Friday, June 29, 2007
Ride the Music
Yikes, another hectic day ahead with no time for blogging! I did go to the Control Board meeting yesterday and commentary, pictures and video will be going up tomorrow, I swear.
Andy is going to visit his rich parents in Quincy this weekend (who don't know that I am leading their son astray or that I even exist) leaving me to cope until he gets back on Monday, which I intend to do very nicely by reuniting with some Pine Pointers and going to see the Jefferson Starship in Northampton on Sunday. The Starship these days is essentially a Paul Kantner solo band, but with frequent surprise visits from Airplane alumni, in particular Marty Balin and David Freiberg. Jack Cassady and Jorma Kaukonen sometimes drop in on east coast shows, so keep your fingers crossed. Unfortunately, Grace Slick has been in poor health in recent years (frankly it's a miracle she's even alive considering her past) and almost never appears with the band.
Yet I strongly recommend going no matter what the line-up turns out to be. Although pushing 70, Kantner is still very energetic and the spirits of old are known to arise even today, if your mind is open to it. As Kantner says in this email:
Haven’t seen your face in a while. How have you been? Do you still dream? Come back with us.
Hello new one. Sit by the fire and join us. Tell us of your discoveries and concerns. We will listen.
We know each other. Our hearts took many paths. Again we find ourselves in an unpopular war, social chaos, an unknown enemy and a struggle to make it all OK.
Sometimes you can just wink at somebody and they understand.
The price is absurdly cheap, thirty bucks to see genuine inductees to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. It is also going to be outdoors, which will only further intensify the vibe. Be there, it'll be a high time for all. Here's a sample from a recent show.