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Date: Wed 23 Jul, 2003 at 00:48
Headline: Bricks & Flicks
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Greetings & Salutations!

Last night we had the second rehearsal for our upcoming performance at Club Suede and things are really starting to come together. For those uninitiated to the Pink Floyd oveure, 1979's The Wall is considered by many fans to be the pinnacle of the band's creative output (it's the source of such classics as 'Comfortably Numb', 'Another Brick In The Wall', 'Hey You' and 'Run Like Hell', just to name a few) and is certainly one of the more well-loved pieces of work in the often dubiously regarded realm of "rock theatre". Being able to effectively perform this record's entire 90 minutes, including many pieces originally recorded with a symphony orchestra in tow, is no easy feat. Even now, we sort of have our fingers crossed that it will all come together. This band, however, has a habit of rising to the occasion, and I believe we will do so again next Friday night. In my opinion, it's worth the effort putting a little extra icing on the cake for Suede while offering a little extra incentive for folks to come check out this fantastic club.

One of the great things about the past few woodshedding sessions (and indeed the past few gigs) has been watching Greg's command of the Floyd material truly solidifying. Not that his performance was deficient before -- or he wouldn't have the job -- but he really has been pushing things to the next level lately. Having said that, it's also been amusing to watch this skilled and versatile drummer occasionally having to concentrate in order to downshift his playing in accordance with Nick Mason's plodding, lazy style. 'Waiting For The Worms' had a few false starts last night on that score, which was...well, a little frustrating for Greg, but quite entertaining for the rest of us. :-)

On the home front, I've been adjusting better to a semi-solitary lifestyle this week. Lots more work to do as deadlines and showtimes approach, and I've also been steadily plowing through my stack of borrowed DVDs. So far I've thoroughly enjoyed An Evening With Kevin Smith, revisited The Terminator and Jerry Maguire (two old favorites, which although very different types of films, appeal to me for essentially the same reasons) done a point-by-point contrast and compare with Red Dragon and Manhunter (still can't decide which one I like better overall) and finally, tentatively, dipped a toe into the waters of TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer, after having it highly recommended to me by various friends over the past year or so. I've been out a little more often as well -- biking partway to rehearsal last night, meeting Fozz and Kahn for lunch today, getting out to the cinema with Travis, and actualy doing a little yardwork despite the obscene heat. Operation keep-myself-occupied has been more or less a success. Still will be nice when the family returns home tomorrow, though...

Meanwhile, positive reviews keep coming in for One Left Turn and our recent show at The Zephyr Club, to which I say "thank you, thank you, thank you", and "you ain't seen nothin' yet". :-)

bye for now,
Thom