It?s getting into late October and it is no longer as nice as it has been and the days are getting shorter. Not that all is lost because through it all Deadstein shall play. Tonight it appears as if it is going to be Kevin, Rich, Scott and I with Jason on the lead. I?m not sure if anyone else is going to show up but it wouldn?t shock me if Scott Bayer was there for a song and a photo-op.
I sent Jason a copy of the Deadbook a couple of weeks ago and just last night Jason sent me a bunch of corrections via email that got me working on updating the book. Some were things I didn?t know about, the Emaj7 in Jack Straw as opposed to the G# and the Cdim7 in Looks Like Rain as opposed to the G# once again. Actually, anywhere where I have a G# I should investigate it because it is probably some other passing chord. Then there were other corrections that I knew how to play and never really looked at the book to realize the book was wrong. There was one of these in the Dire Wolf. Finally, I had the opportunity to redo the entire transcription of Sugar Magnolia so that enjoyed a nice improvement. In addition to learning to play these songs correctly, hopefully this little session will get me to eventually publish the next edition of the songbook. It has gotten me in the right direction be establishing a new file called Deadbook2009.doc. Let?s see if I can follow through on the endeavor and get something out in early 2009.
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Scott warned us that there is a show at Terminal 55 so parking may be a hassle. I?ll try to get there early and claim my spot. If I miss out I will be counting my blessings that I have a rack unit that is on wheels. Can?t wait to jam.? As an after thought.? Friday after the jam I was speaking to someone at work who was mentioning how she was allowing her 16 year old son to see some band 3 night in a row in NYC, and it happened to be the band Scott told us about playing at Terminal 55.? It may be Terminal 5 for all I know.
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So I'm driving up the West Side Highway, watching the Lou Dobbs Show on CNN through my Sllingbox on my cell phone in the car and I'm in my own world looking forward to getting there and I see this giant Lincoln SUV honking me and lo-and-behold, it is Rich and Scott racing to 5th Street. ?I told them I would race them but I lost once again getting lost in Lou's diatribe. ?When I got to 55th street I discovered I was screwed that there were no parking spots due to the show at Terminal 55. ?I saw Scott in the giant Lincoln waitng in front of the door at Carroll's parked illegally in the construction zone and I pulled up behind. ?Scott was looking for affirmation to park illegally, for which I could not provide, and therefore we decided to find parking somewhere else. ?I took and conservative approached and parked atleastone and a half blocks further than I had to. ?Thank G-d for the rollers on my rack unit. ?Kev gave me a ride back there at the end of the night.?
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We all arrived around the same time and got going in good order. ?We started with a Getaway and Jason was out for vengence playing with a very high level of distortion. ?I picked an Esau next and we were off to the races. ?I introduced the changes to the Sugar Mag, Dire Wolf, Looks Like Rain and Jack Straw on paper and we took to them and played all of them through the night and in each case, the versions showed significant improvements.
Scott Bayer showed up in the middle of the night for 2 songs and I don't recall that we played to Carol over the cell phone. ?This may have broke a streak unless Rich can confirm that we played for her. ?Kev had a different bass rig, some giant one piece thing but it sounded good. ?We had the cheap Berhinger mics which didn't help anything, but by the end of the night it sounded okay. We had a few nice long combos like an Other One Smokestack Wheel Miracle Me and My Uncle. ?The we ended with a big Estimated Eyes Dew. ?I was amazed Scott made it through it all but he hung in there, good for him and good for us. ?It was a fun night and I can't wait to do it again. ?It looks like Wednesday. Maybe I could have a new improved song or two for then.
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