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.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.
This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at Roosevelt Park.