My latest rock and roll band is Sold Out! and we had our first gig the other weekend, rocking to raise money for an animal shelter. We had the nervous energy of a new band playing for a real audience for the first time after weeks of practice, but we ended up getting the whole place dancing and moving, and now we’re shifting ahead with booking other gigs this summer. Making music sure is something magical! (That’s me singing above and playing sax down below)
(Slice of Life is a month-long writing challenge to write every day in March, with a focus on the small moments. It is hosted by Two Writing Teachers. This year, I’m going to pop in and out, but not write daily slices, as I did for the past ten years of Slice of Life. You write, too.)
It’s about two weeks until the first gig for my newest band — Sold Out! — and our practices are mostly running the set list front to back with few, if any, stops. (Our first gig is on April 13 as part of a Band Jam fundraiser for a local animal shelter. We go on at 7 p.m., if you are around. More details here)
Last night, everything was really coming together in practice. We’ve played together long enough — and worked on the set list thoroughly — to understand the flow, and spaces, and the way each of us has our part in each song. Our parts make the sound of our band.
I’m getting excited to play out live again after quite a hiatus with forming the band.
Peace (in rock and roll),
PS — we’re trying to drum up a base of support via our FB page so that bars and local festivals see we are legit (it can be tricky for new bands to get started playing out), so if you feel so inclined, give us a like at our new FB page for Sold Out. And if you live in Western Massachusetts, see you on the dance floor!