One of the best things for me at Dayton this year was the chance to play music. Ward N0AX and I have enjoyed many a musical jam session together, and Ward has carried on in Andy N2NT’s footsteps by re-writing the words to many songs to include lots of contesting and DX’ing references. Ward and I decided this was the year to take some of this public, and we recruited a few compadres to enjoy the experience. Tim, K3LR gave his blessing to perform at the Contest Super Suite on Friday night, just before pizza was served, and that was all the encouragement we needed. Ward would play mandolin, Kirk K4RO was recruited to play guitar, Scott W4PA brought his 5-string acoustic bass, and I brought a tiny snare drum that sits in your lap; it was likened to a cookie sheet on several occasions. Mark N5OT was recruited to sing, too. The result: the first-ever performance of the Spurious Emissions Band.
After numerous rehearsals (well, one rehearsal, anyway…), we got to where we didn’t cause dogs to howl anymore and agreed to give it a go. We made our way to the Contest Super Suite at the Crowne Plaza on Friday night about 10:30, and took over the far corner of the room. Bruce K0BJ and Khrystyne K1SFA were recruited at the last moment to sing. Just before we went on, Tim K3LR came over with a very serious look on his face, pointed to us and said, “You’d better not screw this up.” No, he didn’t really do that; I made that part up.
We played four tunes, and managed to not get anything thrown at us.
For those who are morbidly curious, didn’t get to hear it in person, or for some strange reason want to relive it, the entire performance is here in five MP3 files.
The Spurious Emissions Band
Dayton Hamvention’s Contest Super Suite
Miami Ballroom – Crowne Plaza Hotel
Dayton, Ohio Friday, May 14, 2010 10:30pm
Ward Silver N0AX: Mandolin, Vocals, Master of Ceremonies
Kirk Pickering K4RO: Guitar, Vocals
Scott Robbins W4PA: 5-String Bass, Vocals
Sean Kutzko KX9X: Snare Drum, Harmonica, Vocals
Mark Beckwith N5OT: Vocals
Khrystyne Keane K1SFA: Vocals
Bruce Frahm K0BJ: Vocals
Technical Notes: Recorded by KX9X on an Olympus LS-10 digital recorder with internal
microphones on a table about 5 feet from the band. Audacity editing software was used
to mix and edit the recording and convert to 128kbps MP3.
1: Intro by Ward N0AX
2: The Sound Of DX (“The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, revised lyrics by Andy Blank, N2NT)
3: Comes A Time (“Comes A Time” by Neil Young, revised lyrics by Sean Kutzko KX9X)
4: Tunin’ (“Willin” by Little Feat, revised lyrics by Ward Silver N0AX)
5: Poachin’ Eyes (“Lyin’ Eyes” by The Eagles, revised lyrics by Ward Silver N0AX)
Thanks to Tim Duffy K3LR for letting us play in the Super Suite!
Thanks to the crowd for not throwing things at us!