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Liora (565268) writes | more than 9 years ago

User Journal 8

So I haven't been posting here much. I went and got a livejournal a while back and it seems like my posts have been mostly there lately.

So I haven't been posting here much. I went and got a livejournal a while back and it seems like my posts have been mostly there lately.

Anyway, I'm in a band. We're called Bread Box. We're set to do our first show tomorrow at noon. But... we won't be able to do it without practice tonight. And... our drummer's company films commercials, and his commercial for the day just started, so he might either be late for or miss practice, and not be able to come to the show tomorrow. And, our sound engineer, who could help us cover on djembe with an acoustic set is getting dread locks put in his hair this evening...

I am just so messed up. Big hopes..., big fall. I don't know what we'll do... I mean... we have some stuff that can be played with two guitars and a bass, but most of it will just sound utterly lame. Those of you that are of the praying sort that can mutter a prayer for me not to spiral into depression no matter what happens, and for the drummer to film a commercial in record time, and for Bread Box and our show tomorrow in general. Thanks.

Sometimes I hate being me. Maybe this whole band thing was just a bad idea. Except that it's been my dream since I was little....

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It's cool. You know why? (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 9 years ago | (#10050536)

Pretty much the only people who know what it's supposed to sound like are the band themselves. If you wanna be in a band, I'll tell you, this is not the last time something like this will happen. So, what to do? Roll with it. You can't get torqued up about it. I've been there and I've *so* done that. and the best thing to do is remember that only *you* know if you screw up. The audience doesn't know. Just smile and get through it. Forget a lyric? Motion to the band to go through the verse or chorus music again. Someone messes up an instrumental part? Go with it. Play it up, or, ignore it. Someone doesn't show up? No matter, you'll catch them on the flipside.

Seriously, the best thing you can learn, especially this early in the game is to have a sense of humour about it. It'll help a LOT.

So, smile! Your first show is tonight! You don't get another "first show"! (At least not with this band. ;)

Tonight, tomorrow... (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 9 years ago | (#10050568)

They should really show the JE if you're replying to just the JE. Like they do with comments. :)

Re:Tonight, tomorrow... (1)

arb (452787) | more than 9 years ago | (#10052323)

Go here []
and file a bug report, or follow that link and find your way to the feature requests and submit a feature request.

(BTW, I did that ages ago and was naturally put down by taco and co, because they can see no point in such a worthless feature. Meh! Fuckatrds!)

Re:Tonight, tomorrow... (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 9 years ago | (#10053080)

Yeah, well, as I detest being put down by morons and fucktards, I'll just wait for Josh's site. :)

ain't no thing... (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 9 years ago | (#10051304)

been there, done that, again and again and again. IF I had a nickle for everytime one of my bands said "Shit, we should have rehearsed more before this gig!" I'd be calling Bill Gates my bitch.

You need confidence. Some people use practiced technical perfection as the source of their confidence. Others (like us) need to divine it out of thin air. And why the frig not? I mean, people are there to see you perform (well, maybe there just there to get a coffee or hit on some girl or whatever, but tough nuts, they're there)- so give 'em a show!

we don't want to see you cowering.
1) Make eye contact with the audience. Even if it hurts.

2) while doing #1, SMILE. just do it.

3) You are in the most uncomfortable situation of your life; forget about it and MAKE yourself have fun. I'd say "act natural on stage!" but whats so friggin natural about having a spot light on you?! Nothing. So DON'T act natural; act bigger than life, and if you can't do that, at LEAST act like you are having fun! This is acting; this is performing; and you can do it.

First you need to get your confidence in check.

Then- what about mistakes? Everyone is nervous, and finding that one-beer perfect sync buzz is nigh impossible; so accept the fact that it happens and is going to happen. ROLL WITH IT when it does. DOn't stop playing; Move on. The singer from Slant 6 would make a little face and stick out her tongue when she or the badn made mistakes, but she kept on playing.

When the mistakes happen, ACT DEFIANT. Its this boldness and brashness that will get you through and give the audience something to actually look at- thats REALLY waht the performance is all about.

Most live bands can be loose, sloppy, and crappy. Heck, they can be drunk or drugged out. But if they keep on givin' most concert goers don't care. I'm not saying take drugs, I'm saying don't care; just give it yr all.

I have a great story of my first time on stage. It was for a battle of the bands type of show- each band gets 15 minutes. We were gonna do AC/DC you shook me all night long. So a Band goes on right before us, and does that very song. And they fucking NAIL IT. We go on. WE're pre-teens; thats how I managed to sound like the singer from AC/DC. But tonight, it seems I've made that steep to teenage-dom. My voice cracks. A FUCKING LOT. Ain't nothing like getting booed in a full club! But wtf, shit happens! There was still enough nervous energy from that performance for me to get back on the stage. And since then I've gotten back on the stage, been under-practiced, and rawked the fucking house. WHy? Because I'm Mekka B, baby!
But you can borrow some of my braggadocio for tommorrow.

Your mantra for tommorrow: "Fuck it. Lets do this."

Re:ain't no thing... (1)

subgeek (263292) | more than 9 years ago | (#10056336)

mekka speaks true wisdom. things will go wrong, but there's always the next verse, next song, or next show to fix it. keep going and it will be just fine.

i've seen some really cool shows where the band had no drummer. who made the rule that it's ok for a band to lack drums if it's just one acoustic guitar and a singer, but not ok if there are two guitars and bass?

or if you want to practice, maybe you could do something late tonight or early tomorrow.

my first "real" show in a venue in front of strangers was tainted by a mistake i made on the second or third song when it was just the bass, so there was no one to cover for me. but i kept going. it was a song that switched from 3/4 to 4/4 and had some verses repeat bars of 4 and refrains repeat bars in groups of 3. i started playing the song in the wrong time signature, then i switched back to 4/4, but was still using the 3/4 pattern adjusted to fit. then the rest of the band came it correctly. that was when the mistake became obvious. but we kept going. and it ended up being a good show. i never messed that song up before or after that show, so it was really alarming. but we made it through and even made a profit. damn good times.

So? (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 9 years ago | (#10068299)

How'd it go?

Re:So? (1)

Liora (565268) | more than 9 years ago | (#10068372)

Pretty good. Not as good as it could have been, but hey, it was our first show. I'll post a JE on the subject when I have more time - probably later this afternoon.
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