This is my new band! My good friend Rob Norris (bassist, The Bongos) pulled in his good friend George Krezyzewski, and the results are one happy trio! We play in the Hudson Valley and beyond. We play beloved songs from the 60's and 70's and then some. .
I moved back to the Hudson Valley! This time, I don’t think I’m ever leaving. No more back and forth- I just plain old Live Here now, in Ulster County. I loved being back in my hometown, NYC, for a few years, but with all recognizable coordinates dissolving all at once, (family, all event and music work, the music scene and the city itself) I felt strongly that being back in the country would be the best move.
I’ve been deliriously happy to be back upstate. I live all of 1.8 miles from where I used to own a home, for 15 years. Plenty of friends here. Plenty of easy ways to get together and play music. We have SPACE: porches and barns and front and back yards, garages and basements. I have a fireplace indoors and a fire pit out back. I have a big fenced in yard where my tenant’s dogs can play. I rent out the upstairs, it’s working out great.
I feel free and happy, though I very much miss playing music in nursing homes. Maybe it will be possible again one day up here.
I’m glad I got to participate in the NYC music scene as much as I did. Now, hopefully as life springs back again, I will fully embrace this amazing music scene. I’m currently playing with Rob Norris (bassist in The Bongos) and his pal guitarist George Krzyzewski. Our trio is working up a set of 60’s and 70’s cover tunes!
Wishing you a happy and peaceful springtime 2021.
Normally I’m all about the silver linings and hidden blessings, but this was too much. Covid ruined everything. Much is beyond repair.
Firstly I want to say, if you have lost someone or you have become sick, as a result of the virus, I am so very sorry. May you find the strength to keep going. I have only lost work, and all hope of work as a performer and events person, but I have not lost my health or a loved one.
We are blessed that there were no virus in my family. However, my father, legendary broadcaster Barry Farber passed away of old age, one day after his 90th birthday on May 6th. We miss him terribly.
I started a website for him, www.barryfarberradio.com where we upload all kinds of content. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to stay in touch about the memorial we are planning for him in May of 2021.
I was earning a living as a musician playing in nursing homes and rehab facilities in the NYC area until March of 2020. It was the work I loved most of everything I've ever done- even more than playing original music. That will not resume anytime soon, if ever. Nor will all of the event jobs I did prior; children’s entertaining on stilts at celebrations of all kinds, parades, festivals, corporate, civic and private parties galore. For the last 28 years I also worked at trade shows as a brand ambassador / sales at literally hundreds of shows in NYC and beyond. All gone.
I deeply miss the old folks, I miss the children, I miss dancing and sweating in music venues, hugging each other, I miss everyone singing together.
Let’s keep this music of humanity alive within our hearts until we meet again. May you find silver linings and hidden blessings in whatever has changed in your life. I wish you all a peaceful and healthy holiday season, and a much better New Year.
The best way to honor the memory of our father Radio Talk Show Host Barry Farber is to upload as much of him as I can find to share with others. I started a dedicated Youtube Channel where you can hear vintage Barry Farber radio shows.
More to come, as we prepare for the memorial that we were not able to have when he passed on May 6th.
Every Friday in July I'm performing a specially themed show at 10:30 EST for The United Jewish Council Lunch Club. Anyone can join! Contact me for details. on July 3rd we did Patriotic Songs and Their Stories, On July 10 the theme was Songs of Summer. On July 17, we'll focus on Country, Folk, Blues and early Rock& Roll. Please join us- or book me for a custom concert of your own!
This is a cover of the Carrie Underwood hit, all about destroying your soon-to-be-ex- boyfriend's car. Fell in love with the song the first time I heard it. Had fun recording this with my long time musical pal Cindy Pack !
Old broken boom mike, and some duct tape! Flowers on sale at Home Depot for $7
The East River, 4 blocks from my apartment. I'm blessed to live in the best section of neighborhood in the best borough of NYC. I should be an ambassador for Astoria.
I'm in love with this song from 1977 "Varit Kär". Played this record all the time at age 13, when I lived there. MUST cover this masterpiece of a rock ballad. LOVE IT!
Our father passed away one day after his 90th Birthday on May 6th. He passed peacefully at home with all of us around him. We will miss you so much Barry. Thank you for being a radiant magical man. We love you!
Barry Farber, a pioneer of talk radio, died Wednesday at his New York City home. Farber died one day after his 90th birthday, his daughter Celia Farber shared in a tweet. “He told me recently that his concept of death was ‘going somewhere I’ve never been before, like Finland or Estonia.’ May God rest his soul,” she wrote.
I’m excited to be back home for the turn of the new decade. Not just home in NYC, after a 15 year period of living in the Hudson Valley – but HOME in the apartment that I grew up in. In 1964 my parents moved in to the renowned Apthorp building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. I moved back in this past May, and live in the same room where I lived in 6th grade. On my turntable I played both sides of Who’s Next every single morning before school. Our home is a grand three bedroom three bath, 2,400 square feet with 11 foot ceilings! Blessed to have had this family headquarters my whole entire life. Hooray for NYC Rent Stabilization laws! Our holiday courtyard scene shown here.
He is one of my favorite people. He is the bass player I have worked most closely with for the last 30 years or so. When I first came back to NYC after 6 teenage years in Sweden, I worked in a record store in the village, Second Coming Records. There I met Peter Stuart, age 23 . He was then, and still is today one of the most unique, supremely talented and discerning people I’ve ever met. His passion and deep knowledge for all things ‘60’s vintage sound is more like that of a Talmudic scholar. Vintage Guitar Magazine (to which Peter is a monthly contributor) writes “Peter is a well known bass expert and collector. He estimates that more than 200 four strings have passed through his stash over the years nearly all of them 1967 or earlier”. So I was FLOORED when Peter invited ME to play bass with him (!) at his 60th birthday bash, during which he played with about a dozen or more of his closest musical pals at a venue in NYC, The Treehouse at Bar 2A. We belted out “Cut My Hair” from The Who’s Quadrophenia and I played bass on ABBA’s early hit “SOS”. Best of all? We’ll be hitting the Treehouse stage this spring again with some more originals from both of us!
One of the best things about being in NYC is that I’m playing in more nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities than ever. It is a pure thrill, to connect with my fellow New Yorkers from so many cultures in these environments. As I like to say: old people are getting younger! (meaning I’m ..ahem …closer to them in age…) Plenty of these folks are not much older than myself. I perform hour long shows in auditoriums and day rooms, and I also do plenty of “strolling” gigs, playing in residents rooms. I start out in the corridor, walk into the rooms, and we share a song. It is the best feeling in the world, to connect and share a melody, lyrics, a beat or even just a smile.
NEW VENUES for me in 2020 are: the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, the Lott Assisted Living Residence, The New East Side Nursing Home and the Queens Community House