You can fly if you’d only cut loose! Footloose! Kick off your Sunday shoes! Please! Louise! Pull me off o’ my knees! Jack! Get back! C’mon before we crack!
Thanks to Kevin Crothers for having me out again at Moonlite, the COVID inspired drive-in movie theatre in Mt. Pleasant. I’ve personally never experienced another forum like it. Getting to play not only through a PA for the folks in truck beds and lawn chairs, but also live into the radios to those in their cars! You don’t know what you’re missing to you experience applause in car horn. Last night’s flick was Footloose and I found just enough spare time in the day to cultivate an acoustic arrangement and was even joined by Kevin on bass. We actually played the hell out of it and had people dancing outside their cars. I also orchestrated a crowd involvement moment for the “ooh-o-oh-whoa” breakdown in which I asked folks to try to repeat after me the iconic bridge with coordinated honking. They didn’t get too close but it was admittedly a difficult ask, with the intended byproduct of fun.
The title image and the one following this line are from my debut performance at Republic Garden & Lounge downtown on King Street.
Photo credit to Sydney Davidson aka Agent Syd (also credit for booking the gig!). It was a Tuesday night gig from 7-11. When I started setting up, there were a handful of people there. I greeted them warmly and connected with a guy who wanted to sing a few songs with me to start the night out. He perused my setlist while I set up. He sang the opening song and bounced! I started my set singing to about 5 or 6 people and if you’ve been to Republic you know they have a pretty large outdoor patio space where the music happens. Folks trickled in and out and pretty early on it reduced to 1 and even a dreaded zero! I thought “oh boy it’s gonna be a long night”. There is a gate and ivy covered fence that shields the Republic patio from King Street that you can see through slightly. I would play songs and watch as folks walked by. I was playing well. I knew it inside and I knew it because I would see folks approaching a pass on the gate and I would step up my game and try to channel through whatever I was singing a warm “come in! We want you! This is for you!” Time and time again I saw it working like a fishing line and hook as I tried to push the sound out just loud enough to catch the attention and coax the appetite. Usually the girl would grab the boy’s arm and they’d linger trying to make a decision. Some came in, but ultimately most kept walking, so I resided to just close my eyes and sing for myself. It kept getting louder and louder in there. It seemed like before I knew it the place was popping off and it was a great audience. I ended up playing the full four hours straight and even tagged on two songs at the end because the night was so on fire. A sizeable group was literally chanting “Noah” the way my friends and family did at my Beautiful Frankenstein show. I’ve never succeeded like this before at an establishment like Republic. It was a great moment for me.
My full band, Noah and the Space Ark has our first show on April 2nd at North Park Grill. Come out and help us get off on the right foot!
In other news, here is the shed I built for the studio so we have a place to take care of business that doesn’t invade Shuang’s space!
Poured a concrete slab and everything. It’s a solid construction. Anyone need me to build you a shed?
It’s starting to warm up and the windy season is teasing us a little! This next image doesn’t show the favorable temperatures so you’ll just have to take my word for it. It’s gettin’ nice around here!
In a completely unrelated field, but perhaps very useful to anyone with a yard and lots of trees and a limited landscaping budget: Ultra 260 MPH 340 CFM Electric 12 Amp Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher
After burning through two of a more expensive Homelite gas-powered model (with one free replacement), I decided to go corded electric and am so happy with this thing. So far this thing is working great and makes getting fallen leaves into brown paper bags SO MUCH EASIER. And it’s like, soul satisfying. I read reviews about the bag not being great, but it’s awesome. It clips on and off, which makes dumping the leaves so ergonomic.
Okay, ordinarily stuff like that doesn’t make it into the newsletter, but it’s that life changing. My music is better because of the Toro Leaf Blower Vac. Thank you TORO.
Rey Soto and I will be working tomorrow on the last song for his upcoming debut album. We recently worked on a song called Can’t Get Enough that elicited one of my favorite guitar riffs that I’ve ever laid down. On that note, a new item I purchased just arrived.
This is a bluetooth device that will connect to my mixer so that I can stream recorded audio during my breaks at gigs. We used to run an 1/8″ cable into your phone, but technology got better and now more devices are necessary (yes, that’s an appreciative dig). Ideally this does enhance the quality, but the main reason to bring this up is that my break-time music is going to be comprised of entirely local artists produced in my studio, The Grove! I think this will be a very cool way to promote local artists as well as my studio.
And speaking of The Grove, I’ll sign off this newsletter with the news that The Grove is living up to its name. Shuang has found some passion in developing her green thumb. Our yard will be producing (and has already produced some of these) blueberries, peaches, oranges, figs, pears, jalapeños, cilantro, tomatoes, bananas, zucchini and probably something else that I’m forgetting.
Look for the first episode of Noah’s Groovecast to be released this week featuring Tim Falvey of Uncle Tim’s Bench!
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