7:00 Mike and Paul set out for Nashville, armed with their guitars, hats and a 12 pack of Diet Mountain Dew.
7:45 Jorge and Sarah set out for Nashville. Sarah is especially proud of her manicure.
8:45 The fateful left turn onto I-81. Four Diet Mountain Dews gone.
9:15 Mike and Paul enter the Virginia Technology Corridor. A fascinating discussion ensues regarding the latest and greatest sausage gravy technology.
9:37 The iPod plays Tom Sawyer. The volume on Paul’s stereo maxes out at 38. Mike finds this weird. Meanwhile, without knowing why, Sarah is suddenly overcome with joy that she is not in the minivan.
11:45 Paul and Mike stop for lunch at [REDACTED TO PROTECT BASS PLAYER’S HEALTH] in the chain restaurant hell that is Bristol, VA. A heavily tattooed biker chick delays their departure by sharing far too much personal information with the waitress.
1:30 All trips go smoother with Frank Zappa. Mike and Paul seemingly gain yet another hour when they enter Zappa Daylight Time. Nine Diet Mountain Dews gone. Because of this, the tiny dot in the rearview mirror (i.e. Sarah and Jorge) gets somewhat smaller.
2:00 Mike learns Sarah and Jorge are listening to outlaw country on Sirius Radio. Knowing exactly why, Mike is overcome with joy that he is not in the jeep. Paul worries for their safety and formulates a plan to ‘debrief’ them upon arrival.
3:00 Mike and Paul stop for a break and to purchase provisions for the evening. Next to the liquor store is a gas station. Next to the gas station is a building with SPA hand painted on the side. Mike resists the overwhelming temptation to get a manicure to match Sarah’s. Paul reminds Mike that Trucker Spa’s are not like the ones at the mall.
4:30 Mike and Paul arrive in Nashville. They are saddened to discover Cooter’s is not in fact a bar, but a museum dedicated to The Dukes of Hazzard. On the bright side, they learn what woobie nuggets are and find they are especially delectable washed down with 32 ounces of beer.
Every time we record a song, we learn more about that particular song as we go along. Watching that song evolve is akin to watching your baby devolop a personality. "Let Me In" is a perfect example. The song has changed for us in tone since its inception. The instrumentation on this song has taken a direction that even we did not expect. My vocal has changed naturally to accomodate the new sound. The song sends a different message than when it was originally written two years ago. I love surprises, and we hope you do, too. You will hear the new version on the CD when it is released later this year. Have any of you other musicians had the same experience with your music?
Thanks, and, as always, remember to support local music! 3 Sarah
This morning I am on the back patio, listening to Deerhunter. They are from Atlanta and apparently do some outlandish things when they perform. You wouldn’t know that by the music, which is soft and kind of hypnotic. I like it. It is early on a Saturday. The air is cool and humid, thick with pollen.
This week, Vexine is playing at a tiny little place in Richmond called City Dogs. I have been there several times. It reminds me of places I used to go when I was very young. The band area (not a stage) is very small and in front of a big window as you walk in. They serve tater tots in little paper envelopes and hot dogs (of course). The kids from VCU like to go there and crowd the bar. Everyone else gathers around small round tables to stare, sipping wheat beer and eating tots. The taps are prolific. It’s a great place.
The band worked on a lot of new cover songs for this show. We are looking forward to pulling out some genuine surprises. It is going to be a lot of fun.