Huge news: how you’ve helped TWLOHA today

TWLOHA summer conference

TWLOHA conference

I wanted to jump straight into action with your donations, which continue to come in, and already have some wonderful news.

TWLOHA have set up different stations (or “chapters”) in colleges and universities around the USA. They’re helping to get immediate, specialist care to young adults who are vulnerable to self-harm, addiction, depression or suicide.

Here is a tangible, immediate outcome from your generosity in the last three weeks: you have just paid for three students from Boston to attend a three-day TWLOHA conference, to train them further on giving urgent care to their peers.

Headed by Cassidy Gallegos, Boston students have been seeking funds for TWLOHA to train three student volunteers.

This morning I was in the very privileged position to go shopping on your behalf, and the charity now have your money. Cassidy was picked out of a host of fundraisers – she did not request any travel costs, nor any accommodation, but solely the costs for the conference to train three people.

You gave them that. The money was transferred straight from your donations to the charity this morning to fund their attendance at the conference.

We’ve received a message from Cassidy this afternoon, who says, “We are so honored and humbled by your amazing contribution. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!”

I’ve thanked you for the very real difference that your donations are helping to make, and this is one example. Once again, my gratitude for your kindness, and for trusting me with your money. If even one small gesture from one of those students helps a person, then it could make a huge impact on someone’s life, and let them know that they matter.

You can read more on the TWLOHA conference that you’ve just helped to fund, or find about more about the University chapters in this brief video:

Stay tuned for Daily Dose Day next Monday, June 30…

 

The Bruuuce.com 2014 survey – win DVDs

Do you have ten minutes please?

DVD package to win

DVD package to win

I’d really appreciate if you’d take a little time to complete this survey, to tell us a bit about yourself and your musical preferences, whether it’s to do with Bruce, other bands or your favourites.

Then when we have enough votes, we’ll give you the story of the “typical” Bruce fan!

One participant, drawn at random, will win a Bruce Hornsby DVD pack, including Red Hook Summer, Kobe Doin’ Work, World’s Greatest Dad and Bruce Hornsby and the Range: A Night on the Town… all featuring Bruce’s work, and even Bruce himself in an acting role!

We’ve acquired another to add to the package… a rare 1982 movie featuring two of Bruce’s early songs for 20th Cenuiry Fox.

Thank you very much.

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Thank you.

Si’s note: we’ve followed this up with a quick 10 minute podcast.

The last 20 days have pretty exhausting on a number of levels, but once again you guys have seen it through and made it an extremely rewarding venture. Your kindness and support is appreciated so much, and I look forward to reporting back on the positive differences that you’re helping to make.

As the 20th concert goes up for download, I’m really very proud to be a part of a community who has so readily and generously helped three charities, to such tremendous effect.

Daily Dose Day June 30

Daily Dose Day – June 30

Some of you know that I was a little nervous about doing this, partly because of the economic situation and because it had been some time since we’d done anything similar. I thought that a goal of $1,000 was very optimistic, but would make a statement that with enough hard work, we might be able to run a successful project.

20 days later, and we’ve almost tripled that amount.

Selfishly, I’ve seen people very dear to me suffer from mental health problems and ALS. and seen the benefits of Multiple Sclerosis care. So it’s easy for me to say that they’re worthy causes. You guys have put your hands in your pockets, though – emphatically. It can be a lonely time typing away at a keyboard, but it’s clear that I’m not talking to myself… and I want to thank you all very much for your help.

If you’ve enjoyed the last twenty days and you’d like to donate, the links are listed below.

A number of you have asked what’s happening with the Paypal donations. What I’d like to do is to find someone who is running a similar online venture, donate a handsome amount anonymously, sit back, and smile. I’ll let you all know which one I picked. Please feel free to suggest one, but please note that it would need to be raising funds for one of our nominated charities. Please e-mail Si with any suggestions.

It doesn’t end here, though. Our one remaining big event is next Monday (June 30)’s Daily Dose Day – 24 hours of downloads around the clock, with more giveaways. Bruce has provided a number of “doses” from his own personal archive. I’ve heard them, and let’s just say that I like his taste! If you’d like to be e-mailed a reminder, please just complete the newsletter subscription form in the left margin. Takes ten seconds.

But for now, you have all twenty downloads from Yoshi’s available. As well as that, you’ve had countless other treats:

If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard over the last 20 days, please consider a donation, however small, to one of our nominated causes.

To make a donation:

  • Use FirstGiving to donate to the ALS Association (DC, MC and VA Chapter)
  • Use JustGiving to donate to the Merlin Centre for Multiple Sclerosis care
  • Use the Paypal buttons on the site to donate to your choice of cause or TWLOHA, a mental health charity

Again, thank you all very much for your kindness and support.

– Si Twining.

About the ALS Association

missyI’ve wrestled with how to describe the importance of the ALS Association since we began the 20 Days project, since we capably covered the other two charities.

The truth is, it’s best summed up by one person with whom most of us share a common link, as much as we do Bruce or each other. Melissa Reagan Smith was the bond between so many of Bruce’s following – above all others, and including the band themselves. As Bruce’s assistant, Melissa would answer your mail, go out of her way to help, and never make it seem like any trouble – because it simply wasn’t.

Melissa fought ALS (or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) with the courage and dignity that we  knew she would, and several of your donations in similar projects have been specifically made to remember our friend. That’s a great testament to you, and to Melissa.

She started our community, right in the very beginning. Here’s one account of her selfless generosity, shared by David Day a few years ago:

“I’ll never forget that my 50th birthday just happened to be on a Saturday night at the Biltmore. A few of us were at the Inn having a meet-up, and the wait staff came up and presented me with a silver platter. I took off the lid and there was an envelope inside. I opened it just thinking it was another birthday card, but… Melissa had taken the time to track me down and send me a little birthday surprise! And, what a great surprise it was!”

Our fundraising for the ALS Association is in memory of our friend Melissa. There are so many inspiring accounts of others who currently face a similar challenge – Stephen Finger’s blog is one example which  I found entirely at random, and is well worth a little of your time… as with Melissa, Stephen’s story is an honest, humble,courageous and inspiring one. People like Melissa and Stephen are why we’ve been inviting your donations to the ALS Association.

The finals words are from Melissa herself, shortly after her diagnosis:

“Never forget to enjoy each day even if your life isn’t exactly what you want it to be. The blessings are always there though sometimes we have to look a little harder”.

To donate to the ALS Association (DC, MC and VA Chapter), please use our FirstGiving page or the Paypal link above left.

Thank you,

– Si Twining.

 

20 Days: 19th download .. November 8 1998 (early show)

*I’ve fixed the artwork on these downloads to the correct cover. I’m really sorry for the error – they’re okay to download with the right artwork now. Alternatively, you can download Day 19’s cover art or click the image below. Apologies again.

A little later than usual today – sorry. Here is the penultimate edition of our series from Yoshi’s… day 19.

We broke $2,500! Thank you very much to all who have donated so far. You’re making a very real difference to several causes.

Some of you have asked what the plans are for the Paypal donations. Simple – we have well over $1,000 from you so far sitting in a Paypal account. We’re going to look for someone on Justgiving or Firstgiving who is raising money for any of our three causes, and then donate a handsome sum anonymously. That should make somebody’s day!

Did you catch the “Dream Setlist” downloads yesterday? A setlist created by you… almost three hours of extra music, based on thousands of your votes for what you like to hear played live. They’re still up, so go and grab your Dream Setlist downloads.

And don’t forget that the main event, the Daily Dose Day, is still to come on June 30!
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20 Days: 18th download .. November 7 1998 (late show)

We broke $2,500! Thank you very much to all who have donated so far. You’re making a very real difference to several causes.

Some of you have asked what the plans are for the Paypal donations. Simple – we have well over $1,000 from you so far sitting in a Paypal account. We’re going to look for someone on Justgiving or Firstgiving who is raising money for any of our three causes, and then donate a handsome sum anonymously. That should make somebody’s day!

Did you catch the “Dream Setlist” downloads yesterday? A setlist created by you… almost three hours of extra music, based on thousands of your votes for what you like to hear played live. They’re still up, so go and grab your Dream Setlist downloads.

And don’t forget that the main event, the Daily Dose Day, is still to come on June 30!
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Your dream setlist to download

For several months, we asked you for your “dream setlist”  – we put every song from Bruce’s records onto a list, and asked you all to tick as many or as few boxes as you liked. We even threw in several of the multiple songs which Bruce has covered over the years.

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20 Days: 17th download .. November 7 1998 (early show)

Only three more shows to go after today! I really hope you’re enjoying these downloads. Today’s is Bruce’s 17th set from Yoshi’s, which may on the face of it appear to be a short set… seven songs. When you weigh them up though, five of them last over ten minutes, and King of the Hill is over twenty… so nobody is being short-changed.

Look out for an additional set of downloads later today as we publish your “Dream Setlist”, based on hundreds of your votes on Bruce’s entire catalogue.

We are a hair’s breadth from $2,500, which is an incredible amount. Thank you. Three worthy charities are going to benefit in a very meaningful way from your kindness. And don’t forget that the main event, the Daily Dose Day, is still to come on June 30!
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20 Days: 16th download .. November 6 1998 (late show)

We’ve more surprises coming your way soon, but in the meantime this November 6 late show has plenty to keep you happy. Steve Kimock again sits in for the entire show, and as Bruce remarks, “fits like a glove”.

We are nearly up to $2,500, which is an incredible testament to your generosity. Three worthy charities are going to benefit in a very meaningful way from your kindness. And don’t forget that the main event, the Daily Dose Day, is still to come on June 30!
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Cover art fixed for October 31 early show

The eagle-eyed amongst you pointed out that I incorrectly labelled the October 31 early show on the cover art. (You know, the nifty little graphic that shows on your computer or portable device when a song is playing, like an album cover).

Well this one wasn’t so nifty. I’ve corrected the graphic on the downloads, so you can either grab them again, or alternatively download just the cover graphic itself if you know what to do with it.It only concerns the 7th download in our series – October 31’s early show – and doesn’t affect the music at all. But you wouldn’t buy a CD with the wrong cover, so it’s now been fixed.Thanks to Seth and David for pointing out the problem, and sorry for the botch-up!

20 Days: 15th download .. November 6 1998 (early show)

This is where it starts to get really good… we are treated to a virtual supergroup on stage today, as Bruce and an early version of the Noisemakers are joined by Steve Kimock and Phil Lesh. The Bruce Does the Dead downloads went down well last week, so you won’t be let down by a number of Grateful Dead songs in this, our fifteenth set.

Apologies for yesterday’s late arrival of Day 14, which eventually came after the wonderful nurse at our RVI Hospital let me out of her sight… so if you didn’t catch it, enjoy Day 14 also!

(Please bear with me and my obscene amount of medication if these updates come to you at irregular times of the day… we’re committed to one a day though, so that’s what you’ll get…)
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20 Days: 14th download .. November 4 1998 (late show)

Day 14 is introduced to you by the great Michael Baker with a terrific drum solo. Please bear with Si and his inordinate amount of medication if these updates come to you at irregular times of the day… we’re committed to one a day though, so that’s what you’ll get…
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20 Days: 13th download .. November 4 1998 (early show)

Back to the soundboard recordings today, and an exceptional show to mark Day 13. This one was actually broadcast on KFOG back in the day, and features the very first outing of Line in the Dust. You have a rare recording here – this show was circulated for years without the Resting Place encore, and it’s been the topic of fervent discussion in some circles whether it was in fact played. Well, here it is – making this the complete show!

A brief note: Si is in hospital on Wednesday for some neck treatment, and there may be no update on Thursday. if that’s the case, we’ll publish an extra show later in the week to make up for it. We’ll do our best though. 
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20 Days: 11th download .. November 3 1998 (early show)

Today’s show is the first of the band shows. A near twenty-minute King of the Hill and fun “Just a Swinging” top the bill. This is actually an audience recording rather than the soundboards that you’ve been enjoying – but a very high quality one. (more…)

20 Days: 10th download .. November 1 1998 (late show)

We cracked $2,000! That’s a huge landmark. Thank you all very much. It means a lot to me and the charities concerned. Don’t forget, you can find a more up-to-date total to the left, under “How much have we raised so far?

Our rare memorabilia contest winner was announced yesterday as Carwyn Tywyn.

Current highlights:

Today’s show is the last of the solo shows before the band join us. There are some rarities: a solo What a Time., Till the Dreaming’s Done, River Runs Low and Swing Street. None of those get out much currently.

If you’ve enjoyed the music so far, please consider our three worthy charities for a donation. We want to see how much we can raise in the remaining two weeks! You can donate or track the progress of our campaign on the left of the page, or by using the links below. Please enjoy your tenth day of downloads from Yoshi’s!

  • Use FirstGiving to donate to the ALS Association (DC, MC and VA Chapter)
  • Use JustGiving to donate to the Merlin Centre for Multiple Sclerosis care
  • Use the Paypal buttons on the left for your choice of cause or TWLOHA mental health charity

Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA .. November 1 1998 (late show):

  01. Song C > Sad Moon > Barber
» 14.6 MiB - 356 downloads

  02. Sunflower Cat > Stayin Alive
» 8.8 MiB - 332 downloads

  03. Till the Dreamings Done
» 8.0 MiB - 473 downloads

  04. Fortunate Son
» 7.2 MiB - 341 downloads

  05. What a Time
» 7.2 MiB - 341 downloads

  06. The River Runs Low
» 5.9 MiB - 507 downloads

  07. Swing Street > Spider Fingers
» 12.9 MiB - 493 downloads

  09. Down the Road Tonight
» 7.3 MiB - 467 downloads

  09. Jacob's Ladder
» 11.0 MiB - 528 downloads

  10. Song D > Swan Song
» 11.2 MiB - 489 downloads

  11. White-Wheeled Limousine
» 10.0 MiB - 323 downloads

  12. Country Doctor
» 9.2 MiB - 363 downloads


 

Memorabilia winner!

Congratulations to Carwyn Tywyn, who wins our goodie bag of rare Bruce Hornsby memorabilia. We asked you to name your dream setlist, and then asked you to guess what the top five ranked songs were.

Win this stuff!

Congrats to Carwyn!

One or two ran him close, but we asked for the correct order for the songs, and we ended up employing a scoring system to separate you! Three points for the right position, and one point for a correctly-named song.

The top five songs that you voted for were:

1. The Way It Is

2. Mandolin Rain

3. Fortunate Son

4. End of the Innocence

5. The Road Not Taken.

Carwyn managed to correctly predict the top three songs, and so takes away the spoils.

Well done Carwyn, and look out for that setlist in its entirety for download later in the 20 days of Bruce. Your dream setlist, coming soon!