Reading, PA—Fri July 10

crowd

crowd

tracy

tracy

futch

futch

steve

steve

tracy and david cullen

tracy and david cullen

the 3 stooges

the 3 stooges

Case up all the backline and load it into the car, drop it off, then back to the hotel to reload with all our gear. Drive 3 hours or so up to Reading, PA. Talking about slavery around the world, the American revolution, and the idea of pluralism—.how there can actually be more than one right answer and more than one truth. I say, what is it about human nature that we think we have the only answer, as in the subject of religion. Each religion thinks there was is the only true way, when obviously they are all equally true or false.

Futch says: if I’m riding in my car and I blow the horn, I hear a steady pitch, but if you’re standing on the street, you hear the pitch go down as I pass, the Doppler effect. Now who’s right? They’re both right. 2 different truths happening at the same time.

Steve says yes, the guy in the car is correct in his perception, as is the guy on the porch, but that is exactly what it is, their differing perceptions based on physical conditions or limitations. That does not change the one source or one truth, just their understanding of that truth. That’s where human nature comes into play in thinking we have all of the answers based on our understanding, but there is much more there than we can perceive. We don’t have to hate each other because of the differences in what we believe to be true. “I’m right, you’re wrong” never gets along. That’s the cool thing about the makeup of the band. We all come from different backgrounds but we respect those differences and appreciate what each one brings to the mix.

I say that it’s human nature for us to not want to accept things that are different from us—different cultures, languages, music, food, etc but that there will come a time (maybe not for hundreds of years,) when we will not only be more accepting, as the global village gets smaller and smaller, but that we will welcome it and understand that the best often happens when there is a mix of things—mutts are stronger than purebreds, etc. That cultures like the US and Brazil, where there is a melting pot of cultures, produces great culture but that there will one day come a time when the tension of those cultures rubbing up against each other will disappear, because it has to in order for us to get along, like traffic has to obey certain rules or we all crash into each other.

And that, as a band, if we can contribute in some small way to this trend of accepting what is different from us, that we are really contributing something positive to the civiliation. And that our “mission” with the band is to show people that you can love James Brown for the funk and love John Adams for the beauty and a pop song for the fun and Hendrix for the heaviness and that you can like it all, that there’s more than one musical truth and they’re all valid. And that if we can help to break these barriers in some small way, to set an example through the metaphor of music, maybe we can speed up this process towards a civilization that’s pluralistic and glad about it, instead of pluralistic and mean about it.

Our good friend David Cullen joined us onstage for a few tunes. David is a guitar player extraordinaire who happens to live in Reading, and by a fluke wasn’t working that night, and as a home town favorite, he brought the house down. David and I have played shows together in Reading and elsewhere for several years and the chemistry is always great. And a shout out to the Peanut Bar for providing some very delicious and welcome dinner. And a big thank you to Kevin Brett for shooting the show. There are a ton of amazing shots which you can see in our gallery.

  1. Dasha says:

    AMAZING PHOTOS! WOW! :)

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