Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Notes From the WoodSongs Fireplace - Show 379

The final show of 2005.

The house was packed again. It was pretty slim a week ago, but this amazing audience showed up and by the weekend all the seats were reserved. To think that hundreds of people will go through the hassel of downtown traffic at rush hour during dinner time - on a Monday night no less - to be at WoodSongs is awe inspiring. And humbling.

It makes everyone want to deliver the best show possible.

It was great to have Ben back on stage. We've missed him. He came to us when he was 17 and we've watched him mature into a truly brilliant player. He's been on the road some with Abigail and it is a fine pairing. Although I can't say how good it will be for WoodSongs to have Ben back on stage again.

Cherish the Ladies are, in a word, brilliant. And incredibly easy to work with. So was Abigail, of course. No wonder they do so well. The true masters and pros are always the easiest to have around. They can go with the flow, nothing rattles them, they can play through any problem.

The amatures rant and rave and stomp off because things are what they wanted. Fortunately, that only happened once at WoodSongs.

And speaking of pros, Bela Fleck showed up :)

If you didn't hear it on the air, you can watch on the archives, he came onstage during the encores.

Have fun, See you all on 2006 and Folk On!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Notes from the WoodSongs Fireplace - Show 378

I love our audience.

A big chunk of Lexington had a power failure that started about an hour before showtime and they still showed up and filled the theatre.

Certainly, it was worth it.

Pam Rose is a brilliant songwriter with a lovely voice. Truly a fine instrument. She and I had dinner at Natasha's after the show and had a great conversation - everything from songwriting to the Beatles to Janis Ian. I think she is the sister I didn't know I wish I had.

It's always good to see Phil, Curt and crew. Genuinely nice guys and great musicians. Performing with Uncle Phil during our song was a real treat. He made the song sparkle.

Regarding the iPod issue ... let's everybody just say "uh-huh" :)