Jam -2011-05-18 – Carroll’s

It’s has been raining all week and the heavy rains were ending as I was driving into Deadastein on this Wednesday night. While New Jersey was wet, it was without traffic.  Manhattan was the opposite, it was dry and crowded.  It took me about 30 minutes to get from 42nd Street to Carroll’s on 55th.  Some of the worst traffic I have experienced on the West Side since playing at Carroll’s.  At least parking was close.

All these issues may have been a precursor for what was coming.  Scott left his water at home and he was worrying all night that he would need a jump-start because his starter was acting up.  Fortunately for Scott his car stared at the end of the night.  Unfortunately for me, on the way home I got through the Lincoln Tunnel and on the helix I hit a whopper of a pothole, it flattened my passenger tire instantly.  I rolled off the helix and found a street light to park the car under and changed the tire.  No big deal, it wasn’t raining too badly and I was off in 20 minutes.  Nevertheless, the jolt was major and got me home pretty late.

Back to the fun.  While I got there a little late we got going and had a very good long jam.  Some interesting  stuff and pretty good sounding.  Rich was getting over a cold, so he was a head-case but the rest of us seem to feel OK.  I’m mean Scott was hurting but that was normal.  He was more pissed that his iPad couldn’t connect to Carroll’s wifi, while mine worked fine.

We opened with a Dupress and it got us off in a good fashion, it shaped the evening ahead of us as being relaxed and capable. We sustained our energy nicely through the end of the night.

Speaking of which, it was weird that we finished the Throwing Stones at 11:56 at the end of the night and I launched us into an Other One, which I knew we didn’t have time for, and rocked it with a loud feedback fade out into We Bid You Goodnight. That was interesting for being after 12:00.

The second set opened nicely with a Wheel –> Here Comes Sunshine with a nice natural transition.  This transitioned  into Viola Lee where Alan moved us into a Cumberalnd between the 2nd and 3rd verse and we all followed.  Knowing we had a little Viola Lee to finish, I brought us back into the Viola Lee during the 2nd lead Cumberland and then brought us back into the Cumberland, where we left it, to finish out this song melange.  Pretty cool.

After that Scott Bayer, the only guest of the night, came in and paid his $10to play 4 songs with us on his bongo.  It was for this reason I decided to play 4 quick Beatles songs which were fun to do.  I like the harmonica on Love Me Do.  Can’t wait to hear the MP3s which are avaialable at the links below:


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alan W.
    May 19, 2011 @ 20:12:59

    Sorry to hear about the flat. I would have freaked then called AAA. For the record I thought somebody else started the Cumberland. I guess it was just there for the taking, and in in the context of the other free-flowing gazintas just followed it. The Other One was just there too but I did not expect anyone to go for it, given the time.

  2. KEVIN
    May 19, 2011 @ 21:39:33

    These quick-turnaround postings are going to spoil me.
    TheGind tells a nightmare tale of after jam misfortune that sends willys down my spine. Late night car trouble is one of my major fears. I’m glad TheGind prevailed safely. It could have been bad in so many ways.
    Lately, Deadstein has been really fun and positive. The playing has been consistently good. We have maintained a high level of Freak over the past couple of weeks, if not months. Song choice, song quantity, sound quality, mix, vibe; it’s all been working and leaving me wanting more.
    Long Live Deadstein.

  3. Alan W.
    May 21, 2011 @ 16:14:33

    Yeah what he said. Yes, very fun music the past few weeks – Pardoxically tight yet loose. We are listening to each other better, making transitions more intuitive.

    The MP3s are good, though unfortunately my guitar came out louder than The Gind’s this time, particularly in the beginning. The microphones are close to the optimal spot. I think it is now only inches away from the sweet spot where you get the perfect mix. More trial and error needed. Let’s kep the good music and vibes rolling!

  4. Scott
    May 22, 2011 @ 16:16:10

    Turns out my car needed a new battery! Imagine my car not starting, and then the Gind,s flat. At least the elevator was working!

  5. Alan W.
    May 22, 2011 @ 18:42:01

    Although Slipknot! still needs some work, the Amin jam in the middle was stellar!

    Here’s looking to better weather and mechanical karma next week, as the journey continues.

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