Posted at 2018-07-24
Posted at 2018-07-24
I have been busier than ever this summer, folks. Besides playing shows pretty regularly, I have been doing some writing (including creating a booklet about one of my favorite bands, the Norwegian girl trio Ephemera) and teaching a singing course at St. Louis Community College. I'm also happy to report that I am back in the studio working on a couple of fun songs for release later on. One of them is a simple, sing-along ode to drinking called "Beer and Wine." This tune seems to get people going when I play it at wineries and elsewhere, so I thought I should go ahead and record it. It's certainly lighter in "spirit" than most of my other songs. The second tune planned for a session is just called "Working Blues." It has a fascinating history that I'll share later on. Upcoming shows for me include duo gigs with Denise Chappell on Aug. 3 (EdgeWild Restaurant and Winery in Chesterfield at 5 pm) and Aug. 17 (at Stone Spiral Coffeehouse in Maplewood, 8 pm); a trio show with Denise and Mark Arnold at the Creve Coeur Lakehouse on Aug. 10 from 7-10 pm (that place is always a delight to play at); an appearance at OakGlenn Winery in Hermann on Sat., Aug. 11 at 2 pm; and a rockin' show with Shakey Deal, my Neil Young tribute band, at the Naked Vine in Chesterfield, Sat., Aug. 25 from 8-11 pm. I'm so lucky that I get to play with fun, talented musicians!
I had the pleasure of seeing one of my main heroes, Neil Young, in concert recently. What an incredible show he did, just solo! Neil is always riveting when you see him live, and his show at the Fox was no exception. If you want to read my review, you can find it here: http://zacharymule.com/wp/?p=4083 I was amazed that he did one of my favorite songs from HARVEST, "There's a World." Never caught that one live before. And the songs "Love and War" and "Peaceful Valley Boulevard" were mesmerizing. The audience sat spellbound for those two gems. Don't miss Neil live if you see he is coming to your town. And if he isn't, come see my band Shakey Deal...we try to be the next best thing to Neil Young!
By the way, folks, I am looking for a few people to write little testimonials or "snippets" about my music, either in general or about specific songs that have touched you. Some of these will be included in a memoir I am writing. The first three people who write something for me that I can use, will get a gift...it could either be an autographed photo, a CD or the like. You can message me here or write me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I just want your honest thoughts and feelings, about how the music has affected you. Just a few sentences is fine! :-) I hope to release a compilation of some sort this fall. I just don't know yet if it will come together in time, but I'm hopefull. I have some unreleased songs I would like to get on there. I also want to mention that I am available for House Concerts. I love doing these, and I will fit any budget. You can book me as a duo, trio or the full Shakey Deal band. Just get in touch, and it should be pretty easy to work out a date. I am at home in OTHER homes, so to speak, and promise to give you an entertaining show you won't forget! Just let me know your preferences.
My best to all my fans out there...I am approaching the 1000 subscriber mark, and I'll have to do something extra special for that person when the time comes. Meanwhile, everyone enjoy the rest of your summer. Please stay safe...I live in the state where that horrible boating disaster happened, and it's unthinkable that such things can happen. So be smart and careful, and as always be KIND to each other. That's what the world needs! Blessed be...
Posted at 2018-06-19
Posted at 2018-06-19
Hello my lovely subscribers!
June has been a great month for me....some successful shows lately, a couple of other interesting projects, a repowering of Shakey Deal (my Neil Young tribute band) after some rough times, etc. This is a good time for me, and I never slow down much. There is always something interesting to put my energy into. In July, I plan to record a new single...actually two fun new songs to lighten up the mood after the edginess of my album CLEAR THE WAY. I will also post a couple of tracks previously unavailable here shortly, so keep watching. I very much appreciate you guys listening to my music. I will answer any and all messages I get, remember that. And my goal is to achieve 1000 subscribers by September. That would be a personally meaningful achievement for me as I reach my 10th anniversary as a professional musician. So tell your friends and share the songs, and help me get there! And I promise there is SO much more to come. The shows in the near future include:
Sat., June 30 - Kevin Renick Trio at Creve Coeur Lakehouse, 7-10 pm
Sun., July 8 - Kevin at Oak Glenn Winery in Hermann
Fri., July 13 - Kevin Renick Trio at Creve Coeur Lakehouse, 7-10 pm
Sat., July 21 - Kevin Renick Trio at Pub House in Rolla, MO, 7-10 pm
Fri., Aug. 3 - Kevin and Denise (Chappell) at Edgewild Restaurant, 5-7 pm
Fri., Aug. 17 - Kevin and Denise at Stone Spiral (Maplewood), 8-10 pm
Sat., Aug. 25 - Shakey Deal at Naked Vine in Chesterfield, 8-11 pm
I am seeking house concerts and private parties for fall and winter, so let me know if this is something of interest to you or your company. Rates are very reasonable, I promise. I love performing in all kinds of different situations. Recently I had the immense pleasure of playing two songs at the Missouri History Museum, in conjunction with an amazing talk and slide show by Tom Stockman (wearemoviegeeks.com) on the history of local drive-in theatres. It was so much fun, and I performed my little-known song "Twilight of the Drive-in". I am trying to create the sort of career where I could perform a wide variety of songs for different situations, and have it feel just right. That takes a little imagination! I'm also teaching a Tuesday night singing class and writing a couple of personal projects. All will be revealed eventually, though. Anyway, folks, that is all for now. Again, thank you for listening, and I truly love hearing from all of you, so drop me a line if you want. Be good to each other and follow your dreams with passion. It's a crazy, unhinged world, so the time to do that is right NOW!
Posted at 2018-04-18
Posted at 2018-04-18
Spring is seen as a time of change in nature, when things that were still and cold come back to vibrant new life. I truly love Spring, but it did not start off well for me this year. My beloved drummer and friend, Ed Timson, passed away of a sudden heart attack in late March. It would be an understatement to say this was a shock. Forget the music side of it...to simply lose a good friend with no warning whatsoever, is unbearably difficult. If you have listened to and appreciated my songs "Figure Out," "These Things Happen" and "If We Can Keep Dancing," that's Ed on drums on those recordings. I had hoped for much more musicmaking with him, and it's not to be. Just remember, folks, be good to your loved ones always. You simply never know what fate has in store, and it may not always be something you're ready for. I have continued to play some diverse shows, and there are big ones coming up, including a duo show with Ted Moniak at the Samuel Sachs library in Chesterfield on Thurs., April 26 at 7pm, and a Shakey Deal appearance at Naked Vine on Sat., May 5, 8-11 pm.. There are few things I love more than playing music for people, and doing shows in spring and summer is about the best. Remember that if you are ever wanting to book me for a private party or house concert, I can offer duo, trio or full band shows. We tailor the set to the kind of music you want for your show. Just drop me a line if this sounds like something you want to explore.
I finished teaching a wonderfully enjoyable new Songwriting class at St Louis Community College at Meramec in early April. What a talented group of students I had! Hope to repeat the class in fall or next year. Have also been continuing my work on a memoir, which will be full of surprises, and on writing new songs. Three new ones are in the works. And I've been performing my sweet little ode to transition, "Go In Peace," at my last few concerts. I started a recording of this one and will finish it in spring. Hope to include it on a forthcoming compilation album. There are many things I wish I could say about the state of America right now. I'm not going to do that, though. Anywhere in the world of social media you can read any point of view you relate to. What I WILL say, though, is that kindness and community are essential for all of us, and it causes nothing but pain to insult each other and aggressively maintain an attitude of divisiveness. I hope that things will change for the better, SOON. Music is a healing art, and no matter what struggles I endure, I am proud to be a singer and musician. I can't wait to record again, and I continue measured progress on an ambient collaboration with Walter Whitney. Also will probably record a new single in May or June. As always, I welcome correspondence, so feel free to drop me a line, and I'll try to answer all of you. Thanks for the continuing support, and Happy Spring to everyone!
Posted at 2018-03-11
Posted at 2018-03-11
"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter." So sang the Beatles in their classic song "Here Comes the Sun" all those years ago. Actually here in St. Louis, it was kind of a mild winter overall, but I'm still glad to feel spring in the air. It's my favorite season, a time of new growth, nature coming back to vibrant life, a greater sense of warmth and comfort returning. That's the hope, anyway. For me, I have an increasingly busy schedule, teaching a Songwriting class, playing a wide variety of shows and continuing to work on my book. I have a working title for the memoir now; I'm calling it A Life Up In The Air: The Memories, Music and MAYBEs Of An Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. This could change, but I kind of like the title; my whole journey has been one of uncertainty, and it incorporates the name of my most famous song in a manner that feels natural. The book will be in three sections, and I'm about halfway through Section 1 right now. I am excited to share my full story, and my fans can be a part of it if they choose, as I explained in my previous blog.
March of this year represents the 40th anniversary of Brian Eno's hugely influential album Music For Airports. Although his previous Discreet Music is widely considered the first true ambient recording, the former disc is the one where Eno coined the term "ambient" and wrote the meaningful essay that formally contextualized this new genre. My friends know I am a devoted fan of ambient, and I find it to be the most personally relatable music: it serves as a soundtrack for the constantly changing flow of life events, the shifting moods of nature, and even a kind of commentary on thoughts and memories. I've written extensively about this and will continue to do so. Anyway, Brian Eno has been a huge influence on my life, and I doubt I'd be where I am today if not for him. If you've not encountered ambient music before, give Music For Airports and Discreet Music a listen sometime. You may find it revelatory. And I am hoping that my ambient collaboration with Walter Whitney, Lost In Familiar Territory, will be out in a few months or so.
Performances on my schedule include a St. Patrick's Day appearance at 5:30 pm with Matt Freeman at Meshuggah Coffee, a concert at Stone Spiral in Maplewood at 8 pm on Fri., March 23 with special guest Victoria Ziglar, the return of Shakey Deal to the Pub House in St. James 6-9 pm on Sat., March 24, a duo concert with Ted Moniak on Thurs., April 26 at 7 pm at the Samuel C. Sachs branch of the County Library in Chesterfield, and a big Shakey Deal concert in Granite City on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo!) at the Imperial Club with special guest Hard Rain (a Dylan and the Band tribute). More details on that show in the next newsletter. It seems that music and writing take up most of my time, with surprises occurring regularly. It's clear that communication is the most important thing to me, whether via a song or an expressive paragraph of heartfelt words. So I'll close by saying I value YOUR communication with ME, my dear fans. I welcome your thoughts and opinions, always, and I thank you for being out there. It's a lonely world, and when it comes down to it, we really are in this together! Blessings to you all... :-)
Posted at 2018-02-07
Posted at 2018-02-07
Hi again, my friends!
As the new year progresses, I continue to figure out ways to make my musical impact on the world. I've always said I want to be unpredictable and surprising in my career, and that means following the muse wherever it will take me. I'm excited about what lies ahead. First of all, I've posted a new song (actually it's older, but I've never posted it before) and made it available as a FREE download. It's a song about oil spills called "Black on Blue." I rarely set out to write topical songs, but this one, co-written by myself and Ted Moniak, emerged after watching one too many news stories about the ghastly effects of oil spills on the environment. I even posted the lyrics, something I don't do very often. I'd like to NOT have to mention this song in conjunction with any future calamities, but we all know that spills on the ocean are common, and there are sure to be more of them. In other news, I continue to get strong feedback on my new "Clear the Way" CD, and I recently had the privilege of playing songs from the disc at St. Louis' best record store VINTAGE VINYL (the retailer is carrying my CD). I also did a radio interview with Jackson, Tennessee's Steve Bowers, whose "Blue Suede Forever" show is carried on WTJK 105.3 FM. That was big fun! Thanks to Sandy Hardin of Redstarr Entertainment for arranging this. You can hear the archived interview here: https://www.facebook.com/bluesuedeforever/videos/1164025320394905/?fref=mentions Currently, I am hard at work on an ambient album with Walter Whitney called, we think, "Lost in Familiar Territory." It might seem perplexing to some of you that I would follow-up an introspective song cycle with an all-instrumental album like this, but to me it's the most natural thing in the world. I love ambient music, and this project came about in the most organic way possible. It strikes me as being a meditation on being "lost in nature," but you can judge for yourself when it comes out in May. As far as live appearances, here is what's on my upcoming calendar:
Feb. 10: I'm part of SPARK: Ignite Your Creative Magic, a themed production sponsored by the FLOW Literary Arts Center in STL. 7 pm at The Chapel.
Feb. 24: Shakey Deal: A Tribute to Neil Young performs at the Imperial Club in Granite City, IL. Show starts at 7:30 pm.
Feb. 28: Kevin & Denise (Chappell) perform at Piccione Pastries in the Loop, STL.
March 23: Kevin & Denise at Stone Spiral Coffee in Maplewood, MO.
March 24: Shakey Deal at the Pub House in St. James, MO, 6-9 pm.
I'm also going to be teaching a 6-week Songwriting course for FLOW starting in April; if you are in the St. Louis area and want to sign up, go here for more info: https://www.facebook.com/flowstlouis/
Finally, I am starting to write a book about my life, my career and the way that music creates instant and lasting communities. I am looking for some people to contribute little stories or commentaries about any of my songs that have especially moved you. Or maybe how you seek listening experiences outside of the normal channels and somehow ended up learning about me. Just send me a message if you have something to say, and there's a good chance you will be included in the book. I guess that's all until my next update, folks. Remember to be kind to your friends and families, and don't be afraid to take chances in your life. That's how magic can happen! Thanks for listening, and caring!
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Kevin at the Ivory Theatre 2-28
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Kevin and the Springfield Boys at the Flea
Kevin at Chapel 6
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Kevin with guitar, by truck
Kevin, relaxed pose at winery, taken by Sue
Kevin at a winery
Kevin today, on Pascal show
Kevin at Innsbrook with guitar on deck
Kevin, Denise and Mark at the Muny
Kevin at Vintage Vinyl appearance
Kevin closeup at Sept. SD show
Kevin by firelight, with glass of wine
Kevin at SD show in Sept, solo pic
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Kevin, HQ alternate clear photo from Tokyo in March 2010
Shakey Deal at DH, cool pic in red light
Shakey Deal Sept. show, another energetic fivesome
Kevin with cordless mic
Kevin at Innsbrook lake, cropped
Kevin and band foursome, Vintage Vinyl Jan 21
Kevin at Three Squirrels, relaxing
Kevin and Denise mostly, Vintage Vinyl
Kevin at Montelle Winery, pic taken by Sue, cropped
Kevin with Graham Nash, partner in the UITA closing credits
Kevin getting ready to autograph a CD for fan
Kevin and Ted at Soulard Art Gallery July 7