- Picasso Moon
- Brown-Eyed Women
- Little Red Rooster
- The Other One
- Friend of the Devil
- Free form jams with Dennis
- Mexicali Blues
- Lazy River
- Looks Like Rain
- China Doll
- St. Stephen
For being an ordinary evening, this jam seem to have many firsts or extraordinary events. To start with it became apparent the passing of the "Freakboy" torch occurred on October 15, 1996. After extolling Jonathan on October 7, 1996 for a week of giving to Deadstein good with both singing and dancing it was proven that we were all saps for extending our gracious hands. But that is Okay because several months ago a new Johnny Freakboy protegee stepped into our studio. While he may not sing or dance, he does hoot when he hears something hot. In addition he was able to surprise us with interesting goodies, showing a bit of creativity in his selection of dessert products. He may spill every bit of liquid within 10 feet of him, he may be a slob, he may be cheaper than the scrooge but at least he shows up to be Deadsteins new "Freakboy." His birthday is even around the same day as "Non-Freakboy" Longs.
There is time for "Non-Freakboy" Long to redeem himself, come back to the fold but it may take a sacrifice like missing a Yankee world series game for a Deadstein Jam. That would show "Deadsteinication." Actually, Johnny Cheapboy shouldnt get too comfortable because we all know "Freakboy" and "Cheapboy" aint no "Freakboy." What do you want this was written during the final Dole - Clinton Presidential Debate. Enough of berating "Non-Freakboy" Long. We just ask him to come back to the Grand Old Party.
For some reason unknown to me, Kevin twisted but tuning peg on my guitar before the jam and broke a string of mine. In replacing it he broke more, replaced some in and out of the guitar nut in ways that I didnt know a string could be threaded. Coupled with other reasons, the jam started relatively late (7:30 or so), an it was clear that the list wasnt to be completed. In the end, we only played one of the two sets scripted by Kevin over the course of two sets. Thats okay because we played additional songs with Dennis. The missing second set not played included: Women, Box, Sailor, Saint, Not Fade Away.
Kevin still was getting adjusting his bass setup and this week saw Kevins own amplifier make it into the room Some how he split the signal and expanded into two cabinets. I dont know all the details but it sounded very good. Powerful, clean and deep.
Larry Brent was almost under the weather but like a trooper, he showed up and played his heart out. Can we say that about "Non-Freakboy" Long?
Regarding the set lists, in the words of an unbiased observer, the reason Johnny didnt show was because of the set list, What type of song selection is it. Picasso, Brown-Eyed Rooster, "what are you going to shoot yourself?" A Good Lovin to close? Then the audacity to propose to play a Women, Box in the second set. Actually I never looked at it from afar, but this unbiased observer is right. What type of song selection is this? I would die if I saw this. Actually I don't mind, never di, I accept the list even though I would like a Casey Jones every now and then.
Remember, we play on Monday the Week of November 22, 1996
Picasso was good, very welled played, excellent drumming and just playing a Picasso that is true to itself. I couldnt remember Brown-Eyed Women if they sat on my face, I have no idea where I was during that song. I do remember it went right into a Rooster, slow and groovy. I droned on with the theme without regard to others, refusing to jump off of it. In the end, we played with that strong, slinky Rooster groove. That kept up until a very drunk Dennis staggered into the room in the middle of the Rooster. While in a very jolly mood, the entrance of Dennis and Riley definitely altered the karma and resulted in a much modified ending to the Rooster.
Rather than fighting the Dennis influence, Deastein decided to jump on the Dennis bandwagon. We alter the set to give a strong foundation to the music Dennis was going to play. I t would not have mattered what we were going to play. We therefore played a first set Other One, giving Dennis an opportunity to strut his stuff and really spread his wings. Without any ego, Deadstein just provided a strong and beautiful Other One support for Dennis screeching Marshall. It was loud but the Other One was great. It was long, a little spacy, powerful but done with class. By letting Dennis go off by himself it left the rest of us the opportunity to listen to ourselves play and perform a fundamentally true but interesting Other One.
Enough was enough and we went back to our game plan with the Devil. Much like the Other One, the Marshall screeched at comic proportions. After the Devil a dental emergency occurred at the Gibson household. Off went Dr. Brent with Scott. The ensuing music , Sans Larry B. and Scott, involved having Dennis feedback, Kevin on my guitar and me on drums, with Menaker and Riley (on bass) joining in later. It was fun and noisy at least for me. That drumming stuff is fun. Food was ordered and arrived during the El Paso which ended up being the close of the first set.
The second set was a continuation of what was to be the first set. All I can say is that Kevin probably played some of his best stuff ever during the Mexicali and Lazy River Road. It was right on and I only wish I could have done it the justice Kevins playing deserved. While I wasnt terrible during it all. The fast Mexicali right out of eating was a difficult startup. My hands were still sticky from the Rice Krispie treats and it made it hard to slide up and down the neck. Lazy River Road was beautiful as it chugged along. Dont have the energy to comment on the rest. I'll leave it up to someone else in the comments. I know I played the Good Lovin' wrong. Well, actually I'll have to listen to tapes before admitting it.