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January 27, 2006

Simon Says - "Band Name Update"

Hey there, everybody.

I sure appreciate all the help I got from everyone, even those of you who were not taking it seriously.

We have not finalized the name yet, but there was a good deal of whittling down, and there are a few front runners. It looks like we'll probably be "L@ri@ts of Fire" or (second in line) "S@ddle Sore."

I couldn't get them excited about either of my two favorites - "The Spittunes" or "Third World Country." Darn.

Last night, I got the nod to take over lead singing duties on another song. So now I'm singing lead on two of our songs and co-lead on one of our songs in our first 12 song set. Woo-hoo! This is good, because I like singing. I'm not a great singer, but I'm fair enough, and I can carry a tune. I'm excited about being promoted to lead on this most recent one, as it's a Merle tune called "Big City," and it's GREAT for throwin' in a certain amount of twang. As in:

Ah'm tahrd uv this durrty ol' ciddy
Ah'm tahrd uv too much work, 'n nevvur enuff puh-lay

Yes, wonderful lines for drawlin. Other great words in this song include:

ah-bin (I've been)
twenny (twenty)
re-tahr-munt (retirement)
Yew-cun (you can)
ever-thang (everything)
puh-lenny (plenty)

...you get the idea. I'm also excited to sing this song because it has a nice "walking" bass line. Hard to describe, but basically (for you non-bass types) it means instead of going "bum, bum, bum, bum" each phrase, it goes more like "ba-bum, ba-bum" and gets a note for each beat. It's hard for me to sing one tune and play a walking bass line at the same time, but I can pull it off with this song, and it makes me happy.

So now we have this set of 12 songs plus 2 for an encore (ha), and we can just practice this set, get it down tight, and we'll be good to go.

So next thing we'll start doing is writing our own songs. How hard can country songs be? I once had a friend whose dog died, and once my uncle's truck broke down (actually he just took it for a tune-up, but that's close enough), so I have the life experience necessary to write some good country songs. Now it's just a matter of getting it done. I'll start on that as soon as I finish the screenplay I'm working on, which I will get back to as soon as I finish my novel, and that is waiting until I finish the solo album I'm recording (will record at some point).

Boy it's fun being in a band. I highly recommend it.

In other news, we are going this Saturday to the most exciting event in the Bay Area: ROLLER DERBY.

I seem to recall Leah posting about it back in October or so. It was the most unexpectedly awesome sporting event I have ever attended. Better than motocross, better than pro basketball, better than caber tossing. Chicks in little skirts doing all the the following:

skatin'
sweatin'
fightin'
yellin'
snarlin'

And we're going again tomorrow. But this time we have rink-side seats. My dream date, truly.

You can look at their site (www.bayareaderbygirls.com), but unfortunately for you, they are sold out.

Perhaps we'll post pictures on Monday. Have a great weekend, all.

2 Comments

"How hard can country songs be? I once had a friend whose dog died, and once my uncle's truck broke down (actually he just took it for a tune-up, but that's close enough), so I have the life experience necessary to write some good country songs."

Oh my god, that's the funniest thing I've never heard about country songs before! How do you come up with this stuff? :)

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