Spring Training Baseball!!
Travel Day, March 6th, Indianapolis, IN to Tampa, FL
Indy to Tampa, Florida
After ingesting fried seafood accompanied with sweet tea in Southern Georgia, our trip to Spring Training baseball has truly begun. Having traveled for a little over 12 hours, 700 miles and only being 3 hours from our destination, blogging seems the only possible course of action to subdue the tremblings of our bowels and strain on our hearts.
RBD: So far this trip has been fairly uneventful. Being too excited to sleep and waiting for laundry to finish, I didn’t really fall asleep until after 3am. 7:30 am rolls around and mda pulls into my driveway. We load the car and hit the road. Then I receive a text from my great friend, jazz trombone playing brother and in demand around the world as a jazz composer and arranger Brent Wallarab. This text said simply, ‘Did you get a chance to send me those trumpet solo parts for the overdub session?’ Simply stated…no I did not. So, mda and I drive around downtown Indy looking for free wireless (remember it’s 7:30am) We found a hot-spot, I converted the parts into pdf’s and while in the car emailed said parts to Brent. Crisis diverted.
Stop eating that cookie mda!!!
mda: After a quick grocery store stop, RBD informs me that we would NOT be living on Red Bull, Oreo’s and Doritos for the entire week. Instead we loaded up on veggies, fruit, hummus and sandwich fixins’ (southern drawl). Finally around 8:30 am, we hit Interstate 65 pointed south. After reaching our cruising altitude and speed we played one of our new favorite albums, ABACUS by Frank Glover. This is a complete masterpiece and when it is finally released to the general public in May of 2010, every person should purchase, love and enjoy loving this incredible album! ABACUS pretty much got us to Louisville KY, where
we switched to Vince Mendoza. While passing through Louisville, KY, we began discussing the arts scene there and compared it to the scene in Indianapolis. It seems to us that the jazz scene in Louisville is having the same trouble the Indy scene is having. Having no way to fix anything, we pressed on.
RBD: I must have dozed off, because I woke up and we were through Kentucky and getting close to Nashville
Rich's white knuckles through Atlanta
TN, where we hooked up with Interstate 24. This is where I took over the driving. Little did I know that we would soon be hitting the mountains, the state of Georgia and Atlanta. Let me say this with all due respect to anybody affiliated with Georgia and Atlanta: LEARN TO FU*%)N@ DRIVE! Ouch, sorry, I mean really! I don’t like to speed too much, so I had the cruise control set conservatively at 76 when the Speed Limit was 70. And 72 when the Speed Limit was 65. I had people passing us easily going 80-90+ miles per hour. Then the same people would pass us again and again. “Why was that?”, we thought. The speeds that people were driving fluctuated so much that they would jolt up to a high rate of speed, pass you, then pull over in front of you and slow down to below the speed limit. OVER and OVER this happened! I got cut off so many times it started to seem like a natural occurence in my life. Not ONE person would slow down to let me into their lane. No, they would SPEED UP!! DAMN! Needless to say, I white knuckled the steering wheel, took off the cruise control and proceeded to go as fast as it was possible to go. The only thing to settle the nerves was to put on some awesome music. What did we listen to mda? I remember having music on, but I was too busy cursing the damn Georgia drivers. Fill me in.
mda: Well, that awesome music would be Bjork! We listened to Vespertine, Medulla and Post.
RBD: Oh yeah! I remember Bjork! I’m really starting to get into her music. What was the vocal album we listened too?
mda: That was Medulla. Every sound on this album was created by the human voice…well 98%, they used a piano on that one track and an electronic sound on another track. Everything else, is vocal based. From the low, low bass notes, bass drums, cymbal crashes and everything in between. If I remember correctly, she used the Paul Hillier Vocal Ensemble. He is famous for teaching at the IU School of Music and his ensemble’s interpretation of Renaissance Music.
RBD: Yeah, that was truly a beautiful album. I only have one Bjork album and that is Verspertine. Zach Lapidus turned me on to that album. I’ll soon be picking up Medulla too.
mda: Then, once your nerves settled and we cleared Atlanta, we listened to a couple of episodes/podcasts of WNYC’s incredible radio show, Radiolab. We listened to an episode about the Musical Language which was specifically interesting.
RBD: I agree, very interesting. RadioLab always gets me thinking.
mda: Yup, me too. After that was a very bad dinner at Tifton, Georgia. I have personally banished myself from making any other choices on where we will eat for the rest of the week. So Rich you will either make all the decisions for restaurants or we will be going back to Red Bull, Doritos, and Oreo’s. Whatcha think o’ that boyo?
RBD: I will make the decisions necessary so that we don’t gain 50 pounds in a single week. We are going to have fun, but be responsible about it. Deal?
mda: yes, sir….