So Nick, Julie, and I played a stripped down show last night at a cool club in Hermosa Beach last night. It was late notice and supposed to be singer/songwritery so we took it as a chance to play around with some old and new material in a laid back setting. Before the Honorary Conley Band had us rockin’ until the sun came up over Santa Monica Boulevard, Nick and I used to play acoustic sets all the time. Last night had us thinking back to those days, so we busted out some super oldies.
1. How the Juggler Stole My Heart
3. Falling Over You
4. Lee Shore (CSNY cover)
6. Christian’s Room
7. Naked As We Came (Iron & Wine cover)
8. Living Blue
9. Hyper-Ballad (Bjork)
11. Simply Irresistible (Robert Palmer)
13. Lights Across the Canyon
14. Movement On Both Sides
15. Grow Me A Man
Seriously, if people weren’t sick of us after all that I have no idea where their minds went. We had a great time! “Lee Shore” is a song I used to play when I took guitar lessons in high school and Julie threw it out one day not knowing I knew it, so I started playing it and it was resurrected.
Last night was also the performance debut of a new original, “Living Blue.” We’ve been tossing that one around the band a little and I think the official version will end up being closer to what we did last night than a full on production. Sometimes sad songs just need to be simple.
We also dusted off Nick’s genius cover of “Simply Irresistible” as well as a brand new cover (and debut) of Iron & Wine’s “Naked As We Came.” It’s such a pretty song, but also pretty sad. I think when we were brainstorming the set winter was starting to get to us because we filled it with songs about: feeling numb, ripping your heart out, spreading your lover’s ashes, depression, throwing yourself off a cliff, and death. But we ended it with one about throwing random stuff in a hole to grow the perfect mate, so it was optimistic overall, don’t you think? 😉
Lots of great friends came out to support, and my Mom even signed a couple CDs for people (which as Mom is her prerogative and adorable). Guitar string bracelets proved to be a big hit too–people buying for Christmas gifts perhaps?–sounds like a great idea to me.
We can’t wait to play more South Bay shows! ❤ & ::hugs:: to all who came out!