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Date: Mon 13 Feb, 2006 at 14:44
Headline: Clarity, Phase Three: Can't Complain
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Greetings & Salutations!

I've had Stan Ridgway's "Can't Complain" running through my head almost continuously for about a week now. I wonder what that might say about my state of mi...on second thought, no I don't.

The Liquid Joe's show was fun. Medium-sized crowd, loud and enthused. We finally worked out the screen issue, i.e. the frustrating problem of not having a decent pace to put one, since the stage is set into a corner of the club. We brought in a second screen, positioned the two screens on either side of the stage, and used two projectors, which gave the whole thing a little more visual oomph and some nice symmetry. Get a couple of moving heads on the stage, and we just might have ourselves a ballgame.

The performance was a bit subdued in places, but that too had its compensations -- I don't think we've ever played "Mother" as close to the original tempo as we did the other night. I got to have a nice "out-of-body" moment during "Set The Controls," which was an unexpected lift. Funny how it's those trance-y songs that always seem to do it for me. Nice to see some friends from SLC again, including but not limited to Gregg Hale, who runs the SoN MySpace page. This was show #18 for him, which has got to be a record for anyone outside of the band. Hopefully we'll be able to get back to LJ's -- and more local shows in general -- soon. I kinda miss playing live and still being able to sleep in my own bed at the end of the night.

Not much sleep to be had after this particular gig, however, as I had a vocal session for the CD at 10:00 the next morning. Ideally, not the best timing for such a thing, but we wanted to have Juli (posessor of probably the best ear for pitch in the group) there to crack the whip and be the "vocal nazi", so we were working around her schedule. I was honestly not sure if I was going to be able to sing at all that early, but after warming up for a while we got into it and I managed to nail down some leads and harmonies on a few tunes, with Matt and Juli pitching in some of their parts as well. We're getting closer and closer to completion...all of the tracking needs to be done by the end of the month so that we can start mixing & mastering in time to get the CD out by May. It still just kills me that it will have been almost three years since One Left Turn at that point. By Grabthar's Hammer...uh, or something less geeky...I promise it will not be so long between this one and the next one.

More to come...

TB