Monday, July 10, 2006

Okay... so that SUCKED

I arrived a little early to practice last night and played till' bout 12:30 in the morning. They weren't that friendly from the get-go. Never seemed to get on the good side and felt like I was in the way.

So here it is...the band that invited me to rehearse with them has decided to cancel their invitation to me for future practice sessions, saying that I'm stalling their progress, frustrating them. I'm not upset about it at all, it just ended an unnecessary streak of frustration on my and their part. But we're cool.

The good thing is from that journey I learned what types of songs I sound good at. So it gave me a good direction to move forward with. I'm quickly learning that the personal dynamic of the band members is a huge factor...almost the sole driving factor of how things work out on stage. So I've set out to learn songs that really mean something to me. I'm covering all the songs of a disk that Shannon sent me after we first met. Maybe after I learn those songs I find some local folks with similar musical taste.

Meanwhile, I've posted another ad on Bend's Craigslist.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So tell me again what you're trying to do? Just get together and jam? Work hard on learning certain songs? Latch on with a band?

Do you write songs?

I'm new to Bend, early 30s, a guitar player and into the same kind of stuff you just curious what your aim is.

July 24, 2006  
Blogger Slider said...

What I want to do is work with a group of people to create a live musical experience. I'm really inspired by the Flaming Lips' showmanship and how they involve the audience and assert themselves with their unique sounds. Likewise, I also like how the Beta Band & Radio Head experiment and implement very cool, not-on-this-planet sounds into their music.

I'm also really into the organic feel of the Jayhawks, Wilco and U2.

I'm developing a solo show right now, writing my own songs, planning on investing in a looping pedal and a small PA system. But I'd rather be working with a group, creating songs that intrigue people.

I think the perfect situation for me would be finding a guitarist and a drummer who both like the same vibes. Practice (twice a week- evenings) some covers that we all like, discovering how we all work with each other. Then start developing songs for a live shows for weekend trips to the Valley and here in Bend, promoting an independent album.

And You? Are you interested in practicing for, developing originality and playing live gigs?

July 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...well, playing in the valley sounds a bit ambitious, but I think we're generally on the same wavelength. I mostly sit around my house (westside) fiddling around on the guitar - either playing songs by bands I like or coming up with my own little riffs and whatnot. I've been playing guitar for 13 years and have written a few songs - one I played at my wedding, one at a friend's funeral - but those were for just me and my guitar - no one else involved. Never been in a band.

I certainly am interested, I think, in getting together and playing music with like-minded folks, and then seeing what that becomes. As far as influences and faves go, I'm into mostly obscure indie rock - bands like Midlake, Human Television, David & The Citizens, Band of Horses and Brendan Benson are some of my favorites right now. I've always been that way, so I was digging on, say, The Shins or Spoon before they were big (not to sound too pretentious). Working a few years in college radio helped me dig pretty deep into the world of indie rock. I also tend to go for some twang (Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, et al) and some singer/songwriter type of stuff (Ryan Adams, Jose Gonzalez, Alexi Murdoch). I have all of Wilco's albums, many of the Lips', a few of Radiohead...generally I'm pretty up-to-date on good music, and there's a reason for that (which I won't go into here).

So, that's all I got for now. Oh and yes, Wolfmother does indeed rock.

August 02, 2006  
Blogger Slider said...

I'm very excited after reading your post. You've got great taste. I'm intrigued and interested in setting up a time to chat over a beer or coffee.

I've been playing the acoustic guitar off and on for about ten years and within that time period, this is the second time I've been this serious about it, writing and documentary producing grasped my attention.

I'm not great, but can hold a rhythm and I don't have to look at my hand to find the right chord. I’ve got a ways to go in vocal development. I’m a believer that some of the best rock singing voices are not necessarily very good – they are very consistent and refined in their own way.

I'm also interested in learning some back up vocals for bandmate performances.

Please drop me an email to set up a time to meet:

August 02, 2006  

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