With the recording and editing of our second CD completed, the mastering process is under way. The album name, song titles, and lyrics are being translated into Chinese by a noted Taiwanese poet. We're planning some type of premiere for the release of the CD, probably in October, but the date and venue are still up in the air. There's a lot going on in October, and we don't want to make our friends choose between seeing us and the Flaming Lips, or attending Daniel Pearl, or going to a wedding in Hsinchu.
As far as recent gigs, we've played twice in recent weeks. At the end of July, when the Blues Cruise was postponed, we'd had our hearts set on performing outdoors on a river at sunset. To fill the hole, we headed down to our local riverside park in Bitan for an impromptu practice session. Our friend Steve Kim was there with his camera (and his dancing shoes), and he captured this short video of the Ramblers jamming along with Sylvain on a Django classic.
This past week, we played on the Forest Stage at the Formoz Festival on Sunday 7 PM. We followed Sangpuy, an indigenous Taiwanese performer with a large following. Unfortunately, when his show ended, his fans all followed him away. With a big sparsely settled amphitheater in front of us, we performed our new songs for the first time in public since recording finished.
|Photo by Steve Kim
|Photo by Steve Kim
|Photo by Formoz
As for the Ramblers, we're here in Taipei, where we belong, and we're preparing for a performance in the Dihua/Dadaocheng neighborhood, perhaps our second favorite outdoor locale to play, after Bitan, of course. The event is billed as a Vintage Market happening on the square outside of the Yongle Market on Dihua Street. That's in Taipei's historic commercial district, where restored 1900-era brick shop buildings line the narrow streets.
It has been suggested that we are playing without the benefit (or hindrance) of amplification. We love to mingle with the people when we play, so throwing us out into the crowd will be just what the Medicine Show ordered. We've done it before in this neighborhood, and we always cause a traffic jam as people crowd in to get a look and a listen.