Hey! That went pretty well. A full week of work felt kinda like a vacation, what? No instantaneous downpours. No infectious diseases. No car accidents. No purveyors of soul. We did have some battles with bullfrogs threatening our fish. We battled squirrels and worms for our peaches, plums, and blueberries. Now it seems we may have a new battle with a cat, also interested in the fish pond.
Awendaw Green was an absolute blast! That’s the title image. Noah and the Space Ark debuted and lived up to its name. We played a tight 9 song set, I was drenched in sweat, and I’ve never been so friendly with a wasp. That last part came as a surprise eh? Yeah, me too. A super chill red wasp kept flying slowly in the airspace of my face while I sang into the microphone. I guess the Space Ark gives even wasps a welcome feeling. So much so that after about 4 visits, it landed on my chest while I sang, which caused me to learn a new dance move. I think it can be called the Wasp Wiggle.
The show was great. We’re itching to play again and are gonna hit the Rockpile open jam tonight!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were all private event bookings! Thursday was a new office party for oral surgery!
Friday was a poolside hangout at Spring Island Sports Complex! It was relaxed, fun, and the staff was as professional as can be. They said next time Shuang and I could arrive earlier in the day and take a kayak out on the river. The rain came moments after I finished my two hour set and had pulled everything except a few cables inside the pool house. I wish I took a photo, but the sun shining through the rainfall over the marsh was stunning.
And Saturday, an engagement party in McLellanville! The energy was off the chain!!! It was cranking and I kept cranking out the high energy hits. I threw in some breathers (Pure Imagination, Rainbow Connection, etc.) every now and then that played really well. I find it really amazing how a slow tempo and relaxed song timed well and sung with conviction still maintains the high vibrance of the room. If you do too many in a row, it chills everyone out. The buzz and chatter wane. One or two though, it just gives a new temporary context for everyone’s high. And the best part was the end. The party was a success, everyone had clearly had a nice time, and many had already departed. I was playing in the “garage space” which doubled as the very open bottom floor and flood protection of the stilted riverfront house. Everything grew quieter and happiness was in the air. Mothers were dancing with their children and people weren’t as focused on conversation and began to take the music in a little more deeply. I sang to them as they danced and twirled. It was a dance we were all in together. One guy was very excited when I launched into Boy and Bear’s “Southern Sun”, a song he was surprised to hear (it’s somewhat obscure). It has an unforgettable lead guitar line that we sang playfully together, immediately having the shared understanding the times we’d cruised down the road lost in “da-na-neer.. nuh-nuh-nuh.. da-na-na.. na-nana-na-na-nah!”. We ended as a chorus building up into the big finale, “I’m leaving on a jet plane! Don’t know when I’ll be back again! Oh babe I hate to go!!”
Here’s a fun picture from a few weeks back of some spontaneous collaboration on Danny’s Song with party guests!
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Looking forward to another good week ahead! Wishing you all a great one!!!