The town where I live

On Sunday I was setting up a sign at the intersection of Route 7 and F-5 (Ferry Road) announcing the hours for our open house here at CVC, and I was hailed by a woman in a car pulling up to the light.  She had seen my picture in the Charlotte Citizen from the open mic last weekend, and asked me if I was the guy who moved from Brooklyn.  Yeah, I know I said I wasn’t going to play live for a while…but what can I do?
So I grabbed a few copies of the Charlotte Citizen for posterity, and scanned the picture in for you to enjoy. It’s below. I really liked being recognized on the street by one of my neighbors, and having the family in the local paper is a pretty unique experience.

I forgot a lot of things living in NYC.  I think I’m starting to remember some of them…

The concept of team

I once heard Paul McCartney credited with saying, “there’s nothing like being in a band”.

I don’t know if he actually said it, but I know the feeling, and Sir Paul was in a pretty good band, so I can imagine that it’s something that might have come out of his mouth at some point.

There’s something magical about being on a good team of people. A band is a very special case, in which the team often eats, sleeps, works, performs, travels, and does whatever else together, for extended periods of time. But teams in general are wonderful organisms.

When you have the chance to be on a good team, you take it. Somebody (I think Pat Metheny) once said that it’s best to be the worst guy in the band, because then you can learn a ton of stuff from everyone else.

I also think that as far as a team being only as good as the weakest link…not sure I buy that logic, unless someone is weaker in the sense that they’re not trying as hard as everyone else is. If everyone is pulling as hard as they can, and they all possess the same strength of will for the work at hand, being better or worse at certain things is actually a way to help divide the work amongst people according to who does what the best.

After playing solo for so long, except for a few shows with a band, I really miss being in a band.

Maybe it’s time to put one together, hmm?

Andy McKee and Antoine Dufour

I’m currently deep into listening to two acoustic guitarists that i found via YouTube, when directed by my pal Tim Muzzin to check out Antoine’s track, Development .

Andy McKee then caught my ear, and I found his track, Rylynn.

Both of these artists are amazing players, in their own right, and what I enjoy about them is that they have a similar mode of playing but very distinct styles of play.

I bought both of their most recent albums and in the past 2 weeks have listened to little else. The sheer enjoyment of their music has been inspiring in my own playing, which I admit has suffered since I moved to Vermont.  There’s an open mic here in a couple weeks, down the road in Charlotte.  I’m thinking of playing (and being nudged by some folks here at CVC), and so I’ll have to see how that develops out.

Anywya, check out these two artists.  I might actually buy a CD if I can find one in a store, but I know that Andy tours a bit, albeit not to Burlington yet, and Antoine plays quite a bit across the border in Quebec.  Hopefully I’ll get to catch them live soon.