Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Warm Room, Hot Band, Cool Tunes...

The room was warm. The band was hot. The tunes were cool. So the evening was just right for a gathering of good friends.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Little Something for the English Majors

Every once in a while, we do a song for all the English majors out there. This one -- a 1972 composition called "Jugband Song" by the legendary David Bromberg -- is a favorite warmup tune for The Flood. In fact, we put it on a CD a dozen years ago, and we've been playing it ever since. Now, for our friends in the English Department, the song lyric opens with a lot of cool water imagery and four (count 'em, four!) back-to-back similes, commenting on the subject's eyes, lips, body and soul. Check it out.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Working on the Harmonies

In The Flood, we're always trying new things and these days, in our latest incarnation, vocal harmonies are especially interesting to us. It's certainly understanding, considering that our two newest members -- Paul Martin and Randy Hamilton -- are both excellent singers, in addition, of course, to being first-rate instrumentalists. Last weekend, when we played a show on the Valley Gem riverboat as she sailed down the Ohio, we had two Floodsters out sick and those strong voices really saved the show. Here's a sample of the vocal harmonies from last night's rehearsal as we worked on a tune that is likely to be on our next CD when we begin working on it this fall.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Don't Get Around Much Any More

As we've said before, sometimes we let tunes get away from us. We'll do 'em for years, and then for some reason, they just drift out of the lineup. Here's in a case in point, a wonderful old Duke Ellington number that we used to play in nearly every show. Well, last night we were in a nostalgic mood and, lo and behold, "Don't Get Around Much Any More" popped right back into our heads.