‘Random news’ Archive


Friday, February 5th, 2021

So here we are, in what one fervently hopes is no earlier than the middle of a pandemic, because if we’re closer to the beginning, heaven help us, and while you’re welcome here in the state of Massachusetts to go out and catch COVID-19 at your local dining establishment, you are not welcome to do so at any live performance, and if you’re getting the sneaking suspicion that I think doing either of those things would be insane, give yourself a gold star. Read more »

I’m therapeutic!

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

My friend Caroline Gelman, a professor of social work at NYU, is going to be using the instrumentals from my song “Love Letters” as the soundtrack to one of a series of social work training videos she’s producing. (She’s probably never heard “Therapy”.)

So I’m a shoo-in for the Oscar for Best Soundtrack for a Social Work Training Video.

My new baby

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

I’ve gone out and bought myself a second guitar. And yes, it’s a Gurian, just like the first one. Y’see, I broke a string at a gig a while back, and if it weren’t for the kind sideman for the headline act, I’d still be standing there with my jaw slack, in the
dark, wondering what to do…

My name in lights

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

I’m pleased to report that my name came up twice in Scott Alarik’s fine article about the Boston open mike scene in the Boston Globe’s January 26 edition of the Calendar. Here’s what he said about my song “A Bigger Glass of Empty”: “Sam Bayer sang a lovely twist on songwriters’ penchant for self-pitying ballads, confessing he’d whine more but keeps seeing people with a ‘bigger glass of empty than me.'” He also mentioned my open mike site in the sidebar which listed open mikes. He also spelled it right.

IT upgrades at headquarters

Friday, April 29th, 2005

I’ve moved my website over to Midphase, which is a real site hosting organization. So it should really say sambayer.com in your browser window, and I’ll soon have a real mailing list and all sorts of stuff. Just like a real live boy.

A lovely sentiment

Monday, August 16th, 2004

One of my performance idols, Julie Woods, has this to say (blush, dimple).

I’m being compiled!

Friday, June 4th, 2004

[BOB album] I’m proud to report that I’m joining Julie Dougherty, Joe Kowan, Deb Pasternak, Steve Gretz, Kate Redgate, Lisa Bastoni, Tom Driscoll, Thea Hopkins and a bunch of other very talented folks on the Boston’s Best Singer/Songwriter Showcase sampler CD for 2004, put together by the folks at Bay State Sound. This is a promotional CD (you can’t buy it, from me or from anybody), so of course, I’m expecting the phone calls to come rolling in any day now.

Open mikes in the news

Sunday, November 30th, 2003

I’ve recently been interviewed about the Boston open mike scene for two publications: by Jo Charest, host of the Folk in Harmony coffeehouse, for May 2003 issue of the New England Entertainment Digest, and by John Winters, for the November 20, 2003 Weekender section of Attleboro Sun Chronicle.. Don’t worry, I won’t let it go to my head.

Helping out my friends

Sunday, April 7th, 2002

I’m also flattered to report that I added some piano to tracks on recent albums by my friends Terence Hegarty and Mark Stepakoff. Check them out too!

Lyric archive

Sunday, April 7th, 2002

The lyrics page now includes an archive of the lyrics I’ve posted over the years on my Web site.