Okay, I had no real intention of doing anything Valentine’s Day related. No, I do not have anything against the day, I just really didn’t wanna think that hard about it, having just come off of vacation and having been sick ever since. I mean, yes, it’s a Hallmark holiday, and no, you shouldn’t have to rely on said Hallmark holiday to remember to show your significant other that you love them. Still, it’s still nice to show your significant other that, indeed, you do love them, and Valentine’s Day not only gives you that opportunity, it doubles as a built-in date night. Anyone who is or has been married/involved in a long term relationship knows how easy it is to get so wrapped up in the world outside of your home life that things like a date night become a rare and valuable commodity. With that said, I appreciate Valentines Day for what it is, and tonight I will turn off the iPhone and the laptop, and the wife and I will cook a nice dinner together, drink a bottle of wine and hang out without the television. Still, I wouldn’t be doing this post had it not been for a promo email referring to ‘Heavy Petting on Valentines Day’.
I’m not one of those jaded blogger guys. I read the promo emails sent my way and I will generally listen to at least one of the linked mp3’s. The fact that the email mentioned that Two Man Gentlemen Band member Andy Bean is a banjo-player only helped to pique my interest. Two Man Gentleman Band comes from New York City and consists of Andy Bean and Fuller Condon. The two have come pretty far, from playing their banjos, upright basses and kazoos in the NYC subway stations and Central Park, to releasing a second album, Heavy Petting, this last Tuesday. Since no Valentine’s Day would be complete without some heavy petting, and since not everyone has a significant other to pet or the money to rent one for an evening, these two fine gentlemen have decided that for one day and one day only, they would offer their Heavy Petting for free. So, should the thought of kazoos, banjos and tongue-in-cheek lyrics appeal to you, give this album a chance. I did, and have had a smile on my face all day because of it. Utter silliness on Valentine’s Day for lovers and loners alike. To quote a certain Samoan, “As your attorney, I advise you to take a hit out of the little brown flask in my shaving kit and listen to this album.”
As a side note…These guys sound like they would be 100% pure fun concentrate to see live and all reviews of their live show seems to support that notion. Tampa/St. Pete, we get our chance to see them on February 28 at New World Brewery. It’s been a while since I have been to New World, I hope to see some of y’all out there. Good times are in store for sure.