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Date: Mon 23 Sep, 2002 at 00:00
Headline: The Calm Before

Greetings and Salutations!

"They say it's always calmest before the storm. That's not true. I'm a serious salior. It is not calm before the storm, stuff happens...."

-Dan Rydell, SportsNight: Eli's Coming

Just got back from rehearsal.

Litovsky was ribbing me tonight about these "rantings", as he calls them. He read my last post aloud to the band in a dry, comic monotone -- at least I think it was meant to be comic ;) -- which gave us all a chuckle and reminded me of two things:

First of all, that other people out there actually read this stuff. I know, of course, that this page is open to the public, but I usually don't get a lot of feedback about it and sometimes I tend to forget that I'm not just talking to myself here! It's always interesting, and not a little embarrassing, to receive that shock of perspective.

And secondly, that I haven't posted a new update for a while, so here goes...

I've spent nearly every night for the past two weeks getting all of the technical details hammered out for the next FloydShow, which will be upon us in less than 72 hours. With everything from arranging for the building of set pieces to compiling and overseeing the visuals to sequencing and burning the audio FX to setting up all of the staging and cues to co-ordinating everyone's schedules so that we can all do our jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible and the seeming infinity of little tasks in between, I've had a lot of irons in the fire....and that's just the non-musical stuff. Hey, they don't call me the "designated driver" of the band just cause I'm the only one who won't touch the hooch. :-) It's rewarding work and I love it when a plan comes together, but I am seriously ready for a break right about now.

Tonight was our last night to work the kinks out musically, and at least from that perspective I think we're ready to go. The fine folks at Harry O's have been kind enough to let us go in and get all of the gear set up on Wednesday night, so we can get a jump-start on the technical end of the show. Apparently we've built up quite a buzz about this gig, so with expectations running high we want to be extra certain that everything will run smoothly when the lights go down.

So, it's one day off to relax with friends & family and enjoy the supposed "calm", then back into the storm with all guns blazing. Woohoo!

Thanks for being there, folks...and thanks for reading, even those of you who find my "rantings" to be a bit silly. Enjoy the Autumnal Equinox, and we'll see you Thursday night!

Shine On,

your humble correspondent
Thom Bowers