Monday, February 25, 2008

At last, at last - a reunion set for Tuesday in Mexico

MANZANILLO, Colima, Mexico - The Four Headlamps will be back together Tuesday when Pat & Sanders arrive on the 3:46 p.m. Alaska Airlines express to be picked up by Michael in the blue Troupey.

It's hoped that the Headlamps reunion will coincide with open mic night at Palapa Joe's. If
not, the reunion (ok, first ever) performance of the group will have to wait until fall and Lube Room in the mountains.

For the past few days, Michael has been plinking on the ukulele - even cranking up his amplifier loud last night to try out the Jay & the Americans' hit,
Cara Mia.

With enough volume on the amp, it's no so obvious that Michael does
not have the range to carry that song off.

On the other hand, the Bryan Hyland hit from the 1960s - Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - most certainly is within vocal range. And given that it only has three chords (C, Bb & F) it's likely The Four Headlamps will be able to make it work.

But the big question is
who will wear the bikini, so the audience has a visual?

Not Michael. He looks terrible in yellow.

Yellow polka-dot bikini

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Practice, Practice, Practice

Camp Connell, CA-- Getting ready for the debut public appearance of the Four Headlamps requires endless practice.

No matter where you are at the time.

No matter how much the walkway needs shoveling.

Here's proof that Sanders was working hard on his little Hecho en Mexico guitar, a souvenir of Zihuatenejo, even though important work needed his attention.

Since we expect a grand reunion in La Manzanilla on the shore of Tenacatita Bay by the end of the month, we're working semi-hard to learn a tune or two. At this point I think our debut probably should be at midnight on the beachfront under a full moon.

One song I hope we can bring together is a great old California tune by Woody Guthrie called Do Re Mi. It goes something like this:

California's a garden of Eden,
It's a paradise to live in or see,
But believe it or not,
You won't think it's so hot,
If you aint got the Do Re Mi.