Cajundaddy wrote:Howdy boys I'm back and I got one for ya. First a gig report though.
I've been to a lot of fun parties, this one had a "vibe" that didn't set well from the very beginning. Beautiful backyard and pool with tiki torches and all the trimmings. The band played mostly pretty well and it got a bit cold with a sundowner wind but once the wind died it was quite pleasant. In our biz we get to see a lot of happy drunks and sometimes belligerent drunks. Not belligerent is better. Too much alcohol for just too long methinks.
The crowd got generally kinda nasty with each other during the last set and one woman needed a trip to urgent care. Dogs were barking, very overweight women were swimming and we were glad when the last song ended. The performance fee was pretty good and the client was a little embarrassed by the negativity so he tipped us $100 on top. A nice guy who needs to find some new friends.
For my recommended video: This is a young gal who studied voice under Pete Strobl. He happened to go through the same vocal music program as I did many moons ago and went on to teach voice for a lot of A list LA performers including the Van Halens. The vid is a simple, stripped-down arrangement of a cover, performed and recorded well. See what you think:
wow, dave....that gig sounds like it was one hullabaloo!!!
i enjoyed that video as best as i could, but i was troubled by memories of a wack gig i played a cpl yrs ago. i got roped into accompanying this lady who because it's her name...i'll refer to as "Phoebe".
a buddy of mine who attended the the same church as phoebe gave her my contact info. she'd booked a good money gig at local country club and needed someone to back her up on gtr. did i mention it was good money?
anyway....it's a quiet patio (overlooking the golf course) gig and it's ALL current day teeny bopper stuff like that Corrine Rae Bailey tune and other current day female singers. 90% of these tunes i'd never heard before....so i'm charting them out, and coming up w arrangements for solo gtr to try to rep the actual recordings.
good news is the gal has pipes and can sing. bad news is she does EVERY song w perfect mimicry catching EVERY turn and inflection of the recordings. hmmm. ok. Other problem....she's a bitch on wheels!
we get to the gig, and from start to finish she never once made any contact w the crowd, never had a word to say to them between songs, and she has her head buried in her tablet that's on the music stand in front of her, where she's reading the lyrics! she never looks at me or the crowd even ONCE!
but the best (worst)......was when we're getting ready to do another one of these faceless and facile pop tunes and i can't really remember where the tempo should be ......i ask her "where's the tempo at on this one".....w/o hesitation she brings it up on youtube on her tablet and starts playing it for me so i can hear the tempo!!!!
and it's loud enough that everyone there on this quiet patio hears it! total amateur hour! i had the tempo at the first measure but she keeps playing it and i'm telling her "ok gottit!"....."OK! GOTTIT!" seemed like she played the damn thing for 20 min!
that was a one and done!