Talk about a swan song performance! We’ll get to that, in a moment.
(That’s what the Old Lady calls a “tease”, a leftover habit from her years in the newzbiz.)
But first, this:
Hot Barrel 45 was indeed hot on this humid Metal Monday evening at Ashley Street Station in Valdosta, GA. The boyz pounded their way through a heavy set and the pit was wide open… watch those elbows!
HB45 is better now than the first time the Old Lady heard them. She SUSPECTS they may have been practicing. Keep it up, boyz; can’t wait to hear your next gig! If you can’t wait, there are some clips of previous performances at https://www.facebook.com/hotbarrel45?fref=ts
Beneath Oblivion came all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio, for this gig. And it was worth it, at least from the Old Lady’s point of view. They call their music “US sludgy funeral doom at high volumes” which just about sums it up. Hear them here: http://www.beneathoblivion.info/
But the star of the show was Ke7en (The Sorrow King). This was Ke7en’s final Valdosta performance, as he and Jaleesa are moving to DC to start a new chapter in their lives. Ke7en played in front of a giant blowup image of his latest 10-track album, Sorrow Psalmist (find it here: https://ke7enthesorrowking1.bandcamp.com/releases )
Ke7en prefaced his composition, “Meloncholy Paradise”, with an explanation that the music expresses how tough it is to do what he does, to drag equipment around and get up on stage to perform and travel on tour away from friends and family. He played the piece with particular intensity, performing the last few bars on the floor of the stage, and then rushed off in an emotional state.
It was the perfect end to his Valdosta swan song performance.
The Old Lady regrets to inform you that the ancient pipe organ at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Quitman, GA, has finally wheezed its last breath.
However the Old Lady is pleased to announce that an organ transplant has been performed successfully, and St. James’ now has a brand new electronic organ which is an instrument worthy of the talents of longtime organist Emily Wall.
The Inaugural Organ Concert featured guest performer Gene Hodges who played arrangements of various hymns that represent the progression of the Episcopal Church year.
The final number was performed by Emily Wall, who expressed her excitement over the new instrument both vocally and musically.
The congregation of St. James’ rejoices for our new organ!
The Old Lady has driven the little but long Georgia highway between Preston and Buena Vista many times over the years. She loves the green hills, the woods, the farm fields and pastures.
So imagine her chagrin when she topped a familiar hill and saw THIS:
Acres and acres of logged-out, burned-over land left to erode.
Now, the Old Lady supports property rights and the rights of property owners to do what they want with their property.
But if anybody wondered if this hurt anyone, the answer is yes. It hurt the Old Lady.