down all through the morning into early afternoon and remained
overcast throughout the evening. Cooling temperatures, too.
Was this going to be
another Dally rain-out debacle like the one we experienced earlier
in the decade?
I must confess to doing some serious talking to the Great Spirit. This
is one of the best Layabout configurations I've seen in some time, and
I'd be damned if we were getting rained on again.
Ralph Koziarski turns out to be the perfect foil, laying down rhythms
for the Layabouts, he slips that sax right in and out of the mix, just
perfect, what a pro.
Mandy Wright, who I'd only met a few weeks previously turned out to be
a finger-snapping conga player - man, could she bang those drums!
Emilio Leslie makes me feel young again, it's great to have him in the
band, And Janice Mae Pope always is there for me when I forget the
words to songs.
Nic Boileau got roped into being our media magnate, I look forward to
seeing what he comes up with. He and three of his friends bopped
around the crowd and stage, filming. Earlier at dinner we bumped into
Nic Boileau's media instructor from Wayne State University, Joel
Silvers, He got caught up in the enthusiasm of the moment.
"Err, when are you guys playing next?" he asks.
"Well Joel, the Layabouts are like a cactus flower" I sayz,
"It flowers every few years,"
"I'll get my camera", he says and disappears.
Also, Special thanks to Dean Weston, our soundman and friend of many
years, he did a great job.
What a fun
It's really, really great to be playing with my
friends of the decades again. Without getting too soppy, you guys
continue to astound me - you really are fantastic.