The Richter Scales: Men Who Blog

Friday, June 24, 2005

An old (but young) fan...

Like Dave said (in the previous post), we finished our summer solstice rounds at a drumming circle, and at the end of that little three-song concert, the drums joined in as we vamped the ending. It was seemingly the perfect ending to a great night.

Then a little girl that had been roaming around with us (accompanied by her big sister) piped up:

Girl: Do you have a CD?
RS: Not just yet.
Girl: I saw you guys when I was 7 -- at the Academy of Sciences!

The Academy of Sciences gig was more than 3 years ago! I'm guessing we sang at that gig in 2001, a good 4 years ago. We've run into people the Sunday of a retreat that have screamed, "I saw you guys last night singing at blah-blah-blah" because they happened to be assaulted with our tunes the night before. But a 3 year gap? With a random audience member? Stupendous.

Girl: You guys sang to me. I'm the little girl you sang "My Girl" to.

That this little girl remembered us from that long ago, that we happened to run into her on Ocean Beach, wandering amidst the dunes was THE perfect ending to a great night. Hey Little Girl, where ever you are, thanks for making our day! (And we will get that CD out soon :-) ).

Thursday, June 23, 2005

sand, surf, and sun (for about ten minutes)

A mostly-chilly Richter Scales ambled down Ocean Beach on Tuesday, singing at bonfires on the night of the summer solstice. We kind of got the date wrong, but so did all of the people we sang to, so it was all good. The sun disappeared about ten minutes after we got to the beach, allowing us to meander among the (questionably legal) bonfires and push our vocal stylings on the helpless public all while basking in the warmth of the fires. Highlights of the night included singing into a cell phone for a gentleman who didn't seem to know who he'd called, being accompanied by a drumming circle, and being reunited with long-lost audience members from the dawn of (RS) time.

And yes, I was in shorts and bare feet. What else should one wear to the beach? (the answer most of the Scales would have given was something like "lots and lots of layers. and maybe a ski jacket.")

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Phew. I'm tired.

For the past month I've been working two jobs. There's my regular 40+ hour a week gig at Pixar, and then every day after work, I've been heading out to Walnut Creek to rehearse for another 20+ hours a week for Playhouse West's production of Baby. It's pretty rewarding, I've got a significant part and the rest of the cast is just phenomenal. Well, we finally opened last weekend to very strong reviews. Now I just have four more weeks of five performances a week and I'll start getting back to my normal life. Meaning I'm just overcommitted instead of insanely overcommitted.

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