This post is a little different than my others, mostly because this is what has been in the forefront of my mind lately. I have music on the brain. Lots and LOTS of music.
In preparation for upcoming gigs, I've been making charts and set lists like crazy. It's amazing how time consuming this can be. Between that, practicing the songs, trying to be healthy and work out, trying to keep my house clean, and my day job (which has been double duty for the past month or so with a ton of music/art programming and related parties that fell into our laps -- I'm apparently also a party planner now), it's been a little nuts.
As I was staring at my set list and trying to order it in a way that made sense, it dawned on me that I have really weird taste in music. Like, REALLY weird. My shit is all over the place. I've always had an eclectic taste, but this set list covers everything from jazz standards, to Stevie Wonder, to Black Keys, The Knack, Cake, Talking Heads, Alanis Morissette, Amy Winehouse, Men at Work, and Lit. There's a ton of other stuff on there, but that's just a sampling. It's weird. I'm weird. I've come to terms with it.
Granted, it's a talented group of people who will be playing this stuff, so we can handle it. But I'm sure the first time they saw the list of songs to learn they were thinking, "Is she high?"
It gets better................
As if it wasn't enough that I handed these guys a song list that looks a drunken monkey just randomly hit buttons on a jukebox....................I'm also making them play multiple instruments. The bass player (who is usually a drummer) is switching to trumpet at times, and the guitar player will play bass on the songs where there is trumpet. Oh, and the guitar player is also gonna bust out the clarinet, because why the hell not. AND, I'm also making them sing on some stuff as well.
It's a "musical playground," so to speak. And also, I'm a little crazy. "I want what I want," as 3 year old me would say while standing in front of the fridge.
I swear I'm gonna bust out my kazoos at some point just to add to the insanity...............
I'm sure the other musicians would LOVE it if I said, "Hey, blow on this while you're at it."
Ha...............that was a funny visual for me.
Maybe I'll make the drummer play the kazoo...........................
If I had to choose a genre(s) where my voice feels truly at home, it would definitely be jazz and anything with soul and grit. That type of music just feels right to me. It speaks to me I guess. So jazz standards, Amy Winehouse, and stuff like Stevie Wonder are right in my wheel house. Good shit.
But...........................there's something super satisfying about performing stuff that you would otherwise have no business performing. It's such a blast. Psycho Killer? Yeah. Definitely doing that one -- because I want to, dammit. You Oughta Know -- Alanis Morissette? Hell yeah! That song is bad ass! Besides, what's the point of being a musician if you can't experiment?
As I get older I just keep wanting to do weirder and weirder stuff..............so anyone that works with me now and in the future.............brace yo' self!
I'm an "adult," or so I've been told. I do "adult" things, I have an "adult" job, I pay bills, and I drink bourbon and wine. I have great friends and family, an amazing husband, and generally a pretty good life. I have achieved many things, yet so little at the same time. I'm in my 30s, yet I feel more clueless than when I graduated college. This is how I "adult."