Joe Mancuso and the Mill St. Band minus our keyboard player (She didn't feel comfortable yet, and that's fine) got together this evening for the first time in 3 months to the day. It was my best day since lockdown. I wondered all the way there- Would we know how to play together? We kicked it off with a uptempo jump blues that really needs to swing, and has big shots that have to hit with surgical precision. It was a bit rusty. Missing those tiny little nuances that the bass and drums do unconsciously when the groove's just right. Next up, Stormy Monday with 6/8 and double time sections. Better, nailed most of the accents. Big Boss Man had a good stomp, my vocals were feeling the neglect but things were looking up. We tried our first set closer- Route 66. Hammering out unrelenting 1/8 notes. I got in a couple of sweet 2 octave harmony runs with the guitar. I looked up and the band was grinning. We found our sweet spot. I will never take for granted the chance to play with such outstanding players again. For once, somewhere to go. Joe- BL, vox, guitar. Erik- Lickin' stick Bill- Drums, and weird Scottish sense of humour. What do you do when you have no gigs? Buy an Alembic. I got the covid hair going, no makeup, probably don't smell great, but what a bass!