There's no real way of saying this without sounding like a complete nob. So here goes, I'm in a band. It wasn't something I was planning on doing, hell, if you had suggested it to me six months ago I would have laughed in your face.
It went like this, I was mucking around with a friend who couldn't remember the tune of a song. I sang it for him and we laughed and then he asked me if I wanted to join his band and then I REALLY laughed and told him to piss off and other similar endearing comments. He persisted and I found myself saying yes to a rehearsal. And then I got VERY nervous, which I do a bit. I had little sings in the shower and in the car and the garden when no one was around except a weirded out whippet. The good thing was that this friend of mine has similar taste in music to me so I liked some of the tracks he asked me to practice and could sing them with my heart in the song.
Then I went to the first rehearsal and downed three glasses of wine very bloody quickly while we sat outside on the verhandah (did I mention we rehearse in a yurt, FFS!, how herbal can you get) shooting the breeze. After that I was away with the fairies and could have sung in front of a hardcore crowd of hecklers without blinking an eyelash.
That first night we played for four hours solid, playing around with tracks that worked and tracks that dive-bombed. And people, it was amazing. I don't mean we (or I) was amazing, it was just the feeling of being completely and totally in to what I was doing, no thinking about crap from the day or other stuff. 100 per cent focus, undivided attention and lotsa energy and emotion. It is as much about the other people in the band and the vibe as it is about the music, they are laid back, hilarious, no bullshit. When we have a break for a drink and a fag there is sometimes this companionable silence, sometimes we argue about music, sometimes someone will put an album on and there is a reverential silence.
We've got a playlist coming together and we are in need of a drummer before we start gigging but we are going to fricking DO IT. Not for anyone else but for ourselves. Because it feels right.
PS Did I mention that we need a drummer? Please apply within. xxxx