This week marks two excellent gigs. Friday we play at an original venue called the Logan House in Wilmington with another band opening for us. Saturday we play at our home base, the Deer Park. Having a back-to-back like this reminds me of the old days, when we played three gigs a week. It was a bit nuts back then, but of course I was younger, with no family and a job I really wasn't interested in.
The band practiced Monday, and it was one of our better practices. It was such in part because I came into it with a defined game plan, coupled with the added pressure of the upcoming gigs. I knew I could drive them hard because they knew we weren't ready. So in the first half we cranked through covers in our regular set that needed polish. In the second half we reviewed originals recently added, and we added a new one. I have so much new material that it is really becoming difficult for me to contain my anxiousness to work on them with the band. But with looming big gigs I had to bite the bullet and do what was right for the gigs. Adding one song was all I could expect to accomplish. The rest will have to be saved for another day.
As I mentioned previously - gigs coming up are so important to adding some focus and a sense of urgency to a band's musical work.
If you, dear readers, are interested, stop by this weekend, saddle up to the bar, have a beer, and listen to the band. One thing about us is that we keep coming. We keep trying, keep getting better, inch by inch. We're the little engine that could. I'm so happy that each band member has gotten better over time, and we are more in synch than ever.
There truly are few things in this world like a good band in sync with each other and with their audience. It can bring a higher state of consciousness & connectedness. The venue in which it has been easiest for this band to accomplish that feat is the Deer Park. If you want to feel a great live environment, stop by there and see us. A fine event with music to sooth the soul is guaranteed!
One recommendation - bring earplugs. We can tend to be loud. But in a good way. Really!