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Date: Wed 30 Aug, 2006 at 11:35
Headline: Good For The Soul

Greetings & Salutations!

I'm now more or less recovered from our latest out of state jaunt. A few of us were fighting off colds all weekend. I managed to hold it together long enough to do the shows and get home, then let myself succumb to the delayed effects -- which are usually worse, but fortunately not this time.

Both shows were tremendous musically, if a little more humble of grandeur than what we usually face when we travel to Colorado. The audiences were amazing, as always. Lots of friends from Vail, Steamboat & Silverthorne showed up to catch the Statebridge gig, even stayed out in the rain for a chunk of the FloydShow. There was a great semi-civilized Flyin Zion-ish vibe to the whole affair. We played our 45min opening set, our 2+ hour headlining set and an encore, and still left them wanting more. They plain wore us out. Afterwards, we bunked down in a cabin provided by the lodge. I stayed in the loft, and fell asleep to the soothing sound of the rain tapping on the rooftop just inches above my head...then was woken every hour or so by the sound of a train passing by at close range. To senses enhanced by both sleep and sleep-dep, it was like the space shuttle taking off in my backyard. Not much REM action that night for any of us (with the exception of Fozz, who has the sometimes-enviable ability to just switch his ears off.)

Both nights featured an opening set of SoN originals, which we haven't done in quite a while, but with the release of Clarity it is something that is going to be a more regular occurrence from now on as we work to re-build the momentum of that side of the band. The folks in Grand Junction know us pretty well by now, so we felt more comfortable whipping this set out for them than we did in Statebridge, which was a more unknown quantity. Though the reaction was nowhere near the level of excitement that greeted the FloydShow, the original tunes were very well-received by the Grand Junction audience, and we sold quite a few CDs between sets. For me, the fact that it all went over so well provided both a sense of relief and a boost in energy. It made tearing into the Floyd that much more enjoyable, and made any technical troubles I experienced -- oh yes, there were a few -- just fade into the background. Even my cold-ravaged voice managed to hold up through it all. It's been a while since the last time I felt so fluid, so connected to my instrument, the other guys on stage, and the music itself for such a large percentage of the time. I may have been in the minority -- Tim & Daryn, I know, had a better show at Stagebridge -- but for me it was very heaven. Trance moments abounded.

We're going to be off the road for the next little while, but there's much more activity to come here at home. Stay tuned...