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Old Jams. New Jams. No Jams.

The last post (written in June 2010, but posted in January 2011) shows how just how incomplete my little projects become. Maybe I should modify them, instead of taking on larger challenges, just tackle little chunks at a time. The only other option I can think of is giving up, which for me, is akin to rolling over and dying. To this end, I will aim to update with smaller posts, and much more regularly. I promise. Maybe.

So what’s happened in the last 6 months or so? Quite a lot and not a lot!

Jacko and I had stopped jamming with Rafferty, but had pretty much stopped jamming together as well.

When Jacko and I did get together on the odd occasion it was clear that he (and probably me as well) had lost all motivation. I was like trying to have sex with a flaccid penis. It clearly wasn’t going anywhere.

Being the proactive little man that I am, I began to look for other opportunities, again through GumTree. I had an audition for a band, which I won’t go into (it was awful, so maybe I’ll tell you about it in another post, once I have come to terms with the whole ordeal).

From GumTree some good did come; we met Manning, a classically trained guitarist, who has all the same influences as me and Jacko.

Better still, he had written a stack of awesome songs!

We jammed three or four times. Each time was great! His material was all there, we worked on fleshing out the sound and filling in the gaps. it was going great. Or so I thought.

All of this was just before Christmas. Manning being a student, and me being a non-local, we both went home for a few weeks to do the family thing. Jacko and I have both text him trying to get the next jam sorted, but neither of us have heard anything. Not a dickie bird.

Sigh. Back to square one.

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Poor Housekeeping

I haven’t written a new post for the blog in over six months, and haven’t updated in even longer. For completeness sake I will post the last entry I wrote, even though it is unfinished (I didn’t even finish my sentence!).

Sherlock
26/01/2011

Despite my lack of updates, a lot has happened with the band. I say a lot, but actually nothing has happened, which means that somethings are changing. Unfortunately, none of this is for the better.

Firstly, band practices are becoming less and less regular. In fact, we haven’t had a full practice (full! ha! there’s only three of us!) since the last practice that I moaned about. Jacko and I have sat down together and written some new stuff, but this is only in my front room. I’ve told him that I’m unhappy with the rate of progress

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Finding a Singer – Adverts and Auditions

After the last practice I told the other guys that I would put an advert on Gumtree. Although I have written the advert I haven’t yet posted it, and instead have replied to a few postings.

Had one response almost straight away for a guy that is keen to sing, so we are meeting him tomorrow. This one is a dude and has been in other punk bands before. Another Gumtree find, but this guy seems really keen!

Nothing really got going with the girl that I mentioned in previous posts. Every time we invited her along to her a jam she wouldn’t make it. We’ve pretty much given up hope there, until she asked if we wanted to jam on Sunday. Think I’ll have to let her down, but not sure how to say it.

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Ugly Kid – The Frustrations Of A Dude Who Just Wants To Rock

Just got back from band practice. First hour was good, the second, not so good. For some reason it suddenly felt like playing was an effort for all three of us. In fact it was incredibly frustrating.

I imagine this is what it feels like to be a parent of child with learning difficulties. Or maybe the parent of a really ugly kid. Trying your best for baby, but still it keeps stumbling and doesn’t really do all that well at school, and gets ignored by all the girls. You know it will all be fine in a few years, but you really don’t want to wait that long to see the fruit of your loins blossom.

The issue arose when we went back to an earlier song, which has two broad parts, which both differ in terms of style and tempo. I personally quite like the contrast between these two parts. This might be because I play the most out of anybody during it, but a better reasoning would be that I grew up listening to a lot of post hardcore (it was always post-something back in the early 2000s) that doesn’t always follow a fixed structure as pop-punk usually does, where as the guys are often concerned in fitting the music into a tried and tested structure.

All this led into a debate in what direction the band should go in. Whereas we all accept that we need a singer, the other two say we need a singer songwriter to “steer the ship”. That quote has fucked me off no end. The ideas are pretty much there, I don’t need some pretentious dude with an acoustic guitar telling me what my songs should sound like.

Maybe in future I should be a bit more forward with my views rather than just going along with the flow.

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