Last month’s Neil Young night was such a blast that everyone decided to do another one! Keith, in particular, is a rabid fan, and very quickly produced a set list that was every bit as awesome as the first, without a single repeat. I claimed “Helpless” (in fact, during the February Neil Young show I texted Jim that I wanted to do “Helpless” at the next one), imagining those rich backing harmonies in my head.
Over the next few weeks I felt pretty full of myself, and booked “Roll Another Number for the Road” and “Needle and the Damage Done” as well. In addition, Keith asked me to sing “Union Man” and even to play bass(!) on two tunes, “C’mon Baby Let’s Go Downtown” and “Bite the Bullet.” I was a little intimidated, but Jim encouraged me. “A monkey can play the bass,” he’s fond of saying. I borrowed Justin’s acoustic bass and practiced whenever I could. That’s the great thing about these shows, they’ve got me practicing again. I’m pushing myself to play better, to rise to the level of these other cats.
As usual, it was a fun night, with cold beer and hot tunes. Everything came off seamlessly, everyone sounded fantastic (though I mumbled a couple of lines of “Needle”). Joff, in particular, sounded great, playing gentle pedal-steel with me on “Needle.” I invited him to come to Howard’s annual birthday jam at the end of the month, I think he’d fit in nicely.
Anyway, we raised over $650, not bad for passing the hat in a wee pub.
Keith wrote everyone afterwards: “I’d like to thank everyone for doing a great job last night, especially with regard to keeping things moving along by following the setlist and being ready to play. I thought it was one of the smoother running shows we’ve done. The theme for the next show will be: ‘Songs of 1969’.”
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