Well, it has been a very, very long time, but Lexington Blues returned to the stage last night. About a million years ago, Lexington Blues was a staple of the Ottawa blues and Canadian blues scenes. Due to a whole mess of different reasons, we took a break from the musical life for a bit, and just sort of got carried away. We kept our hand in play by holding semi-regular, informal practice sessions, but these quickly turned in to more of an occasional social gossip gathering among long-time friends than regimental band rehearsals.
But, last night, we returned to the stage for the first time in a very long time. How did it go? It was a wonderful nightmare! Yeah, I was nervous…at first. As it always seems to go: I’m nervous as hell right before we go on stage, and about 2 minutes into the music the nervousness just completely melts away. The sound on stage was horrific. I couldn’t hear my own vocals at all. (which makes it very hard to sing — some people can do it; I’m not one of those people) I could hear more of the reverb wash of my guitar from the room than I could the direct sound from my amp. The drummer and bass player, I’m told, couldn’t hear my guitar or my vocals at all. Due to scheduling problems beyond our control, we ended up going on stage an hour after we were originally scheduled to play (which meant a lot of sitting around) For reasons that I do not understand, my forearm muscles in my left arm completely seized up within the first 3 or 4 minutes of the set, which left me in biting pain for the rest of the show. There was, mostly due to the sound problems, a couple of rather painful fuck-ups. Oh, and the fucking cops busted up the place and shut down our show early – (Cops, busting up our show? Same old Lexington Blues shit, even after so long… I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.)
But, y’know what? All in all, it was fucking fun as hell. It felt really, really good to play on a stage again. We managed to pull off a good show, despite all of the difficulties, and we were received well. I want to do it again, and again, and again. Fuck man, we need a come-back! So, I’m going to start working on a Lexington Blues website: Http://Blues.OttawaMusicScene.Com Go check it out, sign-up for our mailing list, and keep your eyes peeled for Lexington Blues, Phase-II
I am deeply grateful to all of the wonderful people that took part in putting the show together, and making it happen. And, I’m grateful that I’m privileged enough to be able to play on stage with Bill Bolton and Wayne Tierney – Two great friends, great guys, and great musicians.
Here’s a shot of me at last night’s show…. doesn’t it look like I’m having a whole shit-tonne o’ fun?