His Eye is on the Sparrow While the snow covered Lake Shore Drive and we talked about going to war, Studs sang me Eye on the Sparrow—Mahalia’s song. “You should sing that.” (from Jamie’s blog 11.1.2008) I had an animated discussion with some of my family last weekend, initiated by my asking what some of […]

A Note From Michael One of the great things about this occupation is that now and again I get to spend a weekend in California, and this month I have a kind of quick and very active visit happening…I’m getting to see my pal Jimmy Duke and friends at Dark Thirty in Lakeside, where I’ve […]

Jamie & Roots Happy New Year & 2015 Preview Good-bye 2014.  Our Roots Member Night in November was a full house, with over 15 performers presenting original work, and a delicious selection of harvest dishes. Membership in Roots Salon, Season 2 is growing.  Grateful to a half-dozen or so generous patrons who make contributions to […]

    Cherry blossoms lose their bloom in the autumn You lost your cool in the fall You stumbled and you fell right down to the bottom Nobody cared at all But for me You would have stood there with egg on your face The bitter taste of old champagne Up to your neck in […]

  Michael Smith, Songwriter Summer Performances June, July, August “Michael Smith, a truly remarkable songwriter, teaches his craft to a roomful of students at a songwriting workshop in The Studios at SPACE. After the class, he performed his gorgeous, intricate, and often hilarious songs to a sold out crowd. An incredible night with this gifted […]

  A Note from Michael This month I’m working with Blair Thomas, who is an interesting man and who has a very calm way of approaching his life and art. I’d love some of that to rub off on me and that’s one of the many reasons I’ll enjoy working with him again in “The […]

  Saturday, April 27 at 8 PM And the Poet Sang: Songs of Spring with Michael Smith, Jamie O’Reilly & Peter Swenson and reading and singing  poetry:  Maureen Connolly, Willa Moore, Anne Schultz and Cecilie O’Reilly At: Roots Salon (private residence in Lincoln Square) $20 donation or-pay-what you can BYOB. Dessert will be served. Call […]