I forgot that I had a blog for music related thing. The only peeps who be reading this shit are like super stalkers, ya know? Actually, I don’t know if this is true. I’ve been recording some ‘rock’ demos with Jake Verble at his house/our practice studio and working out arrangements for new recordings to begin. I am not sure what will become of these songs but if I had to guess I’d say I’ll re-do them in a few months and put out a compilation of songs (sometimes known as an ‘album’). I can only assume it will be an Extended Play (EP for short) instead of a Long Player (LP for short). One thing keeping me confused is that although playing rock music is fucking fun, I don’t really have the range I once did.
Well, that may not be entirely true. I just never warm up my voice to go in full voice mode. I’ve been doing lots of stuff in the tenor range and singing lots of falsetto. It’s really natural for me at this point and the full voice whiny shit I used to do is kind of contrived. Or at least I feel that way.
Friday I had a show in Normal, IL with several other acoustic acts and it ended up being a chill party where every songwriter sat around in a circle and took turns doing a song and told stories and joked. It was amazing. Everyone was super talented and very receptive. It’s fucking ridiculous how embarrassed I am to be a musician in Rockford. It’s almost like something you’re supposed to be ashamed of. If you aren’t in one of the 2 cool bands you better not play. Usually I’ll have like 3 or 4 of my closest friends show up but none of my more casual friends come, and they usually say they’ll be there. My thinking is that it’s not THAT bad. I highly doubt it’s going to be THAT uncomfortable and unlistenable that you can’t just show up?
Whatever though, I’m so so so over playing in this piece of shit town. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got some new buddies that have been helping me out and being supportive. The Bookworm Cafe has been very encouraging and supportive to me. I love the shit out of that place BUT that is only one venue and we’re usually just playing for each other at this point. Unfortunately, the musicians haven’t quite gotten to where the poets have. Those poets are fanatical and seem to love each other and it’s amazing. I just don’t care to try anymore. I’ll play with those who I like and for those who ask but I have no delusions about actually being a successful local artist. I gotta skip town for that.
May 29th I’ll be at Stumpy’s with Naked Little Monkey and June 14th is the Nilsson tribute show at Memorial Hall I’m doing with Original Mechanical Mouse. We’re hoping to do well with this and get some people out there. So if you are one of my stalkers and enjoy Harry Nilsson, COME ON OUT!