Michael Lytle and George Cartwright

Southern Tour Rehearsals


In mid-April, 1981 the Meltable Trio had a 3-day rehearsal at David’s house in Vermont. David had, actually I think he still owns the house, a very nice place near Marlboro. It had a full size basement one side of which opened into the back yard and was a wall of windows. This is where David kept his set-up and rehearsal studio. I believe he could drive right up to or into it.

He has reminded us we took his orange van on the tour. I had forgotten. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember almost anything about the tour. It was some time ago. Funny though, I remember his basement very well. Probably because I was jealous, having always wanted a place like his. Anyway, we stayed with him and his very gracious wife, Andy, for the weekend and rehearsed away.

We’ve included 4 sessions of music and 2 discussion sessions. The music is quite good and reminds me of the 1980 recording sessions that resulted in the “Meltable Snaps It” album. The recording is not bad either, even if I do say so myself. The first section has a great sax solo in it, while # 5 features the clarinet. The color and balance is good and some very nice textures were made.

I think the discussions are only surfacely informative. Obviously, this is a group of young musicians who didn’t really have a handle on what their music was. They just played. When they talked about it, it was just, well, “when you play this, I’m lost as what to do”, or “I thought you wanted more melody”, or “why didn’t you play more?” (and the answer was), “I don’t know, just didn’t.” This is often the case, I think. If you could talk about music, you wouldn’t need to make it.

Maybe this is illustrive of early American New Music Improvisation, or of young people exploring, and not knowing where they are. The 2nd discussion is rather silly actually. Just having fun. Sorry to be packing up.

The Southern Tour that followed was terrific. We had a great time and played our asses off. George will have more to say about that later.

m. lytle, nyc, 12/11