On Saturday night, Trixie’s hosted three local songwriters singing their own songs as well as songs by other local songwriters. Most of the time, people cover songs of the famous songwriters; covering fellow locals is an idea that’s long overdue. Hugo Cruz organized it and shared the stage with Lisa Hurt and Jeff Jablonski. Right at the beginning, Hugo played his song “Build Your Heaven Here,” which is one of my favorites of his, and then he segued it into my “Hawks.” He did it so well, with some of his trademark vocal embellishments that gave it added dimensions. It’s a weird experience, anyway, to hear one of your songs covered, and this time I was awestruck. The rest of the night was highly entertaining too. Hugo will repeat the show at Trixie’s on June 13 with a different cast of songwriters, and I’m sure I’ll be there.
Sunday night, one of my songwriting heroes, John Gorka, played at Callahan’s in Auburn Hills, and I met up with my friends Jim and Cheryl Perkins of Finvarra’s Wren. I’ve been a fan of Mr Gorka for over 15 years and I play a few of his songs. It’s way better to hear him do them, though. He’s such a goof with his stage banter; I’m amazed he can keep it up for a whole show (I can only do that for short bursts), but he is a professional after all. It was a fine show, with most of my favorites, and I was able to fill a hole in my CD collection by buying his first album, I Know.