New band uniform.

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Winter’s a-comin’. Best be prepared.

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Ottawa

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Currently in Ottawa, leaving traces of Dreaming Thomas in various places throughout  the center of town. So far no gigs picked up, but you never know.

A little karaoke did happen on the first night: “Hey Bulldog”.

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It’s a different place, this place, Always liked it. Beautiful waterfront, Parliament buildings, live music in the Byward Market area, guessing mostly classic rock, but maybe other stuff, too.

It has been unseasonably warm this week…blue skies and sun. May have time to look for some band gear tomorrow…something to add to the costume closet.

Looking forward to busting out the guitar tomorrow or the day after and practicing without the lead sheets. Gotta get on it for October 3rd. The main order of the week, however, is animation. Maybe a music video in the near future…

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One day later…sang in the auberge room. Politely. A little hard to accomplish when it means Elvis Costello, but no laws were broken. Hmmm…is this really rock’n’roll?

Well, if you have to ask…

First recording session with Daniel.

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Daniel (who has approved this message: “My name is Daniel and I approve this message even though Chris needs to get some chairs”) came over this afternoon to get 12+ original songs started on a path towards becoming an album. It was good to see him, and we had a bit of fun. He’s gracefully accepted the role of mixing engineer, and played me a couple of original tracks of his own to boot (very clean indeed)! The basement is the studio, and the stools may or may not be replaced with something more comfortable, depending on how comfort affects our creative earwig (you gotta have a Bug In Your Ear. Hmmm..song title).

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For today, he looked happy enough.  : D

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Here we are at the end of laying down some initial tracks for “I Don’t Wanna Hear It” (previous demo version here). We put down a scratch track, rhythm guitar, bass, and lead vocal. The Höfner with a pick gives Clean Fat with Edge.

Since these were just first go’s, I’m going to scrap the wobbly bits I did and start over and then give him shiny new tracks to mix and do some hocus pocus with. Daniel’s a pleasure to work alongside – thoughtful, considerate, and mentally organized, plus he likes to tell you secret jokes when he thinks you’re not paying attention. I feel lucky we get a chance to hang again. He didn’t leave any Ricola in the sofa cracks this time but he almost swiped a pick. Gotta watch them pick-swipers…

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This is the “Serious Sound Engineer” shot, with Daniel trying to keep the laptop from falling off the barstool while simultaneously making sophisticated button-pushing decisions.

Band practice chez Rahul with Rahul, Jerry, Norm, Cap, and Ron was immediately after that. Loose ends to tie up and the choice of three more tunes to round out the set list: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “(Let Me Stand Next to Your) Fire”, and whichever Strokes song Norm goes for to keep us from heading completely into the Classic Rock Sunset.

Tired and stinky now. Time to head for dreamland.

Band Practice, September 9, 2017

IMG_1426.JPGGetting ready for October in Chinatown, making sure the night vision gear works. Photo: Jerry Kern

IMG_1415.JPGRon stepping in on percussion. Two guys from Hawai’i in da band tonight. Ho, shoulda brought da poké!

IMG_1421.JPGChris & Rahul.

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Norm & Cap.

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IMG_1418.JPGBruddah Ron adding latin styling to “Black Magic Woman”.

IMG_5221.JPGJerry is holding down the bass and contributing gutsy lead vocals on “Cold, Cold, Cold” and “S.O.B” during Norm’s asian trek.

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So we’re getting our feet wet, as these videos will attest, but we’re off to a decent start. Working out intros, outros, in-between-tros, etc. Starting out with covers here, but with an ear to originals Norm and Chris have stockpiled and are keen to introduce to an unsuspecting audience.  Our good friend Jerry is sitting in on bass while Norm travels, and Cap’s buddy Ron lent two hands to some excellent percussion at last night’s practice.

The internet may have brought us here, rather than the guitar store message board, but now it’s all humans.

Live practice:

Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits)

Cold, Cold, Cold (Cage the Elephant)

Black Magic Woman (Santana)

Radio Free Europe (REM)

A little down-time, fast-finger exercise for Jerry.