NEW FROM THE TRENCHES 3/9/3   by Steven Hashimoto

Dealing with my first pair of bifocals, a humbling experience. Mothra played
a nice little gig at Wheaton College this week and it was pretty weird to
realize the there are original songs of mine in the book that are older than
most of the students we played for; that the band itself has been in
existence about 7 years longer than the majority of those students; and that
Kathy Kelly's been in the band for a little longer than most of those people
have been alive! I grow old...I grow old...I shall wear the bottom of my
trousers rolled...Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?

I'm not going to belabor this, and you, as always, have the right to
vehemently disagree with me, and hopefully we can still be friends. But the
upcoming (I fear) war is plain wrong. Yes, Saddam is an evil man and it would
probably be best for the Iraqi people if he were not in power, but that's not
our job, nor is it remotely our right to meddle in their political system. We
have the right to protect ourselves, and I don't think anyone in the
international community would argue with that, nor I think would most of the
people who are presently against the war, as it's being presented to us. But
what the White House has done is to, in effect, declare jihad against Iraq --
there's no room for debate, you're either on or off the bus. Well, folks,
there is NOTHING in that that's remotely in the American spirit. And that's
all I have to say.

This week Steven Hashimoto will dust off his old peace medallions at:

SUN. 3/9: DAVENPORT'S, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 9pm, with vocalist Anne Pringle and
pianist/vocalist Mark Burnell.

WEDS. 3/12: an AM gig at Triton College with Souled Out, then later on at THE
GATEWAY BAR & GRILL, 7545 N. Clark, 7:30-10:30pm, with guitarist Pat Fleming.
This is a really cool joint with a great owner, and it would be nice to show
some support for his commitment to live music.

THURS. 3/13: ROSEMARY'S, 122 S. 1st Street in DeKalb (behind Otto's),
10pm-12:30am, with The Brian Duke Trio (Duke on drums, Robert Chappell on
keyboards).

FRI. 3/14: UNCOMMON GROUND, 1214 W. Grace, one set at 9 (I think), just me
and Al Rose. Then, later on, as usual, at THE GREEN MILL, 4802 N. Broadway,
1:30-3:45am, with The Green Mill Quartet (Barely Winograd, bari sax; Bob
Long, piano; Rick Shandling, drums) for The After-Hours Jam Session.

SUN. 3/16: SIMON'S TAVERN, 5210 N. Clark, 9-11:30pm, with The Steven
Hashimoto Quartet (Dan Hesler, sax; Neal Alger, guitar; Heath Chappell,
drums).

I have every Saturday in March open! Call me at 708-222-6520!

"Save me, Jeebus!"