After a quick trip to Virginia to perform in concert with Nellie McKay, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players is home relaxing before the next set of shows later this week. The next several months will be busy for them. After a run at Lamb's Theater in NYC and a brief trip to Winnipeg for the music festical there, the band will be going to Edinburgh, Scotland in August for a month of the zany Fringe Festival, tour England in September and get to see the smaller cities and the clubs.
In October, they have a residency in a theatre in London and tickets are already moving fast. Last year, they played a month of sold out performances at the smallish Soho Theatre. This time, the producers are putting them in a much larger venue because the demand to see them is very high.
The band is in the process of producing a new DVD which will be ready for sale on the tour along with the usual tee-shirts and the homemade Rachel dolls and carry-all bags. Rachel made the prototypes but she no longer has time to produce the thousands of items that sell on a three month tour. Rachels autographs all of the products after the shows and she has been called the best merch salesperson in music history.
If you would like to see a little more about the band, go to www.slideshowplayers.com/ If you look at the pictures, you will find a few that I took, and though they aren't as well done as the professional ones that are posted there, they are definitely taken with more love.
Life goes on. Happy Fourth of July. Don't drink tea that looks as if it had been emersed in the Charles River. If you don't get the meaning of this remark, ask any American with an appreciation of the history of his or her country.
Yes, I know that the ideas expressed in 1776 and 1787 are not always something we abide by. But perfection is not something anyone attains. It is something we strive for and try to incorporate some of the principles of in our everyday lives. "We hold these truths to be self-evident." If you at least have standards of light toward which to aim, you are bettrer off than living in the dark and trying to determine whether the bowl in front of you contains spaghetti or worms.
Remember even the coming attractions are never as good as they appear or as bad as you expect . . .