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August 16, 2008

Last-minute Whisperado announcement
Posted by Patrick at 10:55 AM *

When the server hosting Making Light tanked at the beginning of May, I had just (the day before!) put in a bunch of time and effort updating and improving the nielsenhayden.com home page. Thanks to Google and the quick help of Readers Like You, almost everything else was recovered, but the updated home page wasn’t, and while it’s silly of me, I could never quite summon the will to do it all over again.

One consequence of this is that I’ve completely fallen out of the habit of updating that page, and Making Light proper, to announce upcoming Whisperado gigs. I promise to get back into that habit, starting with this last-minute note that we’re actually appearing outside of New York City tonight, at a bar-and-restaurant in Mahopac, New York called the Dockside Pub. Yes, way up in impossibly faraway Putnam County.

Starting at 7 PM, this will entail two or possibly even three sets, which suits me since I generally feel like I’m just starting to play well about forty minutes into our usual one-hour bar routine. Also unlike our usual gigs, this appearance will feature guest vocals, guitar, and keyboards by the excellent Elisa Peimer. No cover charge, but you should expect to eat or at least drink. We’re told there’s an upper level with a view of the stage for patrons who aren’t ordering a meal. So if you happen to be in the Hudson Valley and you were just now thinking “Say, I could stand to spend an evening listening to an underrehearsed but amusing New York City band,” you are so in luck.

Comments on Last-minute Whisperado announcement:
#1 ::: John Stanning ::: (view all by) ::: August 16, 2008, 11:56 AM:

When the server hosting Making Light tanked at the beginning of May, I had just (the day before!) put in a bunch of time and effort updating and improving the nielsenhayden.com home page.

Everyone, be warned: when (not if) your server tanks, it will inevitably do so after you've saved a really important piece of work on it, but before the operators run their regular backup. Or the backup will be unreadable. Or Murphy will think of something else.
When you've spent hours creating something on the computer, and finally saved it, stop and listen. In your left ear is a little voice saying "OK, that's done, let's go have a beer and relax". But in your right ear, another little voice is says "MAKE A COPY! NOW! LATER MAY BE TOO LATE!" Listen to that second voice.

On topic: how I wish I lived in NY. Maybe one day Whisperado will go on tour across the pond.

#2 ::: Giacomo ::: (view all by) ::: August 16, 2008, 01:26 PM:

Why don't you create something like a GoogleCalendar account dedicated to these gigs, then put a widget on the page that will automatically fetch the feed? Then you'd only need to add items to the calendar and they would be reflected on the homepage straight away without further intervention.

#3 ::: Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: August 16, 2008, 04:50 PM:

...we’re actually appearing outside of New York City tonight, at a bar-and-restaurant in Mahopac, New York called the Dockside Pub. Yes, way up in impossibly faraway Putnam County.

So, Whisperado is having its first tour?

(Okay, it's a short tour, but it's a start.)

#4 ::: edward oleander ::: (view all by) ::: August 16, 2008, 07:14 PM:

Waiting on the INTERNATIONAL WORLD TOUR that includes such foreign and strange countries as Minnesota...

#5 ::: Avedon ::: (view all by) ::: August 16, 2008, 07:19 PM:

Wave at Green Chimneys for me if you go by Brewster.

#6 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: August 16, 2008, 08:47 PM:

Putnam County?!?! My home county! Putnam Valley is where I grew up, but alas, the Dockside Pub is after my time.

By the way, Avedon, Green Chimneys is north and east of Mahopac. When were you there? I worked there one summer in the mid-80s.

#7 ::: John Chu ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2008, 09:16 AM:

I hope the gig went well.

#8 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2008, 10:59 AM:

If I recall correctly, Avedon went to the Green Chimneys boarding school for one or two years when she was a kid. Her roomate's father was this guy who played the piano. One day he came and played for them. A while later, he released this recording.

#9 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2008, 01:32 PM:

That's a cool dad!

I worked at the Green Chimneys Farm one summer, but didn't run into any famous musicians. I did have a run-in with some sheep though.

#10 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2008, 04:32 PM:

Ginger #9: You now have my imagination working overtime.

#11 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2008, 06:40 PM:

Fragano @ 10: Well, they did warn me not to turn my back on those sheep. See, I was used to the main flock of sheep, which just mobbed me at dinner time (the trough was just large enough for all the sheep, but that meant any human was going to get caught in the squeeze and trapped until all the grain was consumed. It was a daily battle.)

No, this other bunch of sheep were different. To make matters worse, when I turned my back I also put down my buckets, which gave them an inviting target. Someone headbutted my butt, and my head hit the gate post. Even though I whirled around (one hand on my head, the other on my butt), the sheep were all at least 6 feet away, giving me the evil eye, and exuding a collective aura of innocence. All I could do was shake my fist at them.

I never turned my back on them again, either. I had to watch out for the roosters, too; I used to catch them stalking me. If you didn't pay attention, they'd sneak up on you and peck your legs.

In comparison, the shrieking peacocks and the hee-hawing donkey were mild annoyances.

And you thought Putnam County was a quiet rural area, full of peaceful vistas to gaze upon.

#12 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2008, 07:40 PM:

Ginger #11: All I can say is 'ouch!' It could be worse, though, you could have been trying to pasture a goat in heat.

#13 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2008, 09:43 PM:

Fragano @12: "Pasture a goat" -- isn't that an exercise in futility, even without the hormones?

#14 ::: Tim Hall ::: (view all by) ::: August 18, 2008, 04:49 PM:

Thanks for adding me to the MySpace friends list - Whisperado are probably a bit out of place among all the bands that Hedgeprog likes.

I would guess at gig in the UK supporting someone like Mostly Autumn is something unlikely unlikely ever to happen :)

#15 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: August 18, 2008, 06:48 PM:

Ginger #13: Not really. If your rope's long enough.

#16 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: August 18, 2008, 08:37 PM:

Fragano @ 15: If your rope's long enough ..and if the nearest tree is not further than that rope will allow.

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