The two hours I was left to work on new songs only translated to one new one that I played last night–and it wasn’t ‘Ferrari’. If I’m gonna play that one without the wonderful Lost Toy People, it’s going to have to be REALLY special.
My trombonist and horn section leader Adam Theis had metioned that they sometimes goof around with ska and reggae tracks. So last night, for the pure hell of it, I decided to play ‘A Message To You Rudy’, which is a ska classic that The Specials brought to notoriety. We segued into it right out of ‘May The Cube Be With You.’
And, smartass that I am, I couldn’t resist throwing in a line or two from somewhat similar-sounding ‘The Tide Is High’ during the fade–pretty cheeky since Blondie were probably eavesdropping, minutes before taking to the main stage for their NYE show.
The brass section were great. I’m going to try to use them for all/any party gigs I do in ’07.
I only played for 50 mins, a kind of stripped down, fun set without the darker songs or ballads. Good thing seeing as the cargo company managed to snap my electric keyboard stand in two!
But I have to admit I missed Lunesse, Johnny, and the whole BT gang. It was a splendid tour and I hope we’ll be able to play some more shows with them this coming year.