Wake Up!
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Wake Up!

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CD - “Wake Up!”
The Rustic Riders

Musicians: Lisa Meissner – vocals and guitar; Klaus Meissner – percussion; Dan Duggan – guitars, piano, bass and banjo; Susan Grimm Hanley – flute; Henry Jankiewicz – fiddle

Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Dan Duggan Esperance Productions, Red Creek, NY Lyrics and music by Lisa Meissner; Copyright 2015 Rustic Riders (BMI) Web Site: rusticriders.net; Booking: rusticriders@gmail.com, 518-359-2623

Song Notes:

Lost Dog – Ellen Rocco of North County Public Radio hosts a weekly Blues Show. The station is great about announcing lost dogs across our region. One day there was 5 announcements and I thought there’s a song in there! Here it is. Chicken Soup is Nice – An ode to all the wise women who have nurtured us. Someday – Think of a family member who’s 60. At age 20 you’re looking at a photograph of them at 40. Some day you’ll be as young as they were then. Wake Up - Climate, personal and political change is real. So is hope. Small Farms Rising – Inspired in part by the film of the same name by Ben Stechschulte and with appreciation for community gardens and farmers markets. The Storm is Coming – I began this song as Hurricane Irene was approaching our area. As with many disasters – we get to appreciate our neighbors. Disasters are also opportunities to learn! Shine Your Light – a gospel tune. Keeping Time – Inspired by the Adirondacks and the Rocking Chair Festival in Saranac Lake. Dancing in Heaven – our parents’ story. Traveling – a lively meditation on life. Holy Ground – A song of appreciation for our lives and our planet. Sing along at home!
Drop in the Bucket – Reading Eaarth by Bill McKibben was both depressing and inspiring. We need to make personal change and advocate for political will. Thanks Bill.
Take Me – Inspired by Jeannie Freeman who taught us how to see with all our senses and showed us that it really is possible to herd cats!

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Hearing Hearts
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Hearing Hearts

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All songs written by Lisa Meissner, Copyright 2008

Personnel: Lisa Meissner, guitar and vocals
Klaus Meissner – percussion Bill Chamberlain – mandolin, banjo
Dan Duggan – guitars, piano, hammered dulcimer, bass, udu
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Dan Duggan Esperance Recording Studio, Red Creek, NY

Songs: 1. Crossing: I love the sound of the Carter family and wanted to write a tune with that feel. We play traditional music weekly with friends. This one’s for them! 2. Old Songs: A celebration of those folks who have inspired me through the years and who continued to chug away until their last days – Odetta (until so recently), Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, the list goes on. 3. We Remember – This one wrote itself. Driving past the three war memorials in Saranac Lake – a town of 5,000 people - the words were nearly completed by the time I finished the 15 minute drive to our house in the “suburbs”. My son had returned from Iraq less than 6 months before. As the war became more distant personally, I thought about how this effects our personal and national decisions. 4. Ghosts in the River – Shegeko Sasamori told her memories of living through the bombing of Hiroshima on the radio program called “The Story” on 8/6/07. This song arose from her story.
5. Don’t You Know: The phrase and tune that opens this song were rattling around in my brain for several months. Then we received word that my older brother had attempted to kill himself and no one could find him. This song was written as we walked the streets of NYC and drove through northwestern New Jersey searching for him. 6. Another: A parent’s lament with a happy ending. 7. Just One Step: Based on a Chinese proverb. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.” My mother had chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Each day she sought to do as much as she could, though each day was less and less she never gave up her spirit! 8. Tomorrow, Today: A tune about appreciating each day. 9. Know You Are Loved: This was written for my daughter’s wedding in 2008 to the man she began dating 6 years before. 1 month after they began dating she began to have MS symptoms. They have already weathered many struggles and continue to triumph with grace and humor each day. 10. Just Plain Folk: I wrote most of this while climbing Mt. Arab. Later that year we went to Haiti. The last verse reminds me of the beaches deep with garbage. 11. Where Would I Be: A Valentine’s Day gift. 12. I Did It: This began as a celebration of accomplishments and ended up as a celebration of honesty in our relationships. 13. Hearing Heart: A prayer

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Among These Hills
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Among These Hills

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Among These Hills - The Rustic Riders Copyright 2011

All Lyrics and Music Copyright 2011 by Lisa Meissner except Father Kelly - Music by Father PJ Kelly (Public Domain), Lyrics by Lisa Meissner; Produced by Dan Duggan Esperance Recording Studio, Red Creek, NY Personnel: • Lisa Meissner: Vocals - all tracks; Guitar – tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9; Cello - track 3 Klaus Meissner: Percussion – tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
• Dan Duggan: Guitar - tracks 1, 2, 3,4,5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12; Bass - tracks 1,2,7, 9, 12; Piano – tracks 3, 5, 6, 10, 11 • Bill Chamberlain: Mandolin track 1, 7, 12; Mandola – track 4; Clawhammer Banjo – tracks 2, 7, 12 • Henry Jankiewicz: Fiddle tracks 1, 2, 8, 9 • Sue Grimm: Flute - tracks 3, 4, 8 1. Standing at the Door – This song is not about dying. It’s about making changes and taking risks. 2. Walking in the Light - A gospel song with an Appalachian feel. 3. Love Grows Here – A love song for my son and his wife. Both grew up in the Adirondacks, left to explore the world and each decided separately that there was no place like home.
4. It’s My Turn – At a rest stop while traveling the first line popped into my head watching a middle aged person helping an older person. (It's a pretty common sight!) I thought of the people I work with and the ways that I've been helped - people giving rides, sharing their wealth, meals and so much assistance. 5. May Your Journey Be Swift - This is a song about dying. My neighbor, good friend, mentor and “grandmother” to our children was dying of brain cancer. With the help of hospice and her family she died at home. This is my prayer for her, our mother Emmy and for all of us. 6. Knock- A gospel song with a bluesy feel. Growing up my family did not attend any church or synagogue. My first church experience was around age 5. In the late 1950’s my brother and I were the only white children in an all black church service. I remember feeling completely loved by the people and the music. 7. Come Dance with Me – This started as a song for my grandson’s first birthday, but ended up being a meditation on life. It has a nice old timey feel. 8. Father Kelly – This song is based on the tune The Rossmore Jetty by Father PJ Kelly, also known as Father Kelly’s Reel. (Public Domain) It tells the story of many of the folks with developmental disabilities we have worked with over the years. 9. Song of Hope – I wrote this after seeing a documentary about Holocaust survivors getting married and giving birth in large numbers while living in displaced person camps after WW II. At the time we were also reading about modern day slavery preparing for a trip to Haiti.
10. We Won’t Give Up – This is a true story about a Northern NY paper mill that was “idled” for 8 years. The people of Star Lake and Newton Falls, especially Levi Durham and Andy Le Roux, worked to maintain the mill. After 8 years it was finally sold and restarted. The story can be found on the web at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/05/nyregion/05mill.html 11. Old Town Clock – Saranac Lake, NY has a beautiful town hall based on Independence Hall and has a beautiful clock that is always slow. It’s a wonderful metaphor! 12. Walk This Road – I wrote this in 2006 as the 2008 presidential cycle was gearing up. It was my hope for civil discourse. We continue to end all our shows with it.

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Hearing Hearts
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Hearing Hearts

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All songs written by Lisa Meissner, Copyright 2008

Personnel: Lisa Meissner, guitar and vocals
Klaus Meissner – percussion Bill Chamberlain – mandolin, banjo
Dan Duggan – guitars, piano, hammered dulcimer, bass, udu
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Dan Duggan Esperance Recording Studio, Red Creek, NY

Songs: 1. Crossing: I love the sound of the Carter family and wanted to write a tune with that feel. We play traditional music weekly with friends. This one’s for them! 2. Old Songs: A celebration of those folks who have inspired me through the years and who continued to chug away until their last days – Odetta (until so recently), Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, the list goes on. 3. We Remember – This one wrote itself. Driving past the three war memorials in Saranac Lake – a town of 5,000 people - the words were nearly completed by the time I finished the 15 minute drive to our house in the “suburbs”. My son had returned from Iraq less than 6 months before. As the war became more distant personally, I thought about how this effects our personal and national decisions. 4. Ghosts in the River – Shegeko Sasamori told her memories of living through the bombing of Hiroshima on the radio program called “The Story” on 8/6/07. This song arose from her story.
5. Don’t You Know: The phrase and tune that opens this song were rattling around in my brain for several months. Then we received word that my older brother had attempted to kill himself and no one could find him. This song was written as we walked the streets of NYC and drove through northwestern New Jersey searching for him. 6. Another: A parent’s lament with a happy ending. 7. Just One Step: Based on a Chinese proverb. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.” My mother had chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Each day she sought to do as much as she could, though each day was less and less she never gave up her spirit! 8. Tomorrow, Today: A tune about appreciating each day. 9. Know You Are Loved: This was written for my daughter’s wedding in 2008 to the man she began dating 6 years before. 1 month after they began dating she began to have MS symptoms. They have already weathered many struggles and continue to triumph with grace and humor each day. 10. Just Plain Folk: I wrote most of this while climbing Mt. Arab. Later that year we went to Haiti. The last verse reminds me of the beaches deep with garbage. 11. Where Would I Be: A Valentine’s Day gift. 12. I Did It: This began as a celebration of accomplishments and ended up as a celebration of honesty in our relationships. 13. Hearing Heart: A prayer

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Among These Hills
  • Among These Hills

Among These Hills

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Among These Hills - The Rustic Riders Copyright 2011

All Lyrics and Music Copyright 2011 by Lisa Meissner except Father Kelly - Music by Father PJ Kelly (Public Domain), Lyrics by Lisa Meissner; Produced by Dan Duggan Esperance Recording Studio, Red Creek, NY Personnel: • Lisa Meissner: Vocals - all tracks; Guitar – tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9; Cello - track 3 Klaus Meissner: Percussion – tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
• Dan Duggan: Guitar - tracks 1, 2, 3,4,5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12; Bass - tracks 1,2,7, 9, 12; Piano – tracks 3, 5, 6, 10, 11 • Bill Chamberlain: Mandolin track 1, 7, 12; Mandola – track 4; Clawhammer Banjo – tracks 2, 7, 12 • Henry Jankiewicz: Fiddle tracks 1, 2, 8, 9 • Sue Grimm: Flute - tracks 3, 4, 8 1. Standing at the Door – This song is not about dying. It’s about making changes and taking risks. 2. Walking in the Light - A gospel song with an Appalachian feel. 3. Love Grows Here – A love song for my son and his wife. Both grew up in the Adirondacks, left to explore the world and each decided separately that there was no place like home.
4. It’s My Turn – At a rest stop while traveling the first line popped into my head watching a middle aged person helping an older person. (It's a pretty common sight!) I thought of the people I work with and the ways that I've been helped - people giving rides, sharing their wealth, meals and so much assistance. 5. May Your Journey Be Swift - This is a song about dying. My neighbor, good friend, mentor and “grandmother” to our children was dying of brain cancer. With the help of hospice and her family she died at home. This is my prayer for her, our mother Emmy and for all of us. 6. Knock- A gospel song with a bluesy feel. Growing up my family did not attend any church or synagogue. My first church experience was around age 5. In the late 1950’s my brother and I were the only white children in an all black church service. I remember feeling completely loved by the people and the music. 7. Come Dance with Me – This started as a song for my grandson’s first birthday, but ended up being a meditation on life. It has a nice old timey feel. 8. Father Kelly – This song is based on the tune The Rossmore Jetty by Father PJ Kelly, also known as Father Kelly’s Reel. (Public Domain) It tells the story of many of the folks with developmental disabilities we have worked with over the years. 9. Song of Hope – I wrote this after seeing a documentary about Holocaust survivors getting married and giving birth in large numbers while living in displaced person camps after WW II. At the time we were also reading about modern day slavery preparing for a trip to Haiti.
10. We Won’t Give Up – This is a true story about a Northern NY paper mill that was “idled” for 8 years. The people of Star Lake and Newton Falls, especially Levi Durham and Andy Le Roux, worked to maintain the mill. After 8 years it was finally sold and restarted. The story can be found on the web at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/05/nyregion/05mill.html 11. Old Town Clock – Saranac Lake, NY has a beautiful town hall based on Independence Hall and has a beautiful clock that is always slow. It’s a wonderful metaphor! 12. Walk This Road – I wrote this in 2006 as the 2008 presidential cycle was gearing up. It was my hope for civil discourse. We continue to end all our shows with it.

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Wake Up!
  • Wake Up!

Wake Up!

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$15.00

CD - “Wake Up!”
The Rustic Riders

Musicians: Lisa Meissner – vocals and guitar; Klaus Meissner – percussion; Dan Duggan – guitars, piano, bass and banjo; Susan Grimm Hanley – flute; Henry Jankiewicz – fiddle

Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Dan Duggan Esperance Productions, Red Creek, NY Lyrics and music by Lisa Meissner; Copyright 2015 Rustic Riders (BMI) Web Site: rusticriders.net; Booking: rusticriders@gmail.com, 518-359-2623

Song Notes:

Lost Dog – Ellen Rocco of North County Public Radio hosts a weekly Blues Show. The station is great about announcing lost dogs across our region. One day there was 5 announcements and I thought there’s a song in there! Here it is. Chicken Soup is Nice – An ode to all the wise women who have nurtured us. Someday – Think of a family member who’s 60. At age 20 you’re looking at a photograph of them at 40. Some day you’ll be as young as they were then. Wake Up - Climate, personal and political change is real. So is hope. Small Farms Rising – Inspired in part by the film of the same name by Ben Stechschulte and with appreciation for community gardens and farmers markets. The Storm is Coming – I began this song as Hurricane Irene was approaching our area. As with many disasters – we get to appreciate our neighbors. Disasters are also opportunities to learn! Shine Your Light – a gospel tune. Keeping Time – Inspired by the Adirondacks and the Rocking Chair Festival in Saranac Lake. Dancing in Heaven – our parents’ story. Traveling – a lively meditation on life. Holy Ground – A song of appreciation for our lives and our planet. Sing along at home!
Drop in the Bucket – Reading Eaarth by Bill McKibben was both depressing and inspiring. We need to make personal change and advocate for political will. Thanks Bill.
Take Me – Inspired by Jeannie Freeman who taught us how to see with all our senses and showed us that it really is possible to herd cats!

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