Sea Cliff musician Roger Street Friedman has special cause for celebration this Father’s Day as he is finally able to share the completed album inspired by the birth of his first child.
Friedman, an accomplished musician who left his home in Jericho to join a band in Manhattan at the age of 18, diverted his path for awhile after college before coming back to his true calling of writing and playing music. After he and his wife had been told they would not be able to conceive a child, the miracle happened and she became pregnant in 2006. His daughter, Allison, now 7, was the inspiration for the first song he wrote on the album, called “The Miracle Is You.”
“I felt love at a deeper plane than I had ever felt before,” Friedman says of learning the news that he would become a father. “It inspired me to write music again.”
Unfortunately, the greatest joy of his life was coupled with the sudden death of his mother two weeks before his daughter was born.
“It was shocking...a rude awakening. It made me realize life is short so you have to do what you love.”
For him, that love was writing music, and the seeds for The Waiting Sky were planted. He first met with producers in 2011, and the record unfolded. He did, however, take a six month break from the project after the birth of his son in May 2012. A few months later, the family moved from Brooklyn to Sea Cliff.
“When we bought our place in Brooklyn, we weren’t considering school districts,” he says. Growing up on Long Island, he knew about Sea Cliff and was certain it was the kind of community they were looking for: “a suburb that doesn’t feel like the suburbs.” Plus, he has friends here, and they fell in love with the fourth house they looked at.
Another plus: meeting musicians Matt Schneider and Frank Ferrara who now play in his band.
“The caliber of musicianship in the area is unbelievable,” says Friedman.
Friedman completed the recording last year, and the album was released in January. Since then, he has been booking gigs and promoting his music. His live shows can range from the minimalist acoustic set to a full sound 10-piece band that includes a horn section; this is the way they will perform at Sea Cliff Beach on July 11.
The album has received positive reviews and is getting airplay on non-commercial stations locally, like WFUV, as well as around the country, particularly in Pennsylvania and Virginia. The songs have gotten so popular the band has booked gigs in those states this summer.
“It’s very exciting and I’m very humbled. After all this time away, I felt like I needed to get the songs out, if not for myself, for posterity, for my kids,” says Friedman. “The songs are about life, loss and love, they all come from the heart; I’m not trying to be commercial, just want to write something I can be proud of.”
His family is very supportive and music may be in the genes of his kids. His daughter is taking piano and violin lessons and has a “great voice,” he says. His 2-year-old son has also been caught singing a lullaby to himself—a song that, naturally, Friedman wrote for him.
Aside from the upcoming show at Sea Cliff Beach, he will be at the Port Washington Library in October. Visit www.rogerstreetfriedman.com and find his videos on YouTube.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang. It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.
“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”