Monday, September 18, 2017

Recordering session.

So here we are at Adderly Road Recording Studios and Pizza Restaurant, contemplating our first hit making session.

A historic moment. Probably going on the DVD extras.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Chestnut Hill

Never heard of the guy. Mild Magee, maybe. And certainly Dirty and Fibber Magee...

The good ol' days, when racquets were experiments.
(Not the) Farmer's Market. More a place to find funkily upscale home decor for your Chestnut Hill mini-mansion.

Washboard band. Pretty good.

Parking situation.
Maui transplant owners, serving up good kine local grinz. Now there are two Hawaiian food restaurants in town...what a luxury!

Tradewinds serves up the kind of comfort food you would expect to see on Tutu's table with family. Oney ono!

How do people from Upcountry end up in Philadelphia...

"I don't know, I don't know."

Neil, doing some mental self-wrestling on the ranch.

And a little earlier that day, back at high school.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rock'n'roll cello.

Went to the Mann this evening to see 2 Cellos, which turned out to be a gut-string rock band. A couple of Croatian guys out to make a buck...a lot of bucks, actually, catering to some pretty low, common musical denominators. I could see them busking it - their act had that sort of "keep 'em entertained", barely-disguised-disdain sort of humor. What a colossal waste of talent, but heck, the tickets were on UArts, and the music hall itself is beautiful. It was a nice night out. Definitely would go back to see something good.

Getting late. Tea's getting cold. Time to head off to Dreamland...

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Band practice.

Band practice tonight: covers for our Chinatown Arch and Riverpark Pub gigs in October. Also aiming to play some acoustic/coffeehouse gigs with originals as well.

Jerry's our bassist-in-residence for these two outings while Norm's away traveling. Tonight we also had Cap's bud Ron on percussion. Ron's an O'ahu boy, and it was a happy coincidence to have a soul brother from Hawai'i in the room this evening. A calm presence, and very solid on percussion, alongside Cap.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Possible logo.

...with potential merchandising!

+ mugs, bumper stickers, decals, tattoos...the possibilities are endless. We should probably sell out right now and bypass the "starving, working-band phase". Could be a whole marketing empire even before the band exists, huh. Time is ripe to adopt a Post-Post-Modern attitude.

Monday, August 21, 2017

More dreaming...

It's time for a logo and a business card - when you start exposing yourself, you need a card to hand out to give people something to try and figure out. Haven't come up with a logo, yet (this branding thing is pretty serious, these days).

Dreamers can make stuff up.
Dreamers may have difficulty getting things through to reality.
Dreamers take their time.
It's possible to be out of sync with schedules, responsibilities, and other people if you are a dreamer.
There are different sorts of dreamers: benign, benevolent, obsessive, calm, big picture, slow burning, etc.
But to be a dreamer, you need to forget about things a little bit, take a step or two back from all the details of existence, for better or for worse, or both. If the devil is in the details, then god must be in the big picture (if you look at it that way).
If you want to be a dreamer, you need to practice staring at waves and clouds, or listening to the wind, or watching ants, or even just taking naps.
Some dreamers have their head in the clouds. Some, their feet. Dreamers have been accused of having their heads in other places as well, but that's the opinion of those who have forgotten that we are all dreamers in the end.
There's no excuse for dreaming. None needed, because, try life without will go crazy.

Depending on how you look at it, this is all a dream, anyway.

Actually, I don't know who Thomas is. Probably a friend.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How to Spend the Afternoon When You Should Be Doing Other Things.

Some days you really should be doing something else, but you get grumped up and need a little push to make it all...worthwhile.

So today turned into an afternoon of "What'll we wear at our upcoming gig?".

Started out simply: "Casual Whatever Dude", "I'm just here to jam and be happy, people. Endless blues jam? No worries. Pass the microbrew."
Move forward to The Edge, with a serious message for all the slackers subsisting out there in Fishtown and South Philly.
Slight variation on that theme, going for cool and slightly menacing, as befits the still rebellious and not quite emotionally mature, middle-aged person.
Moving into "Jazz Dude Playing for Yuppies with Disposable Incomes" and retro 1970's FM radio tastes (it's cool to like your parents' music).
Lounge guy resuscitated from the 1960's, "Hey, there!".
Can't believe how much fun I'm having, yeah baby.
Younger idiom. Gotta admit, this was the most comfortable, the most pleasantly marginal.
Playing the grooves at the local Earth Day and Farm to Table fĂȘte. The holes in the jeans are authentic, carefully nurtured through the course of a couple decades or so.
Slightly more mature version of the above, replete with Salvation Army sports jacket.

So there! Some folks may think there are better things to do with one's time, but I say, whatever gets you to Nap Time works just fine when you're having an existential moment.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Secret Asian Band at the Headhouse.

This looks like it was "Fearless" (Pink Floyd).

A fun evening at Saito-san's convivial Headhouse, open mic hosted by Rob Buscher, who also played blues guitar and sang, and whose sister stole the show with just her voice and an acoustic guitar. Photo courtesy of Sharon, Patrick's missus. Patrick, our fellow Mischiever, played an energetic set of Los Lobos and the Dead. I would've stuck around for the post-open mic jam, but it was Pumpkin Hour, and good, general policy to leave early rather than stay too long.

First time playing after a few weeks of traveling, stomach trouble, and too much work at work, between the three of us. A little rough around the edges, but it was good to get out and face (and play) the music.

Party tomorrow chez Rahul with more playing, and it looks like we may have landed ourselves an October gig in Chinatown...on an actual stage.

Now we're in for it. Rock'n'rolllllllllllllll!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

One more round...

From jazz under the rafters at Parker Pie (top image), to Bread & Puppet's hippie polemics, with their Pine Tree Acre at right, a good ten degrees cooler than its neighbor the fields, the varied stopping points of interest and activity in the Green Mountain place, with their distinctly inimitable personalities and flavors.

Mountain cleft at the top of Mt. Wheelbarrow.
From Mount Wheelbarrow, a morning's hike.
Cracks in the crown.

The path fades out but comes back as one heads to the dock, and then stops abruptly on the water, where if you are the Preferred One (or Peter Sellers) you can keep walking.

Old barber entrance.
Trevor surveys Shadow Lake.

Last light before the Shadow Lake recedes into the evening.