Even More Intimate Then Normal

On Friday night Deception played to a packed house at the Gourmet Gallery. The intimate venue was more intimate than usual, because it was so crowded that couples ended up sitting on each other’s laps because there were no chairs left. 

This is a nice picture of Sharon & I during sound check. (Sharon is guitarist, singer, & Deception’s founder, Art Panchishin’s wife.) As you can tell, Sharon is used to having loud instruments played less than 3 feet from her ear. She’s just ignoring me, and carrying on with her conversation.

Sharon & I

    Photo by M. Margison

Bassist, Steve Fultz’s  wife Karen, was also at our show on Friday night. Notice the sax bell in the background? Apparently I wandered around a lot that night. 

Karen Durant

    Photo by M. Margison

I thought this was kind of an interesting shot. I had left the stage during one of Gary’s vocal numbers, so that the audience could see him from behind that drum set of his.


    Photo by M. Margison

The Gourmet Gallery is a coffee house/art gallery/antique store all rolled into one, that hosts live music on Friday nights. Whenever I have my saxes there, especially my Martin Handcraft & my curved soprano, I’m acutely aware that they are older than many of the collectibles for sale.

On a couple of occasions over the years, I’ve had jokers make a comments like: How much is the sax? Or… I’ll give you $500 for the Selmer. (Do you think he was a sax player???) 

I’m never really sure how it is that people can sit this close in front of our main speakers… But they do. Although our volume is quite a bit lower in this venue then when we play larger ones, it is still pretty loud. Table conversations are not possible. 


    Photo by M. Margison

Because playing at the Gourmet Gallery is a bit like playing for a group of 75 to 100 friends at a house party, we always use the venue  to introduce any new songs that we’ve rehearsed. We did just that on Friday, when we played our version of the Allman Brother’s Everybody’s Got A Mountain To Climb, to an audience for the first time. 

What makes this particular arrangement different for us, is that this is the first song in which we have the sax doing an unaccompanied solo introduction. The song also finishes with a saxophone solo, which ends with a glissando over a minor pentatonic scale.   

Gary and I love to tease each other. So for this song he says something like: No pressure, but can sax players really figure out a tempo? I get even by calling him Bamm Bamm. devil-smiley-057

Deception is a very tight unit, both musically and friendship-wise. We have all just locked in together extremely well. As I said a few weeks ago to Kim Richard from Fredericton, the singer I used to work with in First Cool Hive, I couldn’t have asked for a softer landing when I moved back to the West Coast.

I’ve been with the guys now for 4 years, and they’ve been incredibly supportive of me while I’ve struggled health-wise for the last 2. I couldn’t have asked for nicer bands-mates and friends. They’re amazing.

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is www.bassic-sax.info. If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

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Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

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