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Archive for September 26th, 2004

Fun Music Under the Pines

Sunday, September 26th, 2004

Saturday Night we had our joint concert with Mystic Shake, at Music Under the Pines. It was a really great time.

The concert ended up on the back deck of the house, to block a bit of wind since it was cooler than it has been in a long time. It worked out great (I brought a pile of blankets for folks who got chilly during the show, and we all were glad I did).

We knew my Mom and Fred were going to be there (on their way to a ballroom dance they had been looking forward to for a long while). However, we were surprised when Brian’s parents came as well. It turned out that Brian’s sister was in Michigan (from the east coast), so that she could be in a wedding for a friend… and the wedding was in East Lansing. She was staying with her parents in Grand Rapids, so they all drove to Lansing, they dropped Jennifer off at the wedding, and came to our concert. It was wonderful that they could come.

We ended up with about 30 folks there, about maximum for the deck. It was a very fun crowd (makes sense, with two very fun bands). It was also pretty cool… the guys in Mystic Shake know Brian because he sometimes sits in with the band and has recorded with them on occasion. But most of them had not heard us play as a duo. They really enjoyed our act. It means so much when other musicians let us know they like what we are doing.

Of course, I adore being on stage and this was a great spot, a great crowd, and a nice long set so we could really show off pieces from our CD and three of Brian’s four CD’s. We played an instrumental to highlight Brian’s ukulele expertise, we sang several songs in harmony and we did a good number of solo bits, taking turns. It felt luxurious to have that much time. (We play for 2 hours when we play at Altus, but some other places we play we have a very short time, often two or three numbers). It was even more fun to have some audience members who had not perhaps heard of us before… when we play Altus, the audience is primarily made up of friends and family. This was great fun.

When it was time for Mystic Shake to play, we had a grand time listening and participating. The guys have had this great thing for years, where Dick Rosemont (percussionist) took a bunch of cans and filled them with beans, taped them up, painted them bright shiny red, and then they pass them out as rhythm instruments for the audience. There is nothing like letting an audience play along, for creating a night of fun! There were enough cans for everyone who wanted to play, to have one. And I must say, the audience played shaker cans quite musically.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also talk about the great food! I did my usual minamalist contribution, so I brought olives and granny smith apples, cut in quarters, cored, brushed with orange juice and sprinkled with cinnamon. It took about five minutes but tasted great and allowed a healthy alternative (I think I ate most of them, to be honest, because the desserts were gorgeous).

When I got there, Barb (Ben’s wife, who does like to cook) was still working away in the kitchen, making these gorgeous rice-filled pastry appetizers… and she had already made tiny open-faced sandwiches, with cheese and fresh basil leaves. Pure art! They also had coffee and tea at the ready, which proved useful because of the chill in the air.

We didn’t want it to end, but of course it did. It was a wonderful time for us all. Good tunes, good fun, good company, good food. It doesn’t get better than that!

Photos: Mystic Shake having their trademark Rhythmic Fun (two shots), Brian singing “Mother, I’m Wild,” Fabulous Heftones doing an instrumental section, crowd with shaker cans (three shots).