Weekly Rochester Events #424: Quite a Ways to Antares
Thursday, February 22, 2007
So I had a nice little Valentine's Day with Ali — albeit a day late due to snow hiding anything shorter than a foot-and-a-half on Wednesday. On Friday night I decided to stop by The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) and check out Autumn In Halifax. This time Dave was playing with a couple other folks (Autumn in Halifax originated as Dave and his electronic effects pedals and digital loops).
There was something in the trio that I didn't like and I finally figured out what was nagging at me: the band members would follow the harmony of the mechanized loops rather than improvising. See Dave "owns the machine" in Autumn in Halifax — he is in full control of the digital loops and effects and uses them as a means to an end. When he brings others on as harmony and rhythm, they are subordinate to the machine — exactly what his music otherwise defies. I talked with him about it and, well, I was trying to show some humility about it — after all, I'm just sitting there listening and have no part in making the music.
I guess that since I won't be out there trying it myself, I thought I'd put the thought out there to see if I could convince somebody else it was an interesting idea. That is, I don't believe [that is, "now", whereas in the past I thought *ahem* differently about it] in telling performers what they should or shouldn't do — that's up to them — but I would like to try to communicate my experience as an observer in case they're interested.
Anyway, just to move the narrative along, I left a bit early, stopping at Mark's Texas Hots (487 Monroe Ave.) for a plate which I was to deliver on Saturday. Thus, Saturday morning I got up very early and drove the station wagon to pick up Ali and we were on the road to Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania by 7:30 a.m. The purpose was to visit Ali's brother, sister-in-law, and 5-month-old nephew along with Ali's mother and half-brother (got it?) and to deliver the garbage plate to her brother. Anyway, we arrived around 3:30 and settled in. The baby's one of the best behaved babies I've ever seen — he's mostly happy and he rarely cries — only when he's either hungry or pooping/post-poop.
Sunday we went to The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant (13600 Wolfe Rd., Hopewell Township, PA). Several years ago when The Cracker Barrel (Hylan Dr. and Leahman Dr., Henrietta) first opened I went with my family and I really didn't like it all that much — I remember it being bland and loaded with fat. This time it was no different. I started off a little disappointed that they didn't have waffles — not a particularly unusual item, but then they had no omelets either. What kind of breakfast is this? And what's up with my coffee staying empty for 15 minutes? And what's with getting a combo breakfast deal then having to remember whether I'm supposed to get biscuits and gravy when the server brings individual items around? And what's with breakfast costing $10 each (with tip)? Especially a breakfast that's one-star below Denny's grade.
I don't really get the appeal at all.
Anyway, we spent the afternoon lounging around and being on vacation. Around 4 we dropped off Ali's mom and step-brother at the airport and continued into Baltimore to get some chicken pot pies and macaroni-and-cheese from that great Sobo Café (6 W. Cross St., Baltimore, MD) Ali and I visited in October. We got back and had a nice double-date dinner — the baby was with his grandparents for the night. Monday we got up a bit early to make sure we got on the road before all the homeowners left for work. On the way back we stopped at The 4 Seasons Family Diner (303 Susquehanna Tr., Selinsgrove, PA) for breakfast. Although it wasn't spectacular, at least the waffle was tasty and breakfast only cost half-as-much as the Cracker Barrel.
We also had a chance to check the highway gas mileage in the station wagon ... well, first I was playing with the GPS and noticed that the speedometer reads almost 10% fast, explaining why it seemed we were going so slow and why everyone was passing us all the time. Compensating for the odometer error, the actual mileage is about 21.7 miles per gallon — I assume it'll be a little higher when it's warmer out, but pretty much expensive all around, albeit pretty much what I expected.
Monday night I basically stayed on the phone with friends and family for hours on end. I got up on Tuesday and chopped ice off the sidewalk ... I had a chance to think a bit and decided I'd fall back on the old "6 drinks a week" plan since the "drink whenever" plan leads to some troubling drink-and-dial episodes.
Tuesday night Ali and I went to First Taste Grill (653 Park Ave.) for dinner. It's quite a treat ... a little expensive, but everything was very good. Afterward we stopped by The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) to check out The Blood and Bone Orchestra playing there. Listening to the guys in the band discuss the performance afterward, I gather they largely improvise their whole set. I think it's funny that I sometimes feel reluctant to go see Blood and Bone yet they consistently surprise me with exactly the kind of spontaneous musical composition I so enjoy.
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