Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Where Does The Time Go?

Five months!

Sorry - I've been busy. Must be something to do with having two children under six that means that there are no idle moments in which to disgorge my random thoughts. Of course this gives me an ideal opportunity to post some "Review of the Year" type entries without being repetitive - if I can find the time.

Maybe the intensive band rehearsals haven't helped - although once a week on Wednesday evenings is hardly intensive. Still, it was good enough for us to pull off a pretty decent performance in Strood at the weekend. Having warmed-up with a three song set for Children in Need a few weeks ago we upped the ante to a full fourteen song set last Saturday and managed to raise £420 for charity at the same time.

  • Stand by me
  • I’m a believer
  • Make me smile
  • Baker Street
  • Ain’t no sunshine
  • All of my life (Phil Collins)
  • Candy (Paolo Nutini)
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Don’t look back in anger
  • Take it easy
  • Lido Shuffle
  • New Shoes
  • Hey Jude
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
This was the first time we had performed Boz Scaggs' Lido Shuffle; a song I have wanted to have a stab at for years and years. Having lost a rehearsal to snow recently it was touch-and-go whether it would make the final set, but I'm so pleased we persisted. Some audience comments afterwards said it was our best song - presumably in recognition of how difficult it is, as there were some slightly ropey moments during the performance, but from a purely personal point-of-view I was so relieved to nail the synth solo. I just wished I'd turned myself up a bit more!

Sadly our vocalist has confirmed that was his last gig - he's never been comfortable with the more rocky stuff we do - and whilst there are two or three of us who chip in with backing vocals I don't think any of us will be stepping up (certainly not me!). Auditions start in January I guess.


PT said...

What? You've given up using song titles for your blog entries? Shame!

Anyway - blogging is sooo 2005 - all the best people are on Arsebook or Twatter by now.

Actually, I keep meaning to post more often to my blog. Long-form writing is so much more interesting to read and to compose.

Let me know when the auditions start - I could make it to rehearsals if you can have them somewhere halfway - like, erm, Guildford!

Jon Sandys said...

Where Does the Time Go? was by Julia Fordham. You must remember it.

As for rehearsals in Guildford - that would go down well with our lead guitarist; that's where he lives.

Cyberkim said...

Our guitarist has suggested that we should do "Lido Shuffle".
Your experience makes it sound as if it may be worth a go; I'll see if he's still up for it.

And as for the title of the post, it's a lot less predictable than "Who knows where the time goes?".