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Thursday, August 31, 2006

He Plays Dawg Music

A very nice thing happened to me after that last post about my father's old tape player, and how it used to play Martha's Madman, amongst other things. Within a few hours of posting it, I received an email from George Marsh. George had been the drummer on the Brotherhood! Here is what he wrote:

I enjoyed "Standing Hidden in the Shadows" and want to thank you for your insight into the Brotherhood album and what made it unique.

We have all gone our separate ways but all of us are still very active in creative music.

If you would like to see what I have been up to you can check my website: Marshdrum.com. You will see under CD's that I have been involved in a very wide range of music since those days. There are many ways to walk through the door to creativity.

Thanks again,

George Marsh

That message naturally made me very happy, and I replied to it at once. Then I followed the link to George's website to check out the "very wide range of music" (I mean, how could I not be a sucker for that line?). And that's when I was stunned -- George plays with the David Grisman Quintet! What's more, I've probably seen him play :-)

We exchanged a few emails then and there. It was a very pleasant experience. George very kindly sent over a few MP3s, tracks he laid down over thirty years ago and tracks that are still being born. I spent a little time listening to some of the work George has done over the years. And although I've had Martha's Madman in my head all week I've had enough brain-power to recognize that there's an awful lot of great music here. My immediate favorites are:

Spirit of the Room [Two great guitarists playing new and unique versions of traditional and original jazz tunes. Featuring Rick Vandier - Guitar, Jon Stowell-Guitar, George Marsh-minimal drumset, and Bob Johnson-Saxophones]
Every Mother's Son [Heartfelt swinging jazz with a great vocalist and guitarist featuring Nate Pruitt, Rick Vandivier, Bob Johnson, and Jeff Buenz]
and, of course, all the Dawg stuff:
Been All Around This World, DGQ 20, and I'm Beginning To See The Light.

Talk about a nice experience, coming out from hiding in the shadows!

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In other news, which somehow seems related, I've stumbled across the Revenge of the Flying Monkeys. If this is the quality of the stuff we're going see there, holy Spaghetti Monsters, I'm one happy chimp.

9 Comments:

Blogger MockTurtle said...

That's really incredible! I see that the quintet will be in my neck of the woods this November. I'll try and catch them there. That way I can tell people "Oh, the drummer there - he's a friend of a friend." How cool is that?

8/31/2006 10:20 AM  
Blogger Szerelem said...

Wow...thats really cool in a really freaky kind of way. Its a small small world, eh?

Oh, also the flying monkeys look more like butterflies!?!

8/31/2006 6:02 PM  
Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

That's really cool, isn't it? Point to ponder: how in hell did he know? :-) And, as you said, within a few hours? His publicist, you think? But, nice of him to write and send those tracks :-)

8/31/2006 8:23 PM  
Blogger km said...

Lucky dawg.

So real peepuls *actually* reads the Intarweb - who woulda thunk?

(And why aren't Bach or Beethoven writing to me, I want to know.)

9/01/2006 2:29 AM  
Blogger the flying monkeys said...

Thanks for the positive comments. I have to say, I was very impressed with the "Nomologic Net". This is exactly the very sort of weblog that inspires me to make effort with mine. Hope you will continue to visit.

9/01/2006 4:37 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

mt:
heck yeah - george tells me they'll be playing in northampton on november 16, it's a bummer i'll have to miss it! (but we're up for rre next month, right ;-) and yes. very *very* cool.

szerelem:
like i said, very *very* cool. and freaky. and i'll have some of what you're having :-D

ghost:
yup. i want to stress this point. very very *very* cool. i don't know how george found out so quickly -- i didn't ask him. i'd like to think it's coincidence :-)

km:
:-D
checked your spam filter?

fm:
hey, thanks! that's very nice of you. and sure -- you keep posting, i'll keep visiting ;-)

9/01/2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

Yup, I'll see you at the RRE show next month Mr. Tabula "George Tells Me" Rasa. Flaunt it my brudda!
-MT

9/01/2006 12:20 PM  
Anonymous arun said...

yeah, i know wat u mean about fm. and aint Ayetoro (hrd abt him 4 the 1st time) really cool and *jazzy*! I shud actually say this on fm's blog!!

and yes, very very cool, dawg. so cool that if this had happened to me, i'd be dancing on the streets. :D

9/01/2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

mt:
like the dickens. look for me next month -- i'll be the guy with the big white beard ;-D

arun:
it's danceworthy, isn't it?!
and yeah, the ayetoro stuff is very cool too. there's so much good music that comes out of africa but doesn't get the airplay it should. i was introduced to salif keita earlier this year (blogged about the show in february, i think). thomas mapfumo is a powerful performer. then there's jimmy dludlu, and there's ladysmith black mambazo, of course. and then from nigeria itself there's juju music which i loved. many years ago i had a tape of king sunny ade playing some great tunes -- with wonderful names such as "moberu agba", "ja funme", and the one we always sang, "3-6-5 is my number". and there's a million others, i'm sure.

9/01/2006 9:23 PM  

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