Comment by thereallyniceman on May 9, 2012 at 22:04

Hey Jody,

We ALL love the Ragtime Episode performance, but if everyone is like me, we are (to use a good old English term) Gobsmacked !

To help our American friends out, here is the definition:

Gobsmacked combines the northern English and Scottish slang term gob, mouth, with the verb smack. It suggests the speaker is utterly astonished or astounded. It’s much stronger than just being surprised; it’s used for something that leaves you speechless, or otherwise stops you dead in your tracks. It suggests that something is as surprising as being suddenly hit in the face. 

I hope that your audience end up gobsmacked too !!!



Comment by Jody Stecher on May 9, 2012 at 23:11

Yeah, I've been hearing "gobsmacked" ever since I first visited your shores in 1980, particularly up north.  I'll tell ya what gobsmacks me in this trio. It's Scott Nygaard's playing. He's the quiet one in the back who looks like he's doing nothing but is actually churning out volleys of crystal clear harmonies and counterpoints always in a different octave than anyone else is playing. Watch out for the innocent looking ones, they're the most dangerous.

Comment by Richard William Ineson on May 10, 2012 at 9:23

I think that the audience will be impressed, well played.

Comment by marc dalmasso on May 11, 2012 at 9:02

yes , very good & don 't forget to offer your flatpick to the crowd

Comment by Alan Sims on June 9, 2012 at 15:10

the more i hear it Jody the more i like it .you all look like your having fun.

Comment by Jody Stecher on June 9, 2012 at 16:14

 Bill and I had never played with Scott as a trio before and he added a lot so we were both delighted. Also you can see me switching between fingers and plectrum on the guitar-banjo. I was doing this so that during playback I could decide which sounded better and blended with the trio better. (I preferred the sound of fingers but the the plectrum did no harm). We also were allotted a very short time on stage (everyone was, as there was a great deal of music in the program and many guest musicians) so we had to come up with abbreviated versions of our repertoire. The videos were made for this website but also they were done to test our versions. Would we remember where to repeat a section and where not? Would we end together?  We were laughing because it seemed to be working.

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