Monday, October 19, 2009

That's some good Schmit !

photo by Chris Farmer

I was fortunate to spend several hours in a relaxed,
warm and friendly rehearsal environment with Eagles
bass player Timothy B. Schmit, just last week. Our
friend and TLR family member Chris Farmer, who
sometimes fills in for Jim, is working with Timothy
as keyboardist, bassist and back-up vocalist on the
tour for his brand new solo album "Expando".

Timothy was immediately gracious, welcoming and glad
to have a few friendly folks in the room to watch and
listen as he prepared for the upcoming string of shows.
After that day's rehearsal hang, which included such
humble icons as Dewey Bunnell & Gerry Beckley of America,
a few of us attended the kick-off show here in Los Angeles
the next night. It was unique to hear Timothy sing a
couple of his signature songs, like I Can't Tell You Why
and Love Will Keep Us Alive, in this intimate setting.
But it's even more satisfying to be part of the unveiling
of some of his new and very personal material.

Seeing the Eagles in concert is a bigger-than-life kind
of experience. But being with any Eagles member in a
much smaller room (or theatre) as he shares his music
reminds me of just how tightly stitched the community
of musicians can be and that, at the end of the day,
it's still about telling a story.

(Pictured in the background is Herman Matthews,
a really nice cat and drummer who's worked I've
admired for years)

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