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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

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I’m working except when I’m sleeping. So you get more YouTube videos of people I’ve performed with. At least the ones I can recall. People approach me from time to time and start talking to me about what a blast they had at such and such a venue for so and so’s fete or whosamajiggy’s convention, and I have no idea what they are talking about. I cashed the check and moved on. Glad you had fun, though.

I remember vaguely a night at least twenty years ago where some R&B combo I was in with too many members and not enough musicians played at a place called The Channel in Boston. It was a great big cave of a joint. I have no idea if it’s still there. We started the show, as I recall, and then we played with the headliner, John Lee Hooker. I had an elderly aquaintance hear about my job and inquire whether they might be related to Mr Hooker, as that was their maiden name. She was a descendant of Joe Hooker, the Civil War general. I said I didn’t think they were related but I’d be sure to give Mr. Hooker her best.

I remember the act that played on the undercard. The Joe Perry Project. Aerosmith got tired of money for a little while in the eighties and made little individual messes like this for a short time, until they got tired of no money. Joe Perry Project. (You Tube Link) Aerosmith used to play in my High School gym. I’ve sunk pretty low, musically, but at least I never played in the high school gym, and opened up for, well, me.

For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the band I was in, or the names of any of the other musicians in it. The Dialtones? the Superfonics? ‘Nuff Said? Jay Murphy? No clue. I’d play with anybody at that point. I do remember that the Channel had sidefill stage monitors, which are big stacks of PA speakers in the wings of the stage, instead of just those wedge shaped floor speakers you are used to seeing in front of musicians.

I remember them, because the BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM coming out of them at flight deck level makes my ears ring to this very day.

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  1. …the BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM coming out of them at flight deck level makes my ears ring to this very day.

    So, between the music and the shop, how much hearing have you lost-or how much do you have left?

    -Deb in Madison

  2. Hi Deb, thanks for worryin’ about old Sippican.

    Yes, I have lost a fair bit of hearing. It manifests itself in unusual ways. Certain spectrums are now indistinct, but overall not a lot of loss. Some buzzing if it’s quiet.

    So I’m going deaf and blind, but I don’t mind. It makes all the women pretty and all the men interesting. The rest I make up with Guinness.

  3. I love that Brian Epstein made the Beatles honor their contracts, including playing a couple of high schools, even after they blew up and became hyper-famous immediately. He made those deals 6, 7 months earlier when the Fabs had nuthin’, but Eppy made ’em play them!

    I just watched a ’40’s Noir film called “The Big Combo.” In it, one of the villain’s henchman has a hearing aid which they use as a torture device on the lead. When the henchman is caught betraying the villain, the villain tells him, “I’m gonna do you a favor,” and removes the hearing aid to let him be gunned down noiselessly (on camera!) That’s how Gangster Sippican will go, methinks…

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