Rosie rang me the night before. 'Are we really doing this?'
Hell yeah. 6am on Saturday, toe-curlingly-cold and we're up, driving off to Bowral to play at the Markets.
Despite managing a small moment of Agoraphobia as yours truly left the house, it was a decent drive under blue skies.
Ahh...memories of time spent on Merrygang street and Bong Bong Street.
As I parked the car I looked up to the clear blue through the gumtrees. Gumtree. Anyway. Pretty.
Brother Bill has gone to a tremendous effort to get this project organised. We are fortunate indeed.
All I had to do was setup my stuff and grab coffee.
How cold was it?
Rosie took this brilliant picture when his Pick snapped in half. yeah that's pretty cold.
Doing the Weather Permitting tour has prompted us to play some back catalogue songs, some, such as company of a friend, we haven't played live on stage in...5...6...years?
Half Man Cow, Rest My Bones, all the Carl's Chair album stuff, plus the gentler items from other albums that don't get a run at the Night Gigs.
There was a wonderful confluence of perfect weather, cold cold cold, yet sunny.
The smells from the stall holders making amazing food, coffee, yummy baked products, spicy Indian/Turkish (?) stuff OMG wafting across the schoolyard.
It was a particularly pleasant day and we had quite the crowd.
To my great surprise, several of the stall holders came over to say thankyou, as we finished up for the day.
Between sun, skies and music, there had been a good turn out and a lot of people stuck around the market, leading to a brisk trade for stall holders.
Rosie got a discount on Hot Sauce (oh he's happy now), a few Stallholders bought CD's by way of thanks and...we got free empanada's.
The Empanada's of Victory. Nothing says love like Spanish Snacks! Thank you Ola Lola!
As I continue to read the news, looking at the world spinning off its axis, I am reminded how fortunate we are to be here, down in Oz.
If you aren't getting out to your local markets, you are missing some stonkingly great artisan foods, gifts, produce and good vibes. And if you happen to be out there, and it's Weather Permitting, you may find your friends in the stormcellar out enjoying it too.
Some days are more intensive than others. Today was one of those days.
I've been working on lyrics for Bill's song. I liked the song sans-lyrics, but what do I know.
Ok. No problems.
Forgot to print.
Wrote'em out as quickly as I could.
Benefit of "finishing" them an hour before we started. Note: 'finishing' is almost always an optimistic concept.
This has been a solid 18 months between the two albums. I think. Ok close enough. Pretty much from our return from the last US tour when we launched into 5D, into Pirouette, leading to Pirouette (Electric Version) showing the way to SC11.
While that was happening, 5D went into Beyond 5D, becoming SC10, Safe Harbour.
As we get to the last tracking, we're finishing the thought that has run through the whole project.
Kind of felt like we crested the hill.
This has not been without its perils. Not every idea works.
Still, today's work saw two of the last tracks start to come together, to make sense.
Marcus joined us again on strings, linking SC10/11 sonically. Nice touch.
Also, Marcus made sense out of two important sections. Nice.
As these items started to come together, Mr Wizard remembered the core thought from almost 18 months ago, Rough Lush.There ya go.
There are still plenty of things to fix; the plumbing, the bunker, installation of the centrifuge and the vending machine and still I can't help but think that today we reached some sort of milestone.
With further luck, another few sessions in the coming two weeks, a little mixing and then...voila!
In a way we're continuing a tradition that goes back ancient times, where Musicians would perform at market fairs.
I SAID NO BAGPIPES
Playing music in the sun at Fox Studios the other day was great. I got spices.
We had so many kids dancing, it would have made a great photo - yeah. Taking photos of other peoples children. Maybe not a great idea.
BUT IT WAS SO CUTE!
Thank you Jack. I now have a lot of 5c pieces.
We had some full on wiggles action going. Must have been half a dozen kids dancing away.
Damn that picture is unnerving.
Not our first time in Wiggle Land. We played the night after them at Acer (allphones?) Arena. Long story. Somewhere here on the blog.
So yes. There was even a kid who totally chucked a throw-myself-on-the-ground-refuse-to-move moment.
And they kept giving us their pocket money.
Now if only we could persuade their parents to increase pocket money.
Big ups to Bill for 100% organisation. Bravo.
Recording This Week
1 more SC11 session.
SC10 still in mastering
No rush. just bringing the release of the companion albums close together.
Advertising Platform Fail #1
I have to adjust our pricing. Or re do our marketing material. Add more Weasel Marketing Speak.
We need to leverage our confluence objectives into an integrated crypto-block chain lifestyle management app.
I'm sure this Advertising Supported model will work out fairly, right Youtube/Google/Spotify? Right?
Sydney Identity Project
Guess it's time to start that. Pre production happening.
Yeah. Early. Saturday. Weather Permitting Tour continues, looks like forecast is perfect.
Meanwhile (part 2)
I am off to make a GOLD COVERED CD. YES ITS MADE FROM gold!
That's it, we want in to the 1%. The Gilded Age.
Hey stall holders, punters and visitors, stuff that making money off music malarkey, get with the real money....in Advertising. For only $5 we'll read your message between songs at the markets!
Cheers to Garry & Richard.