Your Own Tales of Beatnik Glory
Do the Sailor proud, go see some shows!
By August March
I'm going to urge all of you out there in our broadcast area to do the Sailor a solid and get thee to a show this week.
A couple of weeks ago, I lost a dear friend and musical collaborator. And although I waxed poetic about the life and travels of the Sailor in a blog I wrote the day after this man's untimely demise, I didn't really mention the huge effect he had on my listening and concert-going habits here in Burque. Back in the dinosaur days, when bands like the Ant Farmers, Scared of Chaka, Big Damn Crazy Weight and Fatso ruled the regional roost in these parts, you could almost guarantee that Mike Ingram, as he was otherwise known, would be at this or that show standing right by the stacks, blowing his mind and destroying his ears with the best this town had to offer.
Besides rocanrol, the Sailor also dug jazz and chamber music, and I would also see him at places like the Outpost Performance Space and Keller Hall, where—although he presented a more subdued version of himself—it was still obvious he loved live music in these parts. As he aged, he shifted gears to recorded sounds and told me he always picked up Weekly Alibi to keep up with the happenings in the local music community, reading through the stuff I wrote as if it were a guide to something heavenly, awesome but just slightly out of reach.
And it's true—just like King Buzzo told me last time we visited in March of 2016—as we grow older, as the gravity of life increases all around us. It becomes harder to make it out to all the spectacular shows that come and go through Burque. Home and a decent playback system become their own kind of spectacular comfort, I agreed. But this week, in honor of a man I once saw standing backstage at the SUB Ballroom, drinking beer from a red plastic cup while trying to play hacky sack with the road crew from R.E.M., I'm going to urge all of you out there in our broadcast area to do the Sailor a solid and get thee to a show this week. Here are some he might have liked, by the way.
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