I keep not finishing any of the SXSW posts that I start writing because I am too lazy to upload the photos for the third time (they’re already on facebook & flickr) SO I am just going to post a bunch of highlights, starting with my most favorite moment.
During the BLURT Magazine/ Dogfish Head IPA party at The Ginger Man on Friday, March 16, 2012 at SXSW…
This is Jon Auer & Ken Stringfellow playing/singing “Solar Sister” about five feet away from me. I am not able to post my own video of this event because someone (me) was screaming a bit too loudly. I get excited. I can’t help it, especially when I’m in an open space & may have consumed a few glasses of wine. You can see a great video of it here & be sure to listen up for a special name change in the middle. When I heard it live, I thought it was just my imagination. Actually, this whole night was nearly out of my imagination.
Earlier in the evening, Ken started his set with my most favorite of his songs, “Any Love (Cassandra et Lune)” & also played my second favorite, “One Morning” as well as a boatload of great new songs whose titles I don’t know.
Mmmmm… Gretsch. I love Gretsch.
I have continued my trend of being too close to get good shots. Luckily, I have great memories despite having a crappy memory. I shot this with my newly acquired Sony Mavica CD-400. When we stopped in Delaware on the way to Texas, my brother gave me it because he wasn’t using it anymore. I had previously had the 300, 400 & 500. As my dad upgraded, I would get the old one. I would then find a way to crack the LCD screen. One time it was because someone said they saw a snake & I fell while running away. Motherfuckin’ snakes. Unfortunately, we weren’t in any one place long enough to charge the batteries fully so I didn’t shoot too much with this.
This was also our first time seeing Jon Auer solo. His “Burn & Shine” medley was particularly exceptional. He didn’t break any strings though. This might be the first time we’ve seen him play & not break a string.
His open hand was begging for a glowing orb.
I know driving to Texas isn’t free, but did I mention this was a free show? It was AND there was more greatness to follow when Jody Stephens joined in for some rollicking Big Star songs.
Many special guests came out, including some of the great “Third” singers/players, John Doe, the guy from Blitzen Trapper, Ian Moore & Peter Buck from R.E.M. I kept thinking Peter Buck looked like Bill Murray so I couldn’t say hello because I kept laughing, expecting him to start reciting “Groundhog’s Day” lines (because I am sure that is what the real Bill Murray does when he isn’t loading Tia Carrere’s band van).
I should start taking notes of set lists or get a new battery for my video camera so I can at least have a poor recording to reference. Suffice it to say that this only fed my frenzy of adoration for these guys. Every time we see them together, I fear it will be the last time & I don’t ever want that to be the case. I do want the next show to be somewhere where it is ok to dance though. The sitters behind me weren’t too keen on my desire to dance to “September Gurls.” I hate sitting down almost as much as I hate being quiet.
These guys are the greatest. Induct them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame now please (& don’t forget John Fry).
I love old cars. I think they are beautiful – the lines, the colors, the chrome, the nostalgia… Well, I have a new love – guitars. I always enjoy going to Guitar Center or Sam Ash with my honey. The more guitars I see, the more I love them. My very favorite is the Gretsch silver guitar that my honey’s dad once owned. I did not find one of those to photograph, but we did go to the guitar show at SXSW & I did see many guitars that struck my fancy. If you haveany questions about them, you will have to ask my honey. While I can now almost tell the difference between a Telecaster & a Stratocaster, I could not tell you what makes them sound different or anything like that. Oh, I know what a Humbucker is. I have two of those on my guitar & a single pickup. They help me rock out. Well, they will help me rock out once I learn how to play. Ahhh, that’s the point of this post. Pretty guitars encourage me to learn guitar. I cannot wait to be able to use that wahhh wahhh on a Gretsch.
The guitars above are James Trussart originals. I have no idea what they were before he made them look like this but each one was unique and fabulous. According to my honey, they also sounded really good.
Again, that is not the silver one that I love, nor is it the reissued shiney black one that I play with at Guitar Center but I look at that silver whammy bar & I want to play. I want to rock!
Here is another version of a Gretsch. It probably isn’t $15,000 but it sure is pretty.