Upcoming Concerts

  • Sep 20
    Jason Crosby Shelter-In-Place Session #187 at Howling Moon Studios
    Bay Area, CA
Sep 20
Jason Crosby Shelter-In-Place Session #187 at Howling Moon Studios - Bay Area, CA

Moonalice News

  • Full Moonalice Poster Artists Take On The Pandemic
  • 4/20 Posters!!! Check Them Out!!!
  • Moonlight In The Darkness Postponed - Enjoy Posters From Cancelled Dates
  • Tour dates cancelled; Announcement of Moonlight in Darkness livestream tour
  • Fear the coronavirus? Here’s how to watch live music from home
  • Barry Sless interviews on Grateful Web and KPFA's Dead to the World
  • Legendary Poster Artist Wes Wilson Dies at 82
  • Introducing ... Full Moonalice!
  • Thank you for an amazing year!
  • Sisters & Brothers is the new Moonalice!
Full Moonalice Poster Artists Take On The Pandemic
4/20 Posters!!! Check Them Out!!!
Moonlight In The Darkness Postponed - Enjoy Posters From Cancelled Dates
Tour dates cancelled; Announcement of Moonlight in Darkness livestream tour
Fear the coronavirus? Here’s how to watch live music from home
Barry Sless interviews on Grateful Web and KPFA's Dead to the World
Legendary Poster Artist Wes Wilson Dies at 82
Introducing ... Full Moonalice!
Thank you for an amazing year!
Sisters & Brothers is the new Moonalice!

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Sep 16, 2020 / Jason Crosby Shelter-In-Place Session #183 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 17, 2020 / Thank Goddess It's Thursday w/ T Sisters Shelter-In-Place Session (Bay Area)
    Our spring tour has been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 17, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #184 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 14, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #181 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 12, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #179 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 18, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #185 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 13, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #180 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 15, 2020 / Terrier Tuesday w/ Erika & Ben Shelter-In-Place Session (Bay Area)
    Our spring tour has been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 15, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #182 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 19, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #186 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 16, 2020 / Jason Crosby Shelter-In-Place Session #183 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 17, 2020 / Thank Goddess It's Thursday w/ T Sisters Shelter-In-Place Session (Bay Area)
Our spring tour has been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 17, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #184 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 14, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #181 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 12, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #179 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 18, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #185 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 13, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #180 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 15, 2020 / Terrier Tuesday w/ Erika & Ben Shelter-In-Place Session (Bay Area)
Our spring tour has been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 15, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #182 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 19, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #186 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...

Constellation Rag

Credits: 
Roger McNamee
Credits Lyrics: 
Roger McNamee
Credits Music: 
Roger McNamee

Constellation Rag

Wash your hands in my finger bowl, Baby, then let your pinkies dry
I’ll let you hold my fuzzy peaches, if you’ll let me taste your pie
You may hold my peaches, Baby, you may drive my car
‘Cuz in my constellation, Baby, you know you’re the brightest star!

You can take all my money, Honey you gotta take me as well
I wouldn’t how to live without you, but then you never can tell
You still stir my sugar, Baby, you still lick my jar
‘Cuz in my constellation, Baby, you know you’re the brightest star!

I will clean your chimney, Baby, when you need your ashes hauled
I’ll unclog your carburetor, when your car has stalled
You may try to leave, but you won’t get too far
‘Cuz in my constellation, Baby, you know you’re the brightest star!

I know we’ll grow old together, two sweet peas in a pod
Lovey dovey senior citizens may strike some as odd
I will do whatever you ask, I’ll follow you to Mars
‘Cuz in my constellation, Baby, you know you’re the brightest star!

Performers: 
Roger McNamee

I'm pretty sure I wrote it on the same vacation as Tell Me It's Okay. It was a good week. :-) Back in 1999-2001, the Flying Other Brothers had an annual one-week band camp with Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Pete Sears, and GE Smith. Jorma, Jack, and Pete were 3/5ths of Hot Tuna and GE had recently left Saturday Night Live. Hot Tuna's recording of Hesitation Blues was one of the songs that made me want to play guitar, and those three weeks were life changing. Before our third band camp, I wrote Constellation Rag as an homage to Jorma and Jack. I borrowed licks and cliché lyrics from a dozen ragtime blues songs and assembled them into Constellation Rag. The music was tricky, but the lyrics took only an hour. My personal touch was to make Constellation a ragtime love song, rather than a blues. At that time, I could not finger pick, so I learned it with a flatpick, which took longer than I would have liked. One of my greatest thrills occurred a couple years later when the FOB Four quartet (Pete, Barry, Ann, Roger) played the song at Jorma's Fur Peace Ranch concert hall, with Jack on bass. A few years later, Jack joined us in the formation of Moonalice.

In the early days of Moonalice, we didn't play many songs written for the FOBs. That changed at a Jewels in the Square gig, when we played Tell Me It's Okay just for the fun of it. Playing the song was a blast, and the audience loved it. After that, we tested other songs: Happy Endings, Nick of Time, Silver Lining, and Constellation Rag. All of them were reborn in Moonalice.

Roger McNamee