I’m on the road this weekend with my band, The Unfortunate. I tried to tell you all about it this morning, but my post was somehow lost in the intervoid. It’s been a blast, though. Right now we’re minutes away from our fourth show in three days and we’ve got another show tomorrow.
I love this life, though. I love the other parts of my life, but I could sure get used to more periods of playing music and meeting interesting new people every day.
When I get the chance, I really want to tell you all about our show that felt we were extras on an episode of The Office, the wonderful community house that hosts basement shows, the family of 10 that has shows on the porch of their 150 year old farmhouse, and the coffee shop here in Normal, IL where the owner already knows my sister. But that will all have to wait–it’s time to play some music.
(P.S. If you’re in Chicago, or can be tomorrow night, you should come see us at the Tonic Room in Lincoln Park)
So, um, Cornerstone is coming up in a few days. Are you coming? You should come and see the cool music I get to help make.
I thought it would be a good idea to sit down and tell you about the people I’m playing with.
- I’m looking forward to playing with my favorite songsmith, Jonni Greth. You should check out this review – if you’re an old fan, you’ll appreciate the new song there.
- Busker Kibbutznik changed my life†! There hasn’t been a busker show at cornerstone in four years. I’m excited that there’s a show and glad to be a part of it.
- There’s no Psalters concert this year, but I’m looking forward to Theillalogicalspoon. I probably won’t play with them this year because they already have a tight arrangements of everything — they’re fresh home from a tour and the music sounds better than ever.
- Come join Lasso the Salt for some serious worship that will make you think. It sure challenges me.
- Come celebrate the Giver of dance and music with Brother Red Squirrel and the Acorn Harvest Jam.
- What do you get when you mix together Tuvan throat singing, old-school delta blues and a Tom Waits cover or two? Khadag Blue, of course. Come hear the music I learned to play the stand-up bass for.
- I don’t think that there’s a web site for Ami Moss’s band The Unfortunate yet, but you can hear a couple of old recordings of songs we still play here. We’ve got a Leonard Cohen cover ready that sounds like Billie Holiday. You’ve got to come hear it.
- I always love hearing Tommy Ogle play his homemade banjos. He found and restored the bass I’ve been playing and asked if I would play it with his band at cornerstone this year. We’ll see if that comes together, but I’ll sure be at the show.
I’ve got to say I feel downright spoiled to get to play so much music (The above list actually isn’t quite complete). I must sound a bit like a broken record to some of my friends, but I’ll say it again: I’m really proud of everything I’m a part of this year — really looking forward to each and every concert.
See you there!
† A friend told me that I would feel at home at some place called Jesus People. Months later, I found the Busker website and through that the JPUSA website and… the rest is history.
From the Daily Mail earlier this year: Dr Thilo Gambichler wrote in the journal BMC Dermatology: ‘The contact of the cello’s body with the scrotum would require an extremely awkward playing position.’
In more serious news, life is good! It’s cornerstone season, so I’m playing even more lots of music than in my regular life. If you’re coming to cornerstone, come see me! I mean, not me so much, but the groups I’m with. I’m proud to be playing with these folks. I’ve been practicing with The Unfortunate (Ami Moss’s songs) all this week and, well, you just have to come see what we’re doing. Today we worked out a Leonard Cohen cover that you would swear was Billie Holiday. Come see what I mean!