I can't resist mentioning one more song from their playlist:
Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo
Tomorrow, it'll be Lark's Tongues in Aspic, et al... quite a change!
Sept 5, Nashville
CRIM WEEK - Day 3,4
There has been a new development with my new book - the Crimson Chronicles photo book I've been talking about lately. It's at the printers now, and
should be printed and shipped to Papa Bear Records quite soon. Sept. 15th is the official release date.
But hurricane Frances has had some effect on things - not the printing, or the shipping. It's my fearless and able web master Dan Beach, who is in charge of the
online ordering aspect of Papa Bear online - he lives in Orlando, Florida - and days ago, expecting to be hit hard by the hurricane, he suggested we put the
book up on the online ordering page now, as his power and communications could be lost for some time if this storm hits hard.
Usually I don't like to offer items before we have them in hand, but it seemed wise this time to make an exception. So, there is now a full
page about the book with many samples, and a link to pre-order it from the online store if you like. (Credit card orders won't be charged,
of course, until the book is sent out.)
I'll make a more official announcement when the book arrives in Woodstock from the printers. Got to admit I'm excited about this release - I've spent a lot of years on
the book - it includes some very special photos and gives a great insight into the band.
Back to the current King Crimson - we're rehearsing now, and also doing a bit of writing with the band.
The mood is very good, as it was last March when we spent a week going over old material -
this time we're mixing that in with some jamming, some experimenting in what might be new directions for our music.
Alas, there are still no plans to tour, or do a studio album - we'll see what comes out of this week's rehearsals.
So far it's been good music, and no hassles - but coming up in the next days, we'll be trying to run through those more recent compositions that the others were
part of, but are new to me. (And, even when I become familiar with the very complex pieces, actually playing all of Trey Gunn's parts is pretty impossible for me -
I'll just try my best to fashion something that covers some of the ground and fits in well.)
Sept 7, Nashville
CRIM WEEK - Day 5,6
Well, there's been a great response to the page on the new book (mentioned below, on yesterday's diary) - for those who are pre-ordering it,
I'll notify, here on this page, when it ships out.
Rehearsing has become largely writing/playing new material. Lots more fun than rehearsing old material, if you ask me. Even though some of
the ideas we try out are a bit lame, others reach a tremendous energy level. Good fun, and I'm hoping that something comes from this music.
At last night's "first annual Crimson Labor Day dinner", the idea was floated of a Crimson garage sale! (Adrian and I both have a few
instruments and other stuff we'd like to unload, but when it's not a great instrument, you dont' want to put it on eBay as yours, because
that implies that you've used it on sessions and tours. Calling it a garage sale might solve that, and we all have lots of old tour stuff lying
around should be weeded!) Well, we'll see if anything comes of that idea.
We will be finishing up tomorrow - no talk as yet of when and how we'll re-unite.
I may head out on the long drive home at night right after rehearsal, it depends on how hard a day it is. I'll try to find an internet friendly
motel along the way and upload some of the photos from here. I haven't taken many, mainly because it looks exactly the same here as it did last
March when I took photos at rehearsals.
Sept 8, Nashville
CRIM WEEK - Day 7
Something we rarely do in a rehearsal/writing period is listen to what we've done, before moving on. (It can be painful, after a 20 minute take!) Well, this time, ever
trying to get better at this process, we've devoted a lot of the last day to sit and hear what we've done this week, making notes, naming tracks.
Also in a departure from the usual, I'm going to upload this update before the rehearsal is over, because I'm heading out on the rainy highway when we pack up,
and quite likely I won't have a decent internet connection the next couple of days of driving North.
Very nice variety of music - some mellow in mood, others quite ferocious. Later we'll dig into how much needs to be changed/added, or
rewritten to improve them.
Okay, 5pm now - packing up. It's been a cool week - as usual with Crimson, it's been challenging, inspiring, and... I'm kinda glad to go
away from the music for a bit, and get re-introduced to 4/4 !