Date: Wed 29 Aug, 2001 at 00:00
Headline: A New Level
Greetings and Salutations!
First off, my apologies for not having written much lately. I said in my
most recent note that August was shaping up to be our businest month ever,
and it certainly turned out that way. Even with all of the activity,
however, there has been a certain amount of nebulousness about our
situation. Things are expanding and changing at such a rapid rate, it's hard
to really crystalize one moment in written form before the immediacy has
passed away and new, even more vague implications of the present and future
are making themselves evident.
(and yes, I am entirely sober as I write this.) ;)
Anyway, one thing I can talk about in concrete terms is the fantastic
night we just had at Liquid Joe's. I had not played there
since 1997 and while I thought the venue was great even back then, I marvel at the improvement it has gone through since. A new bar near the
stage and expanded dance floor, the patio walled in and filled with booths
and billiards, and oh yes, major improvements to a stage and sound system
that was already pretty great to begin with.
After these past few months of playing together, things have really begun to
gel and last night I think we hit a new level in performance. The sound was
happening, the band was tight, the show was energetic but relaxed, just as
it should be. The response from the crowd (and it was quite an impressive crowd
for a Tuesday night) was most gratifying. All throughout the evening, both
the club's estalbishment and the other band on the bill (Groove
Dilemma, who also put in a strong showing despite some nagging tech
problems) treated us with good humour and respect. From my point of view, I
couldn't ask for anything better...a truly excellent night.
There is more to talk about as we head into September, which will be a
month of expansion, planning, plotting, hard work and transition for us...but it
have to wait for a little while longer...
bye for now,
your humble correspondent