Amy Mantis


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I'm Becoming A Lounge Lizard

I can tell that I've been using my iPhone too much because my right hand has been hurting a lot these days.  I know it sounds weird, but it's true.  In some ways it's good.  It's a reminder of DON'T TOUCH YOUR PHONE UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY REALLY NEED TO.  Which, in most cases, I don't have to use my phone.

I played at the Lizard Lounge last night on a moment's notice.  There were spots available so I jumped on one.  I think I've only missed two Mondays since March 16th.  One was to go skiing and the other one was because of rehearsal (and my inability to grab a slot last minute).  I love spending my Monday nights there.  There is always a great crowd and great performers, and it's a great space to try out new songs.  I haven't done that in a while.  I've got some tunes in the works that I'm finishing up hopefully soon.

Until then, enjoy the temporarily titled "Passports and Calling Cards"

Canary's First Future Upcoming Gig!

So as you know, I'm getting the band back together.  First step is acquire band.  Second step is rehearse a lot.  Third step is play a show, and I know where I want that show to be at: the Lilypad in Cambridge.

I have learned a lot over the years as a musician, and I played in a lot of big rooms with not a lot of people for some of those years.  Okay, most of those years.  So, my new plan?  Play tiny places.  It's so simple!

The Lilypad is super cool and it holds 60 people seated, and 93 standing.  I'm confident I can pull in 60 people between the other band members, friends, relatives, friends of friends, folks I sail with, folks I ski with, folks I meet randomly - you get the idea.

So I'm thinking late June or early July for this gig.  That means I better snap to it!

I'll let you know when things are confirmed.

(I really have no idea what I'm doing sometimes.  Nobody else does either.)

Dreams (Do Come True)

Last night I saw Fleetwood Mac with Christine McVie and it was easily one of the most magnificent moments of my young life.  I never thought I'd get to see Christine McVie in the flesh KILLING IT BECAUSE SHE IS AMAZING.

Sor-no.  No I'm not sorry.  I've talked about my love for Christine before and I think she is a goddess.  She is the secret weapon of the Mac.

And you could feel it.  The other members of the band couldn't praise her enough last night.  And probably every night.  They opened with "The Chain."  I should say they exploded with "The Chain" because that's what it was.  It was a big happy explosion of their best song with their dream girl, Christine, back behind the keys.  Those harmonies...The song gives me chills.

How confident of a band do you have to be to open with your best song?  Pretty damn confident.  Yes, it's symbolic, but that's immaterial.  To come out guns blazing, saying, "We're back.  We're here now and we're better than ever.  Listen.  And try to contain yourselves."

I did not contain myself.

I'm barely containing myself now.

Christine McVie makes that band work.  Without her something is missing.  And it's drastic.  She's back and I hope she never leaves ever again.

(Wow, my writing got sloppy.)lf