September 14th @ Free Times Café

I often find myself at a loss when someone asks me to describe the music of our band (I am here of course referring to Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room, whose next gig I will shortly announce). Before I discuss how I try to resolve this dilemma, you may be wondering how it is that anyone comes to inquire about the music of the Living Room at all. It’s not as though we’re particularly well known – although we do have videos on YouTube most of which have over 100 hits and one of which is in the four digits – putting it behind any video with a cat but ahead (just barely) of the guy who reviews power tools in Swedish while wearing a panda bear costume.

How do people come to ask me about the band? Here is a typical scenario. Person A: “Nice day isn’t it?” Jonathan: “Sure is, hope it stays this way for the next nine days because our band has a gig.” Person A: “You’re in a band? What kind of music do you play?” Alternatively, and somewhat frequently the scenario plays out like this: Person A: “Nice day isn’t it?” Jonathan: “Sure is, hope it stays this way for the next nine days because our band has a gig.” Person A then moves away quickly mumbling something which could be “You’re in a band? What kind of music do you play?” but might be something else entirely.

So then, how do I describe the music we play? As a pretty avid reader of music magazines, I have noticed the trend these days when reviewing a new band is to suggest that they are a mash-up of two other bands and then throw in a drug or alcohol reference. Something like: Black Sabbath and Crosby, Stills and Nash on crystal meth. This approach has the advantage of pithiness and a superficial veneer of utility, although ultimately it really doesn’t say a whole lot.

Nevertheless, I figure if it’s good enough for music journalists then it’s good enough for me. So I’ve been trying out the following descriptions of Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room: Jimmy Buffet and the 49th Highlanders on hash; Ian and Sylvia and Martha and the Muffins after too much cider; Peter, Paul and Mary and the Sex Pistols half way through rehab; Col. Mustard, with a knife in the library – wait I’m not sure about that last one.

Anyway, why don’t you try? You can watch one or two of our videos and see what comes up or you can just make something up without ever hearing us. But I think the best way to do this would be to come to see us at the Free Times Café (at College, just west of Spadina) on Sunday, Sept. 14. There is, as always, no cover and lots to eat and drink. We start at 8 and end around 11.

Hope to see you there.


P.S. Feel free to use the mash-up process for non-musical things as well. For example, when an out of town friend asks me to describe the mayoralty race in Toronto I say it’s like civics class meets Bozo the Clown on crack. Your turn…

September 14th Set List
Set #1 Set #2
Old Rustic Bridge
Sooner Or Later
Little Bit Of Rain
I Mean It When I Say I Do
500 Miles
Twin Brother
Oh Sister
Silver Threads
Down Under
Lord Franklin
I Don’t Look Good Naked
Unchain My Heart
Bang Bang
Lonely Loch…
Pencil Thin Moustache
Sioux City Sue
Eriskay Love Lilt
There Stands The Glass
Baby Tree
White Bird
Something Stupid
Too Young
Love In The Hot Afternoon
Ashokan Farewell
Harvest Moon
Tell Her
I Wanna