Hi. Ok - so gas prices are going up, I heard, to $3 a gallon. With this in mind, I have
decided that until the prices go back down, we won't be playing anywhere further
than 1 hour away in any direction. I just don't understand why anything involving
money always goes up ... except for pay. Rent, postage, the PATH train, the
subway's next... Is anyone actually making any money, besides, of course, the
people running our country?
Our month - the first weekend of May was insane. Lots of driving, but fun. We played at Borders in
Marlton, NJ on the 4th. I like playing in South Jersey (though it's more than an hour away)
because I get to see family and friends whom I don't get to see very often and they
rarely get to see the band, so it's nice. Getting down there was a bitch, though. Rush
hour on the turnpike on a Friday... ugh. Poor planning. We ran late, but we made it.
It was lotsafun! We met a cool photographer there who came out to see us a few days
later (more on that in a sec.)
The next night, we played a benefit show at the Spot on Long Island. This
was a very cool night of mutual support. I belong to the LongIslandMusicScene email list...
that's how we got the gig. We had only played at the Spot once before, 2 years ago, and
these benefit shows were organized basically to save the venue from bankruptcy. It's right
on the SUNY Stonybrook campus, but for some reason, they're having trouble getting
people to come out and support live music. So a bunch of Long Island musicians and us
donated our time to saving the place. And it worked! Thanks to everyone
who came out that night. We made a live recording of the show which will be mastered and sent
to us soon. IF it came out good, I'll be running off some copies to sell at shows. Stay tuned!
The next day, the 6th, we went back down to South Jersey. Now, see, if gas were
$3 a gallon already, this weekend would have been not doable, basically. We played
at Burlington County College's annual FunFest, or Beezer Blast. I don't know why it has
2 names. It was sponsored by their campus radio station and we were on the air
(although I didn't hear it - wish I could have.) It was cool. The weather was awesome.
The people were very nice, after our initial run in with the security guards (who told us we should have arrived earlier to get a better parking space -
we went through 3 security guards and had to convince them that yes, we were performing and yes, we did have
equipment in our cars that we needed to load out!) The sound system was the best I've ever
worked with - I could hear myself totally clearly. We sold a bunch of CDs and we should have
pictures soon, thanks to Jerry Hastings, the photographer we met in Marlton on Friday. He
came out and took pictures on Sunday. College gigs are always unpredictable. This one was nice
because it attracted people from the community and not just students. Met a lot of my homeys from
good ole Willingboro!
Also, this was Camari's first gig with us and she did a fabulous job.
Then, back to O'Donnell's on the 11th. Another fun O'Donnell's time. Camari sang with
us at this one, too. On the 25th, we kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a show at
Desmond's. I was suprised by the number of people there. I thought we were the only broke
fools with no place to go on Memorial Day weekend.... but I guess since everything goes
up but pay, not as many people can afford to go away any more.
Which leads me to this: What the hell are we letting this world come to?! I'm really
pissed off, but I feel so powerless. Someone has got to stand up and make some changes
in this world, or before you know it, we will be a Third World country. The division of
wealth in the US is greater than it's ever been. Why? What are we going to do about
it? As an "entertainer", I often hesitate about talking too much about reality. I'm supposed
to make people feel good, have fun. But there's too much shit in this world that doesn't
feel good and isn't fun and isn't RIGHT, and it's getting to me... it's BEEN getting to me.
Ok, enough ranting. Dennis Miller and Bill Maher do it way better than I do anyway.
I will find that 9-5 job, watch tv and just be happy. That is my goal in life!
Letters from the past:
August, 2000 (from Marco)