Yes, we had a gig at SLO Brew here in SLO town this past Saturday. It is a nice place to play because it is a real stage with a real soundman and a real backstage. We were the first of 3 bands on the bill. We typically play first, since we are not exactly what you would call “touring quality”. Rather, we are a band of, by, and for the people! When I play, my #1 hope is that someone in the audience will get inspired to do the same thing. I hope they say something like, “wow, a husband and a wife playing really loud, obnoxious rock-n-roll rather poorly. I think I can do that!”
Assuming you do get inspired to do it, please be forewarned that it takes hours upon hours of practice to go from sounding really really bad to sounding just kind of bad, and then hours more to go from sounding kind of bad to just bad. And you may go deaf during this process. And music is a money pit. Maybe not as much as say, yachting, but it ain’t a money maker. We got a babysitter on Saturday ($72) and bought our own drinks (??) and had to schlep our own equipment (drum kid, heavy guitar amp, guitar) and we got paid a big fat goose egg at the end of the night. Yes, it is the proverbial labor of love.
I feel like I am finally able to play at a point where I can trust my capabilities and just get more into the flow, which is a really nice feeling. Singing is coming easier too, but that is still the hardest part by far. It’s only taken 5 long years to get to this point.
I feel really fortunate in that we have a group of friends who always come to our shows. This is quite a kind gesture on their part, especailly considering the ear-splitting product we put out. And on Saturday, Melanie’s best friend Allison came up from LA with her husband Moose. Allison is great because she will dance to anything, so she danced during our entire set, which is always a joy. And Moose is into techno gadgetry, so he brought a video camera, an audio recorder, and a still camera. He is going to email me the video, which I will post when I get it so you can see just how totally rocking the night was.