Friday night was Mass Transit. Of course I saw it was going to rain and of course it started raining right before I got in the car. The roads actually weren’t that bad and I thought I was going to be mad late for my clients. But I got a call from Eric around Columbia saying he was 20 minutes behind me. I didn’t feel so bad after that call. I got to Frazier’s around 8.15 or so and started getting the mixing console and mics ready for the show. It actually was pretty smooth, until I got a little anal about the snake and redid all the mic routing for the dueling drummers. All in all it was a great night. The sound was phenomenal on stage. I am so happy the band can finally hear well on stage. Monitoring on stage is completely key. It’s time for them to get their harmony vocals on it, now. Ahem. And best of all I got to distribute a few of our new business cards. Amazing how people flock to FOH engineers when you wave a dB meter around. Everything aside, I am still amazed that I can get paid with the audio aspects of my life. It’s great when years and years and years of training and preparing pays off…
Saturday was a cleaning day, from what I remember. I think I took a huge nap as I was still sorta recovering from being sick. We got up around 8pm and then got ready for Erika’s party down the street. So we hooked up at the party and had some pizza (sans cheese) and japanese beer and had some good conversations with Eric and his friends. We stayed much later than expected and I decided not to make it out to the Tortoise show. I’ve bailed on so many 9:30 Club shows lately and I think I’ve figured out that the only reason I haven’t been going to the shows that I am usually guestlisted at is that I haven’t paid for them. Perhaps if it was my money was at loss I’d be more prone to showing up. Regardless, I heard the show was not as good as the show in 2001 I saw. But I am listening to the show now and making a CD out of it right now. It sounds pretty good. I love 930 Club. Every city should have one.
Sunday was the NARAL Pro-Choice March on Washington. There were 1 million people there. We got to hear some celebrities speak. People like Whoopi, Susan Sarandon, Ted Turner, Gloria Steinem, Cameron Manheim, Ashley Judd were the speakers we got to see. Ted Turner was less than inspiring and on the other side of the spectrum Gloria Steinem and Whoopi were great to hear in person. Totally amazing. It was huge. I almost feel silly talking about it as every human being should have been there supporting women’s rights. Luckily no one except the pro-lifer’s got arrested. Damn skippy. And my Cousin and Aunt came down from New York to show their support. I got to see my cousin, Zack and a few of his peeps, but Aunt Kathi was with a huge group of people from her Temple. I am sure we’ll see them soon. On the way out we picked up some bumper stickers. I got one that said “Abort Bush” and Emily got one that read “If you don’t like abortion, don’t get one”. Have a great rest of your April.
And my god. I forgot about Randy Debarge randomly showing up at the Mass Transit show and playing an inprov song with them. He was such a nice guy… And a bass ass of a bassist.