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.
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!
RIK WRIGHT’S FUNDAMENTAL FORCES
Egan’s Jam House
1707 NW Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
7PM, $10 cover
Don’t be surprised if I’m wearing combat boots.