Archive for July, 2010
I can’t believe it’s been ten years since the Mike Farley Band released their album Halfaworldaway.
Around that time I was playing keys in the Tony Lang Band, playing guitar and producing music with Tom Smith, and writing and performing with the nascent version of drunkdude69. The TLB split a number of shows with the Mike Farley Band, and I was friends with Jeff Beam who played bass in both projects, so I was frequently in attendance when they played to great crowds at the Odeon concert club and elsewhere.
It seems like yesterday that I watched their CD release performance at the Odeon. I remember wanting to smash my hands with a hammer as I watched Jeff Nagel play guitar like a rock star. Mike’s songs were amazing, and Jeff Beam and Joe Rohan held down a pounding rhythm on bass and drums.
So on Sunday night it was like stepping into a Cleveland music time machine.
The show was excellent – lots of fun and energy, a room full of people who were psyched to enjoy some original music, and a great venue in Brothers Lounge on Cleveland’s west side.
It was fantastic to see some folks I hadn’t caught up with in a long time, and to meet some new friends as well. I got goosebumps while listening to the band play their set, which included a guest appearance on bass and vocals by Brian Dossa, who replaced Jeff Beam on bass after Jeff headed to Nashville.
It made me remember the excitement of playing original music for an appreciative crowd. There was some talk about the band putting some new material together despite the guys living in different areas of the country. I think the tools exist for that collaboration, and I hope they do it (um, I’ll throw down some Hammond tracks if anybody’s interested).
Whatever they come up with I’ll be in line to get a copy (along with lots of other folks).
Skinny Moo front man Jay Goodman came out tonight to provide some guest vocals for one of our upcoming songs. As always it’s a pleasure to include his performance on some DD69 music.
He provided guest vocals on Funk Out With Your Junk Out, adding an entertaining spoken word part to “Freaky Whacked-out People” and some patios-inflected bridge vocals to “Player”.
This time around his stylings will be featured in the song “No Time for Sleeping”, a song which has also recently been featured elsewhere.
Thanks for your time and performance, Jay. The check’s in the mail.
Clever graffito made a nice addition to this signage near our HQ. Well done, my artistic friend, well done.
Today would have been my grandfather’s 90th birthday. Every July 10th I tip back a few manhattans in his honor.
When I was in my early teens I desperately wanted a pro synthesizer. I had my Casio, of course, but I wanted to get into the realm of real gear.
There was no way, of course, that I could afford the eight or nine hundred dollars required to buy a serious keyboard. I campaigned tirelessly for that ultimate holiday gift, but it never materialized.
One summer while I was staying with my grandparents, they took me out to a few music stores so I could check out keyboards. I fell in love with a KORG DW-8000, and the music store sales guy even offered to throw in a few extra banks of sounds (saved on a cassette tape, nice).
My grandfather was very unsentimental, a career air force pilot and general hardass. But he dropped the coin to get me my first pro music gear that day. I think about him every time I play, and I never forget his birthday.
Happy birthday Pappy, wherever you are.