Consonance 2005 

Photos from Consonance 2005, Milpitas, CA

Moments after arriving and throwing the gear into the room, we rushed down to the registration area to meet up with Steve Macdonald, who was unable to attend the con, but was in town for the first part of the evening on Friday. It was wonderful to see him, even if only briefly.

In this photo, we have, left to right, Blake Hodgetts, Steve Savitzky (Behind Blake), Steve Macdonald, Michelle Dockrey, Jenn Hardwick, and Matt Dockrey (Behind Jenn).
Moments after arriving and throwing the gear into the room, we rushed down to the registration area to meet up with Steve Macdonald, who was unable to attend the con, but was in town for the first part of the evening on Friday. It was wonderful to see him, even if only briefly.

In this photo, we have, left to right, Blake Hodgetts, Steve Savitzky (Behind Blake), Steve Macdonald, Michelle Dockrey, Jenn Hardwick, and Matt Dockrey (Behind Jenn).

This convention marked the first time I'd seen my dear friend Blake and his new friend Jenn since Orycon. Blake and Jenn had met, in the dealer's room, in the waning Sunday hours toward the end of that very con.

They were introduced by mutual friend Callie Hills, in the middle of one of those little end-of-con conversation clusters that inevitably develops. Everyone present at that meeting knew instantly that these two had scads in common and would make a great couple. Not surprisingly, they're quite the item now.

No pressure, guys. But you just look soooooo cuuuuute together. :-)
This convention marked the first time I'd seen my dear friend Blake and his new friend Jenn since Orycon. Blake and Jenn had met, in the dealer's room, in the waning Sunday hours toward the end of that very con.

They were introduced by mutual friend Callie Hills, in the middle of one of those little end-of-con conversation clusters that inevitably develops. Everyone present at that meeting knew instantly that these two had scads in common and would make a great couple. Not surprisingly, they're quite the item now.

No pressure, guys. But you just look soooooo cuuuuute together. :-)

Friday evening marked the Toastmaster concert. Blake himself was Toastmaster this year, and I was immensely proud of him. Here, we see Con Chairs Lynn Gold and James Robinson introducing him for his concert, since it just wouldn't do for the Toastmaster to toast himself.

They're doing a parody of a gag that Blake and I came up with at ConChord last year. Blake performs a song (Little Blue Man) on the piano which modulates up a key with every verse. To perform the same song correctly on the guitar, you need a second performer on Stunt Capo. 

Here, Lynn and James replicate the stunt wonderfully, with James handling Stunt Capo duties.

Edit: I was just given word that Lynn and James were unaware of Blake and I doing the Stunt Capo trick at ConChord, and happened upon the idea independently. Great minds think alike! :-)
Friday evening marked the Toastmaster concert. Blake himself was Toastmaster this year, and I was immensely proud of him. Here, we see Con Chairs Lynn Gold and James Robinson introducing him for his concert, since it just wouldn't do for the Toastmaster to toast himself.

They're doing a parody of a gag that Blake and I came up with at ConChord last year. Blake performs a song (Little Blue Man) on the piano which modulates up a key with every verse. To perform the same song correctly on the guitar, you need a second performer on Stunt Capo.

Here, Lynn and James replicate the stunt wonderfully, with James handling Stunt Capo duties.

Edit: I was just given word that Lynn and James were unaware of Blake and I doing the Stunt Capo trick at ConChord, and happened upon the idea independently. Great minds think alike! :-)

Blake's Toastmaster concert was a lot of fun, and he surprised me with a couple of songs I hadn't heard before.
Blake's Toastmaster concert was a lot of fun, and he surprised me with a couple of songs I hadn't heard before.

I accompanied Blake on guitar for the song Proteins. It's still my all-time favorite Blake song.
I accompanied Blake on guitar for the song Proteins. It's still my all-time favorite Blake song.

Here, Michelle Dockrey and I sing backup on 'The World's Destroyed'. I can't link a lyric because the song is brand new, but it's a cheerful and upbeat song about how wonderful Armageddon would be.

(Photo by Matt Dockrey)
Here, Michelle Dockrey and I sing backup on 'The World's Destroyed'. I can't link a lyric because the song is brand new, but it's a cheerful and upbeat song about how wonderful Armageddon would be.

(Photo by Matt Dockrey)

Friday night's Filk Circle. A trio of Bohnhoffs (Alex, Jeff, Maya), with a trio of Taylors (30th anniversary CE, 6-series CE, Dreadnought).
Friday night's Filk Circle. A trio of Bohnhoffs (Alex, Jeff, Maya), with a trio of Taylors (30th anniversary CE, 6-series CE, Dreadnought).

Our Guest of Honor, Terrence Chua, belts one out in circle on Friday night. Terrence was a huge amount of fun, with a seemingly endless song supply on any subject.

He is also great at doing covers. He did some Dar Williams covers I really enjoyed, and I was especially impressed to hear him cover Dire Straits' 'Romeo and Juliet' at one point during the weekend. I thought I was the only person who knew that song. :-)
Our Guest of Honor, Terrence Chua, belts one out in circle on Friday night. Terrence was a huge amount of fun, with a seemingly endless song supply on any subject.

He is also great at doing covers. He did some Dar Williams covers I really enjoyed, and I was especially impressed to hear him cover Dire Straits' 'Romeo and Juliet' at one point during the weekend. I thought I was the only person who knew that song. :-)

Saturday afternoon, Alex Bohnhoff plays his first Filk concert, a set of soulful songs with careful guitar arrangements.
Saturday afternoon, Alex Bohnhoff plays his first Filk concert, a set of soulful songs with careful guitar arrangements.

The Harmony Heifers do their Saturday afternoon concert, with songs from their upcoming eponymous debut album.

From left to right: Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff, Chris Dickenson, and Elizabeth Burnham.
The Harmony Heifers do their Saturday afternoon concert, with songs from their upcoming eponymous debut album.

From left to right: Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff, Chris Dickenson, and Elizabeth Burnham.

Our Interfilk guest, Adam Selzer, performing on Saturday afternoon. He was wonderful, playing a mixture of songs, from the extremely twisted to the brilliantly poetic. I bought his album on the spot.
Our Interfilk guest, Adam Selzer, performing on Saturday afternoon. He was wonderful, playing a mixture of songs, from the extremely twisted to the brilliantly poetic. I bought his album on the spot.

The Interfilk auction (in which the organization raises money to cross-pollinate filkers from far-flung locations) is always fun and crazy, and seems to get crazier every year. Here, con chair Lynn Gold is trying to get Interfilk director Kathleen Sloan to up her bid on one of the items, a process known as 'wenching'.

Kathleen was heard to say something along the lines of 'Even though I don't swing that way, I'm finding this surprisingly pleasant.'
The Interfilk auction (in which the organization raises money to cross-pollinate filkers from far-flung locations) is always fun and crazy, and seems to get crazier every year. Here, con chair Lynn Gold is trying to get Interfilk director Kathleen Sloan to up her bid on one of the items, a process known as 'wenching'.

Kathleen was heard to say something along the lines of 'Even though I don't swing that way, I'm finding this surprisingly pleasant.'

Lynn Gold and Interfilk director Nick Smith auction off a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.
Lynn Gold and Interfilk director Nick Smith auction off a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.

Here, special guests Adam English and Rand Bellavia of Ookla the Mok present their donation to the Interfilk auction: An early pre-release copy of their new upcoming CD.

Spring seems to be 'the time' for upcoming CDs, I think something like four were announced at this con. :-)
Here, special guests Adam English and Rand Bellavia of Ookla the Mok present their donation to the Interfilk auction: An early pre-release copy of their new upcoming CD.

Spring seems to be 'the time' for upcoming CDs, I think something like four were announced at this con. :-)

Rand of Ookla the Mok wenches Kathleen.

It's sometime around here where the announcement is made that if the bid exceeds $130.00, Rand will 'drop trou'.

No, I'm not making this up.
Rand of Ookla the Mok wenches Kathleen.

It's sometime around here where the announcement is made that if the bid exceeds $130.00, Rand will 'drop trou'.

No, I'm not making this up.

The bid got quite high, and Adam eventually made the same offer to push the bid even higher. Here, he makes good on his promise.
The bid got quite high, and Adam eventually made the same offer to push the bid even higher. Here, he makes good on his promise.

And now it's Rand's turn.

I told you the Interfilk auctions got crazier every year.

Next year, I expect either full-on lap dances or some kind of strange 'Fear-Factor'-esque display of constitution.
And now it's Rand's turn.

I told you the Interfilk auctions got crazier every year.

Next year, I expect either full-on lap dances or some kind of strange 'Fear-Factor'-esque display of constitution.

Blake does a bit of wenching of his own. It's surprising how often Kathleen is the one bidding on these items in her own auction. I heard you could go blind doing that. :-)
Blake does a bit of wenching of his own. It's surprising how often Kathleen is the one bidding on these items in her own auction. I heard you could go blind doing that. :-)

Lynn and Kathleen demonstrate the sheer magnitude of the Great Mutant Lemons.
Lynn and Kathleen demonstrate the sheer magnitude of the Great Mutant Lemons.

The JT Filkers perform a concert on Saturday afternoon.
The JT Filkers perform a concert on Saturday afternoon.

Dinner break!

Michelle and Matt Dockrey are clearly enjoying themselves.
Dinner break!

Michelle and Matt Dockrey are clearly enjoying themselves.

Nancy Freeman poses for the camera with the Wooden Indian.

Her next album is due to start production as soon as schedules will allow, and I'm honored that she invited me to sing on it. I'm looking forward to it.
Nancy Freeman poses for the camera with the Wooden Indian.

Her next album is due to start production as soon as schedules will allow, and I'm honored that she invited me to sing on it. I'm looking forward to it.

Here we see Jeff Bohnhoff, Chris Dickenson, Amanda Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff, and Kristine Bohnhoff, hanging out waiting for a table.

Dinner breaks are tough on the restaurants surrounding the con. We descend upon these poor places, in groups of 50 or so, and demand to be seated. We usually get results when we threaten to begin singing.
Here we see Jeff Bohnhoff, Chris Dickenson, Amanda Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff, and Kristine Bohnhoff, hanging out waiting for a table.

Dinner breaks are tough on the restaurants surrounding the con. We descend upon these poor places, in groups of 50 or so, and demand to be seated. We usually get results when we threaten to begin singing.

Wait a minute. What exactly is this guy trying to make with those balloons?
Wait a minute. What exactly is this guy trying to make with those balloons?

Ah, phew, just a harmless little T-rex. Michelle gave this Rex a good home, with Seanan McGuire, who was said to make squeaky "oooh it's so cuuuuute" noises upon receipt.
Ah, phew, just a harmless little T-rex. Michelle gave this Rex a good home, with Seanan McGuire, who was said to make squeaky "oooh it's so cuuuuute" noises upon receipt.

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The Guest of Honor concert on Saturday night. Terrence Chua sings the chorus of a Cthulu-themed Abba parody.

Kathleen Sloan leads the audience in the proper pantomime, involving using your fingers to simulate tentacles dangling from your chin.

Yes, adults do this.

Come on, I saw an arena of several thousand do the 'YMCA' dance, and this is so much more clever than that.
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The Guest of Honor concert on Saturday night. Terrence Chua sings the chorus of a Cthulu-themed Abba parody.

Kathleen Sloan leads the audience in the proper pantomime, involving using your fingers to simulate tentacles dangling from your chin.

Yes, adults do this.

Come on, I saw an arena of several thousand do the 'YMCA' dance, and this is so much more clever than that.

Saturday night, the Harmony Heifers had a release party for their upcoming album in the Con Suite, and it was there that Blake and Jenn once again demonstrated their compatibility.

Upon seeing this molecular model on the shelf, they immediately began to analyze it to try to determine what molecule it was, naming the various structures and atoms, and coming to a quick consensus. (It's a caffeine molecule, if I recall correctly.)

I mean, come on. How cool is that?

No pressure, guys.

(Photo by Matt Dockrey)
Saturday night, the Harmony Heifers had a release party for their upcoming album in the Con Suite, and it was there that Blake and Jenn once again demonstrated their compatibility.

Upon seeing this molecular model on the shelf, they immediately began to analyze it to try to determine what molecule it was, naming the various structures and atoms, and coming to a quick consensus. (It's a caffeine molecule, if I recall correctly.)

I mean, come on. How cool is that?

No pressure, guys.

(Photo by Matt Dockrey)

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One of the circles on Saturday night.

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One of the circles on Saturday night.

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Sunday morning in the concert room. Adam Selzer, Kathleen Sloan, and the Dockreys.

Kathleen claims the object is a device for massaging your own back. But we had our doubts. I mean, look at the thing.
Sunday morning in the concert room. Adam Selzer, Kathleen Sloan, and the Dockreys.

Kathleen claims the object is a device for massaging your own back. But we had our doubts. I mean, look at the thing.

Escape Key Performs.

Note the kilt.

Note that Matt hadn't remembered he was performing when he donned the kilt that morning.

When he sat down, I clearly heard Jane Mailander gasp and declare him a true Scotsman.
Escape Key Performs.

Note the kilt.

Note that Matt hadn't remembered he was performing when he donned the kilt that morning.

When he sat down, I clearly heard Jane Mailander gasp and declare him a true Scotsman.

Here, I'm performing an Indigo Girls cover with my good friends Michelle and Callie. I always feel special when I can perform with such great musicians. Singing harmony with them brings up the level of my performance so much.

Callie went above and beyond the call of duty, learning the song in a very short crash-course session the night before. It came out wonderfully and I was very proud to be a part of it.

Oh, and I'm borrowing Alex Bohnhoff's guitar here, since my guitar is in a nonstandard tuning at that moment. Thanks, Alex!

(Photo by Matt Dockrey, weak camera flash and bad grain in low-light situations by Canon)
Here, I'm performing an Indigo Girls cover with my good friends Michelle and Callie. I always feel special when I can perform with such great musicians. Singing harmony with them brings up the level of my performance so much.

Callie went above and beyond the call of duty, learning the song in a very short crash-course session the night before. It came out wonderfully and I was very proud to be a part of it.

Oh, and I'm borrowing Alex Bohnhoff's guitar here, since my guitar is in a nonstandard tuning at that moment. Thanks, Alex!

(Photo by Matt Dockrey, weak camera flash and bad grain in low-light situations by Canon)

I took a chance and colored outside the Filk lines a bit for my Sunday afternoon two-fer. I played the Steve Morse instrumental, Modoc. It seemed to go over quite well. 

(Photo by Michelle Dockrey)
I took a chance and colored outside the Filk lines a bit for my Sunday afternoon two-fer. I played the Steve Morse instrumental, Modoc. It seemed to go over quite well.

(Photo by Michelle Dockrey)

Ookla the Mok perform on Sunday afternoon.
Ookla the Mok perform on Sunday afternoon.

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A snippet of Ookla the Mok's song, 'F. People'.
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A snippet of Ookla the Mok's song, 'F. People'.

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The Dead Squid circle on Sunday night. Thus named in honor of the Cthulu-themed portions of the con.

I can't say enough good things about the Dead Dog circles at Consonance, they are fantastic every year and are more than worth staying the extra day to attend.

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The Dead Squid circle on Sunday night. Thus named in honor of the Cthulu-themed portions of the con.

I can't say enough good things about the Dead Dog circles at Consonance, they are fantastic every year and are more than worth staying the extra day to attend.

To view this photo properly, click on it a second time to get the enlarged version, then use the scroll bars to move around the picture.

Blake sings a song with Leslie Fish during the Dead Squid late Sunday night.

It was a great con, see you all next year!
Blake sings a song with Leslie Fish during the Dead Squid late Sunday night.

It was a great con, see you all next year!

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