Strange in a Good Way
PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Radio Romance Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.
Thursday, we made the jump from Richmond, Virginia to Danbury, Connecticut. During rehearsal, I was talking to our bass player Gary Raynor, who, in addition to being a gifted musician, (and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet) is a major cinephile. Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train was filmed in the town of Danbury at the railroad depot and in the movie Hitchcock just happens to board the train carrying a large bass fiddle in his signature cameo. Our bass player's review of the film: creepy. I'll have to check it out.
We did our show at the lovely Ives Concert Park, which is named after the modernist composer and Danbury native, Charles Ives. He experimented a lot with polyrhythm, finding strange harmonies within separate pieces of music, and Garrison had the band play a short homage to his style — he and Aoife O'Donovan sang a duet as Pat Donohue and Richard Kriehn played a march on guitar and violin, Fred Newman whistled and Rich Dworsky played Ives' "The Unanswered Question" on the melodica. The result was out of this world — you definitely should have been there. You just never know what Garrison is going to think of next. And if you haven't seen us yet, we've got eleven shows left on this coast-to-coast tour. Next up: The South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Safe travels.