Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Man With Two Last Names

I have known people with multiple first names, Jim-Bob, Jay-Roy and even Mary-Sue-Ellen. I've not known anyone with two last names until I met Heath. Sometimes he goes by Heath Vercher, and other times by Heath Elvehjem. It's very confusing. I think he may be trying to run some sort of tax dodge. I'll just refer to him as Heath.

Heath is kinda the reason I'm here now. I was on a walkabout one day, feeling down and aimless; like I had to move on to somewhere else; anywhere else. I found myself in Nantucket thinking to catch a ride on one of the of old-time sailing ships. Near the river I saw a crowd had formed off in the distance, and I decided to go check out what they were doing.

They were gathered in a shallow amphitheater, and on the stage in front these was a guy playing the piano, Heath. I stood there a while listening as he was finishing up his song. He chatted with the crowd a bit and then started playing again. I vaguely recognized bits and pieces of the opening, but the way he jazzed it up it was hard to identify the song. Finally it hit me - Scarborough Fair! It's not that I'm a real big fan of that song or ones like it, but the way he was playing it really caught my attention. I sat down and listened to the rest of the performance. As the sun went down over the Mystic River the sky and river turned red, a couple pulled up to the dock in a sailboat and got out to listen, and it was just cool.

I joined his fan group. He usually does 2-3 performances a week and I would make them all. Sticking around to listen to him is what kept me here long enough to find places like Fibber's and all the wonderful people there. After a few weeks of hearing him play the same music I got a little tired of it, and he's been having technical problems that have been keeping him off of his regular schedule, but I'd like to go back and listen to him again.

Heath has a myspace page with some sample music, I like Hymm:
http://www.myspace.com/heathvercher

There's also a schedule of his at:
http://www.heathvercher.com/

2 comments:

Heath Elvehjem said...

Hey Tycho, glad to know you enjoyed the music. It can get a little hard playing the same show night after night, so I know what you mean. Hence the new album.

;-) See you around, buddy.

Heath Elvehjem said...

Hey Tycho, glad to know you enjoyed the music. It can get a little hard playing the same show night after night, so I know what you mean. Hence the new album.

;-) See you around, buddy.