If you’re going to enjoy the “passage of time”, put your life into the proper perspective and push the rat-race away from your face, you should really try to do it in places that are conducive to and actually support that primary goal. My home, currently, is Northampton, Massachusetts. I’m surrounded by forests and fields….birds, plants and animals….peace and quiet….and wonderful friends. I can’t imagine a prettier place to live, or a better time in which to do it.

I spend much of my time in canoes–seeking out beauty and peacefulness while drifting down a quiet stream or crashing through thundering rapids. Each experience offers a different way of looking at our precious waterways and each gives us something in return. We are all stewards of this planet and our Rivers and Streams reflect much of what we’ve become as a society. Like us, the real life of a river tends to lie just beneath the surface–just out of sight. If you take the time to listen, these waterways will speak to you and tell you what they feel. If you care for our most precious resource, our water, please do take the time—make the time, in fact—for these sustainers of life are often abused and I don’t believe that they’re too happy about it. I do, however, believe that we must protect them and keep positive thoughts about our abilities to protect the resources which make up the planet upon which we all live.


I often get emails asking what basses I use.
I’ve been a proud player of Michael Tobias’ instruments for a few decades now.
In my humble opinion, Michael just keeps on getting better at his chosen craft.

Michael Tobias

Click on Michaels pic to visit him at MTD.


Also constantly by my side is a bass which is totally unique….

THIS bass……..


A “Ned” Steinberger
There’s a difference………..


Keep your thoughts positive…
because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive…
because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive…
because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive…
because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive…
because your values become your destiny

EVA Cassidy

eva2If you’re visiting this site I’m pretty sure that you’re aware of a woman by the name of Eva Cassidy; that’s Eva in the picture.

If you’re not yet a fan, I’d like you to stop what you’re doing and head for your nearest music store. Once there you’ll want to ask the clerk for her CD called “Songbird”. Trust me, Eva has had the same effect on my life as The Beatles did—profound. I can guarantee that she’ll offer you an opportunity to look at your own way of living much differently than you do today.



Kate02You’ll notice that several of the entries in this site are song lyrics. The reason? There are people on this planet who express their thoughts through song, thoughts that I often find rolling around in my own head………and they can, sometimes, tell MY story better than I can.

As a writer, this sometimes disturbs me. As a musician, perhaps I wish that I’d written the piece first. As a person, I’m glad to have been able to find these pieces, realize that I’m not the ONLY one who feels like this and be grateful that I’m now allowed the chance to share them, here, with you.


red_barnI’ve had this “thing” about old barns, big flower gardens and stone walls for years. Being a New England boy, I guess that’s understandable.

This is a very tiny piece of one of my favorite barns. It’s located in Granby, Connecticut and represents a piece of Americana that I find quite irresistible. The stone walls and fences of New England do the same thing.

I remember the day that I walked along this country road, camera in hand, sun setting over the distant hills, and I vividly recall the happiness that I felt as the peaceful feeling and the accompanying sense of serenity passed through me.

Times like that should be treasured and give us cause to stop and think about what life means to us……… and those we care for.


Should you enjoy MUSIC, life in the country, the never-ending search for stress relief, canoeing, good friends, and the beauty of life in general, I’d be happy to have you here as my guest.

Send me an Email if you have any thoughts about the place.

I, truly, appreciate your company.


Contact details

Phone: 607-427-4370
E-mail: rfbriere@gmail.com