Listen To This: Mike Gordon Band Rehearsal

This Friday, Mike Gordon and his band hit the road for an eight-show tour that includes stops in Troy, New Haven, Stroudsburg, Baltimore, Charlottesville, Philadelphia, Northampton and Lebanon. Over the past few weeks, the five-piece band (which includes Scott Murawski on guitar, Craig Myers on percussion, Tom Cleary on keyboards and drummer Todd Isler) has been hard at work rehearsing for the upcoming shows. As a preview of sorts, they have shared a track with us from one of these rehearsals.

[Photo by Tammy Wetzel]

Mike Gordon explains the origins of the track – Birth of the Universe…

“On the first day of practices, we decided to come to the studio and invite the muse to control us for a day. I led a guided meditation in which we imagined tapping into universal energy that connects from the spheres, through us, and into the center of the Earth, and then we imagined being on stage as the music played the band and the coolest sound we could fathom came out. Each band member then described his aural vision, directing the others to create it. And this little sampling is Craig Myers’ vision, entitled ‘Birth Of The Universe.’ He described ambience wallowing from nothingness, and then mouthed out a rhythm that Todd could then interpret, helping to kick the thing into rock-ass gear. Nice work, Craig.”

Birth of the Universe – Mike Gordon Band


3/05 – Revolution Hall, Troy, NY
3/06 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
3/07 – Sherman Theatre, Stroudsburg, PA
3/09 – Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
3/11 – Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville, VA
3/12 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3/13 – Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
3/14 – Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH

Don’t forget to enter our contest for a chance to win Mike’s new live CD as well as a pair of tickets to the Mike Gordon Band show of your choice.

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  1. So freaking cool. Excellent job guys – WOW! I’d love to hear more about the whole concept of “guided meditations.” How frequently do they figure into the creative process? During rehearsals or jam/studio sessions – or perhaps even on stage? Keep that stuff coming…

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