Another Journey - October 5th-6th
MONDAY 5 October
Rainy day in St. Louis.
Sat up last night with Bill, Randy and Jim. Matt stayed with an old friend in town. Late
night of HBO and Maurizio's Pizza delivery. Had to change rooms because of the deafening
throb of the industrial AC in the first room.
Drive to Webster Groves to meet my brother and get some lunch. We drive by the University
where Dad taught , see the wall I used to jump off as a kid and the spot where I wrecked
my bike and nearly fell into oncoming traffic. How many near misses do kids have that
would have changed (or ended) the whole course of their lives? Weird thought. They've torn
down our old house on Edgar Road and built dorms on it. I'm outraged. Dim memories surface
and drift as we drive around.
Back to the hotel, get Bob and Jim, head for the river and the club. Nice place, very
comfortable for watching.
Go to a sports bar to wait out the interim. Bob and Jim's friends, Jason and Allison from
Verbow, show up--they've driven down from Chicago. Really enjoy talking to them. Very nice
people whose music I really like. I hope to see more of them in the future. When you hang
out with good people, you tend to meet good people. Another argument against my sometimes
Weird, wacky show. My guitar volume very low for some reason. Can't hear vocals at
all--surprise. I try going plug-less (unplugged?) mid set only to discover that it doesn't
improve anything at all. Just as muddy and unclear, only LOUDER.
Crowd enthusiastic, but our tempos are all over the place--together, but Skintrade is
brisk while Vaporub becomes a seven minute near-derge. Some guys start talking to Bob
during the beginning of Anymore Time Between, so he stops singing and gives them the mic
(since it must be so important). Man In The Moon begins to sound like a song tonight.
For the encore, Bob says to take Disappointed REALLY fast and Hanging Tree REALLY slow.
We do and it
make s for a very wacky, but really cool encore. Back out for a rousing See...Light. Todd
comes down to !
the floor and dances through the encores--very fun. Another town rocked.....
TUESDAY 6 October
Drive to Lawrence KS, seems to take a long time. The day gets nicer as we drive, one of
our coldest days so far. May be looking for sweaters or coats at an Army/Navy if this
Lawrence feels good. Impressive music scene, lots of local bands. Downtown is nice, the
Granada is a pretty good venue, not without its sound peculiarities and problems. The
staff are all cool, though and very nice. We'll be hanging with some of them later. Post
sound check, I go wandering.
My left heel was bruised last night (too much jumping around?) and I'm having a back
spasm, too. Body's starting to fall apart. Matt had a day like this a couple days ago.
Maybe the increase in drive time? The car now smells strongly of sports creme a lot of the
time. Added benefit of clearing sinuses.
The gig looks sparsely attended, but it just turns out that people just take their time
getting to shows in Lawrence, and it fills up well.
We play a really good show; best overall in a few days, I think, with some especially good
moments. Bob thinks we have a few chronic trouble spots to look at -- little transition
things and feel issues that are recurring. The crowd are really enthusiastic.
Afterward we go to the Bottleneck, another good club, with some Varnalines and some of the
Granada bunch. Pool tables! I suck, but John and Chris prove themselves to be sharks.
After last call, we head back to the Super 8 for a mild throw down in Chris and John's
room which just manages to keep from getting out of hand. The nearest to a Led Zep evening
on the tour, but the furniture remains the same...........