I’m Not Too Old For This Business

I’m Not Too Old For This Business

I have written on a number of occasions about my struggles in finding a working band.  Not a full time, make a living working band, just a decent local band that plays a couple a times a month or once or twice a week.

Lately I have not let this bother me as much as it has in the past.

My friend who I am looking to work with again has semi retired and moved to Florida.  He left his production company, downsized his life and is getting back into music.

I am looking forward to working with him again and we have started doing so.  I have setup my home recording studio, he has his and we send files back and forth.

This long distance writing, recording and collaborating has helped to offset the frustration I have with the local music scene.

This morning as I was getting dressed for my day job, once again the thought crossed my mind that maybe I’m just too old for this.  It’s not the first time I thought about it or have written about it. 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 VII)

The Band I Left (Part VII)

(It’s over – maybe)

Tonight may be my final rehearsal with this band.

I’m really not looking forward to rehearsing and that is a very good indicator that it’s time to move on.

I have reached the point where I would rather stay home and work on various aspects of my playing than drive to the other side of the county to rehearse with some players that are still struggling with learning new material.

It’s now been two months of weekly rehearsals and tonight will be the ninth time we rehearsed together as a band.

In that amount of time we have put together nineteen songs, eighteen of which are songs that the other two players have spent months learning and rehearsing.  So in eight rehearsals together we have managed to add one new song that we had to learn together.

Tonight we are supposed to add four more songs.  I am really curious to see if they are even close to knowing these songs.  Even if by some miracle they have them down and ready to go that’s only twenty three songs. Continue reading

The Band I Left (Part II)

The Band I Left (Part II)

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

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