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Apr 22

Fleet Foxes at the Fabulous Fox Theater

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image Last night I went to see the Fleet Foxes at the newly reopened Fox Theater in Oakland.  I wasn’t that familiar with these guys, but the show was really good.  GREAT harmonies.  The Fox is amazingly beautiful and the sound was great.  Somehow we got guest passes and managed to not use them, instead opting to stand a couple of rows back from the stage.

The lead singer did one of the cooler things I have seen in a long time.  For the encore he went off-mic, stood out front on the lip of the stage and belted out a completely acoustic, unamplified song.  The two thousand person room went silent and let him do his thing.  Magic.  I’ll have to remember to do that when I play the Fox!  😉

Apr 19

Music History

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A couple of folks have asked me about my musical upbringing.  I have avoided posting because I kind of think it’s a bit self-indulgent.  But all blogs are basically created to feed the author’s narcissism anyway, right?

  • My Mom taught piano while I was growing up, so I’ve always been playing music.
  • I took 10 years of piano, starting when I was 4. I can play two songs, neither very well.
  • I took up classical violin in 4th grade. I also dabbled with the viola.
  • In addition to my classical violin training, I played bluegrass and Cajun fiddle at contests all over Louisiana. I only won when my buddy John Johnson was exempt from competition because he had won the year before. I think he plays for Rascal Flatts now. My mom would accompany me on the guitar and my little sister would join on the washboard.  We were the Meador Family Band.
  • Around that time I also picked up the mandolin, though I’m still not as good at it as I would like to be. I’m not all that good at the violin anymore, for that matter. Not an instrument you can put down for a couple of years…
  • I took up string bass in 6th grade. In 8th grade I started playing in a semi-professional symphony orchestra.  The director of the symphony was Tony Kushner’s father.
  • I played bass with a group of professors all through high school to make some extra cash.  It’s good to be one the only bass players in the state.  We played mostly churches.  Trust me, there are a lot of churches in Central Louisiana.
  • I was going to be a String Bass Performance major in college until the Mechanical Engineering bug bit me.
  • It’s been years since I’ve played in an orchestra, and I miss it.  There are a lot of great community orchestras in the Bay Area, but I have commitment issues.  (And my bass will only fit in my car on sunny days…)
  • I was in musicals at the GPGC every summer 1983 – 1986. My crowning glory was playing Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie. This fueled an Elvis obsession that lasted for years.
  • I played electric bass in various Jazz Bands in high school. Freshman year they made me play electric bass in the marching band and that SUCKED.
  • I was an arts major at my high school, the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts.  I was in the 18 piece show choir junior\senior year. Yes, we sang and danced (unbelievable to me now) in shows all over the state. We appeared in Steel Magnolias.
  • I taught myself guitar late in college, mostly to support my singing habit. To date, I play it almost to the complete exclusion of all else.  My guitar fetish has proven to be an expensive habit.  More on that in another post…

Definitely a jack of all master of none thing going on here, but you get the idea.  For the record, I don’t think my story is much different than just about everybody who grew up with the arts.

Thanks for indulging!

Apr 14

Simple Pleasures Cafe with Robin – Saturday, April 18

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Robin and Eric have graciously asked me to play a show with them this week:

Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM
Simple Pleasures Cafe
3434 Balboa Street
(between 35th Ave & 36th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94121

All acoustic music in an casual coffee house.  Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

Apr 12

All my hard work has paid off!

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Last year I set up digital distribution for downtime via CDBaby.net.  Now the album is available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and other fine digital music retailers.  Yesterday I got my first check – for $12.67.  At this rate, in two more years I’ll pay off the setup fee and watch the profits pour in!

imageIf you have the time, play the songs on Rhapsody and send a few extra pennies my way.  Thanks!

The Nicest Guy She’d Meet
I Can’t Feel Love
I Don’t Know
Micheline
Grumble
Come Again
The Bitter Guy
Cryin’ Dyin’ Blues
Magic
Marie’s Song
New York’s Just a Dream
Not Anymore
November
Micheline Reprise

Apr 08

Edgar Meyer

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image A quick, unusual recommendation for this blog.  On Saturday I walked downtown.  A little overwhelmed by the Union Square crowds and needing a break, I jumped into the Borders Books, grabbed a cup of coffee and found a quiet chair to sit in.  At that moment they started playing Edgar Meyer’s Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites – Performed on Double Bass.  I own this one and recognized it straight away.  For whatever reason, it was exactly the right music at exactly the right time to soothe whatever was ailing me and I sat and listened to the whole thing.  This recording particularly appeals to me because there are so few good bass recordings out there:

Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 – Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008/I. Prélude (Instrumental)
Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 – Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008/II. Allemande (Instrumental)
Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 – Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008/III. Courante (Instrumental)

Net net, I’ve been listening all week. 

I first heard about Meyer when the Rice string bass majors were talking about his work on a Lyle Lovett album and I had the pleasure of seeing him a couple of years ago at the Herbst.  Genius.

And yes, this inspired me to dust off the bass and see how badly my skills have deteriorated (not too bad, thankfully!).  Maybe some bass work will make it on the next album…