Tonight was one of the most fun shows I’ve played in a long time. By all counts, it probably shouldn’t have been, because all my equipment failed in an almost-ridiculous way: one amp distorted horribly anytime I played the low E on my guitar, the other whooshed in an oceanic sort of way and occasionally made an awful buzz/rumble from time to time. The mic stand broke in half.
Also, I had a bad cold and was slated to play for four whole hours, plus the sit-down audience was, at its highest, no more than ten people–at its lowest, there was no audience.
All the same, it was a blast. I played, unamplified, on a small stage in Boulevard Park, with a sparkling view of the bay marked by little white sails. The show itself was part of a relay that started this morning in Blaine and finishes sometime tomorrow by Whidbey Island, so there was a fairly steady stream of runners (in great team get-ups, my favorite being a whole team in running clothes and tutus) handing off batons along the path.
From time to time, somebody would sit down in front of the stage and listen and we would chat a bit.
But, back to the bay. Not only were there sailboats drifting prettily by, making the scene oh-so-picturesque, there were also two big ships with several masts and sails and cannons. There weren’t just any ships, either: one of them was the Lady Washington, who apparently appeared in all three of the Pirates of the Carribean movies as a British Naval ship (though of course a rumor got started that it was the actual Black Pearl, and I did my part to encourage this until I googled it just now and realized my error).
This ship and the other were staging nautical battles at various points around the bay all evening, so that, as I sang, I heard not only foghorns and waves and small children, but also cannon-fire.
It was fabulous.