My friend Rob Dent of the band Stag invited me and my youngest son, Burgess, to drop by a studio in Seattle today, to hear the band work on overdubs for four new songs they are recording.
The band's lead singer, Steve Mack, told the producer, Jack Endino, that one of the tracks, tentatively titled, "In Your Ear," could use some hand claps on a bridge, so Burge and I were drafted to perform.
What a gas!
We missed our cue the first take, but caught on with the second, and I'll bet our clapping makes the final mix.
I was blown away by the collaborative way the band members and producer discussed problems and made choices. Law firms, startup companies, corporate businesses - they don't work that way, they don't measure to a negotiated aesthetic.
For me, the road not taken!
Sorry for the lateness of today's post.
Tomorrow I'm heading to San Mateo for the 2013 Maker Faire.
It's a working visit, so I won't be at total leisure to blog about everything I see; but I'm sure my posts for the next few days will center around the Faire.
Today's picture is not about the Faire, not directly. It's a detail from a Ken Kelly painting, Fairy Tale, 1988, that I spied this afternoon in the hallways of the Perkins Coie law firm in Seattle, where I am attending a reception.
Thinking today about my Mom, of course, but also about the women who love and have nurtured my kids as they were growing into young adults.
These flowers are from the garden that is the Central District. Picture taken earlier today.
I left you hanging yesterday, so I'll report now on how the event went.
The brisket was gorgeous, smoky and succulent. Men and women were comparing the experience of consuming the beef ribs with the choicest multiple orgasms they've ever had.
The scene? Celebrities and film crews. Food hipsters, of course.
But also regular families, including children.
Deirdre is a filmmaker and Jack her producer, so they know how to stage events. Brick walls, live music, great bar, quiet slideshow with BBQ definitions, impeccable staging and timing on the revelation of the meats, the sides and then an amazing check pastry dessert by Jack's niece.
I didn't help at all of the event, just enjoyed it. From helping out around the smoker during the day, I lifted just some of the veil of the mystery of how good BBQ is made, but, thankfully, not too much.
In fact, the way you get beef to taste that way now seems even more magical.
There's a little patch of Central Texas in Central Seattle today.
BBQ Jack, a/k/a @JackTimmons, is smoking brisket, ribs and pork butt for his SBX5 extravaganza tonight.
(Tonight's event is sold out, but you can sign up here to learn about future Seattle Brisket Experiences.)
Daniel Vaughn, a/k/a @BBQsnob, may drop by later in the day, and will be the special guest star at the event tonight.
I've taken the day off to help Jack out.
Don't know that I'll liveblog, per se, the day, at least not in the same manner that I liveblog Congressional hearings or conference panel sessions, but I will try to journal the day with updates here. Follow me on Twitter, @wac6, if interested in keeping up!
I'll start off with a picture taken last night, Jack moving meat. I'd guess the brisket pictured is but 8 pounds of the 160 pounds or so Jack is smoking.
The meat spent the night packed into these cambros. The morning's order of business was to get the meat back into the smoker.
Jack stoked the fire while yours truly washed out the cambros (not pictured). (This is called participatory journalism.)
Being a high-tech Microsoft alum, Jack has all kinds of gadgets, even a wireless temperature reader that reports on what's happening inside the smoker while Jack's inside updating his tumbler.
But he's nothing if not practical: a cinderblock works fine to secure the fire kiln door.
Update 11:15 AM Central Seattle (1:15 PM Central Texas)
Filmmaker and writer Dierdre Timmons punches up the menu copy.
Update 1:50 PM Central Seattle (3:50 PM Central Texas)
Temperatures are steady. Jack bringing the brisket in for a landing.
Update 3:50 PM Central Seattle (5:50 PM Central Texas)
Brief video of Jack using his new drill bit designed to pull the pork.
And here's Jack 'splaining stuff to the ABC videocrew. I didn't get a shot of Jack chatting with Daniel Vaughn, because I had greasy gloves on. Maybe later at the event.
This was fun: encountering a parade of motor scooters in the Central District of Seattle on a sunny, summer-like, Friday evening.
We stumbled across it like you happen to encounter things in nature, as you might hear a honk and look up to see Canada Geese flying overhead.