Music

music3The Gypsy Carpenters are the acoustic duo of Burt and Susan Mittelstadt.  Known to friends as a human juke box, Burt  loves singing and playing guitar.  The extent of his repertoire is still a mystery to him and his playing companions.  With an uncanny ability to remember lyrics to a tune he heard once 15 years ago you never know what he’ll have a hankering to sing next.  Susan plays mandolin and fiddle and sings, too.

Burt and Susan have developed a repertoir that spans the ages.  Covering so many eras and genras they struggle to describe their music.  They prefer to call it acoustic music.   It is sometimes Old time, some times primitive jazz, and sometimes folk.  It’s definitely not blugrass.  Johnny Mercer, Leonard Cohen, Horace Silver, and Jay Ferrar are some favorite artists.  Here’s a few tunes to give you an idea.  Keep in mind they are a carpenter and an engineer…

You Ain’t Goin Nowhere

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NC Breakdown-Dancing Bear

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I’m An Old Cowhand

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Black Orpheus

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Let’s Get Away From It All

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19 thoughts on “Music”

  1. Hi to you both! How fun to see you traveling, playing music and building structures. This will be so fun to watch. Can’t wait to see what comes next. Love you both!!!

  2. Hi Kristi, Great to hear from you. Sorry I’m so tardy in noticing. I thought this thing gave me a head’s up when there is a new comment, but I guess I was wrong. Just one more week and we are officially on the road. We have new tunes up on our myspace page if you are interested.

  3. Burt & Susan,

    Congratulations on great travels! I love seeing you look so happy. I’ll be eager to catch up with you in about a year and hear your new tunes and play some tunes. Any chance you’ll be in Maine fall of 2010?

    And to all those people out there reading this blog: Hire these guys to play for your events!!!!

  4. Enjoyed meeting you both in Norris, TN at Paul’s place, and pickin’ with you – what great and rowdy fun that was. Whatever Lola wants…. Yeehaww!

  5. Hello Susan and Burt,

    Leslie Crane just sent me the link to your blog. What fun to see what the two of you are doing. I am also a musician/surfer living outside Todos Santos at La Pastora. My husband Dave, daughter Summer and I join Bud and Leslie for their jams on Tuesday eves. and look forward to jamming with the two of you. At the moment we’re in Fla. visiting family and return to Baja the 15th of Jan. Are you around for the winter??? I certainly hope we get the chance to meet and play.
    Fun to read about your journey. Suerte y nos vemos xox

  6. “Manhã de Carnaval” (“Morning of Carnival”), is the title of the most popular song by Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Maria. It appeared in the 1959 Portuguese-language film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), by French director Marcel Camus and based on a play by Vinícius de Moraes. Particularly in the USA, the song is considered to be one of the most important Brazilian Jazz/Bossa songs that helped establish the Bossa Nova movement in the late 1950s. Manhã de Carnaval has become a jazz standard in the USA, while it is still performed regularly by a wide variety of musicians around the world in its vocalized version or just as an instrumental one.

    In the USA, the song is also known as “A Day in the Life of a Fool”, “Carnival”, “Theme from Black Orpheus”, or simply “Black Orpheus”. In France, the song is also known as “La Chanson D’Orphée.” The song is also known by the Spanish title “Mañana de Carnaval”. All versions of foreign texts were written by different people using Bonfá’s original music.

  7. Saw you at the Pizza Place in Pescadero for the first time a few weeks ago. Didn’t realize at the time you were friends with Janet (your Palapa neighbor). Janet and I have known each other for 20 something years. Guess we are going to the theatre tonight to see the aged Dorothy do her thing. Looking forward. Enjoying your blog.

  8. Meet you guys last summer in Columbus. Played together and suggusted some new tunes to add to your varied repitore. Hope to see you in Montana this summer. Hope the Portal thing went well and keeps going. Might be able to make it this year.

  9. Hey Guys ! I’m about to head back up the CDT. It made me wonder where on earth you guys might be these days. Also made me check out the music here it’s really good! where can i get a few MP3’s ? would be great to listen to while crossing the divide :). Hope all is going well. Hope we cross paths again someday.
    Random Hiker Guy,
    HighLife

  10. High Life: Great to hear from you. I saw you were headed out on FB. Good luck to you. We’ll be near the start on May 1. Working in Portal, AZ for 2 months. Then CO for July, Then Yellowstone area for August and September. Sorry, no MP3s just what’s on the site. Perhaps we will cross paths.

  11. Hola!
    I’m here at the Little Lobowski Lounge for tonight’s performance, posting this during the break. I met Rebecca on line (a real line, not the internet) at a bank in Todos a few days ago, and she invited me to the “gig”, and here I am. Y’all are awesome… the selection, the harmonization instrumentally and vocally, the fun you have while performing, individually and collectively. Thanks for playing Blue Bayou, when you solicited requests and I requested. It’s a song that helped draw me here to Baja, and you performed it beautifully. I’m in town for six months, to experience those sunrises Linda, and you, sing so beautifully of, and hope to hear lots more of you. Tell me you have a CD. You do, right? Si? Kevin

  12. While golfing with my brother, we both teed off and his drive went much further than mine. He declared a Roy Orbison! A Roy Orbison? Yeah I blue bayou. Thanks for playing it last night.

  13. Always great to see you, Don, and not just because you are an awesome tipper. Next time I hope Trish makes it.

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