Many of you will recall the excitement of forming a new band – and will recognise that the toughest task of all is to agree on the name! So there I was last night at the first rehearsal of a new band – my first as an OAP. I mean it’s OK for the Rolling Stones and the Who but they’re just in the same old band they were in fifty years ago. What’s the big deal in that?
Now in fairness our new band does include 75% of Reet Petite & Gone although Nick is liberated and now playing lap steel and guitar as well as mandolin. Stuart (dobro) is no longer with us as he’s planning adventures on the high seas but we have a lady, Sue, who plays fiddle and clarinet and is a frighteningly proper musician. She really does have perfect pitch and at one point while the three boys were working on a harmony she was naming the notes we were singing and by ear picking out adjustments – a touch of class mush.
Despite three of us having played together for decades (centuries) the material is pretty different from RP&G – so far some Trad Folk, Pentangle, Gillian Welch, Brendan Croker, Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and a couple of originals – all very white, not very blue and very interesting in the challenge.
Rehearsals are also entirely appropriate for a band of our mature years (Sue excepted). We rehearsed in Den’s back room, acoustically and he made us nice cups of tea and there were chocolate digestives. There was only one brief moment with the drugs, when I was telling Nick about a new medication I’ve found for easing arthritis. I’ve no idea whether there will be gigs to follow but there’s nothing like a new band to keep you feeling young. Now where did I put those velvet loons?