I had to take a minute to try to capture at least a little of the feeling that our time together in Madisonville this week meant to us. It is hard to describe because the emotions and feelings were so big and so beautiful. Beautiful might be the best word to describe it. Beautiful that we were able to transport ourselves back to 1971 age 19 and re-experience the feelings we had when performing together or when in the studio making the album. Neal really made this all happen and because he has developed a large body of his own works and because he had the means to get the foundation laid for putting together the missing musical pieces this amazing 2 days was able to happen for us. Steve Baker was amazing with his recording studio and Neal had orchestrated the missing pieces generated prior to our rehearsal and performance. So when we got down to Madisonville we were ready to rock and although exhausted from the long drive our emotions were like the engine that wouldn't quit and we laid down some tracks that I believe will be used to produce a new cut of Spiders. Then we had a great time together and then the special performance was next. It was tense but beautiful. Getting set-up at The Big City Market reminded me of setting up at Wise Fools Pub in 1971 in Chicago. The experience of performing together once again was indescribable in so many ways. Hearing the notes in Spiders take life after all of those years in itself just blew us all away....and apparently the audience because we really felt that this emotion was picked up via the music performance. Steve Baker and Alonzo Pennington on Guitar were prepared and filled in wonderfully. Neal was amazing with the tremendous execution of some of his post McLuhan material. Amazing that with his medical career he has continued to develope his art and what a body of work he has developed including his docu-movies and all. More later on that I hope to fill everyone in. John and I were treated royally by Neal and Barb and they have a beautiful home that they welcomed us to with huge open arms. Unbelievable! We were sharing and together and loving each other....Really! John also was able to give the audience an excitement and sharing with the two pieces he performs so beautifully on guitar and with his singing.
The good news is that we were professionally interviewed and recorded and that much of the performance will hopefully be available soon so we can share in this moment. I find myself feeling that this was one of the most important events of my life and that although I have been stimulated by this to be more active with my instruments or composition, that I can die now and feel complete. As I have said the McLuhan album and experience is the event of my life. It felt like that through and through this week. I will try to post more here more regularly. We had some discussion of getting together soon to orchestrate another McLuhan number, possibly Monster Bride is next.