(may need to go direct to youtube (🤢) for timecode to be followed (also, zoom (streaming) audio leaves a lot to be desired))
finshed honkfest with a (long) parade through boston common and public garden
crowd seemed to enjoy it throughout (but entire band was exhausted)
the boston marathon is going to be run tomorrow, so there were lots of runners and around
there are lots of buskers in the common; my fave was one er-hu player who just had his amp up and feeding back while sitting calmly next to it as the 40 person brass band stromped through- couldn't even hear it until i was right in front of it
honkfest weirdly amazing this year; like re-living the past (pre-pandemic), but a past passed through a filter (removing ~ 50% of things according to some mysterious algorithm) ...
4/5 shows complete (have not heard recordings (yet) so no (internal) critiques (so far)), but audience response was enthusiastic throughout ...
especially surprising since we were down to a quartet after (idiot) bari player quit just before honkfest
brass band gods provided ... !
school of honk pre-honkfest blinky light parade tonight
i was in the group that walked through davis sq (relatively active center of eating, drinking, seeing, being seen, and other similar activities)
with covid, there are lots more open air eateries; and the response of their customers (along with other passers-by and hangers-on) was pretty good throughout (occasional shouts of encouragement, enthusiastic applause at the end of most numbers, some dancers)
a mobile musical party
another school of honk show ...
played pretty well- had a few extra aux percussionists, both to drive and to add color; which helped things sound ever funkier
at one point, the band leader (playing tuba) reached over to mute my cymbal
it was unexpectedly disrespectful
later, i kept my eyes closed so i wouldn't have to see what he was doing
i've said it over and over, and yet it remains ever true, "every band is always on the verge of breaking up."
you know- i just don't need to hear another young singer's musical transmission of their deeply unresolved emotional state
i know their voice can touch me, and i can open some echo of that feeling in my own experience by listening
but i'd rather hear more abstract musical patterns that hold my interest as a metaphorical exploration of the ebbs and flows i live with every day of my life
is that (so) wrong (maybe just "boringly mature")?
played a "porchfest" show with substitute tuba today ... sounded good and had fun!
we stuck to easy tunes (new tuba)- nonetheless drew a neighborhood crowd (50-ish) and kept them for the whole set ...
also, in backyard with no amps and crowd all around, audience could hear us talking about playing easy songs, solos, (last minute) set list changes (along with self-deprecationg humor and sarcastic chatter) ...
apparently did not matter as they were enthusiastic throughout
watching new england revolution playing chicago fire
(usa pro soccer league)
there's a "percussion ensemble" in the stands with two bass drums, several snares/tenors, and various bells and shakers and they are just killing it.
they can be easily heard from the stadium audio (always in the background) ...
beats shift, intricate syncopations, just relentless driving drumming
buen trabajo, compañeros
played an actual (concert) show with (0.83 of) br*
bari player had another (paying) gig, so trumpet player subbed on tuba
intonation focus was often absent, and tuba (needing maintenance) does not have nearly sharp attack of bari sax- which really affected rhythmic precision
regardless, i did hear enthusiastic (sounding) applause (even sustained "off beat" clapping) from time to time
(on the otger hand, we did have moments ... i'm probably too critical of band's performance)
(sound of wind on ruins)
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