Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Real, Live Show! On Film!!

Hey, dearest readers!  I dunno if everyone who hasn't been blogging is still standing quietly in the background and reading, but if they are then this is for them.  I've been trying to comment on posts to show that I'm still alive and reading blogs, just not writing my own.  Well, until now, that is.  Anyhoo, let's get started!

I've been quite busy lately, musically.  Last Tuesday was a big event at my school, our annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the local charity Julie's Kids.  At this dinner, student musicians are invited to perform and entertain the people eating their spaghetti, so of course I jumped on the opportunity to play!  Bobby and I prepared a nice, happy set to play, and generally got ready.  We learned a Christmas song to play for everyone, my favorite, "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" by The Ramones.  If I'm gonna be playing a Christmas song, I'm going to do it up right!

We used Tanner's drumkit for the show, because it's way nicer.  However, transporting the kit involved tearing it completely down and cramming all the pieces into the back of my car, along with all my guitars and amplifiers and whatnot.  I arrived at the school about half an hour before the show, planning on having ample time to set up all our gear (including Bobby's equipment and Stephen's PA system).  Sadly for me, when I walked in I discovered a list on the wall with the order everyone would play in, and saw Crush Of Society listed as the first act.  And the last act.  And an act for somewhere in the middle of the show.  We weren't at all prepared for being the openers, or the longest total performance there.  Fortunately for the organizers, we WERE prepared to be awesome, so we managed to set everything up in time for the start of the show, and we split our set up and lengthened it to their needs.

Let me tell you - I was PUMPED for this show.  When the MC, Tessa, was introducing us, I was behind the curtain doing jumping jacks and crazy kung-fu kicks in the air.  My warm-up method seemed to work fairly well, because our set went AMAZINGLY!  My guitar was obnoxiously loud for the first song, but I honestly didn't care very much.  My only concern with the set was that we were too noisy for the people eating their spaghetti, and that some boring old person would ask us to not go back on for our other two sets.  Fortunately, my fears were unfounded.  Tanner was a hero and recorded all of our sets, so you'll get to see them too!!  here they are:

The last set we played was probably the tightest in terms of performance, but the levels were off and the only people still at the show were the volunteers cleaning up.  Like I say towards the middle - we played music for them to clean up to!

Other than my musical endeavors, I haven't been up to very much.  My mom had leg surgery on the day of the show, and since then she's been recuperating at home.  I took two days after her surgery off from school, which was a nice little break with virtually no missed work.  I managed to get a post written for ZME during that time, which is about the first free album I've received from a band!  It's The Dead Milkmen's first album in an incredibly long time, The King In Yellow.  I was super happy to get it, actually, because the lady who sent it also included a bunch of EPs from other, lesser known artists.

All in all, things are going quite well.  I'll try to post more, but I shan't make promises.  Hopefully, we'll talk again soon!!  If you don't mind me basically advertising about my band, I'll post more about what we do musically.  Let me know what you want to read!!