David Kowalski (David)
Post Number: 200
|Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 9:18 am: |
I've just got a few minutes but since there were very few PP's at this show (Pete, Bev, Sharon, Lonna and me), let me post a few quick thoughts:
I forgot to grab a setlist but there was only a single surprise which was the first performance of a new song for Striking 12 (yes, they're tinkering again!!).
It was great to see everyone after what seems like a longer break than it actually was. It's no surprise that Brendan is beaming as the new dad but Val announced more than once that she's quite surprised herself by being completely smitten with her new role as mom to an adorably sweet baby!
Unfortunately, I have to give major failing marks to the sound-guy. This was the worst mix I've heard at a GL performance in quite a while and the worst I've ever heard at Godfrey Daniels. The violin was mostly inaudible (with the odd exception of Can't Go Home in which the violin was about the only think you could hear). This same auditory genius also decided to bathe the violin in massive amounts of reverb while keeping everything else almost completely "dry" with the result that when you could hear the violin (for example, in Patiently), it sounded like the violin was playing in a stadium next door (or maybe down the street) while everybody else sang and played along in this tiny room. I rarely make public mention of the short-comings of sound-"engineers" and I don't want this post to be just about that but, sad to say, this was such a major detriment to an otherwise great show that I had to say something.
On the plus side, the afore-mentioned new parents were absolutely beaming from the stage (and off the stage for that matter!). At one point, a rather well "lubricated" audience member made a request for Little Nemesis. Val, still recovering from her delivery, was a little hesitant to take on that demanding a vocal part and initially declined. However, when they came back for their encore, the familiar "thump-thump-thump-thump" of those opening bars started and we knew that, since it was the last song of the night, she was going to give it a go. Even with the marginally-audible violin solo, the performance left no doubt in anyone's mind that this mom STILL rocks!