August 2004

Dear e-Fisherfolk:

Imagine that you’re floating miles above the earth. You are part of a crew charged with doing technical and important things like docking with a space station and attaching Zenith Truss and Pressurized Mating Adaptors and stuff. You look over your control panel festooned with buttons that adjust pitch and yaw and things like orbital gap and there, floating just in front of your face, partially obscuring your view of earth, is a copy of our CD, Big Trouble, suspended in zero gravity. Is it an annoyance? Is it a conspiracy? What’s that CD doing there? It (as well as a copy of Reel Life) was suspended there by astronaut Pamela Melroy for a photo op.

In Houston this week, Lt. Col. Pamela Melroy came out to hear TFIA at the Mucky Duck in Houston. She brought with her two pictures and documentation of our CDs, Big Trouble and Reel Life, being flown in space on the shuttle Discovery. It’s hard to overstate our excitement at meeting her. She told us that she’s long been a Trout fan and that our music has traveled with her to space. She also told us that listening to music in zero gravity was an amazing experience. With your eyes closed, you enter a sort of sensory deprivation and the music coming into your ears effects you even more deeply.

We’ve long been astronaut fans. When we were in elementary school, regular class would be suspended in order to watch liftoffs on television. These people risked their lives exploring a dangerous and exciting unknown. Astronauts landed on the moon and came back. There was a time in our lives when nobody had been to space. People now routinely leave our atmosphere to live in space stations, perform scientific experiments and build for the future. If the effect of recorded music is heightened by being in outer space, imagine the effect of live music. We’d be perfectly happy to volunteer our services to the crew of the space shuttle and even the space station. We could be the house band. There’s got to be some time off up there for the astronauts. We’d keep out of the way until they had time to relax. Then we’d all get a glass of Tang and jam out.

Over the years, many people have asked us, “When are you going to do a show in Connecticut?” These unlucky people have been forced to travel to neighboring states to hear our concerts. The answer to that question is that we’re going to be in Connecticut on Friday, August 13th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield. Even though it’s Friday the 13th, there will be no bad luck involved if you come to see us. Knock on wood.

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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