"We sail tonight for Singapore
We're all as mad as hatters here
I've fallen for a tawny moor
took off to the Land of Nod
Drank with all the Chinamen
Walked the sewers of Paris
I danced along a colored wind
Dangled from a rope of sand
You must say goodbye to me"
- Tom Waits "Singapore"
I can still remember the first time I played at the Top Hat. It was eleven years ago with Tyler Burnett and our first show out of town in a real music venue. We were so excited to play this club that we looked past the dog-poo land mines on the floor as we choked on the thick fog of the second hand smoke and other strange smells.
I was nervous, but I found near the bathroom a wall with framed pictures from a previous generation's performers (this was back in the day when you had to send a physical press kit with a hard copy of music and a band pic/head shot to get a gig). On that wall happened to be a picture of one of my dad's old bands, Mumblin' Eddy. Staring up at my pops and him smiling back at me, I felt proud. Here I was for the first time getting into the trenches. It was as if my dad and the musicians I idolized while growing up were with me and encouraging us that night.
Now the Top Hat is completely remodeled and considered one of the best clubs in the area. I've wanted to play there with my own band for some time.
I love that I still get to do this. Getting a taste of the road to quench my thirst for a little while. We set sail on Thursday.
Here are some fun Pics of Tyler Burnett from that first time we were at the Top Hat (featuring Ryan Kabeary):