They say“dream big,”“imagine a new reality,”“make no small plans.” That last phrase was one of my father’s favorites. So, yes, the future is uncertain, but we can imagine a new picture, a new frame, conjure up a new dream.
We are working towards our first show of 2022 at Evanston Space. A fabulous music room. We have played there once before, but that night we shared a bill with another local favorite band Ex Maquina! This time it will be WWSP, with a few special guests.
We are spreading our wings a bit. Seeing how high we can fly. We hope you will consider joining us for the journey.
Last night we were back to one our favorite haunts. Sending vibrations into the air, bringing the dance of light and shadow. It was exhilarating to be back indoors at Jarvis Square Pottery. A fabulous night of music and good cheer. We shared the bill, and the stage, with Gunnelpumpers.
Yes. Back to doing what we love to do for a great creative community of souls. Masked, Vaxxed, venturing back into a Brave New World.- Jammer
All the pandemic shite changed everything for everyone. True, yes, indeed. We went into lockdown and isolation, unplugged, masked up and hoped for better days. We put rehearsing with our band on hold, cancelled r&r shows, laid-low, you know just like everyone else.
Slowly, we have ventured back into the world. Rehearsing with our band at our studio, working up new songs we wrote during lockdown, and brushing up on some of our old standby tunes.
This Saturday we finally get to play indoors at Jarvis Square Pottery a fabulous music room and community meeting-place. We have had some truly extraordinary shows there. This time we share the bill with the always morphing, mind-expanding Gunnelpumpers.
We are all vaxxed and masked. Hope you all will be too. Back to what we love to do. The Lovely Carla tells me “gentle” is the new byword. Gently we go into that good, dark night. – Jammer
WWSP would like to thank Sketchbook Brewing and all our beautiful friends and fans who came out to support us on Sunday (Halloween 2021). It has been so wonderful to be back out playing, we are grateful beyond words for all the love. Alice, Shawn’s partner painted this beautiful watercolor while we were performing, what a lovely gift. — Carla
2 sets from whitewolfsonicprincess, plus, a Las Cocinita food truck, a full menu of beverages, and a magnificent brewery setting for fun and frolic. Conjuring spirits! No cover. Tips welcome. Hope you can join us!
If the weather is good we will play outside in the Beer Garden, if the weather is bad we will move inside to the brewery! We will not be denied!
Our show at Few Spirits on Friday, Sept 17 was a wash-out. Blue skies most of the day, but around 7:00 p.m. just as I plugged in my acoustic guitar, and the band took up their places, dark clouds rolled in and a healthy rainstorm, with a bit of ominous-looking lightening rumbled thru the alley.
Everyone scattered, and our gear got soaked. It was a difficult gig. 2 hours transporting and setting up, 2 hours of rain-soaked taking down and re-transporting, one brief moment when we thought we were gonna be able to play our set to a large, friendly and expectant crowd.
Nope. Didn’t happen. Still, a good time was had by all. Free shots kind of lightened the mood of the folks who came back to the alley as the rain stopped. Soggy but festive! No music, but lots of conversation, laughter, and yes joy. As the saying goes: “Fortune fancies the bold.”
The next day, I was back in our rehearsal space, setting up the p.a. checking to see if all the gear made it thru the storm ok. Everything works. Eureka. I sat on the floor of our rehearsal space and played my acoustic guitar for a couple hours. A “sacred space,” a secret garden, the calm center where we create together. It felt cathartic, and necessary.
Damn the torpedos. Who knows? Maybe we will try it all again soon. Rain-check please! – Jammer
If you pressed us, (the Lovely Carla & I), I guess we would say the only thing that has kept our “heads in the game,” is keeping our heads in the game. What game? The game of imagining, creating, collaborating.
We have done it in various ways thru the years, especially thru theater, poetry, music, art. Lately, having a band, creating music with a group of musicians, in tune, all on the same vibrational wavelength has been amazing, gratifying, totally exciting, fulfilling and satisfying.
We sorely missed it all during pandemic lockdown. We are back at it, working on new songs, reinvigorating old songs, rehearsing indoors, all masked, and a bit distant, and we have played out in the world, in parks, gardens, on sidewalks, in alleys.
Nothing quite like creating and collaborating with creative, gifted and giving human beings. And, we are reminded that there is an audience thirsty for it all. Amazing. Beautiful. Keeps our heads in the game, feeds our hearts, our heads, our souls. – Jammer
Yes, playing in the alley at FEW Spirits has been an uncommonly fabulous experience. Last evening Daniel Connolly and Jeff were on the bill with our band WWSP. Together we filled that raw urban space with positively good vibrations.
Someone remarked to me after our set, “Rock and roll is one thing, beauty… that’s something really unique.” Indeed.
We will do it again next Friday, September 17 with special guest Baby No Name. As the FEW motto tells us: “Fortune Fancies the Bold.” And beauty, well, yes, beauty is unique, but it can be found in every pebble, every grain of sand, every smiling face, every twinkling eye. – Jammer
Hot today. Clean-up time, late Friday afternoon. We have fans running, and A/C on in the kitchen, but it is a killer heat in our 2nd floor apartment. Perfect time to sweep, scrub, mop and polish. Yikes.
For the soundtrack we decide on a 5-CD mix on the big stereo in the living room. Our tribute to Charlie Watts (June 1941- August 2021). This is early Stones, Brian Jones-era Stones. Bluesy. Garage-y. Musical & raw. Almost punky. Some tracks a bit psychedelic.
Some folks say the Stones were trying to follow & emulate the Beatles. Doesn’t sound like it to our ears. No George Martin sweetening here.
Best to play these CDs in “mono” mode. Even the stereo mixes sound better in mono. These tracks were made to be played on a transistor radio, or blasting away in the car with the windows rolled down. Yes. Charlie sounds fabulous throughout. He will be missed. Spin these recordings and it all comes alive. Any time. – Jammer
Yes. We played the Peace Garden yesterday afternoon. The great singer-songwriter Cynthia Marchant played an opening set, and then WWSP in a “never before” quintet (TV on bass, Chuck on guitar, Nura on violin, Carla vocals & percussion, and me on my Hohner acoustic) ran thru some old and new songs. It all seemed to roll out quite nicely.
A fabulous afternoon. Good cheer. Good vibes. It was so great to play music for a group of attentive folks. We played for the greenery and the blue sky too. Sending the WWSP vibes out into the world.
As you can see, I was totally entranced by the multi-colored canopy looming above us. – Jammer