Wow... that sure was a ba$tard of a two-weeks just gone, let me tell you!
But it looks as tho I've kicked and buried under the house the old "Black Dog" again. Thank gawd for that.
Getting out and about really helped, on both Saturday and today.
Jumped out yesterday for a few hours, before the weather turned nasty. Did some positive haggling for a great price on a new microwave. From originally marked as $165 down to $135 down to what I paid them cash for it: $110! wOOt! And yes... mum's 28-year old microwave that died the other day was one of those old-style giant ones with a large knob on the front. Worked wonders until two days ago. Not a bad run, huh?
Eddie didn't show (again!) for band practice this arvo, but we had a really good session all the same. I actually played some... piano! Gasp! Yes, I still can't believe it either. As well as bass, I jumped on the piano after one of our short breaks, and started playing away a few standards - which we've immediately added to our repertoire! [smiles]. Yes yes, it all came together instantly for all four of us, and we really worked out some good grooves and feels for four simple songs we can easily do with minimal effort. Plus they sounded good as well, which sure helps. I can't believe we knocked off The Beatles "Let It Be", Bill Withers' "Lean On Me", and Neil Diamond/The Monkees' "I'm A Believer" and "Solitary Man" - literally playing them from memory! Simply - they worked! So, everybody's happy.
Mind you... an attempt to have a go at Ray Charles version of "What I Say" sounded really good... but I simply can't sing and play like him! Not by any stretch of the imagination... altho we got it cooking pretty fantastically all the same. heh heh.
Plus it was so cold here today! It was only 4c / 39f degrees (must be snowing somewhere nearby, surely)... sitting in a garage with the door open wasn't the best climate, but we still had lots of fun, just like we used to have playing together. Whew!
Matt nearly froze his watsis off, poor ba$tard, standing near the open garage door (Julian's neighbours are great tho. Most weeks they actually come out to watch and listen! Last week they came out with deck chairs, wine and cheese! Seriously! hahahaa)! But yeah... I DID introduce four of those new original songs (playing guitar and singing), running thru them basically with the guys - and they didn't curl up their noses at them. Mind you, they're just simple fun rock'n'roll type stuff. but we can play that kinda stuff with our eyes closed. That's why I pulled 'em out for us to have a go at.
After a coffee (and Tim Tam!!!) break, it was then I jumped on the piano/keyboard and started "Let It Be" for something totally different... and it worked too! Thank fark for that!
Matt was straight/sober today - for a change. But he knows I'm really unhappy with him at the moment, for all sorts of different reasons. He's been keeping a polite distance. That's fine, really. He's 33 years' old, for goodness sakes. I can't be his mother... he's gotta accept the consequences for his choices yadda yadda yadda. But yeah, he didn't play too badly today, until we noticed that his fingers were literally glowing red with cold!!! "I can't close my hand enough to play" lol.
Mick actually accepted some... ermm... "affirmative guidance", when it came to modifying song arrangements and structures... so, overall, it was a positive day for all of us.
But especially for me.
I'll sleep like a log tonight - for a change. I nice tired sleep, rather than a heavy fogbound solitude tossing and turning sleep...
"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."
- Anne Frank
- Anne Frank
Peas be with ewe
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