.

Eponymous interview 

Laurie Fanelli says:

At a time of great conflict in our country – when words often fail us – music has the power to bridge divides. With his latest album Thornewood, released earlier this month, David Thorne Scott explores the intersection of Jazz and Americana, city and country, instrumentation and lyrics to create lush compositions and covers that are unifying, and healing, in their beauty.

Go here for the full interview