Reviews in 200 Words

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band at the Bishop: Bloomington, IN

In Concert on October 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Find a chilly ocean cabin casing a high jagged cliff. Stoke the stove and light the black soot wick of an oil lamp. Listen to Benjamin Verdoes tell the story of overcoming the grinding fear and entrapment. There were always, and will always be ghosts looking for an open door. His narrative, her shamanic dances, slapping keys, and the echoes of fingertips will carry them back home. 
The hungry drumming of Marshall Verdoes gives you the confidence to take this dark leap. Like the vest of a father’s open arms, the rosy cheek of a mother’s hum, and the well-trodden footsteps of an older brother. 
This ocean is unpredictably restrained, the wind howls, and the black sea begins a tantrum. It is so familiar to its polished shores.
When the music empties the swollen cavity in your heart, and the cold air rushes through the flue, they will all hold your hand. This ensemble beats and chops hard inside your ribcage; it bends and tames the fire in your eyes.  These are not doldrums, they are instructions. They will teach you how to overcome your darkest fears, and you will ask them to tell the story again.    

 

-Nate Jackson


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