Musical Invocation of the Total Eclipse

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Vision Quest lineup: from left, Mark Ferraro, Eric Francis, Daniel Grimsland and Daniel Marc. Sunday’s performance also included three additional drummers, two vocalists and a few others. Photo by Ellen Dockery.

Dear Friend and Listener:

Most of this week’s program is Sunday night’s invocation of the total eclipse. All of us at Planet Waves have spent months explaining the event from spiritual and psychological perspectives, in language. By the end, the only way to express things was in rhythm and tone.

The concert, which took place at The Place of the Way in Kingston, starts as a drum circle with about seven drummers and percussionists, which lasts for about 15 minutes, then turns into an electric rock show. I am playing guitar the first half, and five-string bass the second half.


Eclipse as seen from Woodstock, NY. Photo by Juliet Rabia Gentile, who plays Persian frame drums in the Vision Quest house concert.

I learned more about music in these two hours than I have in the past seven years of diligent musical study. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

I’ll present that uninterrupted after a brief introduction summing up my observations here on “the day after.”

Thank you to Daniel Grimsland for rehearsing with me nearly every night the week before the show, for helping with the technical details, and for recording the show. When we publish the board recording, I’ll provide a proper list of credits.

What you have here is the ambient recording, meaning I placed a Zoom H6 digital recorder on the refrigerator, took a guess at the levels, and pointed it at the stage. Please note that there are some room sounds mixed in, though as the show heats up, these tamp down.

The show brought together many musicians who might never have worked together.

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