Dubuque, IA, part deux

Josh and I are sharing a room tonight and we're sitting up watching an incredible documentary on Jimi Hendrix. Dang, that dude was unreal. I need to start listening to him more. He's one of those guys you know is good but when you spend a few minutes watching him play, it's pretty staggering.

So tonight's show might have been the most fun I've ever had being a part of Caedmon's Call. The whole band was there tonight. Jeff and Danielle haven't been at many shows over the past number of months and to have them back was great. Trip and Crystal, who've been filling in, have been wonderful, and they've done a really good job. There's just something about being in a band, though, that only comes with time; time spent together playing and writing and just being through life with each other.

It's honestly something I never thought I'd experience with Caedmon's. The Normals had a very intense feeling of comraderie and there was nothing like knowing you were a part of that band. It was such an amazing time that I have probably kept myself from really committing to Caedmon's in some ways, out of some feeling of obligation, probably. I shouldn't be scared, though. It's the type of thing that you're more than lucky to have had once.

Tonight, though, we really clicked, and more than musically. It was so fun to have the freedom to play knowing everybody was there and aware. Looking around and seeing each other, my good friends, having fun just inspires you to get into it more. The crowd was just great tonight and we got to play a bunch of songs we haven't in a long time. I started the show off playing the intro lick to "Lead of Love" and just started grinning and didn't stop until, well, I still sort of am. Cliff picked a great set of some of the classic old tunes, and we played a couple extras that weren't on the set list, just because we were having so much fun.

In a quick guitar nerd note, for the past few years I've used two amps a lot, one with big delays and modulations and one dry, always at the same time. The past few months I've started just bringing one amp out and have been getting into that. Tonight they had a great old AC30 for me and a killer old Fender Blues Deluxe. I decided to use them both, just one at a time, trying different ones on different songs or different sections of songs. It was fun switching back and forth and I really enjoyed the unique tones I got from each.

Josh is now watching a game show where people are competing with electric drills. Wait, it's an infomercial. Maybe I should buy one of those. He also just showed me this amazing clip. That's just crazy.

Well, it's going to be a short night of sleep tonight, so I better try to get as much of it as I can. Thanks for reading and saying hello. Thanks to everybody who came out tonight. It was really a blast and I hope we can keep having this much fun.

It's just been too long since I jumped off a drum riser.