Date: Thu 16 Jan, 2003 at 10:08
Headline: Fancy Footwork
" 'Expect the unexpected'. This advice has annoyed many hitch-hikers in that it is A) glib, and B) a contracdiction in terms."
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Greetings & Salutations!
I'm back, after a waaaaaaaay too long C drive de-fragging that made me want to gnaw my own kneecaps off in frustration. Here's what's been going on in SonsWorld these past few days...
With the SLC RockStar competition (not to mention a full night at The Element) coming up, we were preparing to get our live chops back into shape, when we hit an unexpected snag -- DC zigged when he should have zagged at work and twisted his ankle, spraining it rather badly. Ah, the hazzards of a job in construction! Fortunately, it looks like he'll recover before too long, and we will be back in action soon.
Unfortunately, this little incident came up the night before our showing at Dimitri's, and we didn't want to back out at the last moment. After some deliberation, we decided to strip down (instrumentally speaking) and do an acoustic set. It would be an impormptu affair, but we thought it would at least give us a chance to fulfill our commitment to Dimtri's and the folks at Music Associates, who set this whole thing up. With one night to practice, we quickly threw together a setlist and did some re-arranging of the tunes, and went in hoping for the best.
Well, sometimes the coolest things happen by accident. :-)
Set up and tear-down were a breeze, the soundcheck went smoothly, the crowd really seemed to dig it, and we were all jazzed (once we got over our initial apprehension) about how great our songs came across acoustically. Even some of the more unlikely selections transferred remarkably well. 'Atmosphere' lost none of its momentum and punch by losing the electrics and full drums, it just became swampier. 'Hey Waif' took on an eerie, mid-tempo trance groove that still thrills me to remember -- like Meldrum would say, "chills, man!" (only without the sarcasm). We even, in the midst of taking some Floyd requests, managed to pull off a few verses of 'Free Four', a very obscure tune which I don't think any of us had ever attempted to play before.
We didn't win the competition -- the nod went to consummate 70's funksters Money Shot, who did put on a great show -- but as they say, it was an honor just to be nominated, and we seem to have opened up a whole new way to present our music which I, for one, can't wait to try again. New concert dates are being scheduled (and re-scheduled) right this second, and we'll let you know when and where as soon as we know ourselves.
In the meantime, send out good vibes for DC's foot, and we'll see you soon!
bye for now,
your humble correspondent