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Decker and Troy Millette at The Skinny Pancake March 28, 2019   Leave a comment

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Troy Millette

I had a great time seeing music Thursday at The Skinny Pancake. My friends were running on their own timeline so I got going a little early and took the lovely walk down to the waterfront. I got in and settled and almost finished eating when Tony Gallucci from WBKM stopped in and hung our banner behind the stage. Mike Luoma showed up shortly after that and Troy Millette Music began to play. He opened with a cover of I’m on Fire and tossed a little Dancing In The Dark into the middle. He followed with a couple of originals. Magnolias was just gorgeous and I’m really beginning to like his new song about how something in your arms feels like home. He returned to Bruce for Atlantic City but tossed in some Fast Car and something about walking 1,000 miles for you, ’cause in this day and age, he would totally do that. He played a song about not being sure if he wanted to fix this and make it right and kept the theme going with Anna Marie. He lit me up with his version of Ghosts (Of What We Used To Be) then closed with a fun medley. It began with something about wanting it that way, went into something about a blank space. He walked on water for a while then ended by bringing out our inner Whitney for Dance With Somebody. He always plays fun shows and I love when I get to hear him play.

In the past few months Mike has been doing a lot of music programming at WBKM.ORG and has turned me on to a lot of cool music. He invented a series called Virtual In Studio where artists can film themselves playing stripped down versions of their songs. decker. was the first artist to sign on and came to town, which is why I skipped my usual Thursday night show. I had listened to his song The Matador a couple of times but wasn’t entirely certain what to expect.

The set break was short then Decker took the stage with a microphone, and acoustic guitar, a stomp box gadget for one foot and a tambourine for the other. A series of effects pedals gave the songs a lush sound. He opened with a song called Burning Grass that he said was a tribute to Tom Petty. He chatted between songs and took the subjects to deep thoughtful places that kept the audience captivated. He sang a song called The Garden that was about being in favor of all of humanity that really lit up my soul. He sang a song called Holy Ghost that sounded like cruising on an Arizona highway listening to Chuck Berry while on LSD. He followed with cool songs about a State Trooper and The Phantom. He played a gorgeous song about finding a dead deer in the Arizona desert and praying over its carcass. It’s called Smudge and is quickly becoming a favorite. He hit home with a song called The Saint which was about spending time with his grandmother in hospice. I went through that with my mother just about a year ago. Sometimes, it’s nice to know we all go through the wonderful and terrible parts of life together. He followed with a song called Awake that is both staggeringly positive and a really cool song. Usually, songs like that get a little sappy musically, but his version is strong.

He took a quick break and a couple of us stepped out for a little air. I chatted with Troy for a bit then we went back in. Decker was sitting in a chair in front of the audience playing and singing with no microphone. Rats, I should have gone in sooner. I hate making unforced errors. I think I missed the song Mexico but caught most of The Matador. He closed the night with a song about JFK called Patsy.

It’s really hard to describe just how beautiful the whole show was. I was phenomenally impressed. I’d go see him again anytime.

 

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