Archive for May, 2002

  • Rob Spectre
  • 31
  • May
  • 02

It is good to be in Manhattan. This is the closest to my sister I believe I’ve ever been in my entire life. It takes these times to realize how close the blood bond really is.

No matter how many new people I meet or how many new friends that I make, there will always be the three of us who made it through that shithole town of Medicine Lodge.

There will always be the three of us who made it through the trials and tribulations that the world brought on all of us. We will always be a family. We will always be blood.

But, most of all, when I look at my sister and see all that she has become and all the friends she has made… When I see the woman that she has become. The intellect she has. The head she has on her shoulders… I realize that maybe I wasn’t the one who was blessed with the brains in the family. My sister is one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met. I only wish she knew that as much as I do.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 29
  • May
  • 02

Last night marked my first performance in Manhattan, KS, a wonderful little informal 5 song set at the open mic at O’Malley’s. A laid back place with plenty of good musicians swarming around, a fun time was hand by all. The crowd dug my songs a lot; a ton of new people to introduce my music too. Plus, I had my first good pint of Guinness since I’ve been back to the United States. Thank fucking God.

Though, of course, I am always pleased when I get to play, the real treat of the night were two performers I thought were particularly excellent. The first was a bass player whose named I unfortunately didn’t catch. He appeared to be a regular of the open mic, as he apparently knew quite a few people on the local scene. Bass players as a rule usually stand in the back and do their thing, but this guy got incredibly funky and did his playing (which was good) with energy and excitement. A rare find. Though not many caught his antics, I was certainly impressed. And, to top it all off, I ran into him on the way to work today. Super nice guy and I hope I get the opportunity to play with him sometime over the course of the summer.

The second performer was Kirsten (or Kristen, I never heard correctly), a singer/songwriter of some excellence. She has a remarkable striking voice, reminding me very much of Rachel Gaither of South Central Nebraska fame. She didn’t seem too confident on the guitar yet, but when she put it aside to do a duet with the open mic masta Buck, her flair as a stage performer came through.

All in all, I think I’m going to like these folks a lot. It seemed to me a lot of them weren’t just musicians, but entertainers. And those are the folks for me.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 19
  • May
  • 02

The summer move has been completed successfully, but not without a hard weekend’s rocking with Shaft friends Bought and Sold. After trekking all over hell and back with Aaron and all my personal affects placed somewhat securely in his trailer, we finally arrived at WaKeeney, Kansas to play a… well… play something.

No one had a god damned clue what to expect, but I’ll be damned if it didn’t rock. Meeting up with new Shaft friends Greg and JD with their ensemble 3×7, I got to throw down with a whole myriad of rocking folk. Playing with Aaron is always an old school treat… Makes me think of all the trips down to Kiowa to play in our ill-fated garage band, Emotional Feedback. We were loud and terrible; everything a high school band should be. But when I think back to high school and all the shit I had to go through, I always think of those practices as the best of the worst times of my life.

Many thanks to those WaKeenians who were kind enough to buy a disc, and many thanks to Greg and JD for letting me play with them. I eagerly anticipate their first release.

Sometimes I wish we’d talk about what we want to talk about instead of leaving each other notes.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 15
  • May
  • 02

So. Fucking. Hard.

Episode II is that good.

I can’t write more as it would be a spoiler, but if you haven’t gotten a ticket yet, you really should make it a point to.

The jam in the line was a complete success. New found geek friends Adam and Jay weighed in with harmony and bass respectively, and any time I get to play with howie&scott is a time I truly cherish. Playing with other people again made me really happy tonight, and I felt myself cutting loose a lot more musically with other people around. For anyone who saw, it was a hell of a show. And the movie was pretty good, too.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 13
  • May
  • 02

Sometimes holding someone is the best medicine in the world.

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