Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Visit to the Sixties

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to visit the nineteen sixties. Needless to say, I grabbed it with both hands.

This story begins (for me) in November 2009, when I answered an ad on from a chap called Richard who wanted people to join his latest project of producing a band that sounded like Can, or like Metal Machine Music etc. Now, although I neglected to blog any of this, my friends know that, for the last year, I've been taking every opportunity I can to perform.

I've been singing with the Swamp Band since March 2009. I've also done some solo performances including an acapella rendition of Tom Waits' God's Away on Business at the Royal Festival Hall. In November, I also bought my first instrument, a stick dulcimer, which is not only the easiest instrument to play, but also one of the most versatile (at least in my hands). I bought it because acapella gigs are hard to come by whereas if one can accompany oneself, it's much easier.

Anyway, I answered Richard's ad and he began working on ways we could perform. And on Monday he told us all were gigging on Thursday. The gig was at which is where I found myself suddenly in the sixties.

The atmosphere was a cross between Radio three and a commune. I loved it. And we played as if we were the Velvet Underground and we were part of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable. I have no idea yet how good we were but I enjoyed myself and even got to pose for photos. After 49 years, for the first time, I felt cool!

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