I look so goddamn emo in this picture I had to post it. Unfortunately no shot of our new drummer for the occasion who served admirably. There was another guy involved as well, who even stepped in to bang the skins a bit as well as a little wailing. I’ll try to dig up one of his pics if I can.
Here’s the set list with personnel:
Travelers – Sluggo on piano, Max on bass, Reed on guitar, Darryl on drums
Round – same folks with Sluggo and Max on vocals
Such is Love – same, but with drummer switch. Begemotya steps in!
Crazy – Sluggo on piano, Max on bass, Motya on lead vocal
Angel Too close to the Ground – Sluggo piano and Motya vocal
To Be With You – Sluggo piano and Max bass
Waltzing Matilda – Sluggo piano
Back in the USSR – starting lineup plus Motya on vocal
Motya the Great – starting lineup with Max vocal
Unbelievably, I got a hug from the Ruler at the end! Eat your heart out Byronius. Generally well-received set and the surprise appearance of Motya on drums got the hoped for whoops and hollers and thunderous acclaim. The opera stuff came off OK but the folks in the audience still don’t know what to make of us. OTOH, they must be noticing that we’re not as awful as when we started out a year and a half ago.
After stepping outside for a little of the puff that inspires, the band insisted on returning for a second set:
Personnel throughout: Sluggo piano, vocal, Max bass, vocal, Reed guitar, Darryl drums
Eons of Joy
Something is Dreaming (got the “me oh my” in there)
Planet My Love
F. O. D.
Something slowly dawned on me during Something. A couple of young ladies I had never seen before at one of these parties were actually paying very close attention to the words and music. It was fascinating. I think they were kind of turned on by our stuff. Very cool. I think I’m inspired to take this a little farther.
An hour or so later I walked Sluggo to her car and a few people said stuff like “you guys were great, blah, blah, blah…” I mentioned to Missy how empowering it is to play with her and how I get to share in the glory of her brilliance. She just laughed (didn’t try to deny it). A minute or so later as I was walking back in a couple of people walking out from the party started raving to me about how good the music was. I had to turn around and be sure I was alone. No Sluggo . I allowed myself a moment to imagine that I had something to do with it after all.