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Date: Tue 06 Jan, 2004 at 11:05
Headline: Holiday Roundup, part 2
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"I woke up this morning, and I'm the fattest person I've ever met."
-Alex Lifeson, RUSH: The Boys In Brazil

Greetings & Salutations!

The Holiday Hangover has begun to dissapate, and things are returning to normal (well, as normal as they ever get anyway). Here at Casa de Bowerz, we're all back at work and/or school. The sun is showing itself a little more regularly, which is definitely an improvement.

Flying Blind-ish

The gig with Longshot went better than expected, considering we never really had a rehearsal. 3/5 of us spent one evening before Christmas going over a few of the arrangements, but clashing schedules and sadistic weather patterns kept the band apart over the next week. In the few days leading up to the show, I began to feel a growing, nameless, nagging buzz, but it wasn't until I actually got to the club that I recognized it for what it was: nervousness. I was actually nervous about a gig for the first time in a long time. Now, nervous tends to be my default setting at any live event due to a number of external factors, but even through my worries about technical issues, attendance, etc, I am always confident that the music is going to work out. This was different: it was a real, honest-to-goodness "am I actually ready to go out there or am I going to screw everything up?" kind of anxiety. Didn't see that coming.

Turns out, I had nothing to be worried about. There were some hairy moments, but overall the show was tight. Fortunately, my supporting role as a keyboard player (and most of the songs having very little in the way of actual keyboard parts) meant that I could bow out of a song whenever I had any sort of mental lapse and collect my wits before plunging back in. It was great to play with Steve Urie again, whose effortless groove I've always admired. Both playing and hanging out with Ray Opheikens was a treat as always, and John Clark also showed up to lend support....or perhaps he was just incredibly bored. Either way, I appreciated having friends there. :-)

M-O-O-N, that spells "Ring"

My wife and I managed to catch a screening of Return Of The King last week, priming ourselves for it by watching the Extended Edition DVDs of the first two LOTR films (which improved on the theatrical cuts in some ways, not-so-much in others). This one was, overall, probably my favorite of the series, though I find it a bit disconcerting that I'm not as enthralled by these films as so many others who share my genre interests seem to be. Then again, I've never been particularly enthralled by the source material (blasphemy!) so perhaps it's to be expected. Either way, I respect the passion and effort that went into making them, and feel it's a great achievement that they exist at all. And I do hope ROTK cleans up at Oscar time, if only to see a film with wizards and dragons and such finally receive some respect and win Best Picture. It's never happened before to my knowledge, and will mostl likely never have a chance to happen again.

It begins...

Tim and I spent some time last night working on ideas for new songs. We've been meaning to get together and write for a while, but again...conflicting schedules and sadistic weather. And the Holidaze. And...well, you get the point. Anyway, it was tremendous fun to get the creative juices flowing again and begin laying the groundwork for what we hope will be a new CD this year. That, in addition to getting ready for a new string of live dates, is going to be keeping us very busy on all fronts for the time being. It's definitely time to get back to work!

bye for now,
-Thom