Brand X at Temple Beth-El

The following reflection was written in 2003, when I was between 25 and 26 years old.


KenMills convinced us to play a short set at some sort of big gathering or anniversary for his former Boy Scout troop, of which JonMartin had also once been a member. I don’t know how excited anyone was about it. Beth the Bassist couldn’t make the show, so we played it as a five piece. It didn’t matter. It went as well as it could have gone anyway.

The problem was, it could only go so well. The scouts in KenMills’ troop weren’t exactly thrilled to be subjected to us and the leaders didn’t seem amused at all.

Our set list went like this:

  1. Orange (Hicks)
  2. Spun By You (Martin/Hicks, Dubner, Murphy, Mills, Clark)
  3. Wonderwall (Oasis)
  4. Never Forget (Clark/Hicks, Dubner, Murphy)

The song that went over best was probably “Wonderwall,” which was a hit at the time. The acoustics of the place were pretty good and for the first time ever, all of us got up and sang — including Ken and Dubner. We hadn’t really arranged a campfire version of the song but that’s what it sounded like and I think they dug that.

“Orange” always went well. “Spun By You” probably didn’t go over well. I think it was not to their tastes. “Never Forget,” probably went alright but it probably didn’t go over as well as I would have liked.

We were at the place all day with almost nothing to do except rehearse once or twice, and we couldn’t even do that sometimes because Ken was off partaking in other activities. I think Dubner ate something for lunch inside the temple that he wasn’t supposed to, being Jewish and all. And, I think we might have ventured out during the day — before our evening performance, but I don’t remember where.