Clowns to the left…

Howdy! Made it to Friday! I hope y’all had a week of goodness and stuff. Typing is quite a chore right now. My brain is on overdrive but my fingers cannot keep up. This is why I generally have 10 plus grammatical errors on each post. I sometimes go back and change a post only to discover I have made it worse. It used to be worse when I was imbibing alcohol on a regular basis and I used to blame it on that. Then I was sober for a few years and it seemed to get worse. I am sure there is a medication to make me concentrate more but not ready to buy into that stuff. However, and I am not condoning it for everyone, THC has kept my brain and hands in the write lane. I feel like I am getting back to my old writing style and the ideas are flowing from my brain again. Maybe I will be able to finish a few of the short stories that had started writing but never finished because life started getting in the way of that recreational activity. Poor hubby, he gets to hear all of the stories that I conjure up in my head when we are out scouting or if I see a scene in my head play out in front of me. Note to self, must start carrying a notepad when out and about.

Oh oh oh, I know that bass line and hand clapping…Stealers Wheel just loaded to Spotify and this song has so many things going on. There is this bouncy bass line that has me imagining that the bass player is plucking the bass strings in a way that the bass sounds like some one blowing into a jug. Then the guitar playing has me confused in good way as I hear a couple of different styles so I am imagining multiple guitar players. Anyhow, I had to look up this bands stats. The band was formed in Scotland in 1972 and then according to Wikipedia by Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty. Sadly, the band only lasted till 1975 but I do see that there was a 2008 listing that looks like they were active again. Sadly, Wiki indicates that Gerry Rafferty passed in 2011. Below are some of the lyrics:

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you
Songwriters: Gerald Rafferty / Joe Egan

Last night we stayed in for much needed rest. Honestly, the heat here in the desert is draining. I did want to go however as the band The Rye Brothers were at the Lit Lounge. I first saw them in January of 2017. They graciously let me take their photos while they played and unfortunately this was at the beginning of my first few attempts at shooting under those low-lights and conditions. My inexperience showed through but I did get some good photos of them and one video. Funny, but the video I shot off them has been seen 900 times! I had no idea until I just went to copy the link from Youtube. Honestly, though, according to the analytics, it is only watched for about :42 seconds. Here is the video I recorded. I really wanted to go last night and will keep an eye out for them to see when they come back.

Please excuse the poor quality. This is their song American Sweetheart

The cool thing I remember about that night is that I was sitting alone with my camera near the dance floor and it was their last set and there were only a few other people in the room besides the staff. I got take a couple of staged shots even though that is not my forte.

I remember I laughed a lot, probably because I was nervous. Gosh, it felt good as it always does because it was easy to get into the beat of the music. I now know how important a good beat is for me as it really helps me navigate. There are times when I am out and the lighting is perfect and I have a clear shot but will put my camera away if I am not feeling it. That night I was definitely feeling it.

I always start off in the balcony. When I was shooting with reckless abandon and not giving a fork, that was until the second time I had a chance to shoot practice shots at them. That time, hotel security put their foot down and I was told I couldn’t take photos even with my camera phone, oh my. Yeah, that whole scare tactic lasted a little bit. I just had to be sneakier. Oh yeah, back to that night, hubby was out doing his thing while I was in there by my lonesome. I am more of a talker when hubby is not around as he is my filter and helps keep me coloring inside the lines. Anyhow, like I said these guys were so gracious.

Singer and guitarist Justin Foutz.

The bass player was playing a 5 string Music Man Bass and I remember the great interaction between the drummer and the bass player. The sound was clean and steadily rolled where it needed. They, The Rye Brothers, play in and around Southern California according to their FB page. The About section on their FB page indicates that they are a Country-Rock band and yes, I have to agree as they did rock.

To you reader, the weekend is here! May the roads you choose to travel be full of good stuff! Get where you are going and thanks again, for stopping by.

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