Carroll's 55th Street


When the Kevy Breaks

Wednesday night once again at Carroll's and this week the entire band was back and ready to jam. We had no guests. We didn't really have an agenda or a setlist to play, but it being April gave me a desire to think 1982. This resulted in a Jack Straw Love Each Other opener, which is always a positive beginning. Actually, the aggressiveness of the Jack Straw gave it more of a 1980 feel, April fools for those counting, than a 1982 Jack Straw.

As we worked our way through the first set, we eventually came to the point that it was time to try the two new Band songs we did last week; Ophelia and It Makes No Difference. These two songs, much like last week were fun to play and you do realize what great songs they are. After we completed these two songs we decided to try the When the Levee breaks with me playing bass and Kevin playing guitar. I had a drum-loop of the songs to use to get us started, and after a minute we turned it off and were off to the races. Ten minutes later we were done with the jam, honoring it by doing our best on it. From that jam, we headed into a Other One jam to end the set in the April Fools configuration a few minutes before the 10 o'clock set closing time.

We ended the first set early, did what we had to do during half time and launched into a second set. Hey Pocky Way was the way we would open, the go into a more traditional up tempo Terrapin --> Playing --> China Doll for the bulk of the second set. We Black Peter --> Around and Around is how we thought of the second half of the second set should close. The tie a bow on the evening, we try to pull off an Attics of My Life and it was about as good as we can do and we closed with another attempts at the Beatles Dig a Pony, which seems to get better each time we play it.

This week I arrived early and went out to the deli for a sandwich before the jam. I also got a few slices of pepper Jack cheese to go along with the bottle of Australian Pinot Noir I brought in. It was a nice touch for the night. Freak Out!