T for Tugboat

Last night Phil and I went and saw our friend Ben play in his trio called The Ben Macy Trio. They play in a little place called The Tugboat Brewery in downtown Portland. The Tugboat is very dimly lit, but really it was perfect for some soothing jazz, and really I was surprised how good the mix sounded as they played. Ben is an excellent jazz piano player so it’s always a treat to hear him play. He doesn’t play any sleepy elevator jazz, so we had no problem staying awake during his set. The trio is made up of Ben on the piano, some dude in a white shirt on the drums, and another dude in a black shirt on the upright bass. Phil was good company but it would’ve been a great night to be sitting across from a lovely lady enthralled deep in conversation while a mellow jazz shuffle played in the background.

As we parked to go to the Tugboat I realized I had to pee like a race horse before a race. I saw that Powell’s Technical Books was still open and not knowing what the facilities were like in the little bar I suggested we make a pit stop. I was hoping to get in and out but I quickly realized that we needed a key for the bathrooms. I have a weird thing where I don’t like to go into a store or restaurant just to use the bathroom (even that’s what I was purposefuly doing). I feel like the people will be mad, so I wander around for a bit pretending I’m actually there to look at books or food. As I was walking around doing my pretend perusing I came across this awesome book. 1416 pages full of reviews and guides for classical music. It’s mammoth and AWESOME. It has a short biography if each composer as well as synopsis of their works and short clips of info on the ‘best recordings’ for a certain work. It’s very interesting and a great way to open my classical collection even further. I guess it pays to pee in a bookstore.

After the peeing and the jazzin’ we headed back to Phil’s place to watch V for Vendetta. Now I know this movie got mixed reviews and I’ll admit I went into it not knowing what it was about, but in the end I loved it. It was a nice surprise to what I thought it was going to be. I liked it so much that I really want to read the actual book and check out more work by Alan Moore, the man who wrote the book. It’s just good gooood stuff. During two different scenes Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is played, but what is funny to me about the Overture is the most famous part, duh duh da duh da duh da duh duh….(you know what I’m talking about) is only a very small part of the 16 minute song! Usually when we hum a song it’s from the main theme, but this really isn’t. After the movie I realized I didn’t have this wonderful song so I downloaded it, and it is really something, especially the beginning, so smooth and relaxed, check out a sample. On the way home 89.9 put the musical cherry on top of my night with a moving performance from Joshua Bell on the violin playing Casta Diva from Norma. I was able to find the exact recording I heard and immediately purchased it for my collection. Superstar!

Today I came across some incredible new music as well that I will share in another entry. But, man! I love weekends like this, so much new music just dropped in my lap. It’s funny b/c at times I’ll really be jonesin’ for some new tunes but I can’t seem to find anything to fill the void, and other times when I’m not looking I’m overwhelmed with good stuff. It makes me think there is so much more out there that I’m missing. Just when I think I’ve heard all the good composers or classical tunes, new (old) ones come out of the woodwork and knock me over. I love it.


  1. Aimzee said,

    September 17, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

    I just asked at the other site, but now I have my answer ;D Sounds like an awesome weekend!!!

  2. Anthony said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 3:35 am

    Another weekend with filled with Phil adventures..
    Can’t complain..
    Well, maybe you can’t, but I might find a reason to…
    Ok, so I was at a wedding for a buddy at work, but still…
    I am upset that I was not at least there in spirit this time around.
    Next time, let me know about these crazy adventures, so I can at least be there with yall in my mind…

  3. Phil said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    I aim to please.

  4. Anthony said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 3:36 am

    Dude, tell Megan that I just got the new John Mayer album that came out..
    Ask, if she would likey..

  5. David said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

    Hey, if you ever end up going to see your friend play again, I’d love to check it out. I need an education on jazz and classical music. I’d love to check out some live jazz.

  6. Phil said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 8:52 pm

    Here you go. Ben’s Myspace. I’m supposed to be updating his website, but I’m lazy, so myspace is more up to date.

  7. David said,

    September 20, 2006 @ 11:40 am

    Thanks Phil, Micah. I listened to the tracks on their myspace site–sounds cool. I wrote down the next show at the Tugboat. I’ll plan on checking it out. Will you guys be there?

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