A special night, no food, lots of kindness, lots of music and
virtually no lows except for Kevin, just kidding, not. Actually nothing implied there
except a play on words. Kevin played well.
Only guests were Michael, Rich Rothenberg and Bill H, the guy who
sold me my banjo and that's it, but it was more than enough. With all the ancillary
activities which can preoccupy us, it was great to see us play through all urges not to.
The anticipation, like the opening of an oyster, kept us content to keep playing
along. This couple with the playing, which deserves platitudes more so than most
weeks, made for a setlist which was almost finished. The missing Sugar Magnolia at
the end was a tribute to the excellent and fulfilling night of music. The sweet Morning
Dew as well as the lack of calories also made it easy to wake for before our sunshine
What! No food? It worked for me even though I did have a
Burger King on the way in and others had a small Bens do-wop beforehand.
Nevertheless, I felt good, I still do and I look forward to a morning without
heartburn and "DI-2 Farts and a Splash." That's the way I spell diarrhea.
I felt good and established a good tone early on and was able to play
it through out the night. Few mental errors, lots of scop, little "SPOC"
made for true Zen like music, so different than last week. Anyone agree with that?
Much less mush?
Walkin' Blues had a great pop and tone. Cold Rain was even well
done, very little uncertainty.
Haven't played Baby Blue in a long time and it didn't show because it
was sweet and touching.
Uncle was good with a poor, lack of leadership type of transition
into Mexicali, but nevertheless there wasn't friction in a battle to get it going but
graceful listening to figure out a way while never losing the beat. Andy messed up
the second lead because he forgot there was to be a second lead and try to end the song, a
little stumble that we didn't fully recover from by the end of the song but nothing worth
the effort of these worthless keystroke. I think it was William Shakespeare Gates
that said the keyboard is mightier than the sword
On the Road again was solid as can be and worth the time and effort.
Ballad of a Thin Man was first besmirched by Andy until he realized
it was the Mrs. Jones song which was cool. We played it well, Larry took off with a
ferocious lead on it.
Deep Elem bopped along well.
Touch was good. I think the lead was a bit sloppy but the
verses were done well and the breaks were cleanly and crisply broken into. Didn't go
the whole 3 times around on "We will survive," but the song may not have
survived if we did. We don't have 18,000 fans cheering us on now do we?
Some song we jammed on for a while and transitioned into Let it Grow.
Larry was raving about the transition, it think it was a bit drawn out but
nevertheless the song was great, who could beat it. Great jams and leads. We
got really, really loud during the 3 part of the jam. I was standing in the vortex
and was enjoying the power.
Deal was hot, love the sound of Andy's guitar as he starts that
Well done Saturday Night, ditto on the Terrapin, we were timid on the
Playing, not knowing whether to go in or come out so we went back into it without ever
coming out. You can see why I liked it.
Morning Dew was just very well played. Larry took the first
lead, Andy took the second and I guess it doesn't matter anyway.