Me with Flip, my kid sister from Bellingham.
Follow this link to a sampling of music from a CD called SIBLING REVELRY that I made for Flip, as a wedding present.
- The Dinosaur Song. - My " hit " from 1993, Recorded LIVE in Vancouver, BC, October 11 '97. This was fun because we did the show without any PA at all. The recording mics are in the audience, front row center.
- Se'A Hamba. - Flip's favorite South African freedom song. Recorded in Ande's living room November '97.
- Faraway. - Peter Jung's fast Jig tempo Waltz played slow (contrary to his explicit instructions in " The Waltz Book " ) as the opening tune of my 49th birthday concert. Played amplified (mic'd) through an awkward PA. Recorded at The Public House in Port Townsend, WA, March 8, 1996 using a Sony TC-D5M analog cassette deck and a pair of Radio Shack PZM mics.
- Eric's Waltz. - Eric Schoenburg is a master guitarist and one of Flip's oldest musical friends. I think we play this tune better than anyone. Again, from my 49th birthday concert. Recorded at The Public House. The PZM mics are stuck to the wall behind the muscicians.
- Darling Asleep. - Better than anything else, Flip and I play Lullabyes. I don't know where this one came from. I do not really remember it from the singing of our mom. Or from our music box. Turns out Flip got it from Richard Scholtz. Again, from our concert in Vancouver B.C., recorded in a hard room with a low ceiling and no PA.
And with Scotty (John Scott), my pianist buddy from 1996 who escaped to Montana and now is moving toward Bisbee, Arizona.
- The Junker Blues - It was late. Well after midnight. It was Blues Week, but I had already played a 4 hour gig. I showed up at 204 looking for new blood, but it was mostly a collection of pounders and blues wannabe's. Then this new guy I had never met walked in and sat down at the piano. He looked at me very seriously and asked if I had EVER found a way for people to hear each other in these jams... I pulled the D-7 out of my jacket pocket, draped the CSB mics over the piano's music holder, unzipped my Washburn , and sat down on the bench next to him. I said put these on and handed him the headphones. I pushed the red button, he hit the opening chords and started to laugh. You can hear it, it's on the tape. We played 'til dawn.
- Drown In My Own Tears - After we played for a few nights we discovered that we had each learned Ray Charles' tune in very much our own way, and that they collided in several places. Over the next few months we gradually worked out ways to combine our disparate versions to get something we could both play. Scotty moved away before we really figured it out, but drops in to play every once in a while. This version was recorded in September 1997, the night before the Salmon Festival, on Richard and Marie Amerson's wonderful rosewood grand, while Marie washed pots and pans at the other end of the room.
And with Johnny Z, (Johhny Glatzer) the reigning master of piano-bar jazz in Port Townsend. Johnny has a new CD out and I have most of a website up for him where you can listen to samples of his music in Real Audio or MP3 formats. The stuff I have up on my site is VERY different from the stuff on his CD.
- Running from love - Johnny plays a grand piano in a style reminiscent of Errol Garner, but he also plays wonderfully twisted pop music. He has this Korg synth and plays background music on it that probably belongs at a Ray Bradbury ice skating rink. This one is sort reminiscent of one of the mothers of all pop tunes. Catchy, familiar, but you can't quite name that tune, can you? Recorded on DAT at the little studio I put in his house, right before it got robbed.
- Misty at the UpStage 4/25/2000 - I am not really all that excited about old melodies - in fact, nearly every time I play something I am looking for a new 'fall line' through the chord changes. This night I walked into the UpStage, where I store one of my PA systems, to see what was up and Johnny Z and Joel Levy were in there. Johnny was playing Misty straight as an arrow. So I set up the DAT I keep in the pick-box of my Blue Heron guitar case, clipped the CSB mics to a pole about 12 feet from the piano and plugged in my guitar (I keep an old Ampeg bass amp down there, too). When the time came for the next verse, Joel handed it to me, and I took the solo. Johnny had never tried this song with me, so I really don't think he knew what to expect, but he was a very good sport and gave me two runs through the verse to define the melody, and then Joel came in with the vocal. He embraced the new melody quite wonderfully and as of last weekend, he still sings it that way. No mic on this man and this is a big room - he has an awesome voice! Johhny eventually decided we were having way too much fun making jokes out of the master's work and brought it to an end. The guitar sounds a little 'tubby' on this because the speaker in the Ampeg B-15 (glass 6SN7s on the first stage)is a JBL D-140 with the aluminum dome surgically excised, and because I had the cabinet open instead of sealed, in an effort to get a little drier sound out of it. Compare it to the stuff with Emanuel Sass (above) where I am playing my '53 Fender Deluxe (with military metal can 6SC7 on the front end and a 6SN7 next) through an ALTEC alnico 12.
And with Jim Nyby , the Jefferson County Librarian.
- Oh, Suzannah. Really this is " Oh Suzannah " meets " Let It Be " - Jim can improvise gospel changes to my liking and we found some good musical puns in this jam. This was recorded at Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop '96, in Room 204 at about midnight, the night before I met Scotty. We had played together the previous year under similar circumstances, and although our music blends wonderfully in situations like this we rarely play anywhere else. I really love Stephen Foster music. He documented the settling of the north american subcontinent during a crucial period where the popular music of Ireland met the popular music of Africa, and was my first introduction to ethnomusicology, which I later spent years studying at the University of Washington (1968 - 1973). When I was in 5th grade I worked through (learning to sight-read and harmonize) a book of Steven Foster tunes on guitar and then in 6th grade, went through them again on Piano to learn rhythm. This was the first time I had played Oh Suzannah since 6th grade.
The two-headed me ... playing with myself, multi-tracked as 2 layers, both are the first try.
- The Meandering Echo - From the very early '70's, both tracks recorded on my high-strung 3/4 size Fender Musicmaster with a homemade pickup. Plug the guitar directly into the preamp on the recorder, play the basic track until it feels like it's all been said, rewind the tape, put it in record and play along. By about 2/3 of the way through I start to remember what I played earlier quite vividly and the last time around is really tight. The reverb is tape reverb. I used a TEAC 3340S at 15ips and ran one channel back to the inputs, giving it a fun slap echo.
A much younger me, playing with Carter Renner, who was married to me for a nearly quarter century, in a life long ago.
- The Clint Eastwood Theme-song - From the very early '70's. Fairly typical of the music we played, but written to sell back when Clint was shooting a cowboy movie in Baker, Oregon. A lot of our friends went down there to be " extras ", but we never went down and never sent the song to anyone. This take was recorded by Jimmy Borsdorf (of Hawks and Eagles fame) in summer of 1986 when he and Nancy Bray were galavanting around the west on a mission funded by the State of Nevada. Jimmy got a grant to drive around and record music that was part of the folk process, but was " falling through the cracks " in the distribution system. In the folk tradition, Carter and I had not played for years, but we dug out the guitars and set up the mics and tried to remember how to play stuff we had made up about 10 years before. Isn't that a cool sounding compressor on the Mosrite? It was home-made by Ed Streeter (on a totally funky hand etched circuit board that looks like it was layed out using electrical tape and an exacto knife). He gave it to me in the parking lot in front of Morningtown Pizza in about 1969. I've still got it, buried under a pile of other stuff on my electronics bench.
And with Newage harpist David Michael. David is one of the founders of a new Internet-based music community called Acoustic Dogma Check it out to see if their site is up yet.
- Nola - A Live Improvisation that began as a jam on David's Mariachi tune and turned into a fun Zydeco dance tune. Live at the Ajax Cafe, Port Hadlock, Washington, November 1996. It is literally called Zydeco on the Sibling Revelry page.
And a sweet stolen moment with David Michael's Band, recorded in August '97 while he was out of the room.
- Benji - with Ben Wertheimer from Ancient Future on Keys and Randy Meade on Flute. These musicians are part of a new Internet-based music community called Acoustic Dogma. Check it out.
And with the eccentric deviant cage-mate Nick Dallett. Recorded direct to HD at Foresight, 10/17/97
Dinosaur - Alternate take of Nick and me doing the "dinosaur song" live to HD at Foresight when we were cagemates AND still had time between projects to jam
- The thing that I wanted from you - A work in progress for almost 25 years, Guitar chords from an old friend, Michael Altman. He used them in the M.A.S.H. Theme he wrote for his dad, back when he was in Junior High School
- Going Home - Nick's arrangement of Mark Knofler's tune from the soundtrack to the movie Local Hero