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.
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.
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
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
One of the many songs I’ll be performing on Thursday November 6, 2014 at the Des Moines Social Club. I hope to see you there!
Today’s practice session for upcoming show at Des Moines Social Club on Thursday November 6th.
Going out for breakfast or brunch on a Sunday always sounds like a great idea until I wake up on Sunday; then I just pathetically lay in bed and think about food and fall back asleep.
In other news, I’m playing at Summerset Winery today from 3-6. So, if you’re near Des Moines, head out to Indianola for an afternoon of music and wine.
Last night, when I should have been sleeping, I started practicing saxophone and wind synth (EWI) and before I knew it, I had worked on arrangements and backing tracks for six songs. Those six songs will all be a part of my set at the Des Moines Social Club on Thursday, November 6th.
The energy from practicing also influenced a solid night of sleeping, which in turn influenced my decision to ride my bike to the Girls Rock DSM! Advisory Board meeting this morning. So what I’m saying is “go do what you love and it’ll influence everything you do.”
Four dates to note:
Tuesday Sept 30 [tonight] 6-8pm: I’ll be MC’ing Guitar Center Des Moines’ Drum-Off Store Finals. Six great drummers will be competing to advance to the District Finals.
Saturday Oct 4, 1:15-2:15 pm @ Drake University: I’ll be moderating a discussion on Music Distribution at the Des Moines Music Coalition’s Music University
Sunday Oct 5, 3-6 pm @ Summerset Winery: I’ll be performing with Freestyle. An afternoon of wine and jazz.
Thursday Nov 6 @ Des Moines Social Club [more details TBA] I’ll be giving a solo performance of my original music: saxophone, wind synth, loops and beats.
A funny thing happened to me tonight. Not hysterical but worth sharing. I sat-in with the Monday night group at the Greenwood in Des Moines. The Greenwood is a small room but people go there to hear live music; it’s very cozy. Being a small room, we didn’t put a mic on my saxophone. So we started playing the first tune and I was softer than I expected to be. So I started thinking the usual stuff; Is it my reed? Do I need to practice more? And then I thought, maybe the other guys are simply playing that loud and maybe I’m not as soft as I think I am. And then it hit me: my microphone is in the carrying bag in the bell of my saxophone! The thing that amplifies my volume is muting me right now. So, I removed the bag from my bell and ta-da: I was a lot louder.