So, last week’s Video Fridays installment celebrated the establishment of a new world record for most concerts in a 24-hour period, an accomplishment pulled off by one of my favorite bands, The Flaming Lips, and in that post I mentioned that, just by coincidence, my own band, Bakertown, had managed to land three gigs in three days.
Well, make that four: 4 gigs, 4 venues, 4 towns, in 4 days!
The first gig, at a private party on July 4th, is already in the record books, but today we have a doubleheader: 6-8pm in the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, and then 9pm and onward at The Main St. Bar & Grill in Ferndale, Washington, about a 30 minute drive north of here. (The fourth show is tomorrow night, it hasn’t been 100% confirmed, but I’m going with the power of positive thinking and will assume that it’s gonna happen!)
Now, I’m excited as hell about our marathon mini-tour, and I’m especially jazzed about a song we’re going to be playing live for the first time, a song that I get to sing lead on, Bob Dylan’s Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn). Musically, it’s a very simple song, but it’s a LOT of fun to play, infused, as we do it, with a bouncy funkiness.
The lyrics, on the other hand, are FAR from simple, mainly because they’re loaded with rather bizarre images…
You know I to do just like the rest
You know I like my sugar sweet
But jumping queues and making haste
Well that ain’t my cup of meat
Everybody’s ‘neath the trees
Feeding pigeons out on the limb
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
All the pigeons gonna run to him!
…and I have to admit that I take a certain amount of pride in the fact that I was able to memorize them.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to collect here some of the many versions that have been done of this song, so that we can all get in the mood for tonight’s gigs together.
Happy Weekend, everyone!!!