Friday, January 11, 2008
Thank You, Mr. and Mrs. Sams
Day Five at Allaire.
Today, we are working on a song called the Absentee. It's a hairy little number with a crazy frenetic energy, which is really fun and challenging.
We learned it from an old recording from Kentucky of a couple named Mr. and Mrs. Sams.
Here's a picture of them playing on the porch:
Here's a picture of us playing in the foyer:
On the recording, Mrs. Sams starts out a cappella and it's kind of what you might expect from a scratchy field recording of an old lady singing. About halfway through, Mr. Sams enters with the most frightening guitar backup you've ever heard. Greg says he sounds like a guy who was once pretty good, but is now totally deaf.
The really cool, and unsettling part is that he messes up the timing at his entrance, so for a few seconds the beat is turned around. I think it's one of my favorite musical moments of all time.
OK, enough of this shenanigans, I need to get back to work.