Posts In Jeremy Bass
Jeremy Bass, the fantastic, charming and beloved music director and front man of The Secret City band, is a triple threat – singer, songwriter, poet – using his talents to great effect in our gatherings as well as in his own work making music and publishing poems. This is the new video for the second single off his upcoming album TENANT – called Pickup Lines for the Love of My Life. Check it out, pre-order the album (due out October 7th) and come see him do his thing live at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, and at our next Secret City gathering in LA , Sunday, October 12th at Bootleg Theater.
Jeremy Bass is the Music Director of The Secret City – and he’s been with us from the very beginning – leading the Secret City band, helping to curate the musical guests and bringing his considerable chops to the proceedings. Jeremy’s a fascinating hybrid artist – not only is he a great singer/songwriter, he’s also classically trained as a guitarist, playing lute, mandolin, banjo. On top of all that, he’s also an accomplished poet. I’m thrilled to be a longtime collaborator of his – and thrilled to share this new video of his latest single: GONE, from his upcoming album, TENANT. Check it out and enjoy the beautiful, soulful world of Jeremy Bass.
We had a rare treat at our benefit last monday, june 30th – our musical director and all around wonderful guy, Jeremy Bass performed a song from his upcoming album. Jeremy’s been with The Secret City since the beginning – and is also a published poet – there’s not much he can’t do. And, in this song, he proves he’s a beautiful singer/songwriter. Ladies and gents, Jeremy Bass – and, that’s Ryan Rumery on drums and LT Tannenbaum singing back ups. Sweet.
In addition to being the music director for The Secret City, Jeremy Bass is also an accomplished poet, having received his Master’s at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Since then he’s been published in various journals around the country for his thoughtful reviews as well as his really beautiful poetry. On Sunday in NYC, for our service on MEMORY, he read one of his poems, the title poem to just completed manuscript. Here it is. [Oh, ps – Perkinjie Shift refers to the phenomenon whereby the sky during the daytime becomes overcast and darker and the light and environment appear to get brighter.]
Will rain fall we don’t know
only a few drops seem willing to answer.
High clouds the hulls of unseen ships
parked their dented blue enamel over our heads
each rib of cloud an arched gunnel
longer than the highway we drove on
the family car no larger beneath
than a splinter of steel. Will it rain we don’t know
why this dark lowering its metal around us
brightens suddenly the veins of leaves almost
lifting into air. Ten years old from the passenger seat
I watch fields darkening low trunks and leaves
rinsed in a chemical glow as my mother
explains Purkinje Shift the loss of light the eye
finding brightness in the lowering storm. Will it rain
we’re not sure are there even ships above those hulls
can we ever know their rigging how their sails fill
with the breath of the dead? As she
who has long been a passenger on that voyage
continues to coast down the same highway
across years she names what I cannot each tree
glowing in the encroaching dark each leaf
a memory lifting in silence to speak to me—
maple tulip hemlock cypress ash.