June 22, 2010

Let's Go Outside

So my “other” band, SCI, has been at it for about two weeks now. It has been great, but a bit overwhelming. We have been digging in pretty seriously, about 25-30 hours a week.   And the shows aren’t even happening for another month!  I imagine by then we will be so ready to get out and play for a live audience.  Staring at the those four walls of our practice space can get a bit tedious. I am ready for the stage surrounded by walls of giant red rock.

The trick has been what to practice. With about 120 tunes we do not have time to polish all of them up. And, for me, I am more interested in people bringing new tunes and cover ideas to the table. While I’m excited to play all the old tunes, I also want to keep it fresh with new music and grooves. We have all been growing outside of SCI with other projects, so it’s cool to bring in those influences.

In rehearsal we have been trying to balance all six of our diverse opinions so everyone can be heard. It can be a bit of a tightrope act at times to juggle all the strong wills in one band. And in fact we kind of got into it with each other the other day. But I see that as a good thing. A sign that everyone is feeling vested in this project and its final outcome. It’s nice to be back with the band again, a place where everyone can put it all out there.

On a personal note, I was able to jump back into the studio and mix an outtake from my latest disc, Then There’s Now. This little gem didn’t make it on the disc originally, but after a few tweaks here and there, I think it’s ready.  I made it available as a free download so feel free to grab it and rock it.

Download “Let’s Go Outside” Here!

See ya soon.