yes, that was a correct mispelling. it was in reference to a show that holy smith played at the bug jar a few days ago. we invited in our friend ryan bernfield to play with us. we were opening for a travelling act, the loom, who are real nice people with an incredibly unique sound. we thought it would be fun to bring someone else in. scott and i hadn't played out (or in) since rochester's first greentopia festival, and why not suddenly perform with someone new with little or no rehearsal. sounds on some level like a possible nightmare. i mean really, that's the type of rash action that can cause acute humiliation in several sloppy middle schoolers at the talent show. as destiny would have it , however, scott, ryan, and i had a blast. and if i'm to believe what those in the audience have told me, they enjoyed it too. we didn't just get lucky; ryan is a brilliant guitar player (i can't even find the right notes to doodle whenever he's improvising some difficult jazz thing that i swear uses only some mystical indian scale); he has a wonderful voice (which we are looking forward to blending with further); and he is a wonderful songwriter. so looks like we made an inspired choice letting ryan into the circle. he can add more credibility to the jazz part of our self described style 'urban folk jazz'. he has some great songs to offer, as evidenced by his 'for rachel' that we included in the set. based on the feedback i've heard, that might have been the highlight of the show. it is a beautiful song and i can't wait to work on it further. thanks for listening to me type so much. here's the set list from the show;
one more cup of coffee (dylan)
everyone suffers (maville)
for rachel (bernfield)
i'll call you/miserable winter longing (maville)
song for arthur (maville)
soundcheck; dry lemon tears, and; this room.
so scott and i have been enjoying playing music. unfortunately early summer has found us busy, and we do most of our practicing at shows. scott says this keeps our performances fresh, but it also keeps me nervous. we have a good time tho. my web-man dan has posted two songs on you tube from our bug jar show. type in 'holy smith' 'bug jar'. they're good, but as scott and i agree we play those songs even better now. i guess that's what it's like in the early days of a band; room for growth and exploration. that makes it sound like puberty, but it's true. and now, like the ark of the covenant, there's the percussion trunk. it's a suitcase with a hodge-podge of things. scott puts things on and around the closed case, and then hits them. i don't know where he got this idea, but it sounds better than you'd think. or maybe that's just his magic. anyways, we're looking at a few upcoming performances. i'll post them immedjiately (upper-british accent)