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Anyway non of this has much to do with this video, except that some of the old stomping grounds of those people must have been at least a little bit like this. The Natchez were pretty much completely killed in wars with the French and those who were not killed were assimilated into other groups such as the Chickasaw and the Creek, who themselves were removed in the “trail of tears” to Oklahoma.
I’m going to be here in Natchez for a while. I have some video projects in mind, associated with making music; but a couple of other projects have suggested themselves. So while I’m getting organized for the music things, I’ve edited up these two shorts about Natchez. The first is one minute and the second is five minutes. The weather was hot both days, just under a hundred as the sun was beginning to set, which of course is what is to be expected in The South. I take it as a point of pride not to be undone by hot weather, but in the middle of the day one does seek out the shade. There is a clip in the Natchez 300 Anniversary video that shows a couple of jets flying by: This was by arrangement with the US Navy. I think everyone expected a bit more of a show but they did “fly by” as promised. Natchez is really a small town in spite of once being the home of more millionaires than any other contemporaneous city. Big money in those days and the houses are mostly still here to prove it.
Last Friday I did three hours, with a ten minute break, in a pretty large room. The Baroak at Loews hotel in Annapolis. That room is about 50 by 80 feet with a long bar on one side and an open kitchen and grill at the far end. I had a great time. The staff was very helpful and welcoming and the audienence reasonably responsive. My friend Dave Brashears came in and got the clapping started. Sometimes the people just need a little hint.
I’ve been a little bit fascinated by this video for a little while. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about a lot of turning points in my life as a guitar player and singer. And when I woke up in the morning I decided to recount as much as I could think of for the camera. I’d been wanting to experiment with some of my new equipment, including the wireless lavalier microphone and a new camera, any way and this was a perfect opportunity to get all of that into service. I had no idea of how long it would take and I was a bit surprised when an hour had gone by since I started recording. Can’t say “roll tape” or “roll film” these days. I had to stop, in spite of having more to say because I had some appointments to rush off to. Just as well…fifty minutes is pretty long to sit and listen to me rambling on and on.
I’ve been shooting 24p pretty much since I heard there was such a thing. I read all the discussions about the advantages and disadvantages, made a choice and never looked back. Until now. I’m about to undertake a few new projects and I’m wondering if maybe I should go to 30p. So I made a couple of tests of my own. Give them a look if you have a few minutes to spare and see if you can see any difference. I think there is slightly more blurring of the birds during the panning, but not much. I’m going to do some other tests soon. Perhaps in low light and see if that brings out any clear advantage to the 24p.
The First one is 23.976 frames per second which passes as 24 fps for some reason It can be played at 1080p for best viewing.
The second one is 29.97 frames per second which passes as 30 fps for some reason It can also be played at 1080p for best viewing.
The Annapolis Ward One Residents Association asked me to play at their silent auction which was held in lobby of the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John’s College. They’ve invited me to play at other events and I’ve always been happy to do it. This night was no exception. A lot of local movers and shakers were there and the food seemed really nice, though I only had time to toss back a couple of raw oysters on the shell. I enjoyed the convivial atmosphere as well as the interesting acoustics. Thanks Ward One.
Earlier in the afternoon, while I was setting up my equipment, I had a nice chat with Paul Michalec who decided to open the 49 at 49 book to page 2, on which I am featured. Paul himself is on the cover of the book as well as maybe on page 6. Or 8. One of the usual waitresses was out for her birthday. Mike Shifflett failed to show up. Was he out sailing? He was missed, not only by us but by the waitress with whom he regularly flirts. Mike will be very disappointed to learn that he missed a choice version of the St. James Infirmary.
I took particular pleasure in the opportunity to turn my amp up just a little higher than usual and project my sound out into a much larger space than usual. My regular gig at 49 West Cafe and Wine Bar is indoors with people chatting and eating. It is always a challenge under that circumstance to find the right level: Not to be two loud and overpower the room, nor be too quiet and not be heard. Toward the middle of my second set on Maryland Avenue, it dawned on me that I really didn’t need to modulate down at all, so I let it rip. Reminding me of so, so many years ago when I used to wander the streets of Annapolis on a Friday night singing at the top of my voice in a sort of operatic version of the Volga Boatman’s Song, among a few others. Might I then have had a small bottle of spirits tucked away in my coat pocket. Perhaps. Thanks to the Maryland Avenue Merchants for an opportunity to play for the public.