McGee’s Show Post-Mortem…
Well, it’s taken me more than a few days to get things up and rolling, but I figured I needed to get you all some post show thoughts after our return to McGee’s.
My immediate thoughts are this: I wasn’t expecting the solo bass set to go over as well as I think it did. That was pretty inspiring and humbling. I think I need to keep working hard; I think the improvisation can become something semi-regular at our shows…and hopefully, I’ll conjure up something even more interesting in A minor next time!
Also, as fun as the distorted bass sounds are, our audience at Upstate Steampunk seems to really enjoy a classical groove over a danceable beat…and in the lab right now, I’m working on ways to combine the two textures, espeically in the two new songs.
Sometimes, attitude is everything: I’d been unsure of The Darkest Night of Winter, and I still think it needs some spice, but the amount of head bobbing and grooving made me re-consider. I have to say, being able to play Musick Most Dark live a few times I think has really made the process more effective. I’d say by Dragon Con, expect a two-for one kind of deal: MMD will be done then, so we’ll probably play a new song or two.
While we’re wrapping up that process, we’re also working on Twelfth Night (and here in my shorthand, 12N)with the Distracted Globe here in Greenville. So, if the plans hold, we’ll put our at least four new CD’s this year. Maybe 4.5, we’ve got something else in mind for the holidays. The 12N experience is really allowing us to experiment with different textures and sounds in a way that is organically us, but not using the parameters we dictate beforehand…or putting it another way: we’re cooking with the same ingredients. but we’ve been given some new recipes!
I’ll say Come Away, Death might become a regular in Valentine Wolfe sets, based on the sketches.
And finally, the fundraising effort is about half way done, and we’re about halfway there! Thank you all so much for pre-ordering Musick Most Dark…we’re confident you’ll like what you hear, and we know you’ll love the whole project, packaging and all. We will hope to see you live again by early August…I’m pretty sure we owe Greenville a show!