The Five Satins & New Haven, CT

I love that the Five Satins got their start in the basement of a Catholic Church in New Haven, Connecticut. I was reading the latest issue of The Catholic Transcript, which featured a front page article about the church’s role in the recording of the ¬†Five Satins hit, “In The Still of the Night” (St. Bernadette Church takes note of its position in doo-wop history).

This building poster on Chapel Street honors New Haven notables, the Five Satins.


Classic Rock Coffee Company – East Haven, CT

I have discovered a new specialty coffee franchise I want to share Classic Rock Coffee Company. Their motto is “Our Coffee Rocks”. I decided to build the time into my morning commute to check them out.

Classic Rock Coffee East Haven, Connecticut is situated on the town line at 23 Main Street. The coffee franchise is housed inside the historic building once known as The Old Mill. It was once the location of the first Iron Works in Connecticut and third in the Nation.

My curiosity and love of classic rock drew me to their door on a wet Wednesday morning. I was enchanted with what I saw, sensed, and tasted. I ordered a single origin Ethiopia coffee V60 Pourover 12 oz specialty drink. I was informed by my barista it would take 3-5 minutes to roast and prepare. I was fine with that option. I also purchased the War Pig Breakfast Sandwich.

While my coffee and sandwich were prepared I perused the establishment, highly interested in the framed vinyl albums and guitars that adorned various walls.

I spoke with Dennis Engelhard one of the two brothers (Howard) that own this franchise location. He shared the fact that Classic Rock Coffee Company only streams classic rock music, which is my stated preference. They do take requests and they can stream a custom playlist should they desire to do so. My request would be Pink Floyd Division Bell and The Endless River ūüėČ

I definitely plan to return for a sit and sip 16 oz coffee served in a ceramic mug ūüėČ

Check out Classic Rock Coffee Company next time you are in the Branford/East Haven shoreline community. They Rock!


Where’s My Mule? Soon Ed, Soon ;)

I saw today on the Rolling Stone Magazine Web site that Gov’t Mule is getting close to completing their ninth studio album,¬†The Sky Is The Limit.¬†Warren Haynes¬†is pleased with the recording results.

“I feel like it’s culminating in a really powerful way,” Haynes says of the band’s first studio album since 2009, which he anticipates will be released in early 2013. “We’re really happy with the direction of the new material. The sky is the limit.”

I was surprised to learn that Gov’t Mule recorded certain tracks at a Connecticut recording studio. I wonder where in Connecticut now and at whose studio that effort took place ;). ¬†Trusted roadie and guitar tech¬†extraordinaire¬†Brian Farmer took a bunch of recording pictures the week in May Gov’t Mule was in the woods of our great state.

David Crosby and Graham Nash, Live on HDNet

Rosemary and I enjoyed a lovely evening last night at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut with David Crosby & Graham Nash and their eclectic band. We felt like we had been invited into the living room of two longtime friends.

The concert was broadcast live on HDNet. It was three hours of some of the best music, vocal harmonies and musicianship we ever saw in person.

Here is the autographed set list ūüėČ

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