The Basement, Chateau Belew, Mount Juliet.
Two deer have just runningly-cavorted through the bottom of the garden, from left to right as I look out.
11.50 Adrian is back, and dribbling. I have left the poor man alone since his arrival on Friday night, but have just popped upstairs from The Basement – I only wanted to say hello! I have seen Ade in many difficult & stressful situations over 25 years, all of which he has worn lightly. But this morning, he looked the kind of wretched I associate with touring Europe syndrome.
14.19 John & Ken have arrived. Ken looks almost as bad as Adrian. John is setting up the Solar Voyager I…
I am not an Eventide endorsee: I just use them – lots of them. The SV has 2 8000s, 2 3500s & 1 Eclipse.
Practising, now in the NST on a red Fernandes LP model, just arrived with John.
17.23 Ken & John have left for the day, leaving behind enough processing power to reduce my little wit to even less-wit-than-that. Thoughtfully, John left the Eclipse manual open on a Bag End monitor.
Too Much Stuff Already For Two Men…
… (and note the manual open on the right monitor).
18.51 Back with Ade from a new Mexican restaurant, and in Mount Juliet even. The food is moderate, the magaritas large. Neither of us is ready for Friday. That’s the good news.
Hilarious Ade stories of touring Europe syndrome. Hilarious for me, that is. If the Solar Voyager didn’t arrive for a Soundscape performance, a Les Paul & Marshall wouldn’t even come close to what was needed.
Also discussed: the change in the nature of the music world. Our conversation was very similar, in essence, to a conversation this morning with another close friend of mine, themselves reporting the same observation from a close professional friend of theirs. This is not the time to present a detailed commentary on the changes within the music-world of (at least) this Happy Gigster. Very briefly, my comment is this: the music-world of which I was a part has gone (for a number of reasons). So, it’s not so much that I am no longer interested in, or connected to, that music-world; as, that music-world is no longer there & available for connection.
I note this without regret, without nostalgia. That music-world may have gone, but music & traditional music-worlds continue, new music-worlds appear, and I persist.
19.29 From the in-box…
I have been looking on the DGM Live website for a link to submit suggestions for future releases, but I have not found one. I hope it is OK to contact you through this link.
If the recordings exist, I would really like to see a release of the 1997 Soundscapes which included guitar solos from Mike Keneally. I realize that there would be some logistics to work out with Mike Keneally and his management (Scott Chatfield), but Mike is such an easy-going person, I’m sure this would present no real difficulties.
The enquiry relates to the G4 tour of 1997, with RF as the fourth G to Joe, Steve & Kenny Wayne Sheppard. This was a highly enjoyable tour for me, one where I made several new friends. The recordings do exist, but the mixes of Soundscapes & Mike’s guitar isn’t good – it’s from the FOH board. The Soundscapes, recorded direct to DAT from the Lunar Module, obviously don’t have Mike on them. The same is true of contributions from Steve Vai & Stu Hamm. Similarly, with G3 in 2004 & Billy Sheehan’s powerful support for Soundscapes on several shows.
Mike & I continue in contact, recently exchanging e-mails. Mike visited Slow Music in San Juan Capistrano, and I drove around England listening to Guitar Therapy Live. Mike is a much underrated guitar player & a lovely man…
20.54 E-flurrying done. Dribble.
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