Embedded Reporter

One of the best folk groups around. Their original pieces are imaginative and poetic. Lyrics and melodies are imaginatively joined by a creative soul.

Fun/Inspiring Music for Weddings, Mitzvahs, Graduations, Homecomings, Anniversaries, & Retirements

Embedded Reporter does…

Folk, Country, Roots, Blues, Latin, Tin Pan Ally, TV Tunes, Movie Tunes, Broadway, Pop, Jazz, Classical, and more.


Howard Lewis and Darrell Smith of Embedded Reporter

Think about your guests.

They are diverse and interesting.

Why not give them music with the same qualities?

Embedded Reporter does…

Folk, Country, Roots, Blues, Latin, Tin Pan Ally, TV Tunes, Movie Tunes, Broadway, Pop, Jazz, Classical, and more.

Everyone in the band sings, often at the same time.

Embedded Reporter can help make the ceremony a moving experience and add sizzle to the party afterward.

Your guests will feel comfortable, appreciated, and joyfully entertained. Best of all, they’ll stick around.

WEDDINGS, MITZVAHS, RETIREMENTS DONE RIGHT

We celebrate major life milestones like weddings, mitzvahs, and retirements by bringing loved ones together in a spirit of goodwill and hospitality. The goal is to make all feel welcome, cherished, and comfortable.

Music is a key component in the celebration of life’s great moments! There are many choices. You can ask your cousin Heather to sing that special song by The Violent Rage, but chances are Heather will be nervous, likewise the guitar and/or piano player, and you will have to find sound gear and someone who knows how to make it work. These are real challenges. Plus there remains the hurdle of planning music for the rest of the event. Heather may sing like an angel, but she proably doesn’t have three or four hours of material.

You will have to hire a band or DJ, likely a big-ticket item. Let’s talk about DJ’s first. Most offer flexibility in terms of music, which is a good thing, particularly if you are trying to appeal to an audience that includes infants to centenarians. DJ’s are slick but sterile. It doesn’t matter how many flashing lights and humongous speakers they bring, it’s still a couple of guys playing records. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s nothing memorable about it either.

At least bands are alive and real. There are great event bands, characterized by interesting and diverse musical styles, skillfully presented via quality sound gear. They connect with the audience, and keep the focus on the honored participants (bride and groom; young person being confirmed in her/his faith or graduated magna cum lucky; or retiring employee, etc.). These skillful and dedicated bands work hard, making the experience special for everyone. The bumper stickers that say, “Live Music is Best” are talking about bands like this.

Then there are the other bands; bands that show-up late, fiddle with their gear well beyond the scheduled starting time, play only one type of music, get hammered along the way, crank up the sound to the point of pain, drive guests out the door, and collect a huge check when they leave. Reggae is fun. However, three hours of reggae can be torture. Likewise three hours of Peruvian flutes or polkas.

Think about your guests. They are diverse and interesting. Why not give them music with the same qualities? Embedded Reporter does Folk, Country, Roots, Blues, Latin, Tin Pan Ally, TV Tunes, Movie Tunes, Broadway, Pop, Jazz, Classical, and more. Everyone in the band sings, often at the same time. Embedded Reporter can help make the ceremony a moving experience and add sizzle to the party afterward. Your guests will feel comfortable, appreciated, and joyfully entertained. Best of all, they’ll stick around.

For more information about Embedded Reporter contact:

Howard Lewis
(262) 573–0325
hhinterthuer@hotmail.com

About Embedded Reporter


Embedded Reporter

Embedded Reporter does lowbrow music for smart people. It is all over the map stylistically including folk, country rock, blues, Tin Pan Alley, roots, TV & Movie tunes, Broadway, Latin and more. “We’re a singer’s band,” says Howard Lewis, Band Grand Poobah By Default.

Expect rich lyrical content. Instrumentation is “acoustic” except the band plays through a PA and juices the sound on occasion. About half of the songs are inventions in the sense that Lewis wrote them. “Darrell has added the class,” he says, referring to Darrell Smith (violin, hand percussion). “Stylistically the original material is also all over the map. We are called Embedded Reporter because we sing about what we see wherever we go. It’s fair to say we have traveled far and wide.”

Howard Lewis has been performing for forty years, playing acoustic guitar primarily, and piano when pressed. His first band, Alberta Blue, toured the East Coast from 1971 to 1976 successfully avoiding incarceration. Subsequently Lewis performed solo or with others on an ad hoc basis until meeting Darrell Smith at Riveredge Nature Center four years ago. Lewis and Smith have been gigging together ever since in venues ranging from posh to pernicious.

“It’s all good,” says Lewis. “We’ll sing anywhere. Our music is egalitarian and approachable for everyone.”

Selected Lyrics

An Angel Appeared

A Song That Wrote Itself

When the weather is warm I wander down to the harbor in Port Washington, find an empty bench in Rotary Park, and sing to the seagulls. One evening last summer I was hunched over my guitar when a pair of white sneakers with polka dot laces entered my field of vision. Scanning upward I took in the vision of an old lady, aglow in the warmth of the setting sun. The song accurately depicts what happened next.

Reflecting Ball

The Mighty Unknown

Dreaming Big

Walter Mitty dwells in all of us. We imagine great things but either donít believe they are possible or donít see a path. None-the-less a journey of one-thousand miles begins with the first step, and sometimes a person is compelled to take it in spite of the questions and conventional wisdom. Thank God!

(Note: The incredible Darrell Smith sings an elegant descant over the top of the chorus, but I am unable to replicate his part here because Iím always too busy focusing on the lyrics and chord progression to figure out exactly how Darrellís part goes. However I can tell you it is the icing on the cake.)

Last edited by Tyler Schuster. Based on work by TeganDowling, Embedded Reporter and Olde.  Page last modified on June 12, 2008

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