Monday, 14 January 2008

It's All Good

We had another amazing jam/rehearsal on Sunday at J's place. Really good. Really constructive. Sensationally great vibe. We played together really well right from the first few bars. Even tho we haven't done anything together (just the three of us, Matt on guitar, J on drums and myself on bass and vocals) for about a month, it really went off with a great bang!

Tonight I burnt 2 CD's of songs for Matt, just so he's got a copy of the originals for future reference. J and I have been in situations for years where we either already knew most of these songs well enough already to play straight off, or we'd already been playing them for years. When I sat down and wrote out how many songs we actually already play now (let along the 30-to-40 others we haven't looked at yet!) - I nearly fell over when the list came to 72 songs! Wow! That's HEAPS to pick-and-choose from... all sorts of styles and moods to suit almost any situation.

No, that's not us (but it could easily be)... just some cool pic I found on Flickr! I did take my camera, and promptly forgot all about it...

So basically, we're ready to gig. Not bad for a bunch of old blokes just getting together for some fun, huh? It's nothing serious tho, really. We're just really enjoying playing together - it works and gels really well. There's a few small gigs possibly lined up in the next few months. But we'll just take things as they come.

Here's a list of songs we play already... and most of these came together straight away the first time we played 'em together.
01 All Along The Watchtower (Dylan/Hendrix/U2)
02 All God's Children (Finn Bros)
03 All Torn Down (Living End)
04 Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? (Angels)
05 April Sun in Cuba (Dragon)
06 Back In the USSR (Beatles)
07 Black Cat (Living End)
08 Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
09 Cool World (Mondo Rock)
10 Cry Baby Cry (Beatles)
11 Don't Tell Me (Madonna)
12 Elevation (U2)
13 Get It On (Bang a Gong) (T Rex)
14 Gimme Head (Radiators)
15 Gloria (Them)
16 Green River (CCR)
17 I'll Make U Happy (Easybeats)
18 I'm a Believer (Monkees)
19 In Between Days (Cure)
20 Locked Out (Crowded House)
21 Lodi (CCR)
22 Losing My Religion (REM)
23 Love At First Sight (XTC)
24 Love Takes Care Of Its Own (Angels)
25 Money For Nothing (Dire Straits)
26 Ohio (Neil Young)
27 Proud Mary (CCR)
28 Purple Haze (Hendrix)
29 Reckless (Australian Crawl)
30 Route 66 (Rolling Stones)
31 Shaking All Over (The Guess Who)
32 Stuck In the Middle With You (Steeler's Wheel)
33 Until the End of the World (U2)
34 Sympathy For the Devil (Rolling Stones)
35 There Goes God (Crowded House)
36 Waking Up Tired (Hoodoo Gurus)
37 You May Be Right (Billy Joel)
38 You Really Got Me (Kinks)
39 Before You Accuse Me (Clapton)
40 Breathe (Pink Floyd)
41 Come Together (Beatles)
42 Crossroads (Cream/Johnson)
43 Darling It Hurts (Paul Kelly)
44 Day Tripper (Beatles)
45 Drive My Car (Beatles)
46 Eagle Rock (Daddy Cool)
47 Evie Pt 1 (Stevie Wright)
48 Every Breath You Take (Police)
49 Fess' Song (Radiators)
50 Friday On My Mind (Easybeats)
51 Gimmie Some Loving (Spencer Davis Grp)
52 Good Times Bad Times (Zeppelin)
53 Hurts So Good (John Cougar Mellonhead)
54 I Can See Clearly Now (Jimmy Cliff etal)
55 It's All Over Now (Rolling Stones)
56 Johnny B Goode (everyone! lol)
57 Lay Down Sally (Clapton)
58 Missing You (John Waite)
59 Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett etal)
60 Rock n Roll (Zeppelin)
61 Rocking All Over the World (Status Quo)
62 Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)
63 Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top)
64 Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
65 Sweet Home Alabama (everyone)
66 Venus (Shocking Blue etal)
67 Walking After Midnight (Garth Brooks)
68 Walking the Dog (Rolling Stones)
69 The Weight (The Band)
70 We've Gotta Get Outta This Place (Animals)
71 Wild Thing / Louie Louie
72 Hound Dog / Blue Suede Shoes
etc etc etc...

No, that's not us (but it could easily be)... just some cool pic I found on Flickr!

Matt's a great guitarist... he's a real technical kinda guy (loves playing all the weird/special notes and scales, and has an amazing touch and tone to his playing - but he can really rock-out too!), while J and myself (as the rhythm section engine-room) have had a great feel/vibe from day one. I mean *really* good grooves happening easily. Tho, realistically, I'm glad we're just playing for fun and socially. I mean, I would not want to have Matt on some tour with me at all. He's... he's a great, fun, nice, caring bloke, he really is. But he also has some... erm... substance-abuse issues that he's not totally in control of either. It's never affected his playing... but to socialise with him is a rather... well, it's either hilariously funny, or I feel like I'm his mother running after his coattails all night, making sure he doesn't do anything really stoopid. heh he. Silly boy he is. But a bloody good guitarist.

Hey, I'm not trying to make ourselves out to be some up-and-coming mega rock group or anything! It's just that... when you've been playing live on-and-off for years and years, you don't realise how many songs you already know how to play without even realising you know how to play 'em! (or however that sentence is supposed to work... i dunno...)

It's just nice to have a little bit of a musical focus again in my otherwise quiet dull life.
Peas be with ewe

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  1. Tasty set list there Mal. SHould be able to play in any situation with that many covers.

  2. Thanks. That's just the ones we already know! You can imagine how many more possibilities there are to play... the list could end up nearer 200 if we're not too careful! heh heh

    Anyways... it's time to start introducing some of my originals to the picture, I think :)

    Mal :)

  3. I will be the first to buy a ticket for your concert if your ever in Michigan :)