May 30th, 2006
|01:02 am - It's easy to be the "Worlds Largest Brat Fest" when you're also the Worlds Onliest Brat Fest.|
What am I still doing up at one in the morning? I'll tell you: I'm putting together one of those United Way Jeans e-mails.
I have to send one out tomorrow for Wednesday, and it has to get sent out as early as possible. Most of the time I spend putting these e-mails together is brainstorming, and that's not something I want to do on company time when I'm already staying late to get my normal work done. The last couple of weeks I've put together something fairly mediocre at the very last minute, and I'd prefer not to keep doing that. Tonight I came up with a pretty good James Bond joke, and I try post it tomorrow. I may also post last week's mediocre e-mail, since I didn't bother last Tuesday.
While I'm posting, I should mention that offBeat performed at Brat Fest on Saturday. It was a good show in front of a huge crowd, and on the biggest non-auditorium stage I've ever been on. I've never performed for so many people that weren't actually there to see me, and I was somewhat terrified. We were scheduled for an hour, but were probably on for about 45 minutes, due to setup and sound check.
Usually we start start with Amazing Grace, but I requested that we do something else because it takes me a moment to acclimate to being on stage. Instead we started with Lady Madonna, which is a good opener because it's energetic and people recognize it. The set was fairly short, and we tried to stick to the kind of stuff that would grab people's attention (i.e., not Fire and Rain). As I said, I found the experience a little terrifying, so it was a very good thing that Dentist! was placed a bit later on the setlist. By that time I was comfortable and we'd been doing standards (Under the Boardwalk, The Lion Sleeps Tonight...) so it was time for something new and a little levity.
nocturne152 was there, as were a few of my relatives, and lord_alucard's mother, brother, and grandmother, but mostly it was a sea of unfamiliar faces. I kept a close eye on the audience because I wanted to see how many people were leaving in the middle of the performance, but almost nobody did. That's a good thing, right?
Current Mood: lazy
Current Music: The Cardigans -- Iron Man
I would have stayed if I didn't have to go to work. As it is, I stopped in the parking lot on the way to my car to listen to Dentist!
I figured you had left in disgust!
Kidding. I'm surprised you could hear us all the way out in the parking lot, though. That's pretty rockin'.
Admittedly, I had to strain a bit to hear it, but yeah, once I knew the song, I stopped walking to groove on it.
I swear you did Lady Modonna at at least one of the performances at Ye Olde Pube that I went to. Maybe I imagined it. In which case, weird.
D'oh. I realize, as I reread that, that it's not worded very well (I've fixed it now). What I meant was that we've never opened a show with Lady Madonna before. We usually start with Amazing Grace, but everybody gets a solo in that song, and I had requested that we start with something else because it always takes me a few minutes to get used to being onstage.
That reminds me. When I was at the dentist the assistant unloaded the tool kit, all the sharp pointy objects were looking at me and I was trying not to panic. I thought of you singing 'Dentist', I didn't exactly calm down but I almost started laughing.
Much as I like my reputation as a funny guy, I beg you not to start laughing in the dentist's chair. That would be a good way to get something punctured or your eye poked out.
The only Lady Madonna that immediately comes to mind for me is from Love Psychedelico, but I don't think that's what you're referring to...
No, this is Lady Madonna by Thebe Atles, the well-known Greecian folk-metal band.
Well Colin, I'm glad you had a fantabulous performance in Madison. I'm sad that I couldn't go...but it was probably better that I do the things that I needed to do around here. Woo for Colin :)
Thanks! I'll keep everybody posted on upcoming shows. Looks like we've got one at Edgewood on June 23rd, but I'll post more about that when I have all the information.
Ah, but we DID sound good, didn't we? By the way, your theatrics during Dentist! never fail to amuse me. I especially like the imposing stance, fist raised "I am your Dentist!" part - too funny.
I was also happy to see the return of "I'm made of candy". Mind you, I still like it when you mix it up a bit, I just really like that line.
All in all, it's a blast sharing the stage with you and the others).