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Rick Plays Crop Circle Country

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Subject: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: flattop
Date: 17 Sep 00 - 12:59 PM

Friday night, September 15th, Rick Fielding delivered an astounding performance near Orillia's famous crop circles. (I arrived home late from Toronto so I missed Dave McMillian's opening act.) One of the organizers, Ronda, told me that she had worried that the room might be too cold but Rick rapidly warmed up both the room and the audience.

He started out with a song about the Titanic. Waves of 12 string notes washed out over the audience. It was a warm wave that may have lifted the wreck a few feet off the Atlantic floor. No one ran for lifeboats. No one drowned. Instead folks started to sing along. Rick made everyone feel comfortable and happy, like we were all friends who had known him for years. We made up a fair size crowd and probably over 90% of us sang along to many of his songs. We even sang on the ones where we didn't have a clue about the words or the tune. Perhaps we shouldn't have but Rick's music, rhythms, enthusiasm and warmth were all highly contagious.

Rick seemed to be enjoying himself too. He shared many stories about his childhood, his life (even his life as a drywaller) and his songs. He played song that we've known for years like San Francisco Bay Blues, tunes that only serious traditionalists would know and songs that he's written from a heart drenched with traditional music echoes.

Rick played amazing guitar. Members of the Orillia Folk Society who were sitting close to me hooted and hollered all night long. Mariposa people from Toronto and elsewhere were also struck with spontaneous outbursts. The concert was a combined Mariposa Festival voulnteer thank you with an Orillia Folks Society monthly concert.

These flare-ups started before any of us had time to do any serious drinking, so it was from the heart, not from the bottle. Rick was damn good. Each time he started one of his astonishing guitar techniques the audience would howl and roar. I love that twelve-string sound that he gets. And what a range of styles and music - Travis picking, walking chords with bass and melody runs, rapidly changing chords patterns, rhythmic finger patterns on guitars and autoharp that you would only expect from a great drummer beating on her snare, wild arpeggios with fingerpicks and flatpicks. Even when he strummed Rick played intricate on chord patterns like a boom on the bass followed by a chuga-chuga-chum on the high strings. Now you know why half the people in southern Ontario are taking guitar lessons at Fielding's or, like me, wish they were.

To top it all off, Rick greeted me at the door and sent me over to meet Duckboots and McKnees, so, I had the pleasure of enjoying his concert in their company.

The only sad note was from folks who missed Rick's show. Some Mariposa workers sent their regrets about not being able to attend. Little Hawk was playing at the Corner Coffee Shop in Newmarket on the same night. Our hearts were torn a bit over missing Little Hawk's night in Newmarket. He has written many great songs, some of them in a style similar to Bob Dylan's. Try to catch his show if you get a chance. I know that Little Hawk also wanted to see Rick. Trish or Jen (two of the movers and shakers of the Orillia Folk society) told me that he had been upset that the two shows were booked on the same date.

[Thank you Rick for a great concert.]


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Sep 00 - 02:20 PM

Thanks flats for an excellent review job! Everyone who has been to one of Rick's performances, large or small, has nothing but the best to say about him musically and also in relating to the audience.

Why should this surprise anyone? All of us here who have come know Rick and consider him a friend can easily see what an intelligent and personable man he is. Moreover, Rick's obvious caring and compassionate nature come through in his postings and we are lucky to have him among us.

Musically I am always amazed that Rick hasn't attained the notoriety that should be his. I know what he has to say about that and its typical Rick. But it still amazes me. If you have not heard him, either live or on CD, you are missing a great experience. Everytime I listen to one of his albums I'm amazed that I actually know this guy and am lucky enough to feel we have a fine friendship. His talent, and the hard work it has taken to make the most of it, is simply unbelievable. I remember one day on the phone he said, "Hey, listen to this one I've been working on," and proceeded to play some absolutely beautiful guitar stylings. The best I could get out at the time was, "...uh, geeziz man....that was great...like, uh.....geez.....really great man.......yeah..." Simply amazing.

Rick hates this kind of crap (sorry bro), but once in awhile you need to say something, ya' know? Now I'll go back to ribbing his ass about all his failings and being a totally pathetic and inept kind of guy. But he, like all of you, know the truth. None finer.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: Peter T.
Date: 17 Sep 00 - 05:02 PM

Whether he will continue to use his vast powers for the good of all beings, or will go over to the Dark Side, is of course, the crucial question.

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: Banjer
Date: 17 Sep 00 - 09:07 PM

What does Peter T mean by 'going over to the dark side'? Aren't we all already here?? I wish I lived close enough to Rick to partake of his talent, both listening and learning from him. Sounds like a really good show...


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: Little Hawk
Date: 17 Sep 00 - 09:32 PM

I think we may rest confident that Rick will not go over to the "dark side" quite yet. :-)))

Man, I wish I had been able to see that show! AAAARGGH!

On the other hand, Newmarket was great. Small, but great.

Hey, flattop, see you at the next show, and thanks for the kind words.

Little Hawk


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Sep 00 - 09:50 PM

hope the bass notes from that 12 string didn't flatten any wheat in the area...;>) ....we'll have new threads about possible alien landings..(hey...has that been checked as a theory....??...)


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: harpgirl
Date: 17 Sep 00 - 10:05 PM

wish I'd been there...harpgirl


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: flattop
Date: 17 Sep 00 - 11:01 PM

I didn't think I was being kind, Little Hawk. I like to call them as I see them. Sometimes you like my calls, sometimes you don't.

Of course, I'm subject to severe mood swings, just like the rest of you. What I see depends on how much oxygen is getting to my eyeballs and my frame of mind.

Sometimes I feel like my mind frame is double studded and filled with 20 inches of fiberglass insulation. Not much fresh air gets through from the outside. A wonderful concert, like Rick's on Friday night, can punch a hole through those walls. A late night telephone talk with my mudSaint can put a new window in the hole in the wall and let the sunshine in. It can leave me feeling like I'm dancing in my sleep, if you know what I mean. I still call them like I see them, but sometimes I see them in a new light.


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 18 Sep 00 - 12:22 AM

Jeez, 'Top. Thanks.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Sep 00 - 01:53 AM

Everything Spaw said and more. Wish I'd been there, too. You are incredible, Rick, and it is an honour to call you my friend.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: flattop
Date: 18 Sep 00 - 06:50 AM

Thank you Rick. You delivered the goods on Friday night.


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 18 Sep 00 - 10:53 AM

wish I'd been there. Any tours to the States coming up?


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Subject: RE: Rick Plays Crop Circle Country
From: Jed at Work
Date: 18 Sep 00 - 11:09 AM

Great review, falttop. Thanks for the comments. I wish I'd been there!


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