Band Log, 5/18/09

Tonight was our first band practice. It actually went as well as I expected, which wasn’t bad at all. We had all four instruments there, and we had communication and commitment to practice.

And I just have to say, it felt good making music with other people again.

I feel fortunate that a trumpet is in our band, just because we’re in the same key. Plus, she’s a musician (she has an actual degree), and she can give me tips. She taught me a little bit about blues and jazz today, and we did a little bit of call-and-response with a relatively easy chord progression.

The reason Mr. Coleman emphasized learning scales and arpeggios? Jazz and blues. I have to thank him for that. I’m not good by any means, but I certainly have a deeper appreciation and understanding of music beyond notes on a page.

Practice is essential. It’s critical. There’s always time for it.

We decided to go over “Postcards from Italy” by Beirut. It’s such a great song, and I think it matches our instruments quite well. We also want to work on “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver, as well as Ingrid Michaelson’s “Be OK.”

We seem to work pretty well together. There doesn’t seem to be any one leader, but that may change with each song.

Yeah. Practice was great fun, and I love learning and harmonizing and picking out my part.

Can’t wait for our next practice.

Then? We’ll start calling practices “rehearsals.” Then we’ll play for an actual audience. Then we’ll start recording and mixing and editing our stuff. Then we’ll start booking gigs. Then we’ll tour New England then the Eastern seaboard. Then most likely Utah. We’ll sell CDs and t-shirts. We’ll have roadies and groupies and get addicted to Diet Coke and party into the wee hours of the morning. Our 2nd album will only be marginally better than our freshman attempt and we’ll get “this” close to breaking up, but we’ll stick it out and take some time to rework our favorite songs and polish the ones we’ve written ourselves. Our third album will be a huge hit, so we’ll have to take time out, as VH1 will want to feature us on their next “Behind the Music” series. So, between that and the charities we’ll advocate, we’ll squeeze out some time for us to visit our families. 30 years from now, TimeLife Music will make one of those infomercials with our music as a part of an early 21st century “eclectic band” collection. And I can’t wait for our band to perform on Lawrence Welk. That’s when we know we’ve made it big.

I really love our band.