my life as a professional musician: saxophone, flute, clarinet, and EWI
Helicopter Rides and Gigs
I had a House Live gig at Ventana's last night. The people who hired us wouldn't pay for staff from the sound company; wouldn't pay for a stage; wouldn't pay for food. We soon found out is because they'd spent all their money on HELICOPTER TOURS OF THE CITY!!! For three hours we played and watched the helicopter come and go. Wayne and I got close--we were in the line at the top of the stairs, ready to get on the next helicopter, but then some other people showed up and we thought we should let them go (and Wayne got a lil chicken--I think the danger that we would get busted, not the helicopter part). Anyway, we did NOT get in the helicopter (though I added lyrics to lots of our improvisations that dealt with our misfortune). Next time?
The actual helicopter in which we did not ride:
I've spent all day trying to get my hands to play both the synth part and the string part of What a Fool Believes. I don't think I'm ready, but I'm going for it tonight. davidfreemanmusic.net
This week, Yacht Rock is headed out of town on a cruise. We're actually headed out to play a gig on a boat! In anticipation of this event (Rock Boat X), we added a few new tunes. The big one for me was FMby Steely Dan, which features a humongous tenor sax solo by Pete Christlieb (who also did the solo on Deacon Blues). Here's a look at what I wrote down. The stuff at the end (where they band is vamping an Pete's going nuts) is a little weird because I was writing it down at 2 AM, and it wasn't easy to notate what he was playing. When we played this tune in rehearsal, I got a massive adrenaline rush. I mean, those first four measures are familiar to everybody with ears. The opportunity to play it for real was spine tingling. Plus, I was sightreading it on four hours of sleep!
As with my Maneater post, you can click on anyone of the above jpegs to view a much more readable version.
Off again! This week's run was Wednesday-Saturday, starting off in Michigan. Wednesday: Grand Rapids! Not where I thought we'd first dip our toes into the gigging...waters..of Michigan? I thought that was going to work, but maybe not. Anyway--you'd think we'd begin our midwestern expansion in Detroit, or maybe Ann Arbor, but...no. Grand Rapids it is. Second largest city in Michigan. Home to several breweries.
Step one: lunch! And wouldn't you know it, there's an Indian place right up the street. I hit the buffet for some chana masala.
The evening's gig was at 20 Monroe Live, a newish concert venue in town (capacity 2,600!). Big room, but really nice and clean and well run. They had some sort of private event between our early soundcheck and the gig.
After a nap (thought the pollen was bugging me, but I guess I caught a cold), I didn't really feel ready to eat dinner, so I went for a short run.
I think we were all very pleased by this Wednesday nighter!…
Please Pleaserock Me played Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles) in its entirety last night, and opened the show by playing The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd) synched up to The Wizard of Oz, thus fulfilling the stoner myth of The Dark Side of the Rainbow!
Is it wrong of me to have enjoyed the Pink Floyd so much more than the Beatles? I know it's sacrilegious to put anything in front of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but Pink Floyd means so much more to me personally. I lived on Pink Floyd in high school, so any chance to play their stuff resonates with me much more deeply. The Dark Side went over well. I played well, though at one point I guess I was pushing my horn so much into the microphone that I nearly knocked the stand over. Oops! Got a little excited. I tripped a little bit on the timing of the Money solo--I just can't hear seven beats in a measure, I guess. Other than that, things were solid.
Sgt. Peppers was almost a letdown--The Dark Side was cont…