Don’t Let Her Down:
Yes, that’s an important thought. Just don’t do it man, don’t let her down.
What does it have to do with this?
Well, it’s a lesson I suppose.
The phrase, for me, is inexorably linked with a song of the same name written by our fearless leader and first brought to me years ago in a dank basement or a dank old warehouse space to add a little bit of low end.
I was not immediately captivated by the tune but at some point it really became one of my favorite songs. You can hear the version that I fell in love with here
You can ask anyone who has paid attention to me and find out that there are times when one certain song will grab hold and I will carry it with me like it’s embedded in my DNA. This is certainly one of them and I’m sure that I may have foisted it upon a few of you over the years. I recall mosaic-film flashback snapshots of my life, mostly shot in black in white, of me singing loudly along with the fearless (or fearful) ponytail as the drums came crashing in to what turns, in that moment, from a dirge to a triumph. It is still exhilarating to hear these years later.
That’s the magic of songs, to push and pull you into their world and together you create a space of our own. The space is unique but in more cases that not I am not only eager to share that space, I am insistent. This is one of those cases. And, my point dear reader is that not only can you hear the original recording of this song but you can also hear it live, in person and in color on Thursday January 26 at the venerable Mohawk Place small stage (47 E Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY) where much of this Buffalo madness of songs, bands and music began for me.
I tried, sporadically, for years to get Mark to add this tune to our set lists to no avail. I tried bribery (Baked goods) , deception (Everyone wants to hear it!), filibustering (Gerd Muller was arguably the best goal scorer in World Cup history. He had this incredible burst of speed that he seemed able to turn on at any time…) , threats (I’ll cut that damn ponytail!), general strikes (I won’t play another note until we play ‘ Don’t Let Her Down), before finally giving up and considering the song lost to time and history.
I had glimpses of success in my campaign for the song’s greatness. At some point (around 2008 it seems) Mark added it to the myspace page (the link you just heard and if you didn’t click it yet and listen… do it!) but would not relent to it’s live performance. He’d say that he didn’t remember it or that he just didn’t want to, both clearly shortcomings of his. But then a funny thing happened…
Well, it wasn’t all that funny, I guess. We were rehearsing a potential set for the upcoming show and it turns out the only thing missing from my campaign to play this song live was: timing.
As we were discussing which tunes to play (can’t play the new ones, those are still classified by the powers that be) so we were throwing out the names of older tunes and I tossed in ‘Don’t Let Her Down’ expecting the same reaction I always get which is some kind of mix of nervous laughter and utter disdain for my opinion. But, to my surprise, there was neither. In fact, Mark began to play the chords for the tune and just noodle around it a little, proving once and for all that he DOES remember the song!
We played through it a couple of times and it sounded great. Now, it’s our set closer for January 26. The show starts at 8 pm- We are on first!
I post this here for two reasons:
I love this song even after literally hundreds of listens.
If I tell the blogosphere that it’s in the set we can’t back out and close with some Thin Lizzy cover.
So, enjoy at your leisure and please come down to the show on the 26th. Also performing will be the recently Paul Morin-infused Vox Humana and Applennium.