One test of any artistic expression is how long it lingers in our selves after we’ve experienced it. What follows has been my mental soundtrack for some time now, and its effect hasn’t diminished.
On September 28, 2014, Doug Pomeroy (my guide to uncharted Brooklyn) and I made the trek to the Jalopy Theatre ay 315 Columbia Street to see a double bill of Meredith Axelrod, vocal / guitar / ukulele; Craig Ventresco, guitar // the BRAIN CLOUD with Dennis Lichtman, clarinet; Tamar Korn, vocal; Matt Munisteri, guitar; special guests Jerron Paxton, vocal, piano, guitar; Tal Ronen, string bass.
It was a memorable evening, and revisiting these performances continues to make me immensely happy. But Jalopy is a place where good things happen. See their website for the schedule of events. (And see this wonderful evidence from 2011, as well as this 2013 bouquet of sounds.)
Here are some highlights from the first set of September 28.
Craig and Meredith in duet on SILVER BELL — from darkness to light:
Meredith singing to Craig’s guitar — RED LIPS, KISS MY BLUES AWAY:
Tamar, Meredith, and Craig performing WHILE THEY WERE DANCING AROUND (a song brought back into twenty-first century repertoire by the intrepid Gordon Au, I believe):
An jubilant extravaganza on LONESOME AND SORRY, featuring Meredith, Craig, Tamar, Jerron, and Matt, and two verses:
The same players essayed SOME OF THESE DAYS although Matt was now seated in the audience — to my immediate right, which was friendly:
This joyous music — so playful — reminds me of what might happen in someone’s living room. Wit is bubbling beneath the surface at all times. But you’d have to have the very best musical guests imaginable, people of this sensibility who can be absolutely full of good energy while performing the saddest songs. (The lyrics of LONESOME AND SORRY are especially desolate, those of SOME OF THESE DAYS sorrowful with an angry undercurrent, but how delighted these performances are!)
The second set — with Dennis and Tal joining in — was unforgettable. And it will be shared here as well.
May your happiness increase!