Very Proud

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Stop what you are doing and read this post I did for SFMOMA Open Space! I am very proud and thankful to Claudia La Rocco for asking me to contribute. This is a love letter.

https://openspace.sfmoma.org/2017/04/listen-up/

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STS / Enablers – Joe and Kevin, Episode 5

In this series of So To Speak we focus on the guitarists in the band Enablers(there is no “The”). Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson.

In this episode Joe and Kevin perform a guitars only version of “Morandi: Natura Morta #86”, track 4 on Enablers new album, “Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions” out now on Exile On Mainstream records. Pete Simonelli’s words appear as subtitles.

Enablers are a spoken word rock band that started in San Francisco in 2002. Known for its distinctive character with prose and poetry written and performed by Pete Simonelli, guitar interplay between Goldring and Thomson, and a heavy yet meticulous backbeat provided by Doug Scharin.

For more info about Enablers, go to enablers.bandcamp.com/​

or their Facebook page

STS / Enablers – Joe and Kevin, Episode 4

In this series of So To Speak we focus on the guitarists in the band Enablers(there is no “The”). Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson.

In this episode they talk about their drummer, the mighty Doug Scharin.

Enablers are a spoken word rock band that started in San Francisco in 2002. Known for its distinctive character with prose and poetry written and performed by Pete Simonelli, guitar interplay between Goldring and Thomson, and a heavy yet meticulous backbeat provided by Doug Scharin.

For more info about Enablers, go to enablers.bandcamp.com/​

or their Facebook page

STS / Enablers – Joe and Kevin, Episode 3

Enablers are a spoken word rock band that started in San Francisco in 2002. Known for its distinctive character with prose and poetry written and performed by Pete Simonelli, guitar interplay between Goldring and Thomson, and a heavy yet meticulous backbeat provided by Doug Scharin.

In this series of So To Speak we focus on the guitarists in the band Enablers (there is no “The”),  Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson. In this episode they talk about what being in a “Spoken Word” rock band means to them.

Watch and hear Pete Simonelli read Patton in the traditional spoken word way here –

For more info about Enablers, go to enablers.bandcamp.com/​

or their Facebook page

STS / Enablers – Joe and Kevin, Episode 2

In this series of So To Speak we focus on the guitarists in the band Enablers (there is no “The”),
Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson

Enablers are a spoken word rock band that started in San Francisco in 2002. Known for its distinctive character with prose and poetry written and performed by Pete Simonelli, guitar interplay between Goldring and Thomson, and a heavy yet meticulous backbeat provided by Doug Scharin,

In this episode they talk about the lack of a bass player when they play live.

For more info about Enablers, go to enablers.bandcamp.com/​

or their Facebook page

STS / Enablers – Joe and Kevin, Episode 1

In this series of So To Speak we focus on the guitarists in the band Enablers (there is no “The”),
Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson

Enablers are a spoken word rock band that started in San Francisco in 2002. Known for its distinctive character with prose and poetry written and performed by Pete Simonelli, guitar interplay between Goldring and Thomson, and a heavy yet meticulous backbeat provided by Doug Scharin,

In this episode they talk about the particulars of a creative relationship set in motion when
they met over 20 years ago.

For more info about Kevin and Enablers, go to enablers.bandcamp.com/​

Next on So To Speak…

Joe Goldring

I’m editing episodes now. We will feature Joe Goldring(pictured) and Kevin Thomson. They play guitar for Enablers. We talked about writing under time constraints, alternative tunings, and their new drummer.

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 5

I asked Kevin Thomson, a guitarist in the band Enablers, to improvise a piece of music based on one of Brett Amory’s paintings.

Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info about Brett, go to brettamory.com

For more info about Kevin and Enablers, go to enablers.bandcamp.com/​