October 21st, 2005
|12:11 pm - "For you the living, this Mash was meant to. When you get to my door, tell them offBeat sent you..."|
offBeat's performance last night went really well. We did almost a two-hour set (including intermission). I think we're finally finding our performance style, which fits somewhere between the informality of open mic night and the ritual of a standard a cappella show. I tend to develop stage fright when I don't perform in front of a group for awhile, and I think that's more or less melted away, too.
We had a good sized audience, and the restaurant was not prepared for the number of patrons we'd bring in. That statement is somewhat misleading because we mostly brought in family and friends, but we've converted a few people we don't know. We cleaned up on tips because the audience was comprised disproportionately of medical professionals.
The couple of new songs we added to our set went really well too. I mention this because although Love Potion #9 will probably be sticking around permanently, The Monster Mash is probably a seasonal thing. It may go away after Halloween, and do you really want to go through life not knowing what my Boris Karloff impression sounds like?*
Anyway, all y'all should come out on Thursday, October 27th to the Mill Street Inn & Pub in Cambridge where we'll knock your socks off.
* Actually, my Bela Lugosi is a lot better than my Karloff, but The Monster Mash is a long, repetitive song, so we've cut about half of it (notably the Lugosi impression) and dovetailed it with Zombie Jamboree.
Current Mood: good
Current Music: The Dickies -- Killer Klowns from Outer Space
I WOULD have gone, but uh, you guys got trumped for Dan Savage, on the promotional tour for his new book, The Committment.
But he's not in town next week, so I may stop on by.
Interesting, I thought his latest was "Skipping Twoards Gomorrah"? I just finished reading "The Kid" and I like reading his books, as opposed to certain Savaged Love's...
No, "Skipping Towards Gomorrah" came out several years ago. "The Committment" is new, maybe out for a month or less.
In my post I tell you to come by, but in this comment I'll warn you that I'm told it's quite expensive. Ellen and I are gonna check it out tonight, and I'll probably say something about it afterward.
Regarding Dan Savage, I think he's great to read, but I'd take his medical advice with a grain of salt. Every medical professional I've ever talked to about Mr. Savage has said that he spreads a lot of misinformation. I don't think he does it on purpose. When I worked at the hospital, pointing out the factual errors in Savage Love was a weekly routine for a few of the nurses.
Dang. Either you guys need to perform on more weekends or my employer needs to give me more vacation days.
Is three minutes really considered long these days? ...And the Karloff is my favourite part. Still, I want to hear your version whilst it's still in season.
P.S. I called Sony. The CS rep has been very considerate so far and they're working on the problem.
I dunno when you'll be able to see us... It's just that the restaurant likes to have us on Thrusday nights.
The Monster Mash is about 3 and a half minutes long -- hardly a long song, but it feels long because it's so repetitive.
For reference, I get bored with most songs after a couple of minutes, which is why TMBG and Frank Zappa appeal to me so much. TMBG's albums used to be 18 songs of between two and three minutes each (average song length went up when they expanded from two guys to a full band). Zappa writes really long songs with so much variation that I don't mind. Songs like Hey Jude, Stairway to Heaven, Inna Gadda Da Vida would be exponentially better if I just cut about twenty minutes out of the middle. Karn Evil 9, too. I really like Karn Evil 9, but I'd be inclined to listen to it more often if I whittled it down to five really tight minutes. I know we don't agree on that.
You know, ever since I heard the a capella version of Yes's "Leave It" I thought of you guys, but I've been too chicken to recommend it. I wouldn't exactly call it terribly complex, but there are a lot of parts (probably more than are in the band, thanks to studio mixing), and it sounds just wicked awesome.
Dunno, something to think about when you're trying to fill the void that Monster Mash creates when you Leave It behind.
No, I did not do that on purpose.
It'll have to see if I can find a copy of that and give it a listen -- I don't think I know the original song. Unfortunately, we don't steal a lot of our arrangements, or rather, we don't steal them from a lot of places. Our vocal percussionist is absolutely enamored of Rockappella (the Where in the Hell is Carmen Sandiego? guys), and we borrow a lot of their arrangements because there are five of them and five of us (presently -- we're looking for another woman). Some of my favorite arrangements come from collegiate groups with up to eighteen members, and we just can't do that.
Well, calling it a capella is a little unfair -- it's just the vocal track from the original song with the spaces where there was no singing sort of mushed together. In one respect, it's a new song because of the different pacing and "loss" of percussion and the other instrumental arrangements, but mostly you realize this is how they sing ALL THE TIME. I think I might have mentioned this in a post a while back, but it's so cool it's worth repeating.
Having a copy of both versions will definitely give you ideas for your own arrangement, especially since it would give your vocal percussionist something to do.
I do have the album of which I speak...