Thursday, May 8, 1997
- Having trouble juggling a family and two bands,
Larry M. decided to take this Thursday off. he
was there to say hi and good-bye and that's about
- In lieu of
Larry M., Kevin arranged for Coffee-Boy Mitch of
Marna to sit in on the skins, which he commented
were very well tuned and sounding good. This was
his second time with us (see March 11, 1997 for his
first jam), coming back for more java abuse. he
played quite well, a slower groovier sound was
then end result.
- The only other guest in the room was Mitch's
friend Mitch. We have had no Brotman for several
weeks now. Dennis was no where to be found but I
hear he was in the building.
- Larry B. came in about 7:40 and we didn't get
rolling until almost 8:00. This made for an
alteration of the original setlist. as you can
- I personally had a lot of trouble playing
tonight. I didn't like my sound and only had
moments of my new confidence that has lead me to
some of my best playing in my life. I used
Kevin's phaser box.
- Johnny was back in full force after not seeing us
for several weeks due to Manilow (see his review
in the April 17
- The Stranger out of the Bertha was a surprise to
Kevin and I when Larry B. started it. It
shouldn't have been, but it was. Kevin handled it
well, I didn't. I was definitely having trouble
communicating all night. I was in my own world
and rarely reached out. I've done better thats
- Brown-Eyed Women started quickly with spunk and
had a very constant beat. That is if you consider
a constant rate of deceleration to be a constant
beat. The spunk turned to melodic mush by the
- The Cassidy is a place where lack of
communication had tangible results. We had our
first whipless Cassidy maybe ever. It was nice.
We jam hard during it. I never looked up for the
whip or even the start of it, even though we
toyed with it constantly, We then fell out of the
Cassidy groove and our path toward the whip and
never go the gusto up to do the whip. I saw Larry
go to the mic to sing the closing verse and I was
miraculously able to get in my riff. It was a
Liberty was described as Calypso. It was okay, a
bit too much of going through the motions.
- With time dwindling we strayed from the setlist
and went for a Flourent order into Playing in the
Band. We decided not to select which song to go
into out of the Playing and Larry started the
Franklin's. A shock to me but a pleasing choice.
We played it well. I had a lot of problems
getting into the Playing groove. It wasn't our
- The Deal was real slow and groovy and a great
twang to it. It was reminiscent of early Deals,
and like them, we didn't play and ending jam.
That was a surprise to me and slightly
disappointing. I was okay because by then we had
already played several long jams.
- The Scarlet close was played very quickly with a
lively feel. We flew through it with confidence
and never floundered. The jam was good, coherent
and finished with a nice closing riff.
- We have to
give Johnny full credit for implementing a
terrific meal. He got the prejam drinks, and
batteries and then also did the Flourent and
deli. We all owe him a great deal of gratitude
for doing such a good job.
- The primary food were Flourent (cheese) burgers,
fries, mashed potatoes and , who can forget,
Pecan Pie. Actually the Flourentians forgot the Pecan Pie and Johnny had to go back
for it. It was worth it with a nice hard glaze
pecaneesed crust on top of cool soft pecan slush.
While lacking a strong bourbon bite. It was still
pretty darn good. I should work on the Food
- After dinner we learned of Kevin's love of Neal,
the strong manly massager. Kevin's was talking of
getting a Neil to service the band a future jams.
I don't like the sound of it. I could live with
- Due to the typical lack of time we only played
tow of the proposed five songs.
- The China Rider was normal to me. The Rider
became a chore
It was very comfortable in the
room but outside were some thunderstorms that came in
from the west which were enjoyed by Johnny.