Monthly Archives: October 2011

Leather Jackets and Combat Boots

It’s my favorite time of the year – pumpkin beer, hot toddy, falling leaves & leather jacket weather! I’ve often wondered what my fetish for leather jackets says about me. These days I just figure I’m getting older & it’s some sort of badge of rebellion from days long gone by. Leather doesn’t mean “cool” anymore, it just means you were cool 25 years ago.

Anyway, one thing about being older is that I’m playing perhaps the most engaging music in my life. As many of you know, I’ve been on quite a trip in the last five years, where I’ve been slowly healing from an injury that caused me to take long break from playing at all.

Most recently, I’ve been experimenting with various projects, trying to find the creative vibe that most fully engages me. Back in March I had to sub out some regular players and ended up performing alongside Geoff Harper on bass and Greg Campbell on drums. There was an immediate energy in the air at that gig that I haven’t felt since I was in punk bands in the 90s. Yes, that was the beginning of the leather jacket phase.

With the addition of long-time co-conspirator James DeJoie on all things reeds, Fundamental Forces was born. We’ve played three gigs in this configuration, and every single one has been the most fun I’ve ever had on stage. The joy in the players steadily increases as the set goes on. Add to that the 100% original material that I’ve written for the group, and Fundamental Forces has fast become the center of my creative universe. We’ve been gaining steam over the past few months and have just a handful of gigs left before we hibernate for the winter to concentrate on recording.

Fundamental Forces at Lucid Jazz Lounge

And so you can guess that I’m very excited as I bring the group to my favorite venue in town. Egan’s has the most musician friendly vibe I’ve experienced. The cocktails are good, the room is electric and the atmosphere is perfect. This is our last scheduled full set for the year. Be sure not to miss it. To cap it all off, we’ll be celebrating my 43rd birthday!

Fri. 11-04-11
Egan’s Jam House
1707 NW Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-1621
7PM, $10 cover

Don’t be surprised if I’m wearing combat boots.

We’re not typical young people..

…well young people just aren’t typical anything.

“Here we come… walking down the street… we get the funniest looks from… everyone we meet…

Sorry, Monkees moment there.

Really, I just do that to get your attention. I’m insecure that way. Or maybe I just want to break through all the drudge in your inbox and say “hi”.

All bullshit aside, I’m very excited about something and I want to share it with you. Over the last six months or so, I’ve been working on some of the best music I’ve ever written. Well, it seems so to me – but honestly, it’s hard to distinguish the tunes themselves from the creativity of the musicians who are playing them.

In this case, I’ve assembled a cast of individuals who bring an intense center of gravity to each performance. This group has so much personality I’ve been thinking about getting it a social security number.

Most importantly, as I was looking through the photos of our debut performance in August, I noticed how much we were all laughing! We’re just having the most incredibly fun time on stage. Seriously, you have to check this out.

Sunday, October 9 at LUCID, 5241 University Way N
featuring James DeJoie, Geoff Harper
and Greg Campbell
as part of the TransLucid Concert Series

If you’ve never been to this venue before, Lucid is fast becoming one of my favorite hangs. The cocktails are quite excellent and then venue is intimate with great acoustics. There a real sense of a “scene” around there, which is always inspirational for jazz musicians.

Moving forward, next month I’ll be having a special birthday gathering. Stay tuned.

By the way, did you ever notice there’s a verse in The Monkees theme song that says, “Any time or anywhere…just look over your shoulder…guess who’ll be standing there”? Kind of creepy, huh?

So I’ll see you Sunday.