By Bob Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
As you all can see, it's been a busy two
months, and I've been away from the Old Curiosity Shop for quite a
bit. So here's the report from travels in time and space.
Live long and prosper.
Bobby Boy’s Old Curiosity Shop for
Bobby Boy has had some interesting
adventures lately, while never leaving Southern California.
I started out with a trip back to an era
that never really was, when Orange Empire hosted the Steampunk
weekend. It seems to have added a “cosplay” element and even
included a DeLorean car fitted out with time-travel apparatus from
the Back to the Future movies.
Our 1915 Pacific Electric Tower Car has a
visitor from a galaxy far away.
Activate the flux capacitor! We’re going
back to the days when L.A. had Big Red Cars going in all directions.
And OERM/SCRM is one of the few Steampunk
gathering places with a real, full size steam locomotive, pulling a
train of vintage passenger cars.
One of my favorite songs from the 1980s is I
Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, from the U2 CD Joshua
Tree. This song came to mind when we fired up the Lazy Daze
motorhome and trucked on out to the high desert of Yucca Valley,
where we camped out next to the abode of our friends Carol and
Marvin and got a taste of life in the boonies.
Although I didn’t need an orb or a scepter,
I did have a coronation at the dentist’s office, where a battered
molar was crowned. The procedure was made a bit more tolerable by
the view from the treatment room— the .LA. Metro Gold Line in
Thomas the Tank Engine leaves his “home
road” on the island of Sodor (which we probably cannot locate on
Google Earth, no more than we can locate Lake Wobegon MN) to visit
Orange Empire for his first-ever springtime appearance.
Our stalwart side-tanker was busy all day
giving rides to his young friends.
The lady in the blue shirt is my daughter
Kathy, who remembers when this was the Trolley Museum, with a small
group of preserved streetcars and interurbans in a sun-baked former
Thomas usually doesn’t haul more than two or
three small English-style passenger cars, and pulling eight U.S.
standard passenger cars is a bit much, so we give him some help with
our 2500 hp diesel. This unit was bought by SP the same year I
joined the Museum.
Next weekend, I turned the calendar back
about 400 and some years at the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
in Irwindale. Hadn’t been to one for a while, and had forgotten how
much fun they are. Just the “people-watching” is worth the price of
Good Queen Bess visits the shire.
One of the local thespians has just learned
a passage from that up and coming playwright, Wm. Shakspere.
Forsooth! A band of lusty wenches entertain
the people with ribald ditties.
Egad! Such comely lasses! The one on the
far right I recognize from this century as Funkyjenn, whose music
soothes my soul. Next to her is Lady Stefani.
And here’s our editor, Lady Michelle,
cutting a fine figure as she dances with her swords for the Ad Hoc
As if this wasn’t enough— April 14 had been
marked on my calendar for many weeks, because it was the day for the
Record Release show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. My
favorite singer-songwriter-musician, Evie Sands was celebrating the
release of her new EP CD and 12” vinyl 45, Shine for Me Although
one of the tracks had been played on the radio in December, this
would be the first time all six songs would be done live. This
wasn’t my first CD release party, having been to similar gigs for
Alice Wallace, Jenn Gibbons and Adam Marsland. In addition to the
new songs, Evie would perform some her old favorites, going back all
the way to 1965, and some songs that haven’t been recorded (but we
have hopes that they will be).
On stage at McCabe’s: L to R, Jason Berk,
Teresa Cowles, Evie, Eric Vesper and Adam Marsland.
for Evie’s 4-14-2017 show at McCabe’s courtesy of Adam Marsland
(with annotations by Bobby Boy)
Get Up. An
energetic start to the show, from her 1979 album, Suspended
Rodeo. The opening track to Shine for Me—some of the credit goes to
Evie’s husband Eric, whose main calling is the drum kit, but he was
playing the guitar one day and his experimentation led to this song.
But It Did. Another track from Shine for
Me, with a message that you never can tell when something (or
someone) good might happen.
Take Me For A Little While. This is the
song that should have been Evie’s first big hit, but some record
industry “dirty tricks” led to it being taken out of
circulation. Friday night, Evie let us know that it’s HER song!
While I Look At You. A sultry number
from Women in Prison.
Full Dose Of Love. From the new EP. Evie
teamed up with Scott Hackwith on this one, the only co-written
Way That You Want Me. The title track from Evie’s first album, and
her first chart record.
Don't Look Back, Don't Look Down. One of
my favorite Sandsongs, but only recorded on the Long Promised
Road live session at Brennan’s Pub. Evie plans to do a studio
version in the not too distant future.
The Last Teardrop. I heard this about ten
years ago at The Good Hurt on Venice Boulevard. It really impressed
me but it has never been recorded.
Like A Rock. No, not the Bob Seger
song that Chevy was using to sell trucks. When I told Evie that
this was my favorite track, she said, “I figured you’d like it.”
Without You. Evie points out that this is
a love song without the word “love” in it.
Fingerprint Me, Baby. A police procedural
number from (what else) Women in Prison
I Can't Let Go. As soon as Teresa cranks
up the bass line, we know what’s coming. Others may borrow it, but
Evie OWNS it!
Why'd You Ever Say Goodbye. One of her
not-yet-recorded songs which I first heard at the Rhino pop-up show
in June 2011.
A Woman's Work Is Never Done. We could
segue from this to a Helen Reddy song.
Lady Of the Night. Maybe with a segue to
a Donna Summer song.
I Love Making Love To You. Is it hot in
here or is it just the song?
Shine For Me. Why we were all there that
night—title tune from the fabulous EP
You Can Do It. (on a DJ show I would
dedicate this to all the folks at Orchard Supply Hardware)
Angel In Your Eyes. A quieter number, to
get the audience eased on down at the end of the show. First heard
at a Women in Prison promo show
And for next month, as we have done for
several years now, Orange Empire Railway Museum will host the
Antique Truck gathering, with all manner of neat old vehicles with
rubber tires instead of steel wheels. This will be on May 7,
2017. For more info, see “oerm.org”. Evie
has a song for this: Gasoline and Coffee.
There’s a once-in-a-lifetime photo of this
Stater Brothers classic at Devore (north of San Bernardino), with SP
4449 and UP 844 crossing the road with this rig nearby.
This Model “T” Ford looks like it’s ready to
help Laurel and Hardy on their latest money-making scheme.
One year we had a Mack truck with the iconic
Bulldog hood ornament, and a real live Basset Hound named
Winston. I can’t guarantee what kind of big rigs and Flivvers (or
doggies) will show up this year, but there will be lots to see and
streetcars and trains to ride.