Rise! – “I Wish Somebody Would Share The News”

Sunday is a day of worship and reflection. I ready for mass, gathering my prayers for family, friends and the planet.

My heart was moved to tears when I saw the miracle of the bison joining the protection at Standing Rock. Mother Nature has shown us her guidance through the animal kingdom. It is truly a sign from God.

Thousands of wild American Bison appear from no where at Standing Rock – And in the midst of mass arrests, mace attacks, and beatings from batons, a stampede of bison suddenly appeared near the Standing Rock protest camp. A cry of joy reportedly erupted from the Standing Rock Sioux, as they had been praying for assistance from the Tatanka Oyate during their standoff …
Stand in Prayerful Solidarity with Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition Water Protectors.

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The Whole World Is Watching

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Where’s My Mule? – In New Haven, CT

Last night my brother-in-law and I renewed our tradition of seeing Gov’t. Mule in concert. This was the 6th time we’ve witnessed the Mule and they never, ever disappoint. 😉

Truth be told I’ve seen Warren Haynes play guitar 11 times live. Six times with the Mule, three times with the Allman Bros. Band, once with the Grateful Dead and once at the 100 year Salute to the Blues with Gregg Allman.

The concert took place at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. The converted Palace Theatre allows standing room for general audience down front. I don’t particularly care for the excessive concrete architecture of the venue. The sound is not bad but seating isn’t as comfortable as it once was. But enough about the aesthetics of the venue.

How was Gov’t. Mule you ask? In a word, fantastic! Warren Haynes was in a happy, energetic mood and it showed from the get go.

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Photo: Heath Robson

The concert began with “Where’s My Mule?” which defined the evening’s mood and temperament.  I love watching Warren Haynes play guitar. He is very skillful at his craft.

The band featuring Matt Abts on drums, Jorgen Carlsson bass guitar, Danny Louis on keyboards, trombone and guitar is a tight nucleus.  A fluid jam band with a rare instinctual feel for each other when they play their repertoire.

They were joined periodically by Steve Elson on alto, baritone sax and flute. He created a cool edge to the songs. He drove it forward well, meshing with the Mule as he did.

Set 1:
Where’s My Mule >
Banks Of The Deep End
Rocking Horse >
Birth Of The Mule with Hit The Road Jack tease
On Your Way Down > with Steve Elson
Sco-Mule with Steve Elson
Unring The Bell
Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home with Steve Elson & Give You All the Love (Inside of Me) lyrics

Set 2:
Thorazine Shuffle with Oye Como Va tease
Lively Up Yourself with Jessica tease
Game Face with American Bandstand, Birdland & Mountain Jam teases
Sad & Deep As You > with Steve Elson
Drums >
Kind Of Bird > with Steve Elson
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed > with Steve Elson
Kind Of Bird > with Steve Elson
I’m A Ram with Glad tease

Encore:
Tastes Like Wine with Steve Elson
Just Got Paid

The Mule played two sets of music. My favorite was the second set. Gov’t. Mule extended the Allman Bros. classic “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” with “Kind of Bird” and “I’m A Ram”. That was the shining moment that knocked it out of the park for me.

When Gov’t. Mule released the album, “High & Mighty” followed by “Mighty High” they infused Jamaican Dub and Reggae with their jam band sound. This was a major pivot point for the Mule. I always love when Warren and company honor that tradition. I also enjoyed that they played “Unring the Bell” during the first set.

There is a great Mule Web page at Jam.Buzz with many of the songs hosted on YouTube. Thanks Steve Roche!

Tonight , 10/29 the Mule will do their annual Halloween, Mule-O-Ween show in Albany, NY. Warren asked the audience how many of you are coming. He got a favorable response to that question. This year’s Halloween classic features the music of Traffic. I know that will be bitchin’ as I saw them perform “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” three years ago at Ives Park in Danbury. If you’re going you are in for a trick or treat.

 

I now have two Mule 2016 concerts to download from Mule Tracks, Cool!

History Is Made At Night

David Godlis’s, History Is Made At Night, includes 119 of his iconic black-and-white images from nights on the Bowery at CBGB between 1974 and 1979, shot with his handheld Leica and TRI-X film.

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Godlis was front and center during the heyday of the New York Punk scene, capturing the likes of the Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Television, and the Talking Heads.

He snapped one of my favorite photographs of Patti Smith backdropped by the street light in The Bowery, outside CBGB in 1976.

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The times I have seen Yes live

My love of Yes and progressive rock me has been flourishing. Tomorrow night I have tickets to see Anderson, Rabin, and Wakeman. A concert I have been anticipating for months. In the music of our heart this is Yes.

I have been reflecting on the Yes concerts I have attended in the past.  I first heard Yes with The Yes Album in 1970 in the college student lounge. I did not see Yes live until 2001 at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT. It was the Yes Symphonic Live when Yes toured with a full symphony performing with them. That was also the first time I heard prog rock and symphony combined. It was superb. They were promoting the studio album Magnification which I have a warm affection for today.

Yes Symphonic Live was released on DVD in 2003. I like when artists capture performances I have seen on video. I have this DVD in my music video collection. It helps to recall the concert I witnessed in 2001.

The next time I saw Yes was in May of 2004 at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena. Little did I realize it was one of the last opportunities to see the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White.. Roger Dean designed an undersea stage setting for Yes’s 35th Anniversary Tour.

As it so happens Yes decided to film and record a concert with the original Yes team a few nights later in Lowell, Mass.

Soon I will see Yes for the third time live. Can you feel the excitement? Rick Wakeman stated that ARW will be recorded (filmed?) live on the US tour. Maybe the Wallingford stop will part of that future recording. Going for the One!

Rick Wakeman – The Phantom of the Opera

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