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September 2005 reviews 100 Year Picnic--As Tall As The Sky.  Here are a few highlights...

Musicianship – 9.5 out of 10
Songwriting – 10 out of 10
Sound Quality/Professionalism – 9 out of 10
Packaging – 9.5 out of 10
Overall Rating – 9.5 out of 10

"Featuring incredible musicians from Bloomington, IL, As Tall As The Sky is an incredibly creative and diverse album!  A myriad of instruments, including violin, slide and pedal steel guitar, Hammond organ and a horn section accompany traditional instrumentation (guitar/bass/drums) to create one of the coolest sounding records I’ve heard in a long time!"

"Without question, the lyrics and music on As Tall As The Sky are the most creative and interesting I have heard in a good long while!  I’ve had a really good stretch of albums to review lately, but for songwriting quality, this one is the tops!  Based on semi-autobiographical happenings in Greeneberg’s life, songs like (Mary Faye Tucker) take everyday events/subjects and entertain in a very thoughtful, often humorous way!  The melodies are over-the-top interesting, and the songs have awesome hooks with full, rich vocal harmonies and powerful instrumentation!  I cannot say enough about the songwriting on this album!  A gem originally created to thrill a few friends and neighbors, it has grown into something far more brilliant!  I definitely recommend that you inspect and admire the gem for yourself!  You will definitely be pleased!"

"After hearing As Tall As The Sky by 100 Year picnic, I can’t do anything but heartily recommend that you buy it, and hear it for yourself!  Creativity and talent like this don’t always fall into place, and you owe it to yourself to hear an album that has an almost magical quality!" 

—Mark Lush,, 8/16/05

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The 2005 re-release of 100 Year Picnic--As Tall As The Sky, is now available on the prestigious iTunes, as well as 18 other online record stores.  Just go to the music store within your iTunes, and you'll find us waiting...

This means you can very easily sample the songs and buy your favorites for only 99 cents each, or get these songs through your favorite online music subscription service.  The other online services include, msn music,, and american idol underground.  There are many more...

Send recommendations to your friends, and anyone around the world can have a little 100 Year Picnic...


The car was packed and the whole family hopped in for our 12 hour drive to the far northwoods of Minnesota.  After we hit the road, we realized we forgot our iTrip FM transmitter, and in fact, we did not know where it was hiding in the house.  This means no music for 12 hours.  Ouchie. 

So we decided to drive by our Best Buy on the way out of town, and I ran in to get something to solve our problem.  Luckily, I stumbled upon the Griffin RoadTrip FM Transmitter.  This thing is SWEET!!! 

Love it.  Here's why...  It stays fully charged for the entire road trip.  It has a very easy and flexible mounting that plugs into the car lighter, and it has adjustable arms that manuever around cup holders and such.  It is pretty much a one button push to sync with a radio frequency.  The signal is strong and clean.  It comes with a belt clip for the 20 gig iPod.  It works with both iPod and iPod mini.  AND...  it has a detachable FM transmitter that can be plugged into your laptop to transmit music from your computer to any radio in the house.  HELLO. 

In short this thing ROCKS!  Skip iTrip and giddy-up onto the RoadTrip.

Isolation (mp3 of a 4-track demo)

"She said, 'You and your isolation...  What are you tryin' to escape from?  You can't stand to walk away, so let me back into your life.  It takes two to make one wrong thing right.'"

To me this is a country song, whatever that means these days.  It may not sound like a country song to you, but the chorus with the three-part harmonies was certainly inspired by some old country records we used to clean the house to on Saturdays when we were kids.  Back in those days, it was stuff like the Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, the Statler Brothers, Kenny Rogers, and the Eagles. 

I wrote the words to this song in the backseat of our car while returning home from a vacation several years ago.  With no guitar, and just a vague idea of a melody, these words poured out onto the page, much to my surprise and delight.  This may be the first time I've finished a song where all the words came first...

Well as these things sometimes go, the song was not really finished until very recently.  The 4-track demo exercise is a great way to force yourself to finish at least a presentable version of the song.  In the process, you find little things that need to be tweaked or fixed.  In the case of this song, it was deciding on an intro, writing a new bridge, fixing the lyrics to fit the melody of the new bridge, and developing harmony vocals. 

This is also the first time I used piano to finish writing a song.  The version I started to record had no bridge, and I knew it really needed to go somewhere else, but I wasn't getting there on guitar.  I switched over to piano, which I've been learning for the past 7 months from my amazing teacher Sam Strakovsky, and this wonderful bridge popped out.  For the demo recording, I pared down to acoustic guitar and vocals to keep it simple. 

Anyway, I kinda like this one...


Von Frickle should be opening up for someone like King Crimson, but instead we get to hear these extra-terrestrial creatures do their space-age magic right here at Paulie's, Friday August 5, 2005.

Propelled by the inventive and explosive drumming powerhouse John Ganser, the band creates layers of digital and analog soundscapes, juxtaposed with the angular riffage of electric bass and synth guitar provided by Dan Meyer and Lee Fehr--with Ken Thornton's blistering electric guitar leads flying over the top.  Well, there's really much more to it, but in a nutshell, Von Frickle is mind-blowing, experimental sci-fi instrumentals played by ridiculously talented humans in alien suits.  Is that wrong?

No!  It is outrageous and you have to see it.  Turn your head and you will wonder where all that sound is coming from.

Don't miss their show this Friday, August 5, 2005, at Paulie's in Bloomington, IL, 10:00 p.m.  For those outside of our little music mecca, they already have six records to their name, and you can sample these records and download free mp3s at