This past weekend I played my first show with the full band!
This was an experiment for us. It was the first time we've played together as a band anywhere but in a rehearsal room. I must say the show went really, really well. We played most of the songs off of the new album and had an awesome crowd who made us feel extremely welcome! I can't wait to get out and play again!
Here are some pics from the show:
A few days ago I sent out a note to my mailing list friends about what it feels like to play in a band. I got some great feedback from people who enjoyed the message so I included what I wrote below for you to read!
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What it feels like to play with a band
(Exclusive mailing list message on 04/04/2013)
So you may have heard that this Friday (tomorrow night) I have my first full band show since the release of the album. This is special for two reasons. First and most obviously, you'll get to hear us recreate the album note for note in a live setting. But the second reason is a little more complex. It's hard to explain what playing with a band really feels like but I'll give it a go. If you've ever played a team sport for any length of time, it's somewhat similar to that.
Have you ever played jump rope and been swinging one side of a rope while someone else controls the other side? In order to keep the rope going at a constant speed you both have to be completely in sync - swinging with the same timing and amount of force etc. Well playing in a band is sort of like that… but there are more than two people and a whole lot more chances to trip up the person trying to jump over the rope. But if you're playing with experienced musicians, you get in a groove (literally) where everyone is working together to create this living breathing organism that people can experience. It's not only an auditory experience, it really is a full body sort of thing. You can't hear a great band laying down a groove without being moved to MOVE. Tapping your foot, dancing like a maniac, whatever it may be. There are certain times when performing with a band that you feel everything click into place and when that happens it really is an exhilarating ride. Sort of like going upside down on a roller coaster (although I'm not a fan of roller coasters).
So this Friday we'll be trying to create this musical roller coaster for your listening pleasure!