Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reconstruction of the Fables: A Tribute to R.E.M

On January 17th, there is a tribute to R.E.M. charity concert at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA

Reconstruction of the Fables: A Tribute to R.E.M
Mark Mulcahy
Rusty Belle
Heather Maloney
Goldwater The Second
Golden Bloom
The Fawns
Rocky Roberts and Friends
Spanish For Hitchhiking
The Lonesome Brothers 
School for the Dead
Orange Crush

Now, R.E.M. were a huge influence on my life as a musician.  A lot of those songs were the first that I ever learned to play.  I can remember struggling through (Don't Go Back To) Rockville before I could properly play a B Major chord.  So, I'm pretty excited to take part in this and also to listen to everybody else's take on the songs.

The problem is that I want to play just about every song from the first five albums.  When we first learned of this event Brian and I went through a bunchy of songs off the top of our heads.  Max, Ken, and Tony pretty much just said they'd be happy to do whatever, which is good because we already had too many songs to narrow it down from.  We could only chose two.

Here are our initial thoughts:
Gardening at Night
A Carnival of Sorts (Box cars)
Radio Free Europe
7 Chinese Brothers
Pretty Persuasion
I Believe
Moral Kiosk
Pretty Persuasion
Life and How to Live It
World Leader Pretend

Then to make our lives more difficult, we put out a call on Facebook, asking which songs the  followers of the SFTD page thought we should do.  Here's what they said:
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville - Mylène Ouellet
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville - Nina Nowak
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville - Andy Churchill
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville - Kihm Randall Sanders
A Perfect Circle - Mylène Ouellet
Band Wagon - Andy Churchill
Belong - Nina Nowak
Carnival of Sorts (Box cars) - Steve Willard
Cuyahoga - Kihm Randall Sanders
End of the World as We Know It - Art Carey
Everybody Hurts - Steve Willard
Fall on Me - Jeanne Chisamore
Fall on Me - Nina Nowak
Fall on Me - Veronica Jessico Reed
Harborcoat - Aimee Richardson
I Believe - Han Wang
Laughing - Matthew Novak
Little America - Han Wang
Man on the Moon - Jeanne Chisamore
Moral Kiosk - Leslieanne Garziano
Moral Kisok - Matthew Novak
Near Wild Heaven - Miriam Lee
Nightswimming - M Freddy Stockwell
Nightswimming - Veronica Jessico Reed
Perfect Circle - Paul Gardikis
Pretty Persuasion - Art Carey
Sitting Still - Dan Haag
Superman - Nina Nowak
Texarcana - Nina Nowak
Wendell Gee - Leslieanne Garziano
Phew, that's a lot of awesome songs to select from!   Well, we have since narrowed it down and chosen our two songs.  Do you want to know them now or should it be a surprise?  I think it might be best if we just do them at the show and not say it here.  But I will if you want.  Even if just one person says I should.

Anyway, thanks everyone for your help.  I think it's going to be a real fun night.

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