Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Real Live Suburban Rock 'n Roll Dad(s)

The Case of Bass and his #1 fan enjoyed Saturday's family-friendly show, which was part of the Germantown High School Class of 1981 25-year reunion weekend. We landed the gig thanks to our pal (another suburban rock 'n roll dad) Chuck Schwam.

Chuck very well may be the perfect fan. Here's a quick list of reasons why:
5) He first got turned on to the band while watching Ted and I play an acoustic set in the middle of Wolfchase Galleria. Yes, The Central Standards, Tiffany-style. He knew things could only get better from there!
4) He's a great music fan. Chuck has a true appreciation for the art of the song and always gives us feedback on our work.
3) He's an excellent salesman and always shares his love of the music with friends.
2) He's not afraid to sing along.
1) And...Chuck gets us paid gigs! Not always such an easy proposition in this business!

So, thanks to Chuck for a great day, and congratulations to the Class of 1981! We were glad to be there and enjoyed some lovely burgers, compliments of the Skinner Family and the mad grilling skills of the Class of '81's very own Wes Kraker.

On another note, drummers have it pretty hard. Not only do they have to haul around a lot of heavy stuff, but they're also quite often overlooked. Heck, they sit down! Stray Cats drummer and Sheila E. aside, how many rock 'n roll drummers do you see standing up?! This makes it very difficult to get a good photograph of the drummer. Just when the photog is about to capture the perfect drummer expression in the middle of an intensely rockin' fill, the silly rhythm guitar player steps into the frame, for example. It's rough, folks. Well, in honor of our fine drummer, Marty Christopher, I would like to post a really excellent drummer picture from last weekend (nice shot, Melissa!). What a handsome fella.

And just in case you're wondering what it's like to look out at the crowd from Marty's "throne", here you have it. A toast to the drummer!!


At 7:21 AM , Anonymous Chuck Schwam said...

I'm feelin' all warm and fuzzy now. Sarah Horrell thinks I'm the only "true" fan of the band since everyone else seems to be connected by family, friendship, school or whatever.

All I can say is... if that's the case, people are missing out, because they just haven't listened (or at least heard) the insiteful lyrics and groovy harmonies...they will...just keep folk-rockin'!

Now...does that make me the only Central Standards "outsider"? ... Maybe Chuck & Kim should be invited to Jeff and Amber's house for drinking on the deck night to change my status! ;0)

Anyway...it was fun...and we did turn at least a few people on to some new music that they never heard before!

-- PEACE --

At 4:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Victor De Lorenzo (Violent Femmes) stands up too, right? With his brushes and his snare...

Class of '90 requests more saxophone... and some COWBELL!

At 4:32 PM , Anonymous Jay-C said...

Yes, anonymous, I think you're right. He did/does stand up!

More sax and cowbell it is!!


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