Sunday, December 23, 2012

I'd tell you, but ...

Our band website has needed updating for longer than I'd like to admit. A while ago I'd tinkered with a new design in Photoshop, but it didn't look quite right. Finally this week, I started tinkering again until I had something good enough to show Ron the Drummer.

Before sending him the file today, I realized that the bit of text I'd put in the "News" section on the home page was out of date. I didn't feel like spending a lot of time coming up with something different, so I went with: "We've got all kinds of cool plans in the works, but if we told you, we’d have to kill you."

Later, at rehearsal, Ron said he thought the new design was fine, but could I take out the "kill" part? Given everything that's happened?

I didn't argue. For me, it was placeholder text, to be used only if I couldn't think of anything better. But damn, that's sad.

Can we please go long enough without another evil, pointless mass shooting that we can make stupid "then I'd have to kill you" jokes without anybody thinking twice about the deeper meaning?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wedding jam

I've been to a bunch of weddings in my time. None of them were quite like this.

On Wednesday, Kathy Thomas and Doug Davis threw a big wedding/jam session at a Tucson bar called the Boondocks. Like most of their guests, I received my invitation on Facebook. Unsure if I could make it, I asked them how far in advance they needed the RSVP. Kathy said they didn't need a solid head count, so no pressure.

Luckily, I was able to go. After a brief, fairly traditional ceremony, Doug's band Flipside played, with somebody filling in for Doug on drums, and Doug doing the occasional vocal. Flipside was followed by Kathy's new band, tentatively named KT and the Plan B. Doug and Kathy are amazingly talented, as I've mentioned before, so they couldn't have done any better in terms of wedding music.

Next came the jam. They'd provided equipment, so I got to play a few songs with a few other talented folks, and I didn't even have to drag my keyboard along.

Wedding receptions often come with little party favors. They don't usually come with their own backline.

Well done, happy couple. And congratulations!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Interview redux

Don Martin, the dude who interviewed me for BSceneLive last year, has reposted our interview on his blog. If you missed it the first time, enjoy!