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Battle of the 48 Hour Bands

[This entry was originally posted on my MySpace blog. It was transferred to WordPress on 1/20/2013.]

Well, the project is under way.  A bunch of people gathered at the Red Rooster on Friday night to begin this crazy thing.  Musicians of all kinds; drummers, guitarists, violinists, saxophonists, etc., etc.  Names were drawn at random out of a bucket four at a time.  Those four are a band.  The next four are a band, and so on.  The groups have until Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to come up with a band name based on a random item drawn from a crate, and to write three original songs (with the option of one cover), somehow incorporating two randomly drawn words into the set somewhere.

My group consists of myself, Trevor Laboe, Alexis Burckhard, and Stephanie (I always forget her last name).  We don’t have a name yet, but the item we pulled out of the crate was a Billy Idol cassette.  Inspiration abounds.  My suggestions were “Not a Has-Been” and “Classic Plastic”.  They were quickly shot down unfortunately.  The words that have to be worked into the set are “Hawaii” and “arachnophobia”.

We have practiced once thus far for a couple hours.  It went very well and felt very good.  I played guitar for awhile and a djembe for a bit as well.  Trevor played guitar a bit and djembe too.  Steph plays the violin, and Alexis is a twelve-year-old who plays saxophone.  It’s a unique mix and it’s quite fun.  So far, it seems like a great and worthwhile project.

Tonight when I got home, I began working on lyrics for a song that I’m calling “Paradigms”.  It’s a bit of an abstract, but it makes sense on some levels.  And it also contains the word “arachnophobia”.  Hmmm…

It’s a good time.  Everyone who can should come out to the “battle”.  It begins on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  The judges are Pete Burckhard (Pop from Pop’s Blue Rhythm Band), Jeff Andrews (president of Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association), and Doug Rezac of the Mobridge recording studio.  The winners get a trophy, a headlining gig, and of course – fame.  Right?

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