Back in October 2010, Josh and I played a little show at a neat (and now sadly defunct) coffee shop in Sioux City called Meet Virginia. It was a cool place to play, run by some truly lovely people. It was one of the first times when we were the headliners someplace other than Storm Lake, and it was a lot of fun. Our opening act, unfortunately, was unable to attend, so we opened for ourselves. :) Set one was made up of our originals, and set two was our version of Zeppelin IV (about which I’ve already written).
At the time, I didn’t have a video camera, but I was deeply involved in being annoying with my H2 Zoom — I recorded every damn thing I could. The results often sucked. It was a lot of fun, though. In this instance, some people in the audience sat down right next to the recorder (my bad — put it in the wrong spot!), and proceeded to yak cheerfully through quite a bit of the performance. Very few of the songs were salvageable (although the conversation actually did have some comedic value, which was kind of awesome). This is probably just as well — I was really just being a pest with the recording stuff, and very seldom came up with anything worth keeping even under ideal conditions.
Still, we did get one or two to work out nicely enough for live recordings, including our cover of Zep’s “Rock and Roll.” While the arrangement in this case was my idea — I slowed it down and created a sweet, honkin’ little bluesy thing — the best stuff in its execution belongs entirely to Josh, who came up with that terrific guitar stuff. It would’ve been a screaming disaster if I’d been playing and singing. :)
Interestingly enough, while there were no pictures of us from that performance, the slideshow I made with the song does contain images of us performing at Meet Virginia — we were lucky enough to headline a singer/songwriter showcase there shortly before it closed its doors forever. It’s always sad to lose a cool place to play.