Number 5, October 1979
Concert review: Ruthie & Rainbow Rhythm
September 19, 1979
Terry Wollman- guitar
Danny LaVictoire- acoustic bass
Ruthie Ristich- voice
David Greenberger has been exploring issues of aging and decline
as well as
our culture's avoidance of the subject since he started publishing
The Duplex Planet in 1979. Since then, the ruminations, conversations
and interviews which fill its pages have been collected into
books (Tell Me If I've Stopped, Duplex Planet: Everybody's
Asking Who I Was, Trees Breathe Out People Breathe IN) and
CDs (the most recent CD is The Duplex Planet Radio Hour
with music by Terry Adams of NRBQ). They've also been performed
as monologues, been the source of two documentary films and
adapted into comic books and a play. His stories and musings
are featured on NPR's All Things Considered. More information
about the Duplex Planet is available at the website: http://www.duplexplanet.com
Eglin: Thank you very much. I was gonna cry because I loved
it so much.
Caldwell: It wasn't bad. Pretty good. I could hear
it again sometime.
Hooker: Very good band. The singer, the star, she's
very nice, very attractive. And the orchestra she had there
was very nice.
Kondell: It was good, very good. Very good indeed. I appreciate
it. Thank you Dave. You're the head of it all. I did all
right today - bowling and a concert. Did I have a 60 or a
Colton: It was okay, good. It was watchable.
Brown: It was good. It was nothing out of the ordinary,
but it was reasonable. It was a nice little surprise to hear
Sears: It was all right. She's the girl that went to
the museum with us, ain't it? I was surprised. I heard
her make sounds when we had coffee at the museum but I didn't
think she could sing this. She's a good singer.
Very good. Good band. A damn good band. What, did they do that
I gave them a donation.
Would five hundred be a good donation? Or would a thousand be
better? I can make it a grand. What do you think? You know,
I'm worth millions. Do you think five hundred would be a good
Lagasse: The patients enjoyed you. We want you back.
Lavin: It was beautiful. I heard some before but I couldn't
pull it out of the bag. I couldn't say which bag.
Majors: It was very good. I like it very much.
Green: It was all right! Where'd they come from? I used
to sing Sweet Adeline. I was waving and she winked. I asked
her to play Sweet Adeline and she just winked.
George MacWilliams: It was very good, very good. I could hear
perfectly from here. I can't clap my hands like everyone else
so I don't want to look like a dummy or like I don't appreciate
it, so I stay away. It was very good, very good.
Thivierge: Very good. Very nice. I enjoyed that very much.
I want to thank you for wakin' me up and takin' me out there.
It was very good. I don't know how she does it, I honestly don't
I says, "You've got a good voice and it would be a shame
to waste it so you take care of it," and she says, "I
will". And the other two were very good. I told them, "I
don't know how you do it." I like music very much.
Wallace: Hey is there any coffee left?
There wasn't any coffee.
What'd you have?
It was a concert.
Oh yea, I heard some of the music.
Kiernan: It was lousy. The Philharmonic in Salem, that's
good music. A blind man could do what they did. In fact, I knew
a blind piano player once.
Reagan: It was nice. I like that kind of music.
Ferguson: It was good. I could hear it pretty good. They
were singing loud.
Berkover: It was interesting. It's not the music I usually
listen to, but I liked it just the same.
McGinn: I loved that, believe me. I missed a piano, but
those boys are all right! They're swell. Damn good singer.
Eglin: Everything was perfect. I know bands. I know bands
from way back, for Christ sake. One of the best bands - there
used to be two of 'em - one of 'em was Chick Webb. He died.
He's the one who got Ella Fitzgerald started, way back in the
early thirties. And Jimmy Lunceford - he died, too. But these
kids wouldn't know about them. I don't think they were even
born then, it was the early thirties. These two were the best
bands at that time. And Cab Calloway came along with a pick- up
band - you could hire guys from different outfits.
there was Fats Waller. He died - early part of World War
II. What a great man he was. Best piano player I ever heard - and
FAT - oh Jesus was he fat!
there was Duke Ellington...Earl Fatha Hines - he's still
alive. Big tall man - he's taller than Surgecoff. But very
neat. But ugly! If he came in the door he'd scare the shit out
of you. If you were laying in bed and he came in and turned
the light on, you'd scream! I call him the Monster.
Now this band, they're very good. Let them stay the way they
are. They don't need to go and put a horn in there. Stay the
way they are. If they stay the way they are they'll do all right.
But they've got to spread themselves. They've got to go around
to the barrooms. But it'll be rough on them because they've
got the strippers in the bars now. They've got to keep pushin'
themselves, keep going. Get a sponsor, a manager. They gotta
keep ongoing. Maybe they'll end up with someone else in that
band - a horn player, and maybe they'll get a drummer in
there and a piano player. They're young. I want to see those
kids get ahead. And you can see she's had an education - you
can hear it - she's good. But she's got to keep going. Keep
learning. Keep pushing. She's got it but she can't stop now.
Keep going. Keep getting better and better.