Friday, October 23, 2009

open mic night

Just in from playing music. My homebrew band played an open mic at a tavern near Stratton called The Red Fox. We only played four songs, but the crowd clapped and my fiddle rang loud and clear over the amps. We even got someone to shout "Play that one again!" after we finished Wagon Wheel. (This is the closest thing to an encore I've ever experienced. I can't lie. It was kind of cool.)

I had a great night. I'll need about seven gallons of coffee to make it to lunch tomorrow, but still, a great night.

Frankly, it was just nice to be out on a windy October evening in a dark pub. If you're in this game, you get that. Us homesteaders know how to revel in basic comfort—really sink into that feeling of decadence you get from two Guinnesses, great people, and music cases under your feet. Pair that with a woodstove, a good dinner, and laughter from close friends and you've got yourself tucked right into the back pocket of heaven. Or at least, my back pocket of heaven. Which may very well be a dark pub on a windy October night with guitar cases lined up against the wall. I told you I was simple. And I'd never make it into the front pocket anyway.

And now darling, if you don't mind too much, I am going to crawl into bed with my two wolves and get some sleep.

Oh, and Chuck Klosterman meets his maker on Sunday.

14 Comments:

Blogger Jenn said...

Very nice night. Yeah, sounds like you will be tired. I looked at the time that you posted. No idea what time ya get up...but if its like any other work day....well, good luck.

I have been away for a bit, but I just caught up with recent past posts. So Chuck has pissed you off that much. I had a feeling this would happen.

Are you going to learn from your friend who will do the killing? Or are you gonna stick to the idea of just making sure it goes as you wish? If you ever teamed up with this guy and held a weekend teaching this skill....I would SOOO be there. It would cut down on the price of my meat hens alot! Hubby and I would both come learn. Things to think about ;) Have a great day. Jenn

October 23, 2009 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Peacemom said...

Sounds like a lovely evening indeed. We had a fantastic camping trip in the snow last weekend and that was a little bit of back pocket heaven, too. We all find our soul flight where we can! And though I consider Guinness road tar, my husband would fully agree it's the best brew for a night in the pub. ~Vonnie, NH

October 23, 2009 at 6:04 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I also like to jam with others in a dark pub on a windy cold night. I like also like those "off the beaten path" coffee houses with open jam night, strong coffee, and a mix of aging hippies, homesteaders, and other interesting people that you won't find any where else. I only bring my guitar though, not quite ready to fiddle in public yet.

October 23, 2009 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

It's 7:00 a.m., and suddenly I desperately want to go have a Guinness at our little neighborhood joint (which is like, 15 minutes away by car...oh, and CLOSED, because it's 7:00 a.m.). It's called "Outlaw's" which just kills me. So Texan. I'm amazed they serve Guinness.

I must put that on the "to do" list for this evening.

October 23, 2009 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Toni aka irishlas said...

Boy, can I ever relate to this! My husband and I go to sessions (irish musicians here) once a week just for that same reason... like minded folk, a good pulled pint of Guinness, and it doesn't hurt every now and then to have a few appreciate listeners! Music opens so many doors - we have made great friends playing in sessions.
We know what the morning and next work day will be like, but, what the heck, you only go 'round this big ol' world once!

October 23, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Toni aka irishlas said...

Boy, can I ever relate to this! My husband and I go to sessions (irish musicians here) once a week just for that same reason... like minded folk, a good pulled pint of Guinness, and it doesn't hurt every now and then to have a few appreciate listeners! Music opens so many doors - we have made great friends playing in sessions.
We know what the morning and next work day will be like, but, what the heck, you only go 'round this big ol' world once!

October 23, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger BJ Gingles said...

I agree with Peacemom, to me, Guiness is like road tar. But other than that the experience sounds just like "the back pocket of heaven". I love that prose.

October 23, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Monty said...

Here in the hills and hollars of N.C. it's time for making Apple Cider,apple butter and vinger. Almost past prime time,not a good year for apples. The apple press will be pressing this weekend and a old pottery crock will be filled with some of the liquid gold for ageing into Vingar. This stuff has to be the drink of the god's somewere. It's so good.If you have never made any it's worth the effort.

October 23, 2009 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

RIP Chuck.

Sounds like a wonderful night.

October 23, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

It sounds as though you are finally ready to be done with Chuck. You have been much more patient than I would have been! Let the axe fall!!

October 23, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Hi Jenna, here is a recipe for Chuck au Vin (Coq au Vin):

I found this recipe online, and when I read the line: "It’s durable, delicious, and the perfect illustration of the principles of turning something big and tough and unlovely into something truly wonderful." I knew it was written for just this occasion.

http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/coq-au-vin-4

October 23, 2009 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I'll be watching for news of Chuck. Very interesting!!!

October 23, 2009 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I'll be watching for news of Chuck. Very interesting!!!

October 23, 2009 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger MXQ said...

:)

October 24, 2009 at 8:08 PM  

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