So I’ve finally got the deets on my Highlandtown gig this Saturday. I’m playing after 7. Last year, I was ‘the only guy they could get,’ so I went on absurdly early. But hey, that was the first ‘outdoor’ gig I’d done in 9 and a half years, so that may have just been a matter of perspective.
You know that dumb adage every Mr. Know-All Fuckwit has to say about nigh-unlistenable/highly overrated student art project the Velvet Underground, the one that goes “…they may have only played for six sad sacks who showed up stag because they couldn’t get a date or find some pornography to stare at, but each of those six dateless wonders went on to form bands nobody liked to listen to either!”? Well, I feel I am hardly bragging, but I am Highlandtown’s Velvet Underground. ‘Cos after I left, the neighborhood folks broke out bagpipes and guitars themselves, probably after each saying to themselves, ‘Shit, I can do better’n that.’
I am currently on vacation, but I have brought my guitar along. I would hate to show up on Saturday all out of practice and befuddled. Besides, my long years in exile have given me time to learn some new material. Finally. Here’s what I’m working on this week:
Pretty cool, huh?
Th’ wife and kids went to the West Coast back in July. Here’s what I was able to learn the first weekend alone in the house:
Last year, I took an impromptu swipe at this in an open tuning, with a slide.
I hope I can do it better this year, ’cause I’d like to meld it with Jimmy Swope’s ‘Dust Train’ — which I had to re-learn last year in open tuning due to a table saw accident — and while I’m at it, adapt this for open tuning and slide:
and finish it up with this:
And that’s all before I have to delve into the bag of standard boilerplate. Like they say, ‘Plan your work, work your plan. Maaaaaan!!!!’