Date: Thu 29 Jan, 2004 at 13:38
Headline: Getting Ready...
Greetings & Salutations!
Everyone here at Camp SoN is psyched for the first
concert of 2004 tomorrow night. We're hitting Park City for the first
time in months, and bringing along our friend Mike
Beck for a short acoustic performance in between the
original and FloydShow sets. This will also be
Flanders first time playing with us at Harry O's, which we're very much looking forward to. I spent a little time with him yesterday working over arrangements
for the new tunes we're playing at this gig, and he seems as jazzed as
the rest of us.
Speaking of jazz in a non-metaphorical sense, I managed to catch the
Don Rogerson Quartet (featuring our own Eric Litovsky on bass) last
night at Club Sound for a lively set of jazz/funk/ska instrumentals. Don, who
played sax for us a couple of years ago, sounded as great as ever. He and the rest of the band seemed very
relaxed and confident. I was impressed with both their playing and the
solid crowd they managed to draw on a Wednesday night, which is no mean feat
for this genre of music in this town. Eric, as well as being able to tackle
keyboards/guitar/percussion/trumpet/whatever with aplomb, is also
a superb bass player. Chops-wise, he's way overqualified for the work he does with
SoN. It's somewhat disconcerting at times, knowing that
there are at least 3 guys in our band who can probably play my parts
better than I can. ;-)
Fozz and I have been trading Floyd-related DVDs this week. I lent him
my new copy of the Live At Pompeii Director's
Cut and I got his Making Of Dark Side Of The
Moon documentary. Both focus on my favorite era of the
band -- post Syd Barret, Pre Worldwide Platinum Success and Subsequent
Burnout -- and both have been a great pleasure to watch. As we are now
in the process of working on new original material, I am always open to
soaking up and applying anything I can about songcraft from various
sources, and I've never seen a better example of the use of space in
rock music than that of the early Floyd. As the cliche goes, "you have
to listen to the notes they aren't playing..."
As a warm-up for tomorrow's show, we're going to be appearing on
Park City Faces tonight. Those in the Summit County
area can catch us at 6:00pm on channel 45 (or 8 for cable) throwing down
some unplugged tunes and dicussing this and that with our esteemed host
Randy Barton. Should be a kick as always. Full report to come...