Howdy Folks. How you doin'?
I hope, Dear Reader, that your day greets you with as cheerful a face as mine has. Sunlit cold Sydney weather as we head into Faux-Fall.
All the Foreign Trees are confused this time of year. The deciduous natives have given up on cooperation with the seasons and just go their own way.
Yes, Plants Going Their Own Way, (PGTOW, you heard it here first).
Never start your Blog easy or directly I say.
To the gig!
Jo sang with us on Saturday. Someone in the crowd came up and short changed us 'I've seen stormcellar before but not with you OMG etc' yeah chopped liver thanks very much...
Yeah we like it when she sings with us too, makes us sound better. Yeah. I know.
Bec did a great set, we got Multi-encored and if it hadn't been for me judging Band Tolerance we'd still be there playing.
So that's good.
But now for the after gig work that we do, our own internal 'Kaizen' ( a Japanese concept of 'continuous improvement').
1. Managing the Disaster
At the start of the show we had some Sound wobbles on stage. That made us unhappy.
Front of house sound was apparently OK, but onstage we had the dreaded Low Frequency Feedback.
We got this resolved during the set but starting from a wobble means having to find your Mojo again. You can get there but it's work :-) We got there but we need to get there quicker.
2. Match Fitness
Mr Wizard commented about his Match Fitness falling away because we've had a month off.
Historically, we've played so much that rehearsal was just for adding new songs to the set and tweaking stuff.
The downside of evolving into a 'bigger' act includes:
- you get fussy about sound
- you play less often because your shows are..well..'bigger'.
So - more rehearsal and some Chilling on Sound.
3. Get Lyrics Right and Please To Sing The Correct Harmony.
When Jo's not with us, any lapse in concentration on my part is...artistic expression.
I started singing her part during 'Twice Shy Girl' and she looked at me like she'd got the part wrong. Nope. That was me. You were fine Jo. I was singing your bit.
Also, some degree of singing the right words would be good.
It's amazing how in the middle of a song, suddenly you can start thinking about whether you fed the cat before you left the house, or are my car keys in my pocket? That stuff just pops into your head and then OMFG what was I singing? What is the next word???
4. Song Tribbles
We're at work on songs for our 9th album. I can't remember some of the songs songs from our first 3.
Oh. Here's a new one.
We brought 'country radio' back into the set and tried a new harmony arrangement. Unfortunately we had failed to tell Jo.
We had, however, remembered to rehearse it so that's a plus.
Also, it sounded good. A second plus.
5. The Mental Game of Music
Rule #1 - Get you happy on.
Unless you're Metal or Emo or something that doesn't process Happy, in which case, err, go to your BRUTAL/Sad place respectively.
Or if you're Mr Wizard, combine them with Baby Metal. That's Happy Metal!
There are other rules but meh. It's a glorious day and we have much work ahead of us. Our next show is in just over two weeks and by that time there will be more new songs to try out.
More rambling at my next happy opportunity.