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Steve Hashimoto's Journey Journal – News From the Trenches – 07-13-2003:
 
More sad news to report -- Chuck Christiansen reports that the bassist Ernie
Outlaw just passed away. I never met Ernie but I also never heard a bad word
said about him. Chuck speaks glowingly of him and that's enough of a testament
of character for me. Circle the wagons, boys, and count up the survivors.

Several folks wrote about the origin of the "Freebird" thing, that the DJ
Kevin Matthews initiated the practice by asking his knucklehead listeners to
request the song anytime they saw live musicians somewhere. Kelly Sill writes that
once at his Hotel Nikko lobby gig a bunch of hippie dogs requested the song
from the trio (I guess it was piano/bass/sax), snickeringly, and the guys later
found out that the requesters were actually Lynyrd Skynyrd.

And now let's put this damn thing to bed. Part of my point (and again my
fault for not taking the time to fully 'splain myself) was that many times
requests just aren't feasible. See, I believe that part of our society's problem
stems from the fact that people seem to think that money (or privilege) makes all
things possible. I used to have this argument all the time with an ex who had
occasion to plan events now and then. She was of the opinion that whatever the
client wanted he should get, and my argument was that if the client asked for
the sun to rise in the west, not only was he not going to get it, no matter
how bad he wanted it, but that it was a disservice to everyone to pretend that
this was even a possibility. As has been pointed out to me, we are after all
in a service industry, but I don't believe that means that we're either slaves
or magicians. You know, the world doesn't end because someone says "no" now
and then. Not enough people at Enron, Arthur Andersen, and the White House said
"no", and here we are.

This week Steven Hashimoto will probably say "no" at least once at:

MON. 7/14: at KOPI CAFÉ, 5317 N. Clark, 8-10pm, with guitarist Pat Fleming.

TUES. 7/15: at LYON'S DEN, 1934 W. Irving Park, 9-10pm, with
singer/songwriter Al Rose and guitarist/dobro-guy Steve Doyle.

THURS. 7/17: at POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE, 2994 N. Sheffield, 8:30pm-12:30am, with
The Steven Hashimoto Trio (Mitch Paliga, sax, and Peter Sliwka, piano). All you
young whippersnapper pianists out there really ought to check Pete out; I
think he's one of the deepest players in town.

FRI. 7/18: at 4TH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 126 E. Chestnut in The Courtyard,
noon-1pm, with Sueños Latin-Jazz Quartet (Mike Levin, sax; Bob Long, piano; Heath
Chappell, drums); then later on at JACARANDA, 3608 W. 26th, 9:30pm-12:30am,
with Sueños Latin-Jazz Quartet (Dan Hesler, sax; Bob Long, piano; Heath
Chappell, drums); then even later on, as always, 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. Will I survive
three gigs with Bob?

SAT. 7/19: at THE DOWNERS GROVE LIBRARY, 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove,
6:30-9:30pm, a dinner dance which I believe is open to the public, with The
Steven Hashimoto Quartet (Mitch Paliga, sax; Peter Sliwka, piano; Steve Magnone,
drums).

SUN. 7/20: at SIMON'S TAVERN, 5210 N. Clark, 9-11:30pm, with The Steven
Hashimoto Quartet (players yet to be determined -- check next week!).

I need to fill Sat. Aug. 26, please call me at 708-222-6520. A big THANKS to
Geoff Lowe for helping me fill tonight!