dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
I played my bass for about 10 minutes. Most of that was just noodling around and seeing if all my fretting fingers work. Answer: The pinky isn't great, but it can be made to function.

After a while I tried playing some 12-bar blues but it kept turning into Stormy Monday so I went with that.

Now my fingers are all sore. Also I have no calluses whatsoever. It will be interesting to see how I progress. Especially once I start playing faster things and the pinky gets in the way more... or not... you never know, maybe the PT exercises will do their thing and the finger of doom will keep up.

Gasp, I think I'm actually going to start practicing.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Cartoon2)
Mt Wilson has been declared safe.

Also, we have discovered that XM Classic Rewind puts the kitten to sleep. Now if we could just sleep through that we'd be all set...

again I say

Oct. 7th, 2008 07:05 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Zoot scared)
Apparently I didn't make myself clear earlier.

I am in a band run by someone who thinks "The Man Who Sold the World" IS A NIRVANA SONG.

Pity me.
dianec42: Mug of tea (Tea)
We saw Squeeze in concert last night. Oh wow have they still got it!

I now have the urge to watch the Hourglass video again... I'm sure the gentleman lip-synching in that masterpiece is NOT the same as the one who was singing it last night. :P

(and I still say the bass player bears an unfortunate resemblance to Fernando Alonso, but apparently that's just me.)

More later if I ever wake up...
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Simpsons)
So this is somewhat magical, at least until I find out how they do it:

There's a free app for the iPhone called Shazam. You play a song at it for about 10 seconds, it communes briefly with the mother-ship, and then it tells you what the song is and who performed it.

I don't know if it's available for other kinds of phone or not. They seem to be on the web at http://www.shazam.com/.

Today's lunchtime conversation was a touch more surreal than usual:

"What are you guys doing?"

"He's getting his phone so we can have my phone talk to it and try to confuse it...."

Sadly it doesn't seem to know anything classical, and I managed to stump it with Don Dixon. Come on people, that's out on CD! It does seem to know an awful lot of other stuff though.

So, bets are now open: How soon before someone gets busted for doing this while driving? (-:

songs meme

Jul. 22nd, 2008 09:16 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (2006 on stage)
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List 5 songs you like that start with that letter
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions

(4. Optional: Promise not to give anyone X.)

[livejournal.com profile] sharikkamur gave me an M.

In no particular order....

"Malaria" by Shriekback: the guitar is loud; the drums are played by a real person; the vocals are tight, earnest, and intense; and the lyrics make absolutely no sense. What's not to love?

"Magic Man" by Heart: girls that rock, that's all you need to know.

"Mustang Sally", the Commitments version: a song that's very fun to play, and one of only a few songs that I can play and sing at the same time.

"Mrs Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel. I am also partial to the Lemonheads cover.

"Memories Can't Wait" by Talking Heads: Haunting and moody. Some '90s band covered it and tried to ruin it. The original is still the One True version.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Zoot scared)
Last night I did some more cross stitch... I got to start TWO new colours, including the last shade of purple! I'm nearly done with the lower half, which is good as the page break is driving me crazy! (I even got to use one of the threads from my existing stash - will wonders never cease! The dark purple, of course.)

Yesterday I had a random bass line stuck in my head. I still have no idea where it actually originated, but today it came to my attention that it's awfully similar to the guitar line from "Nerve" by Shriekback. Yay, one more of life's little mysteries (possibly) solved.

This morning the cats were staring intently out onto the deck. Instead of the usual choices (squirrel; neighbor cat; mass hallucination) there was a tiny kitten out there! Awwwwwwwwww. I'm a little worried for the poor thing. Current plans involve Kitten Rescue Lady (who fortunately makes house calls) and a humane trap. She (the kitten, not the rescue lady) is tiny, looks about 6 weeks old at the absolute most, covered in fleas, and strangely friendly. She has at least one thing in common with Zoot, namely that she's so friendly she wouldn't last 5 minutes in the wild!

ARGH, I have a Weezer song stuck in my head. It's been there all of 5 minutes and it's getting mighty old.

Also I went to the gym Monday night. Hoo-eee. was that crowded. Carpe cross-trainer...

I'm sure there was more stuff but that's all I can think of right now.
dianec42: Cartoon character Daria reading a newspaper (Daria)
Since so many creative geniuses seem to be dying these days, I thought I should point out that Leonard Cohen is still alive and has led one hell of an entertaining life so far.

I particularly liked the bit with Phil Spector and the crossbow.
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
... and it was pretty good.

I just got back from an open blues jam in Long Beach, and boy are my ears tired.

I think I used up all of my extrovert points for the year being chatted up by strange drummers. Oh well, that's what I get for playing bass.

It was fun though. I've already made a list of songs I know, used to know, and/or sort of know, to consider for next time.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Zoot scared)
So for about a month now, I've been fighting off a rotten cold. Or something. I'm now fever-free and mostly sniffle-free, but still have about zero energy or focus. I've missed a couple of days of work, and even when I'm there I've been firing on about two cylinders max.

This past Monday I was feeling almost better, so I braved the gym. I did 20 minutes walking on the treadmill, and it damn near killed me. Sigh.

Today was a relatively active day. I went out with a group of cow orkers for a farewell lunch (cleverly got someone else to drive), and after work I indulged in some retail therapy at Barnes & Noble. I also shopped for some necessary bits and bobs at Trader Joe's, where I miraculously did not kill anyone.

For the future, even more ambitious plans have been thrust upon me. I have a dragon boating coaching clinic far too early on Saturday morning, and an open blues jam thingy two Sundays hence, both in Long Beach. Am currently v glad we moved south, still hoping the rain stops before I have to drive to anything far away.

I feel a bit like I'm waking up from a long nap. It will be good to get out more. Who knows, one of these years we may even get around to having a housewarming party...
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (WoW)

(The original English version, with hilarious WoW-based video, can be seen & heard here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjMiDZIY1bM )
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Snooch Sing)
Apparently I have been championing the cause of "Walking on Sunshine" SO enthusiastically (and our real girl singer has missed so many practices) that now I'M going to be singing it.

The good news is, I have serious karaoke training wheels for this. The bad news, if you're [livejournal.com profile] stuartc or the neighbours, is that I have serious karaoke training wheels for this....

Um, yay?
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (2006 on stage)
Eep! What happened to KMZT? 105.1 seems to be playing country and western now.

I found KMZT's AM presence, but that doesn't work too well while I'm driving, I keep losing the signal. Does anyone know a good backup plan?
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
So at the party Friday night, one of the random hotel guys asked if this was the only gig the band plays. I said yes, this is the only thing we do together... some of the guys have other things they do, but this is the only thing we do as a group.

So I started thinking... right now, this is the only thing I'm doing. Which is ridiculous, once I start thinking about it. It's an insane amount of effort and stress, for the meager output of 1 hour of live music per year.

So... I don't know what I want to do, other than that I want to do SOMETHING. I want to play with other people, maybe even in front of other people, more often. I want to visit my musical Happy Place more than once annually.

Hence the social engineering question. If you found yourself in a strange place, knowing almost nobody, and wanted to play rock or blues music with like-minded people, where would you start looking for them?

I'm repeating the question 'cause I *know* I must know SOMEBODY who's better at meeting people than I am, besides just [livejournal.com profile] gvdub (who has made a number of helpful suggestions).
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
Extremely introverted bass player, wondering how to go about finding people to play with.

The obvious answers, and some limitations thereof:

1. The office band: Fun; they found me; 1 gig a year is not enough. Am considering asking if people want to continue to get together and jam in an unstructured fashion for the rest of the year. Advantages: We have the space pretty much to ourselves, and I can continue to mooch off of Dan's random hardware as he's pretty well storing it there. Disadvantages: We tried this last year and it petered out by mid-January.

2. Ask every musician I know in the area: Umm, I know one guy at the office who plays guitar and ISN'T in the office band; I asked him today if his gang is still looking for a bass player. Answer: Maybe.

Am going to ask everyone in the band if they know anybody who knows anybody, etc. Obviously, I am also posting this lame cry for help to LJ. Am considering trying to track down the landlady's son and see if he's back in the area.

So... if you were in the LA area, looking for people to play with, how else would you look? Bonus points for taking extreme social anxiety into account.
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
Playing the bass is not a whole lot of fun to do by yourself. Might not be the best choice for the extreme introvert. Oops.
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
After months of nagging me to HIT THE @$#%! STRINGS HARD ALREADY, Dan actually turned my amp down today. He's apparently been doing this surreptitiously for a while now.

I guess that means I'm doing it loudly enough. (-:
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
I also seem to be getting better at telling the various guitarists to Stop That Right Now.

Some of 'em even listen...
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
... for the lovely expression, "I've got blisters on my blisters". I have been using it to great effect lately.
dianec42: Close-up of an electric bass guitar (Bass)
This is SUCH a bad time to have blisters on my fingers.

Or to be having an altercation with a lead guitarist who is, at this point, Just Showing Off.


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