Rick's Rap - April 2005
O.k., so we've gotten together twice now, the first time with Steve the drummer and Steve the bass player, and the second time with Steve the bass player and a chick vocalist that Eric knows - who's going to sit in with us for one or both of the Star Diner gigs (weather permitting). It's pretty clear that at least one thing hasn't changed ... if we're feelin' good we're gonna sound good no matter how little we've practiced ... and if we're not feelin' good we're not gonna sound good no matter how much we've practiced.
The chick vocalist added some mighty nice harmonies that added a lot to our overall sound. Instead of just letting her fit in wherever she felt comfortable, we tended to give her a fair amount of direction about what we felt she should be doing. She didn't tell us to kiss off, so I suppose that's a good sign. My impression is that whatever she does, it'll add favorably to how we sound. She mentioned more than once that she was suprised at how far away Eric's house is from where she lives. From that I suspect that our association with her may well be limited to the next two gigs.
Before and after the rehearsals, we've continued to yak about what, if anything, we're going to do next. The feeling I've gotten is that no matter where we want to end up, we're not going to actually do anything that any one of us doesn't feel like doing, just for the sake of getting there.
Eric just sent me and Bob an email saying that, all things considered, he thinks our best bet is to pursue continuing as an acoustic trio, and just add a bass player and drummer if we get a shot at any full-up band work (I'm paraphrasing somewhat here). That sounds fine to me, although I don't know if he's cool with the likelyhood that, initially at least, I'm guessing that there's probably nothing resembling income associated with that approach. At the very least, I think it's likely that Bob is probably more tempermentally suited to the material that such an approach will call for, than he is to what we would probably be required to cover in order for us to restructure ourselves as a currently viable bar band. Hell, who knows, something like that might at least keep us associating with each other until the local climate morphs into something that'll support an all Dead, all the time, weekend bar band again.