Sand Castles is one of my songs (Music and lyrics) that I performed both as a solo act and with Nightwatch.
The recording I found is of me and Andy Patterson performing with just piano and drums. Andy was in several “versions” of Lazerwind, Nightwatch and we often would do shows as just a duet. I always loved performing with Andy. On the drums he was like a mind reader, able to stick with me no matter where I went with a song. (and with me that could be a challenge) His singing voice was an awesome match with mine and when we sang together it always felt “just right.”
When Nightwatch would do longer format shows we would “bring it down” and do acoustic/unplugged songs to separate what was essentially the 1st and 2nd act. Sand Castles was a regularly featured song for these quiet sections.
The photo I’ve used in this post is during one of these quite sections, on one of my all-time favorite (Nightwatch) stage sets. (That’s Bob Oats on the acoustic guitar) All the usual equipment, amplifiers, etc. were kept off stage,out of sight, giving the stage a very open feel. I particularly loved the 9’ grand piano that came up through the stage on an elevator.