Falling Up off of Two Turntables and a Saxophone. Hear this song and more on Thursday November 6, 2014 @ Des Moines Social Club: The Basement Bar.
the hardest thing to do as a musician is to sound like yourself.
The first time I saw this movie, I was in my 20’s and I was drawn to the character “The electrician” played by Willem Dafoe. He’s the 40-something sculptor that’s found a job to fall back on and is happy that he didn’t get any recognition early because he’s had time to develop and find his voice as an artist. He’s a respectable character, the down-to-earth, practical character. He’s the character that makes every parent relax. It’s not that I wanted/want to be him but I respect him. He’s the artist that’s believes in himself but knows that he needs to develop. He doesn’t want to burn out or starve. I can respect that. Now that I’m older, I’m still drawn to the character. He’s the voice inside that says “be practical”. He doesn’t say “give up”, he just says “take your time, it’s cool. You’re going to get there.”
Tonight, I got to see a musical hero of mine: Dr Fink from The Revolution: Prince’s backing band in the 70’s and 80’s. Honestly, I didn’t want to go because after seeing the real thing several times, fake-Prince doesn’t sound fun. But then I thought about how I need to support the local music scene and that I may never get the chance to see him again and what else am I going to do on a Thursday night in Des Moines. Anyway, I went. It was fun.
I sang along to every tune. The band was fantastic. They did all of the hits from the first album through Sign O the Times: the albums that Dr Fink was a part of. At first, I was annoyed by the singer imitating the Prince-isms but then it didn’t matter anymore. The band was killin’ it and the ism’s didn’t get in the way.
The young woman that’s in pictures 7 and 8 isn’t with the band. She was in the audience and during Raspberry Beret, the singer asked “can anyone sing” and she raised her hand and when he handed the mic to her, she killed it!! During Purple Rain, the singer said to her “I may need you for backup vocals.” She climbed on stage and sat down at the piano and killed it some more! The singer then said “it’s embarrassing when your upstaged by the local talent.” The touching part was overhearing her say to Matt Fink afterwards that as a child, she would dress up in scrubs and play Purple Rain with her brother and she would be The Doctor.
It was great to briefly talk to Matt Fink and the members of the Xperience. They’re all real nice and just putting on the best show they can. They know that there’s an audience for music from that era. I also got to talk to some folks in the audience that knew the music as much as me. It was neat to hear the woman that’s standing next to me in the photo tell me about going to Paisley Park by herself when she was 18 to see Prince play an after-show. We realized that I may have also been at that show. It’s a small world.
I’m standing here on the ground
The sky above won’t fall down
See no evil in all direction
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark
For too long
Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me
In Impro, Keith Johnstone writes that when improvisers try to be original, they fail. “Don’t be original; be obvious.” When you state the obvious, you actually seem original. Paradoxical, eh? Likewise, the more specific the feelings, experiences, stories – the more universal they appear. The trick is, what’s completely obvious to you isn’t obvious to anyone else. Many people can tell exactly the same story about exactly the same event, but if each speaks from their authentic point of view, each story will seem “original.”
Originally released on Two Turntables and a Saxophone in 2004, come celebrate the 10 year anniversary of that recording with me at Des Moines Social Club on Thursday November 6th. That CD got me to where I am today…whatever that means…well, it means that it’s part of an artist’s journey. As an artist, you create something, you then discover that it contains a lot of bullshit and then from that manure, you grow artistically…hopefully humanly too but take any growth you can get. xoxo
Over the weekend, I modified my pedal board. I’ve been trying to eliminate the wall-wart power supplies. The challenge was the MOTU Ultralite. It accepts any DC power source in between 10v and 24v. So, to save space, I added the MXR DC Brick. The second challenge was finding an adapter that would fit the Ultralite. I finally found it in the OneSpot adapter kit. The Line6 DL4 adapter works with the Ultralite. Now I have regulated power for three pedals and a mixer and I’ve eliminated two wall-warts and a power strip.
I’ve posted this before but I love it. I heard this group on the street in Ghent, Belgium. Two tenor saxophonists and a drummer. This is a studio recording but the added production doesn’t take anything away from the song plus the Samuel L Jackson sample is hysterical.
more practicing for the upcoming show at Des Moines Social Club Thursday November 6th
Source: SoundCloud / thomasdoggett
I’ll be playing this song and more at the Des Moines Social Club on Thursday November 6, 2014. I hope to see you there! xoxo