There's something that puzzles me about last night's Laying Down the Law Show.
It's not that I wonder if the law was laid down.
It was. (Defunct did their 'functy thing; Buck Daddy bucked us up with their distinct brand of Region Rock; South Slope Cutthroats hooked us in the gills and wouldn't let go; Refreshments Trib honored the memory of a favorite band of most--if not all--of the people in the room.)
It's not that I wonder if everyone had a good time.
They did. (I saw Blush get airborne at least a dozen times.)
It's not that I wonder if I enjoyed seeing Brian Blush again after all these years.
I did. (Thanks for reminding me of the album release party photo, the Seattle show with the Elvis impersonator, and of course the dead guy in Las Vegas. "We took that as a good sign." Ha!)
It's not that I don't have regrets.
I do. (Why didn't we play "Rasta Train" all the way through?)
The things that puzzle me about the show last night number two:
1) At what point during the Refreshments tribute set did Brian Blush's shirt come off?
One second we were ending a song, the next I turn and there Blush was, naked to the waist, his guitar mysteriously still strapped over his shoulder.
If you're not a musician I don't think you can fully appreciate the complication of this move.
You have to take the hat off, take the guitar off, take the shirt off, put the guitar back on again, and put the hat back on again. Then there are all these cords and pedals involved, and there's never a guitar stand around when you need it. I'm usually stumbling over it all when I'm just trying to take a guitar off and put another one on.
And Blush did all that in what must've been a split second.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is a professional. It's the only explanation for such a seamless manuever.
But the real question is:
2) Why did Brian take his shirt off?
Was he hot?
Was he excited?
Did he want some kind of dramatic exclamation point for the evening, one that only male nipples can supply?
We may never know.
I was a little shocked at first, but I eventually learned to accept that Brian was half naked across the stage from me. And there's so much rock history backing him up.
Still, we're all thankful the pants stayed on.
Thanks for coming, Brian, and thank you all for supporting our music.
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