Settling in for the summer simmer. No traveling for a bit — except for sight seeing maybe. But there is plenty around here that I would like to do and that needs doing.
I have to make myself stop from time to time and sit back, and like I say — simmer. Nice warm days here, not too hot, but good clear sun, and the sound of song birds.
I will go back out again in September to the UK for a short string of shows. After that, not sure. Some things are in the pipeline, but nothing I am thinking too hard about.
I’ll take the Movies of the Mind tour over to the UK. They haven’t seen it since it was all polished up. They deserve to see it now. When I first went over there it was still so ragged that I scared myself every night we played. Joe Chemay and Charlie Judge and I.
This time it will be Joe on Bass, and Paul Leim drumming, Boh Cooper on Keys, Chris Scruggs on guitars, lap steel, and mandolin, and Christian on guitar.
I decided not to play guitar this upcoming series of shows. It is so much more fun for me when I don’t play, and just direct the band and sing and wave my arms. I feel a bit like an old time band leader — except this band is pretty far from an old time band. Fact is, I don’t how to describe what we do — but it is a lot of fun, and I enjoy standing and singing in front of such players — like driving an F1 car, I imagine.
So you can listen to the band here is a free download for you to have. This is “Listen to the Band” from the Movies of the Mind Show. This whole album is available for download, but it is a copy of the standard CD and ends at Grand Ennui. Listen to the Band was the encore and was not included in that record.
Christian is not playing on this version — but he mixed it. Jonathan and Susan are doing a video for it which I’ll post when its ready — I am hopeful I will get it Monday.
So here it is— for free.
You can really hear the band on this. It was a great way to end the set. Every night, night after night, they hit this altitude and I came off stage happy and singing and sailing on this song and the pure power of their musicianship. What a blast it was...
For those of you in the UK — this is what we will sound like — so watch for us in September. The tour schedule is on the Wylie Music site here.
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