Sunday February 22, 2004

 

 


Honestly...I took it easy today for the first time in a long time. I didn't do anything of substance and I enjoyed it. I spent the morning on the phone with my Grandmother and the afternoon making discs for Tom (We're trying to soak each other in our musical tastes). He made me a killer Big Star compilation that he gave me at rehearsal on Saturday so today I made him CD's of The Move, Jellyfish's Spilt Milk (one of my favorite albums of all time) and a Jellyfish live disc compiled from their box set. They really were an incredible band. PLEASE COME BACK! WE NEED YOU! If you haven't heard 'em before, stop reading this and go get Jellyfish's Spilt Milk now - if you can find it.

I spent my evening watching the Sunday night FOX lineup. Boring? Perhaps. Needed? Definitely.


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Saturday February 21, 2004

 

 


Star Zero's old bass player (and one of my best friends from waaay back), Frank DeFreese, came up to Athens to sit in with Tom and me. I'm hoping he'll be able to fill in for a while in the bass slot so we can get out and start playing again.

I had a great time at rehearsal even with my cold ravaged voice. We actually managed to knock out "The Towel Cape Song," "Goodbye Tuesday", "(Save It For) Another Day", "Sometimes I'm Sam" and "Taking Its Toll" almost well enough to play in front of audience. Tom's harmonies are coming along nicely, too.

We did DESTROY "Down", though. It was atrocious. That's what rehearsals are for, I guess.

Tom had an idea that I was initially against. He said he "had a prophecy" and that we were to open our first show with "If You Want To Go" which I had on the super low priority list. I just didn't think we could do it as a three piece. As a laugh I went along with it, Frank fell in and we proceeded to tear through the ending with perfect harmonies (thanks to Tom) and power. Amanda was walking by in the hall of Nuci's Space when we started back on the end. She said it was so powerful it blew her hair back. I don't know about that, but it felt good.

After rehearsal, we all went for dinner at TransMet. It's so cool to have a band you can hang out with, relate to and have a good time with minus all the melodrama that I've experienced in my old bands.

Here's to hopeful futures...


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Friday February 20, 2004

 


Well, I finally saw my Cornelius Bumpus pic in Rolling Stone after tracking down a copy last night. I like the way they cropped it. I still hate that the guy had to die to get in Rolling Stone on his own but that's the way it goes I guess.

I'm working on this site again today. It looks like I'm finally making some progress. If you have any suggestions or ideas, shoot me a line at chris@concertshots.com (or chris@chrismckay.com I guess). I could use it. I didn't want this site to be all complicated and pretentious but I do want it to look good along with being functional.

Gotta go make some more pages now.


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Thursday February 19, 2004

 


I'm a bit better now. I can feel a little bit of healing coming around. This cough won't let me go, though. I sound like Bea Arthur or something. That'll be great for rehearsal this weekend. Star Zero's bass player (and one of the best friends I've ever had) Frank DeFreese is coming over this weekend to sit in for the first time with Tom and me until Mary Kat gets her playing together or we find someone permanent. It's always fun when Frank's around but I hate for him to come up to rehearse with Bea Arthur on vocals. Oh well, we'll get through.

It looks like the NEW and hopefully IMPROVED www.concertshots.com is up and running. Let me know what you think of it, will ya?


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Wednesday February 18, 2004

 


Hmmm...how honest do I want to be on this site? That's a tough call for me because I'm a very private person. Who cares? Here's the truth. I didn't sleep much last night. I had an existential freakout and spent a good while gnashing teeth over my Dad dying. It was pretty awful. It comes and goes. I guess it's supposed to be normal. It was so bad that Amanda actually threw water in my face like in the movies. Even in my inconsolable state, it reminded me of The Producers where Gene Wilder's character replied when in a similar situation (something to the effect of): "Great! Now I'm wet and hysterical!" It was not a fun time. Now I feel even worse physically.

To top it off, I got some bad news about my Mom's health. I know she'll do her best, but it's just a shame. She's had it rough for the past - oh I don't know - 2 decades or so and I had hoped that now she could take some time to enjoy life...then this. I'm not going to say what it is and invade her privacy, but I will say this. It's not life threatening (well, not really) but it ain't good. Hang in there, Mom. If you need me, you know where to find me.


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Tuesday February 17, 2004

 


It's finally a day where I don't HAVE to go anywhere or do anything. Thank God (or whoever). Of course, I'm sick again. Amanda is, too. She actually stayed home from work today. Of course, I spent my day off working on this site and www.concertshots.com. Hopefully, that'll be updated by the end of the week. Check it out if you get a chance.
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Monday February 16, 2004  
Well...I felt a bit better last night as long as I was working. Willie Nelson seemed to be having a good time at the show but it was a lot shorter than usual. I heard he's been having some problems with his hands so maybe that's the reason. Still, he was really good. I always love hearing stuff like "Still Is Still Moving To Me" and "The Great Divide" (not to mention his more classic material). He also did a kind of funny (in a nerdy way) song called "Kiss This Booty Goodbye" which could be a hit. The strangest moment was when he did "Beer For My Horses" not once but twice...in a row. I thought I was going out of my mind for a few minutes with a twisted sense of deja vu. I can only assume that this was intentional and it's not just a side effect of many decades of pot but it was VERY strange. By the way, I hated "Beer For My Horses" as it was recorded with Toby Keith but Willie's got a cool arrangement all his own. Much better. Now...sleeeeeep.

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