The time has come to speak of New Hampshire, the state of my rearing. New Hampshire, The Gentlemen have put you On Notice.
I, Andy Bean, this essay’s author and a noted 4-stringed instrumentalist, spent a majority of my formative years cavorting about the granite state. There, between the ages of 4 and 18, I humbly gathered a small passel of those accolades common amongst promising rural young persons. For the people and places of New Hampshire, I developed a lasting affection. Surely, I thought at the time, when I return to this state some years in the future, as one half of a majestic two man musical combo, my home state will welcome me with open ears and wallets. But, oh the naivety of youth!
Over the last two summers, The Gentlemen have performed in New Hampshire twice. Attendance at these recitals, despite splendid work by the recitals’ organizers and glowing notices in some of the state’s leading dailies, has been abominable.
Perhaps, I mused to my partner, The Councilman, My Youthful accolades have little influence on the habits of two-man music enthusiasts.
How I wish I knew you in your fit & able youth, replied The Councilman. I tire of your older self.
After such failures, a less understanding duo might abandon the state altogether. But, given my personal ties to the area and my habit of returning there frequently to murder fish with a stick and hook, we have vowed to give New Hampshire one last opportunity to witness our musical prowess. Two concerts approach.
Friday, November 20th at The Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, NH.
Saturday, November 21st at The Brass Heart Inn in Chocorua, NH.
As we wish to leave little to chance with attendance at these performances, we shall now entice you, New Hampshirites and music lovers all over New England, with two items.
- We have composed a musical number about Franklin Pierce, our nation’s 14th President and the only one from the Granite State.
We will perform this composition at both New Hampshire engagements. In the songs, we proudly rhyme Pierce with Beers. It is not to be missed.
- And for those amongst you who require a more visual temptation, I present to you the following photograph.
It shows yours truly attempting to remove fish from a New Hampshire river by force. Sometimes, a man must do his fishing in short pants.
See, New Hampshirites! Franklin Pierce, Fishing, Short Pants! You and The Gentlemen have common interests! Let us prove this to you in person next month. Join us, won’t you?
Yours very truly,
Andy Bean, Former New Hampshirite
The Two Man Gentlemen Band