Last weekend saw a bit more work on the ole’ band material. A part-time member of the band (Leather Clad Stud-Muffin) laid down a few vocals before he went back to Stanford the next morning. To wind down, the three band members played Nuclear Proliferation until we passed out. Alas, the afternoon was dampened a bit by England’s piss-poor performance against France in the 6 Nations. Nevertheless we accomplished a few things as well as a good post-delivery to airport of LCSM band planning brunch in Wimbledon village. The bistro we went to served the biggest burgers I have ever eaten, causing a “food coma” in both John and I. We were able to discuss final plans for this weekend and anon. Most interestingly, John, our musical director/polymath, has let me loose to write more lyrics. I hope to produce some more by the time I see John on Saturday morning (!?!).
This weekend found the UK based band members gathering chez John for a serious session in the studio. Tom, John and I planned an entire weekend of recording, while Saph was to join us on Sunday afternoon to lay down some more vocals. She has the dubious honour of raising us all from slumber to get back into the studio. The plan is to produce at least three full songs for a demo disc. There are numerous parties nibbling at the edges of this scheme expressing interest in us. It will be nice to have solid to play for anyone seriously interested in us (there are several such people). I looked upon this last weekend with equal parts anticipation and trepidation. With each step we become more serious and it can be quite disconcerting at times.
On Tuesday I gave a 10 minute impromptu speech on the similarities between an election campaign and running a rock band (candidate & rock star as well). I was a last minute addition to line-up for the most recent Speakers Club, a vaguely Tory version of Toastmasters. I have spoken three times to this lot as one of their guinea-pigs for analysis and this last time was the most successful. What is most interesting is that this was my least prepared speech, in fact I came up with most of it in my sleep on Sunday night. I had more positive comments from the audience this time than any other. I enjoy these outtings as it allows me to keep my speaking skills up and it allows we to practice my breathing for performance. (We are not miked.)
In a bizarre twist I will had to be up early Friday morning to do BBC3 TV’s “Bush for Day” filming. It will be interesting to see how it turned out. It could either be total pants or something rather interesting. It does mean waking up before 9 and worse, having to go into a sports bar!