This Saturday’s music at the Sage Café features two of my favorite Long Island songwriters, Jay Scott (http://www.jayscottlive.com) and Larrin Gerard (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Larrin-Gerard/62705488192).
Jay and Larrin are not all that similar musically, but there’s some kind of synergy in the way they both write and sing. Both take personal experience and make it big and beautiful and real. Even though you know they’re singing about something that moved them, you can’t help but feel they’re tapping into your own heart.
Jay Scott is so comfortable and open onstage that it makes you want to be that way, too. He harkens back to the music of Woodstock, which is not so much to say that he writes hippie music—it’s more that his music shares that blend of gutteral honesty and hope. It makes you want to dance, to love, to try. It’s kind of like one of those inspiring emails your aunt sends you about jars of golf balls, but more awesome and less kitschy.
Larrin Gerard, on the other hand, makes you want to close your eyes and listen. Larrin has a tough-as-nails tenderness about her that country singers have been using since time immemorial to make us feel things with or without our consent. Showing that New York and country are not mutually exclusive, Larrin follows in the footsteps of Patty Griffin and Kasey Chambers, with songs that are both simple and soaring.
Anyway, leave it to both of these characters to book an acoustic show together the weekend I’m going out of town. But YOU can go hear them in the Sage’s intimate setting this weekend, and you should. The Sage is located at 4 Montauk Highway in Blue Point, which is right at the end of Nicholl’s Road. The performance will be on Saturday, October 9th, starting around 9:30 pm.