An Evening of Devall Music

My Friday night this week was, unlike most weeks, spent listening to good music at Bolder Coffee House with Aaron Deruyter and his friends visiting from California.? But then, everything feels different this week, what with getting let go at my job and all. . .

Yes, that’s right.? As of Tuesday of this week, I am officially unemployed.? Welcome to the wonderful world of IT, I guess.? The week has been kind of up-and-down, since I really didn’t enjoy the shambodic mess of a company I worked for, but unemployment is sort of a drag.? Still, my opinion of my situation is largely positive, and I’m looking to roll this over into a new position closer to my skill set.

But enough wool-gathering about things I can’t change.? The point is, I got a chance to see Aaron play and meet him in person, since we’ve talked so many times online.? It was also a chance to bug him about writing for the page, which he’d talked about before.

My first impression of Aaron’s music was much different than the music I heard tonight.? What is on his page is much more “country-ish” than he played.? Tonight, the music was more accessibly folk-styled, and hearing him perform it with two other gifted vocalists was amazing.? The first piece with all the musicians together (they had played each their own separate sets first) was a song called “Labor Day,” which is a thoughtful, whimsical portrait of fall in Upstate NY.? It was an appropriate choice, since while chatting with him, Sarah, Aaron and I all agreed that things just aren’t the same with out or Rochester four seasons.

Of course, the missus being a teacher and all, we had to cut the night a bit earlier than I might have hoped, but it was good to see the inside of Boulder since the repairs and even nicer to see Aaron.? If you get a chance, you should check out his music some time. . . . I hope that’s enough of a plug for him to convince him to get going on an article for the site, angst or no!

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.