Another section about “The Band I Left”. This was written about three weeks into rehearsals.
A little bit more each day I am starting to have my reservations about the band.
My gut instinct about the bass player seems to be coming true.
Both of these guys are decent and polite fellows who are very easy to get along with, but the bass player is just a bit full of himself. He tends to speak before he should.
He’s been talking about getting us booked for New Years Eve and making a couple a grand for the night. I don’t see that happening. Not here and not with this band.
He also started talking about booking gigs at the shore and making a couple a hundred per night per man. Again I don’t see it with this band.
I think he tends to speak of his wishes and dreams not reality.
Last week he was telling me and the keyboard player about this young guitar player and vocalist who would be joining the band. Continue reading
Part II of my brief journey with a band that never got off the ground.
I’m not sure how this band is going to work out. Maybe I’m over thinking the whole situation.
The guys are good people.
The keyboard player is very genuine. The bass player has a touch of being full of himself and I’m not quite sure how big of a bull shitter he may be.
We had rehearsal the other night and we recorded it. The quality of the recording is good enough that I can use it to learn the songs and their arrangements. Getting the feel of the songs is easy, it’s the arrangements that I need to hear a couple of times.
Listening to this recording a couple of things stood out.
The vocals are not exactly high quality but compared to most bands I worked with in this area they are not bad.
The keyboard player has a decent feel for the music but plays very, very, very simple parts, not much more than some chords. Continue reading
I’m going to post some pieces that I wrote when I started rehearsing with a band last year. I’ll post them in chronological order so you can see how the whole thing developed or maybe I should say devolved.
I thought I would bring you up to date on how things are going with finding a band.
I hope I have at least found a start.
The week before I left for a one week vacation in Texas I responded to an ad that was posted on Craigslist.
The ad stated that the band was looking for a drummer and would be gigging two to four times a month. They already had a bass player, keyboard player and were also looking for a guitar player. Both current band members did vocals.
Their music was sixties, seventies, eighties and some recent songs.
Hooray it wasn’t metal. Not that I have anything against metal. It’s just not my cup of tea and it seems to be all there is in this area.
The ad also said they had some booked gigs but had to cancel them due to the loss of band members.
I was able to research the name on their response back to me and determined that the bass player had played in bands around this area many, many, years ago.
I auditioned and got the gig. Continue reading
I have my home recording studio up and running and I love every minute I spend with it. Even when I’m frustrated because something isn’t working, which is usually caused by my ignorance, I love figuring out the problem.
With the advances of technology I am able to actually try my hand at writing some songs. They are more like sketches of songs and basics grooves. After getting these basic ideas down, usually with a bass and keyboards, I’ll then lay down some drum tracks with either the electronic kit or the acoustic kit.
Over the past two weeks I was able to lay down two basic ideas for songs and I was astounded that they sounded pretty good. I was very pleased with myself if I might say so.
Yea I know I wrote them so my judgment may be just a bit impaired by my ego.
But honestly I think they are pretty good. Continue reading