Thursday, September 11, 2008

Stuff I Love

Not everything sucks. Here are some things that I love:



This is probably the coolest dressing room that I have ever been in. The club is in an old (circa 1900) Fire House- you can see the antique fire engine on the right. There's also a semi-naked musician in the background if you care for that sort of thing...



This is a closer look at the engine. Years ago, the building was a Fireman's Museum and I somehow wound up with the keys...we'd get loaded, sneak in after closing, climb on the engines and ring as many bells as we could. Unspeakable acts were committed on this priceless antique...oh, the shame of it all.
I think I could make a pretty cool bong out of that water tank...

Below we have what is known as a "technical difficulty". For some reason, the speaker pictured just didn't sound as good as it should have. No idea why.



This is the club's PA system. It's a strange hybrid of computers, semi-obsolete electronics, gears, winches and pulleys. It took a little getting used to , but by the end of the night I was rather fond of it. I like funky, rigged-up stuff that shouldn't work, but does. Empathy, ya know?

My finger is poised above the "SUCK" button. Beware!


This (below) is Deke Dickerson's guitar rig. With the exception of the digital tuner and a switchbox or two, almost everything pictured is at least as old as I am.
Sweet!


Deke had an awesome, authentic tone that today's digitally "enhanced" amplifiers can only dream about- seriously, they make oodles of fancy digital amplifiers that advertise themselves as having "legendary tube sound"...why not just use an old tube amp? Sheesh...

Deke and his band, The Ecco-Fonics, were excellent musicians and consumate showmen- I have heard his recordings but they don't even come close to doing justice to the high-spirited, fun-loving rock and roll energy that he puts off on stage. If you get a chance, go see him, even if you don't like rockabilly, you'll like Deke and the Ecco-Fonics. Go.


At one point, the drummer, Mr. Sugarballs, sat up front and played a guitar duet with Deke, using a beautiful double-necked guitar that Deke referred to as a "musical anvil" due to it's weight...they played a wonderful, note-for-note tandem guitar solo. I was impressed and I'm very hard to impress, me being all jaded and whatnot.




So enough rock and roll- let's go back in time a week or so...here's (below) something else I love: Strife.




Strife? WTF, dude?
Hold on..."Strife" is merely the name that Whim gave to this simple repast of Palestinian-style hummus served on Jewish donuts (or 'bagels' as they are sometimes called.) Palestinian (or East Bank Style) hummus usually calls for fermented goat's milk and olive oil in lieu of the more commonly used tahini...I was a little low on fermented goat milk so I used plain yogurt instead- the only thing missing was the traditional Middle Eastern garnish of concertina wire and landmines, but I think Whim's tie-dyed tablecloth was more pleasing to the eye...

Of course I can't write of eye-pleasing stuff that I love without mentioning Whim. The picture below doesn't do justice to this wonderful woman- she has the most exquistely beautiful smile that I have ever seen...sigh.





I miss her already.

9 comments:

billy pilgrim said...

there's just something about volunteer firemen. (i hope they were volunteers)

excellent shading on whim's photo.

yellowdog granny said...

it makes me sad that you two can't be together..like it the same city...
i love that fire truck..
i listened to your music and was going to call, but fell into a coma...

Allan said...

BP- Most of 'em were, I think the Chief got paid...

Thanks, I like the photo too.

JS- One day we'll have hi-speed magnetic monorail train service between all cities and the trip to Whim's will take 90 minutes and cost twenty bucks.
Anything is possible, you know.
My radio show put you into a coma? Ouch.

Citymouse said...

awwww

Sling said...

Cool pix allan!
I'd be walkin' around looking at all the neat stuff.
I totally agree with you on the amplifier thing..why buy something that 'sounds like' the real thing!

Craig D said...

AH... club PA systems!

Back in my old high school band days, we'd rent a PA system from Kenmore Music for $30 a weekend. We'd get a 4 channel head and two 4 x 10" speaker columns. Y'know... a Vocal Master wanna-be.

Low impedance mikes? Monitors? Never had 'em!

I'm currently trying to patch together an ad-hoc system for the outdoor service my church is having to celebrate their 45th anniversary. I could sure use one of those $30-a-weekend systems now!

Susannity said...

Close up on the fire engine? Where's the close up on the semi-naked musician?! =P

Where does Whim live?

Merelyme said...

Hey there is Whimsy! How about that! I just came over from her site. Just wanted to meet some new bloggers. Nice to meet you.

angel said...

i like! and i didn't even see the half-naked muso till i read the post!