01:20 pm - Band drama bullshit. Everything old is new again.... history repeats itself...same old song and dance... all good subject lines for this post.
I don't post here often. I don't have a lot to say, and I can usually say it in fewer words to a larger audience on facebook. But since some of the people I'm going to talk about are my friends on facebook this will not be posted there.
I love my band, great people, we all like each other. None of us are fantastically talented musicians, but we don't suck either. We have no ego problems to overcome, it's been my dream band for the last year or so. A few months ago we realized we had to add a good singer to be worth listening to. We put an ad on Craigs list and within a couple of weeks Angela came to us. It turns out that Jeff knew her husband from work. (Jeff and Sara are husband and wife, drummer and keyboard player and own the house were we practice). We were all impressed with Angela's voice, and her personality seemed like a great fit. We were instantly a better band with her on vocals. When she joined the band she mentioned that her family was looking for a new place to rent. It turns out the house right across the street from Jeff and Sara was for rent. So they moved in. everythings been going great! some of you were at my party and saw/heard for yourselves. The chemistry in the band was fantastic. Maybe a little two fantastic. After we played the block party and Jeff an Sara's last week I was sitting around after everyone had gone home, when Jeff asked me if I'd noticed any thing weird going on with Paul (guitarist) and Angela. I was relieved to know I wasn't the only one that noticed they seemed to be more then a little close. It wouldn't be a problem if they were both single, but their not, their both married. So yesterday I get an email from Jeff canceling band practice, because he had extra work stuff to do and had to "work late" that was followed immediately by a second email saying we needed to talk, lets meet for dinner. It turns out that Angela's husband is out of town, and you know who decided to spend the night. Now the future of this fun band is up in the air, all because two married people decided to act like two single people. Jeff is ready to kick one or both of them out. It's just two awkward when it involves his workmate and next door neighbor, long time good friend and band mate. I see his point. I'm hoping somehow we can pull it together and keep playing. I'm so tired of playing with people, getting to a point where we are about ready to start booking shows and have someone do something stupid, or get frustrated or what ever. I can't count how many times this has happened. Ok, I'm done venting, this is just between me and the few of you that might read this. and well NOT be repeated on facebook. ever.
01:30 pm - Airing band stuff. It feels like more of the same old story. You get involved in making music, you make progress you're almost ready to play in public and the shit hits the fan, the band breaks up, and you wonder if it's even worth trying again.
A year ago I auditioned to join "The Dairymen" and they liked me and I got the job. That same night a guy who was also trying out on rhythm guitar that I thought was really good both at guitar and lead/backing vocals was rejected because the "leader" didn't think he was a good fit. There were other things about "the leader" that kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but for the most part I liked the music and the drummer. We brought in a work friend of mine on guitar and he played with us through the summer, a couple of times "the leader" talked of replacing him too, I understood why he wasn't as good a fit as I'd hoped he would be. Eventually he left of his own accord and we moved on and found another guy who has been a very good fit (even though he's always at least a half hour late to every practice). Then a couple of months ago we added one more member on slide guitar this guy is an amazingly talented player. He has a great ear and picks songs up in an instant. He's really in a league above the rest of the band, but he seems to enjoy playing with us and doesn't seem to have any ego problems. Once we added him then "the leader" decided to add a bunch of new songs to feature the slide players talents. Of course that means our country rock band is becoming a little less rock and a lot more country. Ok, I can live with it, I'm still playing and having fun.
Now it seems that "the leader" has decided that our drummer, remember our drummer? I like him. he's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet, but he's only a mediocre drummer, however we share the same birthday! Anyway, "the leader" has decided the drummer just isn't keeping up with the rest of the band and now he wants to replace him. It would be one thing if "the leader" was a fantastic musician himself, but he's not, he struggles with his lead parts, his vocals while usually good aren't great. One of the reasons like being in this band is none of us, with the exception of Dr. Slide, are fantastic players. We're all at about the same level.
Anyway now I'm thinking that I will probably tell him that while he's looking for a new drummer he might as well shop for a new bass player too. I want to be in a band, where the friendship means as much as the music. I also don't care for the direction the music is taking. I haven't made up my mind yet. Our current drummer is in Alaska on business for a couple of weeks. we will have a new drummer trying out on Monday. I will see how I feel on Tuesday and Make up my mind. I've really been looking forward to playing some summertime gigs. but on the other hand this isn't the band I see myself with for the long haul. At least not with the current "leader".
11:29 am - Hi! Ringo is coming to town with his all Starr band this Saturday. I thought about going back when I heard about it, but didn't think to get tickets right away, by the time I looked on line all the reserved seats were sold out, leaving just lawn seats. With my screwed up knee I just don't like the idea of spending that much time sitting on the grass (It's at the winery in Woodenville) so I didn't bother buying tickets. Yesterday I checked just to see if it was sold out and found that there was a 10th Row single seat available, I almost bought it, but decided to wait. This morning I checked to see if it was still there and up popped a 4th row seat! So Saturday night I will be seeing a Beatle, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Rick Derringer, Richard Page (Mr. Mister) and Wally Palmar (Romantics), and Gregg Bissonette on drums.
05:45 pm - It only took 3 years! I just went back and dug up this old post, http://suspendted.livejournal.com/2007/01/19/ About how we suspended shipping to keep the FDA happy. After 3 years of limited shipping and jumping through hoops to please the feds we finally got back to unrestricted global shipping of our products. If anyone is looking for temp work in production, I imagine there will be some jobs opening soon at Physio.
09:08 pm - clueless. Yesterday I sent an Email to my representative in the house, David Reichert, telling him that I favor a public health plan and to please support it. I got his standard response to emails with health care in the subject line, telling how he is doing his best to fight a public health care plan for me.... damn republicans...They know they lost right?
I just got one of these, I just hooked it up and played a bit, but I don't sound this good.. yet...I'd keep playing but I was dripping sweat all over my guitar. I will take it with me for the open mic next Thursday and to my gig at the redmond farmers market on the 22nd.
12:50 pm - return engagent. I just found out that I will be playing at the carnation farmers market again tomorrow starting at 5:00pm! I guess they liked me well enough to invite me back. I'd love to see some friendly faces, but at the same time I know that most of you reading this are either very busy or very far away or both.