Just thought I'd post an update.
I played last week with some old cohorts at the oregon country fair and an unexpected guest by the name of Billy Kreutzmann sat in on drums!
I immediately whipped out my notepad that contained my list of "things to do before I die" and abruptly scratched off # 37, "Jam with Billy Kreutzmann"
Just thought you'all would like to know.
I'm at soundclick.com/bandylou and myspace.com/bandylou.
my music takes some inspiration from Aoxomoxoa/Workingman's era Dead, among other sources. The Dusty creaky folky side of things.
Thanks for the feedback, there are about 16 tunes available for free listening : www.broadjam.com search:The Jimmy Mundanes
I am finding time to check out everyone's stuff and am impressed with the variety and commitment you all have in continuing the freedom of what is a mostly conservative art form.
Peace in our time
J. Stockbridge Mundane
Kentucky Green Party
Mark, thanks for your sacrifice and I look forward to hearing your music. I dream of composing some pieces as well but as I can't read music or understand the theories of classical/orchestral composition so it may be quite some time-with the miracle of modern midi technology though I may slowly build up to some-guess I'll keep working on the rock and roll (a few of my songs are quite orchestrated come to think of it....).
Rasta Billy there are some really terrific lyrics you have there. They are enjoyable just as a read and that is some feat to my mind; for a lyric to read as well as it sings! Well done!
Check us out at Joey G's in Madison Indiana 7/28 or Hippie Jacks Americana Festival in Crawford Co. TN on Labor Day Weekend. Available on Itunes and CD Baby.
Peace in our time,
J. Stockbridge Mundane
Mark, what you are doing sounds fascinating and I'm sure I'm not the only one here who would love to hear it.
"Folk rock for groovin families!"
The obligations of having six children have been considerable, but in the last few years, ideas which were there in the background, i.e., there all along, have been getting kind of more coherent and insistent; and I realised that if I don't do anything about those dreams, nothing would happen; so I'm now writing, and it's happening very fast.
The pieces I'm working on (Many mansions for 4 pianos and Memoria for string quartet, soprano, and tubular bells) are in certain ways connected with the Gulf war and the greed and sorrow that have precipitated it and followed it.
I served as a soldier in the first war in the early 1990's and a lot of the things that happened emotionally in that time were difficult - and in many ways the music comes from the memories of that tension and conflict.
If anyone wants to see what this stuff looks like, or ask me anything about it, or the war, drop me a message - mind you, the kids make my life difficult and complicated - but fun! so I might be a bit occupied.
There are other pieces on the way, mostly influenced by Bartok, Debussy, Jacob Druckmann, and Dick's Picks No 5.. and gospel music from when I was a kid.
I'm going to publish a few pages from each piece soon, probably on http://slugger.myfriendsreunited.com.
Slugger was my army nickname...
"Anything can happen in the next half-hour!
Our band, the indefatigable Big Daddy Lawman, is currently the only band in the south of Italy (to our knowledge) that is producing three part harmony country rock. We even have the sheer nerve to take on some Dead tunes - Don't Ease Me In, Know You Rider, Candyman, Ripple - as well as covers of Doug Sahm, Merle Haggard, Commander Cody, Neil Young, Byrds, Burritos, Gram Parsons,Townes Van Zandt, Gene Clark, Dylan, Band, Jayhawks & Buffalo Springfield. Our neighbours dig us the most, especially during our 4 hour Saturday rehearsals. Original material currently being polished for studio recording! Watch this space if you're still wearing your cowboy boots!
COOL! I loved Northern Exposure!
Just about 7 years of playing in the band, unbelievable. We are from Roslyn WA (Northern Exposure's Cicely Alaska) and play an eclectic mix of covers and originals. At first we couldn't figure out what to call ourselves, so just before our first gig the bar manager says "so what are we going to call you, Free Beer?" and it stuck. We tried to change it many times for a number of reasons, especially trying to book gigs outside of Roslyn, not to many places want "Free Beer" printed outside their establishment. Exit 80 was our last attempt and it sort of stood the test of time. So really we have three names (1) Free Beer at Exit 80, (2) Free Beer, or (3) Exit 80, its a slight case of identity crisis. A couple of us are Heads and try to point us in that direction. I prefer the experimental aspect of playing music, what's life without a few risks. Sometimes we have our moments, and I guess that's what keeps me going. There are few feelings that can compare with meshing musically with people to the point when the "music plays the band." Check us out at www.exit-80.com and myspace. I can't remember where at myspace but just search Free Beer at Exit 80 and you should find us.