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When It's Over

wysiwyg 05 Sep 07 - 07:22 PM
Charmion 05 Sep 07 - 08:11 PM
wysiwyg 06 Sep 07 - 01:50 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 06 Sep 07 - 02:47 PM
wysiwyg 06 Sep 07 - 03:07 PM
wysiwyg 12 Jun 08 - 10:26 AM
wysiwyg 05 Sep 09 - 03:21 PM
Charley Noble 05 Sep 09 - 08:48 PM
wysiwyg 05 Sep 09 - 09:45 PM
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Subject: When It's Over
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 07:22 PM

Ever notice music is taking a backseat to other new, exciting interests in your life? That's what I'm seeing here. I'm really excited about all the new things I'm involved in, but I just want to say THANK YOU to music (especially the Gospel music and spirituals I've plumbed these last 10 years) for the huge and wonderful part of my life it has been.

I've made up enough songbooks for me and the Band. I've listened to enough Gospel looking for band material. I have enough Christmas and Advent, Lenten, and Easter music, as well as songs for the whole Biblical shebang. I've managed and binderized more than enough piles of paper for arrangements. I have plenty of lyrics. I have plenty of the fingerpicks I like. I like my autoharp setup just fine. I do not need another amp, or any other gear. We're playing for our own Band anniversary party, the sound system is set up in my living room so we can be sure to leave an important cable or adaptor home Friday night, and I know the best way to unload it all from the van, how ALL the gear goes together, how it packs down, where it fits in the van. I even finally have speaker stands, and a mic case, and I do not long for any bigger, louder, or clearer sound equipment!

I even FINALLY found the perfect roadie who will actually (I think) become our paid-when-there's-a-gig Equipment Manager! (Turns out HE's been right there for over a year and I didn't even SEE that!)

Of course I'm not chopping ALL music out of my life, or leaving the Band I founded. We'll coast on all of the above, for some time to come. But the intensely creative phase is over-- "for now."

~Susan


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 08:11 PM

You're out of the "concept" and "development" phases of your band project, and into the "implementation" phase, which has its own extra-specially challenging challenge: keeping it fresh and keeping it fun.

I'm still climbing the steep part of the learning curve, so I don't expect to see music in the back seat any time soon!


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 01:50 PM

:~) Thanks, Charmion. As I dropped off to sleep last night, I had the nagging thought that maybe this means that now I'll have to actually memorize all those hymn verses in all those songbooks.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 02:47 PM

Susan. Thank YOU for all the help here at the Mudcat and elsewhere! All that Gospel is good for us!

Don't be a stranger


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 03:07 PM

No worries there, George.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Jun 08 - 10:26 AM

When the "band" is over, its website mysteriously disappears one day, and you find that you're satisfied with the archived pages in case you ever get around to putting them up somewhere.

When it's over, and your Bishop and his wife come to sit in one evening for the band's leadership of worship, you are so relaxed that you throw your wackiest material their way, let it rip, and give them blues names they brag about the next day.

When it's over, and they're looking for a band just like yours to lead a big event at a time and place that will be a major pain in the ass technically, you volunteer instead to do an unaccompanied workshop-- and let some other band have the "bigger" opportunity. When that other band fails to show up, you shrug later when people wish it had been YOUR band booked, and acknowledge that yes, you do have a band, but it wasn't available that day. But you know that if they had given you five minutes notice to cover for the MIA band, you could have done it with only your voices and experience, and you know it would have been better than a leaderless a capella attempt where no one really knew how the pre-printed songs were supposed to go.

When it's over, you start a new songbook full of the founding member's personal tastes, because you know that it's not too often he'll be able to come sit in anymore and play.

When it's over, you pare down prep, more and more, to the REAL essentials for the weekly church gig, and let others help more with the setup and teardown.


... Because when it's over, you just don't worry about the small stuff anymore, and it's all small stuff.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 03:21 PM

So cool to look back on this thread.

I'm watching The Beatles Anthology and seeing those fine boys get their man bones before my eyes all over again, but with older eyes. ( I was in my midthirties before I realized Paul was playing a BASS, not a 6-string.)

Man bones--just like our hockey team-- so cool to see boys become men. I'm envying them their excitement phase. (Charmion, you were so right.) I am not in a rush to get to some of the phases THEY got to. Music ruins lives, as Hardi and I joke all the time. I am sure it's ruining ours. :~)

Of course we're not "over" at all. In fact we are growing. As one member contemplates life in the not-so-distant future in one of the facilities where we used to go entertain people we "felt sorry for", another new member comes along with good young legs to tote equipment with aging Hardi and me (and Ed too if he allows), who invites friends to come sing along with us at the very same gigs we've always enjoyed the most. And there is still no one who does what we do, nor, I suspect, wants to.


To continue the above stream of overness:

When it's over, you're pickier about new material, because doing up a set of arrangements NOW is such a bore. "Oh, well, it's a song from Van Ronk, oh, OK, if I must...." stuff like that-- that we missed until now if you can believe it! (Thanks Dan and Dick)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 08:48 PM

Susan-

We're (Roll & Go) still coasting along, having spent the previous weekend recording the tracks to our third CD titled Look Out!.

But most of us are in our sixties and it won't be long before we can't lead the songs as well as we should, or manage our instruments, or replace the member who inexcusably dies.

We are incorporated so theoretically the band could continue until the end of time. But realistically four of us have been there from the beginning, some 20 years ago, and it is difficult to recruit and train new members to an established band. No doubt the corporation will dissolve.

When we/they "close the minstrel show", will anyone care?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 09:45 PM

I bet they will, Charley.

~S~


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Sep 10 - 10:19 AM

Well, just when I thought I had put it to bed AGAIN, here is another iteration waiting in the wings-- Hardi and I are focusing now on offertory duets, and it's amazing how the songs are jumping out the woodwork to tantalize us. Thanks again to the deep, cold, clear Mudcat resource well!

One aspect of this iteration s that after one evening working up a couple of tunes, I can see we need HELP. So I am going to ask for a volunteer to join our planned weekly music workout to run to the copier and advise on how things are sounding, whose voice is better suited to each piece, etc. I wonder who will bite!

Oh! I know someone to invite first!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: When It's Over
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 11:15 AM

Some recently enjoyed humor among bandmates:

Don't forget, "Music Ruins Lives." (Hardi)

"NO thank you, The Good News-Goodtime Band can NOT play [then] [there] [that]... they wanted The Good News DAYTIME Band." (Or the The Good News-NIGHTTIME Band or the The Good News-BAD NEWS Band)

"YES I will sing that! No, I do not know how it goes. Please join in!"

~S~


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