Part Of The Pack

Part Of The Pack

John 5:44

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

When I was younger I use to seek the approval of others as validation of my skills and talents.  I used this approval as validation of myself and what I was doing.

We all want to be liked by others.

We are social creatures and need to be part of the pack, the herd, the pride.

Our social order is based on the approval and validation of others.  Those most accepted, those obtaining the glory from others are the ones who move up the chain. Continue reading

Part Of The Pack

Part Of The Pack

John 5:44

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

When I was younger I use to seek the approval of others as validation of my skills and talents.  I used this approval as validation of myself and what I was doing.

We all want to be liked by others.

We are social creatures and need to be part of the pack, the herd, the pride.

Our social order is based on the approval and validation of others.  Those most accepted, those obtaining the glory from others are the ones who move up the chain. Continue reading

Band Back-Burnered

Band Back-Burnered

The thought of looking for a band has really been put on the back burner.  Right now I’m spending a lot of time working with and learning about recording.

The other day I was contacted by a local band with booked gigs and they were looking for a drummer.

At first that old instinct kicked in, that instinct to just say yes because it’s a band with some gigs, a working band. Continue reading

The Band I Left (Part VIII – The End)

The Band I Left (Part VIII – The End)

The final installment – enough’s enough.

Tomorrow night is the first gig.  Expectations are running low for the overall performance of this band.

The guys in the band are nice enough fellows but lack musical talent.

Last night we had what you would call the dress rehearsal.  I guess just getting through all the songs without any disastrous mistakes was a major victory.  But the amount of bad notes and bad timing was very disconcerting.  What really makes it bad is most of the songs these guys have been learning for over 6 months and now after almost three and a half months of rehearsals with me we have maybe two hours worth of material.

At last night’s rehearsal we didn’t get through one song without some very noticeable error.  They were mainly wrong notes and chords. Most of the songs were simple rock and roll songs from the sixties.

So here is my quandary. Continue reading

The Band I Left (Part III)

The Band I Left (Part III)

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

At Least I Got Some More Experience

At Least I Got Some More Experience

I wrote this piece back when I was rehearsing with a band that never made it off the ground.  After three months of weekly rehearsals, only having two sets of material and no gigs I decided to do something else.

Currently I’m not actively seeking a band but will certainly listen to any offers that may present themselves.  If you read some of my previous posts you know that I’ve moved into home recording and I am looking to collaborate with some fellow musicians that I have worked with in the past.

Anyway here’s what I wrote. Continue reading

If You Can Count It, You Can Play It

If You Can Count It, You Can Play It

One of the basic lessons I learned when I was taking drum lessons was how to count time.

I learned the basic 1,2,3,4  for quarter notes, 1N,2N,3N,4N for eighth notes , 1ENA, 2ENA, 3ENA, 4ENA for sixteenth notes and 1NA,2NA, 3NA, 4NA for eighth note triplets.

My teacher would say, “If you can count it, you can play it.

This is true.

I play predominantly by feel.  I can read music but it’s been so long since I had to that it takes my brain too long to process what I’m reading into my hands.  I should practice it more but there are just so many things you can work on in such limited time.  Once I finally translate the notes on the page into a feel I forget about the written notes and only use it to reference where I am in the song.

For years just about every song I ever learned I learned by simply listening to it to get the feel and then the arrangement which generally changed when the band covered it.

Recently one of the songs I had to learn for a band had a very syncopated rhythm. Continue reading