Back in 2000, just as our startup, BootlegTV was getting off the ground (pre-funding!), Peter Dervin of local public radio station KSER invited me to play a benefit show for the station.
So, building on the previous seven years of SGC work, and previous three years of SBRS work in various configurations, I assembled the members of the Seattle Guitar Circle for a combined SGC and SBRS show on Whidbey Island.
This was also around the time that the BTV staff was beginning to exercise our ‘here’s how we could effectively capture live shows’ muscles. Violet Leonard and Kenneth Thomas came with us to the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and captured these two-camera takes of the 2nd half of the show, and almost 15 years later, I’m spending my late-July evenings editing them for public consumption.
The first half of the show featured these same players, all on acoustic guitars, playing repertoire from our 1999 CD “Twilight”. I recently pinged Ken to see if he could find the Video source tapes from the first half as I can’t seem to find them in my BTV archive.
This is the first song from the SBRS set, featuring Brock Pytel, Curt Golden, Dean Jensen, Jaxie Binder, Robert Williams, and SB playing 'Greenthumb,' a not-so-thinly-veiled song about leaving an apprenticeship for application and assimilation outside of the school.
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I don't know how long you've been waiting
I can't see that far
Do you know how long you'll be staying?
I don't care how long
Keep your hat and coat in my closet
They'll be safe in there
Take your hands from out of your pockets
There's work for you here
I'm out in the yard keeping my plants growing
Keep up on my garden, won't ever catch me slowing down
Here all of my tools, I'll show you what we can do outside this school
And if it gets hard, don't say I told you so
Hold onto your heart, become a greenthumb
Plants aren't very smart
Someone must help them to grow when it gets dark
Turn on your light and get started
Words and Music: Steve Ball
Copyright 2015 Ballistic Music
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