"don't ask"

"don't ask"

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What would you get if you threw the Eagles,CSNY, Eric Clapton, and James Taylor in a humongous bubbling cauldron and added Pacific Northwest spices and microbrews? You'd probably get a concoction that tastes like- "don't ask".

Biography

TODD CHRISTOFFEL Born in Chicago, Todd got his first taste of songwriting while making up irreverent lyrics to hymns which he belted out in Catholic church. As a youngster, he remembers his grandfather weeping while he serenaded him with Christmas carols (Was he really bad or really good?). Todd is self-taught and influenced by melodic songwriters such as the Beatles, Paul Simon, Elton John and the like. Todd has lived in Seattle for over 20 years now, has an amazing lack of stage fright and has written songs for as long as he can remember. These songs take up a tremendous amount of his limited gray matter.

CRISPIN FAGET A native of New Orleans, Crispin bonded with the guitar in his early teens and developed his musical skills without formal training. Despite a southern residency, his influences were British, notably Wishbone Ash, Barclay James Harvest and British blues a la Eric Clapton and John Mayall. In 1989 Crispin moved to Seattle and soon became a founding member of Don't Ask. An occasional songwriter, his primary contribution to the band is the guitar, embellishing the songs with melodic accompaniment and solos. Additionally, he performs the vital function of capo position enforcement, citing (name withheld) for numerous infractions. Crispin has more than enough stage fright to offset Todd's lack thereof but nothing a couple of pints and an appreciative audience can't cure.

DOUG ASLIN When he was young, Doug was an aspiring trombonist. As luck would have it, he knocked out his teeth in a bicycle accident and fate handed him drum sticks instead (Not to worry, he has teeth today).

Thus began his drumming career at age 8. A Northwest native, Doug joined Don't Ask in 1996. Influenced by the perfected art of Dave Weckle, Dennis Chambers and William Kennedy, he takes a minimalist approach to the band's music. His role, as he will tell you, is to drive the group with subtle nuance, to get down when necessary, and embellish the melody at all cost.

JIM FINK- Newest addition to the band. Bass player extraordinaire! Left handed bass and upright bass too! At least he was upright last time we checked!

JILL CHRISTOFFEL- Fills out the third harmony and adds hand percussion to the mix.

Lyrics

Seattle Day

Written By: C. 2000 T. Christoffel

Seattle Day C. 2000 T. Christoffel

Another foggy, foggy Seattle day
Another soggy, soggy Seattle day
I peel the covers off and wonder
Am I getting up?
Or should I just lie here and stall
Whatever happened to that list of
What to do today?
What must I do today?
I can’t recall

Another gray cloud
A graying Seattle day
Another raindrop
Chilly Seattle rain
And people wander by as if
In some hypnotic haze
Their psyches shacked to the sky
While all the city mumbles on and on
Just rained upon
And stumble on in their rain staccato lives

Another foggy, foggy Seattle day
Another soggy, soggy Seattle day

Creeks Run Dry

Written By: C. 2000 T. Christoffel

Creeks Run Dry C.2000 T. Christoffel

I’ll slake your thirst
When all the creeks run dry
I’ll share a sip of springwater cold
I’ll mop your brow
When the sun how it boils the sky
When all the creeks run dry

I’ll hold your hand
When you are fed by fear
I’ll sing a song
O sweet, soft, and low
I’ll slake your thirst
When all the creeks run dry
I will show
You will know

When to slog slowly on
Seems to sap all your strength
When the hill seeks too steep
For the climb
There was just one small measure
Of strength you reserved
That could help you
Keep on one more time

I’ll slake your thirst
When all the creeks run dry
I’ll share a sip of springwater cold
I’ll mop your brow
When the sun how it boils the sky
When all the creeks run dry

Nothing

Written By: C. 2000 T. Christoffel

Nothing C. 2000 T. Christoffel

He had promise
He was dreamy
He was shining in every review
She was witty
She was brilliant
And they both fell in love, it is true

(chorus)

Nothing you can say
Nothing you can do
Nothing can take me from you

They were married
They had babies
He’s a job to buy trinkets they own
They got busy
They got lazy
And the time scorched the promise
Once sown

(chorus)

They gave up “me”
They became “we”
It was hopeless for them to resist
They are selfless
They are steady
They have basically ceased to exist

(chorus)

Discography

Nothing- 2003 Wily Wombat Wecords

There's a Monkey on My Grape-1999 Wily Wombat Wecords

Set List

Sets are usually 30 to 40 minutes and contain a mix of released and new original music.
We would do rockin' upbeat numbers from both Cd's and then add in a couple from a future released CD.